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Genki Hikari

Genki Hikari's Journal
Genki Hikari's Journal
January 6, 2023

The Speaker debacle will end

When the donor class finally has enough. They want more tax breaks and more regulations erased, and they especially want to get their claws into Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid and the ACA by taking the wrecking ball to all of them.

Too much money to make with the r thugs in charge of even one chamber of Congress, so they won't let this go on much longer. The donors will eventually call their favorite poodles in the r thug caucus and tell them that the spigot will go stone dry if they don't get a Speaker installed, and soon.

January 1, 2023

Since I don't trust the r thugs to keep the J6 Committee Report

Site up and running, I've submitted all of the major parts of it to archive.ph. So if it goes down, people can find the alternate links for all of the report.

NOTE: This is a long list of the entire report, broken down by major headings (intro, chapters, recommendations, appendices), with the original links followed by the archived links.

J6 Committee Report Important Links

Introduction/Home Page


Alternate Page: https://archive.ph/BbdFc

Chapter 1: The Big Lie


Alternate Page: https://archive.ph/6s3Z0

Chapter 2: “I Just Want to Find 11780 Votes”


Alternate Page: https://archive.ph/DxvhQ

Chapter 3: Fake Electors and the “The President of the Senate” Strategy


Alternate Page: https://archive.ph/w7hWX

Chapter 4: “Just Call It Corrupt and Leave It to Me”


Alternate Page: https://archive.ph/E9QX9

Chapter 5: “A Coup in Search of a Legal Theory"


Alternate Page: https://archive.ph/TK67R

Chapter 6: “Be There, Will Be Wild”


Alternate Page: https://archive.ph/OY0Wn

Chapter 7: 187 Minutes of Dereliction


Alternate Page: https://archive.ph/NkTMY

Chapter 8: Analysis of the Attack


Alternate Page: https://archive.ph/YvrQf



Alternate Page: https://archive.ph/ZZjIV



Alternate Page: https://archive.ph/zrN6v


So take it down, r thugs, for all the good it will do you.

The Internet is FOREVER.

November 20, 2022

Luckiest Music Generation: Seals & Croft - Hummingbird

I'm having a bad diabetes day, so this will be a short post.

Today's song is about some B'nai Brith religious icon, but, despite that, it's still a gorgeous tune. Try getting something like this playing on a modern Top 40 station today.

Won't happen.

November 20, 2022

Luckiest Music Generation: Santana - Oye Como Va

It speaks for itself:

And, just because it wasn't a top 40 tune, but is still my favorite Santana song and performance, I'll throw in this bonus video, with the FULL Michael Shreve drum solo.




And he was all of, what, 20, 21 at the time?

Edited to add the correct video. Don't know how I got the wrong one in there.
November 19, 2022

Luckiest Music Generation: Bruce Hornsby - The Way It Is

Because it's as relevant today as it was in 1986:

November 17, 2022

Luckiest Music Generation: Curtis Mayfield - Get Down

One of the weird things about growing up as a dumb white kid in the South is that we actually have good access to black culture, if we're willing to make the effort to appreciate what's right there.

I don't know about now, but, back in the day, most middling Southern towns had a "black" station that played all the cool stuff that was popular in the black community, but somehow stuck in the lower reaches of the usual Billboard Top 100. So kinda popular with white people...but not.

Yet we dumb hicks could get what was burning up the R&B charts, without even having to live in an urban area.

Curtis Mayfield in the early 70s, when I was really getting into music, was one of THE big stars on the old black AM station in my town. Most white people only knew him for "Freddy's Dead," but then there was the rest of his catalog that sorta got ignored outside of the black community. Incredible stuff like this amazing, funky tune that could have been huge on Top 40, if given better air play:

Bonus: The line dance to "Get Down" on a memorable episode of Soul Train:

You can tell this is 1971 by the hot pants and shortness of the women's dresses. And holy cow, but Don Cornelius's jacket is EVERYTHING that was so-bad-it's-good 70s fashion.
November 16, 2022

Luckiest Music Generation: Rolling Stones - Gimme Shelter

The song that turned out to be a signal that the 60s were, if not dead, then getting there in a hurry. It sums up how just plain tired everyone was from long years of war, protest and chaos--they wanted shelter from the storm. Literally.

"Gimme Shelter" also has the all-time greatest guest vocal from Merry Clayton, who got hauled out of bed in the middle of the night--curlers in her hair and 4 months pregnant, to do a last-minute recording session. Even her voice cracking twice only makes the intensity and desperation in the lyrics downright harrowing, driving home the song's message with electrifying power. She took a good RS song into the land of the epic with her bravura performance.

I had to include Ms Clayton's look back on her achievement:

That's from the documentary film, Twenty Feet from Stardom, focusing on legendary backup singers. If you haven't seen it, what are you waiting for? Get it and watch it. NOW.
November 16, 2022

Luckiest Music Generation: The Miracles - (I'm Just a) Love Machine

Yeah, it's silly and not terribly deep, but the harmonies are dang good. Not bad dance moves, either.

I also needed the laugh, and the hot pink suits and tacky 70s decor of this video always does that for me.

November 15, 2022

Luckiest Music Generation: England Dan & John Ford Coley - Love Is the Answer

Todd Rundgren composed the song. England Dan & John Ford Coley threw in a gospel-esque choral bridge, performed by the Jim Gilstrap Singers, and took it somewhere entirely new and epic.

A good cover of an already-lovely Rundgren tune.
November 13, 2022

Luckiest Music Generation: Chicago - Just You and Me

I'm afraid to say much on DU these days, after getting dinged for telling the truth, and being called a peddler of right wing smears on top of it. When I did no such thing.

So I'll just leave this here, and let people say whatever they want about it.

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