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I Was Born This Way: A Proud Democrat

In honor of Friday being a great day for disco, Dimitri from Paris upcoming release of the comp Get Down with the Philly Sound, and the House voting to add an amendment to a bill for the eventual (and at the discretion of the Armed Forces brass) end of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, here is Carl Bean’s “I Was Born This Way.”

Carl Bean, “I Was Born This Way”

Proud as a Democrat that no Democrat Reps voted against. Ashamed as an American that 194 Republicans did (only five voted for, including Ron “This guy is a queer!” Paul).

And a reminder, Mr. President, they answer to our laws, not their own:

Therefore, in May 1949 the Fahy Committee [a civilian board created by Truman] proposed opening all army jobs and schools to qualified personnel without regard to race or color, assigning all Army personnel according to ability and need, and abolishing the racial quota. In contrast, the Chamberlin Board [an Armed Forces commissioned board] … concluded that increased opportunities for colored soldiers would adversely affect the fighting spirit and morale of the Army in general.

[The Integration of Negro and White Troops, 1956]

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What's not to like about a Cubby?

You know, those teacher-assigned box-shaped things that seemed to hold our future and any chance of elementary school happiness in the balance. There was always the kid who was somehow missing a shoe and getting yelled at for lingering behind at lunchtime. Probably, our early cubbies could have tracked who would grow up to be neat and messy adults.

Or, you know, some band that makes nonsensical references to cubbies and which there is little to no information about online.

Here’s an energetic celebration of Friday by what I think is San Franciscoan The Cubby Creatures. The album, After the Deprogramming, is pretty good, too.

The Cubby Creatures, “Static Fuzz”

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