Who could have guessed that the great moralist, Newt Gingrich, who, last year, called Spanish the “language of… the ghetto,” is having second thoughts, and realizing ethical flaws, in the smear-tactics he helped commission.
Well, in a letter to RNC Chairman Mike Duncan, Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich had the following to say about the GOP’s recent attempts to tie President-Elect Barack Obama to the Pay-to-Play endeavors of Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich:
I was saddened to learn that at a time of national trial, when a president-elect is preparing to take office in the midst of the worst financial crisis in over seventy years, that the Republican National Committee is engaged in the sort of negative, attack politics that the voters rejected in the 2006 and 2008 election cycles.
The recent web advertisement, “Questions Remain,” is a destructive distraction. [...]
In a time when America is facing real challenges, Republicans should be working to help the incoming President succeed in meeting them, regardless of his Party.
From now until the inaugural, Republicans should be offering to help the President-elect prepare to take office. [...]
The RNC should pull the ad down immediately.
Femi Kuti (the son of Nigerian music legend Fela Kuti) is set to release Day By Day, his first studio album since Fight To Win seven years ago and first overall since the live Africa Shrine four years ago, on which he recorded early versions of three of the songs on this new album. Day By Day will be released Nov. 18 by the independent label Downtown Records’ newly launched imprint, Mercer Street.
Femi Kuti’s sabbatical from recording gave him time to learn to play piano properly and to return to the trumpet, his first instrument, which he gave up in favor of the saxophone. Kuti recorded the album with Positive Force, his 17-piece band.
Since Fela’s death in 1997, Femi, a songwriter, performer and bandleader in his own right, has brought his music to audiences that might never have heard of Fela. Femi toured America with the alt-rock band Jane’s Addiction, sang on Rachid Taha’s Made In Medina album and reached out to the American hip-hop community connecting with people such as Mos Def, D’Angelo, Nile Rodgers, Erykah Badu and the Roots [...]
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