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Lebanese-American war survivor → Remixer/keyboardist (https://t.co/gkiafP362U) → Activist → Adviser → Author | @LeelaDaou's husband
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19 Sep
THREAD - STOP SHAMING THE LEFT

A relatively small minority of Americans on the left believe the entire system is corrupt to the core and that the ONLY principled position is to tear it down and not to keep enabling the #duopoly. They see establishment Dems as faux-opposition...
STOP SHAMING THE LEFT (cont.)

Just as you may believe they are responsible for electing Trump, they think YOU are, by upholding a system that put Trump in power.

Just as you may believe they are "purist spoilers," they think you are unprincipled sellouts to the oligarchy...
STOP SHAMING THE LEFT (cont.)

Just as you may think they are helping Trump, they know that Nancy Pelosi, Chuck Schumer, and Dem leaders have enabled and empowered Trump, funded his most egregious policies, and fast-tracked his judges. All while raking in "resistance" money...
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17 Sep
If you believe multiple accusations of sexual misconduct are disqualifying, then NEITHER #Trump nor #Biden should be running.

#MeToo is not partisan. And PLEASE don't come at me with the "lesser of two sexual assaulters" argument.
If you believe it's worth overlooking Biden's behavior in order to remove rapist, racist Trump, that's your prerogative. But don't denigrate the numerous women who have come forward against Biden.
For anyone giving me crap about this or questioning the facts, more than a half dozen women have come forward to accuse Biden of unwanted touching and/or verbal harassment.

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14 Sep
CRIMES AGAINST HUMANITY ARE BEING COMMITTED AT THE BORDER

HYSTERECTOMIES FOR WOMEN WHO DIDN'T NEED THEM

BOTH PARTIES ARE COMPLICIT IN TORTURING MIGRANTS

EVERYONE INVOLVED SHOULD BE PROSECUTED, INCLUDING GOP AND DEM LEADERS
THE CAGING OF CHILDREN WAS BAD ENOUGH

THE KIDNAPPING OF CHILDREN (WHICH IS TORTURE) WAS EVEN WORSE

AND WE DON'T KNOW WHAT ELSE IS BEING DONE

ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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13 Sep
***DEFEATING TRUMP IS A MORAL IMPERATIVE***

Particularly because of the extremely dangerous thugs, theocrats, and white supremacists around him, like Pence, Miller, Pompeo, Barr, etc.
Voting against Trump is a powerful and important tool, but it's not the only one.

Aggressively and insistently spreading the truth is also exceptionally important.

Persuading fellow citizens is a critical task in an election.
And let's be brutally honest: establishment Dems like Pelosi, Schumer, and their colleagues have been abject failures when it comes to opposing Trump's agenda.

Giving Trump MORE surveillance powers and funding to torture migrant children is hardly "resistance."
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6 Sep
TO SOOTHE YOU

I recorded an album of 35 piano devotions - short improvisations to bring peace and healing.

Following are a few of the pieces. Please enjoy. 🙏🏽💙

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30 Aug
The Democratic Party is not The Left.
It's an important distinction, and when that I've only recently fully understood.

Similarly, 'progressives' are not necessarily 'leftists.'

This matters because conflating things that are actually different can lead to serious problems.
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(sorry for the typo)
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24 Aug
WON'T SHARE LYNCHING VIDEOS

I will no longer share videos of police brutalizing and executing Black people. I don't want to perpetuate trauma.

#BlackLivesMatter
I will follow the lead of Black activists and do everything I can to fight #policebrutality and #racism.
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23 Aug
THREAD - MY 2020 POSITION:

I want Trump to lose in a landslide.

I want Trump and his gang of wannabe tyrants defeated and prosecuted.

I want the GOP politically eviscerated. (I've devoted 20 years of my life to that goal.)

I don't think all Dems and Republicans are the same.
MY 2020 POSITION (cont):

However, after 20 years inside the system, including 2 Dem presidential campaign war rooms, I believe it is impossible to defeat fascism by pandering to it and enabling it. I reject the idealized notion that the Democratic Party is a beacon of morality.
MY 2020 POSITION (cont):

Under full Democratic control, kids were caged, the NRA controlled gun policy, rampant inequality worsened, the oligarchy was empowered, babies were droned, protests were put down with force, and on and on.

More here:
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21 Jul
Hug your loved ones always. I just walked away from a bad car accident where my kid and I were rear-ended at high speed. Thankful to be alive.
We're both fine, as is the other driver. Thank heavens.
A deer in the road caused the driver in front of me to stop short. I was able to stop too, but the driver behind us smashed into our car.
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21 Jul
TRUMP'S SECRET POLICE: A HISTORY LESSON

▶️No #TrumpGestapo without Bush.

▶️No Bush legacy without Obama, Pelosi, and establishment Dems.

(Centrists, ignore this thread if you hate uncomfortable facts.)

#PortlandProtests #SecretPolice #Fascism
TRUMP'S SECRET POLICE: A HISTORY LESSON (cont.)

1. Cheney, Yoo, Rumsfeld, Wolfowitz, Bolton... familiar names to those of us who were anti-war activists during the Bush years.

2. Bush and his neocon buddies launched a brutal war based on lies and established a torture regime.
TRUMP'S SECRET POLICE: A HISTORY LESSON (cont.)

3. With the help of specious legal "justifications" from Yale lawyer John Yoo, Bush and his cronies launched an assault on civil liberties and basic human rights.

4. Today, that same Yoo is assisting Trump. theguardian.com/us-news/2020/j…
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19 Jul
I PLAYED THIS FOR YOU 🙏🏽💙

Friends - this is a thread of piano improvisations I played to give you some healing and peace.

I hope these pieces provide a brief respite from the intense daily stress.
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8 Jun
With #Biden opening up a double-digit lead over Trump, can someone tell me why Democrats refuse to embrace popular progressive policies like #MedicareForAll that help THE PEOPLE?
QUESTION #2

With #PoliceBrutality a scourge across the nation, can someone tell me why Democrats are still giving Trump expanded surveillance powers?
QUESTION #3

With thugs like #Barr trashing the Constitution and covering for Trump, can someone tell me why Democrats refuse to #ImpeachBarr?
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4 Jun
DON'T LOOK AWAY.

The cop groped her and when she tried to break away, she was beaten while standing still.

THIS IS AN ATTEMPT TO CRUSH DISSENT LIKE A DICTATORSHIP

Here is the source where I found the video.

Apparently it's in Indianapolis.

There's so much more of this unmitigated brutality.

Watch how they walk over this man with heinous indifference.

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1 Jun
CONFESSION (1)

One of the main reasons I moved sharply left (back to my Bush-era roots) since 2016 is because I knew my leftist and progressive friends would be the ones in the streets opposing #fascism. Establishment Dems would keep appeasing them...
CONFESSION (2)

Having lived through years of war and unrest, I had a sense of what was coming. It was clear to me that the system would only change from the ground up. Which is why I repeatedly called for a #generalstrike...
CONFESSION (3)

I recognized #Bernie's courage in using the word "revolution" so openly and I've gravitated more and more toward those who reject the corrupt, racist system that oppresses working people while enriching and empowering the rich and powerful...
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22 May
THE COLD, HARD TRUTH: #Biden and #MeToo

1) #JoeBiden is on camera repeatedly groping, sniffing, & feeling girls without consent, to their visible discomfort.

2) Multiple women have accused Biden of inappropriate contact.

3) These actions disqualify him from the presidency.
4) A YouTube search reveals deeply uncomfortable instances of Biden's roving hands copping feels of little girls.

5) Biden's violation of women and girls' physical boundaries is so well known that @TheDailyShow did a segment called the Audacity of Grope.

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6) The ONLY ethical stance when a powerful man engages in forced touching of women and girls is to vehemently and vocally reject their behavior. And to hold them accountable.

7) Applying #MeToo principles selectively is a moral failure that is profoundly chilling to survivors.
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17 May
HOUSE REMIX THREAD

Hi friends - in the 90s I was a keyboardist & producer on numerous house tracks and remixes.

I wanted to share a few favorites I worked on.

First, here's a Diana Ross remix with Frankie Knuckles.

(Rest in bliss, Frankie)

HOUSE REMIX THREAD (2)

Here's another Diana Ross classic I worked on with Frankie and the Def Mix crew: Love Hangover.

HOUSE REMIX THREAD (3)

One of my dearest friends is DJ/producer Danny Tenaglia. He and I worked on hundreds of tracks together, including this one, where I played a Yamaha grand piano solo over his beats.

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12 May
First, #Pelosi pushes through a #PatriotAct extension.

Now #McConnell wants to give #Barr power to go through your browsing history without a warrant.

Do you see how the parties work together to maintain the system while distracting voters with sideways claps and torn paper?
Context:

"By tucking the measure into a must-pass bill, House Speaker Pelosi forced many members who oppose the Patriot Act to vote in favor of its extension."

If you want to change the system, vote for #DownBallotProgressives like @ShahidForChange

newrepublic.com/article/155793…
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9 May
It's official:

I AM NO LONGER A REGISTERED DEMOCRAT.

I can now fight tooth and nail to defeat Trump and his GOP racists and crooks. And I can do it without owning the fecklessness and corporate-funded faux-opposition of the Dem leadership.
CRYSTAL CLEAR:

I am leaving the Democratic Party because the leadership DOES NOT FIGHT FOR MY VALUES.

It does not fight for its OWN platform.

It has enabled, empowered, and normalized Trump.

It has coddled war criminal Bush.

It is more opposed to the left than the right.
I cannot in good conscience be a member of a party that drones babies, cages children (before Trump), funds ICE, preserves an unjust and unequal system, gives Trump a massive military budget & surveillance powers, and warmly embraces George W. Bush.
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9 May
The fact that a generic Democrat isn't 30 points ahead of Trump in EVERY state demonstrates the abject failure of the Democratic Party to distinguish itself from the GOP.
I mean seriously, Trump is the worst president in history.

His inaction has caused countless #coronavirus deaths.

The country is entering a depression.

And he's STILL within reach of reelection.

HOW IS THAT POSSIBLE???
Here's Obama explaining that the two parties are actually very similar.

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3 May
Donald Trump and Brett Kavanaugh are good men unfairly tarnished by lying women with contradictory stories and hidden agendas who waited too long to come forward.
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If you're a Democrat and you sound anything like that, do some soul-searching.
Donald Trump and Brett Kavanaugh have had long successful careers and claims like this would have come up before if they were true. Also, neither one has any history of harassment or unwanted touching. I believe them.
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If you're a Dem echoing those arguments, think again.
Donald Trump and Brett Kavanaugh's accusers keep changing their stories. I believe women, but in this case the accusations are falling apart. Every case is different, and we can't just believe ALL women.
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If you're a Dem and you think this is a good argument, think twice.
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30 Apr
OK, #InternationalJazzDay thread.

A few gems I think you'll enjoy, from America's greatest art form.

First up, Oscar Peterson's brilliant 1960s trio with Ray Brown on bass and Ed Thigpen on drums. The most elegant and swinging music you'll ever hear.

Here's Bobby Hutcherson (vibes) playing a beautiful composition, Wrong or Right.

With

Emanuel Boyd -- Tenor Sax
Ray Drummond -- Bass
Larry Hancock -- Drums
Harold Land -- Flute
Bill Henderson -- Piano
Kenneth Nash -- Percussion
Woody Shaw -- Trumpet

And Bill Evans at the Village Vanguard with Scott LaFaro on bass and Paul Motian on drums.

(LaFaro died tragically in his 20s.)

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