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The Price of Empire



CDC Peace Slate Is A Seduction

There’s that story in the bottom right-hand corner… the older folk talked about the weather, our conversation-in-passing was about which shop was getting hassled.  And, if you wanted to spend abit more time, you actually could make it into a full-blown discussion.

But, at the end of the day you just wanted to know where you could, safely, pick up some paper or a pipe, maybe a bong if you were a’rollin’ in the bread.

And to what end? Good friends, good music, good vibes.

And, then – the California Democratic Council. Get real; the CDC’s peace slate is nothing but a seduction, a figment of their imagination, a draw-you-away ploy from the serious contenders for change.  Now it gets heavy… we read the article, parse each paragraph – it’s a discussion, man – and wind up right where we knew we were going.  It’s not just that the plan they propose doesn’t go far enough, we know that they’re not going to stand behind it – where’s the truth in their word?  It’s simply a front to pull the Progressives and the other parties in, just keeping the machine trudging to the middle of the road.  So, now… what’s new?

We both know the answer to that one, but check-out the Anatomy of a Sellout anyway..there were lessons to learn then, still are now.

When you’re done with that read, head over to that ‘Remembrance’ Section we mentioned last week.  Today, RW has a piece on Art – yes, that Art.  Then, tomorrow, Paul Krassner has one on Lenny Bruce (yes, one of those two are still alive). If you’re wondering why Paul sent over that piece (oops, gave it away), it’s not that Lenny’s dead, it’s that he’s arisin’…  Yes, it’ll be a very merry Lenny Brucemas!

Right below is THE LINK to this Special Event produced by us here at the LA FP – featuring Chicago (nee CTA… the Chicago Transit Authority), Black Pearl, Sweetwater, Pacific Gas & Electric, and the illinoisSpeed Press!  When this 1968 concert-on-the-beach first happened, 35,000 people came. Join us this time around by clicking on the I’m ‘Going’ Button.  Let’s party!


EXCLUSIVE: Rap Brown Raps with LA Free Press

Our ’50-Year Throwback Thursday’ is quite a contrast, isn’t it? What with Whites, this week, demanding their Superior Rights vs Blacks fighting just for equality… 50 years ago.  And could the contrast be any sharper than this:  the Black leader, in his fight for his Rights back then in the 1960’s (mind you, that’s NOT the 1860’s), is arrested under the Fugitive Slave Law(!) (in Virginia, of all places), while this year’s White Supremacists (in Virginia, of all places) are expressing their gratitude for their ‘equal’ treatment by the current President of the United States.

Interestingly, we think, the interview reveals that Fake News is not a new phenomenon.  And when you get past that (in the interview) you may be intrigued with Rap’s answer to the question we (the LA FP) posed…. “What about whites who hate America’s racism, who identify with the black revolution, but who have a hard time organizing with other whites? Do you think there are significant numbers of such people and do you see anything that people like that could do in the way of actively participating in the struggle against racism and imperialism?”

And what do you think would have happened… where would we be today… if we followed his prescription:  ”Whites can help us by arming us.” Would White Supremacists be non-existent… or greater in number?

As usual, the LA FP was offering up then what could have led to change now.  We think it’s still worth the read.

And what else is on our mind?
Well, several weeks ago, we heard from RW Klarin… a fellow traveler back in the day, who sojourned in and about educational institutes as a student (Berkeley), an administrator, and a teacher (of history) for 30 (30!) years.  Now retired, he’s visiting the places (people, too), not just to see them, but to re-view how they impacted our lives today.  He put about a year’s worth of his discoveries into a book, quite interesting as it’s in a format that can make your own retirement into a wonder-full experience.  Anyhow…  he sent us his musings about Elysium Fields, we ran it, lots of folks liked it… long story made short, we’ve just posted another piece from him today at the ‘Remembrances’ Tab up above… AND you can trip out with him each Wednesday for the foreseeable future!

“Tu abuela en mole!” which, loosely translated…

…means “Your grandmother should be turned into sauce!”


All in all, the meeting was not that different from our present-time meetings about Sanctuary City status.  So, I guess we should bring back that expression and hurl it at the Council Members who listen with the very same defiante demeanor as the sheriff who conducted this one so long ago.

Of course, this is just an important topic… surely it’s that Harrison headline that has had your attention.  And, quite frankly, that article is one of our favorites… especially its photo of George reading ‘last’ week’s LA Free Press!  We’ll post it here for you tomorrow and, too, we’ll post that Cheetah ad for the James Brown Revue on our LAFPMusic Facebook Page.  With regard to it, as we are just now working on a project for the Santa Monica History Museum about the Cheetah, we’ll throw in some additional tidbits on the club and the acts that they hosted.

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