Tuesday, November 21, 2017

CONGRATULATIONS, ZIMBABWE!!!


Impeach Trump Billboard Graces Times Square Now



Tom Steyer has pledged millions of dollars to finance a campaign to unseat Donald Trump. His ads are on CNN and were on Fox News until they were pulled due to "viewer complaints".

Tom says:

If you happened to be walking around Times Square today, like countless Americans do every day, you may have noticed something:
A brand new Need To Impeach digital billboard, featuring a map and a running count of the 2.5 million Americans (and growing by the second!) who have already signed our petition to impeach Donald Trump.
We launched this billboard in Times Square for a simple reason: The American people, Congress, and President Trump himself need to see the nationwide strength of our movement.
So we're making a splash that millions of people will see -- and we hope you'll share it far and wide, so folks who aren't walking around Times Square can see it, too.
Donald Trump continues to taunt rogue nuclear powers, attempt to cut taxes for wealthy corporations, and undermine our nation's healthcare system. He's a clear and present danger to the United States.
Enough is enough. Americans across the country are declaring that this president is unfit for office and must be removed.
Thanks,
Tom Steyer

Monday, November 20, 2017

I Hate Dylan's Sinatra But Love His Christian Period! (And I'm Not A Christian)



The 13th volume of Columbia's Bob Dylan "Bootleg" series, called Trouble No More, focuses on his Christian period - 1979 through 1981.

There is every reason why I should HATE Dylan's Christian era, but I don't hate it, I love it. (I definitely DO hate his Sinatra period, i.e. Now).

There was some speculation that the next official "bootleg" release would be the first official release of the 1969 Bob Dylan-Johnny Cash sessions. Long prized as an unofficial bootleg by fans, it has never been officially released. Are there out-takes we haven't heard yet from the sessions?

Recorded in Nashville on February 17th and 18th, 1969, it features Dylan, Cash, and Carl Perkins on guitar doing Cash and Dylan songs as well as some classics and standards. It's great and perhaps it will come out next year on the 50th anniversary of the sessions. (Although fans like these recordings, word is that Dylan, Cash, Columbia Records, Bob Johnston, and others at the time thought they were too amateurish to release at the time. I think many would say the "laid back" attitude was more authentic than a highly polished result would have been)


Then we heard that they would be presenting the Gospel years. You could almost hear a collective groan. The three albums considered the Gospel trilogy - Slow Train Coming, Saved, and Shot of Love (all three beginning with a "S") - were disrespected on release and have never been taken seriously by many Dylan fans, much less the general public.

At the time, Dylan was widely derided as "selling out" to a more Conservative time. One fan, Ron Rosen, said he was "disappointed by it" and "lost some respect for him" but that it seemed it was just "a passing phase" and he was "happy he didn't stick with it".

Although I was born into a Christian family, I am no longer a practicing Christian. Actually, we wouldn't have called ourselves "Christians", we called ourselves "Catholics". My Irish, Eastern European, and Italian ancestors have been Roman Catholics for centuries, which meant we went to Church every Sunday, celebrated the hell out of Christmas and Easter, but didn't read the Bible much, and didn't trust Protestants much. We saw the Bible-studying, Bible-quoting Protestants, especially the Evangelical, Pentecostal, Born Again-types, as self-righteous holly rollers and fanatics.

It only got worse circa 1979-1980, when fundamentalism seemed to take over the entire world - Reagan in America, Thatcher in Britain, Khomeini in Iran, John Paul II in The Vatican. In The U.S., Reagan declared it was "Morning in America" and much of his support came from so-called "Christians", notably a preacher named Jerry Falwell who started a group called The Moral Majority who railed against the LGBTQ communities with a vitriol that seemed quite un-Christ-like. Indeed, many of the Born Again Christians of the late 70's and early 80's seemed to be white, Southern, rural, racist, sexist, homophobic redneck gun nuts and worse.

This was hardly the moment for a hero of the counter-culture to go to the Dark Side. Reagan and his crew seemed to relish the opportunity to bash the 60's, the hippies, and the ideals of the counter-culture. If the hippies, Black Panthers, feminists, Civil rights and anti-war protesters, and LGBTQ activists were a revolution, Reagan and the Yuppies were the counter-revolution, the contras, much like the counter-revolutionaries in Nicaragua that Reagan supported in their effort to overthrow the Socialist government of the Sandinistas.

I had gone from going to Church every Sunday and going to Catholic elementary, middle, and high school to not going to Church at all, adopting a small "c" catholic Spiritual point of view, studying Sufism, Gurdjieff, and Tibetan Buddhism, but insisting on a secular, non-sectarian, agnostic stance in political and social matters.

That was my mindset when it Dylan came out as a Born Again Christian. Nonetheless, I was a teen-aged Dylan fan and I immediately bought Slow Train Coming on vinyl in Philadelphia and I immediately loved it! Mark Knopfler of Dire Straits provided the guitar, which was amazing.

I also loved Saved. Around this time, I was staying in London with my friend Mary. She had taught a French friend English using Dylan lyrics and had been doing deep digs into Street Legal (Dylan's divorce album, widely disparaged, released right before he converted)  and Dylan's Christian albums, studying the lyrics line-by-line, finding a plethora of meaning, whether intended or not.

I came to think of Dylan's Christianity in the same way many people who struggled with addiction, depression, crisis by jumping head first into a religion, cult, gang, or other group membership which filled the void. I eventually dubbed it the Phoebe Snow Rule. "Whatever gets you through the night, it's alright, it's alright..."

Around this time, I ran into Beat poet Gregory Corso in London to participate in something called "The Poetry Olympics" near Poet's Corner at Westminster Abbey. We joked that Americans were meant to be boycotting Olympics that year (1980, the U.S. boycotted the Russian Olympics) and I asked him about Dylan.

"Oh Bobby Dylan! He fell for the oldest con in the book!" He couldn't believe it. Nobody could.

It helped some that Dylan's Christian lyrics didn't actually call for gays to be discriminated against. He didn't seem to be a Moral Majority right-wing Born Again-type. Some of the lyrics are indeed judge-y... but nothing too reprehensible.

Although I believe in a secular society, my free form spirituality was vital to me at the moment. I was determined to not be a materialist. The way Mary and I interpreted Dylan's Christianity, he was a merely being an uncompromising spiritual person in a cynical, materialist world.

So I could forgive the worst of the Christian lyrics. And "Every Grain Of Sand" from Shot of Love is one of Dylan's best songs ever from any period.

By 1983's Infidels, Dylan was back to a more vague spirituality. But. Did any Dylan fans fail to notice his deep spirituality previously? Check out 1970's "Father Of Night" from New Morning. There are sprinkles of Judaism, Christianity, Wicca, New Age, and more through all of Dylan's materials from the very beginning to the present day.

It was a relief for most of us when Dylan relaxed with the finger-pointy Christian stuff.

But I was more than ready to take a fresh look in the present day at the Dylan Gospel material to re-evaluate it.

In the intervening years, I have listened to tons of Gospel, both white and African-American. (Check out the box-set Goodbye, Babylon! for a great overview.)

It's been a blast to check out the Gospel stuff. There is a deluxe version with 8-CDs and a DVD of a Gospel concert. So far, I've heard the 2-CD version of Trouble No More as well as a November 28, 1979 Dylan Gospel concert from San Diego. The music is great. The music rocks much more in concert than on the albums. I especially like Fred Tackett's guitar.

I was afraid that only Mary and I would be interested in Trouble No More. It seems from what I gather online that actually there is wide interest and appreciation in this period now, which at the time no one was prepared to listen to with unprejudiced ears.

My take-away is that I wish I believed in something (anything!) as strongly as Dylan believes in these songs. 

Blues-Rock Playlist: Collaborations Between Older Black Bluesmen & Younger White Rockers

Between 1968 and 1971, these four albums came out featuring older bluesmen and their younger rock admirers. Many rockers proudly spoke of being inspired by classic bluesmen. These rockers went a step further.

These are remarkable documents:



Hooker 'n' Heat, the best of the blues/rock intergenerational collaborations, is a double album released in 1971, featuring blues great John Lee Hooker and the rock band Canned Heat. Canned Heat's Alan Wilson (harmonica/guitarist) died shortly after and this was his last studio recording. His framed photo is on the wall behind the other musicians on the album cover (he had died by the time this photo was taken.) It was the first album by John Lee Hooker to chart, reaching #78 on Billboard. Canned Heat's most famous song 1970's "Going Up The Country", featured on the Woodstock movie & soundtrack, was based on a song by bluesman Henry Thomas.


Fathers And Sons 1969 Muddy Waters, Paul Butterfield, Michael Bloomfield, Otis Spann, Donald "Duck" Dunn (from Booker T and The MGs), and Sam Lay (who played with Howlin' Wolf, Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Bob Dylan at Newport, and on Dylan's song "Highway 61 Revisited")


Freeform Patterns 1968 Lightnin' Hopkins, Danny Thomas (drums/vocals) and Duke Davis (bass) of the imploding 13th Floor Elevators.


The London Howlin' Wolf Sessions 1971 Howlin' Wolf, Hubert Sumlin, Eric Clapton, Ian Stewart, Charlie Watts, Steve Winwood, Bill Wyman, Ringo Starr, Klaus Voormann, Lafayette Leak


While listening to these albums, I remembered the Super Blues and Super, Super Blues Band albums and added them, as well as Al Kooper's Super Session for good luck.



Super Blues 1967 Bo Diddley, Little Walter, Muddy Waters, Buddy Guy, Otis Spann


Super, Super Blues Band 1968 Bo Diddley, Howlin' Wolf, Muddy Waters, Hubert Sumlin, Otis Spann. Great album. The background singers are annoying (I still want to do a remix that edits them out) but it's quite an amazing album. Not their best work, but it's a must.



Super Session 1968 Al Kooper, Michael Bloomfield, Stephen Stills

Roger Waters & Brian Eno Condemn Nick Cave Breaking The Boycott On Israeli Concerts

                                                                 @proteststencil    

Many artists are respecting the cultural boycott on playing concerts in Israel until they end anti-Palestinian apartheid. Radiohead and now Nick Cave are two artists who have made a big deal about breaking the boycott. Nick Cave even held a press conference in Tel Aviv where he accused those calling for a boycott of trying to "censor" and "silence" artists.

Roger Waters and Brian Eno, amongst many others, responded (see below).

Roger Waters, bassist/singer/songwriter for Pink Floyd, has become one of the most prominent voices calling for the boycott and for peace and justice in Israel and Palestine.

Jared Kushner's Observer attacked him mercilessly TWICE which you can read about here....

There's also this:

How Jared Kushner’s "Observer" Became a Favorite Outlet for WikiLeaks Election Hacks

I was disappointed during Roger Waters' interview with RT (Russia Today, a Kremlin-backed propaganda outlet) when he downplayed the importance of the U.S. investigating Russian interference in our elections and neglected to condemn Putin's human rights violations. He is; however, 100% right about Israel and Palestine and deserves kudos for his courage to address these issues, even if it means losing tour sponsorship money and some fans.

P.S. Although Roger seemed to be a little soft on Putin in the RT interview, someone, by accident or design, included footage in the piece from Roger's current U.S. tour, showing that Putin, as well as Trump, is called out as a charade and a pig (below: image of Putin in blue/green holding a puppy under the word CHARADE).





Roger Waters statement on Nick Cave:

I read Nick Cave’s press conference statements with a mixture of sorrow, rage and disbelief. No wonder he avoided a conversation with anyone from BDS before going ahead with his shows in Tel Aviv. 
Ok, first: Disbelief. Nick thinks this is about censorship of his music? What? Nick, with all due respect, your music is irrelevant to this issue, so is mine, so is Brian Eno’s so is Beethoven’s, this isn’t about music, it’s about human rights.
Next: Rage. This is about children, like the young boys blown to bits while playing soccer on the beach in Gaza. Boys murdered by Israel. Boys symbolic of the thousands and thousands of children sacrificed in Israel’s “Mowing of the lawn.” Israel’s terminology, not mine.We, hundreds of thousands of us, supporters of BDS and human rights throughout history all over the world join together in memory of Sharpeville and Wounded Knee and Lidice and Budapest and Ferguson and Standing Rock and Gaza and raise our fists in protest. We hurl our glasses into the fire of your arrogant unconcern, and smash our bracelets on the rock of your implacable indifference.
Lastly: Sorrow? What if it was your demolished home? Your invaded country? Your villages razed to the ground to build stadiums for the invaders to promote pop concerts on? Your uprooted olive trees? Seven million of your brothers and sisters living in refugee camps? Victims of ethnic cleansing? Would your sorrow trump your obsession with concerns about the censorship of your music?
By the way, on one of the Israeli news sites I was directed to a video of yours on YouTube. Towards the end I picked up on the following lyric: 
“Let us sit together in the dark until the moment comes.”
Nick, the moment came and went brother, you missed it, if at some point in the future you want to climb out of the dark, all you have to do is open your eyes, we, in BDS will be here to welcome you into the light.
Love
Roger Waters and Co.
                                Brian Eno's statement:
I admire Nick Cave as an artist and I know he has been generous in his support for Palestinian humanitarian causes. I think he has every right to come to his own conclusions about whether or not he supports BDS. However, I think I also have the right to present him with another side to this  argument, which I have done – privately, as politely and discreetly as I could. Given the content of his press conference, I think that argument now needs to be restated publicly.
The BDS argument is simple enough: Israel has consistently – and lavishly – used cultural exchange as a form of ‘hasbara’ (propaganda) to improve the image of the country abroad, and to “show Israel’s prettier face” in the words of a foreign ministry official. The BDS campaign is simply asking artists not to be part of that propaganda campaign.
It’s nothing to do with ‘silencing’ artists – a charge I find rather grating when used in a context where a few million people are permanently and grotesquely silenced. Israel spends hundreds of millions of dollars on hasbara, and its side of the argument gets broadcast loud and clear. Coupled with the scare-tactic of labelling any form of criticism of Israeli policy as ‘antisemitic’, this makes for a very uneven picture of what is going on.
Who do the Palestinians have to present their side? If you ask them, they’ll say “BDS”. It’s just about the only hope they feel, as they watch more and more of their country being illegally occupied by settlers, and watch new generations of their own people growing up behind concrete walls patrolled by soldiers.
As it happens I share a birthday with Israel: I too was born on May 15 1948. It’s a random coincidence, but perhaps it’s partly responsible for predisposing me to a sympathy and admiration for the country and its technical, intellectual and social achievements. I still admire all those things, but, as I learn more about the despicable situation Israeli ambitions have created for the Palestinians I feel a growing dread. To me it seems that Israel is digging itself into a deep, dark hole, where it will doubtless find company with Trump and various other nationalists around the globe. There’s no easy way back out of that hole.
So in parallel to what is now happening to the Palestinians, there is another disaster in progress. Israel – at least that Israel of humane values in which so many people, Jewish and otherwise, placed their hopes – is disappearing.


Saturday, November 18, 2017

New Bonnie "Prince" Billy Album "Wolf Of The Cosmos" Is Out And It's GREAT!


Bonnie "Prince" Billy has a new album out and it's great!

I like it a lot more than last year's Merle Haggard tribute Troubador.

Oddly, (of course, since we're talkin' Bonnie "Prince" Billy here), the album is actually a cover of an entire album (in sequence) by the Norwegian singer Susanna.

See Original Article Here From "Stereogum"....

Susanna has announced a covers album, just a day after Bonnie “Prince” Billy announced an album of Susanna covers. Wait, what?
Let’s back up. Susanna Wallumrød is Norwegian singer who draws from folk and classical traditions. When we posted her version of Leonard Cohen’s “Who By Fire,” we wrote that when she covers a song, “she melts it down to almost nothing, then casts her haunting voice like a fishing line, hooking onto emotions that are often deeper and darker than in the original.” That seems to be the case with Go Dig My Grave, the album Susanna just announced. With a band including baroque harp player Giovanna Pessi, accordion player Ida Hidle, and fiddle player/folk singer Tuva Syvertsen, she reimagined tunes by Joy Division and Lou Reed plus a number of traditionals. There’s also an original Susanna composition built from a Charles Baudelaire poem. Today she’s sharing the album’s title track, which you can hear below.

Just yesterday, Bonnie “Prince” Billy announced his own new album, Wolf Of The Cosmos, and get this: It entirely comprises Susanna covers! Specifically it’s an album-length cover of Susanna’s 2007 release Sonata Mix Dwarf Cosmos. Here’s Will Oldham’s explanation:
As other practitioners are leaving the room in favor of novel forms of recording and distro and consumption, we are left with a virtual PALACE, fantastical and real structures and practices. Like we are allowed into the museum at night. We can make a great essentially live record with great songs and great players because nobody else is? Wolf of the Cosmos…is about, as much as anything, direct engagement with recorded music. So step right up to the replicant.
The announcement was paired with a video for “People Living,” which you can watch below. It’s constructed entirely from footage of the white nationalist march in Charlottesville that resulted in the death of counter-protester Heather Heyer.

So there you have it! Two days, two Susanna-adjacent covers collections announced. Wolf Of The Cosmos is out 11/17 on Palace/Drag City. Go Dig My Grave is out 2/9 via SusannaSonata.

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Susanna's cover of Leonard Cohen's "Who By Fire" cover (2015):

An old favorite from Bonnie "Prince" Billy, "There Is No God" (2011):

Two Bonnie "Prince" Billy videos I shot in Felton, California in 2015. His cover of The Everly Brothers' "It's All Over" and his own "Quail And Dumplings":


Bonnie "Prince" Billy joined Johnny Cash at the end of this 2000 recording of Billy's breakthrough song from 1999 "I See A Darkness":


Susanna's original version of "Lilly" (2007):


Susanna and Bonnie "Prince" Billy together in concert in 2010:




Did Trump Choke Putin's Hooker To Death? Is Putin Blackmailing Him With A Video?



Many credible sources are reporting that in 2013, Donald Trump accidentally choked to death one of the three hookers Russian strongman Vladimir Putin had sent to his Moscow hotel room during "rough sex".

A video of the death exists and that is why Trump is so beholden to Putin and his agenda.

White House spokesperson Paul Horner declined comment on the reports.





Friday, November 17, 2017

Playlist November 2017: Will The Sun Rise Tomorrow?


Some new things, some old things.... Things I've found compelling recently:

Bridges Not Walls Billy Bragg

Wild And Reckless Blitzen Trapper

Trouble No More Bob Dylan

Live In San Diego November 28, 1979 Bob Dylan

Live On Air: Volume One (Radio Performances) Bob Dylan

Wolf Of The Cosmos Bonnie "Prince" Billy

Carnegie Hall 1971 Canned Heat w/John Lee Hooker

Best Of Christy Moore

On The Road Christy Moore

Heyday: BBC Radio Sessions Fairport Convention

The Best Of Fats Domino

The Essential Hank Snow

The Television Broadcast Sessions 1968 -1970 Janis Joplin

King Of The Boogie John Lee Hooker

The End Of Love (Live) Leonard Cohen

Here's Little Richard (Deluxe) Little Richard

If All I Was Was Black Mavis Staples

Discovery 3/3/63 Mississippi John Hurt

Clockwork Orange Soundtrack Wendy Carlos (formerly Walter Carlos)



Monday, October 30, 2017

Cool, New Video "People Living" By Bonnie "Prince" Billy Feat. Charlottesville Footage

Bonnie "Prince" Billy has a new album Wolf of the Cosmos, out November 17, 2017 (Palace/Drag City). This is the first song we're hearing from it. The video features footage from Charlottesville.





"How could it be? ... People on the outside.... 
People on the wrong side.... How could it be?..."

Read the 31-Page Indictment Against Trump's One-Time Campaign Manager Here...


Now MAGA means: Manafort And Gates Arrested.... Well, that's ONE way to make America great again... 

The 31-Page Indictment Is Here...
https://www.justice.gov/file/1007271/download

The Papadopoulos guilty plea document is here...
https://www.justice.gov/file/1007346/download



Sunday, October 29, 2017

"Milano" and "Lotta Sea Lice": Two Cool, New Collaborations That Give Hope To Guitar Fans (feat Courtney Barnett, Kurt Vile, Parquet Courts, Karen O, Daniele Luppi)



I'm a guitar fan. I've tried to play guitar, and many of my favorite songs and artists feature prominent guitar, whether it be Robert Johnson, Hubert Sumlin, Michael Bloomfield, or Jack White. These days, when I look at a Billboard chart, music award nominees, rankings of popular YouTube videos or a Spotify playlist, I often am sad to see nothing resembling guitar-based rock n roll (much less guitar-based blues or folk) to be found.

These two cool, new offerings are rays of sunlight breaking through the clutter. Interesting that they are both collaborations.

Lotta Sea Lice was born from a fantasy Kurt Vile had of Courtney Barnett singing with him. Both Kurt and Courtney (ouch!) are singer/songwriters who play guitar. This album totally works and is awesome. Check it out.


Milano is said to be Daniele Luppi's salute to both the 1980's and Milan, Italy. I only knew of him from his previous album Rome, a collaboration with Danger Mouse which featured guest vocalists such as Norah Jones. A highlight was Jack White doing "Two Against One", a song Jack has since added to his live repertoire.


Rome was reportedly Luppi's tribute to classic Italian movie music (much of it from "spaghetti Westerns" full of Spanish, Mexican, Western, cowboy, desert musical motifs).

I'm still trying to figure out what Milano has to say about Milan or the 80's (I actually was in Milano - a great city - in the 80's briefly), but what I do know is that it is a very good album. Karen O of The Yeah Yeah Yeahs has never been better, and Parquet Courts (who I love anyway - they have two very fine guitarists in their ranks - Andrew Savage and Austin Brown) sound completely different, fresh, and new. Check it out now!


And a couple of older videos I shot of Parquet Courts that I can't get enough of:


Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Courtney Barnett + Kurt Vile = Awesome!


Cool, Newish Video: “Soul and Cigarette” feat. Parquet Courts From Daniele Luppi’s forthcoming concept album MILANO, out October 27th



Pussy Riot Protests At Trump Tower In New York




Pussy Riot statement:
We remember when we were imprisoned, we received news about hundreds of activists around the world putting on balaclavas and going to the streets to support us. That was the moment we understood we are not alone. But we should not forget that even though we’ve come to the other side of the fence, there are still hundreds of political prisoners behind bars waiting for your support. We received a lot of letters, smiles, and noise from you.
To continue we’re calling on you today to raise attention to two guys from Ukraine: film director Oleg Sentsov and anarchist Olexandr Kolchenko, who are in Russian prison right now. Sentsov got 20 years in prison, Kolchenko got 10 years. Because they, like you, did not sit by — they were fighting for their freedom in Crimea, which was annexed by Putin. During the investigation in Russia Oleg Sentsov was tortured and two months ago, after our action, he was transported to a penal colony with some of the cruelest conditions in Russia — “Polar Bear.” We decided to do an action right now, while we are in New York, with activists here because we believe there are no borders to our solidarity.
We came to occupy Trump Tower to call attention to political prisoners. We believe that political prisoners and their protection are more important than the sexist bullshit that people have been focused on.
Defending political prisoners is an issue that transcends borders. We are acting in solidarity against leaders like Putin, who has exercised authoritarian force and Trump, who is displaying authoritarian tendencies — because we all need to be fighting together on behalf of dissidents everywhere.
We, Pussy Riot, invite you to join our fabulous and bold path: ask questions of your politicians who shake hands with Putin in international forums, support advocacy, go out into the streets. And put on your own political, public actions too.


Monday, October 23, 2017

Playlist: October Blues, October Folk

Blind Blake
Bo Carter
Mississippi Sheiks
Blind Blake
Alan Lomax Blues Songbook (2 CD)
Barbara Dane & The Chambers Brothers
Barbara Dane & Lightnin' Hopkins


Gordon Lightfoot
Tom Paxton
Tom Rush
Tim Buckley
Tim Hardin
Gene Clark
Fred Neil
Fred Neil & Vince Martin
Fairport Convention
Jesse Ed Davis

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Representative Al Green's Articles Of Impeachment Against Trump


ARTICLES OF IMPEACHMENT

AGAINST  
DONALD JOHN TRUMP

PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA  
In the Congress of the United States of America 
RESOLUTION 
RESOLVED, that Donald John Trump, President of the United States of America, has undermined the integrity of his office with impunity, has brought disrepute on the presidency with immunity, has betrayed his trust as President to the manifest injury of the American people, is unfit to be President and is impeached pursuant to Article II, Section IV of the Constitution of the United States of America, and that the following articles of impeachment be exhibited to the United States Senate: 
ARTICLES OF IMPEACHMENT EXHIBITED BY THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA IN THE NAME OF ITSELF AND OF ALL OF THE PEOPLE OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA AGAINST DONALD JOHN TRUMP, PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, IN MAINTENANCE AND SUPPORT OF ITS IMPEACHMENT AGAINST HIM FOR HIGH CRIMES AND MISDEMEANORS OF A NATURE WHICH MAY WITH PECULIAR PROPRIETY BE DENOMINATED POLITICAL, NOT REQUIRING THE COMMISSION OF A CRIME, AND EXCLUSIVELY THE JURISDICTION OF THE UNITED STATES HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES FOR IMPEACHMENT PURPOSES. 
ARTICLE I 
That Donald John Trump, President of the United States of America, unmindful of the high duties of his high office and the dignity and proprieties thereof, and of the harmony, respect, and courtesies which ought to exist and be maintained in American society, has under the inane pretext of dispensing with political correctness, produced a demonstrable record of inciting white supremacy, sexism, bigotry, hatred, xenophobia, race-baiting, and racism by demeaning, defaming, disrespecting, and disparaging women and certain minorities. 
In so doing, Donald John Trump, President of the United States of America, has fueled and is fueling an alt-right hate machine and its worldwide covert sympathizers engendering racial antipathy, LGBTQ enmity, religious anxiety, stealthy sexism, and dreadful xenophobia, perfidiously causing immediate injury to American society, to wit: 
On September 23, 2017, Donald John Trump incited race-baiting and racism, engendering stealthy sexism and racial antipathy when he disrespected, disparaged, and demeaned mothers of professional football players by calling them dogs as he made the widely published statement: “Wouldn't you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say, 'Get that son of a bitch off the field right now, out, he's fired? He's fired!’” 
On September 23, 2017, Donald John Trump incited race-baiting and racism, engendering racial antipathy when he disrespected and disparaged professional football players, approximately 70% of whom are reportedly African American, by calling them sons of dogs as he made the widely published statement: 
“Wouldn't you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say, 'Get that son of a bitch off the field right now, out, he's fired? He's fired!’” 
On September 30, 2017, Donald John Trump incited bigotry and race-baiting, engendering racial antipathy when he disrespected, disparaged, and demeaned Puerto Ricans, who are Americans, by implying Puerto Ricans want others to do for them what they won’t do for themselves as he made the widely published claim: “They want everything to be done for them when it should be a community effort.” 
Further, on October 3, 2017, while in Puerto Rico, as was widely shown on American television, Donald John Trump incited bigotry engendering racial antipathy when he disparaged Puerto Ricans by stating, “I hate to tell you, Puerto Rico, but you’ve thrown our budget a little out of whack because we spent a lot of money on Puerto Rico, and that’s fine, we’ve saved a lot of lives.” The President did not make similar widely published comments about Texas or Florida. 
On January 27, 2017, Donald John Trump incited xenophobia and hate against Muslims in the United States of America, engendering religious anxiety when he disrespected Islam by issuing Executive Order 13769, fulfilling a campaign promise to ban Muslims from entering the United States of America. This widely published campaign promise is dated December 7, 2015, and reads as follows: “DONALD J. TRUMP STATEMENT ON PREVENTING MUSLIM IMMIGRATION 
(New York, NY) December 7th, 2015 — Donald J. Trump is calling for a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States until our country’s representatives can figure out what is going on.” 
On March 4, 2017, Donald John Trump incited race-baiting and racism, engendering racial antipathy, as he defamed, disrespected, and disparaged President Barack Obama by making the widely published, since discredited claim: “Terrible! Just found out that Obama had my ‘wires tapped’ in Trump Tower just before the victory. Nothing found. This is McCarthyism!” 
On July 26, 2017, Donald John Trump incited bigotry, engendering LGBTQ enmity, when he disparaged and disrespected transgender Americans by indicating that the costs of their medical care outweighs the sacrifice they are willing to make for our country as he made the widely published statement: 
“After consultation with my Generals and military experts, please be advised that the United States Government will not accept or allow Transgender individuals to serve in any capacity in the U.S. Military. Our military must be focused on decisive and overwhelming victory and cannot be burdened with the tremendous medical costs and disruption that transgender in the military would entail.” 
In so doing, the aforementioned Donald John Trump, unmindful of the high duties of his high office and the dignity and proprieties thereof, and of the harmony, respect, and courtesies which ought to exist and be maintained within American society, has undermined the integrity of his office, has brought disrepute on the presidency, has betrayed his trust as President to the manifest injury of the people of the United States of America, and as a result is unfit to be President. 
Therefore, Donald John Trump, by betraying his trust as President, warrants impeachment, trial, and removal from office and disqualification to hold any office of honor, trust, or profit under the United States of America. 
ARTICLE II 
That Donald John Trump, President of the United States of America, unmindful of the high duties of his high office and the dignity and proprieties thereof, and of the harmony and courtesies which ought to exist and be maintained within American society, did betray his trust as President, and bring shame and dishonor to the office of the presidency by associating the majesty and dignity of the presidency with causes rooted in white supremacy, bigotry, racism, anti-semitism, white nationalism, and neo-nazism when, to wit: 
On August 15, 2017, Donald John Trump made a widely published statement characterizing a group of anti-semites, bigots, racists, white nationalists, and Ku Klux Klansmen who rallied in Charlottesville, Virginia, as “very fine people.” 
Thereafter, on August 23, 2017, the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination released a two-page decision in which it was stated that they were, “Disturbed by the failure at the highest political level of the United States of America to unequivocally reject and condemn the racist violent events and demonstrations led by the aforementioned groups, thereby potentially fueling the proliferation of racist discourse and incidents throughout the State party, and deeply concerned by the example this failure could set for the rest of the world.” 
On October 7, 2017, hate groups were once again back in Charlottesville, Virginia, at the statue of Robert E. Lee, the Confederate general, chanting “You will not replace us!” Since this event on October 7, the President has made many widely published statements about many things including, but not limited to, the National Football League, but has not made one widely published statement condemning the hate groups for returning to the place where an innocent person lost her life at the hands of hate. 
In so doing, the aforementioned Donald John Trump, unmindful of the high duties of his high office and the dignity and proprieties thereof, and of the harmony, respect, and courtesies which ought to exist and be maintained within American society, has undermined the integrity of his office, has brought disrepute on the Presidency, and has betrayed his trust as President to the manifest injury of the people of the United States of America, and is unfit to be President. 
Therefore, Donald John Trump, by betraying his trust as President, warrants impeachment, trial, and removal from office and disqualification to hold any office of honor, trust, or profit under the United States of America. 
ARTICLE III 
That Donald John Trump, President of the United States of America, unmindful of the high duties of his high office and the dignity and proprieties thereof, and of the harmony and courtesies which ought to exist and be maintained in American society, did engage in perfidy by making the widely reported claim that three to five million people voted illegally in the 2016 presidential election and further expending tax dollars to establish a commission to investigate his claim, to wit: 
On November 27, 2016, Donald John Trump made the widely reported claim that, “In addition to winning the Electoral College in a landslide, I won the popular vote if you deduct the millions of people who voted illegally.” 
On November 27, 2016, Donald John Trump made the widely reported claim that, “Serious voter fraud in Virginia, New Hampshire and California – so why isn’t the media reporting on this? Serious bias – big problem!” 
On January 25, 2017, Donald John Trump made the widely reported claim that, “I will be asking for a major investigation into VOTER FRAUD, including those registered to vote in two states, those who are illegal and....” 
On July 1, 2017, Donald John Trump made the widely reported claim that, “Numerous states are refusing to give information to the very distinguished VOTER FRAUD PANEL. What are they trying to hide?” 
On June 28, 2017, according to highly reported news stories, the Commission previously referenced by President Donald John Trump requested detailed voter registration data from all 50 states, including names, addresses, and other sensitive data for every voter in the country. Several states refused to send the information, and some states have been prevented by courts from turning over the information. 
In so doing, the aforementioned Donald John Trump, unmindful of the high duties of his high office and the dignity and proprieties thereof, has undermined the integrity of his office, has brought disrepute on the 
presidency, and has betrayed his trust as President to the manifest injury of the people of the United States of America, and is unfit to be President. 
Therefore, Donald John Trump, by betraying his trust as President, warrants impeachment, trial, and removal from office and disqualification to hold any office of honor, trust, or profit under the United States of America. 
ARTICLE IV 
That Donald John Trump, President of the United States of America, unmindful of the high duties of his high office and the dignity and proprieties thereof, and of the harmony and courtesies which ought to exist and be maintained in American society, while aware of the widely reported history of the unlawful abuses and brutality perpetrated by many, not all, police officers against innocent persons in the United States of America, did betray his trust as President, bringing shame and dishonor to the office of the presidency by encouraging law enforcement officials to violate the constitutional rights of suspects in their care, custody, and control, to wit: 
On July 28, 2017, Donald John Trump, in a speech in front of the Suffolk County Police Department in Long Island, New York, stated that, "And when you see these towns and when you see these thugs being thrown into the back of a paddy wagon, you just see them thrown in – rough. I said, ‘Please don’t be too nice.’ Like when you guys put somebody in the car and you're protecting their head, you know, the way you put their hand over? Like, don't hit their head, and they’ve just killed somebody — don't hit their head. I said, ‘You can take the hand away, okay?’” 
This statement is injurious not only to the rule of law, which presumes innocence until guilt is proven in a court of law, but also to the administration of justice, which requires that care is given to persons held in the custody of law enforcement. Our nation is founded upon a social contract where the constitutional rights of the individual are not surrendered because he or she is accused of a crime. To speak to the contrary is a violation of the presidential oath to which Donald John Trump is bound. 
In so doing, the aforementioned Donald John Trump, unmindful of the high duties of his high office and the dignity and proprieties thereof, and of his oath to “faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my Ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States,” has undermined the integrity of his office, has brought disrepute on the presidency, has betrayed his trust as President to the manifest injury of the people of the United States of America, is unfit to be President. 
Therefore, Donald John Trump, by betraying his trust as President, warrants impeachment, trial, and removal from office and disqualification to hold any office of honor, trust, or profit under the United States of America. 
RESOLVED, that Donald John Trump, President of the United States of America, has undermined the integrity of his office with impunity, has brought disrepute on the presidency with immunity, has betrayed his trust as President to the manifest injury of the American people, is unfit to be President and is impeached pursuant to Article II, Section IV of the Constitution of the United States of America, and that the following articles of impeachment be exhibited to the United States Senate: 
ARTICLES OF IMPEACHMENT EXHIBITED BY THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA IN THE NAME OF ITSELF AND OF ALL OF THE PEOPLE OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA AGAINST DONALD JOHN TRUMP, PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, IN MAINTENANCE AND SUPPORT OF ITS IMPEACHMENT AGAINST HIM FOR HIGH CRIMES AND MISDEMEANORS OF A NATURE WHICH MAY WITH PECULIAR PROPRIETY BE DENOMINATED POLITICAL, NOT REQUIRING THE COMMISSION OF A CRIME, AND EXCLUSIVELY THE JURISDICTION OF THE UNITED STATES HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES FOR IMPEACHMENT PURPOSES. 
ARTICLE I 
That Donald John Trump, President of the United States of America, unmindful of the high duties of his high office and the dignity and proprieties thereof, and of the harmony, respect, and courtesies which ought to exist and be maintained in American society, has under the inane pretext of dispensing with political correctness, produced a demonstrable record of inciting white supremacy, sexism, bigotry, hatred, xenophobia, race-baiting, and racism by demeaning, defaming, disrespecting, and disparaging women and certain minorities. 
In so doing, Donald John Trump, President of the United States of America, has fueled and is fueling an alt-right hate machine and its worldwide covert sympathizers engendering racial antipathy, LGBTQ enmity, religious anxiety, stealthy sexism, and dreadful xenophobia, perfidiously causing immediate injury to American society, to wit: 
On September 23, 2017, Donald John Trump incited race-baiting and racism, engendering stealthy sexism and racial antipathy when he disrespected, disparaged, and demeaned mothers of professional football players by calling them dogs as he made the widely published statement: “Wouldn't you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say, 'Get that son of a bitch off the field right now, out, he's fired? He's fired!’” 
On September 23, 2017, Donald John Trump incited race-baiting and racism, engendering racial antipathy when he disrespected and disparaged professional football players, approximately 70% of whom are reportedly African American, by calling them sons of dogs as he made the widely published statement: 
“Wouldn't you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say, 'Get that son of a bitch off the field right now, out, he's fired? He's fired!’” 
On September 30, 2017, Donald John Trump incited bigotry and race-baiting, engendering racial antipathy when he disrespected, disparaged, and demeaned Puerto Ricans, who are Americans, by implying Puerto Ricans want others to do for them what they won’t do for themselves as he made the widely published claim: “They want everything to be done for them when it should be a community effort.” 
Further, on October 3, 2017, while in Puerto Rico, as was widely shown on American television, Donald John Trump incited bigotry engendering racial antipathy when he disparaged Puerto Ricans by stating, “I hate to tell you, Puerto Rico, but you’ve thrown our budget a little out of whack because we spent a lot of money on Puerto Rico, and that’s fine, we’ve saved a lot of lives.” The President did not make similar widely published comments about Texas or Florida. 
On January 27, 2017, Donald John Trump incited xenophobia and hate against Muslims in the United States of America, engendering religious anxiety when he disrespected Islam by issuing Executive Order 13769, fulfilling a campaign promise to ban Muslims from entering the United States of America. This widely published campaign promise is dated December 7, 2015, and reads as follows: “DONALD J. TRUMP STATEMENT ON PREVENTING MUSLIM IMMIGRATION 
(New York, NY) December 7th, 2015 — Donald J. Trump is calling for a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States until our country’s representatives can figure out what is going on.” 
On March 4, 2017, Donald John Trump incited race-baiting and racism, engendering racial antipathy, as he defamed, disrespected, and disparaged President Barack Obama by making the widely published, since discredited claim: “Terrible! Just found out that Obama had my ‘wires tapped’ in Trump Tower just before the victory. Nothing found. This is McCarthyism!” 
On July 26, 2017, Donald John Trump incited bigotry, engendering LGBTQ enmity, when he disparaged and disrespected transgender Americans by indicating that the costs of their medical care outweighs the sacrifice they are willing to make for our country as he made the widely published statement: 
“After consultation with my Generals and military experts, please be advised that the United States Government will not accept or allow Transgender individuals to serve in any capacity in the U.S. Military. Our military must be focused on decisive and overwhelming victory and cannot be burdened with the tremendous medical costs and disruption that transgender in the military would entail.” 
In so doing, the aforementioned Donald John Trump, unmindful of the high duties of his high office and the dignity and proprieties thereof, and of the harmony, respect, and courtesies which ought to exist and be maintained within American society, has undermined the integrity of his office, has brought disrepute on the presidency, has betrayed his trust as President to the manifest injury of the people of the United States of America, and as a result is unfit to be President. 
Therefore, Donald John Trump, by betraying his trust as President, warrants impeachment, trial, and removal from office and disqualification to hold any office of honor, trust, or profit under the United States of America. 
ARTICLE II 
That Donald John Trump, President of the United States of America, unmindful of the high duties of his high office and the dignity and proprieties thereof, and of the harmony and courtesies which ought to exist and be maintained within American society, did betray his trust as President, and bring shame and dishonor to the office of the presidency by associating the majesty and dignity of the presidency with causes rooted in white supremacy, bigotry, racism, anti-semitism, white nationalism, and neo-nazism when, to wit: 
On August 15, 2017, Donald John Trump made a widely published statement characterizing a group of anti-semites, bigots, racists, white nationalists, and Ku Klux Klansmen who rallied in Charlottesville, Virginia, as “very fine people.” 
Thereafter, on August 23, 2017, the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination released a two-page decision in which it was stated that they were, “Disturbed by the failure at the highest political level of the United States of America to unequivocally reject and condemn the racist violent events and demonstrations led by the aforementioned groups, thereby potentially fueling the proliferation of racist discourse and incidents throughout the State party, and deeply concerned by the example this failure could set for the rest of the world.” 
On October 7, 2017, hate groups were once again back in Charlottesville, Virginia, at the statue of Robert E. Lee, the Confederate general, chanting “You will not replace us!” Since this event on October 7, the President has made many widely published statements about many things including, but not limited to, the National Football League, but has not made one widely published statement condemning the hate groups for returning to the place where an innocent person lost her life at the hands of hate. 
In so doing, the aforementioned Donald John Trump, unmindful of the high duties of his high office and the dignity and proprieties thereof, and of the harmony, respect, and courtesies which ought to exist and be maintained within American society, has undermined the integrity of his office, has brought disrepute on the Presidency, and has betrayed his trust as President to the manifest injury of the people of the United States of America, and is unfit to be President. 
Therefore, Donald John Trump, by betraying his trust as President, warrants impeachment, trial, and removal from office and disqualification to hold any office of honor, trust, or profit under the United States of America. 
ARTICLE III 
That Donald John Trump, President of the United States of America, unmindful of the high duties of his high office and the dignity and proprieties thereof, and of the harmony and courtesies which ought to exist and be maintained in American society, did engage in perfidy by making the widely reported claim that three to five million people voted illegally in the 2016 presidential election and further expending tax dollars to establish a commission to investigate his claim, to wit: 
On November 27, 2016, Donald John Trump made the widely reported claim that, “In addition to winning the Electoral College in a landslide, I won the popular vote if you deduct the millions of people who voted illegally.” 
On November 27, 2016, Donald John Trump made the widely reported claim that, “Serious voter fraud in Virginia, New Hampshire and California – so why isn’t the media reporting on this? Serious bias – big problem!” 
On January 25, 2017, Donald John Trump made the widely reported claim that, “I will be asking for a major investigation into VOTER FRAUD, including those registered to vote in two states, those who are illegal and....” 
On July 1, 2017, Donald John Trump made the widely reported claim that, “Numerous states are refusing to give information to the very distinguished VOTER FRAUD PANEL. What are they trying to hide?” 
On June 28, 2017, according to highly reported news stories, the Commission previously referenced by President Donald John Trump requested detailed voter registration data from all 50 states, including names, addresses, and other sensitive data for every voter in the country. Several states refused to send the information, and some states have been prevented by courts from turning over the information. 
In so doing, the aforementioned Donald John Trump, unmindful of the high duties of his high office and the dignity and proprieties thereof, has undermined the integrity of his office, has brought disrepute on the 
presidency, and has betrayed his trust as President to the manifest injury of the people of the United States of America, and is unfit to be President. 
Therefore, Donald John Trump, by betraying his trust as President, warrants impeachment, trial, and removal from office and disqualification to hold any office of honor, trust, or profit under the United States of America. 
ARTICLE IV 
That Donald John Trump, President of the United States of America, unmindful of the high duties of his high office and the dignity and proprieties thereof, and of the harmony and courtesies which ought to exist and be maintained in American society, while aware of the widely reported history of the unlawful abuses and brutality perpetrated by many, not all, police officers against innocent persons in the United States of America, did betray his trust as President, bringing shame and dishonor to the office of the presidency by encouraging law enforcement officials to violate the constitutional rights of suspects in their care, custody, and control, to wit: 
On July 28, 2017, Donald John Trump, in a speech in front of the Suffolk County Police Department in Long Island, New York, stated that, "And when you see these towns and when you see these thugs being thrown into the back of a paddy wagon, you just see them thrown in – rough. I said, ‘Please don’t be too nice.’ Like when you guys put somebody in the car and you're protecting their head, you know, the way you put their hand over? Like, don't hit their head, and they’ve just killed somebody — don't hit their head. I said, ‘You can take the hand away, okay?’” 
This statement is injurious not only to the rule of law, which presumes innocence until guilt is proven in a court of law, but also to the administration of justice, which requires that care is given to persons held in the custody of law enforcement. Our nation is founded upon a social contract where the constitutional rights of the individual are not surrendered because he or she is accused of a crime. To speak to the contrary is a violation of the presidential oath to which Donald John Trump is bound. 
In so doing, the aforementioned Donald John Trump, unmindful of the high duties of his high office and the dignity and proprieties thereof, and of his oath to “faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my Ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States,” has undermined the integrity of his office, has brought disrepute on the presidency, has betrayed his trust as President to the manifest injury of the people of the United States of America, is unfit to be President. 
Therefore, Donald John Trump, by betraying his trust as President, warrants impeachment, trial, and removal from office and disqualification to hold any office of honor, trust, or profit under the United States of America.