The Battle Hymn of the Republicans

July 28, 2010 by barbara

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barbara has been out of town again, in places with no signal. That said, this clip, sent to me by LeftyMN, seemed important enough to find a way to share it with you.

What follows is the deeply moving Republican anthem, as sung by Michele Bachmann, John Kline, Tim Pawlenty (our MN radical right contingent), Mitch McConnell, John Boehner, John McCain, Sarah Palin, Glenn Beck, et al.

I think it may tug at your heart and bring a tear to your eye.

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World Cup redux: The gift that keeps on giving

July 19, 2010 by barbara

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Oh, people, here is a truly amazing world premiere. Do not be giving up after the brief Brahms. Continue through the remarkable Ravel that follows. Hint: “Bolero!”

h/t Dee Bailey

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Random stuff from week just ending

July 17, 2010 by barbara

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Has it really been just five days since I left Minnesota for my uncle’s funeral in Illinois? I was relatively out of touch with folks back home while I was gone, and also with the news.

However, I did catch snippets over motel bagels and watery orange juice each morning. It amazed me that motels in southern Iowa and Illinois (fairly hard-core conservative-land), TVs were tuned to either CNN or MSNBC. Not a Fox to be seen. Yoicks!

Here are some things that emerged over the past five days:

• BP is getting very close to capping the well that caused the catastrophic “spill,” i.e., three-month gusher of monstrous proportions that has killed flora and fauna, jobs, spirits and whatever fragment of trust we might have had in the oil industry.

• Rod Blagojevich has an ego and a mouth at least as big as Michele Bachmann’s. Even so, Minnesota’s loud, hairy one finagled more air time than Rod the Badly Coiffured Wunderkind in his own state. I read this morning that MB wants to start a Tea Party Caucus in the U.S. House of Representatives. Pay attention, please. I said “in the U.S. House of Representatives,” not D.C. Middle School for Kewl Kids. It seems to me that Bachmann is all about posing and posturing, playing games (remember her hide and seek gig?), forming cliques, flipping hair and flapping gums. Harsh? Mebbe. But second only to Sarah Palin, Michele Bachmann is the most narcissistic nymph at the water’s edge.

• Bristol Palin and Levi Johnston. Oh, man. Will we ever be finished with that wretched family? Most interesting news surrounding the impending Read on.

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Facts are a liberal conspiracy

July 08, 2010 by barbara

cartoon by Barry Deutsch/Ampersand

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Minnesota has an interesting dude running for governor under the Republican banner. His name is Tom Emmer (rhymes with, um, nothing). Given his penchant for making up “facts” (which seems to be a litmus test to qualify for the right), Emmer spews the most dazzlingly wacko stuff. I’m guessing he must have studied with Sarah Palin and Michele Bachmann at the Glenn Beck Fox Faux Factorium.

Case in point, Emmer recently declared that Minnesota needs to reduce the minimum wage for those who garner tips (mostly those who serve food in restaurants). And you know why? Because according to Emmer, some of those fat cat servers are sucking up $100,000 a year. Yup. The very folks at St. Paul’s Eagle Street Grille who serve your burgers and Bud lite. Read on

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My country 'tis of thee

July 04, 2010 by barbara

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With apologies to Katherine Lee Bates, whose lyrics I intended to post. But something came over me, and I revised them. How's that for arrogant?! Also, no small amount cynical. Chalk it up to Sarah Palin, Michele Bachmann, Mitch McConnell, John Boehner et al. Make no mistake. I believe with my whole heart that as flawed as our country is (and it is deeply flawed), it's the best of the best.

Enough with disclaimers.

O beautiful for spacious skies,
For amber waves of grain,
For purple mountain majesties
Above the fruited plain!

America! America!
Exquisite land and vast.
But as our need morphs into greed,
The beauty cannot last.

O beautiful for open arms
Embracing others who
Seek safety in America
Where walls used to be few.

America! America!
I love you with whole heart.
Let not teabags and racist tags
Destroy your glorious start!

O beautiful for heroes who
Gave up their lives to war.
Who sacrificed believing that
It meant there’d be no more.

America! America!
We need more than one day
For taking pause for you, because
There're lifetimes to repay.

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