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Song Of The Day: Dec. 14, 2017

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I had no doubt about my choice for Best Song Of 2014.  Every bit as timely now as it was then. Perhaps more.  But first, the 2014 countdown: http://www.delawareliberal.net/2014/12/30/bulos-fave-tunes-of-2014-the-top-ten/ Here’s what American Songwriter wrote about this song: “Alynda Lee Segarra takes more than 100 years of murder ballads to task on this standout from Hurray […]

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WDEL Gets The KHN Harassment Report

Filed in Delaware, Featured by on December 13, 2017 12 Comments

Great hed on Amy Cherry’s must-read piece: “Do You Need To Call Your Mommy?” I know it’s not politic to say so, but NCC Council President Karen Hartley-Nagle appears to be mentally and emotionally unfit to hold office.  Her personal skills don’t seem to have advanced beyond the petulance of adolescence. She’s costing the taxpayers […]

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Song Of The Day: Dec. 13, 2017

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Two great roots songs top what was quite the eclectic list of Best Songs of 2013. Both of them chill-inducing. First, here are the countdown articles: http://www.delawareliberal.net/2013/12/24/el-somnambulos-25-favorite-songs-of-2013/ http://www.delawareliberal.net/2013/12/26/el-somnambulos-favorite-songs-of-2013-the-top-ten/ I’m gonna post both #’s 1 and 2 b/c, depending on the day, I went back and forth on which would wind up on top. I still […]

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Alabama Senate Race Open Thread

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All signs point to a razor-thin race.  Here’s one sign: Exit polls show men voting for Moore by a 57-40 margin and women voting for Jones by a 57-42 margin. Earliest results have Jones up, but with less than 4000 votes in. Not statistically significant.

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Song Of The Day: Dec. 12, 2017

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We continue our visit to Songs Of The Year Past. 2012. First, here is the 2012 Countdown, presented in two parts: http://www.delawareliberal.net/2012/12/11/bulos-best-songs-of-2012-part-1/ http://www.delawareliberal.net/2012/12/12/best-songs-of-2012-the-top-10/ I really like this list, and love the #1, a white hot slab of adrenaline that Husker Du would have been proud to release:

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Who Are Your Choices For MVP (Most Valuable to the Progressive Cause) And LVP?

Filed in Delaware, Featured, National by on December 12, 2017 6 Comments

I just don’t have the heart to try and cobble together an MVP list this year.  The year sucked, locally and nationally. Worst year ever.  I believe our democracy is imperiled, and I have abandoned any hope that those who pass for state leaders will lead. So, it’s up to you.  Who provided you with […]

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Song Of The Day: Dec. 11, 2017

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As I prepare this year’s list of my 50 Fave Songs, I figured I’d check back on my #1 choices from years past. Starting, of course, in reverse chronological order. Wonder how they’ll stand the test of time. From 2011: Since my #2 was so distinctly different, and since I seriously considered it for #1, […]

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Song Of The Day: Dec. 10, 2017

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I love it when an impromptu Tex-Mex week breaks out.  Let’s dance the week out in style with Joe ‘He’s The King!’ Carrasco:    

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Song Of The Day: Dec. 9, 2017

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One of the great characters in rock ‘n roll history  created one of the most memorable Tex-Mex classics.  BTW, the song was not about his cat.  If you wanna sing along, here are the lyrics: Uno, dos, one, two, tres, quatro Matty told Hatty about a thing she saw. Had two big horns and a […]

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Delaware Political Weekly: Dec. 1-7, 2017

Filed in Delaware, Featured by on December 8, 2017 22 Comments

1. Looks Like It’s Sturgeon Vs. Lavelle In SD 4.  With Dan Cruse’s withdrawal from the race for family reasons,  the stage is now set for an epic showdown between Rethug mouthpiece/obstructionist Greg Lavelle and insurgent Laura Sturgeon.  Make no mistake. This is a winnable race.  There are now more registered D’s than R’s in […]

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Song Of The Day: Dec. 8, 2017

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Went looking for Raul Malo‘s version of ‘Is Anybody Goin’ To San Antone?’, per Bamboozer’s comment. Couldn’t find it, but found this one, and it cooks:  

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Tom Carper: Senate’s Biggest Hypocrite?

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Tom Carper: Senate’s Biggest Hypocrite?

 “Did I slap my wife 20 years ago? Yes. Do I regret it? Yes. Would I do it again? No.” That is a quote from Tom Carper. From this article.  An article that paints Carper as the victim of unfounded charges.  He admits he knocked around his first wife. (His enablers: ‘She was crazy, you […]

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Song Of The Day: Dec. 7, 2017

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Had to do it, had to do it. Check out the Kinky Friedman shoutout: OK, kids, Trivia Time. Without looking it up, who had the first hit with this song?  If you know, you’re more country than me. Which, come to think of it, isn’t all that difficult.

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Democrat Dan Cruse Ends Campaign For SD 4 Seat

Filed in Delaware, Featured by on December 6, 2017 2 Comments

Citing family matters, Democrat Dan Cruse today announced that he will end his campaign for the nomination to challenge incumbent R Greg Lavelle in SD 4. Cruse’s withdrawal leaves Laura Sturgeon as the only announced D candidate in the 4th SD. His statement: As we’ve walked and talked with residents across the district, our campaign […]

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One Legislative Race I’d Love To See

Filed in Delaware, Featured by on December 6, 2017 10 Comments
One Legislative Race I’d Love To See

OK, let’s see. We’ve got a D House Speaker who is a DINO and would-be statewide power broker.  We’ve got an R State Senator whose personal reputation has been damaged and who represents the only Sussex SD with a D voting edge. We have a would-be statewide elected official who has or had strong relationships […]

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Song Of The Day: Dec. 6, 2017

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Don’t get no more Tex-Mex than the Texas Tornados: Doug ‘Sir Douglas’ Sahm, Augie Meyers, Freddy Fender and Flaco Jimenez:

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Song Of The Day: Dec. 5, 2017

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Just a great bleeping song. Written by Butch Hancock, performed by Joe Ely and a  blistering band. The Clash liked them so much they had them open for them in the early ’80’s:

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Song Of The Day: Dec. 4, 2017

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Why this song? It entered my head yesterday, and refused to leave. Real life? Perhaps at one time…:

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Song Of The Day: Dec. 3, 2017

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We end Underground Motown Week with a great underappreciated classic from 1967.  Written by Smokey Robinson, performed by the Marvelettes. Lead singer Wanda Young-Rogers was married to Miracles’ member Bobby Rogers for awhile, and has lived a hard life: BTW, betcha can’t guess who covered this song. Someone who knew a great song when she […]

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‘Bulo’s Fave Tunes: November, 2017

Filed in Arts and Entertainment, Featured by on December 2, 2017 0 Comments

Last list before I put together my Best Of The Year extravaganza. I feel the anticipation mounting already.  Here are some new ones that might or might not make the final cut: OK, well THAT one’s a shoo-in. Seriously chill-inducing.  

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Song Of The Day: Dec. 2, 2017

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Today’s Motown Underground Week Question: Who was Marvin Taplin? Well, kids, Taplin was a Motown rarity. A guitar player who was not a member of the Funk Brothers, he was a full-fledged member of the Miracles.  He was responsible for the gorgeous riff that opens and then runs through ‘Tracks Of My Tears’. He also […]

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Delaware Political Weekly: Nov. 24-30, 2017

Filed in Delaware, Featured by on December 1, 2017 3 Comments

1. Tizzy Lockman Brings The Beef. I’m calling it. She’s gonna win. On merit. And on organization.  In an era of substance-free campaigns, she is the exception.  Check out her priorities, among three e-blasts I got from her campaign this week: http://lockmanforsenate.org/issues/ Oh, and you’ll notice, nothing negative at all.  I cannot stress strongly enough […]

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Song Of The Day: Dec. 1, 2017

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Underground Motown Week today features Brenda Holloway. If this song doesn’t sound like a typical Motown single, it’s b/c she originally recorded it in 1962 for the Del-Fi label.  Motown signed her and convinced her to re-record it, which she did…in LA. Hadn’t even turned eighteen yet.  Although Holloway only stayed with Motown for three […]

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Song Of The Day: Nov. 30, 2017

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Underground Motown Week brings you the very sad story of Rodger Penzabene. The Motown songwriter found out that his wife had cheated on him, became inconsolable, wrote the lyric for this melancholy classic based on his own experience, and then committed suicide on New Year’s Eve, 1967, a week after the song was released: An […]

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Song Of The Day: Nov. 29, 2017

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Underground Motown Week continues. Written by Ivy (not Ivory) Joe Hunter and a very young Stevie Wonder, this 4 Tops song was adopted by The Band, who I saw do it as an encore back in 1971 at the Syracuse War Memorial. The concerts I saw back then were what I loved most about college. […]

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