Saturday, July 31

You wanna talk about a week. Sheesh!

OK, lets see it if can break this down. A couple of weeks ago my girlfriends step-dad died unexpectedly - you can read all about it in on this blog and today was the memorial service/celebration of life/tree planting. But also, this is the week that I had planned on proposing to my girlfriend and evenmoreso, tomorrow is her birthday. I actually wanted to propose to her on her birthday but b/c I knew the Memorial Service was today I figured I would do it yesterday (I just couldn't predict what the vibe would be tomorrow).

So, I did it. In between a couple of episodes of the Sopranos I asked Tara to share her life with me and she agreed (not that I expected any other respponse). I am now an engaged man. I am a very lucky man, I know that.

The memorial service for Rich was absolutely amazing. I haven't felt this overwhelmed with emotion is so long. It was a strange set of emotions. Rich was funny and that what brought up over & over again. Rich worked very hard for the benefit of children and people, becoming involved or starting organizations related to community activism and the solid education of young kids.

All of this is made more strange b/c we are celebrating a life that shouldn't be done. Rich died unexpectedly and he was too young, he shoulda had another 30+ years.

Urggh. It just don't make any fucking sense.


Congrats to Tara Johnson & Jai Sanders (that's my girlfriend and I) for getting engaged.

Thursday, July 29

Ya done good JK.

A resurrected Kerry looks ahead - Jul 29, 2004

The new Mule!

Track Listing:
1. Bad Man Walking
2. About To Rage
3. Perfect Shelter
4. Little Toy Brain
5. Slackjaw Jezebel
6. Wine & Blood
7. Lola Leave Your Light On
8. Silent Scream
9. No Celebration
10. Mr. Man
11. My Separate Reality
12. New World Blues
I might be a little lat eon this but this has some very interesting info about the lives of our favorite rock stars!

The Smoking Gun: Backstage Pass

TN's version of Barack Obama

Pakistan to the rescue.

Key al-Qaeda suspect 'arrested'

Ahhh Yeah!

'The Village' Shyamalan's best film yet - Jul 29, 2004

An interesting thought

A friend of mine sent this article to me this morning and it is interesting how the mainstream media covers things.

First, I have to say thank God for public TV & radio. I have cable and the internet but for many people public radio/TV is all they have when it comes to less partisan (or at least more covertly partsian) info.

I understand why the DNC is not full coverage on the "big three" (ABC, NBC & CBS) - something about revenue & viewership - and I hope they extend the same courtesy to the RNC.

The explanation I heard on the radio was that these conventions are made for the delgates not for the general public, which makes sense to me. So, maybe it's ok that they don't cover all of the speeches.

Now, it just so happens that they did miss one of the best political speeches heard on a national level in a very long time by Mr. Obama.

Click here to read it.
Networks Sleep While the Fleet Center Burns

Obama at the DNC

If you don't want to read it below, click here to listen to the speech of the year, if not the past 4+ !

Listening gives you the full effect and it's only 16min.


'Tireless' children's advocate Scofield dead at 56 - Tuesday, 07/27/04

If anybody understands Genocide...

Sudan: U.S. Holocaust Museum Issues First Ever 'Genocide Emergency'

He might be crazy but sometimes he makes sense.

Sharpton to Bush: Black vote 'is not for sale' - Jul 28, 2004
Our vote was soaked in the blood of martyrs, soaked in the blood of good men, soaked in the blood of four little girls in Birmingham. This vote is sacred to us.

Welcome to the Bluff City.

Comic actor charged with rape in Tennessee - Jul 28, 2004

Edwards delivers - Jul 28, 2004

Talking Heads Talk

Tuesday, July 27

Barack Obama Transcript - 7/27/04

Here is the transcript of the amazing speech Obama delivered at the DNC Convention:

On behalf of the great state of Illinois, crossroads of a nation, land of Lincoln, let me express my deepest gratitude for the privilege of addressing this convention. Tonight is a particular honor for me because, let's face it, my presence on this stage is pretty unlikely.

My father was a foreign student, born and raised in a small village in Kenya. He grew up herding goats, went to school in a tin-roof shack. His father, my grandfather, was a cook, a domestic servant to the British.

But my grandfather had larger dreams for his son. Through hard work and perseverance my father got a scholarship to study in a magical place, America, that stood as a beacon of freedom and opportunity to so many who had come before.

While studying here, my father met my mother. She was born in a town on the other side of the world, in Kansas.

Her father worked on oil rigs and farms through most of the Depression. The day after Pearl Harbor my grandfather signed up for duty, joined Patton's army and marched across Europe. Back home, my grandmother raised their baby and went to work on a bomber assembly line. After the war, they studied on the GI Bill, bought a house through FHA, and moved west, all the way to Hawaii, in search of opportunity.

And they, too, had big dreams for their daughter, a common dream, born of two continents.

My parents shared not only an improbable love; they shared an abiding faith in the possibilities of this nation. They would give me an African name, Barack, or "blessed," believing that in a tolerant America your name is no barrier to success.

They imagined me going to the best schools in the land, even though they weren't rich, because in a generous America you don't have to be rich to achieve your potential.

They're both passed away now. And yet, I know that, on this night, they look down on me with pride.

And I stand here today, grateful for the diversity of my heritage, aware that my parents' dreams live on in my two precious daughters.

I stand here knowing that my story is part of the larger American story, that I owe a debt to all of those who came before me, and that, in no other country on Earth, is my story even possible.

Tonight, we gather to affirm the greatness of our nation, not because of the height of our skyscrapers, or the power of our military, or the size of our economy. Our pride is based on a very simple premise, summed up in a declaration made over two hundred years ago, "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal. That they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights. That among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness."

That is the true genius of America, a faith in the simple dreams, an insistence on small miracles. That we can tuck in our children at night and know they are fed and clothed and safe from harm. That we can say what we think, write what we think, without hearing a sudden knock on the door. That we can have an idea and start our own business without paying a bribe. That we can participate in the political process without fear of retribution, and that our votes will be counted -- or at least, most of the time.

This year, in this election, we are called to reaffirm our values and commitments, to hold them against a hard reality and see how we are measuring up, to the legacy of our forbearers and the promise of future generations.

And fellow Americans -- Democrats, Republicans, Independents -- I say to you tonight: we have more work to do. More work to do for the workers I met in Galesburg, Illinois, who are losing their union jobs at the Maytag plant that's moving to Mexico, and now are having to compete with their own children for jobs that pay seven bucks an hour. More to do for the father I met who was losing his job and choking back tears, wondering how he would pay $4,500 a month for the drugs his son needs without the health benefits that he counted on. More to do for the young woman in East St. Louis, and thousands more like her, who has the grades, has the drive, has the will, but doesn't have the money to go to college.

Now don't get me wrong. The people I meet in small towns and big cities, in diners and office parks, they don't expect government to solve all their problems. They know they have to work hard to get ahead and they want to.

Go into the collar counties around Chicago, and people will tell you they don't want their tax money wasted by a welfare agency or the Pentagon.

Go into any inner city neighborhood, and folks will tell you that government alone can't teach our kids to learn. They know that parents have to parent, that children can't achieve unless we raise their expectations and turn off the television sets and eradicate the slander that says a black youth with a book is acting white. They know those things.

People don't expect government to solve all their problems. But they sense, deep in their bones, that with just a change in priorities, we can make sure that every child in America has a decent shot at life, and that the doors of opportunity remain open to all. They know we can do better. And they want that choice.

In this election, we offer that choice. Our party has chosen a man to lead us who embodies the best this country has to offer. And that man is John Kerry.

John Kerry understands the ideals of community, faith, and service, because they've defined his life. From his heroic service in Vietnam to his years as prosecutor and lieutenant governor, through two decades in the United States Senate, he has devoted himself to this country. Again and again, we've seen him make tough choices when easier ones were available. His values and his record affirm what is best in us.

John Kerry believes in an America where hard work is rewarded. So instead of offering tax breaks to companies shipping jobs overseas, he'll offer them to companies creating jobs here at home.

John Kerry believes in an America where all Americans can afford the same health coverage our politicians in Washington have for themselves.

John Kerry believes in energy independence, so we aren't held hostage to the profits of oil companies or the sabotage of foreign oil fields.

John Kerry believes in the constitutional freedoms that have made our country the envy of the world, and he will never sacrifice our basic liberties nor use faith as a wedge to divide us.

And John Kerry believes that in a dangerous world, war must be an option sometimes, but it should never be the first option.

You know, a while back, I met a young man named Shamus at the VFW Hall in East Moline, Illinois. He was a good-looking kid, 6-2 or 6-3, clear eyed, with an easy smile. He told me he'd joined the Marines and was heading to Iraq the following week.

And as I listened to him explain why he'd enlisted, his absolute faith in our country and its leaders, his devotion to duty and service, I thought this young man was all that any of us might hope for in a child. But then I asked myself: Are we serving Shamus as well as he was serving us?

I thought of the 900 men and women, sons and daughters, husbands and wives, friends and neighbors, who will not be returning to their hometowns. I thought of families I had met who were struggling to get by without a loved one's full income, or whose loved ones had returned with a limb missing or nerves shattered, but who still lacked long-term health benefits because they were reservists.

When we send our young men and women into harm's way, we have a solemn obligation not to fudge the numbers or shade the truth about why they're going, to care for their families while they're gone, to tend to the soldiers upon their return, and to never ever go to war without enough troops to win the war, secure the peace, and earn the respect of the world.

Now let me be clear. Let me be clear. We have real enemies in the world. These enemies must be found. They must be pursued and they must be defeated.

John Kerry knows this. And just as Lieutenant Kerry did not hesitate to risk his life to protect the men who served with him in Vietnam, President Kerry will not hesitate one moment to use our military might to keep America safe and secure.

John Kerry believes in America. And he knows that it's not enough for just some of us to prosper. For alongside our famous individualism, there's another ingredient in the American saga. A belief that we are all connected as one people.

If there's a child on the South Side of Chicago who can't read, that matters to me, even if it's not my child.

If there's a senior citizen somewhere who can't pay for their prescription and has to choose between medicine and the rent, that makes my life poorer, even if it's not my grandparent.

If there's an Arab-American family being rounded up without benefit of an attorney or due process, that threatens my civil liberties.

It is that fundamental belief -- it is that fundamental belief -- I am my brother's keeper, I am my sister's keeper -- that makes this country work.

It's what allows us to pursue our individual dreams, yet still come together as a single American family. "E pluribus unum." Out of many, one.

Now even as we speak, there are those who are preparing to divide us, the spin masters and negative ad peddlers who embrace the politics of anything goes.

Well, I say to them tonight, there's not a liberal America and a conservative America -- there is the United States of America.

There's not a black America and white America and Latino America and Asian America -- there is the United States of America.

The pundits, the pundits like to slice and dice our country into red states and blue states; red states for Republicans, blue states for Democrats. But I've got news for them, too. We worship an awesome God in the blue states, and we don't like federal agents poking around our libraries in the red states.

We coach Little League in the blue states and have gay friends in the red states.

There are patriots who opposed the war in Iraq and patriots who supported it.

We are one people, all of us pledging allegiance to the stars and stripes, all of us defending the United States of America.

In the end, that's what this election is about. Do we participate in a politics of cynicism or do we participate in a politics of hope?

John Kerry calls on us to hope. John Edwards calls on us to hope. I'm not talking about blind optimism here-the almost willful ignorance that thinks unemployment will go away if we just don't talk about it, or the health care crisis will solve itself if we just ignore it.

That's not what I'm talking [about]. I'm talking about something more substantial. It's the hope of slaves sitting around a fire singing freedom songs; the hope of immigrants setting out for distant shores; the hope of a young naval lieutenant bravely patrolling the Mekong Delta; the hope of a mill worker's son who dares to defy the odds; the hope of a skinny kid with a funny name who believes that America has a place for him, too.  Hope in the face of difficulty, hope in the face of uncertainty, the audacity of hope

In the end, that is God's greatest gift to us, the bedrock of this nation; a belief in things not seen; a belief that there are better days ahead.

I believe we can give our middle class relief and provide working families with a road to opportunity.

I believe we can provide jobs to the jobless, homes to the homeless, and reclaim young people in cities across America from violence and despair.

I believe that we have a righteous wind at our backs, and that as we stand on the crossroads of history, we can make the right choices and meet the challenges that face us.

America, tonight, if you feel the same energy that I do, if you feel the same urgency that I do, if you feel the same passion that I do, if you feel the same hopefulness that I do, if we do what we must do, then I have no doubt that all across the country, from Florida to Oregon, from Washington to Maine, the people will rise up in November, and John Kerry will be sworn in as president. And John Edwards will be sworn in as vice president. And this country will reclaim its promise. And out of this long political darkness a brighter day will come.

Thank you very much, everybody. God bless you. Thank you.

Reading the words doesn't completely do this speech justice. The delivery was impeccable.

I've added emphasis to things I found of particular note.

Damn, this is one bad boy!

I'm not a political speech aficionado but this man LIT IT UP! He was subtle, he was confident, he was expressive. He took stabs at the Bush boys that most people didn't catch and he actually mentioned OUT LOUD the "racial slander" that says if you are Black and you read that you are acting white. Now, a little people might not understand this but I can tell you from personal experience that Blacks and Whites find you different if you are a literate and articulate black person.

There are people that say Obama might not have the support of the Black political establishment in Chicago but I am here to tell you that this man will be so far removed from those bass ackwards people it won't matter soon.

The Democrats' calm rock star - Jul 27, 2004

What do we want? -- LCCR

Gotta keep your eyes open.

Citizens' Commission on Civil Rights (CCCR) - Welcome

Nashville in the LA Times!

Card-Size Identity Crisis in Tennessee
Earle Plans Politically Charged ¨Revolution¨
It's about damn time.
"Danger": Mos Def Returns In September
New Nevilles Album Casts Long "Shadow"
Do I really want to know what this is about?

Southern Rock Titans Team For Tour

North Mississippi Allstars Update

The band is excited to announce that they will be hitting the studio at the end of August to start recording their new record, currently titled "Electric Blue Watermelon".

The record will be produced by Jim Dickinson, father of Luther and Cody, and producer of such artists as Big Star, Primal Scream, and The Replacements.

The band has been writing over the past year and in May spent three weeks in the studio in pre-production getting ready for the recording sessions. Expect the record to be released in early 2005. Photos will be posted on a weekly basis from the recordings, so please check back regularly (
Despite its increasing popularity and high-powered corporate sponsorship, the American Black Film Festival has remained a valuable experience for up and coming filmmakers.
Getting the Big Picture
"I'll be candid with you. I had hoped to be back here this week under different circumstances, running for re-election. But you know the old saying: you win some, you lose some. And then there's that little-known third category."
Al Gore

I had no idea some of these guys had moved up from Nashville!

Ex-Metros shining - Tuesday, 07/27/04

Check the makeup, straighten the tie, the spotlight is on!

New faces on view at Democratic convention - Jul 27, 2004

Monday, July 26

This is finally coming out!


Ja Rule, hmmph, hmmph, hmmp.

Rapper Ja Rule on assault charge

Unity 04 Campaign National Coalition On Black Civic Participation

Tell all the Black people you know that people died for their right to vote and the best get their butts to the polls.

Check that. Tell EVERYBODY you know that they best get their butts to the polls.

You can help by buying this disk!

He gets by with a little help from his friends

Good news for African Football.

Kenya prepare for World Cup

The move came after football's world governing body Fifa indicated it may lift its ban on the Kenya Football Federation (KFF) next month.

Nation settled by ex-slaves struggles for unity - Jul 23, 2004

Liberia officially founded


Germany appoint Klinsmann

more Catwoman

So Sad

Illinois Jacquet Dies

"Record production quality at the source remains my primary goal."

Another bad week for the music industry.

Fare Thee Well David Baker

Sunday, July 25

Oteil Burbridge

So, I'm watching the best show BET has ever aired "Studio Jams".

Tonight we have Oteil Burbridge (Allman Brothers Band & The Peacemakers), Vernon Reid (Living Colour), Jeff Coffin (Bela Fleck & The Flecktones) as well as Derek Trucks, Kofi Burbridge & YonRico Scott (all from the Derek Trucks Band).

Vernon, who has been a favorite of mine since the first Living Colour album on 85 or so but through the years my style changed, as did my ears, and what Vernon does gets a little nutty for me sometimes. Anyway, Vernon says you meet all sorts of musicians: talented, driven, gifted and magical, Oteil is magical. I couldn't agree more.

There has always been something special about him. It's not until I started seeming him do his own shows that I truly realized that he is one of a very special types. What was most amazing about this show tonight was that the room what filled with those magical types. Derek, Jeff, Rico, Kofi, Oteil & Vernon.  Even more amazing is that I have had extended personal encounters with all of these musicians other than Vernon. True, honest, talented, kind people and it shows in every note they play.

Brazil pulls it out at the last minute

Brazil wins the Copa America

Perfect for the home of World Cup 2010!

Ref shoots coach for questioning call

I coulda been a spectator

This is the game I was gonna go to but alas other things came up. I watched it on TV and it was a very boring game, both teams played very stiff and with lackluster energy.

Bayern beat Manchester United on penalties

I am ugly but I have charm – Ronaldinho -Magazine talks about the Brazilian phenom

Ten Commandments of Rock

...according to Jack Black.
  1. Film Directors are the New Rock Stars.
  2. Punk Is Cool - But Metal Rules
  3. All the Greatest Rock Stars Are Dead
  4. But Dead Comedians Rock Harder
  5. Rock Star Sperm Is Worth More Than Your Feeble Man Juice
  6. Musicians Make Lousy Actors, and Vice Versa
  7. Meaningless Sex Is All Part of the Job
  8. Only Rock Stars are Dumb Enough to Date Rock Stars
  9. Rock Should Come Naturally - Don't Force It
  10. Tenacious D Are the Future of Rock

Thanks to Uncut Magazine.


Phishy Farewell

"Of all the gigs that we would ever do in our whole lives, and of all the places to end on a positive note, this is the one that's most meaningful to us,"
Fishman told The Burlington Free Press in an interview appearing in Saturday's editions.

This looks like trouble

Her appointment as Fisk president has already raised lots of questions and this sure ain't helpin!
O'Leary says she was not 'unladylike' - Saturday, 07/24/04

I wonder if we will hold a parade since his woman lives in town now...

Armstrong Wins Record Sixth Tour De France

How about finding the residents some jobs.

Some jobs that pay well enough where they can afford something that's not sponsored by the gov't.
Razing 'the projects' to raise neighborhood - Sunday, 07/25/04

The Boondocks - 7/25/04

I know Huey, people are screwy.

Full Size
Courtesy of UComics

New 'Star Wars' movie title revealed - Jul 25, 2004

May 2005 here we come

And the 3rd runner-up is...

Uruguay 2-1 Colombia in the Copa America

Saturday, July 24

Poles call 9/11 film 'propaganda'

I believe that's exactly what it is. Michael Moore says it's a video editorial but those are one in the same, I think. I mean, by definition the word, propaganda, means:
ideas, facts, or allegations spread deliberately to further one's cause or to damage an opposing cause
Michael Moore wants to get GW out of office, he's a film-maker so there you have it.

Tell me something I don't know, damn!

This sounds like a very funky event. (Take it anyway you want.)

Second Homeless World Cup kicks off - Saturday July 24, 2004 3:08PM

Some worried over emergence of two-tiered system

I'm sorry, I thought we knew this. Have you ever visited Night Court or Traffic Court and I can only imagine what Criminal & Juvenile Courts look like.

Justice for the rich and famous - Jul 24, 2004

Congrats Bobby!

D.C United's Bobby Convey transferred to Reading FC of English first divison

What a woman!

Hamm Scores 150th Career Goal as U.S. WNT Beats Australia 3-1 at NSC in Blaine, Minn.

Good job, Phil.

Bredesen appoints two blacks as regents - Saturday, 07/24/04

Damn Them!

Administrators 'stunned' by cuts to arts funding - Friday, 07/23/04

Poor Guys.

Metros' season not a real kick - Saturday, 07/24/04

Thursday, July 22

Dutch Auction

Somebody PLEASE explain this concept to me. I just sold some tickets for more than I expected b/c of what I thought a Dutch Auction was.

I'm really confused. I mean, I'm ok with it b/c I got more than I expected but I just don't understand how.

It's all South American

Brazil Reaches Copa America Title Match

I missed this one.

Martha says:
"There are many, many good people who have gone to prison ... look at Nelson Mandela."

Why am I going to this movie? The good, the bad or the good looking?

'Catwoman' a muddled bore

"Yes, Halle Berry is a jaw-dropping sight to behold in her dominatrix get-up ... er ... Catwoman uniform. But that alone doesn't make a movie"

Is it my imagination or has blogging given Black conservatives a place to be?

The Conservative Brotherhood

Thoughts of the day.

  • Whenever I feel blue, I start breathing again.
  • I used to eat a lot of natural foods until I learned that most people die of natural causes.
  • In the 60's, people took acid to make the world weird. Now the world is weird and people take Prozac to make it normal.
  • Gardening Rule: When weeding, the best way to make sure you are removing a weed and not a valuable plant is to pull on it. If it comes out of the ground easily, it is a valuable plant.
  • The easiest way to find something lost around the house is to buy a replacement.
  • Never take life seriously. Nobody gets out alive anyway.
  • There are two kinds of pedestrians: the quick and the dead.
  • An unbreakable toy is useful for breaking other toys.
  • If quitters never win, and winners never quit, then who is the fool who said, "Quit while you're ahead"?
  • Health is merely the slowest possible rate at which one can die.
  • The only difference between a rut and a grave is the depth.
  • Give a person a fish and you feed them for a day; teach that person to use the Internet and they won't bother you for weeks.
  • Some people are like Slinkies.. . not really good for anything, but you still can't help but smile when you see one tumble down the stairs.
  • Health nuts are going to feel stupid someday, lying in hospitals dying of nothing.
  • Have you noticed since everyone has a camcorder these days no one talks about seeing UFOs like they used to?
  • All of us could take a lesson from the weather. It pays no attention to criticism.
  • Why does a slight tax increase cost you two hundred dollars and a substantial tax cut saves you thirty cents?
  • Politics is supposed to be the second oldest profession. I have come to realize it bears a very close resemblance to the first.
  • How is it one careless match can start a forest fire, but it takes a whole box to start a campfire?
  • AND THE # 1 THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: You read about all these terrorists - most of them came here legally, but they hung around on these expired visas, some for as long as 10 -15 years. Now, compare that to Blockbuster... you are two days late with a video and those people are all over you. Let's put Blockbuster in charge of immigration. 

'We sleep safe in our beds because rough men stand ready in the night to visit violence on those who would do us harm.'
--- George Orwell ---

Pirate CD sales hit record high

The ratio of illegal to legal sales has increased from one in five in 2000 to one in three in 2003.

Luckless on Ebay

Damn, this has not been my week on ebay. 1st I try to sell a Replica Soccer Jersey, the real Adidas Replica of the Spanish National Team. I had 120 hits and onlt 5 bids for a total of $17.50! These jerseys cost $65!

Now, I've got to tickets to the ManU/Bayer Munich game at Soldier Field and I didn't understand that they were to be sold as a "Dutch Auction", let alone how a "dutch auction" works so I, following standard procedure for a normal auction but the tix up at a really low price and now I realize that that's the price they will sell at. I had no idea that I was to put them at the price I want to get for them. Some dude is getting a deal and I am losing about $40 per ticket!

Live & Learn, I guess.

Wednesday, July 21

This one sounds like a bad boy!

Ricky Fanté

I am determined to prove myself in England.

Kluivert joins Newcastle

Rich Scofield. You will be missed.

Scofield, Richard Tremont - Age 56. Monday, July 19, 2004 at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. He was born June 29, 1948 in Hartford, Connecticut, the son of Frances (Tremont) and Kennard Scofield. He graduated from University of Connecticut 1970 and received his Masters degree in Child Development in 1979 from George Peabody at Vanderbilt. He is survived by his wife, Bonnie Johnson and children Tara Johnson, Susie Johnson, Joel Williamson and Quintaria Brunson; four grandchildren, Joel (LJ), Yhazmyn, Jaliyah and Aanya and many beloved friends and extended family. Rich was founder and publisher of School-Age NOTES, a child development specialist and for 27 years was a recognized leader in the field of school-age care. He was the founding vice-president and long-time board member of the National School-Age Care Alliance and has served on the board of directors and in various positions for the Tennessee School-Age Care Alliance and the Southern Early Childhood Association. He was a neighborhood activist city-wide and particularly in the Breeze Hill community. He impacted thousands of children, families, and providers with his writings and public speaking. He lived life with irrepressible spirit and tenacity as well as generosity and sensitivity. No words to adequately describe the emptiness left by his death. A Celebration of Life Memorial service will be held July 31 at 2:00 at Harambee Auditorium, Scarritt-Bennett Retreat Center; Nashville, Tennessee, followed by a reception and tree-planting ceremony at his home 2934 Vaulx Lane. Visitations will be at his home on Wednesday, July 21 4:00-8:00 and one hour before the Celebration of Life at Harambee Auditorium. In lieu of flowers please make contributions to the "Richard T. Scofield Memorial Education Fund for Children", Bank of America, 645 Thompson Lane, Nashville, Tennessee, 37204.

Check out this memorial.

Personal note: I only knew Rich for a little while but he was a great guy. He was my brother in minutae and trivia. He, like me, was an only child. He was always entertaining and he cared deeply for his kids and grandkids. I really will miss him.

What'll happen to his bar?

==Titans grant George his release==

Will the Busta's money beat out Netflix's enthusiastic customer base?

Blockbuster vows to go after Netflix - Jul 21, 2004

On this day in Tennessee History!

Scopes Guilty, Fined $100, Scores Law; Benediction Ends Trial, Appeal Starts; Darrow Answers Nine Bryan Questions

One of my top 5 blues guys!

Wolf called jazz "blee-blop" and fined his guitarist for playing it.

Tuesday, July 20

Mr. Chaney's company doing something unethical or illegal? Nooooo!

Halliburton Iran deals under fire

Indie labels unhappy with merger

As well they should be.

This is a good start.

Donors pledge $1bn in Haiti aid

Action works better than pledges

Bush pledges to make America safer - Jul 20, 2004

United States has said it was "completely dissatisfied" with Sudan's failure to stop Arab militia in Darfur and Khartoum

If we are that fed up let's do something about it.

A voice of reason?

U.N. votes 150-6 against West Bank barrier - Jul 20, 2004

Tennessee, Tennessee. ain't no place I'd rather be.

Cheesy, nude Monn arrested - Jul 20, 2004


How many people do you know who see things this way?

   The division of the human family into its two distinct branches occurred some 10,000 years ago, a few hundred years after the flood. Humans coexisted as members of small bands of nomadic hunter/gatherers.
   In the pivotal event of societal evolution, beer was invented.  This epochal innovation was both the foundation of modern civilization and the occasion of the great bifurcation of humanity into its two distinct subgroups: Liberals and Conservatives.
   Once beer was discovered, it required grain, and that was the beginning of agriculture. Neither the glass bottle or aluminum can had yet been invented, so it was necessary to stick pretty close to the brewery. That's how villages were formed.
   Some men spent their days killing animals to barbecue at night while they were drinking beer.  This was the beginning of the conservative movement. Other men who were weaker and  less skilled at hunting, learned how to live off conservatives by showing up for the BBQs every night and doing women's work like sewing, fetching and hair dressing. This was the beginning of the liberal movement. Later, some of the liberals actually became women.
   Liberal achievements include the domestication of cats, invention of group therapy and democratic voting to see how to divide the beer and meat that the conservatives provided.
   Women were not interested in democracy at that time because most of them were still women back then, and the conservatives fed them.
   Conservatives are symbolized by the largest, most powerful land animal on earth. Liberals are symbolized by the jackass.
   Modern Liberals like imported beer (they add lime), but most prefer white wine or foreign water in a bottle.  They eat raw fish but like their beef well done.  Sushi, tofu, and French food are on liberal menus.  Their women have more testosterone than the men.
    Liberals like deviant sex and want others to like it too.  Their first successful city governments were Sodom and Gomorrah.  Most social workers, personal injury attorneys, journalists, and group therapists are Liberals.  Liberals invented the designated hitter rule in baseball because it wasn't "fair" to make the pitcher also bat.
   Conservatives drink domestic beer.  They eat red meat. Conservatives are big-game hunters, rodeo cowboys, lumber jacks, construction workers, medical doctors, police officers, corporate executives, soldiers, athletes, and generally anyone who works productively outside government.  Conservatives who own companies hire other conservatives who want to work for a living.
   Liberals do not produce anything. They like to "govern" the producers and decide what is to be done with the production. Liberals believe Europeans are more enlightened than Americans. That is why most of the liberals just stayed in Europe when conservatives were coming to America.
   Conservatives have principles; believe in a Creator, and the rule of law. They practice charity and give to the poor, normally through their churches. When in doubt on an issue, they check both the Bible and the Constitution, which they use as a constant reference in a changing world.  They believe in the concept of truth.
   Liberals do not have principles, except for their dedication to stealing production of conservatives and undermining principled references such as the Bible and Constitution. They are never in doubt on an issue because they always do whatever is best for them without regard to others.  They have no standard of reference.
   Liberals do not give to charity. They cultivate the poor like a cat cultivates a field of mice. They use the poor as voters and give them a portion of stolen tax money which they vote away from conservatives.
   Conservatives believe in self defense, both at home and abroad. They own guns and use them to discourage liberals and other common criminals.  They provide guns to the armed forces to discourage foreign liberals and other foreign criminals.
   Liberals do not believe in conservative self defense.  They disarm conservatives, and then attack them with impunity by liberal armies with guns.  King George, Hitler and Stalin were all liberals who abandoned the rule of Law, had no principles except their own self indulgence, and attempted to tax and govern conservatives.   Liberals believe in BIG government.  They think the United Nations is the ultimate answer.
   Conservatives believe in the rule of law and when sitting on juries, convict common criminals and acquit fellow conservatives who have been charged by liberals.  When serving in the armed forces, they shoot liberals from other countries who want to govern our country. Conservatives know the difference between a common-sense law and a bone-headed statute passed by some liberal from Massachusetts.   When sitting on juries, they do not enforce bone-headed statutes, and don't explain their reasons.
   Liberals only believe in whatever laws are appealing to them, such as the privilege of making a living by taxing conservatives.  When sitting on juries, liberals convict producers and acquit liberals and other common criminals. Modern Judges are all liberals as they do not produce anything except chaos, and are paid with confiscated tax money. They consider it against the law to reference any source of law such as the Bible or Constitution.  Like other liberals, they just make it up as they go and do what is best for them.   Judge Roy Bean is their model.
   The American cowboy, of course, is your basic, full-bore Conservative.  A hundred years ago, an Englishman visiting Texas was attempting to find the owner of a huge cattle ranch.  He rode up to one of the ranch hands, and inquired, "Pardon me, but could you perhaps tell me where I might locate your master?"  To which the cowboy replied, "That sumbitch ain't been born yet".
   So, what'll it be?  Wine or Beer?  Domestic or Imported?

Life in Nashville

Today I go to my fav coffee joint, Fido, and run into one of favorite musical acquaintences, David Olney. We always have a really fun chit-chat when we see each other. He's such a talented and unique individual.  He asked me when I was gonna write my groundbreaking tome, which is interesting b/c I don't think I'd ever mentioned to him that I would like to write.  
We met way back in the day. When the last record store I worked in first opened. He was our first in-store performance and I have been a fan ever since.  
Check him out if you can. He's a wonderful storyteller and musician.

Monday, July 19

How do you say good luck in Dutch? - U.S. forward DaMarcus Beasley set to join PSV Eindhoven, Dutch club says

This is quite interesting.

FIFA boss hails China as football birthplacea>

Say it ain't so!

or, ummm, Good for DaMarcus!
Beasley to sign with PSV Eindhoven - Sunday July 18, 2004 6:14PM

Now that's good! - Television network admits it lied about unauthorized biography - Jul 17, 2004


Rich, I've only known you for a year or so but I carry with me a great fondness of you and I will do whatever I can for the hapiness and health of those we love in common.

This is wonderful news

South Africa wins 2010 vote

Damn, I was hoping our CONCACAF partners could pull it out

Brazil thrash Mexico

Chelsea works to maintain status

Chelsea agree Drogba fee

He thinks he's a good guy now.

What Gaddafi might mean for Palace

Fresh Prince is smarter than I thought...

...not that I thought he wasn't. He married and has stayed married to Jada Pinkett for umpteen years!
The sharp skill of 'Mr. Summer Movie' - Jul 19, 2004
"I am a serious summer movie fan, and I know the type of movie that needs to be in July. I have a sense of what audiences want to see. What I hoped to develop with 'I, Robot' was the ability to push it forward.""I am a serious summer movie fan, and I know the type of movie that needs to be in July. I have a sense of what audiences want to see. What I hoped to develop with 'I, Robot' was the ability to push it forward."

Sunday, July 18

Always wanted one but never got one.

Toyota discontinuing Celica and MR2 - Jul. 18, 2004

Who woulda thunk a young Black man would be the biggest Summer Box Office hero year after year

'I, Robot' debuts at No. 1 - Jul 18, 2004

East Nashville Wildlife

Found this litttle guy on the garage wall when I chopped down some bushes. He had a friend and he was not intimitated by me.

Not bad, not bad at all.

Metros finish season with tie - Sunday, 07/18/04

Nashville's Riverfront - A History

Tennessean online photo gallery

Let's do it!

River's return - Sunday, 07/18/04

This makes no sense

China undermining Tibetan Buddhism, group says - Saturday, 07/17/04

The Legend

Beckenbauer looks to future

No surprise here.

Bangkok Summit Reveals US AIDS Plan at Odds with "Access for All"

Clothing problems?

BBC SPORT | Football | African | Diouf loses Liverpool shirt

Sir Elton speaks

Elton attacks 'censorship' in US

Why is this just now showing up? - The Dead is still kickin' - Jul 17, 2004

At this rate she won't even see Athens.

Jones pulls out of 200 at Olympic trials - Saturday July 17, 2004 5:55PM

Friday, July 16

Now THAT'S what I'm talkin about!

As a rapper, as an artist, we've got power," he said. "If we can get people to vote from the ages 18 to 44, we can make a change."

Rapper blames Bush for 9/11 in new song - Jul 16, 2004

And while we're at it...

This is my man. Alejandro is pure soul. He is much more than a singer-songwriter, he is a creative force.

Please Help!
Alejandro Fund . Com :: Alejandro Escovedo

I expect everybody who reads this to go buy this! I'll be checking!

A Bevy of Buddies Rush to the Singer-Songwriter’s Rescue

We'll see if this one makes it on schedule and on budget...

It's official: 3 years until new bridge - Friday, 07/16/04

Click here for some Presidential Campaign Fun

No offense to the Woody Guthrie fans & family.

New Diamond Campaign

I hope this comes to Nashville.

Maria Full of Grace

The Boondocks - 7/16/04

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We knew this, didn't we?

Sedentary behaviour should be a cause for concern, but we should sound a note of caution about looking for a single factor behind it

CBBC spokeswoman

Cut kids' TV 'to protect health'

This WILL be a very interesting season.

Bryant chooses to remain with Lakers - Thursday July 15, 2004 9:27PM

"I'll Be Back."

Martha Stewart gets five months prison term - Jul. 16, 2004


On July 16, 1918, Russia's Czar Nicholas II, his empress and their five children were executed by the Bolsheviks.
Courtesy of NY Times

Thursday, July 15

Can you say Idiot? I thought you could

Film-maker Moore facing lawsuit

5 things you can do for a better America

Your Vote Matters

Do what you can do.

Oppose Stealth Attempts to Promote Marriage Discrimination

I'm proud of you Mr. Bush

President Bush Signs Extension of Africa Trade Law

An African and a Footballer!

George Weah selected for Arthur Ashe Courage Award

Come on ya'll, please participate.

Brazil in cash for guns amnesty

I'm sorry, I didn't realize we helped dictators...

US bank 'hid Pinochet millions'

What are you doing Friday the 16th?

Charlie Degenhart and the Plastic Soul  is at the RADIO CAFE in East Nashville (startin' at around 9:30) . . . a great hang, great food, and a 'harmless little rock and roll band' . . . please join us, wont you?

Barack Obama to Deliver Convention Keynote Address

National Coverage for the Senatorial hopeful


Colin's Flaws

Wish they's bring something down South.

And Salt Lake City makes 12-

Now if they could just get more Black students on campus...

Mellon Foundation Extends Learning Community Grant

Wednesday, July 14

Good news for North American Arts

Festival to focus on African film

Sounds like they really love their parents but what else are they gonna say?

Bush twins break silence - Jul 13, 2004

She's been saying sh*t like this for years!

Slim-Fast trims Whoopi from ads - Jul 14, 2004

The New Charlie Hunter is here!

I haven't mentioned it here as much as I should but Charlie Hunter is one of my favorite musicians (and one of the greatest of the contemporary music scene)...easily top 5 of current and probably top 10 overall.

He is an amazingly creative musician. after years on Blue Note he is now a ropeadope recording artist and he has just released his new record "Friends Seen & Unseen" (The title is related to Nashville.) It is a trio featuring John Ellis & Derek Phillips.

I am only on the 2nd song and it sounds like it will be more of a straight jazz album. All his music tends to be funky but sometimes he leans mre heavily on the funk groove and so far this sounds more swinging than head-bobbin. I've also noticed that there is no traditional or gospel song; there is usually one or the other on Charlie's records.

For those unfamiliar with Charlie go to and check out some video and sound bites.

A NEW Spike Lee Joint!

She Hate Me


A constitutional amendment should never be undertaken lightly - yet to defend marriage, our nation has no other choice.

President Bush

The Boondocks - 7/14/04

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Tuesday, July 13

The new music guide here, the new music guide is here

AllMusic Guide got a facelift!

Movie fun

Basic Instinct sequel confirmed

I think we should be called out on this issue

France accuses U.S. of HIV drug 'blackmail' - Jul 13, 2004

Let's see, there is less than months till election day. How many more of these guys will be captured

Bin Laden associate surrenders - Jul 13, 2004

My life as a childhood Redneck

I grew up in a predominantly Black but mixed-race neighborhood in Nashville. There were lots of kids on my street and we all used play together; baseball, football, those kind of things. We all used to listen to music together too but I remember when things changed for me.

It was 1979, I was in the 6th grade, maybe 7th, and Charlie Daniels came out with "Devil Went Down To Georgia". Everybody loved the song but it was controversial because Charlie said "son of a bitch" in the song. Well, some radio stations played the "son of a gun version" but only KDF, & maybe KQB, the rock stations played the "son of a bitch" version. I tuned into KDF - KQB was a bit hard core for my 11 year old ears - and never turned back.

Several years later, while in high school, I attended several of the Charlie Daniels' Volunteer Jams. I saw Skynyrd, Allman Bros and all sorts of other bands I don't remember.

There was even a time when I bought a Tom Petty "Southern Accents" tour shirt that had a Confederate Flag on it. I was doing it out of spite, I think I was trying to say this flag means nothing to be but who knows I was kid. I just liked the design.

Anyway, I've trailed off... That was just a taste of my life as a childhood Redneck.

Monday, July 12

Thank you, my Brother!

Time to drive in a new direction

Future of Africa

Courtesy of Africa Action

Tapers would never!

'World's biggest bootlegger' jailed

They found the Kryptonite

Superman director 'quits project'

It's been a long time...

Prince is selling out arenas on tour

Crazy Scandinavians!

Couple had sex on stage during concert

Do you really think he would back down at this point?

Bush defends Iraq invasion - Jul 12, 2004

So sad.

Isabel Sanford, 'Jeffersons' star, dies - Jul 12, 2004

Good luck, Michael.

She's my favorite but she's got some serious problems in the love department

Power of Civil Disobedience

Senegal's 'Day without the press'

Powerhouse gets stronger

Galatasaray grab Song

Just say NO!

Social Conservatives Want More of Their Own to Speak at the G.O.P. Convention

The World is a Ghetto!

Indian slum-dwellers given voice

The Boondocks - 7/11/04

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Friday, July 9

Bush pledges intelligence reforms

What? Like going back to Crawford?

What the f**k were they thinking?

Democrat Smith votes with House GOP to retain Patriot Act

Charlie Degenhart & the Plastic Soul Band

Get your groove on early tomrrow in Nashville:

Cool Springs Harley Davidson (next to the Cool Springs Mall)

first set starts at 10:00 A.M. -- Rise and Shine!
second set will probably start between 11:30 and Noon . . . .

The gig is part of a benefit/rally being held there in honor of officers Sgt. Jerry Mundy and Deputy John Musice who were killed trying to set up a 'spike strip' to stop a car that other officers had been chasing . . . .if you've been watching the news lately, I'm sure you've heard about it.

In any event, the whole thing goes from 10:00 a.m. until 1:00 and should be really cool . . . obviously its for a cool cause . . .

Unsigned Music Network - Charlie

Even the Wildlife in Lousiana does things differently.

Makes easier gumbo.

Cos explains himself

After calling out all the poor folks Bill Cosby explains.

Bill Cosby joins NPR's Lynn Neary

Jocks for Justice

Should athletes, or any celebrity, speak out about politics or social issues?

I know the artists will say they speak out in their art but what about athletes. Remember Muhammad Ali? What about Tommie Smith & John Carlos at the 68 Olympics? I'm sure there are others who have done it but who does it now? What about the leagues in general... FIFA and UEFA have launched huge anti-racism campaigns, why doesn't the NBA or NFL?

Sounds like something to check out

Taken by aliens... then they came back - Jul 9, 2004

Yoga follow-up

I woke up this morning after a good night's sleep and was ok till a little while ago. I was explaining what I learned last night and felt the tightness all through my torso and upper back. It doesn't hurt, it's just tight.

Stay tuned for "Yoga" episode 2: Yoga for Relaxation 7/14/04.

Well, isn't this just the best way to start a weekend.

Death toll for U.S.-led coalition�in Iraq�tops 1,000 - Jul 9, 2004

The African footprint is worldwide

Players with African roots

Thank God.

Bowie recovers after heart surgery

I saw somewhere that "Passion of Christ" was the most illegally downloaded movie.

Online film piracy 'set to rise'

Isn't this interesting?

Sudan warns US against 'new Iraq'

I would hope they rule against this...

UN rules against Israeli barrier

Yet another personality test.

Wackiness: 40/100
Rationality: 46/100
Constructiveness: 60/100
Leadership: 62/100

You are an SECL--Sober Emotional Constructive Leader. This makes you a politician. You cut deals, you change minds, you make things happen. You would prefer to be liked than respected, but generally people react to you with both. You are very sensitive to criticism, since your entire business is making people happy.

At times your commitment to the happiness of other people can cut into the happiness of you and your loved ones. This is very demanding on those close to you, who may feel neglected. Slowly, you will learn to set your own agenda--including time to yourself.

You are gregarious, friendly, charming and charismatic. You like animals, sports, and beautiful cars. You wear understated gold jewelry and have secret bad habits, like chewing your fingers and fidgeting.

You are very difficult to dislike.

The test of a new band, sorta.

The Mule is coming out with their first recording as a 4tet. This will tell us what the new Mule sounds like. I'm nervous and excited! I have loved these guys so long but haven't heard what I like since Allen Woody died.

The long awaited and much anticipated new Gov't Mule studio record, "Deja Voodoo" will be released on September 14, 2004. This album, the first to include keyboardist Danny Louis and bassist Andy Hess along with founding members Warren Haynes and Matt Abts, is comprised completely of songs which have never been performed live. When asked to describe the album, Haynes Haynes says "It sounds like Gov't Mule, but it doesn't sound like anything we've already done. It has the same muscle and the same influences and character. But the fact is that it's a new band interpreting, and I'm writing songs for the sound of the new band."
"Deja Voodoo" is available for Pre-Sale now @ Music Today's Gov't Mule store. It is also available for Pre-Order through The Mule Van, which will be in the parking lot of every single Allman Brothers/Grateful Dead show that Warren Haynes plays this Summer.

Everyone who Pre-Orders "Deja Voodoo" will receive receive a limited edition, exclusive (not available in stores or at shows) "Mule Tracks Sampler" featuring live soundboard Mule tunes and be entered to win one of the following prizes:

Grand Prize: 2 pairs of front row tickets to the Gov't Mule show of the winner's choice*
Second Prize: 2 framed Danny Clinch photos signed by the band
Third Prize: 2 Gov't Mule Fall Tour Posters signed by the band

1. Bad Man Walking
2. About To Rage
3. Perfect Shelter
4. Little Toy Brain
5. Slackjaw Jezebel
6. Wine & Blood
7. Lola Leave Your Light On
8. Silent Scream
9. No Celebration
10. Mr. Man
11. Separate Reality
12. New World Blues

And the supporting tour!

In support of "Deja Voodoo", Gov't Mule will mount an extensive coast to coast tour this Fall. The first 2 dates of the tour will be in Pompano Beach, Florida and Atlanta, Georgia. We are also very proud to announce that Gov't Mule will present and headline "Red Rocks The Vote" at Red Rocks Amphitheatre on Sunday, September 19th. The Mule, along with HeadCount, will be joined by many of their friends and other musicians who want to actively register voters before November's election. Please check for details as they are announced. Tickets for these 3 shows will go on sale through Gov't Mule Ticketing Monday July 12th @ Noon Eastern Time
password: themule
Date Venue City Public On-Sale
09/10/04 Pompano Beach Amphitheatre Pompano Beach, FL 7/16
09/11/04 Masquerade Music Park Atlanta, GA 7/16
09/19/04 Red Rocks Denver, CO 7/31

More Deja Voodoo Tour dates will be announced next week.

What the hell was he thinking?

And why is the NAACP involved? The girl is white?

California education chief calls preschooler 'stupid dirty girl' - Jul 9, 2004

Report blames 'group think' for CIA failures on Iraq - Jul 9, 2004

Who was responisbile for the "false or overstated analyses"? Do you think they might have been trying to find info to back the assertions of the White House? Maybe the White House said: "Hey, CIA we want to get Saddam, find us some info to help us present our case."

Report blames 'group think' for CIA failures on Iraq - Jul 9, 2004

A little piece of paper loaded with chlorophyll

Ray Charles on the $10 bill - Sign the petition!

Thursday, July 8

Speed Bumps

Has anybody ever seen speed bumps on a residential street? I have a neighbor who wants to install speed bumps to slow traffic down.

We live on a relatively quiet street but it is a shortcut street and some people come through here at a pretty good clip - speed limit is 25.

Do you think this could work? How will it affect the neighborhood?

I guess I need to call my councilman.


Tonight was my first yoga class. You know, I'm really tried to better myself.

It was freaking hard! I had no idea that sitting in one place and stretching could be so difficult. The good thing is that I am learning. Nor was I turned off.

But that's it for tonight. Screw the work I brought home. I'm putting my ass in the B.E.D.!

I guess after you get used to it you can really concentrate on the meditative quality. I breathed through my nose the entire session but I sure as hell wasn't thinking about my breathing or focusing on my body releasing or whatever!

Anyway. Next week I will try the Yoga for Relaxation, maybe that will be kinder to me.

Not David!

Bowie in emergency heart surgery

Ghana! Ghana! Ghana!

Ghana to host Cup of Nations

Healthy Thoughts

13 Healthy Habits to Improve Your Life

Too young. So Sad.

Syreeta Wright, Stevie Wonder ex, dead - Jul 8, 2004

Lunch with a rock star

I am fortunate to work in the music industry, even if it is a side of the industry most people don't think about. One of the composers we use was in two pretty popular 80s metal bands - you'll have to ask me which ones cause I'm not posting his name here. He has moved to Nashville and has written some great music for us, most of it was not metal or even Rock.

Last week he asked if we wanted to go to lunch with him and so we - my VP of Production & Marketing, my Senior Editor and I - did. This guy is such a nice guy, not affected with Rock Star attitude, just a nice guy who is also VERY talented.

He told stories about his rock star friends and how life is different in Nashville compared to California, etc, etc.

If was fun.

It's worldwide.

Hip-hop hopefuls battle for glory

Very intertesting... not so much Bill but the story of the kids

Cosby foots college bills for top grads - Jul 8, 2004

Bush declines NAACP invitation - Jul 8, 2004

This is a really good way to get Black folk to support you.

Bush has declined invitations in each year of his presidency -- becoming the first president since Herbert Hoover not to attend an NAACP convention.

Did you see Farhenheit 9/11?

Ridge says al Qaeda planning attack - Jul 8, 2004