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Prophets of Rage debut is more than the sum of their parts

In Uncategorized on September 29, 2017 at 16:04

Prophets of Rage (PoR) self titled album is a masterclass in collaborative musicianship. And unlike so many rap and rock albums, Prophets of Rage does not slow down. The album rages from track one to track twelve.

The album maximizes the talents of each member: Tom Morello, Tim Commerford and Brad Wilk, RATM; DJ Lord and Chuck D, Public Enemy and B-Real, Cypress Hill. I thought B-Real would be the odd-man out. I was wrong: his combination of high pitched and aggressive vocals is a great counter point to the straight forward, lower toned attack of Chuck D.

They each found their own unique voice here. Sure, that’s Chuck D and B-Real sharing the vocals, but it’s not Public Enemy or Cypress Hill. PoR meets and at times surpasses the quality of the bands they came from. And unlike other supergroups, they are in no way trying to outdo or imitate their progenerators. Unlike PoR early tracks and covers of RATM songs, Chuck and Real are in no way trying to replace the irreplaceable Zack de la Rocha. They have become their own group now. And this fan can’t be happier.

Tom Morello is let loose. Freed to play around, he makes some of the best noise of his career. Perhaps his guitar lines aren’t as melodic as some RATM tracks, but that is in his past. It is as if he channeled some Andy Gill and Hendrix and put on the noise with some modern effects. It sure doesn’t hurt that Morello has his Rage band mates, Commerford and Wilk, on bass and drums respectively. They hold their own and keep things moving.

Chuck D at times seemed to hold back to allow his Public Enemy co-vocalists to keep up. There is no need to hold back with B-Real, another lead vocalist, to do the counterpoint and also take the lead.

Rating: Pay full Price, 11/12.

Peace,
Tex Shelters

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Thank You for Supporting Billionaires More than Ever in 2016

In Uncategorized on June 8, 2016 at 23:16

 

trump-hillary-billTo America:

America, you are the greatest! I am writing today to thank the people of California, New Jersey and states all over the union for the recent historic vote. Never before has plutocracy been so secure in the nation than today. Thanks to all the voters, members of the establishment DNC and RNC, registrars of voters who kept pesky independents from voting and people running polling places all over this nation who kept the rabble from accessing ballots. And a shout to the reporters in our corporate media for reporting only the important facts that we allowed you to report.

Not since the days before citizens voted directly for Senators has there been such a guarantee of corporate largess coming our way. Back in the halcyon days of pure laissez faire economics, the government stayed out of our way when we merged into massive monopolies and trusts. Today, the government assists us in our endeavor to make profit; the government even pays us to stay in business in a way JP Morgan and Vanderbilt never dreamt of.

We currently receive some $93 billion dollars in corporate welfare a year. Then there are the government contracts making us billions more. And we are shielded from taxes in a way that was inconceivable before the 1970s.

There is a tax chart that the government publishes, and Americans are convinced that the rate in the book is what we pay. Isn’t that cute? And yes, our lackeys say, “We have the highest corporate taxes in the world!” And gratefully, people believe it. Our spokesmen hide our effective tax rates. After tax loopholes, write offs and other tax incentives, many of us pay zero or near zero in corporate taxes.

Tex Shelters, Industries LLC (TSI) paid $100 in taxes in 2015. We could have paid zero, but we wanted to be fair. It didn’t hurt that we declared losses in our fracking investments and offshore oil platforms to offset the hundreds of millions we made in prison contracts in California alone. And the government letting me overcharge them to use my fiber optic cables in Texas was real nice as was their paying us $43 dollars a day for military rations that cost us $5 to produce. Thank you, President Obama and Congress!

But today is not a day to gloat; it’s a day to celebrate. Gone is the specter of democracy from our nation, especially lukewarm, scary, forbidden social democracy. No, dear friends, we won’t have to cut our bottom line or CEO salaries or tighten our belts. Leave budget cuts to the poor people who have little to lose. We have too much to lose to lose it. Billionaires are too big to fail.

As for this victory, I have paid myself a $37 million dollar fiscal year-end bonus. I only had to lay off 433 people in the U.S. to earn it and help buy the election. Now it’s a win-win, Trump-Clinton race. We are sitting in tall cotton, that’s for darn sure.

The hard work of getting my bonus was not buying the candidates, but it was getting the Indonesian factory owners to give TSI timely delivery on our patented “Corkscrew Ammunition” for 9 mm, 45 and 22 caliber with the new 50 cal, to be released for Christmas. These bullets don’t explode on contact or “rip.” Nope. The corkscrew rounds hit a perpetrator and “corkscrews” around, tearing up a perpetrators insides, whether he be a home invader or a Muslim born in the wrong country.

So, thanks to all the people who have protected the strength and wealth of billionaires in this nation. Long live the plutocracy. And for all you in Congress, the DNC and others that helped with this election: we have six to seven figure jobs ready and waiting for you in our corporate offices.

Yours,
Tex Shelters
CEO of Billionaires of America, 501(c)

To Be a Good Old Jew, You Must Vote for Sanders

In Uncategorized on February 9, 2016 at 21:16

Rabbi Rabinowitz of Kfar Bar’am synagogue in New Amsterdam has come out in support of fellow Jew, Bernie Sanders:

Us Jews have to stick together. We have to work together to help our community and defend against attacks perpetrated on us. So, I support Bernie Sanders, a good Jewish Boy. Not only would it be a mitzvah to support him, but you’d have to be a real putz to be a Jew and not support Bernie. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t7UkGyT5FIA 

Abel Feigenbaum of the National Jewish Museum in New Jersey, also talks about the importance of helping out fellow Jews:

You can’t just be Jewish one day, and then when you enter the voting booth, not be Jewish. The duty of the Jew doesn’t stop at the front door of the synagogue. And part of that duty is to vote for Jews when they are running for office. Bernie will always be there for the Jews, and it is our duty to be there for him. To do otherwise would be extremely Fercockt. 

Smithers Jones of The National Society of Septuagenarians has also come out for Sanders, and he makes it clear that,

Anybody over 65 that votes for Clinton should GET OFF MY LAWN! Old folks should stick with old folks and not whippersnappers like Clinton who has no idea what it’s like to get old. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZNF0y1hhjzY

He also claims that Clinton has bias against older folks, “When Clinton said, ‘I’ll be the youngest woman president in the history of the United States”, it was a clear attack on older Americans like Senator Sanders.

Why Clinton hates older Jews, is beyond me. It is clear that septuagenarians and Jews should support Sanders because they are septuagenarians and Jews. That’s reason enough.

Peace,
Tex Shelters