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RIP Jack Bruce of CREAM

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CREAM was one of the super groups of the 1960s.  They were Eric Clapton, Ginger Baker and Jack Bruce:

“British musician Jack Bruce, best known as the bass player and vocalist of the power blues trio Cream, died Saturday at his home, his family and publicist said. He was 71.

Bruce was one of the top musicians of the late 1960s, when Cream played its unique psychedelic blues tunes to packed houses in England and the United States.

The band — widely cited as the original supergroup — were known for hits such as “I Feel Free” and “Sunshine of Your Love,” which featured Eric Clapton’s innovative guitar riffs, and Bruce’s vocals and roaring bass, backed by Ginger Baker’s explosive drumming.”

They had a great sound.    One of my favorite songs was “White room”.


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October 25, 2014 at 1:30 pm

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Frank Mankiewicz: The man who announced RFK was dead!

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We learned that Frank Mankiewicz died at age 90:

“A scion of Hollywood, the son of Herman J. Mankiewicz, who wrote “Citizen Kane,” and the nephew of Joseph L. Mankiewicz, who directed “All About Eve,” Mr. Mankiewicz grew up with an Algonquin West round table in his Beverly Hills home, regaled by movie stars and famous writers.

He became a journalist and lawyer and, inspired by the Kennedys, went to Washington at the dawn of the New Frontier and took an executive position at the Peace Corps, full of idealistic hopes.

What he encountered were assassinations, the Vietnam War and the Watergate scandals.

His face became familiar to the nation in 1968 as a spokesman for Robert F. Kennedy’s campaign for the White House, conveying the euphoria over the senator’s triumph in the California Democratic primary and then, within hours, grimly announcing Mr. Kennedy’s death by an assassin’s bullets in Los Angeles.”

He was a liberal activist, the president of NPR, worked on Senator McGovern’s campaign in 1972 and a few other things.

In the end, I remember him as the man who told us that Senator Robert F Kennedy was dead.

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October 25, 2014 at 12:00 pm

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Is President Obama capable of a correction?

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Does President Obama understand just how badly his presidency is going?  Is there someone telling him or speaking frankly about these problems?  My guess is that there is no one in the Obama White House who speaks bluntly and candidly.  By all indications, he’s surrounded by people who scream “yes we can” every time he enters the room.

A few days ago, Ron Fournier wrote an article about White House staff changes.  It was very complete, including saying that President Obama needs to fire everybody and start from scratch.  He needs to hire truth-tellers, business leaders, and a Republican to improve relations with the Congress.

However, I’m not sure that he’s capable of looking at himself in the mirror and seeing the truth.  

He is unlikely to do what President Clinton did after 1994 or President Bush after 2006.  Clinton took the political temperature and realized that he needed to sit down with the GOP.  Bush looked at the reality in Iraq, changed Sec. Rumsfeld, and approved the “surge.”  Both men were stronger after they made these corrections.

Bush and Clinton had the ability to change.  Can Obama do that?

My guess is no, as George Condon, Jr. wrote today:

Though some dejected or burned-out aides may decide to leave of their own volition, the most likely reaction by Obama is to press on, his belief in his own rightness unshaken. Noting that incumbent parties almost always get crushed in sixth-year midterms, Galston said Washington should not be surprised if the president asks himself: “Why am I going to start firing people for something that happens routinely just because of the rhythms of American politics?”

My guess is that President Obama has been so isolated from reality that he can’t see the truth between ‘the rhythms of American politics” and a loss of confidence in his lack of leadership. 

This is due to a couple of factors:

1) The “messiah” nature of his candidacy, especially a news media that never challenged any of the slogans.

2) The Democrats’ unwillingness to criticize him and risk the African-American vote. 

So I am not expecting a lot of changes after the election.  In fact, it will be more of the same, and the country’s frustration with President Obama will keep on growing. 

He will continue as the “bewildered bystander“!

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