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Happy Thanksgiving Wishes

Lynnrockets wishes all of you loyal Rocketeers a happy and healthy Thanksgiving holiday and weekend. This is the true beginning of the holiday season and it is an especially beautiful time of year here in New England, with crisp weather and the smell of wood-burning fireplaces permeating the air. We enjoy the morning high-school football games. We give thanks for the blessings we have received. We are thankful for the heartwarming and festive gathering of family and friends for a wonderful home-cooked meal. We look forward to and plan for the upcoming Christmas season.

This Thanksgiving has an added bonus for Lynnrockets. At 1:00 pm ET my beloved Green Bay Packers will play their division rival Detroit Lions. The Packers are undefeated thus far with a 10 and 0 record and the Lions are fielding their first competitive team in over 20 years while fighting for a playoff spot, so the outcome of the game is in question. As added drama, it is interesting to note that the last time the Green Bay Packers were 10 and 0 was 1962 when they were beginning their 1960s dominance of the NFL with Bart Starr, Paul Hornung and legendary coach Vince Lombardi. That year they also played the Detroit Lions on Thanksgiving but unfortunately for the Packers they lost that game. It was the Packers only loss of the season. Here’s hoping we have no repeat of that event this year.

Do not forget however, that we are not the only ones who have a lot to be thankful for this year. The House Republicans also have much to be thankful for. In fact, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) has compiled a list:

Here are a dozen things House Republicans can be most thankful for.

1)      Turning Medicare into vouchers got them on TLC’s Extreme Couponing

2)      “Some random person” named Grover.  No, not the Muppet

3)      Special interests rewarding them for protecting corporate tax breaks, like that personal jet exception

4)      Having friends like the Kochs and Karl Rove who are able to air “issue advocacy” ads without having to say who paid for them.

5)      Jack is back. (see

6)      Having a Financial Services Chairman who says his job is to “serve the banks”

7)      The tea party freshman weren’t actually serious about changing Washington (phew).

8)      Pizza is now a vegetable

9)      Blake Farenthold taught them how to twitter

10)  A name like “Young Guns” to totally give them street cred

11)  Eric Cantor cancelling his weekly press conferencing, giving him more time to produce his vanity video’s #winning

12)   Kleenex finally having their man in the Speaker’s office

Once again here’s wishing you all a wonderful Thanksgiving and…


See you folks next week. Until then, please enjoy listening to the full version of Arlo Guthrie’s “Alice’s Restaurant”. It has been a Massachusetts tradition for some 40 years for this song to be played on countless radio stations across the state on Thanksgiving. Please take the time to listen to the full song and remember those great late 1960s!

Today’s song parody is autobiographical in nature and explains the purpose of this blog.

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.

I Write The Songs song link:


(sung to the Barry Manilow song “I Write The Songs”)

I sling the jive whenever,
I sit down and scribble a song
I put the words and Republicans together
I love music,
And I love these songs

I write the songs that I hope you folks sing
I write the songs to dethrone G.O.P. kings
I write the songs that expose all their lies
I write the songs, I write the songs

I’m from a state that’s deep blue,
And we make a damned good lobster roll
No, there aren’t many right wing guys
There’s some but then, all of them are very old

I write the songs that attack the right wing
I write the songs that I hope linger and sting
I write the songs that prompt Glenn Beck to cry
I write the songs, I write the songs

Oh, I’ll take a hostile stance
When Limbaugh begins to rave and rant
And I’ll lead you to a poll, he can’t disprove
Palin has no heart,
So, I will tear her life apart
Hannity, Coulter too,
Also, too, O’Reilly
None of them can hide from me !!!

I write the songs about Mark Sanford’s flings
I write the songs about Larry Craig’s stings
I write the songs about Mark Foley’s guys
I write the songs, I write the songs

I write the songs about Joe Wilson’s slings
I write the songs of Vitter’s diapery things
I write the songs about all of those guys
I write the songs, I write the songs

I love music, so I write these songs

Thanks Rocketeers !!! (and a Request For Help)

A New England Thanksgiving

Before enjoying this most social of American holidays with my loving (yet, sadly smaller) family, supportive friends and darling dog, Lynnrockets will take this opportunity to proclaim thanks for a few blog-related yet meaningful things.

To the authors of The Mudflats: Thank you for encouraging me to start this blog a year and a half ago. You endured my song parody comments for far too long before suggesting that I give blogging a whirl. Moreover, your technical assistance in getting me up and running was invaluable to this technology-challenged neophyte. Thank you so much. I encourage all of my readers (affectionately known as “Rocketeers”) to visit The Mudflats for some of the best “Inside Alaska” content on the internet tubes.

To the other like-minded bloggers that have linked to Lynnrockets’ Blast-Off: Thankfully this list has been growing faster than I could have imagined and all bloggers know that the “link” is the best way to broaden your scope of readership. The “Link List” is far too long to mention everyone, so I will pare it down by listing only those folks that have linked from our infancy. Thanks to The Mudflats, I Heart The Mudflats, Beach Peanuts, Malia Litman’s Blog, Palingates, Waylon’s Revolution, Future Update, Palin’s Q&A + fun, SPN Headlines, The WilliamBanzai17 Blog, Lynn Happens and my unknown homie, Micky-T. I encourage all Rocketeers to visit these sites.

To the loyal Rocketeers: Thanks to all of you that visit the Blast-Off on a regular basis. The hits to this blog have multiplied exponentially since its inception in May of 2009. I would never have anticipated that so many blood-thirsty shut-ins existed and/or had the interest to read anything that I might post. I am especially thankful for those depraved souls (you know who you are) that regularly post comments. They are insightful, humorous, sometimes unintelligible and usually sarcastic. In short, just the type of stuff that belongs here. I love them, so please keep it up. I would also like to thank all of you for putting up with my multiple “Brett Farvreian” retirements and un-retirements. You folks put the “Rock” in Rocketeers.

and last but not least…

To the Palin Clan: It was, after all, Sarah Palin and her Wasilla Hillbillies that inspired the song parody phenom now known as Lynnrockets. If not for their fingernails-on-the-chalkboard voices, unintelligible speech patterns, spoiled-brat-like demeanors, public policy ignorance, celebrity-status seeking egos and their religious cult-like followers, we would be deprived of a daily supply of parody material. For all of that, Sarah Palin, we thank you.

Lynnrockets would like to wish all of you the happiest and healthiest of Thanksgivings. I toast to you all as follows:

“For each new morning with its light, For rest and shelter of the night, For health and food, For love and friends, For everything Thy goodness sends.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson


Lynnrockets needs your help. Boston’s largest talk radio station (WRKO AM) has chosen Lynnrockets as a finalist in its “Next Great Political Blogger Contest”. Yours truly has been selected  by the station’s staff (from over 200 entries) to be one of 10 finalists for a position with the station as a “liberal” blogger. There will be two winners (a “liberal” and a “conservative”) chosen by means of internet votes received. This is our chance to get even with the Palinbots for what they did for Bristol Palin on “Dancing With The Stars”. Like Bristol, I lack talent but with all of you voting for me, I may be able to pull-off an upset win. I offer my eternal gratitude if you loyal Rocketeers will visit the WRKO website (Here) and vote for wait…wait…here comes the spoiler…”Kevin McCarthy”. Looks like I’ve now been officially outed. Please vote early and often as the contest ends on Saturday, December 11th at 11:59pm EST. I would truly appreciate your help and if you really want to be of assistance, please encourage your family and friends to vote also, too!

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.

Thank You Girl song link:


(sung to the Beatles song “Thank You Girl”)

Oh, oh
You’ve been good to me
This Bay State lad
Who just votes Blue
And eternally I’ll always be
So grateful too
And all I gotta do
Is thank you folks, thank you folks

We have shown the world
The point of view we’re speaking of
And that Palin girl
Is just a fool we make fun of
And all I gotta do
Is thank you folks, thank you folks

Thank you folks for reading me
The way that you do (way that you do)
That’s the kind of love
That is too good to be true
And all I gotta do
Is thank you folks, thank you folks

Oh, oh
You’ve been good to me
This Bay State lad
Who just votes Blue
And eternally I’ll always be
So grateful too
And all I gotta do
Is thank you folks, thank you folks

Oh, oh, oh
Oh, oh, oh
Oh, oh, oh

Sarah Palin’s Black Friday Black Ops

Piper Palin spellchecks Sarah at book signing event.

The day after Thanksgiving is allegedly the busiest shopping day of the year as retailers discount goods in an attempt to jump-start the holiday shopping season. The day is known as “Black Friday” because it is the day when most retailers’ accounting books shift from the red to the black. This year’s Black Friday is also a day when Sarah Palin, the ex-quitting former governor of Alaska will be in Washington state for a weekend of hawking her ghost-written fictional memoir in the hope of raking in enough cash to extinguish all of her legal defense debt. Palin hopes that today is the day that her subservient supporters will buy enough books to shift her personal finances from the red to the black.

She has a good chance of achieving her goal. Palin’s supporters are primarily comprised of under-educated, rural, right-wing, religious zealots. These folks will only buy a book if its title is, “Bible” or if it is very easy to read with little words and lots of pictures. Sarah Palin’s Going Rogue fits the second category quite nicely. Consequently, she should sell a bunch of them which will then be gift-wrapped and given out as Christmas presents all across backwoods America.

The rest of the reading public may want to take a pass on delving into the Palin book. The critical reviews are not flattering. Today’s Boston Globe has an informative yet negative review which can be read here. Some of the more memorable quotes contained therein are as follows:

Even if one agrees with her premise that Team McCain was dealt a poor hand last year and made things worse by infighting and poor decision-making, it’s not at all clear that if they had followed Palin’s advice, the outcome would have been different. Given her poor grasp of many issues and her tendency to make verbal gaffes, it’s not surprising that John McCain’s staff members kept her on a short leash.


While readers get glimpses of her sunny side, it’s often eclipsed by her need to give verbal payback to Alaskan and national politicians who crossed her or didn’t take her seriously enough. Also, while her press coverage wasn’t always what she might have liked, it goes with the territory of playing in the political big leagues, and it would have been more helpful to her image if she had accepted it, rather than whine about it excessively. Though her media-bashing may play well among the conservative base, it might not be the best approach for snagging centrist voters who tend to be the people whose votes decide presidential elections.

and our favorite,

Palin also doesn’t help herself by having produced such a poorly written book. The narrative rambles, and there isn’t much self-reflection. One is reminded of Truman Capote’s comment about the works of Jack Kerouac: “This isn’t writing, it’s typing.’’ In addition, she should have looked ahead and devoted additional space to outlining her worldview.


In honor of Black Friday what better song could we parody than Steely Dan‘s “Black Friday”? please remember to click on the song link below to familiarize yourselves with the tune and to have more fun singing along with the parody.

Black Friday song link:


(sung to the Steely Dan song “Black Friday”)

When Black Friday comes
She’ll be on her book tour
Sarah Palin hopes “Going Rogue” is a great big score
When Black Friday comes
She’ll collect all the dough she’s owed
And before those lines thin out she’ll be on the road
When Black Friday comes it will be “me”, “me”, “me”
Cuz this is Sarah P.

When Black Friday comes
She’ll be at the Borders Books
Where all her supporters have no brains judging by their looks
But they will all be so pleased
They’ve paid their SarahPAC dues
Yet they have no idea that they’re just being used
When Black Friday comes they’ll pay Palin’s bills
You know they will

(musical interlude)

When Black Friday comes
Palin’s bus will be on the roll
Counting her book cash just thrills her big empty black soul
Even though her coins are shiny
Sarah’s demeanor is mostly whiney
She needs the cash to move away from the cold North Pole
When Black Friday comes
She’s gonna stake her claim

To fortune and great fame!

Lynnrockets’ Blast-Off Wishes Everyone A Wonderful Thanksgiving

There will be no snarky post today. We would simply like to enjoy spending this most social of holidays with family and friends. We sincerely hope that all of you will have a happy and healthy holiday. Our thoughts are with you and we will get back to the biting remarks and song parodies after the weekend. See you then. Also, please remember, by the way, that the first Thanksgiving happened right here in Boston, so maybe our family will keep tradition and eat outside. Also too, Lynnrockets’ Blast-Off would like to thank all of you for stopping by and commenting over the last six months.

Until then we are curious as to just what you folks will be giving thanks for this year. Please let us know by leaving a comment on this post.


Best wishes,