Another snow-storm in Boston this morning. This of course, means more shoveling. We will get to that after this, however…
Finally someone over at Fox News has gotten it right. This is a near miracle in that anyone who ever “takes one for the team” and watches any Fox News program ends up feeling that they are in some sort of alternative universe where fiction is fact and myth is reality. There is seldom a sentence of truth uttered on Fox.
That is precisely why it was so astounding to hear Brit Hume speak the truth during last week’s edition of “Fox News Sunday.” During a discussion about Sarah Palin’s ill-conceived and poorly delivered video message following the Tucson massacre, Hume attempted to broadly define “The Sarah Palin Problem.” He believes on balance the video didn’t help her and he would expect Palin to be more thoughtful with her public statements. Hume said,
“The Sarah Palin problem really is a problem that she has largely, I think through no fault of her own, become kind of radioactive. And it does mean that when she is in a situation like this where she’s the focus of national attention, she must be extremely careful about how she reacts to it.”
Radioactive. Think about that for a moment. Is there any one word that more accurately describes Sarah Palin? She is indeed, radioactive. She is powerful yet repulsive. She is omnipresent yet poisonous. She is harmless in small doses yet lethal in large doses. Radioactive is the perfect description of Sarah Palin.
But how will Brit Hume be punished by the Fox Network for the unforgivable crime of dissing Sarah Palin? The precedent may have been set earlier this week when Comedian Joan Rivers was banished from an appearance on “Fox and Friends” after having said Palin “is just stupid and a threat.” Fox claims that her appearance was canceled due to the “volume of news topics” that day. The news topics they covered however, included National Penguin Awareness Day, and an assessment of the Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler’s performance as a judge on “American Idol”. Fox said that she should have been rescheduled but was mistakenly canceled. And if you believe that, I’ve got some mudflats in Alaska that I would like to sell you.
Brit Hume’s punishment is likely to be much more harsh because Palin has been described as “stupid and a threat” many times, but being called “radioactive” is going to leave a mark that cannot be covered up with make-up and powder. Ouch! We are waiting with baited breath for the former ex-quitting half-term Governor of Alaska’s knee-jerk retort via Twitter, Facebook or her newest toy, the video-tape presentation. Come-on Sarah don’t sugar-coat it, just tell us how you really feel about these most recent slights.
“Radioactive”, I love it.
With that in mind, we now turn to the 1980’s English supergroup, The Firm. The band was comprised of former Free and Bad Company singer Paul Rodgers, ex-Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page, ex-Uriah Heep and Manfred Mann’s Earth Band drummer Chris Slade and bass player Tony Franklin. Their biggest hit was the song “Radioactive” which reached #28 on the U.S. charts in 1985.
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.
Radioactive song link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=di3CLFj6_Ag
(sung to The Firm song “Radioactive”)
Palin is uptight
And so reactive
Brit Hume got it right
She’s not too bright
Yes, her mind’s inactive
She’s wound way too tight
She does not have a clue
They love her on Fox News, baby
She lies each day or two
And Brit wants her to know…
She inspires hate
Palin is a blight
Yes, she’s radioactive
(Blood libel break)
She has guns to cling to
She’s “reloading” also, too
She loves being on Fox News
But, Brit wants her to know…
That the fourth estate
Finds her attractive
Cuz she’s never right
Palin’s radioactive, oh yeah
Oh she’s radioactive
Don’t you stand, stand too close
You might catch it
Don’t stand too close, baby
Radioactive, oh yeah
Radio, radio, radio
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Right now the Boston Bruins are in double overtime against the Buffalo Sabres. Please keep your fingers crossed for a Bruins victory!
Never mind> The bruins came back from a 2-0 deficit and won in double overtime. The Bruins now lead the series 3-1.
OK, we need your help again. The Boston Red Sox are tied in the 12th inning against the Texas Rangers. Cross your fingers. We need a win!
UPDATE, UPDATE, UPDATE
Never mind. The Red Sox just beat the team formerly owned by George W. Bush. He loses again and Boston wins.
GO BRUINS AND GO SOX!!!
The Firm were an English rock supergroup comprising former Free and Bad Company singer Paul Rodgers, ex-Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page, ex-Uriah Heep and Manfred Mann’s Earth Band drummer Chris Slade and bass player Tony Franklin. Page and Rodgers originally wanted former Yes drummer Bill Bruford and fretless bassist Pino Palladino in the group; however, Bruford was contracted to another label and Palladino had tour commitments with singer Paul Young.
Both Page and Rodgers refused to play any material from their former bands and instead opted for a selection of Firm songs plus tracks from both their solo albums. The new songs were heavily infused with a soulful and more commercially-accessible sound, courtesy of Franklin’s fretless bass guitar underpinning and understated song structure. Despite refusing to play old material, the last track from The Firm, “Midnight Moonlight”, was originally an unreleased Led Zeppelin song entitled “The Swan Song”. This caused some critics to believe that Page had begun to run out of ideas. In subsequent press interviews, Page had indicated that the band was never meant to last more than two albums. After the band split, Page and Rodgers returned to solo work while Chris Slade joined AC/DC and Franklin teamed up with guitarist John Sykes in Blue Murder.
Please enjoy this video clip of The Firm performing their hit “Radio-Active” in 1984.