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Talking Heads – Burning Down the House

There was a group of bands that all broke out of the New York underground scene at about the same time.  There was Blondie, B-52’s, the Ramones and the Talking Heads.  There were several others.  I’m not sure what was in the water at the CBGB but bands came out of there sounding different.  They were confident.  They were quirky and they dared you to laugh.

Anyway, the Talking Heads were a difficult group to peg.  They weren’t punk or new wave.  They weren’t rock and they weren’t soul.  They were an odd combination of all of that.

By |2007-08-04T01:09:46-04:00August 4th, 2007|Music|Comments Off on Talking Heads – Burning Down the House

Mississippi still burning

This story points to the racial problem that still hangs over much of the South.  This is why that I have to smile every time some one mentions to me that affirmative action needs to be repealed.  The races are now on equal footing I’m told.  Really?  What America are you seeing?  The American that we are hoping for or the America that we are truly living in.  CNN is still doing a series on Race in America.  They are finding what I have said for years.  Yes, we have made progress but we still have a long way to go.  (BTW, the video does not exactly go with this text.  The video is really about the town where the Mississippi Burning incident takes place.  Since it had to do with race and racism I put them together.)

From CNN (written by Paula Zahn):

After ex-“Seinfeld” star Michael Richards’ bigoted tirade at a comedy club last month, my staff and I started talking about what could possibly drive a person to say such vile and hateful things.

This discussion raised a series of questions we decided to explore on our program: Is there an inner racist in many of us, just waiting to explode? And is racism thriving today, just underneath a well-masked surface of political correctness and civility?

As we started gathering research on these questions, we read about Vidor, Texas, an East Texas community of 11,000 formerly known as a “sundown town,” a place where African-Americans weren’t welcome after dark. Like many other towns around the United States in the early 20th century, Vidor was rather open about being closed to blacks. (more…)

By |2006-12-20T05:17:04-04:00December 20th, 2006|Race|Comments Off on Mississippi still burning
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