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While everyone has a right to express their dislike for anything in this country, we must allow the outlets for these people to be heard so they can be dealt with intelligently. So they can be better informed, not bitter and go into hiding.

It used to be that this country could be entertained with satire and thus open the floor to discussion, understanding, and conclusion. “Political correctness” has caused a nation to be super-sensitive to their feelings and closed the doors to any comprehension of speech while others abuse their free speech with no regard to the etiquette of understanding openly for the sake of the masses.

Ooh, Whine-a-cuda!

Ooh, Whine-a-cuda!

For those of you that noticed during the end of the RNC, Heart’s Barracuda was being played. This, of course, was in homage to Sarah Palin’s nickname, Barracuda, which she got back in her basketball playing days in high school. The new nickname, “Sarah-cuda” is slowly being passed around and used to reflect her current political stance.

Of course, Ann and Nancy Wilson were not thrilled upon hearing their song being played by the GOP. Earlier they shot off a salvo statement making their stance clear about the use of their music for anything that’s politically motivating as far as the RNC goes.

“Sarah Palin’s views and values in NO WAY represent us as American women. We ask that our song ‘Barracuda’ no longer be used to promote her image. The song ‘Barracuda’ was written in the late 70s as a scathing rant against the soulless, corporate nature of the music business, particularly for women. (The ‘barracuda’ represented the business.) While Heart did not and would not authorize the use of their song at the RNC, there’s irony in Republican strategists’ choice to make use of it there.”

-Ann & Nancy Wilson

Irony?! Yes, you’re right, Wilson sisters, but the irony doesn’t end after the RNC played the song after all towards the end of the convention. It ends with a statement made by co-writer of the song, Roger Fisher.

“In an appearance on a Seattle talk show, song co-writer Roger Fisher announced he was “thrilled” with the RNC’s use of the song, because it both resulted in royalties for the band and gave them an opportunity to publicly point out that he, the Wilson sisters, and fellow bandmate Michael DeRosier were all staunch supporters of Barack Obama.”

So much for rock bands fighting against the system. I mean despite your dad serving his country in the Marine Corps, you went along with your draft dodging band members to start your group (ironically called, “Army” before you finally made up your minds to call it “Heart”) and become honorary Canadians until the dust settled and U.S. President Jimmy Carter granted amnesty to those who avoided their duty to country. By the way, America called, they said, “Your welcome and we’re still buying your music because despite your political opinions, we like it.”

Bottom line. You left this country when it needed you, came back when it convenienced you, and milked the corporations that milked you in return (ooh, barracuda!), and when you couldn’t cut it as a rock band, you took advantage of the American public by writing cheesy pop songs and getting fools to buy (and your welcome because I bought “Bad Animals” when it came out!) And despite all that, you get politically antsy when this country offers to pay you royalties to play your music at their functions? Even your other band member was thankful that he was getting paid! Can you not show any appreciation for this country? At least Johnny Depp put his money where his mouth is and lives in France. Where are you residing?

You’re absolutely right! Sarah Palin has nothing in common with you.

“What about love? Don’t you want someone to care about you? You might need it someday.”

And speaking of irony, here’s Heart performing Barracuda live. Enjoy!

Barack Obama

Barack Obama

“So, let me spell out exactly what that change would mean if I am president:

Change means a tax code that doesn’t rewards the lobbyist who wrote it, but the American workers and small businesses who deserve it. Unlike John McCain, I will stop giving tax breaks to companies that ship jobs overseas and I will start giving them to companies that create them in America.

I’ll eliminate capital gains taxes for the small businesses and startups that will create the high wages, high tech jobs of tomorrow.

I will, listen now, I will cut taxes, cut taxes for 95% of all working families because in an economy like this, the last thing we should do is raise taxes on the middle class.

And for the sake of our economy, our security, and the future of our planet, I will set a clear goal as President – in ten years, we will finally end our dependence on oil from the Middle East.

We will do this. Washington has been talking about our oil addiction for the last 30 years and by the way, John McCain has been there for 26 of them. And in that time, he has said “no” to higher fuel efficiency standards for cars, “no” to investment in renewable energy, “no” to renewable fuels. And today, we import triple the amount of oil that we had on the day that Sen. McCain took office. Now is the time to end this addiction and to understand that drilling is a stop-gap measure not a long term solution… not even close.

As president, I will tap our natural gas reserves, invest in clean coal technology, and find ways to safely harness nuclear power. I’ll help our auto companies retool so that the fuel efficient cars of the future are built right here in America.

I’ll make it easier for the American people to afford these new cars. And I’ll invest $150 billion over the next decade in affordable, renewable sources in energy – wind power and solar power and the next generation of bio fuels. An investment that will lead to new industries and 5 million new jobs that pay well and cannot be outsourced.”

“If John McCain, wants to have a debate about who has the temperment and judgement to serve as the next Commander in Chief, that’s a debate I’m ready to have.”

“You know, John McCain likes to say that he’ll follow Osama bin Laden to the gates of hell. But he won’t even follow him to the cave where he lives!”

“The times are too serious, the stakes are too high for the same partisan playbook. So let us agree that patriotism has no party. I love this country and so do you and so does John McCain. The men and women who serve in our battlefields may be Democrats and Republicans and Independents but they have fought together and bled together and some died together under the same proud flag. They have not served a Red America or a Blue America, they have served the United States of America. So I’ve got news for you, John McCain. We all put our country first!”

“You understand that in this election the greatest risk we can take is to try the same old politics with the same old players and expect a different result. You have shown what history teaches us. That in defining moments like this one – the change we need doesn’t come from Washington, change comes to Washington.”

Because you knew it was bound to happen.

What will Obama say first? How many times will mention “Change”? Color of his tie? How many times will he take a sip of water? Thank his wife? Click on the jump to get the odds.

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Happy Independence Day!

I’ve decided to say Happy Independence Day instead of just Happy 4th
of July because too many folks aren’t reminded enough of how we
attained the liberties we take for granted. Props to the men and women
who gave us a reason to celebrate today!

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D-Ohio, 9th District, Marcy Kaptor has an interesting thing to say. Why am I not hearing more about this in the mainstream? (Hint: Because we’d rather be distracted by Britney news) Why is the rest of the House of Reps staying quiet after she speaks? The British House of Commons at least will clap or boo. Those guys know how to let you know if they agree with you or not. So again, I must ask, why the lack of reaction? (insert cricket chirps)

So let’s get past this point and move on to what Ms. Kaptor is talking about… our continued dependence on oil. I remember this being a big issue with I was younger… AND THAT WAS IN THE 70s! What’s happened since? Why are we still sucking the oil pipe down like $6 Starbucks coffee? Why has the average fuel efficiency of an automobile barely creeped into the 30s? Why has developement for alternative fuels been stunted by special interest groups? Why are we shooting ourselves in the foot? The questions I ask are somewhat rhetorical in nature. My purpose is to actually stir some debate and interest in finding out whether it is better to pursue the answers and condemn those who are preventing us from finding alternative energy or if we just need to leave all of them behind and march forth on our own as a collective and begin a new revolution in which our actions will speak louder than our words. This country used to be an admired leader in so many facets. Why can’t we take the reigns and advance ourselves forward instead of waiting for someone to do it for us?