Daily Archives: June 7, 2010

Monday Night Music Byte (McCartney Blasts Bush)

McCartney at historic Fenway Park, Boston 2009.

Tonight’s Music Byte will dispense with the usual historical narrative of the featured artist. Sir Paul McCartney needs no introduction. Over here at the Blast-Off however, we like him even more this week.

CNN reports, President Obama on Wednesday awarded McCartney the Gershwin Prize for Popular Song – a lifetime achievement award given by the Library of Congress. Upon receiving the award, McCartney deadpanned, “After the last eight years, it’s great to have a president who knows what a library is.” Don’t you just love it? Even an English (albeit of Irish descent) musician recognized George W. Bush’s lack of eloquence and was not afraid to comment about it on American soil.

One person unfortunately was not amused. House Minority Leader John Boehner (pronounced, “Boner”) is demanding an apology from the music legend. Boehner said,

I hope he’ll apologize to the American people for his conduct which demeaned him, the White House and President Obama.

Actually Mr. Boehner, the remark did not demean McCartney, the White House and President Obama. It only demeaned George W. Bush. So, take that!

Please enjoy tonight’s video clip. By the way, the drummer is from Arlington, MA.

Bobby Jindal “Bells” Gaffes Again

You remember Bobby Jindal, don’t you? He was the once and future rising star of the G.O.P. before he delivered his party’s embarrassingly sophomoric response to President Obama’s February 2009 address to Congress. Suddenly thereafter, Jindal was persona non grata to the Republicans.

In an effort to redeem himself in the eyes of the G.O.P., Jindal continued to rail against the President’s stimulus package. He went so far as to proclaim that his State of Louisiana would not accept stimulus funds from the federal government. Of course he lied. Indeed, Jindal even posed in photographs with those big checks as he doled the federal funds to his constituents (see below).

Jindal proudly distributes stimulus funds.

Well, he’s b-a-a-a-a-ck! Nonetheless, in his newest attempt to redeem his image, Bobby Jindal “Bells” has stepped in it again. Ever since the Gulf oil disaster off the coast of his state, Jindal has been shaking his fist at BP and the federal government’s inability to stop the river of oil poisoning the Louisiana coastline and wetlands. His anger at BP is understandable as that company is solely responsible for both the spill and its clean up. But why is he angry at the federal government? Jindal, after all, is one of the biggest conservative proponents of a limited and hands-off federal government. He favors the limited regulation that actually triggered this disaster and yet he now wants his state to be bailed out by Big G.

Yet that is not all that Jindal wants. He claims to be outraged at those responsible for the oil rig disaster yet he is also criticizing President Obama’s moratorium on future off-shore drilling until a safer means of production can be guaranteed. In other words, baby boy Bobby wants to have his cake and eat it too. He wants to capitalize on his outrage at the disaster and yet he simultaneously wants to enable the disaster perpetrators to continue their unsafe practices. Bobby Jindal speaketh with forked tongue.

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.

Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head song link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L4XEbwyvxPc


(sung to the B.J. Thomas song “Raindrops keep Falling On My Head”)

Tinfoil keeps formin’ on his head
Bob Jindal’s the guy who can’t remember what he said
Boy, what a dimwit
That tinfoil keeps formin’ on his head, it keeps formin’

Jindal’s been sitting way too long in the sun
He won’t admit it but he needs those Stimulus Funds
Just to keep his job
That tinfoil keeps formin’ on his head, it keeps formin’

And there’s one thing we know
This Jindal guy will cheat me indiscreetly
It won’t be long till Bobby J. implodes completely

Tinfoil keeps formin’ on his head
It’s hard to believe that he’s Louisiana born and bred
Whining constantly
Yet, Bobby still wants to play the game of complainin’
He just can’t see
He’s a spoiled crybaby

(musical interlude)

It won’t be long till Bobby J. implodes completely

Tinfoil keeps formin’ on his head
There’s no chance his state will ever emerge from the red
Not with Bobby J.
Cuz he don’t believe in funds for good job re-trainin’
Or equal pay
There’s no hope for LA