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Contact Us,Johnny Rawls is a decidedly old school kind of guy. Wright, the man he credits with launching his career. stand out because I do original songs that have a good beat to them. It a different side to the blues. I take a lot of time and effort to write songs so they don sound like they were just thrown together. In order to stand out, you have to write great songs. that regard, Rawls readily agrees that “genuine soul music” is in short supply these days, its classic sound having been displaced by rap, hip hop, and other styles informed by the urban experience.

these days don know anything about genuine soul music, Rawls says in explaining why those classic sounds seem so scarce these days. don hear it on the radio, so they don know. When I was coming up, you could hear Joe Tex and Sam and Dave and the Temptations, and we listened to that music all the time. But nowadays, these kids don hear that, so they have no idea what it all about. remembers playing clarinet and saxophone in the marching band growing up in Mississippi: “When I was in eighth grade, this promoter came to my school because he was trying to put together a dance band in Jackson, and so he asked me if I would play sax. I agreed, and after that, when all the artists came through area, they would use us as their band, and we play with them from Mobile to New Orleans, anywhere within a 200 mile radius. I got to meet all these great stars when I was only 16, 17 years old. How lucky can you get? a result, Rawls career path was decided early on. never worried about making a living, he reflects. was my life. I didn worry about no day job, no night job, nothing. I played music all day and all night. And he considers it his duty to show a younger generation the soul music they been missing. my mission, he insists. been doing it 45 years.”

Rawls new album, Tiger in a Cage, reflects that basic savvy he learned along the way. Songs like the title track reflect the frustrations of a wayward generation trapped in the ghetto, with no hope of a reprieve. to the Blues relates his personal mantra. A handful of well chosen covers the Rollings Stones of Burden, Sam Cooke oft covered classic a Party, and Jackie Wilson familiar standard Love Keeps Lifting Me (Higher and Higher) attest to a pedigree Rawls gained early on.

While he laments the fact that younger people lack some important musical exposure, he also has some choice comments about certain older musicians who’ve exploited the blues and soul sounds as a final career move.

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is this thing ‘rock blues’? he asks. these old rock ‘n’ rollers have suddenly taken to the blues because they have nowhere else to go. They don have their own audience anymore, so they coming over to the blues to get their last shot of glory. It this attempt at a rock blues hybrid, but in reality, it has nothing to do with the blues. They just washed up rock singers. may be another reason Rawls commitment has never faltered. been on tour since I was 15, he says. some other artists, I don have the luxury of taking off for four months to write new songs. I can take off the whole winter and go somewhere and just write. he doesn have to: that I observe give me my songs, he says. lot of things in life give me inspiration. Maybe I should write a song about this interview.
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Blue Dog Dem Joe Donnelly of Indiana is up with a tough talking ad about illegal immigration that targets President Obama on the issue, deriding him as part of “the Washington crowd.” Donnelly is being challenged by state Rep. Jacki Walorski in a contest that both sides view as a real race.

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As Donnelly says the words “Washington crowd,” we see Obama, Boehner and Pelosi.

A Dem strategist who advises candidates on their races tells me that this isn’t an attack on Obama; rather, it’s about achieving separation from all of Washington on illegal immigration. “He showed his independence in this ad by condemning Washington on the issue,” the strategist said.

The spot is another mark of how successfully the anti illegal immigration camp has dragged the debate to the right and turned immigration into a hugely contentious national issue in unlikely places.

I’ve been reading the absolutely fascinating “Last Call” by Daniel Okrent about the rise and fall of Prohibition. It was above all a culture war, pitting on the one side small town and rural Protestants, populists, progressives, suffragists, nativists and racists (all overlapping categories) versus aristocrats, immigrants, big city Dem machines and of course the distillers and brewers and to a much lesser extent vintners. The KKK was a valued member of the dry coalition because it demonized liquor for its bad effects on black men, but even more it demonized Catholics and Jews and immigrants of all non nordic kinds. Indiana was a hotbed of Klan activity in the 1920s.

And speaking of hard ball tactics, the very dry Congress understood full well the demographic changes that had taken place in the new century. To preserve the Volstead Act intact the dry majority REFUSED TO REAPPORTION CONGRESS after the 1920 census. That’s right, they refused to account for the great growth of the cities and adjust the congressional districts allocated to each of the states. Despite what the Constitution said. They didn’t pass a reapportionment bill until 1929, to take effect in the 1932 election. And according to Okrent, it seems to have gone mostly unremarked, given everything else that was happening.

The book is absolutely fascinating history and should be read by anyone interested in change making political and social movements, cultural politics and hardball politics in general. Thank the gods things are much tamer now. Not because he is running ads that are attacking his own President and party but because he is a member of the United States Congress. If he wants to fix immigration last I checked the only people who could really do that are the 435 members of the House of Representatives and the 100 members of the United States Senate. He is one of those people and if it is a problem he is one of the people responsible for it and has not fixed the problem.

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I live in South Bend. As far as I know there is NO immigration issue here. Donnelly is an a$$ for other reasons, including his vote against extending UI benefits and his vote FOR the odious Stupak amendment. But I think Jacki Walorski is a wingnut. No idea how competitive the race will be. Not surprisingly, when he thinks public opinion agrees with him, he does the former, and when it disagrees, he does the latter. It is a fairly subtle propaganda technique, but certainly not one that the Plumline’s resident propaganda, er, “expert” (Bernie L.) is ever likely to point out. So I thought I would do so. Of course illegal immigration is a national issue. What’s the problem with that? And the only reason it is “hugely contentious” is because the Democrat power elite want something that the American citizens have soundly rejected.
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I confused, Mankiw hasn stopped writing for the general public or stopped writing on the web. What he has done is put an end to comments. I have never gone on Mankiw blog site, yet I read some of his posts. That because Mark Thoma sometimes puts them up on his blog site. Sometimes I take things Dani has written on his blog site and post them in my comments on Mark Thoma blog site. So unless these economist are going to start writing for a professional audience or stop posting their writings on the web, the econ blogosphere will go on as long as economist put their fingers to the keyboard to say something they think needs saying.

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Ortiz, 40, has announced this season will be his last. The Red Sox already extended his career by winning the AL East, but they are using his final regular season series to celebrate him.

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“An active law enforcement investigation is occurring and the school district is fully cooperating with that investigation,” the statement said. “The school district will provide more information as it is made available by law enforcement and permitted by the public records law.”

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GOLDEN VALLEY, MN (Cory Hepola, KARE) The name is unforgettable in Minnesota.”All of a sudden you start hearing kind of a ‘pop pop pop’ noise, three consecutive, and then an additional ‘pop pop pop,'” said 45 year old Todd Blyleven, who was born in Minnesota but now lives in Texas.The stage went black. Screams.Todd and his wife, Cathie, hit the ground.Seconds later, they got up and sprinted toward an exit.They could see people who had been shot, but they were safe.And, then.”I stopped and told my brother in law he needs to take care of my wife. And I told my wife, ‘I’ll be fine,’ and I said ‘I gotta go back in,'” said Blyleven.Todd ran back in, toward the gunshots.”We were running in just trying to take whoever got shot out,” said Blyleven. “We were putting injured in a wheelbarrow because there were no paramedics, there weren’t any gurneys.”For 15 minutes, the gunshots kept going.And, so did Todd.Back and forth, at least 10 times, helping about 30 to 40 people get out safely. Except, not everyone.”There was a young female on the ground bleeding from the upper torso and we lifted her up and carried her out, but she was just lifeless and I don’t think she made it,” said Blyleven.Blyleven says he just moved to Texas from California less than two months ago. Monday, he was traveling home to see his two kids. We asked him, why risk it all?”If there’s something I could’ve done and walked away, I couldn’t live with myself,” said Blyleven.2017 KARE TVMore than 20 people sentenced to prison for meth, money laundering conspiracyMore than 20 people sentenced to prison for meth, money laundering conspiracyUpdated: Friday, December 15 2017 3:21 PM EST2017 12 15 20:21:22 GMTOver the last year, more than 20 people have been sentenced to federal prison for their roles in a methamphetamine and money laundering conspiracy centered in Marshalltown, Iowa.Over the last year, more than 20 people have been sentenced to federal prison for their roles in a methamphetamine and money laundering conspiracy centered in Marshalltown, Iowa.5 Dubuque schools given worst possible ranking from Iowa School Report Card5 Dubuque schools given worst possible ranking from Iowa School Report CardUpdated: Friday, December 15 2017 12:05 PM EST2017 12 15 17:05:20 GMTAccording to their website, the report card shows how each public school is performing, based on certain educational measures.According to their website, the report card shows how each public school is performing, based on certain educational measures.
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