Tuesday Reads: RIP Glen Frey and Martin Luther King Events

Winter landscape by Pieter De Hooch

Winter landscape by Pieter De Hooch

Good Morning!!

We lost another 1970s music legend yesterday. The Eagles’ Glen Frey is dead. The LA Times writes:

The Eagles’ Glenn Frey spun sun-baked SoCal ballads that will endure.

Few bands were better at distilling the vibe of Los Angeles in the 1970s than the Eagles, and as its singer and guitarist, Glenn Frey served as a sort of mellow ambassador of our city. Just as Liverpool is forever associated with the Beatles, Seattle claims Nirvana and Bruce Springsteen owns New Jersey, the Eagles embodied the bell-bottomed, feather-haired flair of Southern California.

Frey, who died Monday at age 67, co-wrote and sang some of the most commercially successful country rock ballads of the ’70s, including “Tequila Sunrise,” “Peaceful, Easy Feeling,” “Take It Easy” and “Lyin’ Eyes.”

Soft and twangy, his hits as co-founder of the Eagles defined the region like the vivid colors of orange crate art had during the city’s early boom years and as the Beach Boys had during the surf craze.

During the Eagles’ 2014 concert at the Forum, in fact, Frey compared the legacy of two uniquely Californian bands: “The Beach Boys were pioneers. The Eagles were settlers.” Which is to say, where the Beach Boys forged new sounds, the Eagles gathered up what was already there — country rock — and made it their home.

A youthful Glenn Frey

A youthful Glenn Frey

On Frey’s contributions to the group’s sound:

Frey’s best songs with the Eagles embodied that home, best known through the golden, sun-drenched silhouettes of palm trees on the cover of its classic album “Hotel California.” The dominant shade of the record sleeve is what Frey so brilliantly conveyed as “another tequila sunrise,” a muted orange, the color of the last wash of daylight or dawn’s first breath.

Where the Beach Boys reveled in a daytime spent surfing and having fun with the girls, the Eagles worked far later into the night. Frey co-wrote and sang songs about mysterious women, the loneliness of the outsider, unrequited desire and dangerous reflexes.

He did so, though, minus any hint of distortion or aggression. In “Peaceful, Easy Feeling,” Frey didn’t want to get funky or dirty. Rather, he spun visions of the simple pleasures in his adopted Southern California home as he sang of wanting to “sleep with you in the desert tonight/ With a billion stars all around.”

Take it easy corner in Winslow, Arizona

Take it easy corner in Winslow, Arizona

From the Washington Post: Glenn Frey and the mystery of the ‘Take It Easy’ corner in Winslow, Ariz.

[E]ach year thousands of people, usually on the way to somewhere else, make a stop in Winslow, Ariz.,about 60 miles easy of Flagstaff, thanks to Jackson Browne and Glenn Frey, whose death was reported Monday. And, thanks to the Eagles’ classic “Take It Easy,” they go to a special corner, where Old Highway 66 meets North Kinsley Avenue, and just stand, which is exactly what you’re supposed to do.

It’s called “Standin’ on the Corner Park.” There’s not much there — a statue of a guy holding a guitar and a red flatbed Ford at the curb. They say if you look hard enough, you’ll see the girl from the song, too. In fact, they’ve made sure of it.

Well, I’m a standing on a corner
in Winslow, Arizona, 
and such a fine sight to see. 
It’s a girl, my Lord, in a flatbed Ford
slowin’ down to take a look at me. 
Come on, baby, don’t say maybe. 
I gotta know if your sweet love is
gonna save me. 
We may lose and we may win
though we will never be here again. 
So open up, I’m climbin’ in,
so take it easy.

The 1972 song “Take it Easy” preceded the park by three decades, and you have to wonder why it took Winslow so long. Perhaps it’s because the city didn’t need it in 1972, when Old 66 went through the heart of town, only to be cruelly bypassed in 1979 when Interstate 40 cut it off — “bleeding Winslow dry,” as Kevin Baxter wrote in the Los Angeles Times a year ago.

Read much more at the link.

A couple more good links on Frey:

Washington Post: How Glenn Frey and the Eagles outlasted everyone who loved to hate them.

Rolling Stone: Glenn Frey: The Voice That Launched a Million Tequila Sunrises.

Black Lives Matter protesters on the Bay Bridge in San Francisco

Black Lives Matter protesters on the Bay Bridge in San Francisco

Yesterday on the Martin Luther King’s birthday holiday, Black Lives Matter protesters were on the streets in a number of cities. The most dramatic demonstration took place in San Francisco, where activists managed to shut down the Bay Bridge. CBS SF Bay Area reports:

Protesters announced just before 4 p.m. they had shut down Bay Bridge traffic heading into San Francisco. They posted photos of several protesters chained to cars stopped across the bridge.

Members of protest groups Black Seed and the Black Queer Liberation Collective took responsibility for the protest in a statement, citing recent police shootings.

“We are here to move towards an increase in the health and wellbeing of all Black people in Oakland & San Francisco,” the groups wrote in a statement.

They were demanding divestment of city funds in policing, investment in affordable housing, the resignation of Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf, the termination of San Francisco police Chief Greg Suhr and Oakland police Chief Sean Whent and the termination of police officers involved in several recent shootings.

Twenty-five protesters were arrested. Another Black Lives Matter group “commandeered” a ceremony in Denver. 

In a related story, the Boston Police Department released information on “nearly 150,000 civilian encounters,” and guess which category of people got stopped most often? The Boston Globe reports:

The American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts had been asking for the data since September 2014 and sued for it last summer….

More than half of those stopped—56 percent—were black males. White males were the next most-stopped group, at 17 percent, followed by Hispanic males at 12 percent.

In their own analysis, Boston police said “nearly 59 percent of the FIO subjects were black.” But about 4.3 percent of the total reports don’t state a race, or the officer checked “unknown.” Taking out those blanks or unknowns, the actual percentage of black people stopped among those with a known race is 61.2 percent.

Boston’s population is about 25 percent black. More than 87 percent of everyone stopped had a criminal record.

The number one reason why someone was stopped? “Investigate, person.” More than 60 percent of the stops were made for this vague reason. Behind it, at 14 percent, was “violating auto laws,” like driving without a license.

Boston police clash with protesters at City Hall Plaza in December 2014

Boston police clash with protesters at City Hall Plaza in December 2014

This is interesting too:

One officer entered 2,904 reports, or nearly two out of every 100. Seventeen other officers had more than 1,000 FIO reports. Most of those officers are members of the Youth Violence Strike Force, a unit that is not on regular patrol but is tasked with preventing violence, which includes gang activity.

Boston police said that about 30 percent of the total reports were from the Youth Violence Strike Force. Of the 50 officers who generated the most number of reports, including the officer who had the highest number, 64 percent were Youth Violence Strike Force officers.

It sounds like they might need to take a look at the one officer who was so prolific in stopping citizens.

Hillary Clinton appeared at a Martin Luther King Day ceremony in Charleston, South Carolina yesterday. HuffPo:

Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton praised South Carolina for removing the Confederate flag from the statehouse grounds in Columbia as roughly 1,000 gathered to honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy.

Monday’s “King Day at the Dome” celebration marked the first time the state has officially honored Martin Luther King Jr. Day without the racist symbol flying above the crowd. Civil rights activists had previously used the holiday to call for the flag’s removal.

“How wonderful it is to be here together without the Confederate flag overhead,” Clinton said. “That flag always belonged in a museum, not at the statehouse.”

Democratic U.S. presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks during 'King Day at the Dome 2016' ceremonies in front of the South Carolina State House in Columbia, South Carolina, Monday. | REUTERS

Democratic U.S. presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks during ‘King Day at the Dome 2016’ ceremonies in front of the South Carolina State House in Columbia, South Carolina, Monday. | REUTERS

Hillary called attention to the roles of Gov. Nikki Haley and protester Bree Newsome in the decision to remove the Confederate flag.

Clinton praised Haley and the state legislature for taking swift action on the flag, but also credited activist Bree Newsome for taking the matter into her own hands and “shimmying up that flagpole.”

“Every year, you’ve gathered right here and said that that symbol of division and racism went against everything Dr. King stood for,” Clinton continued. “We couldn’t celebrate him and the Confederacy, we had to choose. And South Carolina finally made the right choice.”

That was the only article I could find on Hillary’s speech, but Bernie Sanders got quite a bit of media coverage for his appearance in Alabama. AP via ABC News: Bernie Sanders Courts Voters in Alabama on King Day.

With polls showing him running well in Iowa and New Hampshire, presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders took aim at what might be unusual territory for a self-described democratic socialist: the Deep South.

Yet a crowd of more than 5,000 packed into Boutwell Auditorium in downtown Birmingham, Alabama, Monday night to hear the Vermont senator, while nearly 1,000 milled outside in freezing temperatures.

“There must be some mistake, I heard Alabama was a conservative state,” Sanders said to an enthusiastic welcome.

Sanders said his message of raising the minimum wage, free college tuition and paid family medical leave cuts across regional lines but acknowledged that the work to get that message across was harder in a state like Alabama.

“We’ve got to go out to our white, working-class friends. We’ve got to go out to our brothers and sisters and say, ‘Stop voting against your own self-interests,'” Sanders said.

“Our brothers and sisters?” I guess that means black people. I wonder how many “brothers and sisters” were in the crowd. The article doesn’t say. The story says Sanders mentioned Dr. King and emphasized King’s activism on economic issues.

Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump gestures during a speech at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Va., Monday, Jan. 18, 2016. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump gestures during a speech at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Va., Monday, Jan. 18, 2016. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

Donald Trump chose to give a speech at Liberty University on Martin Luther King Day, and he made some biblical boo boos while speaking to the packed “Christian” audience (Liberty U. students are required to attend appearances by guest speakers). Most disconcerting for the religious nuts was that he referred to “2 Corinthians” instead of the correct usage “second Corinthians.” Here’s Molly Ball at The Atlantic:

The Religious Right’s Donald Trump Dilemma.

There were many unbelievable moments over the course of Donald Trump’s speech on Monday at Liberty University, the evangelical college founded by the late Jerry Falwell.

There was his citation of the Bible: “Two Corinthians 3-17, that’s the whole ball game. … Is that the one? Is that the one you like? I think that’s the one you like.”

There was the part where he ranked his favorite books, calling The Art of the Deal“a deep, deep second to the Bible. The Bible is the best. The Bible blows it away.”

There was his pledge to win the war on Christmas: “If I’m president, you’re going to see ‘Merry Christmas’ in department stores, believe me.”

And there was a delightful new twist on his oft-repeated claim that Americans will be overwhelmed with winning: “If I’m president, you’ll say, ‘Please, Mr. President, we’re winning too much. I can’t stand it. Can’t we have a loss?’ And I’ll say, ‘No, we’re going to keep winning.’”

Ball writes that Trump is creating division in the Evangelical community.

But the most breathtaking part of Trump’s appearance may have come before he spoke. It was his introduction by Jerry Falwell Jr., the school’s president and son of its founder, who praised the thrice-married, socially liberal tycoon at great length.

Falwell lauded Trump’s generosity and worldly success; he called him “a breath of fresh air.” He compared Trump to his father and to Martin Luther King Jr., who also “spoke the truth, no matter how unpopular.” Trump, he said, “cannot be bought—he is not a puppet on a string like many other candidates.” Though Falwell’s comments were, he said, not an endorsement, he repeatedly imagined a Trump presidency as a boon to America. “In my opinion,” he said, “Donald Trump lives a life of loving and helping others, as Jesus taught in the great commandment.”Many evangelical leaders, however, do not share Falwell’s affection. As Trump was speaking, Russell Moore, the Southern Baptist leader, issued a stream of disapproving tweets: “Trading in the gospel of Jesus Christ for political power is not liberty but slavery,” Moore wrote. He added: “This would be hilarious if it weren’t so counter to the mission of the gospel of Jesus Christ.”

Read the rest at the link.

What else is happening? Please post your thoughts and links in the comment thread and have a great Tuesday!

68 Comments on “Tuesday Reads: RIP Glen Frey and Martin Luther King Events”

  1. bostonboomer says:

    A big storm supposedly headed for the East Coast.

  2. bostonboomer says:

  3. bostonboomer says:

    Politico claims Trump can beat Clinton by attracting black voters.

    According to Republican pollsters and Trump’s allies, the GOP poll-leader — who has been dogged by accusations of racism, most recently for tweeting out a chart that exaggerated the share of murders committed by blacks — is poised to out-perform with this demographic group in a general-election matchup with Hillary Clinton.

    “If he were the Republican nominee he would get the highest percentage of black votes since Ronald Reagan in 1980,” said Republican messaging guru Frank Luntz, referring to the year Reagan won 14 percent of that bloc of voters. “They listen to him. They find him fascinating, and in all the groups I have done, I have found Obama voters, they could’ve voted for Obama twice, but if they’re African-American they would consider Trump.”

    Another longtime Republican pollster and veteran of multiple presidential campaigns has tested Trump’s appeal to blacks and Hispanics and come to the same conclusion. “He behaves in a way that most minorities would not expect a billionaire to behave,” explained the pollster, who spoke on condition of anonymity to avoid damaging relationships within the party. “He’s not a white-bread socialite kind of guy.”

    Seriously? So Frank Luntz has his finger on the pulse of Black America?

    • mablue2 says:

      This is pretty good comedy.

    • NW Luna says:

      “…if they’re African-American they would consider Trump.”

      Consider him, how, exactly? Hahaha! Luntz got one pulled over on him.

  4. bostonboomer says:

    T-Bogg at Raw Story:

    ‘New York de-valued’: Conservative website claims Donald Trump never donated to 9/11 charities

    According to RedState, a review of charitable giving detailed in a 2003 report from The Foundation Center on the “unprecedented outpouring of charitable support that followed the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks,” showed no mention of the Donald J. Trump Charitable Foundation.

    The Foundation Center report noted that nearly 1300 foundations, corporations and other institutional donors offered up total of $1.1 billion for recovery, relief and support efforts.

    The report described it as “A milestone for philanthropy.”

    In November of 2015, The Smoking Gun came to the same conclusion about the dearth of donations from Trump, writing: “Trump, who frequently reminds the public that he is worth TEN BILLION DOLLARS, is president of the Donald J. Trump Charitable Foundation, which the developer founded nearly 30 years ago.”

    Trump did donate $1,000 to a Scientology “Detoxification Fund” co-founded by Tom Cruise.

    • bostonboomer says:

      Bernie is getting to be quite the whiner.

    • bostonboomer says:

      Response to the Sanders’ campaign complaints:

      “There are certainly several friends of equality in this race, but the 32 community leaders who comprise HRC’s Board of Directors have unanimously decided that Hillary Clinton is the champion we need to fight for us each day on the campaign trail and every day in the White House,” said Lorenz. “She has a strong record, a strong agenda, and a strong ability to win against any Republican running on an anti-LGBT platform in November and lead from Day One.”

    • Fannie says:

      It’s all about him………..damn man, get a grip.

  5. bostonboomer says:

    Wow. The Sanders campaign rented a hall that is normally used as a place for homeless people to get out of the cold. Now they are blaming everyone but themselves for the fuck up.

    Bernie Sanders campaign: ‘We didn’t close Birmingham’s homeless warming station’

    • bostonboomer says:

      Bernie is having a very bad day. And he really doesn’t understand racism.

      • mablue2 says:

        His campaign doen’t hold well under the tiniest scrutiny.
        Just a glance at his healthcare plan makes people question the seriousness of his candidacy. His lack of depth in any issue othan than income inequality is dumbfounding. Even on the only issue he shouts about, he doen’t have any sound proposal.
        Let’s not even get into the assholes that make the bulk of his supporters, at least online. I have stopped reading salon.com just because I got tired of their silly posts.

        • bostonboomer says:

          Speaking of that, here’s Melissa on Bernie’s supporters:


          I agree, Salon has totally jumped the shark. And DailyKos is worse than it was in 2008.

          • NW Luna says:

            I’m really tired of these toddler dudebros who think questions about their idol’s policy specifics (or lack thereof) entitles them to lob invectives at the questioner.

            If the Berniebots had anything substantial they’d debate the pros/cons without descending to tantrum behavior.

    • NW Luna says:

      We’re obviously committed to these issues.


  6. bostonboomer says:

    Ta-Nehisi Coates asks why Bernie Sanders opposes reparations for slavery.

    Sanders says it would be “divisive,” and then goes into his economic inequality spiel. Sanders just doesn’t get racism. It’s not just an economic issue.

    For those of us interested in how the left prioritizes its various radicalisms, Sanders’s answer is illuminating. The spectacle of a socialist candidate opposing reparations as “divisive” (there are few political labels more divisive in the minds of Americans than socialist) is only rivaled by the implausibility of Sanders posing as a pragmatist. Sanders says the chance of getting reparations through Congress is “nil,” a correct observation which could just as well apply to much of the Vermont senator’s own platform. The chances of a President Sanders coaxing a Republican Congress to pass a $1 trillion jobs and infrastructure bill are also nil.

    • bostonboomer says:

      Sanders refused to talk to Coates, a fine writer and winner of the National Book Award this year.

      My hope was to talk to Sanders directly, before writing this article. I reached out repeatedly to his campaign over the past three days. The Sanders campaign did not respond.

      Bernie could be on a billboard for white privilege.

  7. bostonboomer says:

    Shakesville on something I noted during the debate: Sanders referred to the “general population” in talking about his supporters and then talked about the Black and Latino Communities as separate from the “general population.”

    When the African American community becomes familiar with my Congressional record and with our agenda, and with our views on the economy, and criminal justice—just as the general population has become more supportive, so will the African American community, so will the Latino community. We have the momentum, we’re on a path to a victory.


    • mablue2 says:

      BB you don’t get it: We’re not part of the general population and we’re too dumb to know how great Bernie is for us.

      • bostonboomer says:

        That seems to be his attitude. He has done this repeatedly. Whenever he is asked about racism, he pivots to talking about jobs and economic equality.

  8. bostonboomer says:

    Ten former diplomats express concerns about Sanders’ ability to handle foreign policy.

    The statement comes in the wake of the Vermont senator’s call at Sunday’s debate to normalize relations with the longtime U.S. foe.

    “The stakes are high. And we are concerned that Sen. Sanders has not thought through these crucial national security issues that can have profound consequences for our security,” the diplomats said. “His lack of a strategy for defeating ISIS — one of the greatest challenges we face today — is troubling. And the limited things he has said on ISIS are also troubling.”

    Among those who signed the statement are Ambassador Wendy Sherman, the under secretary of state for political affairs who led the nuclear negotiations with Iran; Jeremy B. Bash, former chief of staff to the director of the CIA and Ambassador Nicholas Burns, former under secretary of state for political affairs.

    They also were worried about Bernie’s suggestion that Iran should get involved in Syria.

    • janicen says:

      I’m not surprised. I think we’ve heard enough about it. I have absolutely no interest in seeing it.

  9. janicen says:

    I’m watching the NBC Nightly News and you would not believe how they are talking about Sarah Palin as if she were a political force now that she has endorsed Trump. Suddenly she’s being taken seriously. The media is ridiculous.

  10. bostonboomer says:

    After Hillary Clinton champions lead issue, Flint mayor endorses her


    Will Bernie whine about this too? Hey, he called on the Gov. to resign (not gonna happen).

  11. Fannie says:

    She’s back, and it’s drill baby drill. I swear, the only thing to make this better, is if Michelle Bachman was on the other side of Palin, and Trump standing in the middle, and the two were talking at the same time, endorsing the MAIN THANG.

    I just want to run out my front door and scream my head off………………NO. How frigging lucky can we be?

  12. Fannie says:

    BB, you just won’t believe the crap she’s spewing, and her voice, I need ear plugs! Mercy, Mercy, Mercy.

  13. roofingbird says:

    Boy, you guys are on a roll today!

  14. Babama says:

    Spandex @ The People’s View has another troubling post about Sander’s single payer plan:

    “We cannot gamble health care reform on a plan that puts ideology first and women’s health somewhere down the line.”


  15. Ron4Hills says:

    So yesterday somehow the story went from “polls look great for Hills” to “polls look rotten for Hills.” Who has control of the narrative?

    Why is it that every time there is any good news whatsoever for Hillary, the media immediately follows up with a fresh hit job?

    Am I the only one who noties?

  16. Fannie says:

    Here is Sanders taking a cheap shot at Hillary, comparing her to Dick Cheney:


    • NW Luna says:

      Comparing Hillary to Cheney? Hahahahaha! He sounds desperate indeed to think anyone’s going to believe that BS.

  17. bostonboomer says:

    Here’s Why You Shouldn’t Freak Out About Bernie Sanders’ Numbers In This New Poll. He’s leading in New Hampshire, but probably not by THAT much.


    • janicen says:

      Bernie is getting money and support from the Republicans so that he appears to be a threat to Clinton. The Republicans hope that will force Clinton to the left and make it easier for them to run against her in the general election. I’m convinced of it.

      Now, it’s gotten good to Sanders. He’s come to believe all the hype. Hillary needs to keep pushing her agenda. Comparing her to Dick Cheney is beyond the pale. I think most people will see that. Obama may need to come out with an early endorsement. All of her other endorsements aren’t getting any headlines at all. That one would.

    • Fannie says:

      I wanted to tell you that was a great read, and so damn true. It ought to be talked about more! I don’t know Susie Madrak, but I have saved this one.