We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
I was at a concert one night in KC, noticed a tiny blonde was being sloshed by some giant-cowboy-hat yahoos beside us (all hat, no cattle). I stepped between 'em and kept her from getting crushed or spilled on (they paid a lot more attention to spilling their beer on a guy my size). Next thing I know, she's up on stage singing like an angel. I've been a fan of Iris DeMent ever since. Kids, there's probably a lesson here. Let someone help you - then sing like an angel, they'll be your fan forever.
Thanks BD, I don't know if it's my neck of the woods or not but I never meet anyone who knows what a genius John Prine is. All my Sam Stone references fall flat. It's nice to know I might make an odd reference one day and someone might get it.
Take a step back yanks, or yall may drawin' cordial to Wasteland of the Free website, too.
This web site is inspired by and dedicated to Iris Dement, hoping against hope that the compassion and humanity she personifies still exists in the hearts of sufficient numbers of Americans that we may yet reverse our country's accelerating social decay and ignominy. We sabre-rattle our weapons of mass destruction for political and military purposes to threaten the entire world, building up tensions and hatreds as we throw our weight around imperialistically in foreign places we have no legitimate business to be in. We support some dictatorships while we condemn others for being dictatorships, we condemn other nations for developing WMDs while we possess tens of thousands of them; those and other blatant hypocrisies destroy our credibility and respect worldwide. We all observed the Bush administration go to war against a sovereign state on the basis of nothing more than the dark suspicions of their own paranoia and their secret agenda; no lack of proof of weapons of mass destruction or worldwide opposition has deterred them. They even made torture respectable in some circles, suspended Habeas Corpus, and discarded entirely the American principles of due process and rule of law by capturing and holding people indefinitely without trial. Sadly, the campaign promises that gave so many Americans hope for change in 2008 have been largely ignored by President Obama and he has allowed America to continue on its dark immoral path, an Empire bent on death, destruction, and dishonor. The fruits of these moral lapses are already coming back to haunt us because they are the best recruiting tool Osama bin Laden and other fanatics could ask for: real justification to hate us. Hostile states like North Korea and Iran have scrambled to amass nuclear arsenals to protect themselves from what they must perceive as unprovoked American aggression and readiness to kill many thousands of innocents. A kind of mass blindness to the fundamental immorality of initiating war seems to have infected our nation not unlike the way it infected Hitler's Germany, and much of the world sees America as more dangerous and sinister than the Nazis ever were. Our war criminals not only run free, amazingly they still even maintain credibility in the minds of millions of fearful and hate-filled Americans seemingly oblivious to American values. http://wastelandofthefree.com/
leag, the Reds come aftyer the performing artists hard, and they get some of them for awhile. The red's artist-speak is an attack, psychological and very powerful. couple that to the fact that, having seen them up close and personal in real or reel time, one expects to know one's favorite performers as people, and have expectations. but follow the logic on out --do you throw away the Mona Lisa because you never 'met' Leonardo? or because he farted while he painted?
My favorite filmakers the Coen Bros continually use abject political idiots in their movies --George Clooney, Matt Damon is in the latest, the incandescent True Grit --and yes i ought to boycott on that basis, but the bros theme is always so deeply fundamentally conservative that i figuire they're worth supporting --they use the dummies because they can plant the seeds with them that they hope will grow into the visionj they present in the thematic channel.
So, if someone got ahold of that gal's politics for awhile, i'm still gonna enjoy her fundamentally conservative message, the one she delivers every time she sings, the one that forms warp and woof of her songs.
have you listened to Our Town ?
Maybe i'm being swallered but maybe you're being digested?