Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Columbia University's Boies Schiller Flexner and U.S. Senator Gillibrand Connection

Should Boies Schiller Flexner managing partner and Gillibrand campaign contributor also chair the tax-exempt Columbia University board of trustees?

Boies Schiller and Flexner [BSF] announced today that partner Kirsten Gillibrand was elected…She raised some $3 million in campaign contributions, including substantial support from colleagues at BSF…The Firm issued the following statement: `We are extremely proud of our partner…’ Ms. Gillibrand…is on leave while she serves in Washington.’…”

--from a Nov. 8, 2006 Boies Schiller Flexner [BSF] press release 

“Jonathan is a co-founder and managing partner of Boies Schiller Flexner…He has served as lead counsel…for clients including Barclays, Goldman Sachs, the New York Yankees, and the fantasy sports website DraftKings….He has represented global corporations based in the United States, France, the Netherlands, Germany, Kuwait, and Singapore… Jonathan serves as Chair of Columbia University’s Board of Trustees...”

--from the Boies Schiller Flexner website

“…Endowment fund earnings are exempt from federal income tax….Changing the tax treatment of college and university endowments…could be modified to increase federal revenues...”

--from a Dec. 2015 Congressional Research Services Report

Columbia University’s Boies Schiller Flexner and U.S. Senator Gillibrand Connection

Most people in the United States don’t think private U.S. universities owning valuable real estate property and billions of dollars’ worth of corporate stocks and bonds in their endowment portfolio—like Columbia University, Harvard University and NYU—should be exempt from paying their fair share of federal, state and city corporate and property taxes.

Yet since being named by former Democratic New York Governor David Paterson in 2009 to replace Hillary Clinton as one of New York State’s representatives in the U.S. Senate, a former Boies Schiller Flexner [BSF] corporate law firm partner, Kirsten Gillibrand, has apparently not been eager to introduce much federal legislation to require private U.S. universities like Columbia University to pay their fair share of federal taxes.

One reason might be because the current chair of tax-exempt Columbia University’s board of trustees, Jonathan Schiller, is, coincidentally, a co-founder and  managing partner of the same BSF law firm in which U.S. Senator Gillibrand previously worked, prior to being first elected in 2006 to just represent New York’s 20thCongressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Also coincidentally, prior to former New York Governor Paterson naming former BSF partner Gillibrand to fill the U.S. Senate seat vacated by Hillary Clinton, the election campaign fund of Paterson was given two campaign contributions, totaling $50,000, by two BSF law firm partners on Dec. 23, 2008. As Zack Lowe observed in an article, titled “Former Boies Schiller Partner Will Fill Clinton Senate Seat,” that appeared in the Jan. 23, 2009 issue of The American Lawyer:

“Kirsten Gillibrand, the upstate Democratic congresswoman and former Boies Schiller Flexner partner…will replace Hillary Rodham Clinton in the U.S. Senate…The Village Voice…posted a nice bio of Gillibrand, outlining her father’s ties to New York’s most powerful Republicans…Gillibrand is a favorite of the National Rifle Association…

“The most interesting tidbit in the Voice piece for our purposes is the fact that David Boies (name partner at Boies Schiller Flexner) contributed $25,000 to Paterson’s campaign fund on Dec. 23, 2008. Boies’s son, Christopher, also a partner at the firm, wrote a $25,000 check to the governor’s campaign the same day…”

The law firm of Columbia University Board of Trustees Chair Schiller, not surprisingly, has also been the number one source of campaign contributions to former BSF partner-turned U.S. Representative/U.S. Senator Gillibrand since she began her federal office-seeking career, according to the Center for Responsive Politics’ Open Secrets website data. Over $668,000 in campaign contributions from individuals employed at Schiller’s BSF law firm have been accepted by Gillibrand’s election campaign committees during her political career.

Schiller, for example, contributed over $9,500 to Gillibrand’s campaign committee between Jan. 30, 2009 and March 3, 2011; and, on May 12, 2014, Schiller made a $5,000 campaign contribution to Gillibrand’s Off The Sidelines PAC. The Open Secrets website data also indicates that during the 2015-2016 campaign cycle Gillibrand’s Off The Sidelines PAC was given $27,800 by individuals employed at Schiller’s law firm, making BSF the 5th-largest source of money for Gillibrand’s Off The Sidelines PAC during the 2015-2016 period.

In addition to contributing funds to Gillibrand’s campaign committee and Off The Sidelines PAC, Columbia University’s board of trustees chair also contributed over $67,000 to the politically partisan campaign committees of other Democratic Party politicians’ campaigns (including over $7,300 to Hillary Clinton’s campaign committees and over $11,00 to U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer’s campaign committees) and over $152,000 to the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee between Apr. 30, 2001 and June 1, 2016 (including a $33,400 campaign contribution on March 23, 2015). Schiller also made a $10,000 campaign contribution to Minnesota’s Democratic Farmer Labor Party state organization on Oct. 2, 2014.

BSF Chairman David Boies, who co-founded the BSF law firm with Schiller, has, however, contributed much more money than Schiller to fund the election campaigns of Democratic Party politicians on both the federal and state level between 1999 and 2017, according to the Open Secrets website’s data. Between Oct. 28, 2004 and Oct. 25, 2016, the BSF chairman and co-founder made 49 campaign contributions, totalling over $388,000, to help bankroll the Democratic State Party organizations in 34 different states.

On Sept. 13, 2016, for example, Boies gave a separate $10,000 campaign contribution to the state Democratic Party organization in each of the following states: Maine, Missouri, Rhode Island, New Jersey, Texas, New Mexico, Virginia, Colorado, Florida, Mississippi, Wisconsin, Oregon, West Virginia, Wyoming, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Georgia, Nevada, Montana, South Dakota, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Minnesota, North Carolina, Delaware, Tennessee and Alaska; and on that same day, the state Democratic Party organization in Kentucky was given two campaign contributions, totaling $20,000, by Schiller’s law firm business partner.

The following month, Boies also gave a $10,000  campaign contribution to Iowa’s state Democratic Party organization on Oct. 11, 2016 and his second 2016 campaign contribution of $10,000 to Nevada’s state Democratic Party organization on Oct. 26, 2016. In addition, on June 30, 2016 the Democratic Committee of New York State was also given a $10,000 campaign contribution by the chairman and co-founder of the Columbia University-linked BSF.

On the national level, Boies gave five campaign contributions, totaling $278,000, to the Democratic National Committee [DNC] Services Corporation between June 22, 2011 and Sept. 26, 2016; and, between Dec. 31, 2007 and March 23, 2015, over $183,000 was contributed by Schiller’s BSF co-founder to the Democratic Party’s Senatorial Campaign Committee. In addition, Boies gave a $500,000 campaign contribution to the House Majority PAC Super-PAC on Oct. 24, 2013 and two campaign contributions, totalling another $500,000 to the Senate Majority Super PAC, between Oct. 28, 2013 and Oct. 25, 2016.

Over $232,000 in direct money contributions to the individual campaign committees of at least 44 Democratic Party politicians other than former BSF law firm partner Gillibrand have also been made by Schiller’s BSF business partner between 1999 and 2017 (including over $13,000 to Rep. Charles Rangel’s campaign committee, over $13,000 to Rep. Nita Lowey’s campaign committee, over $11,000 to U.S. Senator Al Franken and over $6,000 to U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer).

According to David A. Kaplan’s Oct. 20, 2010Fortune magazine article, Schiller and Boies’s BSF firm of 240 lawyers “revolutionized the economics of corporate law practice” and, coincidentally, had “the nation’s third-highest profits per equity partner-$2.9 million” among large corporate law firms. The same article also noted that “Boies Schiller…has regular corporate clients to maintain a stream of revenue,” but Schiller and Boies’ firm also “imitates investment banks by charging flat fees,” so that a firm client’s “signing bonus, for example, can be $10 million -- regardless of how much lawyer time actually gets put in.” The Fortune magazine article also indicated that in 2010, about half of BSF’s revenue “came from flat fees and contingency arrangements,” while BSF’s regular corporate clients were apparently being billed for a BSF lawyer’s time at a $960 per hour rate in 2010.

One reason Boies has apparently been able to contribute so much money in recent years to bankroll the election campaigns of Democratic Party politicians like former BSF law firm partner Gillibrand is that BSF apparently was paid a $150 million fee “on top of an annual $5 million fee” in 2008 for representing American Express in a legal case; and “a law firm source” told Fortunemagazine that Boies was personally taking “north of $10 million” annually from his legal work, thus “probably making him the highest-paid lawyer in the country” in 2010.

Besides providing legal services for American Express, Columbia Board of Trustees Chair Schiller and BSF Chairman Boies’ law firm has also provided legal services for tobacco companies like Philip Morris/Altria, R.J. Reynolds and Ligget’s and for other corporate clients like Goldman Sachs, DuPont, Apple, Barclays, CBS, Oracle and Sony.

After Wikileaks, in April 2015, published on its site the emails that a hacker had previously obtained from Sony’s server, BSF Chairman and Co-Founder Boies, for example, spent the following week “sending out a hyperbolic letter to various news organizations pressuring them to avert their eyes from the hacked email trove that WikiLeaks published” and “misleadingly claiming that journalists could be breaking US law by even looking at the emails,” according to Trevor Timm’s April 22, 2015 London Guardian column.

In the same column, Trevor Timm also noted that “New York Times reporter Eric Lipton” had previously “won a prize for his…investigative series on how private companies and their lobbyists are colluding with state attorneys general to pursue corporate agendas in secret, which prominently featured emails from the hacked Sony trove in one story;” and BSF lawyers for “Sony should not be able to tell journalists what to print,” since “news organizations have a First Amendment right to publish newsworthy information that they know was stolen, as long as they did not participate in the underlying crime.”

Coincidentally, Boies and Schiller’s BSF corporate law firm also includes the following ex-U.S. government officials: former Federal Communications Commission [FCC] Enforcement Chief Travis LeBlanc; former Clinton and Bush II White House National Security Council Director for Transnational Threats Leo Wolosky; and the Obama Administration’s former U.S. Ambassador to the UN for Special Political Affairs and Assistant Secretary of Homeland Security David Pressman.

According to a March 4, 2017 BSF press release, BSF law partner LeBlanc was “the chief law enforcement officer at the FCC” who “spearheaded hundreds of enforcement actions.” Yet now LeBlanc “will help clients manage their litigation, regulatory risk and direct strategic responses to government enforcement efforts,” despite an FCC rule that apparently only prohibits him for one year from working on the same issues he was working on at the FCC.

As the former chief FCC law enforcement officer told Big Law Business reporter Stephanie Russell Kraft in a March 9, 2017 interview:

“I’m going to be working on privacy and cybersecurity issues. It’s an area where, in the last few years in government, I’ve been very active, both on the state level in California and on the national level at the FCC. I’m going to spend a lot of time working on the issues that tech companies face when dealing with government regulatory bodies, the kinds of issues that say, an Uber faces when trying to enter a new city, or what Airbnb faces when trying to figure out how laws about public accommodation apply to them. As someone who’s had state experience and federal experience..., I believe I have a skill set that will be extremely valuable to a lot of tech companies, and being backed by the litigation powerhouse at Boies Schiller, should we need to go down that road, will be a huge asset.

“…I expect to be working on specific matters, like companies embroiled in investigations. Sometimes a federal enforcement action or a state action spawns a private class action or another private action. I expect to be advising companies on the front end to help avoid becoming ensnared in a federal or state legal issue, then advising them when there is an incident, then helping them should it turn into an actual enforcement action or litigation, so legal services for the full cycle of an issue….

“…The innovators that are trying to break in, that’s who I hope to continue to support in private practice. A lot of innovators, the companies that are disrupting the way we think about business, are in Silicon Valley. As they disrupt the marketplace they’re also in the position of disrupting the regulatory and legal structure that we’ve set up. Helping them deal with the problems that come from being disruptive is a space where I can offer them particular value….”

Given tax-exempt Columbia and Senator Gillibrand’s current and historic connection to BSF, it’s not likely that Columbia’s Journalism School or Gillibrand will examine very much whether or not it’s ethical for a former FCC enforcement officer to apparently walk through “the revolving door,” to “switch sides” and begin working as a “hired gun”-lawyer for corporate clients the FCC is purportedly regulating.

Nor is it likely that U.S. Senator Gillibrand will be eager to push for more federal legislation that would, for example, compel Columbia to pay a fair share of federal taxes or limit the amount of money that the co-founders, chairman and managing partner at Columbia Board of Trustees’ Chair Schiller’s BSF law firm are allowed to contribute each year to politically partisan Democratic Party or Republican Party campaign committees and organizations in the United States.

Yet is this “what democracy” is supposed to “look like” at Columbia “BSF” University in 2017?

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Australian Anti-War Activist Joan Coxsedge's March 26, 2017 Letter

The following letter from Australian anti-war and Latin American solidarity activist Joan Coxsedge--who is also a former member of the Victoria state parliament--originally appeared in an Australian-Cuban solidarity group's newsletter   

“March 26, 2017

“Dear Comrades,

“Spring has sprung and thankfully we’ve had some rain. And that’s the good bit. For the rest? Western societies are completely out of whack and getting even wackier in a world of lies and shadows.

“Fintan O’Toole wrote in the Irish Times that ‘the mendacity of politics in 2016 has indeed been astonishing both in its brazenness and its effectiveness…lying floats freely, with no pretense to be anchored in evidence’. O’Toole specifically named Facebook and Google, now directly involved in publishing fake news stories and neo-Nazi propaganda. ‘Trump is not Hitler’, he said, ‘although there’s a kind of theatrical fascism about his performance. He’s more Duce than Fuehrer, moving swiftly from impulsiveness to caution, generosity to cruelty, like other tinpot right-wing politicians’.

“Our young and not-so-young are drowning in the unfiltered sewer of the internet and social media, the addiction of our age. To an extent never witnessed before, large numbers of people believe things that are simply not true.

“‘Terrorism’ is on everyone’s agenda. Dictators and far right leaders are now fighting ‘the terrorist menace’ without looking at the underlying causes of war and poverty, especially when it comes to the Palestinians who’ve been living among other people’s lies for more than sixty years. Tariq Ali speaks for most of us when he bemoans the state of the world and the ‘apologetics of a servile media’.

“Not servile enough, apparently. Last December President Obama created a new $160 million bureaucracy called ‘Countering Foreign Propaganda and Disinformation Act’ to combat anything that challenges Washington’s version of what passes for reality. The new law mandates a range of agencies ‘to lead, synchronize, and co-ordinate efforts of the Federal Government to recognize, understand, expose, and counter foreign state and non-state propaganda and disinformation efforts aimed at undermining US national security interests.’ And aren’t we lucky! The law directs that its ‘expertise’ should be ‘co-ordinated’ with allied nations, and we’re about as ‘allied’ as you can get.

“The law was initiated as the demonization of Vladimir Putin was gathering steam amid allegations of ‘Russian hacking’ around the US election and mainstream’s media furor over ‘fake news’. A marriage between McCarthyism and Orwellianism. Ironic, seeing that Washington and its agencies are the world’s biggest pushers of propaganda and out-right lies.

“We’re also reading a lot of nonsense about bugging and wiretapping as if presidents and prime ministers direct the work of secret agencies, when they haven’t got a clue about who they are and even less about what they do.

“But not content with creating the ‘counter foreign propaganda’ outfit, in 2011 Obama set up a new spy agency, the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency (NGA), at a cost of $1.4 billion plus. Its massive HQ sits on a heavily protected military base south of Washington DC with the principle function of analyzing billions of images and miles of video captured by drones in the Middle East and spy satellites circling the globe. Inevitably, technology used to spy on ‘enemies’ abroad will be turned on its own citizenry.

“The US has been growing increasingly bonkers for a very long time. I first became aware of its lunacy in the 1960s when we were assailed with the bull that if we allowed Vietnamese leader Ho Chi Minh to unify Vietnam, `the dominoes would fall and world revolution would engulf us’. The lunacy reached a high point when we were told that US troops had ‘destroyed a village in order to save it’. But nothing was learned as we saw the same hubris and arrogance repeated again and again unleashing violence and destruction on an industrial scale.

“In 2015 the Russians came in to clear up the mess Washington has made in the Middle East, for which they have never been forgiven. And now left-leaning newspapers like The Guardian are ‘rehabilitating’ prime war criminals George W. Bush and Tony Blair. The 43rd president ‘should be applauded’, it wrote, with not a word about the millions of victims or the way ‘their war’ gave rise directly to the evolution of the Islamic State (IS).

“After the Iraq disaster - too drenched in blood for even the propagandists to deny - Obama’s job was to reassert the myth of US benevolence, that with him at the helm the US was under new compassionate management which we know as total bull.

“History has shown that any country not sufficiently defended is liable to be destroyed by Washington. Wherever there is easy prey, it will do so with the utmost barbarity, adding insult to injury by calling it ‘nation building’.

“Cuba resisted and inspired the world. Its brave Revolution took place just a few miles from the shores of the United States. It sent teachers and doctors all around the world, spreading optimism, solidarity and kindness, while its revolutionaries fought against colonialism in Congo, Angola and Namibia. Obama attempted to weaken the resolve of the Cuban people and failed miserably.

“Lewis Lapham is well-known for his articles in Harpers Magazine and has put some of them in a book, Age of Folly: America Abandons its Democracy (2016), although it’s questionable that America ever had a democracy in the first place.

“Lapham writes on 9/11 and never actually says it was an inside job, but cleverly describes how the orchestra and chorus were miraculously ready to play the required tune, just as somehow the US military was ready and able to invade Afghanistan less than one month after 9/11. In other words, the invasion force was assembled waiting for the pretext, and the orchestra and chorus were ready and waiting for the 9/11 conductor’s baton…”

“Joan Coxsedge”

Thursday, February 23, 2017

`Camp Wellington' folk song lyrics

A folk song about the difference between early teenage summer camp life and the life of wage slavery and alienation under current U.S. economic system that most working-class people in USA experience once they leave school and enter the 9-to-5 work world. Melody and first verse of folk song were written in summer of 1963; and remaining verses and bridge of folk song were written in 2016:
Oh, welcome to the camp,
Camp Wellington
Yes, welcome to the camp,
Camp Wellington
You'll find joy wherever you go
At the camp that's called our
Camp Wellington.

The counselors are all friendly at
Camp Wellington
The counselors are all friendly at
Camp Wellington
You'll find love wherever you go
In the camp that's called our
Camp Wellington.

Too bad your job ain't like Camp Wellington
But instead like a joyless cage
Too bad oligarchs have ruined it all
For campers when they start to age.

There's swimming in the lake at
Camp Wellington
There's swimming in the lake at
Camp Wellington
You'll find beauty wherever you go
In the camp that's called our
Camp Wellington

The food is free and healthy at
Camp Wellington
The food is free and healthy at
Camp Wellington
You'll find wellness wherever you go
At the camp that's called our
Camp Wellington.

Too bad your job ain't like Camp Wellington
But instead like a joyless cage
Too bad oligarchs have ruined it all
For campers when they start to age.

Yes, welcome to the camp
Camp Wellington
Oh, welcome to the camp
Camp Wellington
You'll find joy wherever you go
In the camp that's called our
Camp Wellington.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Australian Anti-War Activist Joan Coxsedge's January 29, 2017 Letter

The following letter from Australian anti-war and Latin American solidarity activist Joan Coxsedge--who is also a former member of the Victoria state parliament--originally appeared in an Australian-Cuban solidarity group's newsletter    

“January 29, 2017

“Dear Comrades,

“Happy New Year? We can only hope. Happy Australia Day? Insensitive.

“The ‘honours list’ hit the jackpot this year when Australia Post’s overpaid chieftain Ahmed Fahour was gonged for ‘distinguished service to business’. For destroying a 207-year old institution? For ‘streamlining’ (sacking) 1,900 postal workers? Hope his AO gets lost in the mail. “In 2014, Fahour was ‘awarded’ $4.8 million salary’, so god knows what he’s getting now.

“Soul sister Michelle Guthrie is the new ABC CEO who worked for Murdoch, was named Hong Kong’s business woman of the year and was anointed by the World Economic Forum where our ‘rulers’ (3000 last year) head to a Swiss mountain village to manipulate the system to suit themselves. Her appointment has accelerated the ABC’s decline. Repeats of repeats of repeats, with more banality, more dreary right-wingers replacing those with something to say. Radio National on the skids.

“And then there’s Trump, the brassy billionaire. A bull in a china shop and all over the place, but at least he’s dumped the odious TPPI. A bit right, a bit left, corporatist, populist and opportunist. Instinctive, not thoughtful, he doesn’t know the difference between leadership and thuggery, but when it comes to the ‘Russian hacking tale’, we are being treated like mugs. Only total morons would accept the official version. That is not the intention.

“Our rulers have created a ‘narrative’ to be run and re-run throughout the world - the same mob that sold us the ‘Saddam has weapons of mass destruction’ bullshit. And so on. Like fascism in the 1930s, big lies are delivered with the precision of a metronome, thanks to our mass media.

“It was Cold War Warrior John McCain who passed the ‘dodgy dossier’ on Trump to the FBI after receiving it from former UK ambassador to Russia, Sir Andrew Wood. Its originator was former MI6 snoop Christopher Steele who compiled the 35-page document on behalf of the US political establishment, but Ignored is his caveat: that its contents cannot be verified. According to UK journalist Patrick Cockburn: ‘I read the text of the dossier with a scepticism that soon turned into complete disbelief’.

“So what we have is a covey of ‘deep state’ operatives working with the US ‘liberal’ establishment to destroy the Trump presidency, with the prospect of impeachment already being mooted in Washington circles. Why? Because the US needs a deadly enemy and Trump is too close to Russia.

“Huge and powerful economic and ideological interests are tied up in its cold war ideology and we’re talking about America’s gargantuan defence and intelligence budgets. We’re talking about cold war relic NATO, along with the justification for its vast network of political think tanks, all of which are committed to the insane, megalomaniacal idea of the US maintaining strategic dominance at all costs over everyone everywhere.

“Remember the chilling warning issued by former US President Eisenhower prior to leaving office in 1960? ‘…the conjunction of an immense military establishment and a large arms industry is new to the American experience…we must not fail to comprehend its grave implications…we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist.’

“Washington’s power-brokers believe that Russia must be destroyed, including anyone standing in the way, up to and including President Donald J. Trump. Their job is to prepare the American people for an escalation of hostilities between the two nuclear-armed superpowers. As Pilger writes:

“ ‘One of the persistent strands in American political life is a cultish extremism that approaches fascism…reinforced during Obama’s tenure who ‘expanded America’s favourite military pastime of bombing and death squads as no other president has done since the Cold War. In 2016 alone he dropped 26,171 bombs (72 a day) on the world’s poorest people in Afghanistan, Libya, Yemen, Somalia, Syria, Iraq and Pakistan.’

“Maybe Trump will destroy America, whose election has propelled millions out onto the streets. Maybe they’re right. But where were the marching millions when Obama was bombing wedding parties in Kandahar or training jihadists to fight in Syria or aiding and abetting NATO’s onslaught on Libya or plunging Ukraine into fratricidal warfare or providing arms to the Saudis to continue their genocidal war against Yemen?

“Where were they? Taken in by a smooth-talking cosmopolitan snake-charmer like Obama who talks about personal freedom while unleashing the most diabolical violence against ordinary people just going about their business.

“If Hillary had won, the drone strikes would have continued and the wars would have continued with the spillover ripping the EU to shreds. With unprecedented clarity, the CIA threw its weight behind her candidacy.

“I always turn to Cuba for relief where leftist resistance is celebrated, where amazing advances are honoured despite the genocidal US blockade. Obama apologists will point to Cuba as his success story. Not true.

“Opening an embassy was not gutting the blockade which he could have done with an executive order. Exports to Cuba (mostly food) have fallen since restrictions have ‘eased’. Even after ‘restoring relations’, his administration levied billions of fines against French and German companies for ‘blockade violations’. Torture hell Guantanamo is on Cuban soil, which he promised to close and didn’t, and could also have been sorted out by executive order.

“Cuba is genuinely democratic. Anyone can stand for government. Candidates are all local and usually members of the Communist Party because they have the best track record of community work. Once elected, MPs get the same salary as they earned in their previous employment, yet double their work load. They give regular reports to their constituents and can be recalled if they are not up to scratch. The ballot is secret and ballot boxes are guarded by school children in uniform. As people vote they are saluted! Now that’s what I call democracy.


“Joan Coxsedge”

Friday, January 27, 2017

`Harry T. Moore' folk song lyrics

A folk song from December 2016 to mark the 65th anniversary of assassination of Florida NAACP activist Harry T. Moore and his wife, Harriette, on Christmas night in 1951.

On Christmas night
In 1951
A bomb it did explode
And in the house above
Sleeping in his bed
Harry T. Moore was killed.

From Mims, Florida
Its NAACP he led
He fought for the right to vote
And against cops killing prisoners.

His wife, Harriette,
Was also
Injured in the blast
And in a hospital
9 days later
She, too, breathed her last. (chorus)

The murder of the Moores
Some called
A lynching of a special kind
And the Florida police
Never did arrest
The assassins who committed this crime. (chorus)

But thousands rose up
To take the place
Of the martyred Harry T. Moore
And they continue to fight
And they won't give up
Until the racist System falls. (chorus)

Yes, on Christmas night
In 1951
A bomb it did explode
And in the house above
Sleeping in his bed
Harry T. Moore was killed.

Thursday, January 5, 2017

`Marilyn Monroe's Mysterious Death' folk song lyrica

An historical topical folk song from 2016 that revisits and raises some questions about the mysterious death  in California of 1950's Hollywood movie star Marilyn Monroe in August 1962.
Two days before her press conference
Marilyn Monroe was dead
And her notebook diary disappeared
With the star of Hollywood.

They called her "Marilyn Monroe"
And she planned to hold a press conference
To talk about being used
By the Attorney General and the President
To complain about the false words
Which each said to get her into bed
And to reveal what she knew of C.I.A. plots
To kill a Cuban government head. (chorus)

She had thought that "Mr. President"
Would make her the new First Lady
But the White House stopped accepting her calls
When it became too politically risky
And after being passed to the Justice Department
She wrote in her notebook diary
Of her bedroom conversations about covert
C.I.A. activity. (chorus)

No matter how big a movie star
Or how large are the crowds you attract
If you mix in their power game of politics
It can get dangerous to be near the top
They'll exploit your popularity
And spend nights with you secretly
But they'll dump your body quickly
When it threatens "The Company." (chorus)

Monday, December 5, 2016

`If I'll Give You A Rose' folk love song lyrics

A folk love song from the 1960's about both fearing to fall in love and wishing to find romantic love on the Upper West Side of Manhattan.
You've got such long blonde hair
And a mind so rare
And the words you utter
Come through so clear.
And I did realize
When you sat so near
That my heart was warning:
"Look out! Beware!"

Because I don't want to get caught in a web, again,
And I don't want my stream to be exposed.
But if you've got some interest, honey,
Just come to me
And then we will see
If I'll give you a rose.

You've got a way with kids
And you let them live
And they hold your soft hands
With grateful grins.
And in the deep evening
As I lay alone
Your face did appear
With dreams of home.

But I don't want to fall into a well, again,
And I don't want my hopes to be destroyed.
But if you've got some interest, honey
Just come to me
And then we will see
If I'll give you a rose.

You drifted much around
But you never found
Until that kind man
He took you 'round.
And your joy is clear
Beaming through you eyes
And I hear your laughter
As you both stroll by.

So I'm afraid to tell you how I feel, you know,
And all that I can do is write a poem.
But if you've got some interest, honey,
Just come to me
And then we will see
If I'll give you a rose.