Daily Archives: January 26, 2010

Supreme Court Injustice

Supreme Court Injustices decide Citizens United v. Federal Elections Commission

Last Thursday, the five conservative, activist U.S.  Supreme Court Justices effectively transferred the power of electing politicians from the people of the United States to corporations (including foreign controlled domestic corporations). In the case of Citizens United v. Federal Elections Commission the Supreme Court effectively wiped out corporate campaign spending limits and now corporations can open their almost limitless coffers to influence elections throughout the United States. The net result is that business friendly Republican candidates will benefit while Democratic party candidates will be penalized.

It will be interesting to see how the Tea-Baggers react to the decision. After all, the Tea Party prides itself on returning power to the people and its members are steadfast in their opposition to recent corporate bailouts. Consequently, common sense would dictate that the Tea-Baggers would be furious at the decision. The problem is that the Tea-Baggers in general are uneducated, gun-toting dolts and probably cannot read well enough to understand the implications of the decision.

So, what was the decision about? Overturning a century-old restriction, the Supreme Court ruled Thursday that corporations could spend as much as they wanted to sway voters in federal elections. Until Thursday, corporations and unions were barred from spending their treasury funds on broadcast ads, campaign workers or billboards that urge the election or defeat of a federal candidate. The restriction dates to 1907, when President Theodore Roosevelt persuaded Congress to forbid corporations, railroads and national banks from putting money into federal races. After World War II, Congress extended the ban to labor unions. More recently, the McCain-Feingold Act in 2002 added an extra limit on corporate and union-funded broadcast ads in the month before an election. Such ads were prohibited if they even mentioned a candidate running for office. Thursday’s decision swept away all of these restrictions.

Consequently, your next President may be brought to you by the generosity of Sony Corporation.

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.

Catch Me Now I’m Falling song link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=teBYPHu94Cw

CORPORATE BARONS CALLING

(sung to the Kinks song “Catch Me Now I’m Falling”)

We remember your little town
How it needed a helping hand
We came to feed you but now when we need you
You won’t let us elect our man

Now we’re calling those Justices that rule over our world
This is Corporate America calling
We took your bailouts and then we increased your fees
But on campaign finance you’re stalling (stalling)

Help us now we’re calling you
Stop your endless stalling
It’s in your hands, its up to you
Profits might be falling

We remember your little towns
And their tiny storefront vacancies
First we connived you and then we denied you
Of taxes on which you must feed

Now you Supreme Court Justices that rule over our world
This is Corporate America calling (calling)
Please don’t make us break every one of your knees
You would rather walk than be crawling (crawling)

Help us now we’re calling you
Profits might be falling
We need election help from you
Our guys need installing

Plain folks are broke and down on their knees
Now you can help us keep them down
We have paid you off to sit upon our throne
Now you must return the favor in a hurry,
You best not let us down

This is Corporate America calling
This is Corporate America calling

Help us now we’re calling you
Profits might be falling
We need election help from you
Our guys need installing

Corporate barons calling
Corporate barons calling
Corporate barons calling
Corporate barons calling

We denied you through all of your recessions
And we spit on you when you were down
We search overseas for our employees
We fill our coffers while our poor employees’ wages
Get shipped right out of town

This is Corporate America calling
This is Corporate America calling

Corporate barons calling
Corporate barons calling

Corporate America deserves more clout
Because recessions cause us difficulties
The Supreme Court will never let us down
Because the Chief Justice and four others are George Bush appointees

Now we’re calling the Justices that rule over our world
This is Corporate America calling
Just bail us out or do we have to say,”please”?
We must stop our profits from falling

Corporate barons calling
Corporate barons calling
Corporate barons calling
Corporate barons calling

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Monday Night Music Byte

The Dave Clark Five (also known as “The DC5”) were an English pop rock group. It was the second group of the British Invasion, after The Beatles, to have a chart hit in the United States (“Glad All Over” #6, February 1964).

The Dave Clark Five had several more hit songs in the United States during 1964-67, including “Bits and Pieces” (#4, April 1964), “Can’t You See That She’s Mine” (#4, June 1964), “Because” (#3, August 1964), “Anyway You Want It” (#14, November 1964), “I Like It Like That” (#7, June 1965), “Catch Us If You Can” (#4, August 1965), “Over And Over” (#1, December 25, 1965), and “You Got What It Takes” (#7, April 1967). The group disbanded in late 1970.

Dave Clark was the band’s drummer, an unusual instrument to be played by the namesake of a rock group. Clark, who played drums at the front of the stage, relegating the guitarists and keyboard to his rear and sides, formed the band around 1959. He owned the copyright in the recordings for this period.

Lead vocals were provided by Mike Smith, who also played the keyboards. The rest of the band was Lenny Davidson on lead guitar, Rick Huxley on bass guitar, and Denny Payton on saxophone, harmonica and guitar.

Originating in North London, the band was promoted as the vanguard of the ‘Tottenham Sound’, a response to the Mersey Beat stable managed by Brian Epstein. From the outset, the band’s sound was complemented by the inclusion of a saxophone. They had a series of memorable hits, including “Glad All Over” that in January 1964 knocked the Beatles from the number one position on the UK Singles Chart.

After the success of the Beatles’ movie A Hard Day’s Night in 1964, the DC5 released their own film, Catch Us If You Can (directed by John Boorman) in 1965. It also starred Barbara Ferris, and was released in the United States as Having a Wild Weekend. The promotional film for the song “Nineteen Days” is a precursor of the music video. The short film Hits in Action highlighted a series of Dave Clark Five hits.

The Dave Clark Five had 17 records in Billboard’s Top 40, with 12 Top 40 United Kingdom hits between 1964 and 1967. Their song “Over And Over” went to number one in the U.S. on the Billboard Hot 100 at the end of December 1965, despite less than impressive sales in the UK, and they played to sell-out crowds on their tours of the U.S. Heavily promoted as having a “cleaner” image than the Beatles, the Dave Clark Five made 18 appearances on The Ed Sullivan Show, more than any other UK group.

In spite of their huge success for a period, bolstered by the movie and a television special, the major hits dried up after 1967’s “You Got What It Takes”. The DC5’s efforts to embrace the prevailing trend of psychedelia were not successful. They disbanded in 1970, having placed a further three singles on the UK chart that year.

On 10 March 2008 the band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Please enjoy this video clip of the Dave Clark Five performing their 1965 hit “Catch Us If You Can” on British television’s Shindig series.