J.J. Cale, Musician and Songwriter, Dies at 74

From The New York Timeshttp://www.nytimes.com/2013/07/28/arts/music/jj-cale-musician-and-songwriter-dies-at-74.html

Published: July 27, 2013

J. J. Cale, a musician and songwriter whose blues-inflected rock influenced some of the genre’s biggest names and whose songs were recorded by Eric Clapton and Johnny Cash among others, died on Friday in La Jolla, Calif. He was 74.

Mr. Cale suffered a heart attack and died at Scripps Memorial Hospital around 8 p.m. on Friday evening, a statement posted on his Web site said.

He is best known as the writer of “Cocaine” and “After Midnight,” songs made famous when they were recorded by his collaborator, Eric Clapton.

A multi-instrumentalist, Mr. Cale often played all of the parts on his albums, also recording and mixing them himself. He is also credited as one of the architects of the 1970s Tulsa sound, a blend of rockabilly, blues, country and rock that came to influence Neil Young and Brian Ferry, among others. He won a Grammy Award in 2007 for an album with Mr. Clapton.

“Basically, I’m just a guitar player that figured out I wasn’t ever gonna be able to buy dinner with my guitar playing,” Mr. Cale told an interviewer for his official biography. “So I got into songwriting, which is a little more profitable business.”

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Tina and I saw JJ Cale at the 2004 Crossroads here in Dallas.

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Outing the Troll’s Glass House

San Francisco Troll Jennifer Usher who blogs at “Just Jennifer” has made a career of abusing other TS/TG people, most of whom are far more respected and have far more successful lives than she has.

Usher regularly engages in the loathsome practice of malgendering people she chooses to insult.

At times it seems like her blog, if you can call the slimy spew of feces exuded from the Usher sewer a blog, consists of little more than abusing me, Cristan Williams, and Autumn Sandeen.

The problem with being a bully like Jennifer Usher is that Usher is a troll living in a glass house.  Like other Trolls  (Aria Blue) eventually people get fed up and hit back.

From Ehipassiko:  http://www.cristanwilliams.com/b/2013/07/22/outing-the-trolls-glass-house/

By Christan Williams
Jul 22, 2013

Reposted with permission

If you self-identify as being trans, you may have been trolled by Just Jennifer and/or Kamododragoon. Just Jennifer is Jennifer Usher and is fairly renowned for her excessive and cruel trolling of trans folk. For years, Usher has set herself up as the arbitrator of both transness and womanhood. Kamododragoon is Nick Chaleunphone is the male-identified version of Usher. Nicky began trolling me on YouTube in 2010. Usher began obsessively trolling me in 2011.

Usher‘s trolling is legendary 1.

If you really want to fool women into thinking you are one of them, and that really is the best you can hope for, as you are not, and never will actually be a woman, you might try understanding that post like the ones you have directed at Victoria Brownworth, are doing nothing to dispel the perception that you are a violent and creepy man. That’s what makes you such a source of continuing humor…your true and deep streak of complete cluelessness. – Standard Usher fare, 7/18/13

For all of those who’ve been Usher’s victims over the last decade, I give you Usher’s glass house:

My “father” on the other hand, is anything but quiet, subtle, or patient. “He” KNOWS he is the center of everything. “He”‘s got a temper, and “he” is anything but wise about his mouth.

“Dad” is anything, but a hard worker, that is. Mom was generally the breadwinner in the family. My “father” just couldn’t take the stress of working outside the home. Of course, money was tight, but that was mostly because, my “father” didn’t mind spending it all before payday. “He” did work occaionally, but that made matter even worse, because “he” couldn’t hold down a steady job.

Well, anyways, my “father” was a hot-head. He was very controlling and at times abuseive towards my mother physically. He is the type that nothing you do pleases him. He ALWAYS finds fault with something. If you don’t buy into his bullshit totally, you are against him. Yeah, he’s just a little paranoid. – Jennifer Usher’s daughter

For all of those who’ve been Nicky’s victims over the last several years, I give you Nicky’s glass house:

i’ve been soo stressed out that sometimes i wish i can go back on to the diapers. Yes, i do wear adult diapers and it’s only out of convenience and when i go out around town. I’m a lazy person when it comes to going to the bathroom. – Nick in 2007

In my diaper and just pooped in the, which means they are warm and messy – Nick on an adult babyfication site, 2012

Isn’t that the common theme of most transgender kooks such as Mr “Dana” Taylor. They have a sick sexual fetish of women and fantasize so much about trying to be one.  – Nick on Usher’s site

There’s a reason it’s advised that if you live in a glass house, one should abstain from throwing stones.

These two have – for years – viciously tormented numerous trans folk. The next time either of these trolls pretend that they’ve any moral ground to make pronouncements about you, your morality or engage in their legendarily vicious personal attacks, consider the source. If you find yourself here because you’ve discovered that you’ve landed in their crosshairs, remember that you’re not alone. These people have been at it for years. Consider the demonstrated behavior of the people who are fixated on you. Usher’s behavior isn’t normal. The behavior of her sycophant – the guy who likes sitting in his own poo while labeling you a sick fetishist – just isn’t normal.

Do yourself a favor, don’t give these people a second thought because they’re simply not worth a second of your mental energy. Chances are good that your behavior far outclasses these people. Hell, if you’ve never physically attacked a woman or gotten off on running down another while choosing to sit in your own feces, you’re light years ahead of these two.

Smirk, move on and remember that the best revenge is living well.


1.) This link is a bit of a trigger as the author (very) unfortunately engages in the same behavior that Usher is infamous for: misgendering. I link it here because it gives specific demonstrated historical facts about the veracity of Usher’s behavior. The message is from 2007 and documents some of the progression of Usher’s behavior since 1993.

Obama’s Escalating War on Freedom of the Press

From Huffington Post:  http://www.huffingtonpost.com/norman-solomon/obamas-escalating-war-on_b_3635370.html?utm_hp_ref=politics&ir=Politics


The part of the First Amendment that prohibits “abridging the freedom … of the press” is now up against the wall, as the Obama administration continues to assault the kind of journalism that can expose government secrets.

Last Friday the administration got what it wanted — an ice-cold chilling effect — from the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, which ruled on the case of New York Times reporter James Risen. The court “delivered a blow to investigative journalism in America by ruling that reporters have no First Amendment protection that would safeguard the confidentiality of their sources in the event of a criminal trial,” the Guardian reported.

The Executive Branch fought for that ruling — and is now celebrating. “We agree with the decision,” said a Justice Department spokesman. “We are examining the next steps in the prosecution of this case.” The Risen case, and potentially many others, are now under the ominous shadow of the Appeals Court’s pronouncement: “There is no First Amendment testimonial privilege, absolute or qualified, that protects a reporter from being compelled to testify … in criminal proceedings.”

At the Freedom of the Press Foundation, co-founder Trevor Timm calls the court ruling “the most significant reporter’s privilege decision in decades” and asserts that the court “eviscerated that privilege.” He’s not exaggerating. Press freedom is at stake.

Journalists who can be compelled to violate the confidentiality of their sources, or otherwise go to prison, are reduced to doing little more than providing stenographic services to pass along the official story. That’s what the White House wants.

The federal Fourth Circuit covers the geographical area where most of the U.S. government’s intelligence, surveillance and top-level military agencies — including the NSA and CIA — are headquartered. The ruling “pretty much guts national security journalism in the states in which it matters,” Marcy Wheeler writes.

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Manning and Snowden light path for the US to return to its better self

From The Guardian UK:  http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2013/jul/26/manning-snowden-us-better-self

Since the 9/11 trauma, America has allowed the national security state to ride roughshod over vital liberties. This is a turning-point

guardian.co.uk, Friday 26 July 2013

The closing arguments in the trial of Bradley Manning, where prosecutors are trying to persuade the judge that leaking to the press constitutes the treasonous act of aiding the enemy, came fast on the heels of the most significant bipartisan response to leak-based national security journalism that we have seen since the 1970s: Wednesday’s vote on the Amash amendment in the House. At no time since the Obama administration launched its war on national security journalism and its sources has the critical role of leaks and journalism been clearer. Without Edward Snowden‘s whistleblowing and Glenn Greenwald‘s reporting, NSA surveillance would still have been in the dark, protected by secrecy and bolstered by the “least untruthful” lies James Clapper delivered to Senator Ron Wyden.

Wednesday’s vote in the House may well yet turn out to be a turning-point on much more than just NSA surveillance – because dragnet surveillance of phone metadata is only one manifestation of our post-9/11 constitutional PTSD.

On Wednesday, Republicans such as Mike Rogers and Michele Bachmann joined House Democratic minority leader Nancy Pelosi and Republican Speaker John Boehner in voting with President Obama that we should be governed by our fears, rather than our values. But Jim Sensenbrenner, who introduced the original Patriot Act in 2001, joined 93 other Republicans and a majority of House Democrats, including Democratic leaders Clyburn and Becerra, to support Representative Amash’s proposed amendment to block NSA dragnet surveillance. And although this coalition lost the vote, its breadth and depth may mark the beginning of America’s awakening from a long panic- and anger-induced constitutional hiatus.

We suffered a terrible blow on 11 September 2001. We responded with fear and anger. A fight-or-flight response is adaptive in any species. For us, given our power, fight was the only response we could imagine. But however understandable and justified the initial response, anger and panic can neither continue to define who we are, nor lead us to continue to sacrifice a broad set of constitutional rights.

Every year, we lose three times as many people to firearms-related homicides than we lost to terrorism on 11 September and in the dozen years since. But whether it be based on the second, fourth, fifth, sixth or eighth amendments, we have always seen resistance to compromising the bill of rights in our efforts to prevent or deter these homicides.

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America’s Real Subversives: FBI Spying Then, NSA Surveillance Now

From Common Dreams:  http://www.commondreams.org/view/2013/07/26

As the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington nears, let’s not forget the history of agency overreach and abuse of power

by Amy Goodman

As the 50th anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington approaches, commemorating that historic gathering where Martin Luther King Jr gave his famous “I have a dream” speech, it is important to recall the extent to which King was targeted by the government’s domestic spying apparatus. The FBI operation against King is one of the most shameful episodes in the long history of our government’s persecution of dissenters.

Fifty years later, Edward Snowden, who is seeking temporary asylum to remain in Russia, took enormous personal risk to expose the global reach of surveillance programs overseen by President Barack Obama. His revelations continue to provoke worldwide condemnation of the US.

In a heavily redacted, classified FBI memo dated 4 January 1956 – just a little more than a month after Rosa Parks was arrested for refusing to give up her seat on a bus to a white passenger – the Mobile, Alabama, FBI office stated that an agent “had been assigned by [redacted] to find out all he could about Reverend Martin L King, colored minister in Montgomery and leader in the bus boycott … to uncover all the derogatory information he could about King.”

The FBI at that time was run by its founding director, J Edgar Hoover, who was deploying the vast resources he controlled against any and all perceived critics of the United States. The far-reaching clandestine surveillance, infiltration and disruption operation Hoover ran was dubbed “COINTELPRO“, for counterintelligence program.

The FBI’s COINTELPRO activities, along with illegal operations by agencies like the CIA, were thoroughly investigated in 1975 by the Church Committee, chaired by the Democratic US senator from Idaho, Frank Church. The Church committee reported that the FBI “conducted a sophisticated vigilante operation aimed squarely at preventing the exercise of first amendment rights of speech and association.” Among COINTELPRO’s perverse activities was an FBI effort to threaten Martin Luther King Jr with exposure of an alleged extramarital affair, including the suggestion, made by the FBI to King, that he avoid embarrassment by killing himself.

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Democratic establishment unmasked: prime defenders of NSA bulk spying

From The Guardian UK:  http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2013/jul/25/democratic-establishment-nsa

NYT: “The Obama administration made common cause with the House Republican leadership”

guardian.co.uk, Thursday 25 July 2013

One of the worst myths Democratic partisans love to tell themselves – and everyone else – is that the GOP refuses to support President Obama no matter what he does. Like its close cousin – the massively deceitful inside-DC grievance that the two parties refuse to cooperate on anything – it’s hard to overstate how false this Democratic myth is. When it comes to foreign policy, war, assassinations, drones, surveillance, secrecy, and civil liberties, President Obama’s most stalwart, enthusiastic defenders are often found among the most radical precincts of the Republican Party.

The rabidly pro-war and anti-Muslim GOP former Chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, Peter King, has repeatedly lavished Obama with all sorts of praise and support for his policies in those areas. The Obama White House frequently needs, and receives, large amounts of GOP Congressional support to have its measures enacted or bills its dislikes defeated. The Obama DOJ often prevails before the US Supreme Court solely because the Roberts/Scalia/Thomas faction adopts its view while the Ginsburg/Sotomayor/Breyer faction rejects it (as happened in February when the Court, by a 5-4 ruling, dismissed a lawsuit brought by Amnesty and the ACLU which argued that the NSA‘s domestic warrantless eavesdropping activities violate the Fourth Amendment; the Roberts/Scalia wing accepted the Obama DOJ’s argument that the plaintiffs lack standing to sue because the NSA successfully conceals the identity of which Americans are subjected to the surveillance). As Wired put it at the time about that NSA ruling:

The 5-4 decision by Justice Samuel Alito was a clear victory for the President Barack Obama administration, which like its predecessor, argued that government wiretapping laws cannot be challenged in court.”

The extraordinary events that took place in the House of Representatives yesterday are perhaps the most vivid illustration yet of this dynamic, and it independently reveals several other important trends. The House voted on an amendment sponsored by Justin Amash, the young Michigan lawyer elected in 2010 as a Tea Party candidate, and co-sponsored by John Conyers, the 24-term senior Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee. The amendment was simple. It would de-fund one single NSA program: the agency’s bulk collection of the telephone records of all Americans that we first revealed in this space, back on June 6. It accomplished this “by requiring the FISA court under Sec. 215 [of the Patriot Act] to order the production of records that pertain only to a person under investigation“.

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