Sade is on tour. John Legend is part of the tour. If you're eager to see her, you better get your tickets quick because they are selling fast. We've got tickets to the Oakland show August 26th. I can't wait. I told you my oldest wanted to go. Turns out all three kids do want to. Along with Jess, Dona and Jim and Ty and his boyfriend are going with us. (Ty's boyfriend is not named online in case anyone's thinking, "Gosh, Betty, doesn't he have a name." He does. He also has his privacy.) August 26th is a Friday. That night I won't post but will do my "Friday" post on Saturday like I'm doing now.
Oh, my God. I just saw something C.I. was talking about. She, Ava, Kat and Wally got home a couple of hours ago. My daughter immediately pounced on her insisting it was Barbie time. I followed them and, while they played, C.I. and I were talking about various issues that we needed to cover. Or try to cover. We try on a lot of features that never make it.
And we both agreed about a piece on what's taken place in New York (marriage equality). But C.I. also had a tech piece. I'm not a tech person and I didn't get it and C.I. said that was fine and she'd pitch it to Jim and maybe he'd want to solo.
But now I get it.
The piece was about why ABC News should be avoided online. That's probably going to be a strong piece. If it's pitched to Jim already, I won't butt in.
C.I. was explaining it to me and I thought I understood what she was saying. But as I got on to blog, I opened several windows and did news searches to see what was going on, clicking on a variety of pages and ABC News is a problem page, I see that now.
Anyway, concerts. $65 is expensive. I have no real bills so I can manage tickets for myself and kids. (No real bills? We stay at C.I.'s house and she won't take any money. So I buy clothes for the kids and basics and the bulk of the rest goes into the college funds I have for each of them.) With Sade, we went a little higher. On her tour, it's her and John Legend. Not crazy about John Legend anymore but I could see paying $65 for a double act.
Some of these people are just not very smart. It is a weak market -- as a friend of C.I.'s was pointing out this evening -- and a lot of acts are both overpriced and not really able to handle a summer tour nationally. Those two are combining to knock out Jennifer Hudson, for example. She's cancelling dates left and right because she can't sell tickets.
I like Jennifer Hudson but people need to understand that in a bad economy a $35 ticket is a lot.
I need to look into festivals because my oldest son's big wish for the summer is a festival. I'm not sure he'd want to go with me but I'm pretty sure I could get Jess to take him. (If Jess agreed, I'd buy tickets and take care of travel.)
"Iraq snapshot" (The Common Ills):
Each Monday morning (except during pledge drives), the latest Law and Disorder Radio airs on WBAI and around the country on various radio stations throughout the week. Attorneys Heidi Boghosian, Michael S. Smith and Michael Ratner (Center for Constitutional Rights are the co-hosts of the program. On this week's program, Michael Ratner spoke with former FBI agent and now an attorney Mike German about the war on dissent in this country. Michael Ratner has teamed with Margaret Ratner Kunstler for the new book Hell No, Your Right To Dissent. And until it's August 9th release by the New Press, you can read the column that Michael Ratner and Margaret Ratner Kunstler have written (The Progressive) about the current war on protest and dissent in the US. Excerpt:
President Obama campaigned on protecting our civil liberties, so you might have expected his attorney general, Eric Holder, to provide people with greater protections from FBI snoops. But he has not. And it is about to get even worse.
The new Domestic Investigations and Operations Guide will empower the FBI to dispatch surveillance teams, to follow targets, to dig through trash, to search commercial databases and to expand the use of informants to infiltrate a wide range of organizations.
If you are part of a group that disagrees with government policy in Iraq or Afghanistan, or that dislikes nuclear energy, the next time you throw out your trash, an FBI agent may be examining it a few hours later -- from what you eat to what you buy to what you read and think.
The next time you attend a meeting to fight for better schools, protest drug testing on animals or criticize almost any aspect of government policy, the person next to you may be an informant, recording everything you say. Or perhaps the informant will participate in the meeting, steering the organization's activities in ways the government wishes.
It is now almost ten years after 9/11, the event that frightened many into giving the FBI broad spying authority -- authority that now threatens the very essence of democracy. Piece by piece, the constitutional protections for dissent are disappearing.