They Called Him…Lead Belly!

This thread began with a friendly discussion of names of cities, towns and villes that we found interesting and in my case, a deep fondness for since my childhood.
Caddo Lake, as the map shows, is almost perfectly divided in half by the Louisiana-Texas border. The natural beauty of the lake and it’s mysterious qualities cast a spell on anyone that visits and I have enjoyed it as a decompression chamber for many years.
On the Louisiana side there is a small town, Mooringsport, La. From this town and later from a small town, Leigh, Texas(nearest town on above map is Karnack, Tx), came a giant in the musical history of the world, Huddie William Ledbetter, or ‘Lead Belly.’
Even if you haven’t heard of him, or only vaguely know of him, you have been shaped by his music through those he influenced and by the songs he wrote or refined.
Here’s a partial list of some of the musicians he has influenced: Pete Seeger, Woody Guthrie, Burl Ives, Bob Dylan, Roy Orbison, Long John Baldry, The Animals, Led Zeppelin, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Rolling Stones, Ry Cooder, Jerry Garcia, Johnny Cash, Gene Autry, The Beach Boys, Rod Stewart, Van Morrison, Pearl Jam, Nirvana and many, many more.
What were these songs? Here is a list.
Let’s take one song as an example, Black Betty.

Woah, Black Betty
Woah, Black Betty

Black Betty had a baby
Black Betty had a baby

Damn thing gone crazy
Damn thing gone crazy

That one song has been recorded countless times and has been used in many movies, tv shows and is still currently in use as an intro song at major sporting events.
In Lead Belly’s biography, you will find he was no saint, perhaps not even a very nice person. He was promiscuous, violent and a repeat felon(twice for murder), but was without a doubt a historical figure, as his music has shaped our lives and will most likely continue to do so for a very long time.
Other links on his bio follow, as there has been much mythology about the man, as he promoted much of it and there is some dispute on his actual birth, but in the wikepedia link, you will see the correct dates.
The Leadbelly Legend.
The Lead Belly Web.
Lead Belly Foundation.

Friend, did you bring me the silver,
Friend, did you bring me the gold,
What did you bring me my dear friend,
To keep me from the gallow’s pole.
Mother, did you bring me silver?
Mother, did you bring me gold?
What did you bring me mother,
Keep me from the gallows pole?
What did you – what did you –
Keep me from the gallows pole?

Dearborn, Michigan: Where Hezbollah Gets Its Laundry Done

Just saw this on ‘Thoughts of a Conservative Christian’ blog…. many similar scams are dotted all over the Western World I have no doubt.

Just last week in greater Dearborn there were two barely reported money laundering-related stories. First, Elfat El Aouar, the wife, or possibly former wife, of federal fugitive and LaShish restaurant owner Talal Chahine, pleaded guilty to helping Chahine hide restaurant revenues from the IRS when she was financial manager for the chain.

The intended beneficiaries included Hezbollah. Chahine is believed hiding in southern Lebanon.

In a related story, Imad Majed Hamadeh, of neighboring Dearborn Heights, also was just convicted for his part in a multi-million dollar smuggling ring operating in the area handling contraband cigarettes, counterfeit Zig-Zag rolling papers, and counterfeit Viagra.

Profit beneficiaries included Hezbollah.

Counterfeit viagra!? Dastardly and then some!

Matt Damon botches Kerry’s botched joke

mattdamon1.jpg Chris Matthews played a promo clip of actor Matt Damon from next week’s Hardball college tour. Damon says he thinks the Bush twins should be sent to Iraq. Why? Because it’s just not fair to have a “fighting class” who financially have no other choice but to join the military go to war.

Video-WMP Video-QT (h/t Crooksandliars)

“Halp us Matt Damin. We R Stuk in Irak”

How about this Matt. All actors who want to parlay their celebrity into being a spokeshole for their favorite causes, should be required to get a job and work for a living. Because it’s just not fair to have an “actor class” who has no idea what the real world is like., link UPI news, Angel open TB

related: hotair. old habits die hard, LGF. Servicemen respond

Mealanie Phillips: Our Conservative Party tells us the blindingly obvious.

The last 6 months have been curious for British conservatives. We have felt the wind of change turning our way. Not a lot, it has to be said, but enough to give a lot more hope for this Ancient Isle than would have been realistic only six months ago at the beginning of our summer.

Voices for Islam no-longer have all the running and a scepticism of it’s whinging self proclaimed victim status is now pretty much mainstream. It has taken two Bishops in the church of England no less – one Asian the other African, to reassure those of us who have been worried about losing our national identity, that being British and proud is a perfectly honourable position. Then two weeks ago Blair declared his own creation ‘the multicultural experiment’ dead. The corpse will no doubt walk and talk for a long time before it finally falls down. But still, all this is progress of sorts.

On top of all this the conservatives decided that the family might yet be the key to social and economic stability. Let Melanie Phillips take the story up from here….
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What is that strange and unfamiliar noise that we can all suddenly hear? It is the sound of politicians saying the crashingly obvious.Today the former Tory leader Iain Duncan Smith, who heads his party’s Social Justice Commission, publishes a devastating analysis of social injustice in Britain. The welfare state, he says, is in a state of collapse.

And at the core of this and of all our most grievous social problems lies the scourge of family breakdown, the decline of marriage and the rise of cohabitation.

A few days ago, in a different part of the political forest, Tony Blair delivered what amounted to a wake-up call to himself. Multicultural diversity, he declared, had led to separation and alienation by a minority of Britain’s Muslim community who subscribed to a ‘new and virulent form of ideology’. All minorities had a duty to integrate, and if they didn’t want to conform to British values they should not come to Britain because the ‘hatemongers’ were not wanted here.

Some of us, of course, have been banging on for years about the disastrous effects of both family breakdown and multiculturalism. But these are unpalatable truths that the chattering classes simply haven’t wanted to hear, and which they have done everything possible to suppress. Misery The fact that these shibboleths are now being questioned in such a high-profile way is certainly a welcome — if long overdue — move in the right direction. But in both cases, the way ahead is still shrouded in fog. Rhetoric is not enough. The question is where it will lead in practice.

Now if only a healthy dose of E.U. rejection could be thrown into that mix. Our unelected masters in Brussels have served notice on the UK that we must give prisoners the vote because not doing so violates their human rights (poor dabs), That just might do it!

Read more from Melanie Phillips 

Army Captain’s Simple Demonstration: How to Win in Iraq

President Bush has spent the last few weeks engaged in complex briefings with senior military officers, State Department officials and outside experts as he tries to come up with a new plan to achieve victory in Iraq.

But a young captain serving in Iraq’s violent Al Anbar Province has offered a simple explanation of what the problem was in Iraq and how to solve it. Among his observations is the importance of having a moustache in Iraq.

In a military known for its sleep-inducing, graphically dizzying PowerPoint presentations, the young captain’s presentation, which has been unofficially circulating through the ranks, stands out. Using stick figures and simple language, it articulates the same goal as the president’s in Iraq.

The creator of this PowerPoint presentation, “How to Win in Al Anbar,” was Capt. Travis Patriquin.

But Patriquin will not see victory in Iraq. He was killed by the same improvised explosive device that killed Maj. Megan McClung of the Marine Corps last Wednesday.

Patriquin had fought in Afghanistan and Iraq. A gifted officer, he spoke numerous languages, including Arabic.

“How to Win in Al Anbar” may not make it to the desk of the president, but maybe it should.


* Related: Click Here for Patriquin’s Presentation

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