Singers. The fans love ’em, most musicians can’t stand ’em, but there is something about the sexy, flamboyant narcissism of a rock singer that embodies the artform. This listicle presents the fifty best rock singers, by date of birth. The criteria are: 1. The performer must be primarily a singer, and 2. The principal music genre must be rock. The first criterion eliminates legends like Tom Petty, Elton John, and Bruce Springsteen, who substantially contribute to the music playing instruments. The second criterion eliminates legends like James Brown, Tina Turner, and Carly Simon. …

In 1947, renowned German church historian Oscar Cullmann, published his essay Weihnachten in der alten Kirche (Christmas in the old Church). The essay was translated into English and published in 1956 in a collection of his essays entitled The Early Church (SCM Press, London). This essay is a brief summary of Cullman’s already brief essay.

The Christmas we celebrate each year on December 25 was unknown to the Christians of the first three centuries. …

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After Super Tuesday, when Joe Biden clinched the nomination, I wrote that I would wait to make a decision on who to support, hoping against hope that Biden would do something — anything, to earn my vote. Like millions of progressives, I know my vote is my leverage. My opportunity to move Joe Biden to the left ended today and, as I feared, I failed. Since Super Tuesday, the Biden/Harris campaign has actually moved to the right, reaching out to George Bush-era neoconservative Republicans such as John Kaisch and Rick Snyder, and pushing neoliberal polices such as increasing funding for police and the military. Biden’s already told us his cabinet would be stocked with Republicans, and in that, I believe him. …

In his inaugural address, delivered on the steps of the United States Capitol on January 20, 1961, John F. Kennedy posed a challenge: “Ask not what your country can do for you — ask what you can do for your country.” His soaring rhetoric inspired a generation to devote their lives to public service.

Just kidding. After spending a few years in college being hippies, the Boomers became capitalists, and got rich. Those who volunteered for groups like the Peace Corps parleyed their brief stints in public service into high-powered careers … and got rich.

And guess what? Today, the country — through its government (our government) — is doing plenty for rich Boomers. …

Jennifer Pilchick Perelman is challenging Debbie Wasserman-Schultz for a seat in Congress representing Florida’s 23rd District. Jen is a second-generation native Floridian, born and raised in North Miami Beach. She lives in Davie with her husband, Dr. Jason Perelman and their two teenage boys. She Co-Chairs the Juvenile Justice Committee for the Broward League of Women Voters, does legal work restoring voting rights for disenfranchised citizens, and serves pro bono, as Of Counsel, to Probation Station, an organization committed to helping people transition out of the criminal justice system. The election is currently scheduled for August 18.

Jennifer and I spoke on the telephone on April 27, 2020. DISCLAIMERS: Patrick Goggins is a financial supporter of Jen’s campaign. The interview has been lightly edited for readability.

Bernie Sanders suspended his campaign yesterday. For those of us who were active in the campaign, it was obviously a great disappointment. Still, to be even a small part of a movement that will assuredly have a lasting effect on American politics, and on people’s perception that government can be an instrument of equity for working people, not just a conduit for pumping tax dollars to billionaires and multinational corporations, continues to be edifying.

The question “where do we go from here?” inevitably arises. It became very clear in this cycle that the DNC does not want anything to do with us and, frankly, we want nothing to do with them. The fissures appeared in 2016, but we still made nice, for the kids if you will. …

A slave, according to the OED, is “One who is the property of, and entirely subject to, another person, whether by capture, purchase, or birth; a servant completely divested of freedom and personal rights.”

A slave mentality is having the mind of a slave — that is, thinking like someone who has no freedom or personal rights.

The idea of a slave mentality is worth considering during this election cycle. As someone who supports Bernie Sanders’ campaign, I often tell people about how Bernie’s version of Democratic Socialism builds on FDR’s ideal: Medicare For All; a Green New Deal; a $15 minimum wage; legalizing marijuana; eliminating tax loopholes for billionaires and multinational corporations; scaling back the military industrial complex; tuition-free public college; forgiveness of college and medical debt; public child daycare; strengthened union representation, etc. …

There’s always something good about going to a live show, but sometimes good is great. Sometimes it’s the band and the music, sometimes it’s the magic of the crowd. Sometimes it’s whatever’s going on in my life at the time. But memories get cluttered up, and sometimes we need to sort them out. Here is what, sitting here today, are my favorite concerts. They’re heavily weighted to more recent shows, but it’s always the music magic that keeps me going back.

Ted Nugent and Van Halen, Capital Centre, Landover, MD, 12 August 1978

One of my first concerts. We went to see Ted, but walked out commenting “That guy in the first band was pretty good.” …

One of the few useful things that Donald Trump has contributed to our national conversation is the concept of “fake news.” He was right, but for the wrong reasons. For Trump, news is fake if it does not sufficiently fawn over his fragile ego. In reality, the news we consume is a dangerous stew of fearmongering and corporate groupthink, which has nothing to do with the public interest, and everything to do with scaring the shit out of each and every one of us. It is the path to totalitarianism, and we’re already well on our way.

Does the idea that the corporate media can lead us to totalitarianism alarm you? It should. Do you believe it can? Probably not. That could never happen in America … we live in the land of the free. …

Legal icon Lawrence Tribe recently took a bold stand for civility in the Democratic primaries. Tribe called out a recent comment by Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, saying it was a “slashing and unfair attack.”

Sen. Sanders’ egregious offence? Pointing out differences between his and Sen. Joe Biden’s trade policies. “I helped lead the fight against NAFTA. He voted for NAFTA,” said Bernie. “I helped lead the fight against (normal trade relations) with China. He voted for it. I strongly opposed the Trans-Pacific Partnership. He supported it.”

Shocking stuff, right?

Professor Tribe went on to say that this extreme breach of decorum proves that Sen. Sanders is “anything but a straight shooter.” Of course, this criticism is based solely on Sanders’ extreme breach of the norms of civil debate, and nothing else. Tribe recently collected $435,000 from a coal company to fight environmental reforms, but let’s not quibble over details, this is about civility. …


Patrick Goggins

Lawyer, writer, musician, bon vivant. Born in Flint, Michigan during the Cuban Missile Crisis.

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