Monday, July 15, 2013

I Hear Post-Racial America Singing

Who could have predicted?

From yesterday's S.F. EXAMINER:

Classic Rock Musician Lester Chambers Assaulted on Stage at Blues Festival

Dylan Chambers, son of music icon Lester Chambers [of the Chambers Brothers], has just posted (6 pm PST) on Facebook, Saturday, July 13, 2013:

“Dylan Here.... Lester was just assaulted on stage at The Russell City Hayward Blues Festival by a crazed woman after dad dedicated ‘People Get Ready’ to Trayvon Martin. He is on the way to the hospital now.”

UPDATE: A Florida jury has just pre-emptively convicted Chambers, 73, of assaulting the woman's fist with his face.

Okay, obviously I made up that last bit. But the rest of it is appallingly real. The good news is that Chambers is recovering.

Look, as I have said here on many previous occasions, I am well aware that the title of this blog is PowerPop, not Pissed Off Old Bolshie. So I'm not going to pontificate at any length about what I think about the events of last weekend in Florida. Or the SCOTUS decision on the Civil Rights Act. Or those insane gun laws in Florida and elsewhere.

Okay, actually, on the gun laws I'll let Steve Earle speak for me.

I will, however, recall the words of the great Charles Pierce, who has been saying the following since the day Trayvon Martin was murdered:

Nothing good will come of this whole affair. Nothing.

[h/t The Kenosha Kid]


Smitty Werbenmanjensen said...

I would like to see you write a blog called Pissed Off Old Bolshie.

Gummo said...


Brooklyn Girl said...

I want him to write his damn book.

And this is a sad story ---

Billy B said...

Pissed Off Old Bolshie


Time Has Come Today was a big hit when I was in the 7th grade during 2 a day football practices. Always brings back memories.

Anonymous said...

Film of said occurence:

Vickie Rock

Alzo said...

In most states, he would have been convicted of involuntary manslaughter and gotten 2-5. Bad decisions by both parties, but the guy should have backed off as instructed by the real cop. Got himself in deep trouble and had to shoot his way out of it. Jackass.

Anonymous said...

And another angle:

Vickie Rock

Anonymous said...

Seems like the Chambers incident could have been avoided had the festival hired private security. It appears there was none. Pretty stupid.

As far as the other matter, it's a tragedy. But what is more tragic is how it's being exploited by those who stand to gain power through fomenting further racial division. Even sadder than this is seeing how easy it is to get people to take the bait.

Fuck it! In the end logic will prevail over hysteria. Until then, I'm gonna listen to Jules and the Polar Bears to drown out the idiot wind.

Vickie Rock