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February 15, 2017

We the People Resist

I wanna thank President Agent Orange for perpetuating all the evil that you’ve been perpetuating throughout the United States. I wanna thank President Agent Orange for your unsuccessful attempt at the Muslim ban. Now we come together! We the people!  Busta Rhymes

We the People by A Tribe Called Quest

[Verse 1: Q-Tip]
We don't believe you 'cause we the people
Are still here in the rear, ayo, we don't need you
You in the killing-off-good-young-nigga mood
When we get hungry we eat the same fucking food
The ramen noodle
Your simple voodoo is so maniacal, we're liable to pull a juju
The irony is that this bad bitch in my lap
She don't love me, she make money, she don't study that
She gon' give it to me, ain't gon' tell me run it back
She gon' take the brain to wetter plains, she spit on that
The doors have signs with, don't try to rhyme with
VH1 has a show that you can waste your time with
Guilty pleasures take the edge off reality
And for a salary I'd probably do that shit sporadically
The OG Gucci boots are smitten with iguanas
The IRS piranha see a nigga gettin' commas
Niggas in the hood living in a fishbowl
Gentrify here, now it's not a shit hole
Trendsetter, I know, my shit's cold
Ain't settling because I ain't so bold but ay

[Hook: Q-Tip]
All you Black folks, you must go
All you Mexicans, you must go
And all you poor folks, you must go
Muslims and gays, boy, we hate your ways
So all you bad folks, you must go

[Bridge: Phife Dawg & Q-Tip]
The fog and the smog of news media that logs
False narratives of Gods that came up against the odds
We're not just nigga rappers with the bars
It's kismet that we're cosmic with the stars

[Verse 2: Phife Dawg]
You bastards overlooking street art
Better yet, street smarts but you keep us off the charts
So motherfuck your numbers and your statisticians
Fuck y'all know about true competition?
That's like a AL pitcher on deck talking about he hittin'
The only one who's hitting are the ones that's currently spittin'
We got your missy smitten rubbing on her little kitten
Dreaming of a world that's equal for women with no division
Boy, I tell you that's vision
Like Tony Romo when he hitting Witten
The Tribe be the best in they division
Shaheed Muhammad cut it with precision
Who can come back years later, still hit the shot?
Still them tryna move we off the fucking block
Babylon, bloodclaat
Two pon yuh headtop

[Hook: Q-Tip]
All you Black folks, you must go
All you Mexicans, you must go
And all you poor folks, you must go
Muslims and gays, boy, we hate your ways
So all you bad folks, you must go

Music in Memorium, 2016

Al Caiola
Alirio Diaz
Bap Kennedy
Bernie Worrell
Billy Faier
Billy Paul
Bobby Hutcherson
Bobby Vee
Buckwheat Zydeco
Curly Putnam (songwriter)
Dave Swarbrick
Don Friedman
Dr. Ralph Stanley
Elliot Schwartz
Elliot Wolff
Fred Hellerman
Fred Stobaugh (songwriter)
Gato Barbieri
Gib Guilbeau (Flying Burrito Brothers)
Glenn Frey
Glenn Yarbrough
Greg Lake
Guy Clark
Holly Dunn
Jean Shepard
John D. Loudermilk
Kacey Jones
Kay Starr
Kitty Kallen
Leon Russell
Leonard Cohen
Lonnie Mack
Mack Rice
Maurice White (Earth, Wind & Fire)
Mentor Williams (songwriter)
Merle Haggard
Mic Gillette
Milt Okun
Mose Allison
Oscar Brand
Otis Clay
Paul Kantner
Penny Lang
Peter Zorn
Phil Chess (Chess Records)
Red Simpson
Richard Fagan
Rob Wasserman
Rod Templeton (songwriter)
Ruby Wilson
Scotty Moore
Sharon Jones
Signe Toly Anderson
Sir George Martin
Sir Jimmy Young
Sir Neville Marriner
Sonny Sanders (songwriter)
Stan Harper (harp-er)
Toots Thielemans
Lastly, I'll recognize David Bowie and Prince and George Michael for their contribution to pop music.

Alvin Toffler
Amy van Singel
Anthony Cronin
Bill Berkson
C. D. Wright
Carolyn See
Dario Fo
David Budbill
David Meltzer
Don Welch
Edward Albee
Eliot Tiber
Francisco X. Alarcón
Georgie Sicking (cowboy poet)
Huston Smith
James Alan McPherson
Jim Harrison
John Montague
Joyce Carol Thomas
Lucia Perillo
Maria Costa
Michael Herr
Michael S. Harper
Nahed Hattar (killed by a fanatic)
Pat Conroy
Richard Adams
Sir Geoffrey Hill
Sir Peter Shaffer
Stephen Levine
Sylvan Barnet
Thomas Steinbeck
W. P. Kinsella

Alan Rickman
Arnold Palmer
Bob Elliot
Carlo Azeglio Ciampi
Carrie Fisher & Debbie Reynolds
Daniel Berrigan
Edgar Mitchell (Apollo 14)
Elie Wiesel
Garry Shandling
Gene Wilder
Glen Dawson, 103 (mountaineer)
Gwen Ifill
Henry Heimlich
Hugh O’Brian
Janet Reno
Jerome Bruner
Jim Ray Hart
Jo Cox
Joe Browder
John Glenn
Ken Howard
Michael Cimino
Monte Irvin
Morley Safer
Muhammad Ali
Patty Duke
Ralph Branca
Robert Vaughn
Shimon Peres
Tom Hayden
Umberto Veronesi
Van Williams
Vera Rubin
William Schallert