Tonight’s music video is “Come Alive” by Chromeo with Toro y Moi from their upcoming album White Women. Chromeo perform Wednesday at the SXSW Funk Showcase in Austin, Texas. Look for more on SXSW soon on Firedoglake. Thanks to Jessica Garcia for another great music suggestion.
Texas politics is strange and rarely dull. In the recent Democratic Primary, author and generally extreme character in his own right, Kinky Friedman, got enough votes to land in a May 27 run-off election. From Politico:
It’s highly unlikely that the colorful candidate will go on to win a statewide position in deep-red Texas, but Friedman did make the Democratic primary runoff for the position. He’ll compete against cattle farmer Jim Hogan in that May 27 contest, but a Republican is heavily favored to win the general election.
Friedman has run for office in the Lone Star State several times before, including for the same position in 2010. … Legalizing marijuana is one of Friedman’s top priorities.
In another run-off election, LaRouche-loving conspiracy theorist Kesha Rogers will face off against more conventionally Democratic candidate David Alameel, to determine who will oppose Republican incumbent John Cornyn for Senate. From The Grio:
On her campaign website, Rogers says she wants to restore the JFK-FDR legacy in Texas. That’s great, a sign of progress, right? Think again. Rogers, who is a two-time congressional nominee, is not your typical Democratic candidate, and not necessarily the type of candidate the Democrats’ progressive, pro-Obama constituency would want to vote for if they read the fine print. And they’d better read the fine print.
You see, Kesha Rogers is a follower of Lyndon LaRouche, who is, well, a fringe political cult leader of sorts. LaRouche is a left-wing Marxist-turned-right-wing conspiracy theorist, and believes in off-the-wall policies like space colonization, a quarantine for everyone with AIDS, and opposition to abortion and gay rights.
And [Lyndon] LaRouche, himself a former perennial presidential candidate, has been accused of espousing fascist, racist and anti-Semitic views. As the late Manning Marable once said, ‘LaRouche appeals to fear, hatred and ignorance. He seeks to exploit and exacerbate the anxieties and frustrations of Americans by offering an array of scapegoats and enemies: Jews, Zionists, international bankers, blacks, labor unions-much the way Hitler did in Germany.’
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