July 25, 2016 – One of my favorite bands, Third Eye Blind, spoke out about politics the other night at one of their shows, showing the absurdity of the Republican party to accept science. Singer Stephen Jenkins said to the crowd, “Let me make this clear. We are in direct opposition to everything the Republican…
MAR 23, 20134 – We all know that life for a struggling musician is hard when it comes to paying bills (and getting paid for a gig!!), and for decades it has been virtually impossible for them to afford health insurance. The Affordable Care Act is addressing that issue but JTMP has found that it is being hampered not by "Obamacare", but by Republican state lawmakers who, because of a US Supreme Court ruling, do not have to take the money…so they don't. Kathleen Sebilius of the Health and Human Services said in a statement, "Texas taxpayers are losing roughly $18 million a day while the state turns down federal dollars to expand Medicaid." They could take the Federal funds, and then struggling musicians like Christian from The Hates (pictured right) in Texas would be able to apply for Medicaid and get health insurance, but no. It is more important for the Republican lawmakers to take a stance against "Obamacare" than to help their constituents. Unbelievable. Read about the struggle of Texas musician Christian Arnheiter aka "Christian of The Hates" not only fighting disease and our decrepit SICK care system but also battling their elected representatives that are supposed to help them on the HoustonPress.com website. (photo credit: The Hate)
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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APR 11, 2013 – Kid Rock started getting involved in politics with Jon Stewart's "Restore Sanity" tour, and most recently stumped for the Republican Presidential nominee in 2012, Mitt Romney. He also did a PSA with Sean Penn in a "bipartisan" PSA. In a new Rolling Stone interview Kid Rock waded into politics again and commented on many of the recent state laws being passed by Republican state legislatures restricting rights and says, "That's one of the times I'm fucking embarrassed to be a Republican. It's fucking Republican lawmakers, you dumbasses." In response to the criticism he supported Mitt Romney he said, "People in this country just hate each other for voicing an opinion, especially in my business I'm like the fucking lone wolf. Look, I tend to vote Republican, but I don't like the hardcore views on either side and I'm not in bed with anybody. I'd probably be more Libertarian, but I'm a firm believer you have to pick a side." (photo credit: CC/LuisValdespino)