Daily Archives: January 6, 2010
The “thing that wouldn’t shut up” has reared its ugly head once again. Yesterday, Sarah Palin decided to share her thoughts on the legal means used to prosecute Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, the would be plane bomber. She was highly critical of the Obama administration’s decision to try Abdulmutallab in the federal court system rather than by means of a military tribunal. Think about that for a moment. The former ex-quitting governor of Alaska feels qualified to offer advice on constitutional law to a President that was a constitutional law professor at one of the nation’s most highly regarded law schools. This is the same woman that matriculated in 5 different inferiorly ranked colleges in 6 years before she could manage to obtain a mere bachelor’s degree in journalism, yet she feels qualified to speak about law. CBS News reports that this is what she said on Facebook about President Barack Obama:
“his fundamental approach to terrorism is fatally flawed” and that “the real nature of the terrorist threat requires a commander-in-chief, not a constitutional law professor.”
The educationally challenged Palin went on to say,
“It simply makes no sense to treat an al Qaeda-trained operative willing to die in the course of massacring hundreds of people as a common criminal. Reports indicate that Abdulmutallab stated there were many more like him in Yemen but that he stopped talking once he was read his Miranda rights. President Obama’s advisers lamely claim Abdulmutallab might be willing to agree to a plea bargain – pretty doubtful you can cut a deal with a suicide bomber.”
First of all, how on God’s green earth does Palin claim to know that Abdulmutallab “stopped talking once he was read his Miranda rights”? Indeed , all published reports indicate that the bomber was quite forthcoming with information regarding his plans and those of his associates. Also, too, the information obtained from him will be admissible in a court of law because it was not obtained illegally by means of torture. Furthermore, exactly what type of legal insight does Palin claim to possess which would substantiate her claim that you can’t plea bargain with a suicide bomber? Of course she also failed to address the fact that the Bush administration prosecuted “shoe bomber” Richard Reid, an al Qaeda operative, in civilian court where he provided information, and he is now serving a life term in maximum-security prison. Where was her criticism then?
Honestly, Sarah darlin’, that’s all very interesting. Now run along because educated adults are trying to run the country.
In honor of the troops, please remember to click on the song link below to familiarize yourselves with the tune and to have more fun singing along with today’s song parody.
Things We Said Today song link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GwokRK8P6D4&feature=related
THINGS SHE SAID TODAY
(sung to the Beatles song “Things We Said Today”)
Thinking of Sarah P.
Up there in the snow
Thinking she’s “mavericky”
Little does she know
Somedays when I’m lonely
Pining for old Tina Fey
Then I will remember
Things she said today
She’s not a refined girl
Disgraced in prime time
And she’s not a kind girl
She wallows in the slime
Her words have no meaning
But she sure has a lot to say
It’s fun to remember
Things she said today
She has such a simple mind
With nothing to say that isn’t fluff
Nonetheless she is inclined
To just have her way by talking tough
Yet she’s a blind girl
She’s a phony one
Despised and maligned girl
She will soon be gone
Ego that needs weaning
Lacking in the skill of word play
She cannot remember
Things she said today
She had lots of books to sign
What were her supporters thinking of?
Did they feel left behind
When she went away and had enough
Of being kind, girl
She said she was done
Let them wait in line girl
Take your cash and run
Someday when she’s scheming
Hand in glove of her next pay-day
Will Palin remember
Things she said today?
Tonight’s music byte is another lost band from Boston and here is a description of them from their own website.
Sometime around 1975, deep in the Home of the Fried Clam, Ipswich, Massachusetts, a really fun bunch of guys who had a band called “The Rhythm A’s” somehow changed and became The Fools. All entertainers have a gimmick, a shtick, if you will (even if you won’t). The object of a Fools show was to blow real life out of all proportion and morph ‘just another night out to see a band’ into the most fun anyone had ever had — anywhere! Meeting with great success, it wasn’t long before the lads were masterminding stage trickery, pratfalls, skits, themes, twisted audience participation, practical jokes, paybacks, big nights and even some colossal events. Then they discovered radio.
In 1979 “Psycho Chicken,” X-rated parody of The Talking Heads’ “Psycho Killer,” exploded over the airwaves of Boston. The boys were so excited they followed up almost at once with another whopping hit — “It’s a Night for Beautiful Girls.” And the guys weren’t the only ones to get excited. EMI Records signed the band and sent them right out to tour the U.S. with The Knack. The tour was a smashing success. Then, off to Miami to record the victorious debut album “Sold Out.”
The 1980’s saw the band through a storybook journey of mounting success and achievement. Adoring fans, media attention, the second album “Heavy Mental,” touring the U.S. with Van Halen, massive “hometown” shows in Boston, TV appearances galore, European Tours with dizzying record sales, music videos and MTV. Then came the break with EMI. The band, alone and exhausted, retired to Cape Cod for a summer and bravely wrote their most successful album, “World Dance Party.” Fueled by no less than four big radio tunes, WDP flew out of stores all across the nation. The title track “World Dance Party,” along with a “Doo Wah Diddy” remake, “Life Sucks…Then You Die” and “She Makes Me Feel Big” all added up to a blockbuster of an independent release bringing in sales in excess of either 500,000 or 1,000,000 or 2,000,000 — depending on which band member you ask. Are they playing it up? (Or playing it down.)
Record-breaking radio airplay, new videos with heavy MTV play, new releases and constant touring propelled The Fools through the mid-1990’s.
Please enjoy this video clip of The Fools playing “Psycho Chicken”