Thursday, April 29, 2010

Paul Revere and the Raiders Reunion Tour

That's right...despite the recent passing of guitarist Drake Levin and the previous untimely departures of co-Raiders Mike "Smitty" Smith and Robert "Mooney" White, former Paul Revere and Raiders lead singer Mark Lindsay has announced the reformation of this iconic 60's rock band. Never part of the British Invasion, the Idaho-based Raiders topped the charts with such classic hits as "Indian Reservation (The Lament of the Cherokee Reservation Indian)," "Kicks," and "Hungry."

Why? The Raiders were well regarded in the industry as a "bunch of white-bread kids trying to sound black." Further, the Raiders believe, of all people, they should be the face of the opposition movement...a movement seeking to overturn new Arizona controversial immigration law SB1070. As a matter of fact, MediaCopp has just received confirmation of a 2010 worldwide tour for the Lindsay-led super group. In fact, I've received an advanced copy of Lindsay's solo hit, "Arizona."

We should be like San Francisco

That, or get outta the way

Protesting Governor Jan Brewer

Oh, we're gonna make her pay

We don't believe immigrants are the problem

And the issue isn't black and white

Now all you wanna do is racially profile

Well, brother, get ready to fight

Arizona, ready for Sharpton's boots

Arizona, let's all burn our green cards

My myyyy

Arizona, we'll boycott your friggin' state

Arizona, hey won'tcha go "bleep" off

Mmmm forget all your laws cuz we know better than you, how to protect

Your lives and personal prop-er-tyyyyy

Arizona, what makes you think you're exempt

Arizona, you need to suffer like all the rest


Follow me to the Mexican border

I will be your guide

We will carry the torch like Lady Liberty

But you will be paying the tab

Bring us your poor, your tired, your huddled masses, mmm mmm, yearning to be free

And I will find a place for ev'ry one of you

In the city by the bay-ay-ay

Arizona, forget more Super Bowls

Arizona, take a look at the Third World, my my

Arizona, ready for Sharpton's boot

Arizona, Glenn Beck would be worse

Hey, Arizona, open your windows 'n doors

Arizona, forget your Tea Party protests, my my

Arizona, get off your friggin' wallets

Arizona, hey won'tcha share your shit, my my

Come on, hey, Arizona, take off your pampers now

Yes, just a little taste of what's in store at the reunion tour for Paul Revere and the Raiders. Opening the shows will be Tina Fey and the Waybils, doing their chart topping single, "Sarah Sublime," sung to the tune of the Hall and Oates classic. Also, a Monkees tribute band leads off each evening with former keyboardist for the Raiders, Paul Revere, as their front man (sorry, Benedict Arnold had a previous commitment)...

Tuesday, April 20, 2010


*New York Times Nobel Prize winning columnist Paul Krugman was heard telling one of the talking heads at MSNBC that financial reform is necessary because, "we must put (provisions) in place so that nothing like this (bailouts) ever happens again...and when it does, we need to..."

*A letter writer to our local rag, the Scabramento Bee, pointed out that "sunsetting" of the Bush tax cuts is NOT, as Republicans have been saying, a tax "increase," but rather, it is simply the government keeping THEIR money...

*This blog's hero, Bill Clinton, has been pontificating recently about the impact that "words" can have in the public discourse...yes, the man even says that Rush Limbaugh is responsible for inciting acts of violence...well, depending what your definition of the word, "is," is...

*They're still running that "Head & Shoulders" know, the one where the voice over announcer reports that using Head and Shoulders shampoo guarantees thicker, fuller hair, er, as opposed to unwashed hair...huh?

*Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell has stated repeatedly that the country CAN NOT afford the Health Care plan submitted (and subsequently passed) by the Democrats...all the while admitting he hadn't read the bill...

*Similarly, our president has smugly, condescendingly, sarcastically (okay, put the thesaurus away) stated that ALL the folks who warned of the dire consequences of reform are alarmists in that, "hey, where are the death panels, etc, etc, etc...).

*Then, the McConnell bunch was quick to refer to the fact that major provisions don't go into effect until 2014 and beyond...but then, that's assuming he's since read the bill...

*Lastly, TODAY is 4/ know, National Weed Day...Cannabis Culture Day...Wikipedia entries report the 4/20 day originated at San Rafael (California) High School when a group of students would meet at 4:20 and smoke weed...ehhhhhhhhh!!! Wrong! 4/20 is April 20...and April 20 is Adolph Hitler's birthday...the slacker, stoners were just a bunch of Neo-Nazi's...

Monday, April 12, 2010


Previously, this/last week's edition of deathless prose was to be devoted to the 2010 Masters Golf Tournament. As you may or may not know, the Masters represented the return of golfing icon Tiger Woods, he of the media-heightened sex scandal (of course, with apologies to Ben Roethlisberger). The nexus of my commentary would have been to "stick it," to all the naysayers (and Woods' haters) after he won the thing. Alas, that did not happen. What's that "Lefty," "Mr. Manboobs," "the man who folds to Tiger every tournament," Phil Mickelson, WON his third green jacket. Well, worse...if you're a horrible human being...Phil deserved it...great tournament all...

So, this/last week's edition is NOW going to be devoted to upcoming columns...better entitled, "Coming Distractions." They include...

* THE MediaCopp solution to California's public pension woes...geez, the Bee (local Sacramento newspaper) continues to foam at the mouth like a rabid dog...yet they offer very few cogent solutions or even ideas (THE definition of "whining").

*On a related note, California's budget woes continue...and MediaCopp will offer additional assistance in closing the ever expanding gap, both logically and also on a grander (though more tongue-in-cheek) scale.

*The announcing of my new Alter Ego...yes, Buck has been fired and his replacement is straight out of local (Sacramento) media. It's a great honor for this local pundit...but also a huge responsibility...and one that I hope this person takes with solemn reverence.

*SF Giant ace Tim Lincecum is now 2-0 in the relatively new 2010 MLB season. After a four hour rain delay yesterday, Lincecum went out and pitched his second gem of the year. He said, being from Seattle, the rain doesn't bother him. Hey Tim, tell that to my knees!!

*Speaking of my knees, they continue to ache (another definition of whining?), but I'm still lumped in with those dreaded public employees who are raping the public pension system. I DON'T THINK SO...

*Oh well, I can still walk (at least for a few more years, I guess)...and I'll be working bingo again tonight. That's know, selling cards, papers, tabs, stuff like that. Hey, it's a wonderful way to earn some tax free, LEGAL income (since anything I earn will go straight to my daughter's softball fees, expenses, etc.)...

*Speaking of tax free income, the Bee had a "story" about local underground employment. HOWEVER, ne'er was there a mention of ALL the people on the Obama gravy train who are working those jobs while collecting the 99 weeks of unemployment (I know, I know, it's not ALL Obama's fault)...

*Last but not least, an update about MediaCopp's return to the stage...that's right...if the knees hold up, I'll be returning to stand-up. Details to follow...stay tuned...

Thursday, April 1, 2010

It's the MEDIA that is RACIST...

I've been trying to figure out their next move...their game, if you will...but, it just seemed all too neat. I mean, health care shot through with barely a whimper. Before that, banking and auto manufacturing (now, energy via EPA, bypassing Congress)...yep, hardly a problem. Oh sure, the right wing media did their best to provide some semblance of token, though inept opposition, but nope...the American people continue to "approve" of our current, albeit incremental slide toward (warped) socialism.

Who am I talking about? Why, the media, of course!! You know, I was a little worried that the media would make a sharp U-turn back to the 90's and we'd begin seeing those "shining happy headlines," telling us all is well. But to date, that hasn't happened. The media continues to act as if their party isn't in charge...and we all know the party to which I refer. At first, it was, "oh well, I'm sure it's simply the media attempting to portray themselves as impartial." But now, it has become is RACISM!!

The media can't stand inclusion...or cooperation...heck, if there isn't controversy, well, they just go ahead and create controversy...and there are many who willingly aid and abet...even USA Today has gotten into the act. The lead editorial on March 31 was "almost gleeful," in tone. The editorial was entitled, "Militia arrests show there's no stereotyping terrorism." The piece went on to document how right wing extremists have turned to "homegrown terrorism" in alarming numbers. Oh, never mind that these groups have ALWAYS existed and WILL ALWAYS exist.

The slant of the editorial was, as stated earlier, almost gleeful in tone. No, not because local law enforcement and even military forces would be doing their job; that is, to go after ALL extremist groups (i.e. terrorists)...and not to now make it "even more O.K." to demonize anyone who might racially profile...BUT to create even MORE dissension and/or divisiveness among the masses. Are there more right wing extremist/militia groups today? Sure...BUT, I submit that far more of these groups are worried about first, second, even fourth amendment rights...than are even slightly concerned with our current president being half Kenyan.

Are there racist groups among them? Sure...there are stupid people EVERYWHERE. As I've always maintained, "stupid" is NOT a minority. But with all the problems facing the country today...and these problems appear to be getting worse with each and every government intervention, I wondered the purpose of such an editorial. But, seeing as the media appears to be carving out a powerful niche in our country's new (warped) form of government, well, I believe it has to be RACISM, pure and simple.

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