Saturday, March 25, 2017

Mary Beth Broderson-Soper's Post - Hawaii lawmaker resigns from Republican Party to join Democrats

Hawaii lawmaker resigns from Republican Party to join Democrats

By Steve Gorman
Hawaii lawmaker Beth Fukumoto, ousted last month as Republican leader of the state's House of Representatives after publicly criticizing President Donald Trump, resigned on Wednesday from her party to seek membership as a Democrat.
Fukumoto, 33, the youngest Hawaii legislator to serve as House minority leader, said divisive campaign rhetoric during the 2016 elections convinced her the Republican Party no longer reflected her political values or the interests of her state's diverse population.
"This election, I saw members of my party marginalizing and condemning minorities, ethnic or otherwise, and making demeaning comments towards women," she said in an open letter of resignation to the Republican Party.
Fukumoto, who is of mixed Japanese and Irish ancestry, said she found Trump's comments about banning Muslim immigrants and the possibility of establishing a registry of Muslim-Americans to be especially troubling.
"I wanted very badly to see the Republican Party denounce his comments, and that didn't happen," she told Reuters, saying a Muslim registry struck her as "one step away" from internment camps.
"That for me was the issue that really changed how I felt."
A self-described political moderate, Fukumoto was the first Republican in 26 years to represent the largely middle-class central Oahu district outside Honolulu, capital of the predominantly Democratic state.
She said she originally joined the Republicans out of a sense that Democrats were the status quo party, but she grew gradually disillusioned with the Republicans.
She recounted a fellow Republican caucus member admonishing her last year that they should be considered the "party of middle America" despite Hawaii's diverse demographics.
Before making the switch, Fukumoto sent out a questionnaire to constituents seeking their opinions. Of those who replied, 76 percent said they would support her regardless, while most of the remainder opposed her changing parties, she said.
First elected to the state legislature in 2012, Fukumoto became leader of the state's tiny House Republican caucus two years later, only to be removed by her peers in February of this year after she spoke out against Trump during the Women's March in Hawaii the day after his inauguration.
As of Wednesday, Fukumoto, became the lone independent among 45 Democrats and five remaining Republicans in the state's lower House, as she launches a process of applying for membership in the state's majority party.
(Reporting by Steve Gorman; Editing by Joseph Radford)

Mary Beth Broderson-Soper's - Dems introduce MAR-A-LAGO Act to publish visitor logs

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Marco Rubio's "Risk Corder" Bill Killed Obama Care when US Govt Defaulted on $8 Billion Payment for Contract

Obamacare Architect Blames Marco Rubio For Rising Premiums

Dr. Ezekiel Emmanuel, one of the key architects of Obamacare, is blaming Republicans for the law’s many deficiencies. In an interview with Fox News' Megan Kelly, Emmanuel pinned the blame for rising premiums on Republicans, calling the increased burden that many Americans are faced with due to the law as a market “correction.”
Emmanuel specifically targeted Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, who was successful in eliminating a provision in the law that would have allowed the government to bail out insurance companies if they go broke due to Obamacare’s regulations.

“Marco Rubio eliminated some of the risk adjustment that actually buffered and helped the insurance companies in this situation. He took it out of the budget,” Emmanuel told Kelly. When Kelly pointed out that Emmanuel was one of the authors of the bill itself, Emmanuel continued to cast the blame on the Florida senator. “Marco Rubio, in the Senate, took that away and destabilized the market," he insisted. "When I told you two years ago it was going to be a stable market, those risk protections were in place. And the Republicans took it away... Republicans bear a major responsibility."

Haiti's Future President - Wyclef Jean Handcuffed by Los Angeles County Deputies in Search of Armed Robber

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MAR 21 2017, 10:21 AM ET

Los Angeles police detained Grammy winner Wyclef Jean and placed him in handcuffs during a search early Tuesday for an armed robbery suspect.

The encounter with the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department prompted the hip-hop artist to share an 18-second clip of the incident on his Twitter account and complain that "I was treated like a criminal" in a case of mistaken identity. He said he had just come from the recording studio with rapper T-Baby.

"Ya'll see the police have handcuffs on me," the 47-year-old "Gone Till November" rapper says in the video with his arms placed behind his back.

"They just took off my Haitian bandana," he adds. "That's what's going on with Wyclef in L.A. right now."

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LAPD another case of mistaken identity. Black man with red bandana robbed a gas station as I was in the studio working but im in handcuffs?
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The former Fugees member and music producer later tweeted: "LAPD another case of mistaken identity. Black man with red bandana robbed a gas station as I was in the studio working but im in handcuffs?"

The incident involved Los Angeles County deputies, not the Los Angeles Police Department, reported NBC Los Angeles.

Jean further explained that when police stopped him, he was told not to move and had the cuffs placed on him without be asked to identify himself. He said he still gave his name and said he was not the suspect.

"They proceeded to ignore me and I was treated like a criminal until other police showed up and pointed out they had wrong person," Jean tweeted.

As some one who has law enforcers in my family, I was appalled by this behavior of the LAPD.
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He said in another video posted to Instagram that he would be suing police.

Wyclef Jean

Wyclef Jean attends the Diesel Black Gold fashion show on Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2015, in New York. Amy Sussman / Invision/AP

The sheriff's department confirmed to NBC Los Angeles that deputies detained Jean after an armed robbery at a gas station just after 1 a.m. PT (4 a.m. ET) in the West Hollywood area.

The suspect was described as an armed black male wearing a gray- or dark-colored hoodie with a red bandana, and was seen fleeing in a gold or tan Toyota sedan, police said.

Following the robbery, a West Hollywood patrol unit observed a vehicle matching the description. Jean had on a red bandana and was ordered out of the car, authorities said.

Officers placed him in handcuffs, police told NBC Los Angeles, but he was released when it was determined he was not the suspect.

They proceeded to ignore me and I was treated like a criminal until other police showed up and pointed out they had wrong person.

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Jean requested information about the sergeant at the scene, authorities said, although he had not filed a complaint or made a statement to police about the incident.

Jean in recent years has been outspoken about providing humanitarian aid to his homeland of Haiti. He made headlines in 2010 by saying he would run for president of the poverty-stricken nation, but was later disqualified because of failing a residency requirement. 

Monday, March 20, 2017

New Presidential Elections Voices Are Getting Louder - Election Do Over?

WEST SACRAMENTO CA (IFS) -- Are people at the point where an "Election Do Over" is in the air?  Again.  Michael Moore comes unglued, demands election do-over Moore calls for the judicial branch 'un-do and then re-do' the 2016 election -

It has come to this, that Mr. Trump's allegations of "wiretapping" has no basis in fact, and that the head of the Transition Team, headed by Vice-President Elect Mike Pence was notified by the FBI that there was an issue with Major General Michael Flynn.  However, it took over 25 days that expired before Mr. Flynn was let go for lying to the Vice President.

Now for investigation Number #2:  Unmasking the Identification of American Citizens through Foreign surveillance in the United States.  The Democrats continued to hammer away at the election and found out that an investigation had been on-going for several months and that the FBI could not talk about it.  As the session was going on, President Trump submitted a Twitter rage while he was watching the hearings.

Sunday, March 19, 2017


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Lydiah Dola

Kenyan singer wins global women’s advocacy award

Kenyan singer, composer and guitarist Lydiah Dola has won first prize in the SWAN Day Song Contest for her song ‘SWAN Girls’. The avowed “artivist” is known for the social change messages in her songs. Hers emerged top out of 175 entries and she takes home $1 000. She will present her song at the SWAN Day celebrations in Nairobi on 25 March.
Lydiah Dola. Photo: Reverbnation
Lydiah Dola. Photo: Reverbnation
Here are some lyrics from Dola’s winning song:
“From Africa to Asia, Europe and Australia
America and everybody celebrate
Our diversity, our prosperity
Our unity, our creativity”
Support Women Artists Now (SWAN) Day is an initiative of US-based global network of female artists, WomenArts. The organisation celebrates the power of women artists to create, connect and change the world. In addition to organising SWAN Day across the globe, it also offers networking, advocacy and fundraising support for women in the arts.
"This means a lot to me. It means that women's efforts and creativity are being recognised worldwide," said Dola. "To be acknowledged at an international level is the most encouraging thing for any artist. It gives me the energy to keep going".
Dola has performed regularly for the past ten years at SWAN Day Kenya, supporting the cause of empowering women artists so that they are more visible and relevant in society. Next Saturday’s will be the 10th edition.
You can listen to 'SWAN Day' and other notable songs like 'Afrika Aleki' and 'Tujenge Kibera' on her Reverbnation page

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Nuclear Weapons and Bunkers Mr. President? We have miles of them all over the United States

WEST SACRAMENTO CA (IFS) -- President Trump wants to build more Nuclear weapons for what?  If he was to check into the military's inventory, he would find that we have miles and miles of nukes at the ready.  The above photo is just one small installation in the Pacific Northwest.  Rumors have it that each one of the above bunkers is the home to as many as two (2) to five (5) war heads per bunker.  Just a rumor. As far as the bunkers, they are approximately 200 yards (five (5)) US football fields between each one of them.  U.S. Army ammunition storage depots all of the country.  Now the cover word is like "wiretapped" on the President's tweets.  "Ammunition" imply what is considered "Ammunition".  The stories will run forever about what is in these mounds of concrete and dirt.  What will you do with one more bomb?  Build some more bunkers. - KHS

Thursday, March 2, 2017

South African artists fume over lack of radio airplay - United States Radio Stations Distribution here

WEST SACRAMENTO CA (IFS) -- SDC DIGITAL RADIO NETWORKS PLAYS MUSIC FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD.  HERE'S HOW -- E-Mail three (3) songs maximum per release, encoded with artist picture, song title in 192MHz mp3 files.  Include your artist biography (your story) with picture(s).  Next  in Subject:  RADIO AIRPLAY USA - attn: Kenny Smith.  E-Mail them here: -- khs

South Africa’s music community is coming out strongly against the state broadcaster, calling for an urgent change in policy to ensure that more local content and less American music is played on local radio.

Don Laka is leading for call for more local music on radio.
Don Laka is leading for call for more local music on radio.
An ongoing issue since the early 1990s, this time the charge is being led by Don Laka, for decades a leading figure in South African jazzpop and kwaito as a musician, producer and founder of influential label Kalawa Jazmee - and long one of the most vocal advocates for more local music on radio.
Fed up with the situation, Laka has over the past month grown increasingly vocal in his criticism of the SABC, first on social media, and then in the mainstream media. Among other things, he shared his royalties payslip from SAMRO on Facebook, showing just how little he earned from airplay of his songs from his catalogue stretching back some 30 years. In 2013 he earned only about R3000 (roughly US$160) for royalties.
Laka also alleges that the crisis has resulted in the loss of 15 000 direct jobs in the music industry, and that hundreds of millions of Rands leave South Africa every year in royalty payments to foreign artists, money that could have in part gone towards support local acts.
Laka focused his anger on one station in particular, Metro FM, accusing it of being "the single biggest destroyer of our industry and culture, harbouring American agents responsible for most of our royalties leaving this country. It has impoverished our artists and continues to brainwash the community". Laka later went on to single out popular DJs at Metro FM as ‘frauds’, emphasizing that DJs are not musicians – and when they are the ones both releasing and playing the music, this amounted to a conflict of interest.
Speaking this week to Destiny Man, Laka said: “Thousands of people have been left jobless and money is constantly leaving South Africa because of the overplaying of international music and this hasn’t been addressed. People need to understand how the music industry works and how big an impact radio airplay has on an artist’s livelihood…. I need to fix it here and this is why I’m bringing awareness to this issue that’s killing South African musicians.”
Growing public support
Though inflammatory, Laka’s comments clearly caused a stir. His Facebook account was mysteriously shut down this week, apparently to limit the fallout from his ‘nuclear’ posts. Laka simply set up a new account to continue the conversation.
While the DJs in Laka’s line of fire were quick to dismiss his accusations, other musicians have added their voices to the cause. Local rapper Cassper Nyovest, arguably one of the few local artists to be earning decent money at the moment (largely due to live performances and endorsements rather than airplay royalties) took to Twitter on Saturday 20 February, writing: “Last night my Uber driver asked me a question. He asked me if American stations play South African music as much as we play them here… I told him they don't even know we exist at all. Last time they heard of a South African musician it was Lucky Dube."
As a solution, Nyovest called for unity among musicians: “There is something you can do: complain. We have been taught that our voices don't matter but they actually do….We really need to stop fighting each other and start fighting for each other!”
Kwaito act and TV personality Zola, reportedly fallen on tough financial times recently, added to the debate: “Sometimes when you invade a country, you don’t need guns you just need Lil Wayne. Send him with Birdman and Drake and you can change a country completely, mentally… We simply lack patriotism,” he said in the interview recently posted on Facebook.
Outside the music fraternity, the call for more local content on radio has been supported by various commentators in the general public. Commentators Nkokhi Mlangeni and Maruping Phepheng have penned thought-provoking opinion pieces sympathizing with musicians and warning of the implications of the SABC’s policies on the future of the local music industry. Emmanuel Mahlangu commented on Don Laka’s Facebook wall: “We are no longer enjoying the creativity of SA. Our heritage is being killed by South Africans at SABC and other media companies supporting hip-hop and house - that music is not ours.”
Where to now?
In early February, Laka also let a group of prominent musicians, including Simphiwe Dana and McCoy Mrubata, to meet with the SABC top brass to discuss the ‘disappearance’ of jazz from SABC stations. Their concerns appear to have fallen on deaf ears, although one can only hope that they are considering making changes.
The SABC has been the target of ongoing criticism in recent years, not only for the music they play but also for allegations of rampant corruption and mismanagement among its leaders.
SABC spokesman Kaizer Kganyago gave a circuitous non-statement in response to Laka’s recent accusations: "We do not want to comment on that except to say that music played in South Africa is regulated. Again, there is no way that we can misuse any state resources because we are accountable at the end of the day. You know that we are accountable to the people through parliament."
Kganyago also recently appeared to threaten SABC radio DJs who sympathise with the plight of local musicians and might be tempted to stray from the prescribed playlists, warning in an article published in the Daily Sun: "If anyone plays their own music, we will suspend them." 
Laka’s grievances call into question the Local Content Policy of the national regulator, the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA), which requires community radio stations to play a minimum of 40% South African music and commercial stations like Metro to play 25% local content. According to the Mail & Guardian, ICASA is in the process of finalising a review of local content regulations for radio and TV, a process that is set to be finalised by the end of March.
Metro FM station manager Sibongile Mtyali told the M&G that the station was in fact exceeding its prescribed local quota. “We are governed by the regulator, like any other broadcaster in South Africa, and there are set targets of what we are supposed to deliver in terms of music, especially for local content… On a monthly basis, Metro FM delivers around 50% of local music, and that’s a target we’ve set for ourselves and that’s how compliant we are with local quotas. Of course there will always be complaints that we are not playing enough, but what is enough local music?” asked Mtyali. 
South Africa has a unique history and media landscape, shaped by decades of apartheid, during which the SABC actively used radio to enforce its policy of ‘separate development’ by setting up separate radio station for different language groups. Since the dawn of democracy in the early 1990s, the issue of local quotas has been a constant battle for local artists. In 2010, the year the country hosting the FIFA World Cup, for a few weeks radio stations committed to upping their local content - ironically, for the large numbers of foreign visitors to country who were expecting to hear local music on the radio (I wrote this at the time - little has changed).
The issue of American music dominating African airwaves is of course not unique to South Africa. In recent years similar protests have erupted in other African countries such as Kenya and Gambia. Kenyan band Elani recently came out to accuse the Music Copyright Society of Kenya (MCSK) of grossly underpaying airplay royalties to artists.
By comparison, other African countries that have enforced strict quotas for local music, such as Zimbabwe (where at least 75% must be local), have witness the birth of entire genres based on the growing demand for local content – most famously in the case of the Urban Grooves genre. Further afield, Australia is often also hailed as an example of how enforcing quotes for local content (which vary according to the genre and station) can boost the local music industry.
With anger mounting at the SABC’s apparent unwillingess to budge on the issue of local content quotas – and the lack of diversity in what little local content actually is played - it remains to be seen whether local musicians, the music industry in general and the South African public at large will be able to present a unified voice and persuade the powers that be in government that the future of South African music is in their hands. Surely the promotion of local music to ensure the wellbeing of the country’s artists is not too much to expect from the state broadcaster?

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