I WALK THE LINE

Johnny Cash!

One of the world’s greatest singers, writer of music, and lyricists. He began life as a bad guy. Spent years in prison. Came out redeemed and went on to make the world a better and more understanding place to live.

Cash did 2 concerts venued in a jail. Not as a prisoner. His time done.

The first was in 1956. His concert performance at Folsom Prison. His Folsom Prison Blues made the top ten.

He wrote and sang Walk the Line for the first time in 1968.

His second concert was performed at San Quentin Prison on New Year’s Day 1968. Cash had spent his longest term of confinement at San Quentin. He returned to be with “his people.”

Merle Haggard was a prisoner at San Quentin at the time. His starring days to come later.

Haggard was 20 years old when sentenced to 15 years. He served only 2 years.

He watched the Cash’s San Quentinn concert. He credits Cash with giving him the inspiration to launch a career after prison. That career included 38 #1 hits. Songs like Sing Me Back Home, Okie From Muskogee, and Today I Started Loving You Again.

Regarding Cash’s San Quentin performance, Haggard said, “He had the right attitude. He chewed gum, looked arrogant, and flipped the bird to the guards – he did everything the prisoners wanted to do. He was a mean mother from the South who was there because he loved us. When he walked away, everyone in that place had become a Johnny Cash fan.”

JustSaying brought to my attention a Linda Ronstadt interview conducted over CNN by Anderson Cooper.

Cooper asked her about Trump. Her response direct and to the point. She said Hitler had destroyed Germany and centuries of intellectual history. He made people afraid to speak out. She also believes Mexicans are the new Jews.

Pretty good from my perspective. She calls things as she sees them!

Anderson Cooper another story. He is a CNN star. Fifty years old. Purportedly knowledgeable about everything.

He disappointed me and probably Ronstadt when he said her comments surprised him. The comparisons between Trump and Hitler. Like it was the first time he was hearing it. He thought most people did not think of such a comparison.

Something is wrong with Anderson! I have been saying for 3 years to BEWARE!. Trump is in effect Hitler reincarnated. Everything he does is similar to what Hitler did in the 1930’s.

The blind cannot see. Some persons refuse to see.

This morning’s Key West Citizen has photos of Bourbon Street Pub and Sloppy Joe’s at midnight New Year’s eve. Sushi and the Conch Shell falling.

The crowds were comparable vision wise to Times Square.

Key West a great place to be New Year’s eve!

Florida’s anti-texting law in effect. Texting illegal.

A good law. I know from my own experience the times I almost caused an accident because I was driving and texting. One’s attention is automatically on the cell phone for a few seconds. That’s all it takes.

The Citizen began today publishing excerpts from the diary of a Key West resident from long ago. May L. Johnson. The first excerpt dated January 2, 1896. It will run every day til the diary runs out.

May was 19 at the time. Her first day experiences interesting. How a 19 year old lived back then.

I panicked yesterday. Someone messaged me that Facebook was going to start charging $39 a word for messages beginning today. Did not make sense. However, you never know.

I tossed the problem over to Sloan and asked she investigate it. Sloan’s response in effect don’t worry. A scam. She attached 2 e-mails from July last summer. One asking if the charge was true.

Facebook’s response: “…..a scam. We will always keep Facebook a free service for everyone.”

Time brings changes. Weed is in and plastic bags out.

On January 1, 1892, Ellis Island was opened as a U.S. Immigration site. Now long closed, it nevertheless became the gateway to the U.S. for more than 12 million people. Including my Mother, grandparents on both sides, and a number of aunts, uncles and cousins.

Each made a contribution. Some small, some large. Each was a value to their new country.

As will Mexicans, Latinos and others who seek entry today.

Maine’s Senator Sue Collins has decided any Senate impeachment should require a trial. Witnesses, questions, and answers. She stands in opposition to Majority McConnell in this regard. She believes “it is inappropriate for McConnell and even Democrats to pre-judge a trial itself.

Several days ago, Kim Jong Un spoke at a North Korean conference. He made it clear. He no longer felt bound by his self-imposed moratorium on nuclear and long range missile testing.

Kim has been cheating most of the time the moratorium was supposedly in effect. Trump did nothing, except talk about his “love affair” with one of the world’s most treacherous leaders.

Haircut today. With Lori. My barber/friend for 20 years.

She has been gone for 2 months. An extended vacation. She is back!

Enjoy your day!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

48 comments on “I WALK THE LINE

  1. Lou, Johnny Cash never “spent years in prison”. He never spent a single day in prison. His longest “stint” was 1 night in jail. As usual, your “facts” are made up.

  2. I am a fan of Lou’s blog, and I usually believe it is inappropriate to point out inaccuracies to the blog host. But I am also a fan of the late Johnny Cash. And I must point out that the stories of Cash serving time in prison are not true. He was arrested seven times during his early alcohol and drug abusing days, resulting in several overnight stays in local jails. But he was never sentenced to a prison term. His famous song, Folsom Prison Blues, was written in 1953 and first recorded in 1955, long before he performed it live at Folsom Prison in 1968.

  3. “I Walk the Line” written and recorded in 1956. I was in junior high. Remember it well. Sun record label. Each verse in a different key!

  4. Females seem to be better equipped to phone and drive at the same time. I have seen them turn corners and whip into tight parking spaces while phoning.

  5. I saw the Ronstadt interview by Anderson Cooper. In my view, he was surprised not by what her political views were, but that she would so quickly and publicly state those political views in the interview. For years, she avoided discussing politics, particularly while dating Governor Brown. Starting in around 2004, however, she began to get more politically outspoken over the issue of the Iraq war. Now, I guess all you have to do is ask and she’ll give you the straight story.

  6. Anyone who accuses Trump of being just like Hitler, should be required to sit in a solitary, locked room with their eyes and ears propped open, and forced to read and watch the history of Hitler.

    Idiotic to minimize what a monster Hitler was by comparing to any U.S. president. Has to be from ignorance.

    • No, YOU are wrong – it is far more appropriate to say that ANYONE who doesn’t think that Trump is a lot like Hitler should be required to sit in a solitary, locked room with their eyes and ears propped open, and forced to read and watch the history of Hitler.

      One does NOT minimize what a monster Hitler was by comparing to any U.S. president. Especially a U.S. President is known to have studied Hitler and kept his books bedside.

      Ignorance is ignoring when a U.S. President is acting Hitler like.

      The perfect example of this idiocy is how an American citizen, such as yourself, can be so ignorant as to act like the German people did when Hitler was on his accent.

    • The real sick part of this type of thinking is this… these libtards actually wish Trump were like hitler. They are all mentally ill, every last one of them.

      • Liberal Bastards?

        There are none so blind as those that will not see.

        It is our duty as HUMANS not to let ANYTHING close to a Hitler gain power again. We must be hyper aware of anything approaching that from happening.

        One ONLY need acknowledge Trumps Hitler styled “rallies” to know that a clue, as is his systematic stacking of the courts and the entire judicial system.

        Perhaps rather than denying what is obvious, you might want to be more productive spending your time stabbing Jews?

  7. Based on newly-discovered, secret documents from German archives, diaries and newspapers of the time, Gun Control in the Third Reich presents the definitive, yet hidden history of how the Nazi regime made use of gun control to disarm and repress its enemies and consolidate power. The countless books on the Third Reich and the Holocaust fail even to mention the laws restricting firearms ownership, which rendered political opponents and Jews defenseless. A skeptic could surmise that a better-armed populace might have made no difference, but the National Socialist regime certainly did not think so—it ruthlessly suppressed firearm ownership by disfavored groups. This sounds far more like Pocahontas than Trump, you dolts.

    • Who’s the dolt? You think owning a fire arm s way to keep us from being suppressed by a tyrant? Ask a Mexican how that’s working for them, you dolt!

      • You are clearly mentally handicapped. Mexico had some of the strictest gun laws in the hemisphere (outside of your darling socialist states) It is virtually impossible for a citizen to acquire a legal firearm. In fact, there is only 1, yes 1, gun store in the whole of mexico. So you are indeed a dolt as advertised.

        • Who’s the dolt? She was talking about Mexican’s here in America (hence the term tyrant) where they are free to own guns and they’re still rounded up and put concentration camps, just like the Jews in Nazi Germany.

            • They are only illegal aliens AFTER they have been found guilty of that, not before when they are automatically detained without due process. Being able, in this country to bear arms until they are convicted of not having that right is most appropriate to the argument that having the ability to bear arms doesn’t seem to help them avoid the same fate as the Jews in Nazi Germany. Furthermore, one of the issues the Nazi’s used with the Jews is that they were illegally functioning, not too much different than what we’re saying about Mexicans here and now. The real bigger picture is however that Trump and his goons are acting VERY much like Hitler and his goons, deserving of that criticism.

  8. Hitler did not start out being the monster he ended up as. Who knows what form Trump will end up taking. I have heard members of his base talking some pretty creepy stuff.

      • No she doesn’t.She wants to better regulate firearms, particularly aszault weapons. Stop lying about things to make your point.

        And stop name smearing when you don;t agree with someone, she is no less native American that Trump (who self identifies as the chosen One) is GOD.

  9. I am so tired of worn out comparisons to Hitler, even when there are some valid similarities. It seems that everyone who opposes a person, cause, political position or ideology will find a way to inject Hitler into the conversation to make some dubious point. Hitler was a monster, but believe it or not, there have been worse despots throughout history. Gimmee a break from Hitler already.

    • Really snowflake? Let me get out a tiny violin and play you a soothing melody so as to make your troubled mind more at peace.

      The Hitler analogy when used with Trump, is completely appropriate. The fact that you don’t like it is your problem. You should have though of that before you elected him.

      My advice to you is that if you don’t like it move some place where you don’t have to listen to it, like maybe Germany, nobody there will mention the name there,they are still too embarraszed.

      • My point was simply that the Hitler analogy is grossly overused. C’mon, show some originality. If you are referring to Trump (I wasn’t), then how about Joseph Stalin, responsible for 20 million deaths. Or Mao Zedong, 30 million. Or Pol Pot, up to 2 million died in his killing fields. And here’s a good one for Trump – Idi Amin, known for his cruelty, visciousness and buffoonery. If you want to go back a ways, you could use Ivan the Terrible or the Mongol Tamerlane. See? There are lots of nasty despots you could use, and give us all a break from the old Hitler theme.

        • No, Hitler is the appropriate comparison. Trump is not being smeared with villainous innuendos, in a way FOX news and right wing wannabes use to attack their enemies, he is accused with the Hitler reference (sometimes Mussolini) because his actions very closely resemble what and how he/they did it. It IS an appropriate comparison and I suggest you are the one that looks like a moron who doesn’t know his history for trying to suggest otherwise.

  10. zzz what an idiot. Do you put z’s in every word you don’t know how to spell

    You Hitler fear-mongers can throw that name around all you want. It just proves what historical morons you are. You should be locked in a room with death camp survivors, who can educate you about real monsters.
    Trump will be gone in 2025 and that will be the end of your “nightmare scenario”.

    • Trump is already done and WILL be gone before 2025

      and who you calling an idiot, you ignoramus? the “z” is a replacement for an “s” because when you use 2 “ss” after an “a” it spells something that Lou’s software rejects from publishing on his blog, ‘causing people like you to jump up and down about not getting your replies to go through, or complain about Lou blocking your replies because you think he prejudice against dunces. Let me ask you again you ignoramus, who are YOU calling an idiot? Don’t you feel a little stupid for opening your fat mouth about something most other people know about?

      and aren’t you ever going to get tired of correcting other peoples spelling, especially when your ignorance outpaces your intelligence?

  11. Enough of this BS Hitler/Trump stuff. Have we all gotten off the topic of Lou making up facts to fit his story… yet again?

  12. Let me guess… Lou’s next blog post will be about how Trump is going to start WWIII. Forget Key West. Trump, Trump, Trump. Russia, Russia, Russia. Hitler, Hitler, Hitler

    • Yes, that’s a very REAL possibility and something we should ALL be concerned about. And if he does, we should all thank him for the warning.

      You on the other hand have been wrong about almost every thing you have predicted. Why should we listen to you know?

      • How dare Lou doing a blog post on Trump today about Trump slipping us into WWIII, especially when just about everybody else is doing just that today too. Why would Lou do such an awful thing repeating what all the experts are worried about and warning us against. Lou hates Trump and is an awful person for warning us so frivolously and without any decency. Thanks for predicting Lou’s dastardly acts of wanton disregard for our eyes. You are a genius with such insights and help.

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