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Scott Brown Is Afraid To Admit He Is A Republican

ABC News points out a curious fact:

“If you watch or listen to an ad for Senator Scott Brown in Massachusetts, chances are you’ll hear at least one of the following terms; bipartisanship, compromise, Red Sox.

One term you might not hear: Republican.

That’s because for Brown, the Republican incumbent in the closely watched Massachusetts Senate race, his party identity could put him at an inherent disadvantage in the solidly blue Bay State.

As of February 2012, the voter enrollment figures from the Massachusetts Secretary of State showed that out of the total 4-million-plus registered voters, just 466,431 were registered Republicans — about 11 percent. Registered Democrats outnumber them by three to one — 1,475,879 are listed by the secretary’s office, an inherent advantage for Democratic challenger Elizabeth Warren.”

Truth be told, it is a bit strange that the clothing-challenged Brown mentions the Boston Red Sox either. After all, when Brown was a state representative, he not only pushed to remove the team from the beloved  historical Fenway Park, but he also proposed moving the team completely out of Boston to land in Foxborough, MA which happens to be owned by one of his supporters. The Boston Globe writes,

“As a state legislator, he pressed to have the Sox move to Foxborough, the town adjacent to his own town of Wrentham. In a letter dated January, 2001, Brown asked Patriots owner Robert Kraft to consider using property around his football stadium to build a new ballpark.”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nqeH4BeUOCc

But we digress.

Scott Brown’s attempts to fool Massachusetts voters into believing that he is not a Big Bank-loving Republican will prove to be difficult. After all, the nudist was named as one of “Wall Streets’ Favorite Congressmen” by the ultra-conservative Forbes magazine. Also, 11 of Browns top 20 campaign donors are Wall Street banks and private equity firms (in contrast, his opponent Elizabeth Warren has no Wall Street entities as her top donors). Furthermore, Brown watered down the new Dodd-Frank Financial Regulation Law in such a way that it was unable to prevent the risky trading which nearly caused collapse of Goldman Sachs a few months ago and which could have plunged our nation’s economy back into recession.

Brown’s reluctance to admit that he is a Republican is understandable of course. After all, the GOP has been waging a War on Women’s Rights, trying to maintain tax advantages for the wealthy which hurt the working/middle class, injecting religion into nearly every governmental function and trying to fire policemen, firemen and teachers en masse. Wouldn’t it just be easier for Scott Brown to mimic Arlen Specter and just switch parties?

Come on over Scott, the Democratic Party is housed in a very large tent!

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!

I’M DOWN (ON SCOTT BROWN)

(sung to the Beatles song “I’m Down”)

Scott’s tellin’ lies thinking I can’t see
That nude guy is so blind he can’t see
I’m down (I’m really down)
I’m down (Down on Scott Brown)
I’m down (I’m really down)
Watch as I laugh at that nude Scott Brown
(Watch as I laugh) When we vote him down

We’ll all sing when he’s voted away
Brown’s short fling will be over in days
I’m down (I’m really down)
I’m down (Down on Scott Brown)
I’m down (I’m really down)
Watch as I laugh at that nude Scott Brown
(Watch as I laugh) When we vote him down

Once he’s dethroned, he’ll be all by himself
Scott will moan: “They wanted someone else!”
I’m down (I’m really down)
Let’s vote him down (Vote down Scott Brown)
Scott Brown (He’s goin’ down)
Watch as I laugh at that nude Scott Brown
(Watch as I laugh) When we vote him down

(Wow! Scott’s goin’ down!)

Whoo, baaby!

Oh Scott, you’re soon going down (He’s goin’ down)
I guess your down (He’s really down)
We’re down on Scott Brown (He’s goin’ down)
Scott! Brown! (He’s goin’ down)
Let’s hang him upside down
Oh yeh, yeh, yeh, yeh, yeh, he’s down (He’s really down)
Scott baby you’re down (He’s really down)
Let’s hang him upside down (Let’s watch him frown)
Ooh, that Brown (He’s such a clown)
Scott baby you’re down, yeh
Scott baby you’re down, yeh
Scottie, you’re down (You’re really down)
Scott baby you’re down (You’re goin’ down)
Oh, Scottie, Scottie, Scottie! (You’re goin’ down)
Oh, Scottie you’re down (You’re goin’ down)
You’re down, down, down, down, down, down, down, down,  yeh, whoa!!!

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Patriots’ Day In Patriots’ Land

It is always nice to enjoy a long holiday weekend. In Boston, Massachusetts, Patriots day is is especially enjoyable. Schools, businesses and state offices are closed on this holiday which officially commemorates the battles of Lexington and Concord, which ignited the Revolutionary War in 1775. Patriots’ Day is also a legal holiday in Maine, which was actually a part of Massachusetts until 1820.

Patriots Day is particularly enjoyable in the city of Boston for reasons related to sports. First of all, the Boston Red Sox always play at venerable Fenway Park on the holiday, but there is a twist. The baseball game is played at 11:00 AM so as not to conflict with the hundreds of thousands of fans who come to Boston on this day not to watch baseball, but to view the running of the Boston Marathon. Strangely enough, Patriots Day has nothing to do with our NFL franchise, the New England (formerly Boston) Patriots.

Patriots’ Day 2012 is shaping up to be rather unique in and of itself. This year marks the 100th anniversary of Fenway Park, the oldest park in Major League Baseball. The Red Sox themselves are even older than the park, having been founded in 1901. This morning the Sox will host the Tampa Bay Rays in exceptionally warm and sunny Spring weather.

It is the weather however, which is posing some trouble for the athletes in the 115th Boston Marathon. The average temperature in Boston in April is the low 50s. Runners like it to be cool but temperatures are expected to approach 90 degrees in Boston today. Such temperatures may pose a health risk to runners. Consequently, the race organizers have taken the drastic step of allowing any runner who has qualified for the race to defer their participation one year until the 2013 race. Also, the finish line will remain open for an additional two hours to accommodate runners who may be slowed down by the oppressive weather. It is interesting to note however, that today’s marathon will not be the hottest in history. In 1905 the temperature actually reached 100 degrees!

The Boston sports mania continues this evening when our National Hockey League franchise the Boston Bruins take on the Washington Capitals in Game 3 of their best of seven playoff series. The series is presently tied at one game apiece. The first two games were not decided until sudden death overtime.

If you are a sports fan from Boston, Patriots’ Day is a very special occasion.

Saturday With Friends, The Red Sox And The J. Geils Band!

There does not appear to be too much newsworthy news to comment upon this morning. Consequently, Lynnrockets will simply tell you a little bit about the plans for this beautifully sunny day.

First there will be a some of the usual Saturday morning maintenance. Clean the koi pond filters, re-stack that pile of firewood that fell over in last week’s storm and water the potted plants. Next we have to de-scale the Keurig coffee maker which is an hours-long and tedious process involving white vinegar. As that is taking place we will be more than ready for a walk down the hill to Dunkin’ Donuts (think of Krispy Creme for New Englanders, but much bettah) for a couple of refreshing ice coffees.

Speaking of Kurt Schilling, the afternoon of course, will be dominated by the Boston Red Sox/New York Yankees game at venerable Fenway Park. The arch-rivals are tied atop the American League East standings but the Sox will be looking to avenge last night’s 3-2 loss before the home crowd. Needless to say, nothing gets Red Sox Nation more riled-up than when the Yankees are in town. Here we go, Red Sox, here we go!!!

After the baseball game we will be meeting up with some friends visiting from the UK for a few quick libations at one of Boston’s many great watering holes. We will only have a few because the 4 of us will then be off to the waterfront pavilion for the J. Geils Band concert. As many of you longtime Rocketeers know, the J. Geils Band is Lynnrocket’s favorite all time live act. They are a Boston blues and rock band that was notoriously popular in both Beantown (Boston) and the Motor City (Detroit) in the 70s and early 80s. They were known for their raucous and very long stage performances which were dominated by the stage antics of frontman Peter Wolf and lick-stick master Magic Dick. They played most every New Year’s Eve at the old Boston Garden to sell-out crowds. The band changed-up its sound to a more pop-influenced style with its 1981 “Freeze Frame” album. The album included the smash hit “Centerfold” and catapulted the J. Geils Band into the national spotlight. This was fortunate for the band and their wallets, but unfortunate for their long-time fans who still yearned for the rock/blues. The change in style also created a little strife within the band and by 1985 they broke-up.

On May 22, 2006 all six original members had a surprise reunion at bassist Danny Klein’s 60th birthday party at Scullers Jazz Club in Boston. The magic was back and so on February 19, 2009 the band reunited once again to perform the opening concert at the new House of Blues in Boston. We attended that show and were thrilled that the magic was still there. Subsequently they played two more shows in 2009 on April 24 and 25 at Detroit’s Fillmore Theater (formerly State Theater). They also did a second show Boston’s House of Blues on April 28. On July 11, 2009, the J. Geils Band reunited again at the Borgata Hotel/Casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey. On Dec 31, 2009 (yes, New Year’s Eve), they  reunited for a one-night-only live gig at the Mohegan Sun Arena, Uncasville, CT. The band then played a benefit in Boston for Big Brothers/Big Sisters on January 23, 2010, which Peter Wolf called the “last” Geils show. “You never say never,” Wolf noted, “but I can tell you in my heart of hearts that as far as I know — and I’m a pretty good source — there is nothing I can think of that’s planned. So this is basically it right now.”

Not exactly. On August 14, 2010 The J. Geils Band reunited once again to open up for Aerosmith (also a Boston band) at a sold out show at Fenway Park. Lynnrockets also attended that show and felt that the Geils band outperformed the headlining Aerosmith because of their back to roots blue/rock selection of songs. Aerosmith instead, unfortunately relied heavily on newer power ballads and post “Rocks” material from the 1990s and 2000s.

Tonight will be the J. Geils Band’s first show since the Fenway Park gig and we cannot wait!

Interesting J. Geils Band Note: The band has released three live concert albums, one of which is a double album. There is not one repeat song on any of those albums.

Please enjoy these video-clips of the J. Geils Band in action from their early days to the present:

Make sure you watch this one till the very end. it is quite entertaining!

Monday Mid-Day Music Byte (J. Geils Band/Aerosmith Fenway Review)

Peter Wolf of the J. Geils Band belted out a tune last night.

Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler...
Photo by Christopher Evans

The Boston Herald review of Saturday night’s J. Geils Band/Aerosmith concert at Boston’s fenway park:

It happened. Lord, oh, lord, it actually happened.

After 40 years of rock, millions of dollars burnt on booze, pills, powders and hospital bills, and months of fresh infighting, Aerosmith made it to the stage at Fenway last night. And they (mostly) did the city proud.

Along with J. Geils Band and opener locals Jenny Dee & the Deelinquents (a cute little garage soul outfit), Aerosmith rocked the sold-out park.

Yes, there were moments that made the (not always) Bad Boys look like tools. Lame late singles “Falling in Love,” “Pink” and (seriously? ugh!) “I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing” wasted time needed for more “Toys in the Attic.” Joey Kramer’s drum solo surrounded by clouds of fog was a Spinal Tap moment. And Joe Perry’s guitar duel with a digitized version of himself, the exact same one from the ’09 Comcast Center show, was another sad, stupid ad for the band’s “Guitar Hero” game.

But there were many brilliant moments.

The set list was standard, as we basically got what every other crowd on the tour got – where was the expected, coulda-been-awesome Geils/Aerosmith collaboration? But most of the performance was a glitzy blitz of glammed-up, hammed-up stadium rock.

The show opened with a Denis Leary-narrated JumboTron video history of Aer-O-(expletive)-Smith and the band’s “Train Kept A-Rollin’ ” thunder clap. Then it lapsed into newer hits, with Tyler often struggling vocally. Some ruled – “What It Takes” began with Tyler a cappella before becoming a tasty, gooey sandwich of pop cheese and Rolling Stones leftovers. Some were awful – did I mention blob-of-vomit “I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing?”

After the uneven pop came lots of top-notch rock. “Come Together” featuring a freaky Perry solo. An epic “Sweet Emotion.” “Baby, Please Don’t Go” with Tyler exclaiming, “Excuse me while I whip this out,” and grabbing his harmonica.

And the encore was even better. Tyler, whose voice was at its best by night’s end, in a Sox jersey at a white grand piano atop the Green Monster belting out “Dream On.” An extended “Walk This Way” (it takes a while to get from the Monster to center field) fired Brad Whitford and Perry’s tough, tight guitars.

Steven Tyler may have a “Big Ten Inch Record,” but he doesn’t have a guy named Magic Dick in his band.

The harmonica wizard, fab frontman Peter Wolf and the rest of the J. Geils Band rarely reunite, so when they do, they make damn sure it’s a blow-your-face-out house party. The band plus New York’s Uptown Horns delivered a set of rocks-off r & b steered by the wily Wolf – through the hour-plus set he was in and out of the crowd, tossing roses to the ladies or rhyming and rambling through Wolfa Goofa rants.

A good chunk of the crowd was specifically there for classic Geils – Dick honkin’ away on “First I Look at the Purse,” guitarist J. Geils ripping into “Detroit Breakdown,” and highlight “Must of Got Lost.” But the biggest cheers were for the ’80s hits – “Love Stinks,” “Freeze Frame” and “Centerfold.” Geils did the Top 40 tunes justice, but its heart is still in gritty, bar band stuff.

There was rampant speculation that the Fenway forum would induce the bands to perform together for a bit. Such was not the case however, because prior to the concert, Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler and J. Geils Band’s Peter Wolf got into a loud and public argument. It appears that the egomaniac Tyler did not want Wolf to use the crowd runway during his band’s performance. Wolf would have none of it and used it frequently. Aerosmith then would not let the Geils Band perform with them. Oh well, what’s Boston without a fight anyway!

There is not a lot of great footage of the J. Geils Band out there just yet, but in the meantime please enjoy these somewhat lacking clips of “Musta Got Lost” and “Give It To Me”. After that, the next clips of Aerosmith have better quality. The “Dream On” clip is notable because Steven Tyler performs from atop the famed left field wall known in Boston as the “Green Monstah”.

J. Geils Band – “Musta Got Lost”

J. Geils Band – “Give It To Me”

Denis Leary and “Train kept A Rollin”

Aerosmith – “Dream On”

Saturday Night Music Byte

Peter Wolf and Steven Tyler

In preparation for my attendance at this weekend’s long awaited J. Geils Band/Aerosmith concert at Boston’s storied Fenway Park, Lynnrockets will take a small break from music bytes devoted to the 1,000 Recordings To Hear Before You Die and substitute a few songs from the aforementioned Boston based bands. Please enjoy.

J. Geils Band (Then 1972) – “Floyd’s Hotel” and “Hard Drivin’ Man”

J. Geils Band (Then 1974) – “Give It To Me”

J. Geils Band (Now 2009) – “Detroit Breakdown”

Aerosmith (Then 1974) – “Train Kept A Rollin'”

Aerosmith (Now 2004) – “Last Child”

Friday Night Music Byte

In preparation for my attendance at this weekend’s long awaited J. Geils Band/Aerosmith concert at Boston’s storied Fenway Park, Lynnrockets will take a small break from music bytes devoted to the 1,000 Recordings To Hear Before You Die and substitute a few songs from the aforementioned Boston based bands. Please enjoy.

Aerosmith – “Dream On”

J. Geils Band – “Lookin’ For A Love”

Tuesday Night Music Byte

In honor of the Boston Bruins’ historic Winter Classic hockey game to be played outdoors at Fenway Park at 1:00 pm EST on New Year’s Day, we thought it would be appropriate to feature a Boston band that are also Bruins (and Red Sox) fans.

Dropkick Murphys are an American Celtic punk band formed in Quincy, Massachusetts. First playing together in the basement of a friend’s barbershop, they blended traditional folk rock and punk rock known as Celtic punk. Their influences include Stiff Little Fingers, The Pogues, The Clash, Thin Lizzy, The Dubliners, Hot Water Music, and the Swingin’ Utters.

The band has made a name for itself and built a following as a result of their non-stop touring all over the world and their St. Patrick’s Day weekend shows, which are held in and around Boston. The group is also well-known for their patronage of Boston Red Sox and Boston Bruins games.

The song “Time To Go” was written about the Boston Bruins, and the band performed the song live at the Fleet Center at a Bruins game during intermission at a November 2003 game. For the 2004 baseball season the band released a re-working of an old Boston Red Sox song, “Tessie”. “Tessie” would be used in the major motion picture Fever Pitch and was included on the EA Sports MVP Baseball 2005 soundtrack. The band was invited to the Fever Pitch premiere of the movie which was held at Fenway Park where the video was also shot. The song continues to be played at Red Sox games along with Dirty Water after games the team wins.

“I’m Shipping Up to Boston”, is a song that was inspired by a Woody Guthrie poem the band found in his archives also called “I’m Shipping Up to Boston” which is featured in the 2006 Academy Award winning film The Departed, Martin Scorsese’s adaptation of the Hong Kong crime thriller Infernal Affairs (Scorsese mentioned the band in an interview after he won his first Oscar). Two videos, one with and without footage from The Departed were made in response to the overwhelming response to the band’s new hit song. The song was also featured in The Simpsons episode “The Debarted.” “I’m Shipping Up to Boston” became the walk-out song of Red Sox closer Jonathan Papelbon, who would dance an Irish jig to the song several times throughout the 2007 Red Sox Championship season. During the team’s victory parade, Papelbon did the jig while the Murphys played the song on the same float.

Please enjoy, “I’m Shipping Up To Boston”.


Us Republicans, We Got Nuthin’ !!!

Pete Hoekstra (R) MI auditions to replace Fred Rogers

Today’s edition of “Stupid Things Said By Republican Politicians” features Michigan Congressman Pete Hoekstra. You remember this liar don’t you? He’s the guy that ran for office in 1992 and promised to serve no more than six terms (12 years) in the House, and not to accept any money from political action committees. Well, in 2004, Hoekstra broke his  term limits pledge by announcing that he would run for a seventh term and in 2006, he accepted over  $160,000 in Policial Action Contributions. Obviously, this is a guy who’s word can be trusted.

Yesterday, Hoekstra appeared on Fox NewsChris Wallace Sunday and boy did he have some salient remarks. He said that it  is “fair” to hold the Obama administration responsible for the recent attempted Northwest Airlines terrorist attack. Here are the remarks:

Wallace – “You were quoted in the Detroit Free Press this morning as saying that, you know, the key is to connect the dots and maybe the Obama administration will now realize that. Is it really fair to hold the Obama administration responsible here?”

Hoekstra – “Yeah, I think it really is. Connecting the dots here is not really on this particular case. It’s connecting the dots that we’ve seen over the last 11 months, over the last eight years.”

Really, Pete? Just wondering, but did you hold the Bush administration responsible for failing to connect the dots between the August 2001 written daily intelligence report to Bush which warned that al Qaeda and Osama bin Laden were preparing to attack the U.S. possibly by hijacking planes and the actual 9/11 attacks? Pete, you must remember when White house spokesman Ari Fleisher said,

There was . . . an awareness by the government, including the president, of Osama bin Laden and the threat he posed in the United States and around the world, That included long-standing speculation about hijacking…

Gee, those sure look like some dots that could have been connected, don’t they Pete? Were you so forthright in pointing that out in 2001 after the attacks? No? Why are we not surprised, Mr. No PAC Money Term Limits?

In other news, the Green Bay Packers clinched a wildcard playoff berth with their win over the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday. Go Packers! Also, don’t forget to tune-in to the N.H.L.’s Winter Classic at 1:00pm EST on New Year’s Day. This season the outdoor game will be played at Boston’s historic Fenway Park and will feature the Boston Bruins playing the Philadelphia Flyers. Here we go, Bruins, Here we go!

Please remember to click on the song link below to familiarize yourselves with the tune and to have more fun singing along to today’s song parody.

A Day In The Life song link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=di7fKh3Vbj8&feature=related

A DAY IN THE LIFE (OF THE G.O.P.)

(sung to the Beatles song “A Day In The Life”)

I read the news today oh, boy
About a senator who made the grade
And though the news was rather sad
Well, I just had to laugh
Is there a photograph?
John Ensign’s tryst will leave a scar
A “family values” guy who’s values changed
His dirty laundry will be aired
We’ve seen his kind before
In hypocrisy the G.O.P. wins all of the awards

I watched the news today oh, boy
Seems David Vitter spent time with a whore
It was a girl so he’s not gay
But here’s the funny hook
It’s all in her book
He’d love to make her gone

Horned up and out of bed
Larry Craig needed some head
Went to the airport to find a pup
Things looking up, he thought he found some bait
Found a leg to give a pat
Caught a bust in seconds flat
Gave a poor excuse when the news broke
Just another joke in the dirty G.O.P.
Ah, ah,ah, ah, ah, ah ,ah ……….

I read the news today oh, boy
The Sunshine State’s Mark Foley is a queer
These guys spew hate but have no balls
The party’s sure to fall
Hypocritical A-holes heading straight into a wall
They’d love to turn you on

Tuesday Night Music Byte

Tonight’s musical post features a band that originally hails from California but is most associated with the City of Boston because of their biggest hit song.. This time it is The Standells and their song, Dirty Water which was released in 1966. A little bit of trivia about the band is that they appeared on the television sit-com The Munsters in the episode, “Far Out Munster” in which they covered The Beatles’ song, I Want To Hold Your Hand.

The song, Dirty Water is featured on this blog because it is about the City of Boston. The “dirty water” refers to the Charles River which at one time was one of the most polluted rivers in the nation (thankfully, it is now quite clean).The lyrics also make many references to the city’s one time puritanical social scene. Boston, at  the time, was known for its Blue Laws which prevented most every commercial entity from conducting business on Sunday and also for the saying, “banned in Boston.” The song has now become a staple at the Boston Garden when the Bruins are victorious and at Fenway Park when the Red Sox win.

The first video clip is of The Standells performing the song and the second is a clip from a Red Sox game. It is fun to watch and listen to the fans as they raucously sing along.

Enjoy.