On Saturday in Aurora, Colorado at a memorial vigil for Elijah McClain, a violinist.
Video from : Something Witty
Apparently, string instruments and music and art are considered dangerous weapons. But we’ve always known that, just not in the sense that authority believes them to be.
The courage of those string players, to keep playing while exposed to tear gas or pepper gas and authority in riot gear, is astounding.
Just so non-musicians understand – string players consider their instruments sacred, not only as a vessel for expressing the art of music in the now, but as an intergenerational calling to be handed from the past through the present to the future.
As an example, my cello is approximately 110 years old, it existed before me and will continue long past my lifetime.
For authority to threaten and desecrate not only a peaceful memorial, but musicians and those instruments, with their violence and threats of violence is a crime against humanity, culture, and the future.
…the band wields a fierce, contemporary sound that draws from jazz, electronic, and rock, and pop music. Referencing artists from Esperanza Spalding to Bruno Mars, Chronologue explores a sonic space that is rhythmically complex, yet groove-driven; their harmonies are rich, yet approachable. Palatable songwriting and fiery improvisation make Chronologue a band to keep an eye on…
With Bobby Ferguson on drums, Parker Murphy on bass, Solomon Chapman on Keys, Alex DeVillier on guitar, and Yasmina Bradley-Belcaid on lead vocals.
We almost used the headline: “We never thought we’d be thankful for Ed Martin…” Just couldn’t do it.
From Jane Cunningham (r), former state representative and former state senator:
@JCunninghamMO Shooter at CO Springs Planned Parenthood. Reporting “loss of life”. Tragedy, but loss of life is a daily event at Planned Parenthood. 8:10 PM – 27 Nov 2015
We rest our case.
It looks like Doug Lamborn (CO 05) has already managed to assure his legacy as a one-term wonder, a mere eight months after being sworn in.
I first became aware of the
great patriot feckless jackal in March, when the great troop supporter (who has not donned a uniform since cub scouts) voted against:
- $1.7 Billion for military health care.
- $450 Million for PTSD care.
- $62 Million for amputee care at Walter Reed.
- $20 Million to fix Walter Reed. And…
- $1.4 Billion for new armored vehicles. (The ones about which Rumsfeld said “you go to war with the Army you have, not the Army you want.” (h/t Square State)
His Colorado GOP colleagues ignore him, treating him as nothing more than a mere place-holder, and at times treat him with unmitigated open hostility.
In a desperate grasp at relevancy, he took a day-trip to Iraq where he proceeded to admonish a group of soldiers who are stuck in that quagmire for fifteen freakin’ months that they could win if they only wanted to – or in other words, ‘if we lose this thing, it’s all your fault, punks.’
If the fact that he is so far out of his element he needs his own periodic table wasn’t already apparent, now he is threatening constituents:
FIRST MESSAGE: “Hello, this is Doug Lamborn calling for either Jonathan or Anna. Something very serious has happened. There was a letter to the editor that you both put in your names to the editor of the Woodmen Edition and there is something that is blatantly false in that letter.
“I would like to get together with you and show this to you and appeal to you as a brother and sister in Christ. You didn’t give me that opportunity but I am happy to overlook that and deal with you on that level because I think that is the right thing to do and show you where you made a blatant, wrong statement.
“Now there are consequences to this kind of thing, but I would like to work with you in a way that is best for everyone here concerned. So please call me at your earliest convenience. It is now 2:40 (p.m.) on Saturday afternoon.
SECOND MESSAGE: “Hello, this is Doug Lamborn again, I’m finishing up my message from a moment ago. I got cut off. It is critical that you get back to me as soon as possible on this because I’ll be going back to Washington here in a few days and I have to make sure that this is resolved one way or another. And like I said I’d rather resolve this on a Scriptural level but if you are unwilling to do that I will be forced to take other steps, which I would rather not have to do. So please call me. This is essential. Call me by tonight, Saturday night and we can get together sometime Sunday afternoon.”
The Bartha’s were upset that Lamborn voted against legislation to make dogfighting and cockfighting a federal felony offense.
I am the least religious person you will ever meet, but I still know a little bit about the scriptures – and Lamborn’s political career has been ‘slain by the jawbone of an ass.’