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Some people just don’t get it

Posted in Politics with tags , , on December 27, 2008 by macmystery

A candidate for the Republican National Committee chairmanship sent out a CD to committee members for Christmas that included a song titled “Barack the Magic Negro.”

He claims it was clearly intended as a joke.

For the Republicans that can’t seem to figure out why even conservative blacks tend to stick with the Democratic Party, this story is your hint. Geesh!

It’s good to see the GOP has its best and brightest on display in anticipation of a comeback in four years. (THIS IS SARCASM!)

A new year, some new Bruce

Posted in Music with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 10, 2008 by macmystery
"Working on a Dream"

"Working on a Dream"

Obviously, anyone who is a Springsteen fan has heard by now that his new album, “Working on a Dream,” will be released Jan. 27, just days after Barack Obama’s inauguration and just days before his Super Bowl halftime performance.

The first two songs, the title track and “My Lucky Day” are available online already (see iTunes or Amazon.com). You can also watch both. I’ve embedded both at the end of this post.

Here’s the track listing for the album:

1. Outlaw Pete
2. My Lucky Day
3. Working On a Dream
4. Queen of the Supermarket
5. What Love Can Do
6. This Life
7. Good Eye
8. Tomorrow Never Knows
9. Life Itself
10. Kingdom of Days
11. Surprise, Surprise
12. The Last Carnival
Bonus track:
The Wrestler

A couple of notes …

  • According to Billboard magazine, the opening track, “Outlaw Pete,” is a whopping eight minutes long.
  • Also, the late Danny Federici, as well as his son, Jason, appear on the album.
  • The album will be packaged with a DVD containing studio footage. I can only assume the two videos already available will be part of that DVD,
  • Several news outlets are already a reporting there will be a tour to accompany the album, beginning in the spring in Europe.
  • And in what should be old news, but isn’t, “Girls in Their Summer Clothes,” from 2007’s “Magic” has been nominated for two Grammys — Best Rock Song (against Radiohead, Death Cab for Cutie, Kings of Leon, and Coldplay) and Best Solo Rock Performance (against John Mayer, Paul McCartney, Eddie Vedder, and Neil Young). The 51st Grammy Awards air at Sunday, Feb 8 on CBS.

Working on a Dream

My Lucky Day

Vote and get a Krispy Kreme

Posted in Politics with tags , , , on October 30, 2008 by macmystery
Vote and get fat for free!

Vote and get fat for free!

It doesn’t matter who you vote for next Tuesday … Barack Obama or John McCain. Just doing so will get you a free doughnut from Krispy Kreme for sporting your “I voted” sticker.

I know at least one of our local Chick-fil-A stores is giving away a free chicken sandwich for the same thing, but I can’t find anything saying that it’s a franchise-wide promotion.

Know of any other election giveaways? Let me know.

Sunday night election smorgasbord

Posted in Odd, Politics, Sports with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 27, 2008 by macmystery
Sensing the campaign is sinking with 10 days before the election, the Republicans have replaced John McCain with what they hope is a superior candidate, a cardboard cutout of McCain.

Sensing the campaign is sinking with 10 days before the election, the Republicans have replaced John McCain with what they hope is a superior candidate, a cardboard cutout of McCain. When asked, the RNC responded, "Hey, it's worked with Keanu Reeves' acting career."

Since I don’t want to make 100 different posts, I figured I could bunch all of this in one big one.

First, if you buy the rhetoric from the right, it’s only natural that virtually every newspaper in the country would endorse Barack Obama and Joe Biden. That crafty, slimy, liberal mainstream media! (If there was a sarcasm font, I’d use it here)

Back to reality, it might interest most that far more papers in this country endorsed Bush than Al Gore. Oops. There goes that theory/right-wing talking point/pile of horse shit. In addition, I work at a paper that would endorse Mussolini over Jesus Christ if the Italian were a Republican and the messiah a Democrat.

But you’d think McCain and Palin might get a break from the biggest paper in Palin’s state, a Republican stronghold.

Nope.

The Anchorage Daily News endorsed Obama/Biden. Just for kicks, here’s a link to the Fox News blog reporting the endorsement. As if the story isn’t interesting enough, try reading the Fox News readers comments at the end of the blog post. If the comments seem remotely rational to you, please get help as soon as possible, for your safety and others.

Next, speaking of endorsements, former White House press secretary Scott McClellan, a President Bush ally-turned-enemy, endorsed Obama on D.L. Hughley’s new CNN show on Sunday night.

And sticking with endorsements, here’s one you don’t want: Al-Qaeda. More bad news for McCain. Here’s a news item and here’s a New York Times piece on why it makes sense. Take it with a grain of salt.

So Sarah Palin’s hairstylist is the highest paid person on the McCain campaign team, making twice as much as his foreign policy adviser? Haven’t they learned you get what you pay for?

Rush Limbaugh … what a piece of work … he first says that Obama really wasn’t in Hawaii visiting his ailing grandmother, but instead was on some secret mission to cover up birth certificate fraud, or something almost as absurd.

Then, in nearly the same breath, he criticizes Obama for not going to visit granny sooner. Well, Rush, if she wasn’t ill, why would he have needed to leave earlier? I wonder if Rush wears his brownshirt to bed at night, or only under his white sheet at Saturday night get togethers.

And last but not least, something fun.

Sarah Palin dropped the puck at another NHL game this week. This time in St. Louis. There were some boos, but nothing like in Philly, the armpit of classiness in America. (Not that, admittedly, I wouldn’t have booed.) For the most part, St. Louis fans were like they always are, polite and enthusiastic.

But maybe she ought to not go back to St. Louis for a while. Goalie Manny Legace caught his skate on the carpet laid on the ice for Palin and injured his ankle. He departed Friday’s game after surrendering two goals in the first period and didn’t return. The Blues fell to the L.A. Kings, 4-0.

Legrace didn’t play in Saturday’s game. The team doesn’t know how long he’ll be out.

Dr. Ralph Stanley endorses Obama

Posted in Music, Politics with tags , , on October 7, 2008 by macmystery

Legendary bluegrass artist Dr. Ralph Stanley has endorsed Barack Obama for president. I’m pretty sure I remember him being a John Edwards guy during the primaries, as well as in the 2004 primaries.

Anyway, here’s the clip, a one-minute radio spot being aired in Virginia: