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Republicans “Bum Rush” America with Vote-O-Rama Cabinet Hearings

Kathy Brocks, ACAW Editor, LUTG RADIO Host, Lyft/Uber Driver

Kathy Brocks, ACAW Editor, LUTG RADIO Host, Lyft/Uber Driver

by Kathy Brocks

Rachel Maddow of MSNBC pointed out an aggressive media campaign concocted by President Elect Donald Trump and the Republican party in how they chose to hold six Presidential Cabinet Confirmation hearings all on January 11, 2017.  Mitch McConnell called for a Vote-O-Rama on January 11, 2017, where votes are taken on a large number of bills simultaneously which also includes the repeal of the Healthcare act also known as Obama care.
President Elect Donald Trump conveniently decided to hold first press conference on January 11, 2017,  seven months since last press conference in  July of 2016 when Donald Trump invited Russia to find the Hillary Clinton’s lost emails.

The streets call this”Bum Rushing”, although normally “Bum Rushing” is a group of people coming at one person.  But this :”Bum Rush is our elected officials “Bum Rushing” the American people they were elected to represent particularly those who did not vote for them.  It’s hard to oppose one issue when many are thrown at you all at once.

This “Bum Rush” begins on January 10, 2017 with the controversial hearing of Jeff Sessions, former Attorney General who falsely claimed to have worked on civil rights cases.  Lawyers who worked the cases said no significant contributions by Jeff Sessions.  Sessions name was added to documents cause Sessions was the Attorney General at the time of filings. You can see this on the 01/05/2017 Rachel Maddow Show on MSNBC.

January 10, 2017 is the same day President Barack Obama gives last farewell address to the nation from Chicago, Illinois, where President Barack Obama began his political career organizing communities with grass-roots door to door canvassing finding out the needs of the people and obtaining solutions.  This is a major event for mainstream media.  Democrats are to request to have confirmations spread out over a few days  for this six-pack of controversial nominees so that a full investigation can be conducted by republicans and democrats in a bipartisan effort. But since the last eight years has been a “Campaign of No”, it’s not likely that the democratic party requests will be honored.

Rachel Maddow is righteously outraged at this aggressive media campaign strategy Bum Rush.  This type of strategy makes it virtually impossible for major media outlets to cover every confirmation because it’s all happening at the same time and main media will focus on Donald Trump, President Elect.  This seems to be another attempt to control what America is allowed to hear and see.  President Elect Donald Trump often calls media, the enemy. But the President Elect appears to be the enemy of himself and the people.  Trump is a savant at controlling what gets talked about concerning his desires.  Trump has discounted truths continuously by saying things like it never happened or the media lies as he did during the 2016 Presidential Campaign.  So, in order to get things right and cover it all, Podcastors, you are needed at the confirmation hearings to record with video and audio.  Get interviews from the politicians investigating the nominees for Donald Trump’s Presidential Cabinet.  Interview the nominees.

This is the list of names for the January 10th and January 11, 2017  Presidential Cabinet hearings:

Jeff Sessions, Attorney General, Department of Justice Nominee, Hearing scheduled for 01/10/2017 and 01/11/2017 at 9:30am

01/11/2017 Hearings scheduled for names below:

Mike Pompeo, Director of Central Intelligence Agency, Hearing scheduled for 10:00 am

Betsy Devos, Education Secretary, Hearing scheduled for 10:00am

John Kelly, Secretary of Homeland Security, Hearing scheduled for 2:00pm

Elaine Chao, Transportation Secretary, Hearing scheduled for 10:15am

Rex Tillerson, Secretary of state, Hearing scheduled for AM and Afternoon.

Note: The White House Press Secretary released the names of additional nominees sent to the Senate for future confirmations.  See press release here.

This is the list of the Model Committee Rules (an example of how the elected official are to conduct the questioning at the confirmations): PDF

MODEL COMMITTEE RULE CHANGE

1 This model Committee Rules of Procedure amendment is intended to serve as a template for all Senate committees to adopt in the appropriate form, requiring all cabinet/high-level nominees to provide the committee with three years of tax returns as part of the nomination review process.

1 Title: Amending the Rules of Procedure of [ ] Committee

2 of the Senate to require certain nominees to submit

3 certain tax information upon request of the committee.

4

5

6 Resolved,

7 SECTION 1.

COMMITTEE

8 CONSIDERATION OF NOMINEES.

9 Rule [ ] of the Rules of Procedure of [ ] Committee of

10 the Senate is amended by adding the following [ ]:

11 “[ ]. (a) In considering a nomination, the committee

12 shall conduct an investigation or review of the nominee’s

13 experience, qualifications, and suitability, to serve in the

14 position to which he or she has been nominated. To aid in

15 such investigation or review, each nominee may be

16 required to submit a sworn detailed statement including

17 biographical, financial, policy, and other information

18 (including tax returns of the nominee) which the

19 committee may request. Subject to subparagraph (b), the

20 committee may specify which items are to be received on

21 a confidential basis.

22 “(b) As part of an investigation or review with respect

23 to a cabinet-level nominee under subparagraph (a), the

24 committee shall require that the nominee provide the

25 committee with the individual tax returns of the nominee

26 for the 3 years preceding the nomination. Such tax

27 returns shall be considered as confidential, except that the

28 Chairman and Ranking Member may jointly issue a

29 public statement or report regarding any matters in the

30 individual tax returns that reflect on the nominee’s fitness MODEL COMMITTEE RULE CHANGE 2

1 for the office to which he or she was nominated.”.

Rachel Maddow Show, 01/05/2017, http://player.theplatform.com/p/7wvmTC/MSNBCEmbeddedOffSite?guid=n_maddow_aenquirer_170105

 

Source: MSNBC Rachel Maddow Show dated 01/05/2017,  http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show , “Trump test media, burying controversy in tight schedule”,  01/05/2017, 1:58am

CNN, http://www.cnn.com/2017/01/04/politics/when-are-the-cabinet-senate-confirmation-hearings/index.html , 01/06/2017, 1:55 a.m.

U.S. Senate, https://www.dpcc.senate.gov/files/documents/ModelCommitteeRulesChange.pdf , Model Committee Change , 01/06/2017. 2:01 a.m.

White House Press Secretary 0/04/2017 Press Release, https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2017/01/04/presidential-nominations-sent-senate , 01/06/2017, 2:08am

Daniel Wade and Matt Kysia performed at fall festival Chicago at Daley Center

Daniel Wade and Matt Kysia performed at fall festival Chicago at Daley Center

by Kathy Brocks The Fall Festival Chicago at the Daley Center under the Picasso was a great kick off to the first weekend in October 2015. The Fall festival is a break in the day for Chicago’s to hang out and listen to good music during the lunch time hours. Matt Kysia and Daniel Wade warmed our cold bones on this fall day.  Admittedly I had never heard of Matt Kysia or Daniel Wade.  My nievty…

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Daniel Wade and Matt Kysia performed at fall festival Chicago at Daley Center

by Kathy Brocks

The Fall Festival Chicago at the Daley Center under the Picasso was a great kick off to the first weekend in October 2015. The Fall festival is a break in the day for Chicago’s to hang out and listen to good music during the lunch time hours. Matt Kysia and Daniel Wade warmed our cold bones on this fall day.  Admittedly I had never heard of Matt Kysia or Daniel Wade.  My naivety proved to be a benefit.  I got to listen without reserve to Soulful Rock, R&B and a bit of the 80’s style rock that makes you want to jump and sing-along.  Matt Kysia’s vocals are raspy smooth and sexy.  Daniel Wade’s vocals are classic rock.  Two great performances.
     
Daniel Wade released four EP’s, Hyperconnector, Stronger Machines, Rising Moon Anxiety and One For The Void.  Daniel covered Amy Winehouse’s song called Valerie.  Sad song but Daniel makes the song his own.  You can hear the emotions and ironic humor conveyed in his vocals.  Nice job considering I do not listen to Amy Winehouse music.  You may have seen Daniel this summer during the Chicago summer festivals and concert venues around Chicago.like Taste of Randolph, a massive event, GMan Tavern, subterranean, the Beat Kitchen and a few more. A few of Daniel’s fans showed up to rock out. You can find Daniel’s upcoming events on SongKick.

One of Matt’s new-found fans said that Matt’s voice is one you can Step Dance to all night long.  Step Dancing is a very popular shuffle rhythm dance beloved among southerners and people in the midwest.  This is truly a compliment because serious Step Dancers are particular about their music and vocalists.  Your vocals need to be clean and smooth with some sexy kick, Matt.  The good thing about Matt is that he can move from one style of music to the next effortlessly.  Matt hails from the Motor CIty, Detroit Michigan, a great place to learn vocal rhythms.  Matt Kysia has a new demo out on his Facebook page Kysia Live.

This is a clip of Matt Kysia’s performance,
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“November 9, 2013 Pittsburgh benefit gala honors musical genius Steals Brothers"        by Kathy Brocks

November 9, 2013 Benefit concert at the August Wilson Center,  sponsored by PNC Bank and Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield starring Eddie Holman, Johnny Angel and the Halos, Damarra Chanel Underwood and many others  special guest stars.  This event is a celebration of 40 years of music by the Steals Brothers, community leaders making a difference and local youth.  Awards given out prior to the concert.  Concert  proceeds will go to the Urban Impact Foundation and the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank.

 
Eddie Holman will perform "Could It Be I’m Falling In Love,” written by brothers Melvin and Mervin Steals, made popular by the Spinners and many other artist who sang the song.  Eddie Holman  is widely known for the 1970’s hit “Hey they lonely girl” and many other very popular songs form the 1960’s.  Eddie’s songs have been a staple in American homes for more than 40 years and is constantly touching the heart and ears of younger generations.  

Johnny Angel and the Halos also from the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania area have been performing since the 1960’s and are still performing hits like Love the one you’re made famous by the Isley Brothers; Ease on down the road made super famous by Michael Jackson and Diana Ross in the Wizard of Oz movie, Little Drummer Boy and many other songs.

Another Pittsburgh musical soulster is Damarra Chanel Underwood, 21 years, who sings a song written by Melvin Steals.  Damarra is one of the many performers gracing the stage with these great performers to raise money for the Urban Impact Foundation and the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank.  Tickets are $50-$100.  Event located at the August Wilson Center, 980 Liberty Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15222
   

“November 9, 2013 Pittsburgh benefit gala honors musical genius Steals Brothers"        by Kathy Brocks

November 9, 2013 Benefit concert at the August Wilson Center,  sponsored by PNC Bank and Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield starring Eddie Holman, Johnny Angel and the Halos, Damarra Chanel Underwood and many others  special guest stars.  This event is a celebration of 40 years of music by the Steals Brothers, community leaders making a difference and local youth.  Awards given out prior to the concert.  Concert  proceeds will go to the Urban Impact Foundation and the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank.

 
Eddie Holman will perform "Could It Be I’m Falling In Love,” written by brothers Melvin and Mervin Steals, made popular by the Spinners and many other artist who sang the song.  Eddie Holman  is widely known for the 1970’s hit “Hey they lonely girl” and many other very popular songs form the 1960’s.  Eddie’s songs have been a staple in American homes for more than 40 years and is constantly touching the heart and ears of younger generations.  

Johnny Angel and the Halos also from the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania area have been performing since the 1960’s and are still performing hits like Love the one you’re made famous by the Isley Brothers; Ease on down the road made super famous by Michael Jackson and Diana Ross in the Wizard of Oz movie, Little Drummer Boy and many other songs. 

Another Pittsburgh musical soulster is Damarra Chanel Underwood, 21 years, who sings a song written by Melvin Steals.  Damarra is one of the many performers gracing the stage with these great performers to raise money for the Urban Impact Foundation and the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank.  Tickets are $50-$100.  Event located at the August Wilson Center, 980 Liberty Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15222
    

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This Weekend: Steve Harvey’s Mentoring Program for young men hosted by Chicago State University, 9501 South King Drive.  The event is today, Friday November 16 through Sunday November 18, 2012.

Steve, Chicago State University (CSU) and the Harvey Mentors will be giving wisdom tools to 100 young men ages 13-18 who are from single mother homes.  Steve chose this segment of the population because they are the most at risk and often the ones without a positive male roll model in their lives.

The young mentees of the Steve Harvey Mentor Program will speak and work with the CSU professors and have access to the African American Male resource center.  According to the last U.S. Census 40% of Americans are youths currently under the age of 17.  Of the percentage that are African American males, 47% will not graduate from high school on time.  What even more astounding is 1,000 African American teens are arrested daily.  57% are raised in fatherless homes. 

The highest grossing reason for loss of life is not violence, its ignorance.  Ignorance because the major cause of death among African Americans is HIV/AIDS.  Far too many do not know or have access to proper protection or are afraid to get tested. 

The Steve and Marjorie Foundation mission is to focus on the whole child to make sure their whole developmental needs are met.  They young men learn from adult men who have been in their place and rose above their circumstances.

The Steve and Marjorie Harvey Foundation also host a program for young girls in which their encourage, inspire and develop the young girls mentally, spiritually and emotionally.  The young girls are equipped with the proper tools to have successful personal and professional lives.  They are exposed to vibrant women who understand and have broken ground in areas of leadership once closed or narrow for women. 

The girls program events are separate from the boys events.  Both are vital to the success of African American youth.  The Steve and Marjorie Foundation is sowing much needed seeds of inspiration into the youth.

Chicago State University was founded in 1867 with 62 students in its
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undergraduate and 25 graduate degree, continuing education and distance learning programs.  Far too many to list Check out CSU.

Steve and Marjorie are also hosting a turkey-give-away on Saturday November 17, 2012.  Distributing 1,000 turkeys to the community at CSU stadium 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.

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