Obama’s Religion Questioned, Whitehouse Vows He’s Christian

President Barack Obama’s religion is being questioned, or at least the news media is reporting that it is being questioned by many Americans. A new poll showed that nearly one in five people, or 18 percent, believe Obama is Muslim. That was up from 11 percent who said so in March 2009.

Obama Religion Poll On CNN

What is startling is the candid matter of fact attitude that being Christian is acceptable. The Whitehouse released a statement reinforcing what has been said already about the President’s beliefs. The statement claims President Obama prays daily.Kirbyjon Caldwell On CNN

The majority of Americans who are Christian may not even realize how offensive this is to those who don’t hold their beliefs. For those of us with “no faith” this dialogue can be irksome. However, the ongoing open discussion of religion may expose the flaws,  short-comings and conflicts that lie within religious tradition.

Franklin Graham, Pasor Kirbyjon Caldwell and others are being called on by the news networks to comment on the President’s faith. In their attempt to talk rationally about faith, which is an abstract thing, they may be exposing the  inconsistencies within and between religions.

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Sarah Palin Defends Conservatives (Full Text Of Facebook Article)

Sarah Palin continues her defense of conservatives and of Dr. Laura Schlessinger in a recent post to the “Notes” section of her Facebook page. She also sent a link to the article to her millions of Twitter fans. Below is the full text of the article.

Defending the Fight to Cast off a Conservative’s “Shackles”

by Sarah Palin on Thursday, August 19, 2010 at 2:17pm

Does anyone seriously believe that Dr. Laura Schlessinger is a racist? Anyone, I mean, who isn’t already accusing all conservatives, Republicans, Tea Party Americans, etc., etc., etc. of being racists?

 Adversaries who have been trying to silence Dr. Laura for years seized on her recent use of the n-word on her show as she subsequently suggested that rap “artists” and other creative types like those producing HBO shows who regularly use the n-word could be questioned for doing so. Her intention in discussing the issue with a caller seeking advice was not to be hateful or bigoted. Though she did not mean to insult the caller, she did, and she apologized for it. Still, those who oppose her seized upon her mistake in using the word (though she didn’t call anyone the derogatory term) to paint her as something that she’s not. I can understand how she could feel “shackled” by those who would parse a single word out of decades of on-air commentary. I understand what she meant when she declared that she was “taking back my First Amendment rights” by turning to a new venue that will not allow others the ability to silence her by going after her stations, sponsors, and supporters.

I, and obviously many others, have been “shackled” too by people who play games with false accusations, threats, frivolous lawsuits, misreporting, etc., in an effort to silence those with whom they disagree. That’s why I tend to defend people who call it like they see it while others stop at nothing to shut them up. I learned this valuable lesson when the partisan obstructionists in my state tried to shackle, bankrupt, and destroy my family and supporters, and my record, with endless frivolous litigation when I returned from the Vice Presidential campaign trail. In order to shake off the shackles they wanted to paralyze us with, I handed the reins to another, much like Dr. Laura is doing, so that these obstructionists who hated a Commonsense Conservative agenda wouldn’t win. I didn’t retreat; I reloaded in order to fight for what is right on a fairer battlefield. So, more power to someone with good intentions who refuses to be shackled by their detractors when they are falsely accused of being racist.

Dr. Laura did not call anyone or any group of people the n-word. Curiously, the same criers over this issue didn’t utter a word when White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emmanuel called a group protesting the Obama Administration’s actions, “f***ing retards.” When this presidential spokesman uttered this term I commented that the President would be better off not including Emmanuel in his circle of advisers, and my opinion was based not just on the crude and disrespectful term Emmanuel used to label people, but because he too often gives the President very poor advice. I was called intolerant and narrow-minded by many on the Left for commenting on that issue. Many of these same Leftists are now spinning the Dr. Laura  issue into something it is not. As usual, their hypocrisy and double standard applications are glaring.

 – Sarah Palin

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Last Combat Troops Leave Iraq

Keith Oberman interupted normal MSNBC programming with breaking news that the last combat troops were in the process of leaving Iraq. MSNBC’s exclusive coverage included Richard Engel who was embedded with troops in the final caravan.

50,000 personnel remain in Iraq in what is defined as the “Training” phase of the mission.  They are not intended for combat.

“NBC News: The last U.S. combat forces are about to cross the border into Kuwait, bringing to a close nearly 7½ years of a war that overthrew Saddam Hussein, forever defined the presidency of George W. Bush and left more than 4,400 American service members dead. ”

At roughly 7:19pm EST Keith Oberman noted the time when the embedded correspondent Richard Engel crossed the border and its symbolic importance.

CNN and FOX News lag in coverage of this event and did not report on it until 30 minutes after MSNBC. Rachel Maddow commented on how exclusive this assignment was for MSNBC.

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Ladies Of P-Funk Videos posted on Youtube










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Long Beach Funkfest 2010 Recap

jefferytv coverage of Long Beach Funkfest 2010 (August 8th) began upon our arrival around 12:15pm with the start of the Orgone set on the smaller Chico stage.  Fanny Franklin led a cover of  Funkadelic’s “Cosmic Slop” to close their set in tribute to P-Funk legend Garry Shider. Guitarist Arik Marshall was spotted in the early festival crowd.

The festival had 2 stages on the promenade amongst the many open businesses and vendor tables. But if there was an issue with this years event it would be the narrow path alley way between stages and lack of signs for direction. (I felt weird asking the events MC Vincent where the other stage was as he walked by). More than one music  promoter expressed concerns that guests would arrive at one stage when the crowd and entertainment was at the other and be unsatisfied. However this minor detail did not seem to diminish the large crowd or the mood of this event as it was packed and very joyous.

Rickey Vincent was the MC and kept things moving with his funktified crowd direction and tasteful commercial efforts.

The Big Ol’ Nasty Getdown is a musical project which utilizes  musicians from many bands including  George Clinton & the P-Funk Allstars. Minutes after Orgone, they kicked it up on the Armarillo (main) stage with P-Funk Allstar Saxophonist Greg Thomas amongst the several horns. With Bobby Easton, the event’s originator and driving force, on guitar vocalists Rev. Desmond D’Angelo (The Soular System), Novena Carmel (Babystone), Patryce “Choc’let” Banks (Graham Central Station), Norwood Fisher (Fishbone, Trulio Disgracias) joined in to perform a rousing extended version of the Parliament’s “Testify.” A cover of The Soular System’s “Hot Sauce” was followed by Funkadelic’s “I Bet Ya” with Norwood Fisher on bass.  Patryce “Choc’let” Banks took the lead and the band really got it moving with a Graham Central Station hit. Novena Carmel also stepped forward to lead a spirited cover of  Sly Stone’s “Sing A Simple Song.”

Back to the Chico stage where Lonnie Marshall’s project LiL Big Ups opened the set for the Marshall led Weapon Of Choice which consisted of DeWayne “Blackbyrd” McKnight on guitar and Phillp “D” Fish on drums along with regular members Spankie Valentine, Elizabeth Lea and Mark Cross.   Norwood Fisher (the drummer’s brother) joined W.O.C.  and dropped a rap on “Count Mackuluv.” This ensembles version of the closer “Highperspice” was said to be as tight as “gnat booty.”

The Original Stone City Band took the main stage next taking no prisoners. With their lead singer from Youngstown, Oh who resembles the late Rick James down to the braids and mustache, the Buffalo crew performed Punk Funk classics “Give It To Me Baby,” “Mary Jane,” “You and I” and a very ballsy “Fire & Desire” which had comical crowd interaction as the singer searched for a female to serenade.  The female vocal of this song was left undone and this anthem was performed with much respect to those that came before it.  The lead singer “pulled it off” and this energy flowed right into the closing hit “Super Freak.” Though it was early, The Original Stone City Band left it tore up and the crowd screaming as a nice little message to the headliner.

Would “Punk Funk” turn out “P-Funk” and be the talk of LBFF 2010? With the P-Funk Allstars touring Europe can these P-Funk players hold their own with the “Ladies Of P-Funk” as headliners?



To be continued…

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15+ hours of Funk at Long Beach Funkfest

The 2nd Annual Long Beach Funkfest ended this morning at 2am in the Rhythm Lounge, with a jam session that included Funkadelic’s “Maggot Brain.” It began sum 15 hours earlier with Orgone featuring Fanny Franklin doing “Cosmic Slop.” The Ladies of P-Funk headlined and in true p-funk fashion came with the goods and turned it out. It was not an easy thing to do as The Original Stone City Band was taking no prisoners and brought Buffalo’s “Rick James” funk style to the festival as if the “Ladies of the Mary Jane Girls” was the headliner.

Greg Thomas, Norwood Fisher and Novena Carmel (among many many others to be noted later) sat in on an extended version of Parliament’s “Testify”  right after Orgone which set a nice funky foundation.

Much more in between but the true gem of the night was P-Funk. Considering that George Clinton and the P-funk Allstars are touring Europe right now, the “Mob” that showed up last night brought some real heat.  As if Mr. Dewayne Blackbyrd McKnight and Ms Dawn Silva wouldn’t.

Commentary, details, photos and video to come.

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Long Beach Funkfest Schedule (2010)


Pine Stage
11:00am – 12:15pm DJ Gazoo (ANDA)
12:15pm – 1:10pm Orgone
1:10pm – 2:35pm Ervin Arana (Root Down)
2:50pm – 3:40pm Weapon Of Choice
3:40pm – 5:00pm Thomas PM (Ubiquity)
5:00pm – 6:00pm Yo Mama Big Fat Booty
6:00pm – 7:40pm Glenn Red (Afro Funke’)
7:40pm – 8:40pm Bloco Nove

Main Stage
12:00pm – 1:20pm Luman (Bar One)
1:20pm – 2:30pm Big Ol Nasty Getdown
2:30pm – 3:50pm Clifton (Funky Sole)
3:50pm – 4:50pm Stone City Band
5:50pm – 6:15pm DJ Abel (Good Foot)
6:15pm – 7:30pm The Jimmy Castor Bunch
7:30pm – 9:00pm Monalisa (Garth Trinidad Sound)
9:00pm – 10:15pm Ladies Of The P Funk

Rhythm Lounge
12:00pm – 1:00pm Renato (Super Cuts)
1:00pm – 2:00pm Connor Rogan
2:00pm – 3:00pm Gazoo (ANDA)
3:00pm – 4:00pm Laroj
4:00pm – 5:00pm Expo (Root Down)
5:00pm – 6:00pm Bobby Soul
7:00pm – 8:00pm Marvski
8:00pm – 9:00pm Thomas PM (Ubiquity)
9:00pm – 10:00pm Glenn Red (Afro Funke)

DJ Tent
2:00pm – 3:00pm Expo (Root Down)
3:00pm – 4:00pm Marvski
4:00pm – 5:00pm ReMitch (Soul Sessions)
5:00pm – 6:00pm Renato (Super Cuts)
6:00pm – 7:00pm Laroj
7:00pm – 7:20pm Spankie Valentine

7:20pm – 8:00pm Ervin Arana (Root Down)
8:00pm – 9:00pm DJ Abel (Good Foot)

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Ladies Of P-Funk rehearsal cellphone photo surfaces

A fuzzy cellhone  photo just received by jefferytv apparantly shows Ms Dawn Silva, Jeff Bunn, Barry Chenault and possibly Greg Thomas rehearsing. Another figure is can be made out but is too shadowy to identify.  The source did not reveal the exact Southern California location but confirmed the photo just recently taken. Missing from the photo was Blackbyrd McKnight, the other P-Funk alumni  slated to perform.  

The musicans are in town rehearsing for the Long Beach Funkfest which takes place tomorrow and is free to the public.  The Ladies of P-Funk will headline this year’s event.


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