Daily Archives: April 16, 2010

FRIDAY NIGHT MUSIC BYTE

Wikipedia tells us, Alice Cooper (born Vincent Damon Furnier; February 4, 1948) is an American rock singer, songwriter and broadcaster whose career spans more than four decades. With a stage show that features guillotines, electric chairs, fake blood, boa constrictors and baby dolls, Cooper has drawn equally from horror movies, vaudeville, and garage rock to pioneer a grandly theatrical and violent brand of heavy metal that was designed to shock.

Alice Cooper was originally a band consisting of Furnier on vocals and harmonica, lead guitarist Glen Buxton, Michael Bruce on rhythm guitar, Dennis Dunaway on bass guitar, and drummer Neal Smith. The original Alice Cooper band broke into the international music mainstream with the 1971 hit “I’m Eighteen” from the album Love it to Death, which was followed by the even bigger single “School’s Out” in 1972. The band reached their commercial peak with the 1973 album Billion Dollar Babies.

Furnier’s solo career as Alice Cooper, adopting the band’s name as his own name, began with the 1975 concept album Welcome to My Nightmare. In 2008 he released Along Came a Spider, his 18th solo album. Expanding from his original Detroit rock roots, over the years Cooper has experimented with many different musical styles, including conceptual rock, art rock, glam metal, hard rock, new wave, pop rock, soft rock, experimental rock and industrial rock. In recent times he has returned more to his garage rock roots.

On VH1’s “100 Greatest artists of Hard Rock”, Cooper was ranked #20.

Please enjoy this video clip of Alice Cooper performing “Welcome To My Nightmare“.


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Sarah Palin Begs Tea-Bagger Banter

OK, now everyone give a big sigh of relief. For the time being it appears that the Tea Party Express Traveling Freak Show and Palin Podium has ended. Yesterday’s underwhelming rally in Washington DC was the final scheduled event until the whackjobs get all worked up late this summer in anticipation of the November 2010 elections.

For those of you that have not had the pleasure of having a conversation with a Tea-Bagger, today’s blog post should quench your thirst. You might recall that two days ago on April 14th, Lynnrockets posted a blog entry which described Sarah Palin and the Tea-Baggers at their Boston Common rally. In short, the post stated that Palin was as indecipherable as ever and the event was poorly attended.

As most of you are aware, any criticism of Palin or her brothers in arms brings out the Palinbots and Tea-Baggers in defense of her/their honor. Wednesday’s blog post was no exception. This time however, only one misinformed defender came to the fight. The blog suddenly began to receive comments from a Palinbot/Tea-Bagger with the moniker, C. Anderson (just wondering, but has she shown up on any other blogs?). Ms. Anderson, like Lynnrockets, hails from Massachusetts and right from the get go she demonstrated the Palinbot/Tea-Bagger traits of circular reasoning, lack of subject matter knowledge and denial of fact. The following is a transcript (if you will) of my conversation with her in the comment section of the post. Please enjoy.

12. C. Anderson – April 15, 2010

Count again. Fox reported 4-5,000 last night, and even the Boston Globe reported that there were some 6,000 in attendance. If you’re going to slam, slam accurately.

http://www.boston.com/news/local/massachusetts/articles/2010/04/15/palin_tea_party_express_hit_chord_in_hub/

And as for this post “they claim to be middle class citizens against tax increases, yet Obama has cut taxes for the middle class.” Could you please point out the tax cut for the middle class that I’m getting? My accountant can’t find it!

I’m an educated independent paying up on the 15th. How many of you are?

lynnrocketsApril 15, 2010

To begin, The Boston Globe did not report that there were 6000 in attendance. The Globe stated that a “park ranger estimated” that 6000 were in attendance. The Globe did not go on the record with its own accounting of attendance. The conservative Boston Herald (Enquirer) reported even a smaller number of 5000. New England Cable News reported 1000 and Politico.com reported 3000. All of the estimates included the anti-Tea-Bagger protesters. The Boston Police did not release a head count. No matter how you slice it, the number was way below the 10,000 minimum that organizer Mark Williams said he would be satisfied with. Rush Limbaugh (liar that he is, reported that 30,000 were in attendance, but what else would you expect?

In comparison, please consider that the event paled in comparison to other recent events at Boston Common. The Pope was viewed by over 400,000 in 2005 and the 2007 Anti-Iraq War protest garnered attendance in excess of 10,000.

As for your Obama tax cut, on April 1, 2009 you might remember that Obama signed a tax cut into law known as the “Making Work Pay Tax Credit” as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. The Making Work Pay Tax Credit provides immediate and sustained relief to about 95 percent of American workers and their families. Most working individuals will receive $400 a year and working families will receive $800 a year through reduced payroll deductions and taxpayers do not have to take any action to receive this tax credit. The credit continues in 2010. If your accountant was unaware of this much publicized tax law, you should find a better accountant.

13. C. Anderson – April 15, 2010

So fill me in. I would love to hear, specifically, what the tax breaks were. Glad to see you took offense to my stereotyping you. As I take offense to all the posters stereotyping me. I am not racist, gun toting, bible thumping, or uneducated.

And what about the “Boston Globe Democrat”? Did they count wrong?

lynnrocketsApril 15, 2010

Please see my response (above) to your last comment.

15. C. Anderson – April 15, 2010

My first post references my accountant, who I, like you pay for. I, like you, also expect to pay for services such as roads, schools, parks, and airports too.

But I do not expect to pay for other peoples services, like health care. Although in MA I already am. My health insurance, which I pay for myself as a small business owner, has gone up 180% since our state’s health care reform in 2006. Can’t wait to see what they want from me on a federal level.

I wasn’t asking for you to share your “secrets” But you must have some, as there was no new Obama tax break.

lynnrocketsApril 15, 2010

@ C. Anderson #15

You are beginning to make no sense. You say that you “expect to pay for services such as roads, schools, parks, and airports too. ” But then you say, “I do not expect to pay for other peoples services, like health care.”

In fact, when you pay for schools and roads and police, you are paying “for other people’s services”. You are not the only one to use those schools, roads and police services. By the way, do you want to repeal Medicare also? That is a service that you pay for the benefit of others.

I too own a few businesses in MA and although my insurance premiums have increased from 2006 by about 40%, I have not seen any increase like 180%. Furthermore, without health insurance reform my and your premiums would have increased much more. Additionally, you and I have benefited for 4 years now from any exclusions based upon pre-existing conditions and 97% of MA residents have health insurance now. The law works and that is why it is now the model for the national plan. The national plan is now law and will stay so.

Please see my responses above so you can learn about the Obama tax cuts in effect for the last 2 years.

C. Anderson – April 15, 2010

Ugh. I could not be clearer. I do not want to pay for other people’s services, such as, health care.

And aren’t you lucky to only have your rates go up 40%? I haven’t benefited from anything in the last four years. I am paying more for a lesser plan.

Never said we did not need health care reform. Just not the kind being forced on us. And the law in MA has not been proven yet, and thus, should not be seen as a model. It is unsustainable on the state level, and will be worse on the federal level.

Please see my response to your comment about the “Obama tax cuts”.

I’m done. Came here by pure accident, and am now convinced that the Tea Party movement, and any like it will get my support. You are all drinking the koolaid.

C. Anderson – April 15, 2010

The tax break referenced does not apply to the self-employed. Surprise, surprise. So enjoy your $400, as the tax increases to come will make a joke of that.

lynnrocketsApril 15, 2010

@ C. Anderson #15:
So let me get this straight, you only want to pay for other people’s services that you approve of like schools, roads and police, but not health care? That is pretty selfish, but once again I ask you, what is your opinion of Medicare? Using your thought process, it too should be repealed because the program forces you to pay for other people’s health care. By the way, shouldn’t you object to paying taxes for police service to other people when you could hire your own security detail?

Also, if the MA health care reform law hasn’t been proven yet and therefore shouldn’t be used as a national model, then why do you use it as a model to be objected too?

Finally, do you have no response to the fact that Obama has cut taxes for 95% of Americans?

C. Anderson – April 15, 2010

The selfish card. How typical.

Health care is not a right it is a privilege. Unfortunately, some things do need to be earned.

Please see reply above about the tax cuts.

lynnrocketsApril 15, 2010

Tough to earn the money for health insurance if you are too sick to work isn’t it?

17. C. Anderson – April 15, 2010

Wow, more assumptions and rudeness.

The tax break referenced does not apply to the self-employed. Surprise, surprise. So enjoy your $400, as the tax increases to come will make a joke of that. You better get to work!

lynnrocketsApril 15, 2010

It does not apply to the self employed like myself, however it does apply to the 95% of Americans that are not self employed and are not in the top 2% of wage earners. Hence, contrary to your assertion, Obama has given tax cuts to the working class. I wonder, are you married? And if so, does your spouse work somewhere as an employee? If she does, you also may have received a tax break on his/her income if you file jointly.

There have been no tax increases and your prediction of such is purely speculative. There are no present plans to raise taxes on the middle class only to repeal the Bush tax cuts for the top 2%.

C. Anderson – April 15, 2010

I guess I’m not done.

Yes, I am married. And my husband is self-employed as well (interesting you thought I was male). Two hard working, home owning citizens who are not in the top 2% of wage earners.

Hence, contrary to your assertion, Obama has not given breaks to the entire working class.

You are correct, I speculate on the tax increases. But we will need more than a repeal of the Bush tax cuts to cover what is in motion. And when the top 2% stop investing, hiring, spending, and increasing their wealth where will it come from.

So short sighted.

Done now, hopefully.

lynnrocketsApril 15, 2010

Do you consider roads, schools and airports a right or a privilege? I ask this because you confuse me. If you consider those things to also be a privilege then your reasoning on objecting to paying for others’ health care is inconsistent inasmuch as you have stated that you believe in paying for roads, schools etc. Also, if you feel health care is not a right then I assume that you have no objection to repealing Medicare. This is now the third time that you have avoided answering my question about Medicare.

By the way, I had no idea if you were male or female. That is why I used the words “spouse” and “his/her” in my comment above.

When you say, “when the top 2% stop investing, hiring, spending, and increasing their wealth where will it come from.”, what do you mean? Please remember that it was after those tax cuts for the rich went into effect that the economy collapsed. Consequently, there is no indication that the tax cuts to the rich spurred the economy. There is only evidence to the contrary.

19. C. Anderson – April 15, 2010

You referred to my spouse as “she”.

I do not consider roads, schools etc to be a privilege. And nothing I wrote suggested that. I do not want Medicare repealed. And your saying I have to object to both universal health care and medicaid at once is an easy out.

It was the Reagan tax cuts that got us out of the last recession. And you know what I mean by “where will it come from”. There is plenty of evidence that tax cuts spur the economy. And although I’d love to hear what “lynnrocket” considers “evidence of the contrary”, I will not be back to find out.

Lovely little blog you have. Too bad it’s pure fiction.

lynnrocketsApril 15, 2010

I intended to say “he/she” as is evidenced by my use of the terms “spouse” and “his/her” elsewhere in the same comment.

OK, if you do not consider roads, schools etc to be a privilege, then you must consider them to be a “right”. If so, I would love to hear your reasoning about that. Also, if as you have said repeatedly today, that you “do not expect to pay for other peoples services, like health care”, then why do you not object to paying for other people’s health care services through taxpayer funded Medicare? Indeed, Medicare is even more socialist than the health care reform law because no private profit making health insurers are in the mix.

Actually the Reagan tax cuts did not get us out of a recession. In fact, unemployment increased to over 10% almost two years after the tax cut. Also, Reagan followed the tax cuts with the largest tax increase in history up to that point in time. You might also remember that Reagan left us with a large deficit upon leaving office.

Enough factual evidence for you?

chirp, chirp, chirp… (OK, I added that one).

Makes your head spin doesn’t it?

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 topical song parody. Please enjoy!

House Party song link:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0DFsAeaoSKA&feature=related

TEA PARTY

(sung to the J. Geils Band song “House Party”)

They’re staring at the ceilin’
They’re droolin’ on the floor
Baggers everywhere comin’ through the door
They don’t have a clue what’s goin’ on
Scott Brown shedding his pants before long
They love when Glenn Beck cries
Like a baby, tears flowin’ from his eyes
They all watch him on the tube
He’s their favorite Fox News boob

They’re lovin’ the Tea Party
They’re lovin’ the Tea Party
They’re lovin’ the Tea Party
Tea-Baggers love a Tea Party!

Palin’s crazy and she has no soul
Spitting bile right from her pie-hole
With no clue, she’s koo-koo
Should have gone to better schools
She was a pregnant bride
Then that lady quit her job last July
She broke water on the move
That’s a birth that she can’t prove

They’re lovin’ the Tea Party
They’re lovin’ the Tea Party
They’re lovin’ the Tea Party
Tea-Baggers love a Tea Party!

(musical interlude)

They go on a bus ride
Guys and ladies congregate outside
Tea-Baggers are on the move
A bunch of slime with something to prove

They’re lovin’ the Tea Party
They’re lovin’ the Tea Party
They’re lovin’ the Tea Party
Tea-Baggers love a Tea Party!

They just move it, groove it
Baby, then they lose it
They just roll it, stroll it
They just can’t control it

They’re just lovin’ the Tea Party
They’re lovin’ the Tea Party
They’re lovin’ the Tea Party
Tea-Baggers love a Tea Party!

Yeah, Baggers love Tea Parties
Now we all know about Tea Parties
Yeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!!!
Smell that ol’ Tea Party