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Thu Jul 04, 2013 at 11:09 AM PDT

A Few Songs for 4th of July

by mungley

These songs are all ones I make a point of playing on the 4th of July.

4th of July by X.

(I think the description of the kids shooting fireworks needs updating for the 21st Century, but it's a great song anyway.)

One Time One Night - Los Lobos.

One of the best American bands ever, playing one of their best songs. Los Lobos always delivers awesome American music.

U.S. Blues - Grateful Dead
Here's a 1989 version. (My era for the Dead was 1982 to 1995.) I always liked Brent best when he was playing the organ. I tried to embed this one first, but it didn't work.

All three songs of these songs celebrate an America that is imperfect, sometimes painful, confusing, but wonderful all the same.

Okay, so now I've listened to all three. My musical 4th of July is complete.
(I had never seen either the X or Los Lobos videos before. Those are the official

Happy Independence Day.


No one loves an affable wealthy twit more than we do, right?

How we've enjoyed following the antics of G.O.P. Presidential Candidate Governor Mitt Romney as he bungles his way through life alienating friends and supporters and making a hash of the most basic tasks.  Nary a day goes by that Governor Romney doesn't demonstrate that wealth and common sense have no correlation. In fact, he might be walking proof that wisdom and wealth are inversely proportional.

Governor Romney's  missteps put one in mind of another bumbling rich guy, who always has to have his fat pulled from the fire.  Fortunately for him, he's got the help of the wisest most intelligent worker to be found.  Of course I am referring to Bertie Wooster and his exceptionally handy valet Jeeves.

Wooster and Jeeves are the early 20th century invention of P.G. Wodehouse.
You might recognize them from the PBS show "Jeeves and Wooster" with Hugh Laurie and Stephen Fry. Or you might know Jeeves from the search engine. Wooster is a member of the English upper class. He is idle and shiftless. Most if his time is spent partying, helping one friend or another woo a girl or tricking some rich older relative into supporting one of those enterprises.  In the fictional world it's Wooster's job to make a complete hash of things, and Jeeves' job to smooth things over and save the day.
jeeves and wooster Pictures, Images and Photos

Mitt Romney is the Republican Party's candidate for the Presidency of the United States. It is his job to alienate as many people as he can while still pretending to want to become President. There is no egg-headed genius waiting in the wings to save him.
(image Talk Radio News Service - 2012)

Both Wooster and Romney use lies and deceit to get what they want. Both come from money and expect everything to be handed to them.  Neither could figure his way out of a paper bag.

Here's the game:
We have two contestants:
Bertram Wilberforce Wooster
Willard Mitt Romney

Below the squiggle of socialism will be presented various scenarios.
Your job is to decide which of the two contestants is the culprit.


How did you do?

89%95 votes
1%2 votes
0%0 votes
8%9 votes

| 106 votes | Vote | Results

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Thu Aug 30, 2012 at 09:06 AM PDT

Some songs for Paul Ryan

by mungley

We all know by now that the prevaricator from Janesville, WI known as Paul Ryan, and a little trouble with the truth.

He demonstrated that clearly at the Republican National Convention in Tampa.

Below are some songs to help remind the rest of the country that Paul Ryan, candidate for Vice President of the United States is a big fat liar.

I swear it's to back to back cursive "P"s.

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Over the last week, a slew of Wingnutty Republicans and 'conservatives' have come out the woodwork shrieking extreme views.

From expressing their deep seated hatred of women, by blaming them for becoming pregnant after being raped to calling for armed insurrection if the democratic process works, some of the looser cannons on the right have forgotten how dog whistles work.

The trick is, you see, that a dog whistle makes a sound at ultra high frequency. Humans cannot hear it, but dogs can.
Just like in the "Doberman Gang".

Dog-whistle politics are supposed to work like this:

So his whole philosophy is an upside-down philosophy that does not comport with the American experience.
- Mitt rMoney talking about President Obama's philosophy about how society should work in July 2012

See? Governor rMoney called the President a "dirty foreigner" without saying the actual words.

Dog, meet whistle.

One would think after all the swift boating and the Karl Roving that the Republicans have done over the last few decades, that they'd understand how to play dog-whistle politics.

Fortunately some on the right have become so desperate, that they can't play by canine rules.

Meet me on the other side of the cursive "P" with two backs.

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Mon Jan 30, 2012 at 01:59 PM PST

Protest Music: Jimmy Cliff

by mungley

Jamaican born singer Jimmy Cliff brings beauty to protest and makes defiance singable.
Recently we have seen a resurgence in popularity (okay maybe only in our little corner of the interweb) of protest music by Woody Guthrie, Pete Seeger and the other folk greats of our beloved nation.

Of course other peoples have things to protest.
Jamaica has it's fair share of issues, and a wealth of musical talent.
Jimmy Cliff has pointed his song writing skills to his home country and the world at large.

The following song asks a universal question: How is there going to be Peace when there is no justice?

Huh. People taking more than their fair share while others starve. Go figure.

One of Cliff's biggest hits (from his 1969 self titled second album) was described by Bob Dylan as, "The best protest song he had ever heard."

Listen below the squiggle.

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You all might be familiar with Wisconsin. It's a state in the upper Mid-West where the governor and his cronies are trying to remake the state into a corporate playground.

I read this article at "Raw Story" a few days ago:

Think Progress has a story too:

It seems that the "small government" folks in Wisconsin aren't too shy about passing laws that interfere with competition when it benefits them directly.

MillerCoors is sponsoring a law (yes a private corporation is sponsoring a law) that will make it illegal for beer brewers to act as beer distributors or own restaurants.

Allegedly this is to prevent Coors' biggest competitor [AB/InBev (Anheuser-Busch)] from harming Coors' market share in Wisconsin.

Small brewers also fear that this law will add an unreasonable requirement for a middle man being inserted into the beer distribution process.

While the merits of the law are marginally debatable, (Budweiser arguably should not have a monopoly on beer distribution) there is no question that this law demonstrates that the alleged small government businesses and politicians are hypocritical liars.

(more on the flip side)

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We all know that the 'debate' surrounding the HCR bill this year was filled with hyperbole.

One reason the Republicans are in control of the House is due to that hyperbole.

While they were always lying and always trying to misdirect the public they had an effective tool: Focusing on the unpopular parts of the bill 9even if they had to invent them) and hammering in home.

When it comes to HCR repeal, we need to understand that mode of communication and use it to our advantage.

The good news it that we don't have to lie or invent anything.

We just need to make sure that the public knows that the most popular and common sense aspects of the HCR are are in jeopardy.

The following are at risk, and people will not like that:
Pre-existing condition rules
Childrens' pre-existing condition rules
Life time cap on benefits
Corporations getting between you and your doctor.

Please feel free to add more as we go.

We need to write LTEs and get our leaders to make a point of mentioning these threats to the American heath system.

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In the wake of last night, we are now faced with dealing with the Republican Party as a controlling entity in the House of Representatives.

I predict that they will fast change from being the party of "no" to the party of tax cuts, pork and spending.

Democrats need to keep ahead of them on messaging.

We can't let the Republicans set the agenda.

Their first goal will be to pay off the people who poured millions of dollars into their campaigns. That means more tax breaks, killing climate change measures and protecting off-shoring of jobs.

The MSM will be meekly asking the Republicans what's on the agenda for the next two years. We need to make a point of getting the answer out first.

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For most of us the minimum wage is a fact of life. We scoff at the idea of earning it, and we refer to people who do earn it as working at "McJobs"

We see the minimum wage as just that; a minimum.

The reality is that people have fought and died to earn the right to a minimum wage. Today people still struggle to earn that wage.

There was a time in this country when the idea of getting paid an hourly wage was unimaginable for many workers.

Below I'll discuss a number of songs that reflect how labor was treated as recently as 70 years ago.

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Thu Apr 15, 2010 at 09:22 AM PDT

Proposal for 2 new laws in Nebraska

by mungley

Since Nebraska has seen fit to deny it's citizens reproductive freedom, I have written to Danielle Conrad (Sate legislature NE-46) and asked her to introduce two new bills.

Text of letter below the fold.

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Rather than complain here as I most often do, I wrote to our President to ask him to prosecute torture.

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Wed May 20, 2009 at 02:32 PM PDT

My Letter to Harry Reid

by mungley

Below is my letter to Senator Reid explaining why I think he is foolish to deny the detention of people currently held at "Camp X-Ray" in the U.S.

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