Brett Jolly’s Daily Thought (“What’s up with Donald Trump?”)

http://news.yahoo.com/mccain-takes-high-road-trump-attacks-war-record-155732021.html;_ylt=A0LEV7twP65VRnIA1XEnnIlQ;_ylu=X3oDMTEzbWFxdmg3BGNvbG8DYmYxBHBvcwMxBHZ0aWQDRkZHRTAyXzEEc2VjA3Nj

I usually don’t like to even get involved when it comes to politics, but soon the nation will have to vote for a “new President.” On the Republican side, there are “many” choices to choose from, but my attention today will be focused on just one: “Donald Trump.” He has truly been an “interesting and different” candidate so far. He does not bite his tongue on “anything” and yet his popularity seems to be soaring (according to polls recently taken). I met him years ago when I actually sang for him at his birthday party at the Trump Marina in Atlantic City. I remember that I was only paid $100 for it. Backstage i actually witnessed him holding a  “very healthy conversation” with a model who was absolutely “topless” at the time. Needless to say, Trump was listening to her “very intently.” Hey, I probably would have done so too back then (smile). Now, back to the present, considering all the attacks Mr. Trump has engaged, is there anyone left that he doesn’t owe an apology to? He attacked President Obama over his place of birth, he attacked Rosie O’Donnell, He attacked Whoopie Goldberg, he attacked Mexicans, and he just recently attacked fellow Republican and war veteran John McCain. Other Republicans have been “slow” to distance themselves from him but now it appears that they have no choice but to rebuke his comments. None of that seems to matter to Trump because he appears to revel in the attention he is getting from all of this. What does this say for Donald? I am more concerned with what this says for “us.” If indeed he is now the front runner, then that must mean that we as a people actually “support” racist comments and insulting war veterans. Trump sparked outrage over the weekend when suggested that a serviceman who was captured could not be a real hero, in reference to McCain’s time in a Vietnamese prison. I am sorry, but I “absolutely cannot agree with this.” ANYONE who puts his life on the line to save others will “always” be a  hero to me. The link to the article is above. Donald Trump now poses a very serious challenge to the rest of the Republican Party. He is not going away because he has his “own money” to launch his own campaign. If he does indeed become the front runner, then how long before the others join the bandwagon and start indulging in “outrageous politics along with him?” Whether you like him or not, Trump has been very successful in most of his endeavors. It will be interesting to see whether this particular platform of his can land him a gig in the “White House.” Thank you for checking out my Daily Thought, and as always i wish you the very best that life has to offer.

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Famed guitarist Steve Cropper (he played the famous guitar lick on “Soul Man”) and Brett Jolly

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Brett Jolly’s Daily Thought (Me and my group performing “This is a Man’s World”)

We have so much fun at my Wednesday Night open mic events. The group that I play with is fantastic and we play “any and all” genres of music. We even “take requests.” During our “jazz set” we did this particular song that was originally done by James Brown and then recently done again by saxophonist Gerald Albright. The name of the song is “This is a man’s world” and it features Chris Odom, Stan Brisbon, Keith Simpson, Cowboy, Benny Barksdale on sax and of course, me, Brett Jolly on red bass guitar. I hope you like the clip and as always, I wish you the very best that life has to offer. Take care.

Brett Jolly’s Daily Thought (“Red Bass Guitar Photo shoot for Ty”)

Ty doesn’t sing. She works as a waitress in a club in Philadelphia. She was eager to take pictures modeling the red bass guitar and we hope you like the end results. It was a great day for shooting and the location was excellent. Thank you for checking out my Daily Thought and as always, i wish you the very best that life has to offer.

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Brett Jolly’s Daily Thought (“One of my favorite vintage jazz classics of all time”)

This is one of my classic all time jazz performances. i absolutely “love” this song. The lyrics are rather racy, mainly because it was performed around the time of the civil rights era. I apologize if anyone feels offended by the lyrical content. However, the raw music, the presentation, the ambience of the era, and the energy poured into this composition is just “incredible” to me. ‘Music is expression” and this particular tune just about says it all for me. I love music, and when I can “feel it” as opposed to just “hearing it” then it has a greater impact on me. Yes this is one of my favorite jazz classics of all time, and I hope you like it. Introducing  Les Mccann and Eddie Harris: “Compare to what.”

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Brett Jolly’s Daily Thought (“Camille Cosby’s defense of her husband”)

First, I do understand that behind every successful man there is a woman who helped make him that way. In the case of Bill Cosby, his wife Camille spent most of their careers building up the reputation of this once revered man. She has stood beside him much like Hillary Clinton did with her husband, former President Bill Clinton, though his own misgivings. While in many circumstances that can be considered admirable, in this situation it just might “work against” her husband. Camille claims that these women who now accuse Bill Cosby of assaulting them actually gave their “consent” to being drugged and having sex. With the evidence against the “one time prominent role figure” building continually against him I just don’t believe that this was the proper statement for her to make. Whether she realizes it or not, with that statement she “gives credibility” to the possibility that “some kind of impropriety actually DID take place.” You can’t say that women gave their consent to sex unless that sex “actually occurred.” If the women did indeed give their consent, then why would they even need “any”drugs in the first place? Why would they change their minds now? Finally, this statement puts her “right dab smack in the middle” of this story. When you make a statement like this, it automatically gives off the impression that you “knew” about these violations and did nothing to report the activity to authorities. If in fact a crime did occur, it could possibly mean that through her knowledge she was a “willing participant.” Even though the statute of limitations has passed, that could possibly land them “both” in jail. For YEARS Bill Cosby has been a positive figure in entertainment. He didn’t curse in his monologues and he always seemed to be the voice on logic when it came to others. He helped a lot of people along the way. I remember meeting him years ago when my group opened up for his performance at the Academy of Music here in Philadelphia. His wife has always been perceived as a woman of dignity. With these last statements, she may have destroyed her own positive image. Everyone accused of a crime should be considered “innocent until proven guilty,” and while no trial has been set for Mr. Cosby the evidence against him just “continues to mount.” I’d like to believe that he is innocent. I don’t know if my heart will let me… Either way, I applaud Camille for “standing by her man in the face of adversity.” However, if she is going to make comments about what she “thinks” she knows, then she may need to use a greater degree of discretion. Otherwise, she may find that the words she uses “can and will be used against her.” Thank you for checking out my Daily Thought, and as always I wish you the very best that life has to offer.

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vintage shot of Grover Washington Jr, brother Bill Jolly and Brett Jolly

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Brett Jolly’s Daily Thought (“President Obama commutes prison sentences for 46”)

http://www.cnn.com/2015/07/13/politics/obama-commutes-sentences-drug-offenders/

President Obama decided to “take on reform of the prison system” and “commuted the sentences” for 46 “non violent drug offenders,” saying that their punishments didn’t fit the crime. He said that he believed we should be a nation of “second chances.” I realize that when you commit a crime you need to be prepared to “do the time,” however, even I have to admit that there are certain sentences that may have been considered “rather harsh.” I commend the President for having the heart to even review their circumstances, because there are many in the system who are often just “sent off and forgotten.” When you think about it, many of us have made mistakes in our lives (some more serious than others) and we all have done things in our lives that we severely regretted. I am not saying that ALL prisoners need to be given second chances (because we “know” that “some” inmates are definitely beyond reform) but I do like the fact that these particular inmates had their cases reviewed and commuted. Should there be “more” cases under consideration? I think so… It costs money to incarcerate an inmate. They need food, electricity, heat, air and other amenities that taxpayers foot the bill for. I would “love” to see a reformed inmate given a second chance to “make an honest living” and stand on his or her own two feet. Society also needs to “forgive” those who have served their time, because for “many” job applications they “still” do “background checks.” How can anyone get a second chance if they can’t even receive an opportunity due to their past mistakes? Many of us might even turn to crime if we had no other means to make an honest living. Will all of these prisoners with commuted sentence attempt to live a righteous life upon release? Time will tell the answer to that one, but if the heart of a prisoner can change for the better then I would hate to see that sentiment wasted. A lot of people who committed foolish crimes did so while they were “young and stupid.” As we grow, we don’t always keep that same mentality. There is hope, and with hope there’s a chance for “reform.” We can’t let them ALL out, but I like what just happened. Maybe there “is” hope after all… Thank you for checking out my Daily Thought and as always I wish you the very best that life has to offer…

Former Heavyweight Champion Mike Tyson (receiving award) and Brett Jolly

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Brett Jolly’s Daily Thought (“Drug Lord escapes from maximum security prison”)

http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2015/07/12/world/americas/ap-lt-mexico-drug-lord-escapes.html?_r=0

So I read that a major Mexican drug lord who had been apprehended “twice” has now broken out of a maximum security prison for the “second” time. Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, who was listed as one of the “world’s richest men in Forbes magazine” was actually “tunneled out of his cell.” My understanding was that the tunnel was so sophisticated that it even had lights and ventilation. I can only imagine that if this guy has the power to produce so “elaborate” an escape route that his means for avoiding capture are even “more” intricate. How can this happen? When you have lots of money, you can run just about anything you want, even from prison. You get special treatment and favors from your own guards. Guzman’s crime organization was “well known” for building tunnels to supply their drug trades. i would not be surprised if he isn’t using more tunnels to avoid capture now. The funny part about this is that being in jail was supposed to “stifle his control” over his drug agency. If he was living in luxury in his cell and still running things from behind bars, then the only thing they managed to do was just “change his living conditions.” The link to check out the story is at the top. So what happens now? This guy has the means and the power to go “anywhere he wants.” If he somehow manages to enter the United States then you can rest assured that the world’s biggest smirk will be had by Donald Trump right now. For those of you who don’t know, Mr. Trump made a very controversial statement that illegal immigrants entering our country from Mexico were drug dealers, criminals and rapists. People were turning against him before. It will be interesting to see what he has to say now. “IF” this felon every gets captured again, they “still” may not have the means to keep him imprisoned. When he broke out of prison before, he had help from the prison officials there. i would not be surprised if he had help from them this time as well. Whether he runs his cartel from prison or he runs if from home, until they can seize his assets he will just continue to do what he does. It is an embarrassment to the Mexican government and authorities. As hard as they will try to apprehend him again, i believe his means for avoiding capture may be more sophisticated than the governments. Stay tuned on this story. Thank you for reading my Daily Thought and as always I wish  you the very best that life has to offer.

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Music writer/producer Kenny Gamble (center with glasses with Brett Jolly in back ground)

Kenny Gamble and Brett Jolly