The Age of Innocence …..

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The Power of Pagan Women

The patriarchal Church sought to destroy paganism to break the power of its women.

This is a story particularly supported by the more feminist Wiccans. Wicca then becomes a tool through which these members feel they can reclaim their long-suppressed importance and power.

Certainly Medieval Christian Europe was a bad place to be a woman, and the Church just as certainly had few things nice to say about them. But that was a later development in Church history and was influenced as much by culture as culture was being influenced by the Church.

The simple fact is that there has historically always been gender inequality, whether the culture be pagan or Christian. The power of women varies from culture to culture, and it is certainly true that in some of these cultures women wielded considerably more dignity, respect, and power than they did in Medieval…

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If Being White Is So Awesome, Can We Really Blame White People For Being Racist?

How do you feel about this.

Chocolate Vent

I came across this article & thought it was very interesting. If being White is so great, can you blame them for not understanding how it’s not so great for someone who’s isn’t White? I would think not. It’s kind of like expecting Donald Trump’s kids to understand the real definition of the word hungry or for Kareem Abdul Jabbar to know what it’s like to be short. So with that said, if a particular group of people have enjoyed certain advantages in this country (whether intentional or not), how can we honestly expect them to wholly understand what it’s like for people who are not in that same group? It ain’t gonna happen folks.

Of course, I’m not justifying racism. Surely there are some things that are just blatantly racist – name calling, stereotyping, etc. – but there are other racist behaviors that are not so clear cut. Asking…

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North Carolina GOP Official Who Called Blacks ‘Lazy’ In Daily Show Voter ID Interview Resigns

He deserved to lose his job.

The Fifth Column

This article was scheduled for posting this morning.  I apologize for the delay…


The guy being interviewed is one of many officials in North Carolina that have given Black students in particular North Carolina precincts, voting problems beyond belief for this day and age.  Good riddance is the nice way of watching this man’s exit from the NC legislation process.

The Huffington Post

A Republican precinct official in North Carolina resigned from his position Thursday, after The Daily Show aired a segment on the state’s voter ID lawin which he criticized “lazy black people that wants the government to give them everything.”

Don Yelton stepped down from his position in the Buncombe County Republican Party, Buncombe GOP Chairman Henry Mitchell told WRAL.

“When I was a young man you didn’t call a black a black,” Yelton said during the interview. “You called him a negro.”

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Joe Scutella

Joe Scutella has been writing songs ever since he put down a baseball in college in the mid seventies and picked up a guitar. From his embryonic performances back then at Fast Eddies in Bellingham Washington, through countless gigs in clubs, colleges, concert halls, festivals, and the occasional living room since, Joe has been singing and playing his own brand of American music. From his early days with Boston’s Frederick-Martin band and DC’s Bob Ortiz and Winterwood, to his own bands and as a soloist, Joe has performed throughout the country. He has been a featured performer and finalist in the new folk series of both the Kerrville folk festival (twice) and the Napa valley music festival. Joe was the winner of the Lyric theater song writer series in South Florida in 1993. An honor which lead him to a publishing deal with Senter Music in Nashville in 1994. In 94 Joe moved from South Florida to Nashville to pursue song writing full time. A couple of years later he was making a name for himself, working with producer Clyde Brooks, writing exclusively for NotStock music, and eventually for EMI. He continued writing for the country and Americana market with Talbott music before forming his own company in 2003. Joe continues to work with many luminary artists and writers, like Pat Alger, Kent Agee, Patricia Conroy, a promising young new artist Nathan Douglas, Sean Patrick McGraw and many other well known Nashville singer-songwriters. His songs have been recorded by many, including Americana artists like Donal Hinely and Ross Falzone; alt-country artists Steve Fox and Ric and Brian Butler; Universal recording artist Gabbie Nolen, and pop-R&B singers like Billy Joyce and Melodie Crittenden, as well as many many others. Joe’s 1999 release “Love is a train” was his first solo project. That was followed in 2010 by his second release, Hang in there. He is busy writing and promises yet another follow up soon. In the meantime Joe performs occasionally at venues around Nashville like the Blue Bird Cafe and the Douglas Corner Cafe, other local music venues and selective dates around the country. Joe also heads the Jupiter Inlet Music Group and Village Idiot Music publishing in Nashville.Here’s what some others have had to say about Joe:
“Joe Scutella is one of my favorite collaborators, he is a wellspring of creative energy straight from his heart, a fact that will soon be known to everyone.” Pat Alger, 1992 ASCAP songwriter of the year
“Joe’s music is guitar driven and his playing oozes soul.” ~George Ducas~ Alt-Country music artist & songwriter
“One of Nashville’s best kept secrets.” ~Robert K Oermann~
Scutella minces folk, blues, country and rock seamlessly. He is a great American songwriter.” ~John Greene~ Stuart weekly, Stuart Fla.
“Joe’s one of those guys… when you hear him play some song or another that he wrote…. you say to yourself… I wish I had written that.” ~Gail Davies~ Country Artist-Songwriter

 Joe has been a friend of mine since the late 70’s, He is a very talented song writer and musician. In addition to guitar, he plays percussion also. I can remember him setting fire to a song with his percussion. Dancing to the bands he played with. I wanted to share his magic with you.

Joe lives in Nashville and he performs live and well as making videos. I hope all of you enjoy his music as much as I have over the years. He is a very talented and good man.