Just a few newsworthy items (and comments thereon) that have been making their way through the political universe this past week but may have escaped your attention. Please ponder and maybe chuckle a bit before enjoying a wonderful day!
BREAKING NEWS: If the Occupy Wall Street protests have got your attention, you might like listening to the following list of 7 protest songs from days of yore as presented by NPR: “We Shall Overcome“, Mavis Staples singing “We Shall Not Be Moved“, Pete Seeger’s “Solidarity Forever“, “This Little Light Of Mine“, Tom Morello’s (Rage Against The Machine) unedited original version of Woodie Guthrie’s “This Land Is Your Land“, Ani DiFranco’s version of “Which Side Are You On?“, and The Roots’ version of “Ain’t Gonna let Nobody Turn Me Around“. Enjoy.
THIS JUST IN: Speaking of the Occupy Wall Street movement, it is interesting to note one of the original founders of the Tea Party movement believes OWS is not only comparable to the Tea Party, but can learn from its mistakes. RawStory.com reports that financial blogger Karl Denninger said, “back in 2008, I wrote that when we will actually see change is when the people come, they set up camp, and they refuse to go home. That appears to be happening now.” Denninger also states however, that the tea party has been hijacked by the Republican Party and “used to protect the very people it had originally opposed”. Now he advises Occupy Wall Street, “Don’t let It Happen.”
BREAKING NEWS: The next time some Teapublican tells you that the Republicans have a viable “Jobs Bill”, please remind them that a Moody’s economist says the Republican plan released this week would “Likely push the economy back into recession”. In contrast, the same group maintains that President Obama’s “Jobs Bill” will create 1.9 million jobs and grow the economy by 2% while cutting unemployment by 1%.
THIS JUST IN: The worm is turning at News Corp. Reuters reports that the shareholder advisory service affiliated to Britain’s largest pension fund has issued an instruction to investors to vote against Rupert Murdoch and his family members in re-elections to the firm’s board of directors on October 21st. Keep your fingers crossed that they are successful and eventually we may be able to celebrate new control of Fox News over here in the U.S.
BREAKING NEWS: Some additional good news for President Obama is that ABC News reports that he and the Democratic National Committee raised a combined $70 million for the 2012 campaign from July through September. The figure exceeded estimates and more than 606,000 people donated including 257,000 first-time donors. Obama remains well ahead of all rivals in donations.
THIS JUST IN: It was revealed this week in the Huffington Post that Republican Presidential candidate Rick Perry once voted against (yes, against) a Texas bill that would have outlawed the state’s investments in the South African government during Apartheid. Perhaps this better explains the name of his hunting camp.
BREAKING NEWS: This week’s episode of “Heroes of Compassion” features Florida republican state Rep. Brad Drake. ThinkProgress.com reports that he introduced a bill last week that would eliminate lethal injection as the execution method in Florida and substitute it with electrocution or the firing squad. His said, “I am so tired of being humane…” Nice guy, huh?
THIS JUST IN: Does Bank Of America‘s recent decision to increase debit card fees on millions of Americans prove that it is tone deaf? Just asking?
BREAKING NEWS: Just a reminder to you Democrats in Montana and Nebraska. Don’t forget to vote against Senators Jon Tester and Ben Nelson for siding with the Republicans and helping to sabotage the American economy when they voted against President Obama’s Jobs Bill last Tuesday.
THIS JUST IN: This week’s “Most ridiculously Outrageous” quotation was uttered by Glenn Beck. On his radio show this week, the self-described “rodeo clown” had this to say about the Occupy Wall Street protesters, “They will come for you and drag you into the streets and kill you…they’re Marxist radicals…these guys are worse than Robespierre from the French Revolution…they’ll kill everybody.” This of course, is just the most recent of Beck’s predictions of world-ending uprisings.
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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.
Desperado song link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0BwOXlGbW6Q
(sung to the Eagles song “Desperado”)
Desperado, you better come to your senses
Your racist offenses, so public now
Oh, you’re a hard one
But this will be your last season
The Fox boys are teasin’ you
Your show’s all done now
After your unseemly cryin’, boy
We knew you were unstable
We have all seen you fall apart on your set
Now it seems to me, you don’t bring
One sane sentence to the table
But what could one expect from crazy Glenn Beck
Desperado, you better fetch that old plunger
You’ll soon be flushed under that porcelain throne
Your kingdom, your kingdom fell and it’s not all that shocking
You just kept on talking till you were all alone
Will your deep dark soul hibernate in slime?
Your name, Glenn Beck, constitutes a crime
As does most everything that you say
Your sponsors all fleeing your show
Ain’t it funny as we watch them go away?
Desperado, You’ve shown us all what nonsense is
The prevailing sense is, you only hate
Your tears are rainin’, cuz you know nobody loves you
The Lord in Heaven up above you
(heaven up above you)
The Lord in Heaven up above you will decide your fate