Where Have All the Juke Joints Gone?

Bo Diddley’s death brought to mind a question that has been bothering me recently. All around the county are abandoned buildings that used to be juke joints. People gathered for drinking, dancing, fighting, and live music on Friday and Saturday night (and maybe Sunday, too). James Brown played in the black juke joints ’round here long ago (or so I’m told; it was before my time).

What happened? People used to enjoy live music; now we get somebody playing Kenny G with a soundtrack. (Not that there is anything wrong with that. I don’t want to be attacked by fanatical Kenny G fans.)

Jimmy Carter to Endorse Obama

ATLANTA (AP) — Former President Jimmy Carter said he’ll endorse Democrat Barack Obama after the polls close on the final primary contests.

“The fact is the Obama people already know they have my vote when the polls close tonight,” Carter told The Associated Press after speaking at the Georgia World Congress Center Tuesday afternoon.

Carter, a superdelegate, has remained officially neutral in the race but has offered high praise to Obama. Carter has noted that his children, grandchildren and their spouses back the Illinois senator. Source:

I know that if I were running for President, I’d sure want the support of the most ineffective president in modern history (the support apparently being his children, grandchildren and their spouses). God knows that everybody else rolls their eyes whenever his name is mentioned.

Yes, that was sarcasm, for those of you that kept your peanut necklaces.


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