This is one hell of a show.
I had to be dragged kicking and screaming to this play. As much as I admire the Freedom Riders—a musical about the civil rights struggle? I anticipated an afternoon of watching paint dry, with the added benefit of shouted political speeches.
But the play moves fast, the shape-shifting actors are at turns passionate, funny, and heart-wrenching. And they can SING! The band alone is worth the price of admission.
This play will be on Broadway faster than you can say Stokely Carmichael.
But what about all those cases of voter fraud? Crickets!
It is heartening that the judges weighed the obvious intent of the odious ID law and struck it down. It's a great day in Carolina.
I was heartened and moved to see the Attorney General speak so forcefully for equality under the law for folks who have endured so much hatred.
The Republicans knew that Solar Bees wouldn't work when they spent our tax dollars on them, but they let nothing stand in the way of their sacred mission: to neuter NC environmental protections.
Apparently they don't care about the water that goes into our bodies, only where it goes out.
I saw Sweeney last night. The problems of pitch and timing that reviewer Woods witnessed in the preview snippet weren't in evidence last night. The performances were winning and musically solid, especially David St. Louis, Annie Golden, Brian Owen, and Max Bitar. I'd see it again in a heartbeat.
The vocalists wore microphones and were lightly amplified. It’s probably necessary, but not my cup of tea. The theater has seating around 3/4 of the stage. From where we sat, at stage right, the instrumental backing was a touch too loud for the vocals, and Sondheim’s clever lyrics weren’t always intelligible to my aging ears. I suspect that the mix was better in front of the stage.
The vote totals for Hillary vs Bernie speak and will speak volumes about electability. Head-to-head polls at this point disregard the fact that Bernie has yet to take a single Republican punch. There is a reason that the Repugs haven't thrown those punches: they think they can trounce Bernie handily, and don't want to hurt his chances. When the right-wing machine cranks up, they will eviscerate Bernie. Look at what they did to John Kerry! HRC has stood up to the worst they have to offer for more than 20 years, and she's still standing, looking them in the eye, bloodying their noses.
As for courage, I don't think that giving gun manufacturers immunity from prosecution is a mark of courage. You can call it pragmatism; I call it shameless pandering. And I don't think that "billionaires" or "Wall Street" is the answer to every challenge we face. A Bernie drinking game during the next Dem debate, quaffing on those two words alone, would put you in the Emergency Room.
I agree with the Indy's (narrow) endorsement of Hillary in the primary. I appreciate Bernie's platform (and Bernie) but I've come to believe that incremental progress achieves our goals more quickly than the promise of "revolution."
"Don't make promises you can't keep."
Voting is a RIGHT. Driving isn't.
Mixing up the two requirements to remedy the non-existent problem of "voter fraud" seems wrongheaded at best.
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