Thursday, September 13, 2018

I Love You, Rachel Maddow

A Song by Marc Black: Yeah, yeah, yeah. As Abq Jew has ... ahem ... mentioned a few times before: Songs are dangerous. So it's like every week now?

This week (including Rosh HaShanah) starts the Top Ten Days of Repentance, and Abq Jew is sure there must be good news out there somewhere.

Hurricane Florence, with or without sharks, ain't it.

And then there's Rachel Maddow. Most nights of most weeks, for more than ten (10) years, Rachel has brought us her take on the important events of the day.

Oh - in case you don't know -
Rachel Anne Maddow (born April 1, 1973) is an American television host and political commentator. A liberal, Maddow hosts The Rachel Maddow Show, a nightly television show on MSNBC, and serves as the cable network's special event co-anchor alongside Brian Williams.   
Maddow holds a doctorate in politics from the University of Oxford, and is the first openly lesbian anchor to host a major prime-time news program in the United States.  
Asked about her political views by the Valley Advocate, Maddow replied, "I'm undoubtedly a liberal, which means that I'm in almost total agreement with the Eisenhower-era Republican party platform."
Oh - in case you were wondering -
Maddow's paternal grandfather was from a family of Eastern European Jews (the original family surname being "Medwedof") who self-identified as Polish and Russian at the time of their arrival in the United States. 
Her paternal grandmother was of Dutch (Protestant) descent. Her Canadian mother, originally from Newfoundland and Labrador, has English and Irish ancestry.  
Maddow has stated that her family is "very, very Catholic" and she grew up in a community that her mother has described as "very conservative".

The best thing about The Rachel Maddow Show - in Abq Jew's not-terrifically-humble opinion - is Rachel's nightly 'opening monologue'.

During which Rachel explains - in a careful, step-by-step, easy-to-understand, and - dare Abq Jew say it? - entertaining way, exactly what's going on and why it matters.
She has been called "America's wonkiest anchor" who "cut through the chaos of the Trump administration – and became the most trusted name in the news."  
Maddow has stated that her show's mission is to "Increase the amount of  useful information in the world."
Rachel also asks very good questions.

Yes, Rachel would ask a lot of questions about singer-songwriter Marc Black. To which Abq Jew (after some investigation) would respond
Marc plays a finger-style blues in the traditions of Mississippi Hurt and the great Tim Hardin. Inducted into the New York Chapter of the Blues Hall of Fame in June of 2014, Black has performed and recorded with the likes of Art Garfunkel, Taj Mahal, Richie Havens, Rick Danko and Pete Seeger.  
He was recently named "Folk Artist of the Year" on ABC Radio, and was a winner at the Kerrville Folk Festival.  
Marc's song "No Fracking Way," recorded with John Sebastian, has become a worldwide anthem for the movement, and his Pictures of the Highway disc has reached #6 on the Folk DJ Chart.  
He has been deeply involved in social and environmental justice struggles, including his multimedia "Sing for the Silenced" campaign and his current call for political engagement, "We Will Sing and Beat the Drum."
Marc Black will be soon be performing
in the Land of Enchantment!

Click here for Santa Fe tickets!

And while we are all waiting with bated (not baited) breath to see what wonders our dear friend Bobby Three Sticks reveals next - here (here) is Marc Black's tribute to the one and only Rachel Maddow.

And while we await Hurricane Florence with hope and fear, prayers and trepidation, canned food, flashlights, and bottled water -

These are the headlines we want to see!

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