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NOV 5, 2013 - I used to crank Five For Fighting's "America Town" album back in 2000. I loved frontman John Ondrasik's songwriting, music, and I especially liked that he was a hockey fan like me and used the hockey penalty for fighting, five minutes for fighting, as the group's name. But, I was shocked and horrified today to stumble upon an interview of him by Madeleine Morgenstern on right-wing extremist conservative Glenn Beck's "The Blaze" website. I almost dropped my laptop when I read how he blames Obama for the Teabagger-started shutdown, and even implied President Obama deliberately told the US Park Service to put up "Closed" signs as to create "horror photo ops for the media". I don't know if I will ever listen to his music again, or listen to it in the same light again. Ondrasik even says he was hopeful President Obama could "bring the country together and decrease the divide", then incredulously blames the massive and constant obstruction by the Teabagger-led right-wing extremist House of Representatives blocking his every bill and the Obama Hatred Derangement Syndrome that Republicans are suffering from on President Obama. Incredible.
As Ondrasik points out in his interview, he and Kid Rock are pretty much the only two musicians that are conservative, and both stumped for the .01 percenter Richie Rich Mitt Romney in 2012...ugh. He mentions in the interview that many people after finding out the right-wing extremist conservative views he holds say "I will never listen to or buy Five For Fighting music again". Count me as one of those. The "fair and balanced" (NOT) interviewer Morgenstern points out his new song "Rebel" "takes a jab at the Sean Penns of the world". Throughout the interview Ondrasik rants that being progressive is not brave, since most people hold progressive views, so they are just trying to fit in. No John, most of us are progressive because we were born this way; there are just more of us than there are of you...sorry. He recently created an "incident" at the Jefferson Memorial during the shutdown (talk about creating a horror photo-op) where he forced a US Park Police officer to ask him to leave the closed Jefferson Memorial. Ondrasik refused and forced the officer to "push him out of the memorial" and Tweeted about it in pics here. If you want to never listen to Five For Fighting's music again and to read John Ondrasik's extremist Teabagger views, corrupt your cache by going to The Blaze here. (Don't forget to clear your cache afterwards and take a shower) (photo credit: Mike Cassidy/CC)
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Progressives giving to grassroots voter registration groups, conservatives giving to Super PACs that run negative ads.
MAY 8, 2012 - The New York Times has an article out showing how progressives such as George Soros are now donating money to outside independent groups, but unlike their conservative counterparts who are donating money to Super PACs that run negative TV advertisements, progressives are choosing to donate their money to more grassroots-oriented organizations such as America Votes and American Bridge 21st Century, which concentrate on grassroots activities such as voter registration and "Get Out The Vote" efforts.
Michael Vachon, a spokesman for Mr. Soros issued a statement saying, “George Soros believes the Supreme Court’s decision in Citizens United opened the floodgates to special interests’ paying for political ads. There is no way those concerned with the public interest can compete with them. Soros has always focused his political giving on grassroots organizing and holding conservatives accountable for the flawed policies they promote. His support of these groups is consistent with those views.” Read more on NY Times here.
JTMP wants to remind everyone to register to vote, and get all your friends to also! Most states now have online voter registration, so check your state today, and get it done today! A great place to start is canivote.org.