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Ted Nugent Writes Op-Ed Attacking SCJ Roberts and thinks we would be better off if South won the US Civil War
July 8, 2012 - Rightwing extremist and has-been musician Ted Nugent spouted his drivel in an Op-Ed on the rightwing rag The Washington Times, attacking SCJ Roberts after he was the pivotal vote in upholding the constitutionality of the Affordable Health Care Act (known as "Obamacare" in the Teabagger world), and even going so far as to say, "I'm beginning to wonder if it would have been best if the South won the Civil War." Okay, tell that to African-Americans! To read the rest of the hate speech and drivel, corrupt your cache with a Washington Times Cookie and go here. (Make sure you clear the cache, and have a holy man cleanse your computer of bad joojoo when after you read Nugent's Op-Ed)
June 18, 2012 - Deana Carter played a benefit concert for the Les Paul Kids Rock Free charity at the Fender Guitar Museum in Corona, California, and sang some of her best songs to help them out in their quest to get musical instruments and lessons to as many children as possible. This is very important especially since funding for the music and arts in public schools is being attacked and cut, so children really need our help.
The show was put on by the Fender Center for the Performing Arts Foundation which was founded in 1997 to get music to kids ranging from 7 to 17. In 2002 they expanded and purchased a 33,000 square foot facility, with a museum detailing the 50-year history of the Fender guitar. Steve Miller is now heavily involved with the charity, and you can watch Steve in a PSA below. Their site offers dismal news, saying that only 32% of the elementary schools offer any arts education to their students. JTMP supports their efforts, and calls on congress to enact more funding for the music and arts in public schools. To learn more about the Fender Center for the Performing Arts, check out their website here.
Here is Steve Miller lending his time for a PSA , and performances by Deana Carter of her 2 great hits, "Strawberry Wine" and "Count Me In", with her PSA for the charity.
June 14, 2012 - Last month, JTMP was fortunate to be part of a US state department program of a cultural exchange between people of the arts from all over the world. One visitor, Shukry Ashour, showed us this wonderful video he made set to Arabic folk music, and gave us permission to post it for the world to see this man's peaceful town he grew up in. Enjoy. It is called, "From Here". It is in Arabic with English subtitles.
June 12, 2012 - James Hetfield from Metallica has teamed up with the FBI and they are launching a "Multimedia Campaign" to find the killer of Morgan Harrington, the young woman who was murdered in 2009. A website has been set up, and they are using new social media and technology like Twitter and Facebook to help the investigation and find justice for Morgan and her family. Metallica has added $50,000 to a $100,000 reward, to bring up the reward now to $150,000 for information leading to arrest and conviction in this investigation.
Metallica is getting involved because on October 17, 2009 Morgan attended a Metallica concert at John Paul Jones arena at UVA, and after leaving the show and not being able to re-enter, she hitchhiked home but went missing; her body was discovered a month later in a rural part of Virginia. James has made a PSA asking for anyone with information on this case to call the Virginia state police at 434-352-3467. Watch the PSA below, and find out more information on the FBI web page here. (Photo credit: KreepinDeth/Wiki)
JUNE 6, 2012 - The Red Hot Chili Pepeprs threw a free concert for people who volunteered to make phone calls and knock on doors for President Obama's re-election campaign. The Obama team put out and awesome video (watch below) and they say:
"Supporters in Ohio rocked for Barack with the Red Hot Chilli Peppers after a weekend of action in April. Being Obama supporters, the Red Hot Chilli Peppers decided to throw a free concert to reward volunteers who held over 650 phone shifts in a four day period. Over half of those shifts were from brand new volunteers who had never volunteered before at the local OFA office.
As one fired up volunteer put it: "To work together and do phone-banking and volunteering and then get a concert afterwards as a reward—it's awesome." Get involved with the nearest Ohio office near you: https://my.barackobama.com/redhotchilipeppersvid"
JUNE 5, 2012 - Jon Bon Jovi attended a fundraiser for President Obama, riding on Air Force One with the President, and then playing a short acoustic set for the energetic crowd. Jon Bon Jovi has been a strong supporter of Obama since 2007, raising money for him for his last campaign and even hosting a dinner at his house, and he played at President Obama's inauguration in 2008. A small segment of the performance has been posted by victoriabernal on YouTube, but the clip cuts off for she was concerned about copyright infringement. Check out the video below, and here are some pics on News.Dailylife here. We will post more video of this as it comes out, so check back.
Roger McGuinn channels Woody Guthrie: "You won't ever see an outlaw drive a family from their home!"
JUN 2, 2012 - With all the talk of big banks and how they drove thousands of people from their homes through high-risk mortgage schemes and foreclosures, I came across Roger McGuinn singing the Woody Guthrie song "Pretty Boy Floyd" from The Byrds classic album, "Sweetheart of the Rodeo". Woody wrote this because a lot of people saw Pretty Boy Floyd as a Robin Hood, stealing from the rich and giving to the poor. The banks were seen as the bad guys by regular folks back in the Great Depression, and they are still robbing people today. Just as the song says though, they use a fountain pen instead of a gun. Watch the video below of Roger McGuinn playing on the Marty Stuart Show on RFD TV.
MAY 29, 2012 - Tim McGraw, who is always active in service work with his wife Faith Hill, has announced that along with launching a major US summer tour, he will be partnering with Operation Homefront and getting 25 wounded and needy service members into mortgage-free homes. He told Chris Talbott of AP, "It's going to be a great opportunity to set a family on track that's done so much for us and my family. So I can't imagine a better thing to do on tour. It's going to be fun - I mean every tour date we're going to be out there." He added, "I think in my position to be able to do something like that is probably the ultimate thing. So to be able to go on tour and provide sort of a stable foundation for a veteran and their family is something I really look forward to."
Operation Homefront is a non-profit with a mission to help military families and veterans with emergency food and shelter, home repairs, and even housing. Our military families are struggling daily, and they need more support at home, and a check of their website shows companies donating furniture and other acts that help out a wounded or needy service member.
Operation Homefront has partnered with Chase bank, and have launched the "Homes on the Homefront" campaign, and have pledged to get 100 wounded or needy service members and their families into mortgage-free homes, and you can see some of their success stories here. (photo credit: Guety/Wiki)
MAY 25, 2012 - Max Ehrlich was a cabaret star in Germany through the 1930s, and was stopped and censored by the rigthwing Nazi brownshirts, and fled Germany. He returned, but then left again after the "Kristallnacht". He fled to Holland, but like many of the people in the arts, he was imprisoned by the Nazis in Westerbork concentration camp. While he was imprisoned there he formed the "Camp Westerbork Theatre Group", which brought some life to an otherwise horrible existence for camp prisoners. Unfortunately in 1944 he was sent Auschwitz and died there. Listen to a recording of him below in a video from jonjamg on YouTube. You can check out Max Ehrlich's legacy on the Max Ehrlich Association, and read more about this extraordinary individual at Wikpedia. (Photo credit: The Max Ehrlich Association)
MAY 25, 2012 - We came upon this nugget from one of the greatest American folk legends, Woody Guthrie. The "Dust Bowl Troubadour" was also one of the first musician activists speaking out about labor conditions for migrant workers. Listen to an early radio broadcast with Woody and friends singing, "All You Fascists 'Bound to Lose". (photo credit: Al Aumuller/Wiki)