Monthly Archives: June 2009

Boston Radio’s Jay Severin(o) – “Snide and Prejudice”

Radio host Jay Severin(o) standing in his yard.

Radio host Jay Severin(o) standing in his yard.

After having been banned from the airwaves for a month following his racist on-air remarks, Boston radio host James Severino (a/k/a Jay Severin) is back to his old tricks. This dishonest and cowardly reich-wing pundit plies his trade on the Boston, MA based conservative radio station affectionately referred to by many listeners as, WKKK.

Yesterday, Severin, (who changed his name from James Severino a number of years back, presumably to avoid any ethnic stereotyping) devoted his afternoon show to discussion of this week’s U.S. Supreme Court Decision in the case of  Ricci v. DeStefano which involved a reverse discrimination claim. In that case, a number of white (and one Hispanic) Connecticut firefighters challenged a city decision to ignore promotional testing results because minority firefighters failed to score high enough to gain promotion. The city contended that Title VII’s prohibition against hiring practices which have a disproportionately negative impact on members of a certain racial group might trigger a lawsuit by minorities against the city if promotions were granted only to members not from that racial group.

At trial, the U.S. District Court found in favor of the city. On appeal to the U.S. Appeals Court (on which Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor sat), the lower court decision was upheld. On final appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court however, the lower court decisions were reversed by a narrow 5 -4 decision.

Severino chose to characterize the decision as an outright denunciation of Sotomayor. Of course, his arguments as usual , were replete with inaccuracies, lies and subjectivity. For example, nearly every sentence that he uttered contained the untruth that over 80% of Sotomayor’s Appeals Court decisions were overturned on appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court. He seems to have come up with that figure by simply parroting a disproved statement made by comedian Rush Limbaugh. The actual percentage of overturned decisions is 66.66%.  Six decisions in which she joined the majority of the Appeals Court were heard by the U.S. Supreme Court and of those, four were overturned.

Severino failed to explain however that the Supreme Court chooses to hear argument on only approximately 1% of the cases appealed to it. There is no absolute right to have appeals heard by that court. Additionally, the court itself chooses to hear appeals of those cases wherein there is a disagreement amongst Supreme Court justices. Once a case is selected to be heard, approximately 75% of those cases are overturned.

Severino’s on-air argument was that Sotomayor is unqualified to serve as a Supreme Court justice because 80% of her Appeals Court decisions which were selected to be heard by the Supreme Court, were overturned. His succinct argument was that anyone that performs his/her job incorrectly 80% of the time does not deserve to hold that job, let alone be promoted.

Problem is, as noted above, the Supreme Court overturns 75% of the decisions before it and Sotomayor had only 60% overturned. Consequently, her decisions are overturned on average less than all cases heard by said court. Additionally, and far more astonishingly however, Severino did not call into question Justice Samuel Alito’s qualifications to serve on the court. You see, a full 100% of Alito’s Appeals Court decisions were overturned by the Supreme Court. Alito, however is a sacred cow to those like Severino because of his conservative leaning decisions.

When confronted on-air with those facts by a caller to the show, Severino took his customary cowardly approach. Rather than try to defend his position with actual facts, he hung up on the caller and carried on with his factually incorrect diatribe to his biased audience’s delight. Severino refers to his audience as, “The Best and the Brightest.” In reality, they are more like, “The Deaf and the Sightless.”

Please click on the song link below to have more fun singing along.

Nowhere Man song link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AvLj72apGLI

RADIO MAN

(sung to the The Beatles song “Nowhere Man”)

Jay’s a real radio man
Member of the Ku Klux Klan
Preaching to his nowhere fans
For nobody

Has a racist point of view
Changed his name to Severin too
Hasn’t got a friggin’ clue, does he?

Radio man please listen
We laugh so hard we’re pissin’
Radio man, open your mouth and get canned

(lead guitar)

He’s blind like the G.O.P.
Just sees what a racist sees
Radio man you can’t see me at all?

Radio man we’re sorry
We don’t buy your story
We can’t wait till somebody else
Relieves your command

Has a racist point of view
Changed his name to Severin too
Hasn’t got a friggin’ clue, does he?

Radio man just face it
You’ve little time, don’t waste it
Radio man, we cannot wait till your banned

Jay’s a real radio man
Member of the Ku Klux Klan
Preaching to his nowhere fans
For nobody
Preaching to his nowhere fans
For nobody
Preaching to his nowhere fans
For nobody

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Sarah Palin Boob Tube Themes – 20

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Sarah Palin’s flip-flopping on policy issues reminds us of the great 1960’s television series, Flipper.

Remember to click on the song link to make singing along a lot more fun.

Flipper theme song link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IcA-ChaGdYw

SARAH

(sung to the TV theme of “Flipper”)

They call her Sarah, Sarah, her beehive is frightening,
No one could be, as clueless as she,
And we know Sarah, lost an election that stunned her,
Interview blunders, on the T.V.!

“Ya Betcha” we saw, how vapid was she,
Yet she saw herself, as darn “Mavericky”,
She talked of a bridge, off to nowhere,
Referred to herself as a tough “Mama Bear”!

They call her Sarah, Sarah, in need of enlightening,
No one you see, was impressed with she,
And we know Sarah, lacked strong college education,
Unwed procreation, was more up her tree!

Sarah Palin Boob Tube Themes – 19

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Here comes another 1970’s television sitcom classic. Everybody loves The Love Boat.

Please click on the song link below to sing along.

The Love Boat theme song link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m_wFEB4Oxlo

THE GUV DOPE

(sung to the TV theme song “The Love Boat”)

Guv, from Red state not Blue
Thank the Lord, She sees Russia too
Guv, that should be ignored
Palin blows and the First dude too

The Guv Dope soon will be planning another run
The Guv Dope providing laughs for most everyone
With Joe Sixpack her mentor
Poor Sarah ain’t got a chance

And Guv’s, easy to abhor
With a wink and smile that both invite snores
It’s GUUUUUUUUUUUUV!
Sarah Palin’s the Guv

Sunday Morning Coffee (or Tea) – 3

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Just a little Sarah Palin dittie to start your day. Remember to click on the song link below to have more fun singing along.

Born In The USA song link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7oVzHm_S0-A

BORN IN GOOD OLD AK

(sung to the Bruce Springsteen song, “Born In The U.S.A.”)

Born in an Idaho town
When my parents looked at me they could only frown
My dad he had a job that he sure did hate
So he loaded up the truck and we left the state

I wish I was…

(chorus)
Born in good old AK
Born in good old AK
Born in good old AK
Born in good old AK

We moved to the town of Wasilla
A bland place sort of like vanilla
I became a man killer
A temperament like Godzilla

Born in good old AK
Born in good old AK
Born in good old AK
Born in good old AK

I was soon running for the VP
John McCain said I was so “mavericky”
He bought me shoes and a real fine dress
Then he kicked me off the “Straight Talk Express”

Born in good old AK
Born in good old AK
Born in good old AK
Born in good old AK

I went back to state 49
Acted as if the whole place was mine
I did bitch, I did whine
Committed more than one ethics crime
I did the acts but I won’t serve the time

Up on the North Slope where the oil does flow
I cut some deals oughta make me some dough
Then I think I’ll write a book
You can make a lot of dough when you’re a crook

Born in good old AK
Born in good old AK
Born in good old AK
I’m a lipstick wearin’ pick in the U.S.A.
Born in good old AK
I’m a pocket hockey momma in the U.S.A.

Born in good old AK
(fading)

Sarah Palin And Her Photoshop Outrage

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Here she goes again. Just wondering, but why is it that Sarah Palin finds a way to inject herself into the news cycle on nearly a daily basis? Mind you, we are not complaining because this tabloid trainwreck supplies more material for this blog (and countless others) than we could ever expect from any of the other lame Republicans and right wing pundits. Nonetheless, you would think that she and her supporters could somehow figure out that all news is not good news.

Just think about it. In the last few weeks alone, we had the scheduling/speaking screw-up at the Republican fundraising dinner. That was followed by the David Letterman kerfuffle wherein she stated that she had no interest in boosting his ratings. Of course she miscalculated once again and his ratings skyrocketed.

Next, she and her supportors feigned outrage over a Photoshopped image which appeared on an Alaska based blog. The image in question was a photo of Palin and her son, Trig wherein the child’s face was replaced with that of a local right wing radio personality that fawns over the Governor every chance he gets. Of course Palin (like most humor deprived Republicans) did not get the joke. She and her supporters misinterpreted it as an attack on her special needs child.

Once again however, she blundered. Her feigned outrage will now only encourage more and more embarrassing Photoshopped images of her (as if there are not enough already).

This of course, feeds right into our own song parody…

Remember to click on the song link below and have more fun singing along to this old 1970’s classic.

Photograph song link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o60QWYUBL6c

PHOTOSHOP

(sung to the Ringo Starr song “Photograph”)

Ev’ry time I see her face
It reminds me of the waste thrown out the door
But all I got is this Photoshop
And I realize I can cut and paste evermore

Wish Sarah Palin would up and go away
If she won’t do it
I’ll keep Photoshopping away-yi-yay-yi-yay

I think I’ll add some monkey ears
That are spouting smoke and tears the color blue
I’ll make Sarah look grey and old
And I’ll leave a space to add something bold to say

(musical interlude)

She’s not expecting me to add too much rouge
But that is something that I’m looking forward to

I think I’ll add a dead reindeer
And I’ll go for broke with meerkats also, too
I’ll add a bear long dead and cold
With its tears gone dry and its head blown away

Ev’ry time I see her face
It reminds me of a wasted worn out whore
So I go to work with Photoshop
And I realize I can cut and paste evermore

Ev’ry time I see her face
It reminds me of the waste thrown out the door
So I go to work with Photoshop
And I realize I can cut and chop evermore

Ev’ry time I see her face
It reminds me of the waste thrown out the door
(fading)

Sarah Palin Boob Tube Theme Songs – 18

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Here is another 1970’s sitcom theme song parody. The theme is from Good Times and the song is “Dy-No-Mite!”

Good Times theme song link:  http://www.televisiontunes.com/Good_Times.html

GUV TIMES

(sung to the TV theme song “Good Times”)

Guv times
Livin’ off per diem payments
Guv Times
Joe Sixpack is her best friend
Guv Times
Spoutin’ off interview blunders

Keepin’ them hassled, keepin’ them hustled
Unwed teen pregnant daughter
Joe the Plumber is a fan

SarahPac fund pay-offs
Guv Times
Turkey headed rip offs
Guv Times
Hatchin’ and conniving
Guv Times
Spittin’ out a WOW line
Ain’t she lucky she got ‘em

Guv Times

Palin Goes to Kosovo

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The Crazy Talk Express has just left the station for another trip out of Alaska. Seems that Sarah Palin has had her fill of getting into arguments with comedians (David Letterman) and bloggers (Alaska’s Celtic Diva). Consequently, she has decided to try to enhance both her foreign travel experience and her military-tough image by flying off to Kosovo to visit Alaska National Guard troops that are stationed there.

This of course leads us right into a song parody. Come on now, you can guess this one right?

Please click the song link below to have more fun singing along.

Kokomo song link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VolRRTEQ2F8

KOSOVO

(sung to the Beach Boys song “Kokomo”)

Wasilla, Alaska oooo  off to Nebraska
New York and Canada and she can see Russia
Germany, Mexico, places Sarah did go

From Albania east
There’s a place called Kosovo
That’s where Palin did go to get away from it all

Her jet plane did land
At an airbase in that foreign land
She’s the traveling Guv
We’ll be thinking of but we can’t stand
A clown in Kosovo

Wasilla, Alaska oooo  off to Nebraska
New York and Canada and she can see Russia
Germany, Mexico, places Sarah did go

Ooo we wanna make her stay in Kosovo
She’ll be their ass
And she’ll dress like a ‘ho
Way off in Kosovo
Way off in Kosovo

First Dude’s a geek, that snowsuit is tres chic

Sarah’s overseas
And she’s learning geography
By and by she will try a little foreign policy

Shooting wolves in flight
Beehive is pulled too tight
The way that she blinks her eyes
Should creep out the National Guard guys
Way off in Kosovo

Wasilla, Alaska oooo  off to Nebraska
New York and Canada and she can see Russia
Germany, Mexico, places Sarah did go

Ooo we wish she’d settle down in Kosovo
Please get there fast
And please take Plumber Joe
That’s where we wish they’d go
Way off to Kosovo

Preen and primp, Bristol could land a pimp

(musical interlude)

She could make new foes
Most every day in Kosovo
Spending per diem dough
But she would sure miss the mall
Way off in Kosovo

Wasilla, Alaska oooo  off to Nebraska
New York and Canada and she can see Russia
Germany, Mexico, places Sarah did go

Ooo we wish she’d settle down in Kosovo
Please get there fast
And please take Plumber Joe
That’s where we wish they’d go
Way off to Kosovo

Wasilla, Alaska oooo  off to Nebraska
New York and Canada and she can see Russia
(fading)

Mark Sanford (and Son) – Part 2

Mark Sanford (R) S.C. shows off the souvenir he bought for his wife while in Argentina

Mark Sanford shows off the souvenir he bought for his wife while in Argentina

The AWOL Mark Sanford story is simply too good to be limited to the 24 hour news cycle. This thing has some legs (pun intended) and provides so much great material that those of us at Lynnrockets’ Blast-Off need to capitalize on it. The crying press conference was priceless and the transcripts of the governor’s emails with the mistress reminded us of those poorly written romance novels found at the drugstore. What will the Republicans come up with next? The many wives of Mittwit Romney? A day in the life of the First Dude? We cannot wait.

Remember to click on the song link below to have more fun singing along.

Oh, Boy song link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9sg9XI7bYrA&feature=related

PO’ BOY

(sung to the Buddy Holly song “Oh, Boy”)

All of Mark’s love
All of his kissin’
Big romance while Sanford was missin’
Po’ boy, adultery
Po’ boy, the world can see
Sanford must leave his seat

All of Mark’s life
He been a waitin’
Preachin’ them politics of a-hatin’
Po’ boy, down in S.C.
Po’ boy, now he can see
No more Presidency

Lots of tears from eyes that are ballin’
Credibility is a fallin’
A little bit a-lovin’ makes everything right
Mark’s sure to call Evita tonight

All of Mark’s love
All of his kissin’
Big romance while Sanford was missin’
Po’ boy, adultery
Po’ boy, the world can see
Sanford must leave his seat

Dumb-dee-dumb-dumb
Po’ boy
Dumb-dee-dumb-dumb
Po’ boy

(musical interlude)

All of Mark’s love
All of his kissin’
We love it when Sanford goes missin’
Po’ boy, adultery
Po’ boy, the world can see
Sanford’s sheer lunacy

Sanford’s good wife
Won’t be a matin’
Mark might take to Larry Craig’n
Po’ boy, K-Y Jelly
Po’ boy, watchin’ telly
Sanford will be lonely

Scars appeared and his future is fallin’
He can hear Fox News a callin’
A little elbow rubbin’ makes everything right
Mark’s gonna be on Glenn Beck tonight

All of Mark’s love
All of his kissin’
We’re laughin’ so hard that we’re pissin’
Po’ boy, laugh till we pee
Po, boy, the world can see
There’s no more G.O.P.

Sarah Palin Boob Tube Theme Songs – 17

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This is one of those great television theme songs from the 1970’s when they still had lyrics. Those of you that remember Happy Days are sure to also remember its spinoff, Laverne and Shirley.

Please click on the song link below so as to have much more fun singing along.

Laverne and Shirley theme song link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_ZmimJGmrUQ

PITBULL AND FIRST DUDE

(sung to the TV theme song “Laverne and Shirley”)

One, Two, Three, Four, Five, Six, Seven, Eight
She heels, she grovels, Exxon Oil Incorporated
She went and blew it

Any foolish chance, she’ll take it
Give her any rule, she’ll break it
If you’re not on her team, screw you
Her way or no way

She’s a political hack now
Just like her pal, Johnny Mac now
And Russia’s always within view
“Drill Baby Drill”  Yay!

When she’s talking it’s a lie
Won’t admit that oil’s exhaustible
Palin once rode the short bus
And we all knew it

Dresses like a curbside ho’ now
Daughter Bristol can’t say “no” now
She’s Joe the Plumber’s dream come true
And she wants it her way, not our way
Take it or just screw you
And she wants it her way, not our way
And there’s the First Dude too
They have no clue

Mark Sanford (and Son)! (Updated)

Republican South Carolina Governor, Mark Sanford tries to remember whether he went to Appalachian Trail or Argentina

Republican South Carolina Governor, Mark Sanford tries to remember whether he went to Appalachian Trail or Argentina

Republicans, the gift that keeps on giving. Now batting, South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford. Where do we begin? Sanford disappears for six days and neither his family nor his staff have any idea as to his whereabouts. The press catches on to the case of the missing governor and so his staff makes up a story that Sanford needed to clear his head by means of hiking the Appalachian Trail.

That fabrication unravels, however when an unidentified South Carolina law enforcement official informs CNN that Sanford’s vehicle has been parked at the airport for several days. Next, airport officials confirm that Sanford has just re-entered the United States from Argentina. What up with that? Finally, we learn today that Sanford has lately been borrowing law enforcement vehicles in the middle of the night for sojourns to parts unknown. Sounds like a little head shrinking may be in order. Or, perhaps he just has a girlfriend like so many other of the “Family Values” Republicans. In any event, this example of irrational behavior should put an end to any Presidential aspirations that Sanford may have harbored for 2012.

UPDATE

Suspicions confirmed. Mark Sanford was traveling with his mistress. We can now update our list of Republican “Family Values” adulterers.

Ronald Reagan, Newt Gingrich, John McCain, David Vitter, Mark Foley, Larry Craig, Rudolph Giuliani, Ted Haggard, Bob Allen, Glenn Murphy, Jr., John Ensign, Sarah Palin (maybe) and Mark Sanford.

Batting next for the Republicans, Mittwit Romney.

Please click on the song link below so as to have more fun singing along.

Sweet Caroline song link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FmV_YJm5jAc

SOUTH CAROLINE

(sung to the Neil Diamond song “Sweet Caroline”)

Where he began, we can’t begin to know where
But we do know that something’s wrong
Does Sanford drink?
Is this guy dumb or dumber?
Will Mark next fly off to Hong Kong?

Vans, minivans, roams about
Losing me, losing you
South Caroline
Why did Sanford leave the hood?
He should resign, that would do your state some good

Why, oh why?
Is he all-right, is the guv’nor so lonely?
Where will he next wander off to?
Maybe Frankfurt?
Frankfurt or maybe Boulder?
Not Pennsylvania Avenue

Done, he’s now done, petered out
He should be, in the zoo
South Caroline
Is Sanford misunderstood?
He should resign, that would do your state some good

(musical interlude)

South Caroline
Why did Sanford leave the hood?

South Caroline
Is Sanford misunderstood?

South Caroline