An ode to an American music masterpiece

Every time I hear this song, I’m struck again by the beauty and power of its lyrics. It’s just sublime, subtle storytelling of a quality that you don’t often get in popular music or anywhere else for that matter. For example, the conversation it recounts at the family dinner table is adroit in the details that it reveals to us, and even more adroit in what it refuses to tell us, but what we come to understand on our own.

I’ve never sat down to list my Top 20 songs of all time, but I do think this would be on it, and probably pretty high. It’s a masterpiece.

 

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JamVet
JamVet

When will they give republicans theirs?  

Their due?
LOLOLOLOL!!!
Their due is that they are the worst of the worst of the worst.

Or as noted by an American of note:

“We’re dealing with a real sick, decaying Democratic Party that can’t defend the country against the cruelest, most ignorant, most anti-worker, most war-mongering, most Wall Street–indentured Republican Party in its history, since the 1850s.~Ralph Nader, 2012

Numbers_R_Us
Numbers_R_Us

I see Republicans are finally putting together their replacement for Obamacare in case the supremes rule against the fed providing subsidies in states that do not have their own version of healthcare.gov.  Their version differs dramatically from Obamacare in that it will provide refundable tax credits as opposed to tax subsidies on a sliding scale based on income.  Also, they want to change the name to something like Mittcare or Pricecare or Republicare or GOPcare or anything other than Obamacare.  Bwah hahahahhahahahaha! 

straker
straker

Yes-Jesus - "you beat me in an argument"


Says someone who still believes in fairy tales.

Yes_Jesus_Can
Yes_Jesus_Can

And YOU, VC need to pay half a mind of attention to what OUR president says: 

 Obama said. "And they fell through the Clinton Administration, and the Bush Administration, and each successive administration has said that somehow these communities are gonna regenerate and they have not. And it's not surprising then they get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren't like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations."

"Obama made a problematic judgment call in trying to explain working class culture to a much wealthier audience. He described blue collar Pennsylvanians with a series of what in the eyes of Californians might be considered pure negatives: guns, clinging to religion, antipathy, xenophobia. "

You probably think you understand the truth, but you just congratulated yourself for thinking you "beat" me in an argument. 

Whoop-de-doo.

Yes_Jesus_Can
Yes_Jesus_Can

The real media circus is the media itself, eagerly sprinting after Mrs. Mendacity (Hillary Rodham Clinton) as she traverses the country with no message, nothing with an aw-shucks attitude and the press:  "Oooo Ooooo, Oooo!  She's eating a burrito!!!  Oooo Oooo Oooo, she's talking with people, asking them what they're interested in Oooo Ooooo, Oooo".

Honestly, we need to call Mendacity's campaign the trained monkey express, or the press-protected travelling phalanx of insincerity.  Her "campaign" will be the LEAST open, available transparent thing ever, and given our adolescent current president, that is saying quite a lot. 

St Simons he-ne-ha
St Simons he-ne-ha

@Yes_Jesus_Can  I wonder what percentage of their base knows what 'mendaciteh' even means. vs how many times we'll hear that word today on the Am raydio & bubble world media.

Visual_Cortex
Visual_Cortex

@DownInAlbany @St_Simons_he-ne-ha @Yes_Jesus_Can

the 1% that libs rail against 24/7

Why do you believe that it is "railing against" the upper 1%, to expect them to absorb more of the burden of paying for what a civilized nation needs?

To hear the right wing tell it, you'd think "libs" are calling for America's wealthiest to be dragged out of their homes and drawn and quartered.

St Simons he-ne-ha
St Simons he-ne-ha

@Yes_Jesus_Can "...the press-protected travelling phalanx of insincerity..."

Are you saying about President Hillary, that there's a vast left wing conspiracy?"

St Simons he-ne-ha
St Simons he-ne-ha

The Republicans may be on to something here - they've got that TMZ/Jerry Springer entertainment value thing going on now - pretty much everyone waking up the next day wondering, what crazy thing will they try today? Kind of like tornado & lightning  videos on the yewtoobe.

Visual_Cortex
Visual_Cortex

@Yes_Jesus_Can @St_Simons_he-ne-ha

You might want to try reading these things before you link 'em.


To give Obama his due, he spoke about working class Pennsylvanians likely because he had been thinking about them a great deal. And he spoke, as he often does away from large rallies, in a calm, even, matter-of-fact way. Every town hall meeting I've observed, from California to Iowa, Nevada to Texas, has showcased Senator Obama's core decency and high measure of regard for each individual.

Yes_Jesus_Can
Yes_Jesus_Can

@Visual_Cortex @Yes_Jesus_Can @St_Simons_he-ne-ha 

When will the leftist press NOT give their adolescent savior his due? 

When will they give republicans theirs? 

Both answers: never.  See above for fuller answer on your full-of-baloney response.  I don't have space here. 

Yes_Jesus_Can
Yes_Jesus_Can

@St_Simons_he-ne-ha @Yes_Jesus_Can 

No matter how noble a thing republicans say, you'll never hear it in the news media you surf.  They will ONLY be portrayed as things that reinforce a bigotted and negative view of them. 

"Find your best selves" is noble, but bamster has acted so foolishly and so stupidly in front of the world, I'm not surprised you would bitterly cling to this. 

Visual_Cortex
Visual_Cortex

@St_Simons_he-ne-ha @Yes_Jesus_Can

I do get a little bit of a kick out of how those who have gotten so very upset (and stayed that way, apparently) over the "cling to guns and religion" line, seem to have not bothered to spend even three minutes considering the line in any kind of context other than the one they were furnished.

Pretty similar to their uproar over Rev. Wright's "G-D America" business (which continues to echo in how the right wing characterizes Obama's faith, and his patriotism, today.)

Visual_Cortex
Visual_Cortex

And now for something completely different  Something positive.


http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2015/apr/18/oklahoma-bombing-victim-father-friends-tim-mcveigh-dad?CMP=share_btn_fb


How an Oklahoma bombing victim's dad made friends with Timothy McVeigh's father

About twice a year, Welch still takes time to catch up with Bill McVeigh. It’s an unlikely friendship. Bill is the father of Timothy McVeigh, the Oklahoma bomber and the man responsible for the death of his only daughter. They last spoke six weeks ago.

“The year after Julie died was the most miserable I’ve ever been in my life,” says Welch. He began self-medicating with alcohol and went through a long period of “wanting retribution”.

“I went to the bomb site every day after her death. It was about 10 months after, in January. I was watching the people across the street leaving things at the memorial. Crosses, rosaries, you name it. Every muscle in my body ached from alcohol poisoning. I said to myself: ‘You are not moving forward. What you are doing is not working,’” he tells the conference.

His daughter Julie was herself opposed to the death penalty. “She had an imaginary little white flag that she carried, and she can no longer do that, and I am committed to carry that flag for her until the day I die,” he says proudly.

Visual_Cortex
Visual_Cortex

@DownInAlbany @Visual_Cortex

It happens. See also, for example:


http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=14900930

Charles Roberts wasn't Amish, but Amish families knew him as the milk truck driver who made deliveries. Last month, it was announced that the Amish community had donated money to the killer's widow and her three young children.

It was one more gesture of forgiveness, gestures that began soon after the shooting.

Donald Kraybill, is a sociologist at nearby Elizabethtown College and co-author ofAmish Grace: How Forgiveness Transcended Tragedy.

"I think the most powerful demonstration of the depth of Amish forgiveness was when members of the Amish community went to the killer's burial service at the cemetery," Kraybill says. "Several families, Amish families who had buried their own daughters just the day before were in attendance and they hugged the widow, and hugged other members of the killer's family."

[...]

because the Amish can express that forgiveness, and because they hold no grudges, they are better able to concentrate on the work of their own healing.

td1234
td1234

"An Air Force veteran was detained, but not charged, by police at Valdosta State University in Georgia this week after accosting a group of protesters who were trampling on the American flag.

According to The Valdosta Daily Times, Michelle Manhart wasn’t planning on taking the flag away from the protesters at first, but took action after she saw it lying on the ground."

She told the paper:

“I did not want anything like this, but I got a call from a student who told me that the flag was on the ground, and they were walking on it.

“I was just going over there to pick up the flag off the ground. I don’t know what their cause is, but I went to pick it up because it doesn’t deserve to be on the ground.”

When university police officers took her into custody, and returned the flag to the protesters, Manhart resisted arrest. Neither the demonstrators nor the police pressed charges against her. She was given a criminal trespass warning.

The Daily Times reported that Manhart, a former drill sergeant in the Air Force who first made headlines in 2007 after posing for Playboy magazine, has been banned from all university activity.

The university couldn’t confirm if the protesters involved in the incident were students or what they were protesting. One protester told the Daily Times that placing the flag on the ground and walking on it was “a symbol of our protest.”


"The protester continued:

“When a slave understands his situation and understands he doesn’t want to be in slavery, he does not respect or revere anything his slavemaster has put in front of him.”

Manhart told the paper she was upset by their decision to stomp on the flag, not by their exercising of First Amendment rights:

“If your cause is racism then find some white people and walk on them. But to walk on the flag is walking on our symbol of freedom. You have the freedom to do what you are doing because of it. I’m not fighting against them. I’m fighting against the way they are going about it.”

She hopes to ask for a letter of apology from the group, and to be able to take possession of the flag so she can dispose of it properly.

http://www.ijreview.com/2015/04/300504-air-force-vet-didnt-like-group-protesters-took-action/?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=organic&utm_content=conservativedaily&utm_campaign=Military


gotalife
gotalife

@Normd @td1234 It warms my American heart to see the return of rw patriotism but the sc already decided on desecration of the flag so you are right...

Normd
Normd

@td1234 


Bottom line...she was wrong.  Our First amendment allows our flag to be desecrated.  It's distasteful, but it's what makes our freedom of speech ring.

td1234
td1234

“12 Things I trust more than Barack Obama”

  1. Mexican tap water
  2. A porcupine with a “pet me” sign
  3. Bill Clinton
  4. A fart while fighting the flu
  5. An elevator ride with Ray Rice
  6. Taking pills or a drink offered by Bill Cosby
  7. A Bigfoot sighting
  8. A Hillary Clinton war story reported by Brian Williams
  9. Gas station sushi
  10. Jimmy Carter
  11. A Palestinian on a motorcycle
  12. Pete Carroll coaching decisions

breckenridge
breckenridge

"I take issue with pastors who are compassionate toward those who have attractions to same-sex individuals. I would like them to think, just for a moment, about LGBT. The 'B' stand for bisexual! That's orgies!  Are you really going to support this?"  James Dobson, religious right loser, 4-18-2015


Orgies? Dobson is a one-man orgy.  An orgy of stupidity.

Cherokee51
Cherokee51

@breckenridge 


Yeah and what is especially sad is that the guy is a psychologist. There's no excuse for his ignorance.

JamVet
JamVet

@breckenridge 

More than stupid, Dobson and his "Christian" ilk are malevolent and immoral...

breckenridge
breckenridge

 “We cannot ignore that Hillary Clinton was the Secretary of State during the first four years of the Obama presidency and has virtually no meaningful achievements to show for it."  Senator Marco Rubio, R-Florida, 4-18-2015


That's right bro. She should have been more like Rummy and advocated for a senseless, unnecessary  war that cost US taxpayers about $2 trillion. Whatever was she thinking?

Visual_Cortex
Visual_Cortex

@breckenridge

virtually no meaningful achievements 

They have a dumb talking point and they're going to keep feeding it to the gullible, who believe the only kind of "achievement" that matters from a foreign policy standpoint is some kind of mass murder and/or pacification of brown people.

Kamchak
Kamchak

Sock-puppets.

HUGELY funny!

'Nuff said....

gotalife
gotalife

Did the gop lose the war on Obamacare?