Category Archives: america

STRANGE FRUIT Billy Holiday

Billy Holiday was introduced to the song STRANGE FRUIT by the owner of NY’s integrated nightclub Cafe Society. The words came from a poem by a Jewish school teacher from the Bronx. According to Wikipedia she first performed the song in 1939 closing out her set in total darkness other than the light on her […]

Kiss My Black Ass

Election night 2008 had people celebrating in the streets. The desire for change had swept the GOP from the White House and Congress. The effects of Obama’s victory over the Old White Guy reached into the Deep South and this week the town of Alligator, Alabama ousted its white mayor in favor of a black […]

Tar In The Blood

My father’s side of the family arrived on the the Mayflower. They were Howlands. My Irish Nana sailed on a ship a deck above steerage in the Year of the Crow. She was 14. In 1966 my parents enrolled my name in the ranks of The Sons of Colonial Wars and Mayflower Descendants. As an […]

48,000 For Trump

A Thin Crowd For Trump

Watching the inauguration yesterday I was struck by the low volume of the applause and then spotted large gaps in the audience. The National Park Service is banned from estimating crowds due to GOP budget constraints. The Trump people said the crowd numbered around 250,000 supporters or an eighth of the turn-out for Barack Obama. […]