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 51 
 on: March 22, 2017, 12:35:08 am 
Started by Kiwithrottlejockey - Last post by Kiwithrottlejockey

from The Washington Post....

EDITORIAL: No, Republicans, the ‘real story’ is not the leaks

Faced with damning testimony on Russia and wiretapping, members of the
House Intelligence Committee choose misdirection over investigation.


By EDITORIAL BOARD | 7:41PM EDT - Monday, March 20, 2017

FBI Director James B. Comey. — Photograph: Matt McClain/The Washington Post.
FBI Director James B. Comey. — Photograph: Matt McClain/The Washington Post.

A HOUSE INTELLIGENCE COMMITTEE hearing on Monday produced the remarkable spectacle of FBI Director James B. Comey publicly testifying that there was “no information that supports” tweets by President Trump alleging wiretapping of his New York headquarters on the order of President Barack Obama. It saw National Security Agency Director Michael S. Rogers agree with the British government that it was “utterly ridiculous” for the White House to suggest that such surveillance had been undertaken by Britain's signals agency. And it produced official confirmation by Mr. Comey that the agency is investigating Russia's interference in the U.S. presidential election, including possible coordination with members of the Trump campaign.

You'd think that all of this would be of surpassing concern for Republican members of Congress. The president who leads their party has been officially reported to have made false statements alleging criminal activity by his predecessor. What's more, his campaign is under scrutiny for possible co-operation with a dedicated and dangerous U.S. adversary in order to subvert American democracy.

Yet to listen to Republican members of the Intelligence Committee, the most pressing problem to arise from Russia's intervention and the FBI's investigation of it is that reports of contacts between Russia's ambassador and Mr. Trump's designated national security adviser were leaked to The Washington Post. The priority of Chairman Devin Nunes (California) and other Republican members, judging from their statements, is not fully uncovering Russia's actions but finding and punishing those who allowed the public to learn about them.

Mr. Nunes and Representative Trey Gowdy (Republican-South Carolina) could not have been more zealous in their outrage over the exposure of Michael Flynn, who was forced to resign as national security adviser after reports in The Post exposed his lies about his conversations with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak. Mr. Flynn accepted nearly $68,000 in payments from Russian companies, including the state propaganda outlet, before advocating greater cooperation with Moscow during his brief White House stint. Yet Mr. Nunes and Mr. Gowdy would have it that hunting down the sources for the disclosure that Mr. Flynn discussed the lifting of U.S. sanctions with Mr. Kislyak is more urgent than learning the full extent of the contacts he and other Trump aides had with Moscow.

The Republicans seem to be slavishly following the cues of the president, who, while failing to retract his accusation against Mr. Obama, is seeking to direct attention elsewhere. “The real story that Congress, the FBI and all others should be looking into is the leaking of Classified information,” he tweeted early Monday morning. Such a diversion, like anything else that distracts attention from Vladimir Putin's support for his election, would be to Mr. Trump's advantage.

Congressional Republicans ought to consider larger national interests. Russia's intervention in the election was not incidental and haphazard, but part of a concerted campaign to disrupt Western democracy. Mr. Putin is even now attempting to interfere in ongoing election campaigns in France and Germany. Given Mr. Trump's refusal to acknowledge the threat, it is essential that Congress discover the truth about Russia's activities, take steps to defend against similar intrusions in the future and help allies protect themselves.

The first useful step would be to fully inform the public. Instead, Mr. Nunes and his followers appear bent on silencing anyone who would do so.


https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/global-opinions/no-republicans-the-real-story-is-not-the-leaks/2017/03/20/32bf7330-0d88-11e7-9b0d-d27c98455440_story.html

 52 
 on: March 22, 2017, 12:34:47 am 
Started by Kiwithrottlejockey - Last post by Kiwithrottlejockey

from The Washington Post....

Comey's testimony humiliates Trump

Comey was succinct: “I have no information that supports those tweets.”

By JENNIFER RUBIN | 11:52AM EDT - Monday, March 20, 2017

FBI Director, James B. Comey and National Security Agency Director, Admiral Michael S. Rogers are photographed by the media before testifying to the House Intelligence Committee hearing. — Photograph: Matt McClain/The Washington Post.
FBI Director, James B. Comey and National Security Agency Director, Admiral Michael S. Rogers are photographed by the media before testifying
to the House Intelligence Committee hearing. — Photograph: Matt McClain/The Washington Post.


BEFORE FBI Director James B. Comey began his testimony before the House Intelligence Committee, President Trump was back, compulsively tweeting — and underscoring the growing perception that his allegation that President Barack Obama had Trump's “wires tapped” is nonsensical, his attachment to reality fleeting and his concern about Russian interference in the election on his behalf is palpable. He tweeted: “James Clapper and others stated that there is no evidence Potus colluded with Russia. This story is FAKE NEWS and everyone knows it!” (Interestingly, he limited the denial of collusion to him, POTUS, only.) Certainly, he had been rattled by a parade of Republican lawmakers affirming there was no evidence of wiretapping. He was right to be anxious.

Comey did in fact confirm that the FBI is currently investigating Russian interference with our elections, including any links with members of the Trump campaign, and whether the latter constituted any crimes. A short time later, Comey lowered the boom. What about evidence of wiretapping, as Trump claimed in tweets? Comey was succinct: “I have no information that supports those tweets.”

That testimony is not “fake”. Trump cannot change the fact that his own national intelligence team is attempting to determine whether a foreign power tried to manipulate our election. Try as he might, there is no way for Trump to discount or conceal that reality. The stone-faced Comey crisply providing definitive, unemotional testimony that was compelling, as was that of National Security Agency chief Michael S. Rogers, who, with furrowed brow, often answered with a simple yes or no.

Comey's statement was not surprising, but it was nevertheless devastating. To hear the head of the FBI in essence call the president a liar or wide-eyed conspiratorialist is bracing, if not humiliating, for the chief executive. And reflecting on the morning tweet, Trump now seems desperate, childish and vulnerable. He's been tripped up by his own grandiose lies. At some level he must know it.

Perhaps now Republicans can stop treating the president's outbursts seriously. They need to call them what they are: Wild lies and accusations designed to distract from the very real investigation into Russian attempts to throw the election his way. In just a few brief lines, Comey eviscerated whatever credibility Trump still had. Whether the intelligence agency will find evidence of collusion remains to be seen. But what we do know is that Trump will not be able to lie his way through this nor distract the public.

Representative Will Hurd (Republican-Texas), who appeared during Sunday on ABC's “This Week, made an interesting observation. “It's going to go down in the history of Mother Russia as the greatest covert action campaign, not because President Trump won,” he said. “There was no manipulation of the vote-tallying machines. It's going to go down as the greatest covert action because it drove a — created a wedge, whether real or perceived, between the White House, the intelligence community, and the American public.” Well, it will also go down as the greatest covert action in history because Russia sought to manipulate the outcome of our election and provided assistance to the Trump campaign. Moreover, Vladimir Putin has convinced a significant chunk of the American electorate that Trump is “illegitimate”. (One poll shows 57 percent of young voters between 18 and 30 consider him “illegitimate”.) And worse, it's convinced many Americans that our president's word cannot be trusted.


• Jennifer Rubin writes the Right Turn blog for The Washington Post, offering reported opinion from a conservative perspective.

__________________________________________________________________________

More on this topic:

 • VIDEO: Comey: No information to support Trump's wiretapping tweets

 • VIDEO: Comey, Rogers testify on alleged Russian interference in U.S. election

 • The questions about Trump and Russia need an independent investigation

 • Trump Madness: What’s the quintessential quote of the Trump administration?

 • Today’s intelligence hearing is a farce. It shows why we need an independent Russia probe.

 • PHOTOGRAPH GALLERY: See FBI Director Comey testify about Trump's wiretapping claims, Russian election interference


https://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/right-turn/wp/2017/03/20/comeys-testimony-humiliates-trump

 53 
 on: March 21, 2017, 09:27:16 pm 
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from the Los Angeles Times....

FBI chief debunks Trump's wiretap claim and confirms probe
of possible campaign links to Russia


By DAVID S. CLOUD and DEL QUENTIN WILBER - Reporting from Washington D.C. | 4:50PM PDT - Monday, March 20, 2017

FBI Director James B. Comey, left, and National Security Agency Director Admiral Mike Rogers testify before the House Intelligence Committee. — Photograph: Shawn Thew/European Pressphoto Agency.
FBI Director James B. Comey, left, and National Security Agency Director Admiral Mike Rogers testify before the House Intelligence Committee.
 — Photograph: Shawn Thew/European Pressphoto Agency.


IN A double-barreled assault on the White House, FBI Director James B. Comey on Monday knocked back President Trump's claim of wiretapping by the Obama administration and disclosed that the FBI is investigating possible “coordination” between Donald Trump's presidential campaign and Russian authorities.

Comey was the most senior U.S. law enforcement official to publicly debunk Trump's extraordinary charges, first made on Twitter on March 4th, that President Obama had wiretapped him at Trump Tower.

“I have no information that supports those tweets, and we have looked carefully inside the FBI,” Comey told a drama-laced House Intelligence Committee hearing carried live for nearly five hours on cable TV. He added that the Justice Department and its components also had “no information to support” Trump's accusation.

But Comey's rebuke of Trump, which was echoed by Admiral Mike Rogers, director of the National Security Agency, was overshadowed by disclosure of an active counter-intelligence and criminal investigation aimed at the top ranks of the president’s former campaign and potentially the White House.

The FBI is investigating the “nature of any links between individuals associated with the Trump campaign and the Russian government, and whether there was any coordination between the campaign and Russia's efforts,” Comey said.

The White House downplayed the investigation into possible collusion by Trump's aides with Russian authorities. “Investigating it and having proof of it are two different things,” Sean Spicer, the White House spokesman, told reporters.

Comey said the investigation was undertaken as part of the FBI's counter-intelligence mission and includes “an assessment of whether any crimes were committed.”

“I can promise you we will follow the facts wherever they lead,” Comey said.

Comey and Rogers refused to say whether the FBI investigation, which began last July, had uncovered any evidence of improper collusion or potential crimes, saying it was inappropriate to discuss an ongoing investigation involving classified sources and information.

Even their limited disclosures raised the possibility that some of Trump's current or former aides could face lengthy investigations and potentially criminal prosecution, saddling the White House with a major scandal.

The national security chiefs' testimony clearly rattled the White House. During the hearing, President Trump tweeted that the FBI and NSA directors had confirmed that “Russia did not influence electoral process.”

That led to an unusual exchange in the House hearing room, when Representative Jim Himes (Democrat-Connecticut) asked Comey and Rogers whether the president's tweet had fairly characterized their testimony.

“It certainly wasn't our intention to say that today because we don't have any information on that subject,” Comey said carefully.

Earlier during Monday, Trump used Twitter to denounce the FBI investigation, as well as separate inquiries by the GOP-led House and Senate intelligence committees, as “Fake news”, adding, “The Democrats made up and pushed the Russian story as an excuse for running a terrible campaign.”

“There is no evidence of a Trump-Russia collusion and there is no evidence of a Trump-Russia scandal,” the White House said later in a statement.

The investigation of a sitting president's campaign by the FBI raises serious procedural and constitutional issues.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions already has recused himself from overseeing the FBI investigation after news reports disclosed he had met twice with Sergey Kislyak, Russia’s ambassador to the United States, during the campaign but failed to tell the Senate during his confirmation hearing.

As a result, Acting Deputy Attorney General Dana Boente will oversee the investigation. If he is confirmed by the Senate as deputy attorney general, Rod Rosenstein would be the last word in the case.

Comey is four years into his decade-long term. He can be fired by the president, though that surely would draw comparisons to the resignation of President Nixon's attorney general and the dismissal of the deputy attorney general in the so-called 1973 Saturday Night Massacre during the Watergate investigation.

Underscoring the delicacy of the situation, Comey repeatedly declined to answer lawmakers' questions about the investigation, Republicans' complaints about leaks to the media, or Democrats' attempts to draw him into discussion about which Trump aides might be involved.

“I cannot say more about what we are doing,” Comey said.

The FBI director's testimony marked his second time at the center of a politically explosive investigation into the 2016 presidential campaign.

In July, he announced in a lengthy news conference that he was recommending no criminal charges be filed against Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton for using a private email server while she was secretary of State.

On October 28th, less than two weeks before the election, Comey shook up the presidential race by notifying lawmakers that his agents had learned of additional Clinton emails in an unrelated case that “appear pertinent to the investigation.”

Although he followed up several days later with a letter to say that the FBI had found nothing to change his earlier recommendation, Democrats blamed Comey for helping sink Clinton's campaign at a crucial point.

On Monday, he spoke in far less detail about the Trump inquiry than he did about the FBI investigation into Clinton. He refused to commit to providing an update or to say when the investigation would be completed.

“I don't know how long the work will take,” he said.

Comey and Rogers said they stood by a January 6th report by the U.S. intelligence community that said Russian President Vladimir Putin had approved an intelligence operation in an effort to hurt Clinton and to help Trump.

They also repeated that U.S. agencies did not try to assess whether the Russian effort, which included the hacking of Democratic National Committee computers and leaks of emails that embarrassed the Clinton campaign, had swayed public opinion or affected any votes on election day.

Both said they were surprised by the openness of the Russian operation.

“It's almost as if they didn't care that we knew what they were doing or that they wanted us to see what they were doing,” Comey said. “It was very noisy, their intrusions in different institutions.”

Republicans on the House committee focused their questions on leaks of classified information to the media about Trump's current and former aides, rather than on the investigation of Russian meddling.

Few offered any public defense of Trump's continued claims of wiretapping or of contacts between his aides and Russian authorities. Several sought to limit the political damage by questioning whether Putin actively sought to help Trump.

“Don't you think it's ridiculous to say the Russians prefer Republicans over Democrats?” asked Representative Devin Nunes (Republican-Tulare), the committee chairman.

In contrast, Representative Adam B. Schiff (Democrat-Burbank), the top Democrat on the panel, recounted numerous reports of contacts between senior members of Trump's campaign team and current and former Russian officials.

Several top Trump aides, including his former campaign manager, Paul Manafort, and his former national security advisor, Michael Flynn, were forced out because of those contacts.

Other Democrats questioned Comey about the Trump team's removal of Republican Party platform language calling for arming Ukraine in its fight against pro-Russian separatists, as well former Trump advisor Roger Stone's contacts with pro-Russian hackers.

Several Democrats unsuccessfully pressed Comey to confirm some details in a dossier of unverified allegations against Trump and his associates that was written by a former British intelligence officer and made public in January by BuzzFeed.

“Is it possible that all of these events and reports are completely unrelated and nothing more than an entirely unhappy coincidence? Yes, it is possible,” Schiff said. “But it is also possible, maybe more than possible, that they are not coincidental, not disconnected and not unrelated.”

Schiff added that if Trump associates did collaborate with Russia, it would be a “potential crime” and “one of the most shocking betrayals of democracy in history.”

Representative Trey Gowdy (Republican-South Carolina) pressed Comey to say whether the FBI was investigating leaks to the media that disclosed Flynn's conversations with the Russian ambassador, which apparently were picked up inadvertently on NSA communications intercepts.

“The name of a U.S. citizen that was supposed to be statutorily protected is no longer protected,” Gowdy said.

“I don't want to confirm it by saying we are investigating,” Comey said. “Be assured we are going to take it very seriously.”


• David S. Cloud covers the Pentagon and the military from the Washington, D.C., bureau for the Los Angeles Times. In his 30-year career, he has also worked at The New York Times and the Wall Street Journal, where he was a member of a team of reporters awarded a 2002 Pulitzer Prize for coverage of the September 11th, 2001, terror attacks. He is co-author of The Fourth Star, which traces the careers and experiences in Iraq of four U.S. officers.

• Del Quentin Wilber covers the Justice Department for the Los Angeles Times. An award-winning crime reporter, he previously worked for The Baltimore Sun, The Washington Post and Bloomberg News. He is the author of Rawhide Down: The Near Assassination of Ronald Reagan, which was a national bestseller in 2011. His most recent book, A Good Month for Murder, was published in June 2016.

http://www.latimes.com/nation/la-na-pol-comey-congress-20170320-story.html

 54 
 on: March 21, 2017, 09:27:02 pm 
Started by Kiwithrottlejockey - Last post by Kiwithrottlejockey

Donald Trump (ie....the 45th President of the United States of America) has been outed as the BIGGEST LIAR ever to preside over the USA.

He tweeted a load of bullshit (nothing unusual there, virtually everything Trump tweets has turned out to be blatant lies), then when asked for proof, he ducked for cover and called for a congressional investigation.

Well....a couple of days ago, the congressional investigation announced that they could find no evidence whatsoever that Obama wiretapped Trump Tower; and now the FBI and the NSA have likewise called Trump out over his blatant LIES.

Yet Trump continues to LIE about it and attempt to divert attention from his LIES. Donald J. Trump is the most dishonest, despicable cunt to ever hold the position of head of a country in the 21st century so far. He is obviously so mentally-ill and full of utter bullshit that he is like a rabid dog who should be put down.

It will be interesting to see what the FBI probe into Trump's and his campaign organisation's dirty dealings with the Russians turns up. I bet it will sordid!!

 55 
 on: March 21, 2017, 01:38:58 am 
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 56 
 on: March 20, 2017, 12:19:03 am 
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Mark Morford

Calling Bullshit 101: The (real) college course the world needs now

By Mark Morford, SF Gate Columnist | 5:49PM PDT - Friday, March 17, 2017

The course the world needs right now…
The course the world needs right now…

IT'S COME TO THIS. And not a moment too soon.

Calling Bullshit in the Age of Big Data is indeed the awesome, pitch-perfect name of a new and uniquely urgent seminar soon to be taught at the U of Washington, and it's all about, well, just that: how to spot BS in all modern forms: fake news, statistical nonsense, political misdirection, scientific collusion and diabolical myth-making in the modern socio-political miasma, and beyond.

Want to take the class? Join the world.

I mean, who wouldn't? Every age, gender, demographic, politician, priest and climate-denying Neanderthal (hi, Scott Pruitt) could certainly use some better understanding of how we're being manipulated, tracked and lied to and, by the way, please look at that ad on the side of your browser right now — why, it's an ad for the same pair of shoes you happened to glance at in the mall three days ago. The hell…?

Yes, it's a real seminar. It's from two professors, Carl Bergstrom and Devin West (Biology and Information School, respectively). And yes, the marvelous course syllabus, as you would expect, quickly went viral. Because … bullshit.


@POTUS 45: The king of modern bullshit, with a vile troll's twist.
@POTUS 45: The king of modern bullshit, with a vile troll's twist.

After all, it's everywhere; flooding the body politic, swamping social media, impressing you in a snooty TED talk (what the profs call “upscale bullshit”), gushing forth from the bloviated flesh of the president himself in a nonstop fire hose of reeking Twitter spew.

Which is to say: The bullshit? It's downright epidemic.

Do you think the seminar sounds sort of obvious, like it should be about an hour long and consist mainly of memorizing the names of a few dozen truly legit, credible news sources, a few hundred quality reporters and the handful of media companies/social-media juggernauts that are not savagely engineering your every twitch and swoon?

Or maybe you think such a seminar should merely teach to the naïve plebes of Generation Emoji what is already an obvious response for any attuned human with a functioning soul: the instant smackdown of anything and everything vomited forth from Fox News, Breitbart, Trump, InfoWars and the myriad sociopathic trolls who create and follow them?

Ah, would that life were so simple. Or that bullshit were that easy to spot, deflect, remedy.


Lesson No.1: Trust not a single word, tweet, announcement coming from the White House's “fine-tuned bullshit machine”.
Lesson No.1: Trust not a single word, tweet, announcement coming from the White House's
“fine-tuned bullshit machine”.


Obama rules, Trump is a cruel and heartless troll who no one really likes. Bullshit or not bullshit?
Obama rules, Trump is a cruel and heartless troll who no one really likes. Bullshit or not bullshit?

Thing is, modern bullshit has become, let's just say, extremely complicated. Nefarious. Sinister and shrewd and enormously destructive. As Bergstrom and West describe it in their terrific FAQ for the course:

Of course an advertisement is trying to sell you something, but do you know whether the TED talk you watched last night is also bullshit — and if so, can you explain why? Can you see the problem with the latest New York Times or Washington Post article fawning over some startup's big data analytics? Can you tell when a clinical trial reported in the New England Journal or JAMA is trustworthy, and when it is just a veiled press release for some big pharma company?

Translation: The fake news epidemic that helped the Orange Goblin steal the election? Just the tip of the bullshit iceberg, really, given everything from elaborate Russian hacking, WikiLeaks conniving, scripted “reality” TV, the invention of “advertorials”, cherry-picked scientific studies, snake-oil health scams, corporate-funded “research”, foreign con artists dangling counterfeit documents in front of desperate reporters hoping to dethrone the Orange Goblin, and on and on — all making far too much of modern life increasingly impossible to differentiate from the one thing so many claim to seek, but so few know how to find: authentic truth.

But herein lies the rub: Because if there's anything wrong with such an otherwise fantastic seminar, it's knowing where, exactly, to draw the line. Big Data, in the grand scheme, is but a fragment of history's epic bullshit apparatus (Bergstrom and West say they hope to make their seminar into a full-length course of study in the fall).

Put another way: It's relatively easy to point out how the Googles, Amazons, Facebooks, Apples, Ubers, Pfizers, RJ Reynolds, NRAs of the world are massive bullshit generators. But bullshit, of course, has been around much longer than any of those cute whippersnappers, in forms perhaps even more destructive, personally humiliating, socially caustic than anything Big Data can conjure.


Made of 100% toxic bullishit, packed to the ruddy, black eyeballs with it, and it's on fire.
Made of 100% toxic bullishit, packed to the ruddy, black eyeballs with it, and it's on fire.

A scuzzball trafficker in the lowest, the least helpful, the ugliest aspects of the human heart. Bullshit all around.
A scuzzball trafficker in the lowest, the least helpful, the ugliest aspects of the human heart. Bullshit all around.

From organized religion to centuries of macho military posturing, from pseudo-cowboy gun fetishism to bogus Iraq wars, from capitalism itself to the made-up existence of a cruel and vindictive God, it's easy to argue that a rank and sticky bedrock of bullshit lies in the very foundation of modern human existence.

Worse still? Most people — hell, most world societies — couldn't survive without it.

All of which is to say: As helpful as Bergstrom and West's seminar is, to call bullshit on the nefarious logistics of the modern, data-driven world is a slippery slope indeed — and not just in terms of developing critical thinking — insofar as it dances right up to the divine edge of the larger, far more gloriously devastating truth of life.

Don't you already know? Of course, you do: It's all bullshit.

It's the truth of all truths: As far as the desperate human ego goes, it's all phantasm, delusion, mental storytelling, educated guessing, happy abstract nonsense in the name of power, knowledge, temporary stability and, of course, a desperate — and futile — attempt to avoid death.

As the Buddha said: Good luck with that.


America, the pisswater swill. Now owned by Belgians. Who's calling bullshit?
America, the pisswater swill. Now owned by Belgians. Who's calling bullshit?

Would that it were this easy to spot anymore.
Would that it were this easy to spot anymore.

Email: Mark Morford

Mark Morford on Twitter and Facebook.

http://blog.sfgate.com/morford/2017/03/17/calling-bullsht-101-the-real-college-course-the-world-needs-now

 57 
 on: March 19, 2017, 12:36:48 pm 
Started by Lovelee - Last post by Kiwithrottlejockey

from the Los Angeles Times....

Chuck Berry dies at 90, a founding father of rock 'n' roll

By RICHARD CROMELIN | 3:25PM PDT - Saturday, March 18, 2017

Rock and roll guitarist Chuck Berry performs his “duck walk” as he plays his electric hollowbody guitar at the TAMI Show on December 29th, 1964 at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium in Santa Monica, California. Other performers included James Browm, The Rolling Stones, The Beatles and Jan & Dean. — Photograph: Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images.
Rock and roll guitarist Chuck Berry performs his “duck walk” as he plays his electric hollowbody guitar at the TAMI Show on December 29th, 1964
at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium in Santa Monica, California. Other performers included James Browm, The Rolling Stones, The Beatles
and Jan & Dean. — Photograph: Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images.


CHUCK BERRY, a founding father of rock 'n' roll who designed much of the music's sonic blueprint and became his era's most creative lyricist, has died. He was 90.

In hits such as “Maybellene”, “Johnny B. Goode” and “Sweet Little Sixteen”, Berry paired clarion guitar riffs and a relentlessly rhythmic blend of blues and country with buoyant vignettes celebrating teenage life and the freedom of 1950s America.

“He laid down the law for playing this kind of music,” Eric Clapton once said. John Lennon’s succinct summation: “If you tried to give rock 'n' roll another name, you might call it ChuckBerry.” The Encyclopedia of Popular Music states that Berry's influence as guitarist and songwriter is “incalculable.”

At a time when rock 'n' roll lyrics were secondary to the sound of the records, Berry's sophisticated depictions of adolescence — school, cars, growing up, courtship, the onset of adulthood — showed for the first time that the music could mirror and articulate the experience of a generation. In the mid-1950s, only the songwriting team of Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller worked similar territory.

Despite his profound musical influence, Berry's legacy is forever entwined with three high-profile scrapes with the law — he served time for armed robbery when he was a teenager, a violation of the Mann Act in 1962, and income tax evasion in 1979.

Those experiences, particularly the Mann Act conviction, are widely regarded as contributors to the guarded, difficult nature of Berry's personality. He wrote an autobiography in 1987 and performed regularly for most of his life, but Berry granted few interviews and rarely revealed much of himself. In director Taylor Hackford's 1987 documentary Chuck Berry: Hail! Hail! Rock 'n' Roll, he is a complex character, alternately charming and controlling.

Berry had six Top 10 hits from 1955 through 1964, and was a dynamic force on the frenzied rock 'n' roll tours of the '50s, with his piercing gaze and famous “duck walk,” in which he crouched low and scooted across the stage with one leg extended and his guitar held high.

A host of followers embraced his sound and songs. The early albums and concerts of the Beatles and the Rolling Stones were peppered with such Berry works as “Rock & Roll Music”, “Roll Over Beethoven”, “Carol” and “Around and Around”. Their British Invasion peers, including the Animals and the Kinks, were similarly under his spell.

His fellow Americans were no less impressed. Berry's “Memphis” became a hit for both Lonnie Mack (an instrumental version) and Johnny Rivers. The rapid phrasing and energy of “Too Much Monkey Business” was a model for Bob Dylan's “Subterranean Homesick Blues”.

The honor wasn't always acknowledged. The Beach Boys' 1963 hit “Surfin' U.S.A.” was a near-copy of “Sweet Little Sixteen”. Berry, watchful over every dollar due, sued and won co-writing credit.

Similarly, the opening lines of the Beatles' “Come Together” were close enough to a lyric from “You Can't Catch Me” (“Here come up flattop, he was movin' up with me”) that Berry brought legal action and won a settlement.

Berry was part of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's inaugural induction class in 1986. He received a lifetime achievement Grammy in 1984, was named to the Kennedy Center Honors in 2000 and received Sweden’s prestigious Polar music prize in 2014.

A recording of “Johnny B. Goode” was included among the cultural artifacts installed on the two Voyager space probes launched in 1977. On a subsequent “Saturday Night Live” sketch, comedian Steve Martin reported on the first communication from distant aliens: “Send more Chuck Berry”.

Charles Edward Anderson Berry was born October 18th, 1926, in St. Louis, one of six children. His mother, Martha, was a teacher and his father, Henry, was a carpenter whose enthusiasm for poetry and other literature made a deep impression on his children.

The family enjoyed a relatively comfortable life in the black neighborhood known as the Ville, but Berry did encounter racism in other parts of town — he once recalled being turned away from the Fox Theatre downtown when he tried to buy a movie ticket.

Berry sang in a choir at a Baptist church and in the high school glee club. His taste for entertaining was sharpened when he turned in a well-received performance of “Confessin' the Blues” at a high school talent show, and he soon took up the guitar.

When Berry was 17, he and two friends stole a car and robbed three businesses in Kansas City, Missouri. Berry received the maximum sentence of 10 years. Inside the Intermediate Reformatory for Young Men in Algoa, Missouri, he sang in a gospel group and learned to box, and was released after serving three years.

Back in St. Louis, he worked at an auto plant and as a hairdresser, and supplemented his income by playing guitar in local bands. He married in 1948, and he and his wife Themetta (Toddy) would have four children.

Berry admired traditional pop standards and such singers as Frank Sinatra and Nat King Cole, and he loved big-band music and jump blues, especially the entertaining, often comedic brand of Louis Jordan. Jordan's guitarist Carl Hogan was one of Berry’s instrumental models, along with Charlie Christian and blues stars Muddy Waters and T-Bone Walker.

Berry joined the Sir John Trio in 1952, teaming for the first time with pianist Johnnie Johnson, who would become an indispensable sideman on Berry's records. They performed blues and ballads, and also adapted country tunes into a “black hillbilly” style that proved very popular. They started drawing big crowds at the Cosmopolitan Club in East St. Louis, Illinois, and the band's name was soon changed to the Chuck Berry Trio as the singer-guitarist asserted his dominance.

In 1955, Berry headed to Chicago to meet one of his heroes, Muddy Waters. After a show, Berry got an autograph from the blues great, and asked for advice about making a record. Waters told him to contact Leonard Chess, the head of the famed blues label Chess Records.

Berry did, and returned in a week with a demo tape. Chess took the trio into the studio and drove them through repeated takes of “Ida Mae”, Berry's reworking of the folk tune “Ida Red”. Chess thought it had potential, but he had problems with the title. A box of mascara on a windowsill gave him his inspiration, and he renamed the tune “Maybellene”.

The record came out in July 1955 and reached No.5 on the pop singles chart. The success was accompanied by a cold slap of reality. The songwriting credit on the record went not to Berry alone, but also to influential disc jockey Alan Freed and to the owner of the building that housed Chess Records. Such maneuvers were common in the record business then, but Berry was taken aback. After a long fight, he was finally granted sole credit in 1986.

More hits followed, records that became essential pillars of the rock canon: “Roll Over Beethoven”, “Rock & Roll Music”, “School Day”, “Johnny B. Goode” and “Sweet Little Sixteen”.

Their common thread was the exuberance of Berry's sound and his vivid, lively language. His lyrics chronicled youthful culture with a keen, pithy eye, and his characters were constantly in motion, either around the dance floor, across the map, on the highway — inevitably in a Coupe de Ville, a V8 Ford, a “coffee colored Cadillac” or some other big American car.

Singing with a sharp, precise enunciation, he could drop in a French phrase, coin words such as “motor-vatin,” and craft indelible images — describing a girl who “wiggles like a glowworm, dance like a spinning top,” or colorfully capturing the excitement of rock 'n' roll: “You know my temperature's risin'/And the jukebox blowin’ a fuse …”

Despite being stung by racial prejudice in his life, Berry basked in a positive vision of his country in his songs. “New York, Los Angeles, oh how I yearn for you,” he sang in “Back in the U.S.A”. longing from abroad for the place “where hamburgers sizzle on an open grill night and day.”

Berry also tested the waters of social commentary. “Brown Eyed Handsome Man”, a playful but potent statement of racial pride, opened with the wry, “arrested on charges of unemployment …”

And “Too Much Monkey Business”, with its torrent of complaints (“Runnin' to and from/Hard workin' at the mill/Never fail in the mail/Yeah, come a rotten bill”), expressed the frustrations of a beleaguered breadwinner with a comical edge.

Berry showed that pop could be art, but he always insisted he was being merely pragmatic.

“I wrote about cars because half the people had cars, or wanted them,” he said in a 2002 interview with London's Independent newspaper. “I wrote about love, because everyone wants that. I wrote songs white people could buy, because that’s nine pennies out of every dime. That was my goal: to look at my bank book and see a million dollars there.”

Berry had opened a nightclub and was riding high in 1959 when he was charged with violating the Mann Act, a federal law that prohibits the interstate transport of women for “immoral purposes.” The prosecution stemmed from Berry's relationship with 14-year-old Janice Escalante, whom he had met in Juarez, Mexico, and brought to St. Louis. When he fired her from her job as a hat checker at the club, she went to the police.

Berry's first conviction was voided because of racially based misconduct by the judge, but he was convicted in a second trial and sentenced to three years in prison in October 1961.

Many felt that Berry’s race and his history of relationships with white women were a factor in the prosecution. Racial dynamics would be a subtext throughout his career, in which he helped bring down the black-white divisions in popular music and specifically set out to appeal to a white audience.

“He was a rebel, a guy who was incredibly complex, unbelievably thorny, and through his own headstrong nature and his own appetites was truly punished for his rebellion,” said Hackford, who formed a stormy relationship with Berry when he directed the 1987 documentary.

“He had the audacity to be a black man who wanted to get out there and perform for white kids and seduce white women, and he did, and he was punished for it. … If rock 'n' roll wants to lay claim to the music of rebellion, he led the charge.”

Berry was released after 20 months and returned to the charts with three more notable songs, “Nadine (Is It You?)” “No Particular Place to Go” and “Promised Land”.

That was the end of his significant record-making (his only No.1 hit would come in 1972 with the risqué novelty “My Ding-a-Ling”). But with the British Invasion bringing new attention to his legacy, Berry was a popular touring attraction. He appeared in the famed 1964 TAMI Show concert movie, and as the decade proceeded he adapted to the counterculture's festival and ballroom conventions.

He also collected cars and invested shrewdly in St. Louis real estate, and, less shrewdly, opened an amusement park called Berry Park. When it failed, the estate became Berry's home and headquarters. (“I wanted it to be like Disneyland or Six Flags,” he once said, “but it turned out to be One Flag.”)

In the 1970s he participated in rock 'n' roll revival tours, and after ending his relationship with his longtime band, including pianist Johnson, he began his practice of hiring a local group to wing it behind him in each city. Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band once had the honor in their early days, but the overall result was inconsistency, and Berry's reputation suffered.

He played himself in the 1978 film “American Hot Wax”, which told the story of disc jockey Freed. Hackford's documentary, in which Keith Richards led an all-star band behind Berry in concert with such guests as Clapton and Linda Ronstadt, put him back in the spotlight. But though Berry spoke periodically about recording new material, nothing came of it.

But he kept playing, making a monthly appearance at the Blueberry Hill club in St. Louis as recently as this summer.

There were more legal dramas. He served four months in federal prison in Lompoc in 1979 for income tax evasion. In 1990, 60 women sued him for allegedly videotaping them in the bathroom of a restaurant at Berry Park. Berry denied the charges, but paid a settlement. And in 2000 Johnson sued him for royalties and credit, claiming the pianist had co-written Berry's hits. The court ruled against Johnson, who died in 2005.

In the end, Berry hadn't let down his guard.

“This is a guy who will always be an enigma,” said Hackford, “who will always be a mystery, who will always be the ultimate outsider, because he would not let anyone in.”


http://www.latimes.com/local/obituaries/la-me-chuck-berry-snap-20170318-story.html

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 on: March 17, 2017, 06:00:40 pm 
Started by Kiwithrottlejockey - Last post by Im2Sexy4MyPants
yes the life and death struggle is funny Grin

 59 
 on: March 17, 2017, 01:00:10 pm 
Started by Kiwithrottlejockey - Last post by Kiwithrottlejockey

And now Donald J. Trump is about to get slapped-down by Republican party politicians in Congress and the Senate....

Capitol Hill Republicans not on board with Trump budget


He he he.....ha ha ha....haw haw haw....it will be hugely amusing watching Donald J. Trump spit the dummy and chuck his toys out of the cot when even his own Republican Party go against him in congress.

It will be even more hilarious watching Trump supporters (who are definitely the bluntest knives in the drawer) froth at the mouth when their hero gets slapped down.






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 on: March 17, 2017, 11:56:24 am 
Started by Kiwithrottlejockey - Last post by Im2Sexy4MyPants
believe whatever you want everyone should have that freedom

I was listening to bernie he said a lot of the things trump wants to change he agrees with and said he would be on board with some of trump idea's.
Are you ok with that

I do not follow breitbart news much  but i believe the CIA assassinated Andrew breitbart by hacking his car and crashing it.
Car hacking is part of the CIA hacking toolbox released by wikileaks vault 7

The owner of the washington post Bezos has a good contract with the CIA worth 600 million dollars prove me wrong on this.

but i am fan of alex jones as he mostly always has documented proof that people can research for themselves as i often have.
I am not saying he is perfect sometime he gets things wrong but most times he's right on the money.

The guests he has on his show are totally interesting and his news you won't find in the mainstream.
Just think of all the stuff the mainstream dont tell us.

Then there's the documented fact that mainstream has been used for dishing out CIA propaganda for a lot of years.

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