Comedian Sarah Silverman’s new song titled, “I Love You, America,” features Silverman ranting about “white privilege” and Americans “voting against their best interests.”
In between her repeatedly singing the riff, “I love you, America,” Silverman whines about how “mad” she is about “the stupid sh*t you do,” such as voting “for these rich f**ks who lie to your faces and then systematically rape you of your rights and your job and your healthcare.”
The song is taken from her new show premiering October 12th on Hulu.
The video was posted on October 9th and racked up over 275,000 views within 24 hours.
The feedback was overwhelmingly negative.
Here’s a sampling of the likely soon-to-be deleted top comments:
One might say America responded by telling Silverman, “Let’s just be friends.”
Not surprisingly, the song was met with praise in the liberal media. Silverman retweeted an article from the failing Rolling Stone Magazine which praised her for “declar[ing] her unbridled yet conflicted love for the U.S.A.”
LAS VEGAS (AP) — In the days and months before he mowed down concertgoers from his high-rise hotel suite, gunman Stephen Paddock rented rooms overlooking two other music festivals in Las Vegas and Chicago, authorities said.
They gave no details on what his intentions might have been.
The disclosures came as investigators struggled for a fourth day to explain what led the 64-year-old high-stakes gambler to open fire Sunday night on an open-air country music festival from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay hotel casino. He killed 58 people and injured more than 500 before taking his own life.
Authorities have been trying to track Paddock’s movements in the days and weeks before the deadliest mass shooting in modern US history.
In August, Paddock booked a room at Chicago’s Blackstone Hotel that overlooked the park where the Lollapalooza music festival was held that weekend, a law enforcement official said Thursday.
The official said no evidence has been found that Paddock ever came to Chicago that weekend. Lollapalooza draws hundreds of thousands of music fans every year to Grant Park.
The official was not authorized to discuss the case publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity after being briefed on the investigation. Paddock’s booking of the hotel room was first reported by TMZ.
Also, the weekend before the Las Vegas bloodbath, Paddock had rented a high-rise condo in a Las Vegas building that overlooked the Life is Beautiful alternative music festival, Sheriff Joseph Lombardo said Tuesday.
He offered no other details about what led Paddock there. The music festival featured Chance the Rapper, Muse, Lorde and Blink-182.
When Paddock checked into the Mandalay Bay on Sept. 28, he specifically requested an upper-floor room with a view of the Route 91 Harvest music festival, according to a person who has seen hotel records turned over to investigators and spoke on condition of anonymity.
Investigators trying to establish the motive for the attack have had little more to chase than hints and shadows.
Where other mass killers have left behind a trail of plain-sight clues that help investigators quickly understand what drove them to violence, Paddock led a low-key, private life. He had no known criminal record and almost no close friends, social media presence or other clear connections to the broader world.
The No. 2 official in the FBI said Wednesday he was surprised investigators had not uncovered more.
“There’s all kinds of things that surprise us in each one of these events. That’s the one in this one, and we are not there yet,” FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe said. “We have a lot of work to do.”
Investigators have zeroed in on a weapon-buying binge Paddock went on in the year before the attack. They wonder if he had some sort of mental break at the time that drove him to start making plans for mass murder.
They are also looking at his gambling habits and checking records for any disputes he might have had with casinos or fellow patrons.
On Wednesday, FBI agents trying to understand his state of mind questioned his girlfriend, 62-year-old Marilou Danley, who was out of the country during the attack. She was visiting her native Philippines.
She said she had no inkling of his murderous plans.
“He never said anything to me or took any action that I was aware of that I understood in any way to be a warning that something horrible like this was going to happen,” she said in a statement read by her lawyer.
(JTA) — Tom Petty, whose hits such as “American Girl,” “Free Falling” and “I Won’t Back Down” made him one of the biggest rock stars of all time, passed away Monday at 66.
In the course of his decades of touring the world, Petty was bound to end up playing in Israel — and he did for the first time in September 1987, at the start of his “Temple in Flames” tour. Earlier that year he had released “Let Me Up (I’ve Had Enough),” his seventh album with his band, the Heartbreakers.
In a show called “Rock Israel,” MTV chronicled part of Petty’s trip to the Holy Land, which the rocker described as a whirlwind. In a clip available on YouTube, Petty meets with Avraham Rosenblum, leader of a Hasidic band called the Diaspora Yeshiva Band that blended rock and bluegrass with religious lyrics.
“I’m not really familiar enough with the rules and regulations of the religion,” Petty says. “I think anybody should be able to pick up an instrument and jump around.”
Petty visited the Western Wall and met Rosenblum there.
“Are we in modest dress?” Petty asks as he descends into the holy site’s plaza. “This is really amazing.”
Rosenblum explains some of Jerusalem’s geography and says some rabbis believe “the whole process of music” began in Israel.
“Ten years of Sunday school and this guy told me more in five minutes than I ever grasped from that,” Petty says as he leaves the wall.
Tom Petty, a songwriter who melded California rock with a deep, stubborn Southern heritage, died on Monday after suffering cardiac arrest. He was 66 and had lived in Los Angeles.
Tony Dimitriades, Mr. Petty’s longtime manager, confirmed the death.
Recording with the Heartbreakers, the band he formed in the mid-1970s, and on his own, Mr. Petty wrote pithy, hardheaded songs that gave a contemporary clarity to 1960s roots. His voice was grainy and unpretty, with a Florida drawl that he proudly displayed.
Mr. Petty’s songs were staples of FM rock radio through decades, and with hits like “Refugee,” “Don’t Come Around Here No More,” “Free Fallin’” and “Into the Great Wide Open,” Mr. Petty sold millions of albums and headlined arenas and festivals well into 2017. He played the Super Bowl halftime show in 2008 and entered the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2002. But his songs stayed down-to-earth, with sturdy guitar riffs carrying lyrics that spoke for underdogs and ornery outcasts. In his 1989 hit, “I Won’t Back Down,” he sang, “You can stand me up at the gates of hell / But I won’t back down.”
Mr. Petty’s songwriting was shaped by the music he heard growing up: the ringing folk-rock guitars of the Byrds, the crunch of the Rolling Stones, the caustic insights of Bob Dylan, the melodic turns of the Beatles, the steadfast backbeat of Southern soul and the twang of country-rock. Onstage, the Heartbreakers sometimes expanded songs toward psychedelia-tinged jams.
But across styles, Mr. Petty kept his songwriting tight-lipped, succinct and evocative: “She was an American girl, raised on promises,” he sang on Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers’ 1976 debut album. “She couldn’t help thinkin’ / That there was a little more to life somewhere else.”
There was scrappy defiance in both his lyrics and his career choices. “I turned anger into ambition,” he told one interviewer. “Any sort of injustice would outrage me. I couldn’t contain myself.”
In the late 1980s, Mr. Petty teamed up with some of his elders and influences to form the Traveling Wilburys, writing and recording with Mr. Dylan, George Harrison, Jeff Lynne and Roy Orbison. With his death, only Mr. Dylan and Mr. Lynne survive from that group. Mr. Orbison died in 1988 and Mr. Harrison in 2001.
Mr. Dylan responded immediately to reports of Mr. Petty’s death with a statement: “It’s shocking, crushing news. I thought the world of Tom. He was great performer, full of the light, a friend, and I’ll never forget him.”
But for more than 40 years, Mr. Petty made music with the Heartbreakers, who started officially in 1976 in Los Angeles but grew out of Mudcrutch, the band Mr. Petty joined as a teenager in his hometown, Gainesville, Fla. Through decades of performing, Mr. Petty and the Heartbreakers steered clear of elaborate showmanship to let their songs and their musicianship speak for themselves.
Thomas Earl Petty was born Oct. 20, 1950. In Warren Zanes’s “Petty: The Biography” (Macmillan, 2015), Mr. Petty recalled a rough childhood with frequent beatings by his father. He did poorly in school, but turned to music, getting his first guitar in 1962 and soon, under the influence of the Beatles, growing long hair and switching to electric guitar. He joined his first band, the Sundowners, in the mid-1960s, and was soon gigging around Gainesville.
Mudcrutch, which got started in 1970, included the guitarist Mike Campbell and the keyboardist Benmont Tench, who would become mainstays of the Heartbreakers. It built a large local following in Florida, got a recording contract with Shelter Records and relocated to Los Angeles. But the label lost confidence in the band and dropped it, keeping only Mr. Petty under contract. In 1974, Mr. Petty married his first wife, Jane Benyo.
Mr. Petty tried recording with session musicians, but preferred a steady band. He formed the Heartbreakers in late 1975 with Mr. Campbell, Mr. Tench and other musicians from Gainesville: Stan Lynch on drums and Ron Blair on bass. “I think we made the most of not knowing what the hell we were doing,” Mr. Petty said in Zanes’s biography.
The band’s 1976 debut album, “Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers,” made little impact until a tour of England put the album on the British charts; then the single “Breakdown” made its way onto American radio, reaching No. 40 on the Top 40. Roger McGuinn of the Byrds recorded his own version of the Byrds-style “American Girl.”
But Mr. Petty had signed away 100 percent of his publishing rights to Shelter for a $10,000 annual advance on royalties; he wanted to renegotiate. He won rights to 50 percent of future publishing royalties after the release of a fourth album.
The band’s second album, “You’re Gonna Get It!” in 1978, included the singles “Listen to Her Heart” and “I Need to Know.” Another contract dispute followed after the ownership of Shelter changed. Mr. Petty sued Shelter’s new parent label, MCA, and declared bankruptcy, ending up in a legal limbo that delayed his next album until a new deal was reached. “I like to devote my time and energy to being a musician,” he told The New York Times in 1981. “But sometimes there’s a communications breakdown and, when that happens, you just have to stand up for yourself.”
When it was eventually released in late 1979, “Damn the Torpedoes” was a blockbuster. With the singles “Don’t Do Me Like That” and “Refugee,” the album reached No. 2 on the Billboard album chart and sold more than 3 million copies. That led to the next impasse, when MCA planned to make Mr. Petty’s next album a flagship of what it called “superstar pricing”: $9.98 rather than $8.98. Mr. Petty, among other tactics, threatened to title it “The $8.98 Album,” and the price did not rise. “MCA has done a great job selling our records, but they couldn’t see the reality of what it’s like on the street,” Mr. Petty said in 1981. “They couldn’t see that raising the album’s price wouldn’t be fair.”
Through the 1980s, Mr. Petty and the Heartbreakers maintained a steady cycle of recording and touring, including a performance at the Live Aid concert broadcast worldwide in 1985. Their hit singles included “You Got Lucky” and “Don’t Come Around Here No More”; Mr. Petty also had a hit duet with Stevie Nicks, “Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around.” He and the Heartbreakers had million-selling albums with “Hard Promises” in 1981, “Let Me Up (I’ve Had Enough)” in 1987 and “Into the Great Wide Open” in 1991, as well as “Southern Accents” in 1985.
Complacency did not set in. At one point during mixing sessions for “Southern Accents” — an album intended to examine Mr. Perry’s Southern roots — a frustrated Mr. Petty punched a wall so hard he severely fractured his left hand.
In 1986, Mr. Petty and the Heartbreakers played a 60-concert world tour with Bob Dylan, performing their own songs and then backing up Mr. Dylan. The Traveling Wilburys were initially convened by Mr. Harrison, but their songs turned into jovial rockers with tag-team vocals on the two Traveling Wilburys albums that were released in 1988 and 1990. In another notable collaboration, Mr. Petty and most of the Heartbreakers backed Johnny Cash on his 1996 album, “Unchained.”
“Full Moon Fever,” released in 1989, was billed as a Tom Petty solo album, recorded with members of both the Heartbreakers and the Traveling Wilburys. With the Top 10 hit “Free Fallin’,” it became Mr. Petty’s most popular album, selling 5 million copies in the United States alone. A second nominally solo album, “Wildflowers” in 1994, had Mr. Petty backed by most of the Heartbreakers; it, too, was a multimillion-seller, with the hit “You Don’t Know How It Feels.”
But “Wildflowers,” Mr. Petty said in “The Biography,” was also the harbinger of his divorce from Ms. Benyo in 1996. Living alone, Mr. Petty fell into a heroin addiction that he overcame through rehab before his 2001 marriage to Dana York.
Mr. Petty’s productivity briefly slowed, but never stopped. He recorded one of the starkest Heartbreakers albums, “Echo,” which was released in 1999 and reached the Top 10. His wife survives him along with Mr. Petty’s brother, Bruce; his daughters, Adria and AnnaKim; his stepson, Dylan Petty; and a grandchild.
Mr. Petty mocked a corporate-dominated music business on “The Last DJ” with the Heartbreakers in 2002, and continued to make albums with the Heartbreakers through “Nobody’s Children” in 2015. Their 2014 album, “Hypnotic Eye,” reached No. 1 on the Billboard album chart, a testimonial to fans’ lingering loyalty in an era of diminished disc sales.
Mr. Petty’s music also reached a younger generation, as he headlined the Bonnaroo Music Festival in 2006 and 2013. “We’re one of those old, lucky bands,” he told Rolling Stone in 2013. “Young people come to see us. It makes a difference.”
In 2013, Mr. Petty and the Heartbreakers played also extended residencies at the Beacon Theater in New York and the Fonda Theater in Los Angeles, reaching well past their hits. Mr. Petty regularly delved into his music collection with a Sirius XM radio show, “Tom Petty’s Buried Treasure,” that he began in 2005.
Mr. Petty circled back to his beginnings as he reformed Mudcrutch — with Mr. Tench and Mr. Campbell along with founding Mudcrutch members Tom Leadon and Randall March — to make a belated debut album and tour in 2007, followed by a second album and tour in 2016. Mr. Petty toured with the Heartbreakers for much of this year.
Mr. Petty’s songs repeatedly proved their durability. A 1993 collection of “Greatest Hits,” including the single “Mary Jane’s Last Dance,” stayed on the Billboard album chart for six years. The campaigns of Michele Bachmann and George W. Bush received cease-and-desist letters to deter them from playing Mr. Petty’s songs at campaign events. And in 2015, Sam Smith belatedly realized that the chorus of his hit “Stay With Me” had all too much in common with “I Won’t Back Down,” written by Mr. Petty and Jeff Lynne; he quickly shared the songwriting credit. “A musical accident no more no less,” Mr. Petty wrote in a typically laconic statement. “In these times we live in this is hardly news.”
A famous country music guitarist who survived the Mandalay Bay shooting massacre has renounced his support for the 2nd Amendment.
Josh Abbott Band guitarist Caleb Keeter posted on Twitter that he had, “been a proponent of the 2nd Amendment my entire life. Until the events of last night.”
“I cannot express how wrong I was,” Keeter admitted.
“Writing my parents and the love of my life a goodbye last night and a living will because I felt like I wasn’t going to live through the night was enough for me to realize that this is completely and totally out of hand,” Keeter explained. “These rounds were powerful enough that my crew guys just standing in a close proximity of a victim shot by this f*cking coward received shrapnel wounds.”
“We need gun control RIGHT. NOW” Keeter concluded.
“My biggest regret is that I stubbornly didn’t realize it until my brothers on the road and myself were threatened by it,” Keeter noted.
“That being said, I’ll not live in fear of anyone,” Keeter said in a subsequent tweet. “We will regroup, we’ll come back, and we’ll rock your f*cking faces off. Bet on it.”
Heather Maravola replied, “it’s frustrating that some don’t call the fire dept until the blaze is at their own front door. But we need more people on our side. Welcome.”
Keeter agreed with her comment.
“You are all absolutely correct,” he replied. “I saw this happening for years and did nothing.”
“But I’d like to do what I can now,” Keeter offered.
Chrissie Hynde opened The Pretenders’ gig in Tel Aviv on Saturday night by marching out on stage waving a giant Israeli flag, and ended it by declaring the crowd to be “the best audience in the world.”
But Hynde, whose band played a terrific near-two-hour set at a well-filled Menora Mivtachim arena, had an even bigger compliment for Israel. A vegetarian and veteran animal rights activist, she pronounced the state to be one of the world’s leaders in animal rights.
The Akron, Ohio-born, Anglophile singer, songwriter and guitarist said she’d learned some Hebrew words in the last couple of days but forgotten them — she said she’d leave the Hebrew to Mick Jagger — and she’d also forgotten the name of “one of your holidays” that her friend Sandra Bernhard had told her she ought to dedicate a song to. But she did dedicate one song to the animal rights activists she said she’d met on this trip, and another to her cherished cows — possibly a first in Israel.
For those who believed this was The Pretenders’ debut in Israel, Hynde had a correction. The band played here in 1987, she recalled, and she’d just met a guy out front before the gig, she delighted in reporting, who told her he’d never eaten meat again since that night.
The set was a rich mix drawn from a near-40 year career, rockers and gentler numbers, including “Stop Your Sobbing,” “Kid” and “Brass in Pocket” — the songs that made the band — and moving versions of “Hymn to Her” and “I’ll Stand by You,” the night’s highlights. Only her and drummer Martin Chambers remain from the early days; she dedicated a song to founding guitarist and bassist James Honeyman-Scott and Pete Farndon: Without them, The Pretenders wouldn’t be here, she noted. But then, of course, she added candidly, without The Pretenders, they might be. “So don’t fuck with the rock’n’roll, boys,” she warned.
Hynde was plainly in good spirits, and the warm reception could only have helped. She seems to adore her newer bandmates — especially guitarist James Walbourne — and to happily tolerate Chambers’ eccentricities. Sensibly so: he’s a highly unusual and effective drummer, relatively un-reliant on the high-hat, heavy on the toms, putting in a solo notable for how much he did without using his left hand.
Hynde is the undoubted star, however, and what was striking, in this high-ceilinged arena, is how warm, strong and powerful her voice is. She’s 66 — look it up if you don’t believe me — and emphatically in the finest singing form.
Good-natured to the end, Hynde sportingly signed a record sleeve and other mementos for those in the front rows even as she was playing the last encore, “Brass in Pocket.” And she left a cheering crowd doubtless hoping it won’t take 30 years to get her back here again.
XXXTentacion (also known as X) is a 19-year-old untermensch gangsta rapper who doesn’t look long for this world. He is a small multi-racial with black-and-yellow hair and face tattoos. The New Nationalist (TNN) sees him as a product of the hyper-tolerant, degenerate, violent and pervasive untermensch culture (*see first comment below) destroying America.
What brought X to our attention was the following music video released Sept. 12. It shows the murderous execution by hanging of a white child combined with a litany of alleged white racial offenses — including several hoaxes. (see: The Bizarre Case of the Philandro Castile Police Shooting). The hanging itself looks almost too real. A small black child and passive audience observes the on-stage hanging.
Despite protests from some quarters, Youtube — the same thought police that will shut down and demonetize far less controversial videos at the drop of a hat — left this one online. The video, called “Look at Me,” presently has 11.4 million views from X’s untermensch fans. These reprobates have up-voted the video by 546,000 to 91,000 down-votes. The general tone of many of the comments suggests hanging white children is quite alright, even cool. Earlier in the video, X is shown disrupting a classroom using a dildo as a weapon, which prompted one untermensch to chortle:
I love x but are we just gonna ignore the fact that he took over a classroom using a dildo?
In a prior era, X (and his fans) would have been institutionalized for severe mental illness or jailed for inciting violence. Instead, he has packed an incredible amount of insane behavior into his short but financially lucrative life. Par the course, I predict his destiny will be a bullet or a shank from “a brutha.”
When X is not fantasizing about hanging white children, he is beating the crap out of his girlfriend. Around 11:30 p.m. on Oct. 6, 2016, X — whose real name is Jahseh Onfroy — allegedly “punched and kicked” his pregnant then-girlfriend, according to an arrest report.
“Victim’s eyes [were] punched to where both eyes became shut and victim could not see,” the report states. The official charges against him: aggravated battery of a pregnant woman, domestic battery by strangulation, false imprisonment and witness tampering.
Despite the battery charges, X was released from jail this past March after nearly six months, after pleading no contest to separate, earlier charges of armed home invasion robbery and aggravated battery with a firearm. For this, he was sentenced to time served and is currently serving six years probation. Apparently making child-hanging rap videos is not a violation of his probation.
All this criminal notoriety — plus a ringing endorsement from leading gangsta rapper A$AP Rocky, who called X the “hardest nigga in Florida” — has boosted total SoundCloud followers from less than 20,000 to above 500,000. He currently has over 400 million plays on SoundCloud.
With the new-found popularity, X announced his first nationwide tour on April 28. The tour, titled “The Revenge Tour,” booked 26 performances and was widely publicized due to numerous controversies, which included the rapper being assaulted. In San Diego, X was involved in an altercation on stage that led to him being knocked unconscious and an audience member stabbed. In what appears to be staged fakery in another show, Onfroy was thrown into a barricade by security. The tour, needless to say, was cut short.
On Sept. 2, a free XXXTentacion concert was cancelled due to a “crowd that reportedly approached 1,000” that gathered outside a 725-capacity venue. The show’s promoters, the aptly named Dope Entertainment, announced the cancellation on Twitter, explaining that the fire department had deemed it “a safety hazard.” Police arrived on the scene to break up the large brawling crowd of people, who were flooding the streets and chanting, “We want X!”
As a younger lad, X developed an interest in “music” in school choir. Alas, he was kicked out of the ensemble shortly after joining due to an attack on another student. Onfroy was expelled from middle school after a series of physical altercations. Next stop, at age 16, was a year in a juvenile detention center for gun possession charges.
While XXXTentacion’s child-hanging video goes viral with little protest, other pea-brained untermensch have concocted yet another inversion scam of the lowest order – see below. And once again, we see self-hating whites. Sadly, the untermensch question (UQ) is color blind. As Joseph Goebbels put it, “Untermensch exist as a leveling agent in all peoples.” I suggest, without hyperbole, that we are in or approaching a Defcon 1 emergency.
This article originally appeared on The New Nationalist and was republished here with permission.
Renegeade Editor’s Note: Black children are being killed all the time by black gang members who spray bullets all over Chicago, Detroit, and pretty much every other city that has been ethnically cleansed of White people, but “social justice warriors” want to pretend like White men are going around stringing up little black boys. This “art” is really just White Genocide propaganda; that’s the message.
People are outraged after well-known rapper, XXXTentacion, showed a young white boy being lynched in his music video. Facing extreme backlash, the rapper is now in hot water for what most are dubbing as inappropriate, at the very least.
In the music video for the song, “Look At Me!” which debuted Tuesday, the 19-year-old Florida-based rapper is shown placing a white child’s head in a noose on stage in front of a crowded theater. He then hoists him up into the air as a young African-American child looks on. The child’s feet are shown dangling and twitching and then they suddenly stop.
According to Fox News, the casting director of the video, LaShawnna Stanley, said that finding parents who would allow their child to be hanged on stage was a challenge. (Imagine that.) “We had to delay the video because the mom that originally agreed and said okay but when she got there she didn’t feel comfortable. We delayed for a week,” said Stanley. “I called a lot of parents. It was a direct booking. No one was okay with their white child getting lynched,” Stanley said. “With all the racial tension in the world right out they were nervous.” No one should be comfortable with any race of a child being lynched for the sake of music video.
XXXTentacion can be seen hanging himself with two other black men on either side of him as well in this highly disturbing video.
*The following is the official Look At Me! music video. It contains scenes of the lynching of a child and police brutality. It may not be suitable for all viewers.
Stanley said the mother who finally agreed to let her child be lynched for the video was serious about acting and the message. “The mother of the son is very serious about acting. She’s a stage mom. She has three sons and takes them to LA to audition. She understood the vision,” Stanley said.
That vision, according to Stanley, is that the “little white boy and black boy show innocence,” and that society has become desensitized seeing black men hung and shot, but the imagery of a white child being hung is shocking.
The video has already been viewed over 5 million times on YouTube, and the majority of commenters disagree with this rapper’s “message.”
XXXTentacion’s real name is Jahseh Onfrey. Earlier this week, he responded to domestic violence allegations in a series of profane-laced videos. He was charged with aggravated battery of a pregnant woman, domestic battery by strangulation, false imprisonment, and witness-tampering.
In the video clips, the rapper denied the charges and accused critics of plotting against his success, and threatened to “f**k ya’ll little sisters in their throats.” He also said, “They wanna crucify me, I ain’t having it, I’m not gonna be your f**king messiah,’ the rapper wrote in follow-up posts. ‘Y’all n****s bored.”