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Boy, 13, shoots and kills 11 year old brother in supposed pre-meditated act

Good God.

From the Cleveland Plain Dealer.

STREETSBORO, Ohio -- Police say a 13-year-old boy shot and killed his 11-year-old brother Monday night in what investigators are calling a "premeditated act."

"Police say the older boy used a handgun stolen from his grandfather's home. Investigators did not give information on a possible motive."


"Climate Gentrification" in the Florida Keys

"Irma was only the start of their troubles. The Florida Keys building code effectively prohibits replacing or substantially repairing damaged mobile homes because of their vulnerability to hurricanes. That leaves people living in one of the nearly 1,000 trailers and RVs damaged or destroyed by the storm with three options: find sturdier but more expensive accommodation, repair or replace the homes and hope code officials don’t notice, or leave the Keys.

“There’s no place to live,” said Sharon Baron.

Around the country, the government’s response to extreme weather is pushing lower-income people like the Barons away from the coast, often in the name of safety. Housing experts, economists and activists have coined the term “climate gentrification.”


Link Wray - Rumble

Starting in 2018, the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame announced the creation of a new award category -- single records that shaped rock n roll.

One of the recipients of this new category was Link Wray's "Rumble"

Wray, whose music was popular in the late 50s, is known as the inventor of the "power chord", influenced many later artists, including Jimmy Page and Neil Young.

According to Rolling Stone's "100 Greatest Guitartists" ....

When Link Wray released the thrilling, ominous "Rumble" in 1958, it became one of the only instrumentals ever to be banned from radio play – for fear that it might incite gang violence. By stabbing his amplifier's speaker cone with a pencil, Wray created the distorted, overdriven sound that would reverberate through metal, punk and grunge. Wray, who proudly claimed Shawnee Indian ancestry and lost a lung to tuberculosis, was the archetypal leather-clad badass, and his song titles alone – "Slinky," "The Black Widow" – convey the force and menace of his playing. "He was fucking insane," said the Black Keys' Dan Auerbach. "I would listen to 'Some Kinda Nut,' over and over. It sounded like he was strangling the guitar – like it was screaming for help." When Wray died in 2005, Bob Dylan and Bruce Springsteen both performed "Rumble" onstage in tribute. "If it hadn't been for Link Wray and 'Rumble,'" said Pete Townshend, "I would have never picked up a guitar."

Are you ready to Rumble???


Here's Jimmy Page listening to "Rumble"-- priceless!

A Democratic Plan to Reduce Child Poverty by Half

The Bennet-Brown Plan, introduced by Sens. Michael Bennet (CO) and Sherrod Brown (OH).


Clawing away at the middle class

"For generations of Americans, working for a state or local government — as a teacher, firefighter, bus driver or nurse — provided a comfortable nook in the middle class. No less than automobile assembly lines and steel plants, the public sector ensured that even workers without a college education could afford a home, a minivan, movie nights and a family vacation.

“I was surprised to realize along the way I was no longer middle class,” said Teresa Moore, who has spent 30 years investigating complaints of abused or neglected children, veterans and seniors in Oklahoma.

She raised two daughters in Alex, a rural dot southwest of the capital, on her salary. But when she applied for a mortgage nine years ago, the loan officer casually described her as “low income.”

At 57, Ms. Moore now earns just over $43,000, which she supplements with a part-time job as a computer technician.

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**********My two cents: We need both federal and state lawmakers who value the hard and unappreciated work these public servants perform and who will support them monetarily with funding so they can adequately support themselves and perform their duties. I am sick and tired of lawmakers, (overwhelmingly Republican) who look upon these folks as overpaid leeches with cake jobs. And I'll bet these folks, teachers, especially, are sick and tired of hearing that they must do "more with less".

The life of a child

From an article in the Huffington Post :

"All told, 1,678 children age 5 and under in America died of gunshot wounds from 1999 to 2016, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control."

Think about that for a moment. That's just mind boggling! Children under 5, for heavens' sake!

Why do we never hear the pro-lifers address this issue?

Question/Ride My See Saw

The Moody Blues were inducted into the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame this past weekend.


Rest In Peace, Ray Thomas, who passed away this past January. At least he knew before his death that the Moodies had been inducted into the Rock Hall.

Dead or Alive

Bon Jovi was inducted into the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame this past weekend.

GOP Mud Wrestling in Ohio

*sigh* I guess this is what the GOP brings to politics these days.

"From a lawsuit and physical blowup, to dark money, sexting and allegations of extortion: It’s shaping up to be one strange primary election cycle for Ohio House Republicans."


That's All

Sister Rosetta Tharpe was inducted into the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame this past weekend.

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