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Wednesday, May 22, 2013


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Welcome to the 2nd Term


HOLD YOUR NOSE. Let's see. Where are we? A tornado in Oklahoma that's the equivalent of six Hiroshima bombs, used as a political punchline by a Daily Show comedienne and as a Global Warming smackdown for obdurate Luddite Republicans by a Rhode Island senator. (Oh those humanity loving liberals, eh?) Three, maybe four, possibly five scandals rocking Washington, all of which the president has only learned about by watching the nightly news. Our messiah, the One, knows less about what's going on in his great big magical government than the rest of us do. (Except maybe Howard Dean.) Why? Because he's busy, that's why.

Like tonight. Here's what's scheduled:

On May 22, Obama and his wife will honor singer-songwriter Carole King in the East Room of the White house, who will be given the 2013 Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song.

The prize has been given to musical luminaries Stevie Wonder, Paul McCartney, and Burt Bacharach and Hal David in the past; King will be the first woman honored. Other musical stars will perform in addition to King, including Billy Joel, James Taylor, Gloria Estefan, Jesse McCartney, Emeli Sandé, and Trisha Yearwood.

In 2002, King joined Democrat representatives from California who had dinner with Fidel Castro in Havana defying the Bush Administration’s insistence that Cuba-U.S. relations would not warm until Cuba embraced democracy and human rights.  The dinner lasted from 9 p.m. Sunday until about 4:30 a.m. Monday. King warmed Castro’s heart by singing “You’ve Got A Friend” to him; later, she added a new song she had written, "Love Makes the World."

King blathered, "My songs were a message I wanted to bring here. I came here to learn because my life, my work, is all about communication. We should be setting an example of good will."

I'm taking a risk here. A president who isn't utterly tone-deaf might at least postpone this event. Nah. The show must always go on. Especially when everything is always only a show.






Just a Reminder

Quick! Name the other rock songs that reference St. Augustine.

NOT SHATTERED YET. I had reason to go back and revisit the Stones, which I know will occasion groans among many of you. But I have an excellent reason I'll share after I get my wife with the broken wing home again. In the meantime, with a nod to Helk and FA, I offer my Song of the Day. Which fits me far better than what many of you would choose.

When all is said and done, I'm still Instapunk.




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