‘Summer Of Rage’ — #Lyrics To Pop-Rock-Folk-Rap Song

This would be a really fast folk-rock-pop song where everything but the chorus was rapped. At least, that’s my vision for it. It would be a little bit like the Run DMC / Aerosmith cross over hit version of “Walk This Way.”

Summer of Rage
lyrics by Shelton Bumgarner
@bumgarls
please give credit if you produce or perform

summer of rage is here
‘gunna bring the heat to the pigs
summer of rage is here
cling tight to what you hold dear

summer of rage

[rapped]
you think you got it figured out
everything that makes you shout
but let me tell you without a doubt
lock your doors not your mind
the summer of rage won’t be kind
we’re going to rock for our freedom
break the back of the Man at last
no one will doubt our might
as we rage until dawn breaks
the end won’t happen I’m afraid
until we make it what we want
which is a return to sanity

summer of rage is here
‘gunna bring the heat to the pigs
summer of rage is here
cling tight to what you hold dear

[rapped]
we’re going to rage all summer
till we break back what we love
we risk being cast out of heaven
if we don’t do something fast
we’re a city on the hill
for real for real
laugh all you like is all I can say
the things we love are at risk
they’re in play because of a big baby
who shits all over himself
speaking garbage every chance he can get
screaming at the top of your lungs
is the only way to deal

summer of rage is here
‘gunna bring the heat to the pigs
summer of rage is here
cling tight to what you hold dear

[bridge]
we’re going to win
is all I can say
we may break a few eggs
along the way
but freedom’s not free
just be sure to vote in the fall

summer of rage is here
‘gunna bring the heat to the pigs
summer of rage is here
cling tight to what you hold dear

‘Intuition’ — #Lyrics To A Pop Song

Just enjoying a little lyric writing. Absolutely no one cares and none of these lyrics will ever be produced, but writing lyrics is relaxing and I honestly have nothing better to do other than look for a job. This would be for a female vocalist.

Intuition
lyrics by Shelton Bumgarner
@bumgarls
please give credit if you produce or perform

sometimes you never know
but your heart tells you so
we all know which way the wind blows
at least my intuition tells
intuition
intuition
intuition

what my heart tells me is you’re the one
soon enough we’re going to be on the run
people will be gawkin’
the town will be talkin’

knowing what we’re doing when we’re alone
the way I moan when I touch your hand
my intuition tells me
you’ll be the best I ever had

sometimes you never know
but your heart tells you so
we all know which way the wind blows
at least my intuition tells
intuition
intuition
intuition

[bridge]
though my heart tells me so
know I have to keep my eyes open
before my heart breaks
again

sometimes you never know
but your heart tells you so
we all know which way the wind blows
at least my intuition tells
intuition
intuition
intuition

‘Babydaddy Blues’ — #Lyrics To A Pop-Rock Ballad

I just feel like writing lyrics. Absolutely no one cares about any of the lyrics I write, so this is just for my own personal enjoyment.

Babydaddy Blues
lyrics by Shelton Bumgarner
@bumgarls
please give credit if you produce or perform

so there was this girl
you know the kind
the type you take a shine to
she told me she’d always be mine
but before it was through
I didn’t know what to do

babydaddy blues
what am I going to do
babydaddy blues
tearing me up you see

it was one of those nights
the type when it rains hard
you think the girl in your arms
is the one who’ll always make you strong

but soon enough it was done
we were no longer on the run
just two people who knew each other
the moment gone

babydaddy blues
what am I going to do
babydaddy blues
tearing me up you see

[bridge]
what am I going to do
how am I going to surive
these babydaddy blues
these babydaddy blues

when all is said and done
I hope we’ll find out the truth
is that baby mine
or some other dude’s?

babydaddy blues
what am I going to do
babydaddy blues
tearing me up you see

#FOTUS: Just A Little Idle Noodling About Elliot Broidy, Shera Bechard & Trump

by Shelton Bumgarner
@bumgarls

I feel confident that the theory that Trump, not Elliot Broidy, was Shera Bechard babydaddy has been put to rest. There’s totally no there there. Any number of things might ultimately save us when it comes to our tyrant American Caligula leader, but, alas, it’s not going to be Paul Campos of New York Magazine no matter how hard he may try or we may wish it.

Having said all that, there continue to be lingering, somewhat puzzling, issues with fact that it was, in fact, Elliot Broidy who is responsible for all this pointless, useless speculation.

1. There’s no proof of a Bechard – Broidy romance.
Someone who knows a lot more about this than me says, “meh” to this, saying he’s not surprised. That doesn’t stop me from cocking an eye, tapping my noggin and saying, “Hmmm.” You’d think that there would be some proof, somewhere that would put an end to all of this continued — and unfounded — speculation. A picture, a voice mail, hell, even a text or an email. No one stray email exists between the two of them that someone could leak? What the what?

2. Bechard picking Keith Davidson to represent her.
I used to think she was lying about this, but now I don’t. But all I gotta say is, history is pretty freaky. The entire Broidy Did It theory rests on Bechard picking Davidson completely independent of Trump. Apparently, that’s what happened. Doesn’t stop me from scratching my head incredulously, but that’s actually 100% apparently what happened.

3. Broidy picking Michael Cohen to represent him.
What really gets people talking about this is not so much Keith Davidson representing Shera Bechard, but that Elliot Broidy would have the president’s personal fixer Michael Cohen represent him in this legal matter as well. Of course, we know it happened because Davidson looked up Broidy, saw he was on the RNC with Cohen and the rest took care of itself. That’s why the notion that Bechard was casually referred Davidson by a friend grows in significance every time you find yourself reviewing this issue. That Broidy “wasn’t thinking straight” when he passed over his actual lawyer (yes, I know his wife represents him in most things) to use doofus Michael Cohen in an NDA that he felt was $1.6 million’s worth of embarrassment is unusual. (At least to me.) But that, apparently, is what actually, in fact, did happen.

4. That $1.6 million figure for the NDA.
I think that’s a lot of money, and given that Broidy’s stopped paying, apparently he does, too. He’s only paid, I think, $400,000 of the total and that seems generous to me. Given who he is and how chill his wife is, I would see him being a lot more comfortable with something closer to $200,000.

5. That Broidy stopped paying Bechard.
Why would Broidy stop paying Bechard if it was so embarrassing? But not paying, he only brings the whole thing back into the news again. Broidy has a knack for doing something really stupid PR-wise that stirs the pot and gets people talking again about the very subject he doesn’t want people to talk about: his relationship to Shera Bechard. But maybe sees his romance as a given now and he just doesn’t want to spend any more money than he has to. For him, to a certain extent, this is over for him.

This is over for me, too, but I keep going for my morning walk and finding reasons to if not doubt the Broidy Did It theory, at least have cause to revisit it. But I would definitely say that barring something really astonishing dramatic in the near term, that this will fade away. Broidy had better not screw up AGAIN if he wants everyone to forget about this.

Shelton Bumgarner is a writer and photographer living in Richmond, Va. He may be reached at migukin (at) gmail (dot) com.

A Personal Appeal To Michael Avenatti NOT To Use The Slogan ‘Make America America Again’

by Shelton Bumgarner
@bumgarls

Please Michael Avenatti, if you really want to run against Trump and win the presidency, please don’t use the dumb slogan Make America America Again. It’s dumb, it’s derivative and it’s redundant. Meanwhile, may I propose two other options in its stead.

I suggest either:

Take Back America
or
Take America Back

Both of these are much better and I would suggest you do a poll to see which one is better. Take Back America is a looking sharper rhetorically while Take America Back has the nice abbreviation of TAB. Either one of these potential slogans gets across the idea that America has been taken by forces outside its national boundaries. Both are pithier and roll of the tongue a lot better than your dumb suggestion.

But no one listens to me.

#FOTUS: Woah Buddy. The Elliot Broidy, Shera Bechard, Trump Train Rumbles Along

by Shelton Bumgarner
@bumgarls

Now, before I begin let me get some stuff out of the way. I’m just some shmo with no life, no career and obsessive personality. That’s all I got. Meanwhile, Paul Campos is a law professor and he gets published in New York Magazine while I write a self-published blog that usually gets about 20 page views a day.

Having said all that, let’s get into it.

Campos, bless his heart, is still completely convinced that Elliot Broidy was Trump’s fall guy in the Shera Bechard matter to the tune of $1.6 million. I will give him this — the logic of his argument is absolutely, 100% airtight. Logically, Donald Trump, not Elliot Broidy banged Shera Bechard, got her pregnant ’cause he raw dogs and using his now well-established script, used Michael Cohen and Keith Davidson to fix the problem. Along the way, there was probably — so goes the argument — a quid pro quo for an abortion that may, or may not, have been coerced.

So why am I so sure that it was Broidy and not Trump? Good question. Let’s just say I have my sources and they are enough for me to pretty much feel completely comfortable thinking this all stems from the somewhat surreal co-incidence of Bechard picking Keith Davidson randomly to represent her.

Now let’s go through what Campos thinks and pick it apart.

(1) Broidy, who has a history of bribing public officials, met twice in the Oval Office with Donald Trump, to lobby for the interests of his client, the United Arab Emirates. The second of these meeting took place on December 2nd, 2017, that is, the day after the first payment was made to Shera Bechard. A few days after that, Broidy’s defense contractor firm signed a $600 million deal with the U.A.E.

This is a prime example of how the airtight internal logic of the Broidy as fall guy theory leads you to what you think are obvious conclusions. But in reality, if you work from the assumption that Broidy is the father, then the above is just white noise. Broidy also met Trump (as I understand it) BEFORE the first payment occurred to Bechard, so what we’re using as some indication that Trump is the father is really just another bit of circumstance that doesn’t really mean what we think it means. Remember, once you work on the assumption that Bechard randomly picked Davidson to represent her, then the sequence of events that disproves Trump as the father makes a lot more sense.

(2) Last week, Broidy suddenly announced that he considered the NDA “void,” and he wasn’t going to make any more payments (he had made two of the scheduled eight). Significantly, he announced his decision to do so to the WSJ.

The reason this is significant is, because, like so many other aspects of this strange case, announcing to the media his decision to stop making payments seems to make no sense in terms of basic litigation strategy. If Broidy’s lawyer on this matter, Chris Clark, thinks he actually has some legal ground for voiding the NDA, the standard tactic would be to approach Bechard’s lawyer Peter Stris, present the argument, and try to hammer out some sort of settlement that would make sense to both parties under the circumstances. Simply announcing to the world that you’re not going to pay any more guarantees that you’ll be sued. It also throws this story, which Broidy’s lawyers keep swearing he’s desperate to keep out of the news, back onto the front page.

I can honestly say Campos makes a very strong point with this point. Even though I feel this issue is settled and Broidy’s the father he keeps committing forced errors that make no sense what so ever. It’s like he wants to screw Trump over as much as possible by keeping the story in the news. It really doesn’t make any sense. But if you work on the assumption that Trump has nothing to do with any of this, then Broidy’s just a screw up.

(4) Two days later Bechard sued Broidy, Bechard’s original lawyer Keith Davidson, and Stormy Daniels’ lawyer Michael Avenatti filing her complaint under seal, meaning that, unless a judge ruled otherwise, the complaint would remain unavailable to the public. Yesterday, Avenatti went to court to get the complaint unsealed. The judge refused to do so, but did provide him with a copy (he hadn’t seen the complaint until then). Avenatti has already scheduled a deposition with Bechard for next week.

Per the Daily Beast, the lawsuit includes “troublesome claims that Broidy wouldn’t want to become public.”

To me, the fact that Avenatti would know what’s under seal and hasn’t said anything publicly to indicate that there might be some there there definitely seems to mean that there really isn’t any there there. Avenatti is a lawyer, he’d figure out some way to freak out, to get the speculation going without breaking the court seal. But as far as I know, he’s not said anything at all about what he may or may not have learned about any Trump connection.

A little later down the post, Campos writes:

(5) There is still not a shred of evidence that Elliott Broidy had ever met Shera Bechard, at least not before he started forking over huge tracts of cash to her last December.

This is another one where I will concede the point to Campos. It’s a head scratcher that there’s no photographic evidence of any affair between Bechard and Broidy given the continued interest in the matter.

Anyway, as I keep saying, if there was any rock hard evidence that Trump was somehow involved that came out, I might black out in shock for a few minutes. I totally, 100% believe Broidy is the father and I only keep writing about any of this because it’s interesting and Broidy keeps screwing up.

Shelton Bumgarner is a writer and photographer living in Richmond, Va. He may be reached at migukin (at) gmail (dot) com.

‘Don’t Care’ — #Lyrics To A Pop-Rap Fusion Song

Just enjoying writing some lyrics. No one cares. It’s just relaxing. Everything but the chorus would be rap-sung.

Don’t Care
lyrics by Shelton Bumgarner
@bumgarls
please give credit if you produce or perform

don’t care about Kylie’s lips
or about the size
of her sister’s big olde hips
what you should care about
is leaving your servers a nice tip
’cause every day I see
lady liberty man handled in the press
by our leaders who cry
fake news till they’re blue as the sky

don’t care
not at all
don’t care
don’t care
don’t care
don’t care

don’t care about the latest fued
about what dumb thing the press
wants me to learn
I care about my country
where it’s going
and it’s future
give me some hope about our fate
stop telling me to commensurate
about the latest celebrity wedding
I’m worried about where we’re heading
and you should be too
that’s what I care about

don’t care
not at all
don’t care
don’t care
don’t care
don’t care

[bridge]
one day things will return
back to the way the once were
we’ll be able to ignore the world
just give girls a twirl
but for now I have to care

I care about the truth
care about facts
care about where my nation’s headed
how we can get it back

#FOTUS: Michael Cohen, Elliot Broidy, Shera Bechard & The Trump Crazytrain Express

by Shelton Bumgarner
@bumgarls

I have finally come up with an easily understandable explanation for what happened with Shera Bechard and Elliot Broidy. What happened with them is the same thing that happened when John Wilkes Booth decided to kill Lincoln. There was an existing assassination plot floating around Washington D.C, he heard about it, and decided to use it. So the reason why it’s so difficult for people to believe it wasn’t Trump is because what they’re seeing is Trump’s existing method of dealing with a problem being used by someone else.

Some news — first, our favorite blowhard opportunist Michael Avenatti got the goods on whatever is inside the sealed complaint that Shera Bechard filed in her effort to get the rest of her $1.6 million hush money from Elliot Broidy. Avenatti has been completely silent on this issue, so that would indicate that he knows 100% that there’s no there there.

Meanwhile, a Huffington Post article says two anonymous sources say Bechard and Trump have never met each other. But they provide no proof that Broidy and Bechard know each other. And they’re anonymous. So the crazy train continues to rumble along for another day.

A Mobilization & Organization App For The Resistance As ‘Twitter Killer’

by Shelton Bumgarner
@bumgarls

Things are kind of dire, folks. The reason why I suggest we design a mobilization and organization app for The Resistance now is we need it to exist now for one the real fights — the fights we dare not even begin to imagine — are thrust upon us. So maybe someone, somewhere is already working on what I suggest, maybe they aren’t.

All I know is we really need one right now.

In my imagination, the app I want would could be a stepping off point for a Twitter Killer. The alt-Right already has Gab, why shouldn’t The Resistance have it’s own site / app? The thing about Twitter is it’s completely useless and will grow ever more so in the coming days.

So why not someone in The Resistance design an app that not only addresses the existing issues people have with Twitter, but also is designed from the ground up to facilitate people getting involved in democracy on a personal level. It can’t possibly be that difficult to think up a basic feature set. There is growing momentum in The Resistance for direct action and if you had an app that channeled that energy productively, I think you’d have yourself a hit.

The obvious question is why not just use existing apps to organize? Well, they’re too easily manipulated by foreign powers. Bots are a real problem on Twitter just as fake accounts and trolls are a big problem on Facebook. I have a pretty complete vision for an app / site in my head and it wouldn’t be too difficult to repurpose it for the specific vision.

Of course, there is the issue that if the center-Right uses Gab and the center-Left uses the app I suggest that we will finally be completely within our echo chambers to such an extent that there will be zero communication between the two groups. But as I said, things are really dire and we need to worry about stuff like that later.

We really need to design an app to organize and mobilize The Resistance.

Shelton Bumgarner is a writer and photographer livings in Richmond, Va. He may be reached at migukin (at) gmail (dot) com.

A Call To Arms: Someone Design An Organization & Mobilization App For The Resistance

by Shelton Bumgarner
@bumgarls

Things have grown so dire in just the last few days, that we need to think outside the box. We have to be ready now for the inevitable clash that Trump is going to provoke in his rapacious quest for absolute power. If the recent change in Trump’s zero tolerance immigration policy has show anything, it’s that pretty much the only part of our democracy that is working is the part where public outrage actually has some sort of affect.

Other than that, we’re on our own.

I suggest someone, say Crooked Media, design an app that is specifically invented to facilitate mass organization and mobilization on the part of The Resistance. It could do everything from facilitate people registering to vote, to ride shares to protests to how to get in touch with local Resistance leaders who might be planning a protest in the first place.

It can’t possibly be that difficult. I would do it myself, but I have no money, can’t code and don’t really want to learn. But Crooked Media seems to have the means, motive and opportunity to designed the type of app I crave.

Too bad things are going to have to get a lot worse before anyone takes me up on the idea.

Shelton Bumgarner is a writer and photographer living in Richmond, Va. He may be reached at Migukin (at) gmail (dot) com.