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Born On This Day in 1928: Ruth Brown, Grammy and Tony Award-Winning “Queen of R&B” and Musicians’ Rights Activist

by Lori Lakin Hutcherson (@lakinhutcherson) Ruth Alston Brown (born Ruth Weston), singer-songwriter and actress known for hit songs such as “So Long,” “Teardrops from My Eyes,” “5-10-15 Hours,” “(Mama) He Treats Your Daughter Mean” and “Oh What A Dream” which earned her the nicknames “Miss Rhythm” and “Queen of R&B,” was born January 12, …

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NRA illegally coordinated campaign ads with Republican Senate candidates

Mother Jones is reporting that the National Rifle Association illegally shared information with Republican Senate campaigns in at least three states. In Missouri and Montana during the 2018 election, and in North Carolina in 2016, the NRA’s media consultant worked directly for Republican candidates in “an apparent violation of laws designed to prevent …

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Vast majority of Americans call shutdown 'embarrassing'

With the government shutdown set to become the longest in history on Saturday, about three-quarters of Americans find it shameful and “embarrassing for the country,” according to an NPR/Ipsos poll released Friday. That includes a solid majority of Republicans. Even though Democrats (87%) feel more strongly about this than Republicans (58%), …

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Cheers and Jeers: Rum and Resistance FRIDAY!

Cheers and Jeers for Friday, January 11, 2019 Note: Next week is going to be one of those weird posting weeks shrouded in chaos and uncertainty (the financial markets may tank!) here in the kiddie pool. Shortly after posting early Monday morning, we’ll be hauled up the hill in a …

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Cartoon: Counter-programming the President's next address

  Friday January 11, 2019 · 2:50 PM PST 2019/01/11 · 14:50 This week’s hoopla around Trump’s racist address and its coverage is just a warm up for the State of the Union. I recommend not watching unless you have to draw political cartoons. Follow me on Twitter, Facebook, or Patreon. {{backgroundUrl avatar_large}} Joined: …

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