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Saturday November 27, 2010: This week's music and news

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Thanks so much to Maureen Neville who brought you contemperary folk these past two weeks.  Maureens knowledge from running the band box, and her radio show Riverside Cafe make her a great host.
This week's music and news.

Former U.S. House Majority Leader Tom DeLay, once one of the most powerful and feared Republicans in Congress, was convicted Wednesday on charges that he illegally funneled corporate money to Texas candidates in 2002.

1. David Ippolito - Where'dat Money Go - Common Ground -
corporate money messes

For the past week, the Obama administration has been trying to lure Israel into a 90-day freeze on settlement construction in the West Bank so that the Palestinians will return to direct talks broken off when the last freeze ended in September.

2. Pete Morton - Two Brothers - Swarthmoor -
metaphor of a parent talking to two fightingting brothers

This week, announcement from London that prince William will marry Kate Middleton. True, William did not use the word love when referring to his bride-to-be. Nor did he sound like the most romantic person ever when he described how their friendship had blossomed into something else: “We just spent more time with each other and had a good giggle.” Also, he added, he liked Kate’s “really naughty sense of humor.”
Diana Spencer was 19 and had no idea what she was in for when she got engaged; Miss Middleton is 28 and has had a great deal of time to ponder the potential consequences of marrying into a family not known for its high levels of emotional intelligence. But she clearly feels ready. “It’s been how many years?” she joked in the interview, referring to a courtship so long it earned her the catty tabloid nickname Waity Katie.  “I’m willing to learn quickly and work hard,” the future bride said.

3. Christine Lavin - Prince Charles - Live at Cactus Cafe - Philo
"I'm never going to get to be the furture 'Queen of England' blues'

A college student from Arizona State University named Bryan  Belanger this past week lost his backpack containing his computer and 3300 bucks cash he had to buy a new car. Five days after losing it, Dave Tally, a homeless man who lives on the streets of Tempe, Az, returned the money and computer.
Tally said "There are many things I could have taken care of but the fact of the matter was it was not my money. I didn't earn it."

4. Michael McNevin - Secondhand Story - Secondhand Story - Muddpuddle Music
A guy finds a bag in a secondhand shop and hoping what he feels in a pocket is money.

Target was a stray dog in Aghganistan who saved soldiers from a suicide bomber. Terry Young saved up to fly Target ot the US to live with him. He even appeared on Oprah recently. Tragicly Target was accidently put to sleep this week at an animal shelter. There are many contemporary folk singers writing about strong bonds between animals and people

5. James Keelaghan - Sinatra and I - Home - Appleseed
"There he sat curled up back in the corner... he strolled out of the kennel and into my life"

President Obama awarded the Medal of Honor to Army Staff Sergeant Salvatore Giunta last week.  Giunta, now 25  is an Iowa native, was given the award for repeatedly running into enemy fire to save American lives in the Valley of Death in Aghanistan, and rescue a fellow soldier from the Taliban three years ago.

Guinta was modest.  " be with so many people doing so much stuff and then to be singled out - and put forward. I mean, everyone did something. Okay, someone wrote about this, and then someone else approved it. And then a story was told and handshakes were made, and then sooner or later, I'm talkin' to the president of the United States. I don't see how that happened."

"This is only one moment," he added. "I don't think I did anything that anyone else I was with wouldn't have done. I was in a position to do it. That was what needed to be done. So that's what I did."

All nine of the Medals of Honor awarded previously for conduct since the end of the Vietnam War have gone to members of the military who fell in the line of duty, including three awarded by Mr. Obama. It has been almost 40 years since the award was given to someone who was not killed in action.  “If I’m a hero, every man that stands around me, every woman in the military, everyone who goes into the unknown is a hero,” he says. “So if you think that’s a hero – as long as you include everyone with me.” 

He used an analogy of painting a picture. He said he was the first or last brush-stroke. He was just one brush-stroke in the picture and had all the other guys not painted their brush-strokes than his wouldn’t have mattered.  He said he hopes to convey to the world how great the ‘average Soldier’ is.

6. Kate Powers - Travis John - Pearls: Collection of Songs -
"I was a boy full of promise, bull of freedom"

Speaking of Heroes, CNN had their annual night of honoring heroes. there were ten honored, and we will hear a musical commentary by subject after a quick bio on each.

7. Chuck McCabe - Contractor - Creatures of Habit In a World of Change - TrueWind Music
"I've put a roof over your head in every town in this nation"

8.Tom Russell - Hills of Juarez - Borderland - Hightone records
"we can run some cocaine powder right by the custom's booth"
"isn't this a rush, when you're running through the gunfire"

9. Mr. Rogers: Speaking about his heroes -  The World according to Mister Rogers - Audeo
starting with Atlas, holding up the world, In 1944 I was a weak 16 year old. My next hero was a big man on campus in our high school. A letter man with all A's. He goes on to list Ghandi, Jane Adams, Albert Schweitzer, Bo Lozoff,  [ ], Yo Yo Ma, and others who care about beauty and refuses to bow to fast loud sensationalism and greed. 
He says "Recently I've added an unknown hero to my list, the person who drives the car with sign that reads "vintage volunteer, home delivered meals"
So they are some of my heros now. The kind of people that help us realize that biggest doesnt necessarily mean best. That the important things in life are inside things like feelings and wonder and love. The ultimate happiness is being able to help our neighbour become a hero too.

10. Miss Amy  - Do You Know Your Muscles? - Music to Get you moving! -
Fitness Rock and Roll

11. Lynn Miles - Little Bird - Fall For Beauty - True North -

"Little Bird" was inspired by a well-known Canadian Doctor called Gabor Mate who's work deals mainly with helping drug addicts in Vancouver's very impoverished East Hastings area.   The song is very hopeful, and Lynn wrote it to try and give people dealing with addiction an uplifting message.

Anuradha Koirala is fighting to prevent the trafficking and sexual exploitation of Nepal's women and girls. Since 1993, she and her group, Maiti Nepal, have helped rescue and rehabilitate more than 12,000 victims. 

12. Cosy Sheridan - Bikini on a Billboard - Anthymn - Wind River
"...a bikini on a billboard 50 feet tall, spreading her legs, over us all"
"how come little girls disappear in parking lots"

13.  Artisan - Dream Home - Breathing Space - Festival Records
"doors make you feel safe, but not from the outside when you're homeless"

14. Susan Werner - Help Somebody - Gospel Truth - Sleeve Dog Records
When you've got enough to give away, well it's the only way to live

15. Sue and Dwight - Lucky Me - Little Child Big world -
"Lucky Me, Ive got more than I need.......the world is one, we share the same sun"

Harmon Parker
is using his masonry skills to save lives. Since 1997 he has helped build 45 footbridges over perilous rivers in Kenya, protecting people from flash floods and predatory animals. The bridges also connect isolated villagers to valuable resources.

16. Terry Kitchen - Build a bridge from Both sides - Summer to Snowflakes -
"The only way across when the water is wide"

Aki Ra
is helping to make his native Cambodia safer by clearing land mines -- many of which he planted years ago as a child soldier. Since 1993, he and his Cambodian Self Help Demining organization have cleared about 50,000 mines and unexploded weapons. 

David Rovics - Ballad of a Cluster Bomb - Hang a Flag in the Window -
"This Farmer's field is where I nest"  one step sealed their fate

17. Bruce Cockburn - Mines of Mozambique - Charity of Night -

18. Magpie and Kim and Reggie harris - Give Light - Appleseed
"Give light and people will find the way...."

Local heroicness:  from nov. 23rd NYTimes
Liberty High School grad, Amarynth Sichel, now sells grilled cheese to Columbia students at night for charity. "I was a devout grilled cheese-maker in high school, so for me, joining FeelGood was a must," said Sichel. "I have always been committed to groups that are dedicated to uplifting the world. When you know you're working for your global family, that's a powerful motivator."

Local environmental activist John H. Adams [whose son Ramsey lives locally now Catskill
was awarded the Medal of Freedom along with maya angelo, warren bufft]
Rolling Stone writes: "If the planet has a lawyer, it's John Adams."

"These outstanding honorees come from a broad range of backgrounds and they've excelled in a broad range of fields, but all of them have lived extraordinary lives that have inspired us, enriched our culture, and made our country and our world a better place. I look forward to awarding them this honor."

John H. Adams co-founded the Natural Resources Defense Council in 1970. Adams served as Executive Director and, later, as president of the nonprofit environmental advocacy group until 2006. His tenure is unparalleled by the leader of any other environmental organization.

Erin Brockovich is back in the news, and back to work on Hinkley, Where Residents Claim New Chromium Problems
An environmental contamination case that made paralegal Erin Brockovich famous, after she was portrayed by actress Julia Roberts in a Oscar-winning movie about the litigation, may not be over yet.

Some residents around Hinkley, Calif., say they're experiencing new problems with hexavalent chromium-tainted groundwater, after a contaminated plume spread beyond a containment area established in 2008 by Pacific Gas & Electric Co., according to state officials. Among those who claim they are suffering again is a lead plaintiff who worked with Brockovich to get the ball rolling on the original case, reports the Los Angeles Times in a lengthy article.

It resulted in a $333 million settlement by PG&E in 1997 to 660 Hinkley residents.

Now, says Roberta Walker, "there is a poisonous plume moving towards me, like a plague" at the new home she bought several miles away from her former residence with the nearly $1 million she got from the settlement. But "Erin told me not to worry. She said she'll take care of me."

However, work that the utility has been doing to remediate the area has had a positive effect, according to Robert Doss, a PG&E principal engineer. And, while the paramenters of the plume may shift from time to time and families understandably may worry, the plume isn't growing overall and concerns about health issues may be exaggerated, he says.

A hearing is scheduled in May.  Not settled from 1997, back in the news 2010.

19. Patty Larkin - Metal drums - In the Square - Philo
The other side of time....every other woman died of cancer

November 22 1963 JFK was assasinated

20. Steve Gilette - Two Men in the Building -Texas and Tennessee - Redwing

The first Thanksgiving was held in the fall of 1621, sometime between September 21 and November 11, and was a three-day feast. The Pilgrims were joined by approximately 90 of the local Wampanoag tribe, including Chief Massasoit, in celebration. They ate fowl and deer for certain and most likely also ate berries, fish, clams, plums, and boiled pumpkin.

t wasn't until October 1777 that all 13 colonies celebrated a day of Thanksgiving. The very first national day of Thanksgiving was held in 1789, when President George Washington proclaimed Thursday, November 26 to be "a day of public thanksgiving and prayer," to especially give thanks for the opportunity to form a new nation and the establishment of a new constitution.

Yet even after a national day of Thanksgiving was declared in 1789, Thanksgiving was not an annual celebration.  On October 3, 1863, Lincoln issued a Thanksgiving Proclamation that declared the last Thursday in November (based on Washington's date) to be a day of "thanksgiving and praise." For the first time, Thanksgiving became a national, annual holiday with a specific date
So when FDR announced his Thanksgiving Proclamation in 1939, he declared the date of Thanksgiving to be Thursday, November 23, the second-to-last Thursday of the month. There were holidays and football games already planned and this caused much confusiion, so as to cuase two thanksgiving dates. On December 26, 1941, Congress passed a law declaring that Thanksgiving would occur every year on the fourth Thursday of November.

21. Kritina Olsen - Thanksgiving/ Thankful - All Over Down Under - take a Break Productions

22. Steve Cohen - Home for the Holdiays - Silent Too Long -

23. Stan Freberg - Thanksgiving Story - United States of America Vol 1 & 2. - Rhino

24. Herdman, Hills, Mangsen - Uncle dave's Grace - At the Turning of the year - hand and Heart Music

25. John McCutcheon - Thanksgiving Day - Autumnsongs - Rounder

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