Jul 31, 2016
|Siberian Huskies in Brandenburg, Germany. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)|
|A copper "bi-eye" Siberian Husky. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)|
- Husky Lovers Unite...............
- Sun, Jul 31, 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
- 8980 Villa La Jolla Dr8980 Villa La Jolla Drive, CA
- Join us Sunday July 31st starting at 4PM for a fundraiser Pawty at Rock Bottom in La Jolla!
All to help new Furiends at ARA Canine Rescue Inc, doing business as Alleys Rescued Angels !!
ARA Canine Rescue inc (Alleys Rescued Angels) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, all volunteer, husky rescue organization based in Apple Valley, California. They have a 10 acre ranch where all of their rescued huskies have comfortable kennels and get plenty of socialization and playtime as they await their new families.
ARA is dedicated to saving the lives of abandoned Siberian Huskies throughout the counties of Los Angeles, Riverside and San Bernardino.
Raffle Prizes, Beer for your Dog and treats by EntoBento ! Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery [San Diego, CA] will be donating 15% of the total sales with $5 pizza and $5 Beer!
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- Fear of Men giving away limited-edition songbook at this weekend's BV-presented Bowery Ballroom show ++ win tix!
- BLVD Treatment Centers, Mayor Kevin Faulconer, Former Mayor Jerry Sanders, Other Community ...
- Carl DeMaio on KOGO 600 San Diego: A One Sided Report
- Mike Talks Twilight In The Park: Balboa Park, San Diego, Ca
- Danuta Pfeiffer on the ronnie republic: Cliff Albert of KOGO Am Radio San Diego Interviews...
- "Big Kitchen - A Counter Culture Musical"
- the ronnie republic: George Noory Leaves A Horrible Feeling In The Pit ...
- Larry Mendte's Morning Drive on WILM 1450 Wilmington Delaware News Talk Radio
- Kieth Rowland Talks the Future of @ArtBell51
- Trump Flim-Flams Baja Investors
Jul 30, 2016
- Ronnie from the ronnie republic radio round-up talks Wolf Blitzer, fighting for a story and maintaining integrity in the ultra competitive climate of the news today..............
- Did You Ever Wonder About J Street
- Seriously, Actually, at the end of the day.........Bill O'Reilly vs Snoop Dog
- Homeland Security Alert: Bebe Samba, better known by her housemates as Kitty, a.k.a. The Executioner
- from dear abby: throws daughter under the bus
- John Kasich, Ana Navarro, SE Cupp: The New Republican Party......
Jul 28, 2016
Thank you, Alia.....bringing the world together with food and fabric from the ronnie republic......
file under: bringing the world together with food and fabric from the ronnie republic.......
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@Bakari Sellers: Would love to hear him speak at the Democratic Convention in support of Hillary Clinton
Would love to hear him speak at the Democratic Convention in support of Hillary Clinton.
Well done last evening and yesterday on CNN going against the false claims of the trump group.
He speaks with passion yet never crosses the line of being inappropriate or saying the wrong thing on national television.
Good job at getting the message across.
Wish I could talk like that.
Chloelouise--Hillary girl forever
Jul 18, 2016
Steely Dan's backing musicians steal the show at BMO Harris Pavilion: @pietlevy from Milwaukee Journal Sentinel on @theRonnieRe
There was no need for Steely Dan to further hype its BMO Harris Pavilion show Saturday night.
It did after all earn a place in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, thanks partially to its signature jazz rock arrangements. And the amphitheater on the Summerfestgrounds — which seats 5,000, and can accommodate a few thousand more standing in the back — was near capacity.
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel music writer Piet Levy shares photos and his thoughts from Steely Dan's show at the BMO Harris Pavilion on July 16, 2016.
But Steely Dan's Walter Becker just couldn't help himself.
"It's just the finest band we've ever had," Becker boasted early on, in the middle of "Hey Nineteen."
"You've got yourself a ring-a-ding-ding party, ding-a-ding-ding party, ring-a-ding-ding," he continued as part of an offbeat, four-minute rant. "All night folks, we're going to hit those grooves, hit them hard, play those hits, you love these hits, you know you do. We're going to go on down that setlist, it's going to be pow, ba-bow, pow, boom, ring-a-ding-ding-ding, 'Oh, I love that one.'"
He also promised that after the show, couples would retreat to their "sanctum sanctorum of love, and the rest is history."
I have no idea if that last premonition came to be — and folks, I don't want to know.
But Becker was right about one thing — the backing band was terrific.
In fact, Becker and Steely Dan co-captain Donald Fagen essentially let the 11 supporting musicians steal the two-hour show.
Not that they didn't showcase their bona fides. Fagen effortlessly played a complex keyboard intro leading into "Josie." Becker on guitar brought twisted, nimble blues chops to "Pretzel Logic;" and during "Reelin' in the Years," his tight, high-pitched guitar riffs almost sounded like a psychedelic piccolo.
But during a band roll call, after Becker introduced Fagen with a thousand superlatives (and called him a gourmet chef to boot), white lights flooded the crowd, which appropriately went wild — but it was drummer Keith Carlock and trumpet player Michael Leonhart who took charge.
Walt Weiskopf was the star of sprawling set highlight "Aja" on sultry saxophone. Becker relinquished lead guitar to Jon Herington for most of Saturday's 17 songs. Fagen didn't even sing during "Dirty Work," letting the "Danettes" — backing vocalists La Tanya Hall, Carolyn Leonhart and Cindy Mizelle — take the lead.
There was a time in the '70s when Steely Dan was a studio-only band, its perfectionist recording tendencies finding new fans even during a 12-year hiatus. Now, it's a touring-only band — there hasn't been a new album since 2003 — and Becker and Fagen are content to take a creative back seat.
But fans Saturday were also content to belt out the distinctively quirky lyrics, to dance in the aisles and to be dazzled by fine musicianship — even if the two men who started it all weren't doing much dazzling.
Fagen was right to call opener Steve Winwood "intimidating." That's what happens when you have another Rock and Roll Hall of Famer on the bill.
The hourlong set spanned Winwood's eclectic and accomplished career, from "Gimme Some Lovin'" (the Spencer Davis Group); to "The Low Spark of High Heeled Boys" (Traffic); to "Can't Find My Way Home" (Blind Faith, his short-lived supergroup with Eric Clapton); to "Higher Love," from his solo career. The four-piece backing band cast away the latter's '80s gloss in favor of funky jazz rock, without sacrificing any energy.
And while guitarist Jose Neto often figuratively and literally commanded the spotlight — particularly with '70s funk guitar washes for the Buddy Miles cover "Them Changes" — Winwood on guitar matched his skills, with arena grandeur, and a touch of Texas roadhouse spice, during Traffic's "Mr. Fantasy." And Winwood's voice for "Lovin'" was just as sweet and soulful Saturday as on that 1966 recording.
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■The four-year-old BMO Harris Pavilion has more concert action than usual this summer, but I'm concerned some people won't come back. The lines to get in were massive, wrapping deep around the block, and taking 30 to 40 minutes to get in. No doubt many people missed a lot, and possibly all, of Winwood's set. The reason for the ridiculous delays: just four metal detectors stationed at the gate. Inexcusable.
■During Winwood's "Higher Love," you could see the tip of a sailboat through the mesh behind the stage swaying perfectly to the music.
■After Winwood ended, I had to wait 15 minutes to use the restroom. Ladies, on the other hand, had no wait at all. "I've never seen this in 60 years of my life!" one woman screamed, raising her arms in giddy jubilation.
1. "Black Cow"
3. "Hey Nineteen"
4. "Black Friday"
5. "Show Biz Kids"
6. "Kid Charlemagne"
7. "Time Out of Mind"
8. "Dirty Work"
10. "Daddy Don't Live In That New York City No More"
11. "Babylon Sisters"
12. "I Want To (Do Everything For You)" (Joe Tex cover)
15. "My Old School"
16. "Reelin' in the Years"
17. "Pretzel Logic"
Jul 17, 2016
J Street's Jeremy Ben-Ami Talks the Danger of The Republican Platform and His Quest for Israeli-Palestinian Peace
In the lead-up to the conventions, the Democratic and Republican parties completed work on their party platforms this week, and the documents tell the tale of two parties moving in very different directions when it comes to Israel.
While Democrats made modest progress toward a balanced, productive policy, the GOP took an alarming turn in a dangerous direction.
The Democratic platform, for the first time, included language recognizing the legitimate rights and national aspirations of the Palestinian people. While affirming the importance of the two-state solution for securing Israel as a Jewish and democratic state, it made clear that Palestinians too deserve “independence, sovereignty and dignity.”
This step brings the party’s doctrine more into line with the consensus of its members, who want to see American diplomacy bring the sides together to resolve the conflict and improve the lives of both peoples.
And it moves past the tired trope that being pro-Israel means ignoring the legitimate rights of Palestinians -- a trope that both Secretary Clinton and Senator Sanders rejected during their primary campaigns, when they engaged in substantive conversations about the conflict and the two-state solution.
Of course there must be and will be further movement in the party's position in the future. It’s established, bipartisan American policy to oppose unlimited expansion of Israeli settlements and a party that stands for equality and justice will one day call out the ongoing occupation. In fact, over 40 percent of the platform committee supported an amendment that would have done just that, signaling the direction in which the party is moving on these issues.
Yet while the progress in the Democratic Party is an encouraging sign for pro-Israel, pro-peace Americans, changes in the Republican Party platform are a sobering reminder that irresponsible and extreme ideas are gaining traction on the American political right.
For decades, Republican presidents have combined strong support for Israeli security with opposition to settlements and support for two states. President George H.W. Bush withheld loan guarantees and President George W. Bush called for a Palestinian state in a landmark Rose Garden speech. Both put the full weight of American diplomacy -- at Madrid and Annapolis -- behind efforts to resolve the conflict.
These positions have formed the basis for decades of bipartisan consensus around Israel and the US-Israel relationship.
The 2016 Republican platform disregards that legacy entirely. It withdraws support for the two-state solution, deletes all reference to Palestinians and makes a point of emphatically rejecting the notion that Israel is an occupying power in the West Bank.
These positions move the GOP far outside the American consensus and place the party at odds not just with the 80 percent of Jewish Americans who support two states -- but with the stated position of Prime Minister Netanyahu. Republican abandonment of its commitment to resolving the conflict and securing Israel’s future as a Jewish and democratic state lines the party up with the minority of Israelis who support the settlement movement and one-state annexationists.
These changes didn’t come from nowhere -- they appear to be driven by the concerted lobbying efforts of far-right activists in groups like “Iron Dome PAC." These hardliners have even slammed AIPAC from the right, insisting that they give up on bipartisanship altogether. They want their party to equate support for Israel with support for Greater Israel -- and they want to treat Palestinians as if they don’t exist.
These ideas are not just hopelessly out of touch with reality, and with most voters. They are dangerous.
But one need look no further than this Congress to feel concern that these forces are succeeding in promoting legislation, sometimes supported by more mainstream groups, that seeks to blur the Green Line and undermine the basis for the two-state solution.
For those who believe the future of Israelis and Palestinians -- and possibly the peace and security of the Middle East -- depend on a negotiated resolution of their conflict, the growing partisan divide on these issues must be of real concern.
We can only hope that once Election Day is past, responsible leaders in the Republican Party who understand the region and the world will stand up to those advancing a reckless agenda and help bring the parties back into alignment on these critical issues.
Our goal must be rebuilding bipartisan consensus around diplomacy and two states, not making Israel even more of a partisan political football.