Thursday, April 29, 2010

Satire: MSNBC Hosts “To Catch a Racist”

Dateline MSNBC series, with host Chris Hansen, “To Catch A Predator,” is known for its undercover sting operation to catch those sick individuals that prey on our youth via the internet. But did you know that MSNBC is now engaged in a scheme to protect our president? Yes, they are on "racism patrol," staking out protests and criticism so that they can catch themselves some racists!

"To Catch a Racist" hosts include Keith Olbermann (brainchild of “Worst Persons”) and his sidekick, Janeane Garofalo (brainless), as well as Dylan Ratigan, Chris Matthews, and others. The latest is Nora O'Donnell, who attempted a "got a racists" outside shot.

The left-wing media is relentless with their talking "race baiting" heads and not only are they trying to capture any "sign" of racism, they are targeting African-American citizens to make sure they are safe.

Kelly O'Donnell, an NBC reporter, confronted Darryl Postell at the April 15, 2010 Tax Day Tea Party rally in Washington D.C. O’Donnell's question, “There aren’t a lot of African-American men at these events, have you ever felt uncomfortable?” Postell responded, “No, no, these are my people…Americans.”

It turns out Postell is a retired Air Force veteran and appeared on Fox News to talk about this incident. Gretchen Carlson asked why he attended the rally and Postell answered, "I care about the country and I know the direction that most tea partiers are moving in and they care about liberty and government intrusion, so I just wanted to go and be a part if it."

Lloyd Marcus, a black conservative and Tea Party rock star, is on the left-wing media's radar and on his website journals some of his interviews — more like interrogations, with the hopes that Marcus will ID the racists.

At the April 15th Tax Day Tea Party, Marcus was ambushed by a reporter for Ebony (a prominent national black magazine), who according to Marcus, asked him "the same two questions every other reporter has asked;" 'Are the tea parties racist?' 'Why are blacks not attending?' Marcus explained to the reporter, "the Tea Party movement is not about race, but about stopping an out-of-control administration from pushing our country towards socialism." Frustratingly, the Ebony magazine reporter replied, 'So why do you hate Barack Obama?' The reporter asked again, 'Are these rallies racist?' Marcus notes that it was if the reporter never heard a word he said.

Another account occurred right after Marcus performed at the Tea Party in Traverse City, Michigan (part of the Tea Party Express tour) when a "white snooty female reporter" asked him a "series of annoying questions straight out of the liberal playbook." Marcus goes on to describe what got his “blood boiling”; when she asked him the following question with what he described as “the trademark liberal condescending edge,” 'Mr. Marcus, don't you think by calling yourself an unhyphenated American, you are encouraging white people to feel comfortable with their racism?' While Marcus wanted to respond negatively, he chose the higher ground and ended the interview abruptly, "With all due respect, I strongly disagree."

Where were the left-wing "racist police" when Kenneth Gladney, a black conservative, was physically assaulted and racially insulted by SEIU thugs (oh, I mean members) outside a 2009 town-hall meeting in St. Louis, Missouri –– just for handing out "Don't Tread on Me" flags? Maybe they were on a coffee break having "cupcakes" with Olbermann.

In March, another MSNBC "To Catch a Racist" host, David Shuster, interviewed (more of a duel) Kevin Jackson, author, blogger, black conservative, and a well-known speaker at the tea parties. Shuster was armed with his bag of race-baiting talking points and brought up what he considered "the violent imagery and rhetoric," specifically in reference to the ObamaCare, March 20th protest on the steps of Capitol Hill. Jackson responded, “I’ve been to hundreds of tea parties around the country. What I can tell you is that I’ve never seen any blacks lynched at one of them. That’s still one of those things that only Democrats can hold a distinction about.”

Shuster later asked if Jackson was okay with how President Obama had been depicted in signs at Tea Party rallies, the Hitler mustache and the Joker. Jackson responded, "It's par for the course. Every president that's been elected has gone through something like that." Jackson also reminded Shuster that Bush had been demonized as a gorilla, a chimpanzee, a cowboy, cowpoke, and a host of other things. In fact, "[Bush] was depicted as Hitler many, many times and more than Obama."

Jackson is dead on, Bush was called every ghastly name in the "hate" book; evil, the Antichrist, Hitler, terrorist, fascists (to name a few), and they just didn't want to kill him, they wanted to impeach, imprison, smite, shoot, hang, bomb his house, chop his head off, and burn him. Although it is unclear in what order they wanted to do all of this. But that was back in the day when it was "patriotic to speak out against our government" –– when Bush was president.
[Three "hate Bush" photos; pick a year –– 2001 to 2008 –– you will find tons; and for your attire pleasure; “Kill Bush” t-shirt]

[Photo right; March 20, 2010 Protest against ObamaCare]

I guess we “concerned citizens” should remain silent and allow this administration to do whatever it wants. After all, Obama and his cronies (including Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid) know what's best. Let’s just light a campfire, burn our Constitution, hold hands, and sing Kumbaya as they chip away at our liberties and bankrupt our country. Any criticism over a federal government that has grown too large, too expensive, too intrusive, and in many aspects too corrupt is, in the shallow words of Garafolo, “racism straight up.” And, well, Olbermann (talk about an angry white man) is just pissed off because he didn't get enough "free hate Bush cupcakes."

I hope the gang at MSNBC catches all those damn racists! Maybe we can arrest them, make them register as “racist offenders,” and start a “racist registry.” With a quick Google search we can find the little red dots (racists) within a 10-mile radius, pulling up their “rap sheet.” Angry dudes lounging on the grass with the, "No ObamaCare” sign. Hateful teenager holding sign that said, “I’m 14, Stop Spending my Retirement.” Radical grandma for her sign that says, "Stop the Insanity, the borrowing, spending and taxing.” All guilty, lock the em’ up! The most violent citizen, "You can’t fix STUPID, but you can vote it out!" and the dangerous woman with the words, "NO socialism." Make sure the racist dog, Scruffy, with his plate that says, "I didn't read the stimulus bill either," is arrested too –– he or she looks like a real threat to our government!
[Photo left, Dog at Tax Day Tea Party, April 15, 2009 in California]

Personally I have witnessed "racism straight up" from my two stepfathers and other people I've known over the years, who called me an "N-lover," and it sent chills down my spine and got my blood boiling. Back then I didn't sit back idly –– they were confronted harshly regardless my age. While I am not a member of any tea party –– not the joiner type –– I refuse to sit back and watch this crap coming from the left-wing media, labeling ALL critics of Obama and his administration as racists; causing more division. In doing so, I won't sit back and condone the very offensive and obvious racially charged signs as well as any of the shameful and lame ones displayed at some of the Tea Party rallies and elsewhere. As I watch the reported behavior and disgraceful comments coming from the fringe nut-jobs –– which attach themselves to all movements –– I am equally appalled.

Come on people, let’s honor our First Amendment –– speech, press, and peaceable assembly –– by protesting with dignity and don’t give the left-wing media or anyone else a reason to demonize legitimate criticism of our government, its policies and direction. For God sakes, leave your racial remarks, guns, Hitler signs, hate, and violence at home.

Let me be clear, by no means does this imply that the Tea Party movement is about race and ALL, or even the majority of protestors are racists. And as the debate over Immigration reform heats up; we can expect more racists charges to emerge, with MSNBC at the helm. On the other hand, I won't bury my head in the sand and claim that racism is dead. Despite the fact that 2008 was a historical moment for our country, electing our first African-American president, Obama, who won by a large margin, racism still exists in America and it's ugly. However, you don't have to be white or part of the Tea Party or any "party" to be a racist — it comes in all colors and exists on both sides of the political isle. Racism is an issue that deserves much better –– an intelligent discussion, not reckless accusations, assumptions, and the manipulation of the facts.

When Nathanial Stuart,, covered the April 15, 2010 Tax Day Tea Party rally in Washington D.C., he decided to do a few interviews of his own. He wanted to know what attendees thought about the left-wing media's (Huffington Post, New York Times, and MSNBC) charge that the tea party goers as racists and hateful. One woman in particular (didn’t get her name, but I like her), was asked about her feelings on MSNBC's reporting that black conservatives have been called Oreos, traitors, and Uncle Tom by other blacks. Her response, “If we’re talking about Olbermann — Keith Olbermann is not a black person. I am not an Oreo. I am a very aggressive, assertive, professional black woman….”

Earlier in Stuarts interaction with this woman, she had this to say, “…Black Americans have been following Democrats off a cliff for the last 40 years...So, I’m out here with my family of tea party people — Democrats, Republicans, Independents...It's not that we hate the president, its not that we hate the Democrats; but we love our country, we love our children." We’re allowed to have a voice. Just like they’re allowed to have a voice.” Amen sister!

Politics at Blogcritics
Satire: MSNBC Series, “To Catch a Racist”
by Christine Lakatos

Friday, April 9, 2010

Satire: Where's My Free ObamaCare?

From free Obama money to free health care: are we all entitled to free schools, Humpback Whales, and Unicorns too?

Apparently, some Americans have lost their minds and are asking, “Where’s my free ObamaCare?” After I stopped myself from rolling on the ground laughing, I had to see this for myself.

Americans (along with the majority of Congress for that matter) are still trying to figure out the massive health care overhaul that President Obama signed into law a few weeks ago. Evidently, questions have flooded insurance companies, doctors' offices, human resources departments and business groups. (expert advice hotline) has received hundreds of thousands of calls from consumers and according to Carrie McLean, a consumer specialist for the company, “most of the help-seekers are asking questions about when the bill takes effect and what changes they're going to see, but many are under the impression that they're going to get coverage for free.” In the midst of this confusion, crops up a comical line of questioning, “Where do we get the free ObamaCare and how do I sign up for that?” Hmmm...are they expecting free Obama cookies and Kool Aid with that too?

This recent "government give-me disorder" coincides with last year's stimulus insanity, when people lined up to get of all things; “free Obama money." Where was this Obama cash coming from? "His [personal] stash, I don't know!"

Did the Obama election foster in a new "caretaker" –– our government –– unleashing a smorgasbord of entitlements, relieving us from our "worries of putting gas in our car or paying our mortgage?” If so, forget about the gas and mortgage, where is my "free Obama" Porsche and beachfront mansion? And while we are at it, I want a "free Obama credit card" –– unlimited, like the one Congress is using right now!

It appears that America is morphing into Dane Cook's version of the Oprah Winfrey Show, where we all get a free "school and a HUMPBACK WHALE!" As perplexed citizens rise up to wait in line for more "free Obama stuff," we can anticipate that Americans will soon demand, “Where’s my free Obama Unicorn?”

Politics on Blogcritics: Satire: Where's My Free ObamaCare?
Author: Christine Lakatos — Published: Apr 09, 2010 at 5:39 pm
Concerned Citizen: The Right Perspective

Friday, April 2, 2010

Interview: Kenny Lee Lewis –– Guitarist and Bassist for the Steve Miller Band

Jack-of-all trades Kenny Lee Lewis is a gifted guitarist, long-standing Steve Miller Band member, and devoted family man.

Late last summer, my daughter told me that her friend’s dad is a "rock star." Well, I had to see for myself and sure enough, my daughter was right — Kenny Lee Lewis is both guitarist and bassist for the Steve Miller Band.

Interestingly, I've had numerous conversations with Kenny's wife, Diane, because our daughters attend the same middle school and are good friends. However, most of our talks were centered on our girls and teenage stuff. This past fall, the Lewis family was gracious enough to have my daughter over for Thanksgiving dinner and it was around that time I met Kenny.

As spring arrived, our girls started softball season. Because the Lewis' are supportive parents, they show up at every game, accompanied by their cute dog — arising another friendship: Sophie and my dog, Shorty. So, one day at a softball game, I had a thought and asked, “Kenny do you still like being in the limelight?” Kenny looked at me bewildered, not quite sure where I was headed (which was hitting him up for an exclusive interview for Blogcritics).

What I did know going into this interview is that Kenny and Diane are both in the music business, and more importantly, it is obvious that they are great at their most precious “gig,” raising two terrific daughters, who possess talent of their own.

This past weekend, on a beautiful afternoon here on the Central Coast of California, I arrived at the Lewis home with my daughter, dog, and notepad in tow. Lewis greeted me with his “cat that ate the canary” smirk and gift of storytelling –– and we sat outside and had a two-hour chat.

We discussed his lengthy music background, the music business in general as well as what really happens behind the scenes of a famous band. We briefly reminisced about some of the Steve Miller Band hits that I had listened to back when I was a teenager and young adult such as "Living In The USA," "The Joker," "Fly Like an Eagle," and others.

My interview proved to go better than anticipated. It revealed that Lewis is a gifted and multi-talented musician, who “rocks” with the best and also shines as a jazz artist. And dang, can Lewis play the guitar (as seen below in a 2006 video clip from the Shoreline Ampitheatre, shredding away with fellow guitar great Joe Satriani).

Lewis is no stranger to the music business. Back in the 70's he was a very successful studio bass player in LA. It was in 1978 that Lewis landed a record deal on EMI/UA with his own band, Pieces. Later in 1981, Lewis joined up with another band, Gerard McMahon and Kid Lightening. He became a songwriting partner with notable drummer Gary Mallaber, who had been a part of the many Steve Miller Band's hits from the 70’s. Lewis and Mallaber even started a band called, Robby Yubop (Yeah, it was named after beer induced belch-talk, Lewis explained).

After three decades, Kenny Lee Lewis is still "rockin" with Miller, and is very active with other projects. Toss in a movie script Lewis has written that is now under production, two novels in the works, and his recent solo instrumental smooth jazz CD, New Vintage, and you begin to wonder: does this guy ever sleep?

So Kenny, how did you get involved with the Steve Miller Band?

Lewis: Back in late 1981, Steve Miller called Mallaber and told him he was looking for material for his next album for Capitol Records. Miller took all eight of our Tascam 80-8 masters, and transferred them to 24-track format –– [translation: Miller used all of the Lewis and Mallaber songs, which included Lewis on guitar, bass and vocals as well as Mallaber on drums]. These songs ended up on the hit album, Abracadabra, which was released in the spring of 1982, selling over five million copies worldwide.

One day, Miller called me and said, “I’m taking pictures tomorrow for the Abracadabra record, how would you like to be in the band?’ "Since you played on over half the record, you might as well join my band and tour with me!"

Did you say yes, right away?

Lewis: No, I was hesitant because I was very active as a thriving studio bass player in LA. I also discussed it with my then girlfriend (now wife) Diane Steinberg, and consulted with the big name producers that I was working for at that time. Since I had moved to LA to promote my original music, I realized that this was my opportunity to do so, even though I would have to sacrifice my successful studio musician career. A day later, I was in the band.

Looking back, did you make the right choice?

Lewis: Yes, because with the advent of digital sampling and other technological advancements, the need for studio musicians has lessened over the last twenty years to the point where there is only a handful of musicians left making a decent living in that business. Live classic rock bands are doing great selling tickets to live concert performances. They can rely on classic rock radio formats without needing to have new hits on music stations or record sales.

So, do you want to hear a story that most people don't know about? It has to do with what transpired behind the delayed success of Abracadabra and it has never been exposed publicly.

Sure, give me some dirt...[mischievous smirk, writing as fast as I could]!

Lewis: Capitol Records did not release a single off of the Abracadabra album when it came out: they suggested to Miller that he “grease the palms” of the DJ’s using "payola" (an illegal practice of payment, or "pay-for-play" in the music industry). Miller refused and Capitol Records declined to spend any money on promotion and let Abracadabra disappear off the record charts.

Miller only had U.S. and Canada distribution deals with Capitol Records; yet, he had another label deal with PolyGram-Mercury in Europe. PolyGram-Mercury ran with the Abracadabra single, which had a European flavor, and they backed it with an aggressive promotional campaign, making Abracadabra a worldwide hit. After that, the U.S. picked up Abracadabra and it became a U.S. number one hit two times in a row, of which Capitol Records, of course, took credit for [sarcastic laugh], for doing absolutely nothing!

Wow, I think I heard of that "payola" thing and it's illegal? It sounds like Miller is a decent guy and that record company were [bleeps] at the time.

Lewis: Yeah, and Miller is an honest guy, who never had to use this type of shady business practice in the past for any of his other hits.

Well, I'm glad you guys won in the end. So, what you are up to now?

Lewis: [teasingly with a tad of sincerity] You know, the next time you do an interview, you should think about using a tape recorder.

Cute. Well, this is only my second interview. And need I remind you about your score keeping performance at the last softball game [chuckle]. (It should be noted that this was the game where Lewis’ daughter slid into home base to break a tie game, propelling our team to a well-deserved victory.)

Lewis: [grin, laugh] Besides touring with the Steve Miller Band, I am also the lead singer of several other bands including The Hang Dynasty — a "who's who" of famous rock star sidemen, who do corporate events nationwide. Also, The Barflyz, a smaller jazz flavored group, which will be performing at the Hearst Castle in April and local wineries throughout the summer.

Interview with Kenny Lee Lewis –– Guitarist and Bassist for the Steve Miller Band
BlogCritics in Music
Author: Christine Lakatos — Published: Apr 01, 2010 at 7:33 pm

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