Brett Jolly’s Daily Thought (“Is this considered freedom of speech and was it violated?”)

Two rappers decided to make a song about “killing 2 police officers who had arrested them earlier.” The song never got delivered to the policemen  by the rappers but the song was uploaded to Youtube (but wasn’t done by them, they say). They were arrested and they did time behind bars. Were their constitutional rights violated for freedom of speech? On the surface this seems a lot less complex than what it appears. However, did the rappers have the right to “say what they wanted?” For those who would like to know all the facts here is the link:

From the standpoint of the police, they need to feel secure (as we all do). If this song became popular enough people might actually want to enact the killing of the officers. However, the key component here is the term “might.” It didn’t happen that way. If someone mentions robbing a store (but never carries out his intentions) is he in essence guilty of a crime? This case could be bigger than just lyrics. The plaintiffs say that this song was “never delivered” to the police by them so under legal terms it couldn’t be construed as a threat. However, the rappers were already convicted based on the “threat” of the song. The decision behind this case could have a strong impact on freedom of speech and the constitutional right to say what you want. If the court upholds the concept of threat, then a lot of people may be in jeopardy. White Nationalists may have to “tone down” their rhetoric based on whether their ideology constitutes a threat to those of different races. Everything may be considered a threat to some extent. The biggest issue to me is that these guys mentioned the cops “by name.” I don’t think that was right, but then again I don’t know if there is any law against doing that either. This case seems important, and I want to know the outcome of it. Hopefully you do too. Does freedom of speech actually exist? This case may well determine the answer to this question. Let’s see what the courts say. 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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Chuck D (from the rap group Public Enemy) in concert with Brett Jolly on bass


Brett Jolly’s Daily Thought (“last night I gave a lecture to young students about the music industry”)

Last night was very cool. I talked to young students about the principles of the music business. I talked about how “un-angelic” the industry can be, and how the industry doesn’t necessarily need talent in order to thrive. Many people feel that if they have a great product that nothing else should be needed. Having a great song (and great talent ability) isn’t even half the battle. There are so many great artists and groups that have been established in music (and done well when it came to selling songs) but in the end they fell out of grace simply due to the concept of money and greed. They have been victimized and used, and this is an old game that is “still” going on for many. Some of them have made lots of money but that assuredly doesn’t apply to even “most” of them. So how is this happening? If the songs have been sold for profit, who made that money? All the people “behind the scenes.” The managers, the writers, the producers, the label, and just about everyone else associated with them got paid. I remember years ago I talked to a lady by the name of Vesta Williams. She was a tremendous singer who could rattle monitors onstage with her powerful voice. She was signed to a label and she had some moderate hit songs. She and I had a talk one day about the industry. She told me that her label was investing all their money into Janet Jackson at the time. She said that she could out-sing Janet on any day of the week (and she absolutely could, she had a tremendous voice). At the time she was a little bit overweight (but still was incredibly sexy). She told me that once she slimmed down to her desired weight that she expected the label to give her all that “slim girl” money that they were investing into Janet. What she didn’t know was that the reason the label invested so much into Janet was because she was a “Jackson.” It had nothing to do with Janet’s singing ability. There were rumors out that the “Control album” didn’t even have Janet’s vocals on it during the beginning but once they signed her they gave the project to her. For the record, here is one of Vesta’s songs:

For the record, there are “many instances” where the industry took advantage of people, stole from them and even disrespected them. Vesta was eventually dropped from the label. Janet was dropped eventually as well. The music industry is not what it once was. The new music is horrible and the politics of it have not changed over the years. When I talked to the youngsters everyone seemed to pay great attention and afterwards they told me that they learned a lot from me. That made me feel great. We need to inform the new generation of the things they need to know. You could actually help in making one of them a star one day. Thank you so much 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 (“Yesterday was a day when it felt like everyone was trying to stress me out”)

For some odd reason, yesterday I heard from all types of people who wanted to argue and debate with me over all types of negative things. It had gotten so bad that I actually checked myself for a moment to see if I were to blame. I examined each situation carefully and determined that everyone was having a bad day and just wanted me to have one with them. Since I am a former stroke victim I have to make sure that I don’t give a whole lot of attention to those people who want to worry me unneccesarily. Usually at some point I let them know that they are working my nerves and they have a certain amount of time before I end the conversation and hang up the phone. I realize that people will have bad days (and yes, that includes myself). I also realize that stress is what you allow others to put on you. I had quite a few people call me to air their differences. The one thing that I can say is that whenever I start a new day I “try” to leave all the negativity of the prior day behind. Each new day is a new start for me. Once I finish writing this article I will attempt to live my day peacefully and hope no one else will try to bring more negativity to me. I love peace… I really hate to fight or debate anyone over anything. Sometimes it can’t be helped, though. I will repeat in my head (“Today is going to be a good day”). I will take walks and think about peaceful things. Later on today I have been asked to speak to an audience about the industry of music. I plan to make it a great event. It will be on Wharton Street here in Philadelphia around 6:00. If you are interested in attending, hit me up at (Right now I don’t know the address, but it was sent to me in Facebook email). Remember, you have control over your day. Exercise your right to experience peace, even from those who wish you anything but… 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 and Stephanie Mills

Stephanie Mills and Brett Jolly

Brett Jolly’s Daily Thought (“Were the moon landings real or hoaxes?”)

When the Unites States “supposedly” landed on the moon I was too little to understand most of it (I think this still might give away my age though). However, I did notice that the flag they “allegedly” posted on the surface was blowing mightily in the wind. If indeed there was no wind there then how could something like this happen? Now 50 years later people are reviewing the footage to expose certain aspects as the possibility of being fake. Did we in fact reach the moon’s surface or was it all contrived? From the lighting to the wind to the reflections theories are now popping up seeming to show that things may not have been what they seemed. Here is one article for you to check out:

I also have my doubts. One thing I don’t understand is why haven’t we tried to go back since. What about other planets? The missions were stopped. Also, when it comes to video and sound, how long should it have taken for the video to be televised back to earth? Have you ever been on a long football field and heard the delay in sound when someone made a loud noise? That is because even though sound is fast, it still is delayed when traveling far distances. The moon is 238,900 miles from earth. Sound travels at 1.088 feet per second (depending on air temperature). There is also a delay with radio waves. The moon is supposedly like a vacuum. According to experts, sound “cannot” travel through a vacuum. So sound cannot   travel through space because there is no matter for the vibrations to work in. Even if they are transformed into radio waves the video and the audio should arrive at different times. Considering how technology was back then, I would love to know how they handled the delay in transmitting a live signal back to the US. So does this answer any questions for us? I’m sure the conspiracy theorists already have the answers they need. I do believe that our government will mislead us if they can (I actually think they do it all the time). You can formulate your own opinions on this one. 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 (“Happy Thanksgiving”)

I realize that this holiday may not be celebrated all around the world. For me it is not about the official day but rather the concept behind the holiday. I hope that no matter what you celebrate this is a special day of peace and tidings for you and your family:) Thank you for checking out my Daily Thought and as always I wish you the very best that life has to offer. Happy Thanksgiving:)


Brett Jolly’s Daily Thought (“A debt of thanks is owed somewhere”)

There can be a lot wrong with this world if you think about it. There are not too many things in this world that are without blame for something. In China recently, a U.S. college basketball team went there for an exhibition game. While they were there, 3 basketball players decided to shoplift and were caught by authorities. Under Chinese rule, those guys “should” have endured 5 to 10 years in prison (and most likely would have been sentenced to such). One of the players was the son of LaVar Ball, formally of the NBA (National Basketball Association) and also the father of this years highly touted rookie ( who plays for the Los Angeles Lakers). To be honest, in this circumstance it should make no difference whether you are a fan of Donald Trump or not. It should make no difference as to what your political affiliation is as well. If Trump talked to the Chinese President and got your son released from jail, you should “thank him.” For some reason, LeVar Ball refuses to thank (or even give any credit) to Trump for getting his son released from Chinese jail. For those of you who don’t follow the story here is the link:

Right is right, and wrong is wrong. I don’t know how Mr. Ball could possibly exempt Trump from gratitude for his son being home. If Trump didn’t get involved his son might still be there in China. No one is telling Ball that he has to support or even give praise to President Donald Trump, but he “at least” deserves a “Thank you.” The rules of another country should always be followed. I have been to other countries where the rules were strictly enforced, and I made sure to obey the laws there. The rules apply to everyone, and that includes those who “visit.” Maybe one day LaVar Ball will change his mind and thank the President. I firmly believe it is “the least” he should do. Thank you for checking out my Daily Thought, and as always I wish you the very best that life has to offer.



Brett Jolly and Kathy Sledge (from Sister Sledge… She sang lead on “We are Family”)

Kathy Sledge and Brett