Thursday, May 17, 2007

Very Important Things You Should Know About

Don't be stupid, be a smarty, come and join the Red Hat party
I read where the dastardly Red Hats are being celebrated in a musical that’s playing in Chicago. I’m sure it’s in the vein of the Franz Liebkind-penned production of Springtime for Hitler, and similarly inspired. No doubt it glosses over all of the bunco schemes and beat downs in painting them as a benevolent, senior-empowering group of civic-minded citizens. History will tell a far less kind story, my friends.

Speaking Power to Truth
Can anyone provide a literal definition of this phrase? It’s quite popular with the radical set, but I’ll be damned if I can figure out what it means, other than shorthand for “I’m about to say something that the man doesn’t want you to hear.” There’s something quite insufferable about people like that.

No Idols, Just American Music
For everyone complaining about the Grandstand lineup, and you’re certainly justified in doing so, take heart in the upcoming American Music Show at the Taste of Springfield on July 7. I plan to blog about the event more extensively when the date draws nearer, but know that while it may not offer the recognizable names that you desire, the lineup is long on sheer quality. No cheesey ballads or concocted anthems, just real rock and roll and hardcore country. The Bottle Rockets are going to be here for chrissakes, that should more than make up for whatever muck that Daughtry character has in store for us.

We’re not going to Moscow. Zip in. Zip out. It’s like going to Wisconsin
Speaking of the American Music Show, we’ll be traveling to Wisconsin next month to see one of last year’s headliners, Sarah Borges and the Broken Singles*. They’re playing in Port Washington at a free show in a park right off Lake Michigan. If you have the means, I highly recommend making the trip. It promises to be a kickin’-good time. And if you’re still not sold, Russ will be there.

Come on!
The SJ-R publishes a report on the Springfield Police Department’s purchae of two Segways, almost 40 people have commented on the story online, and not one mention of Gob Bluth, the man who came to personify the tackiest mode of travel ever invented? Sometimes I feel as if I’m surrounded by a cultural void.

*Be sure to pickup a copy of their new CD that’s due out on June 12. The new Wilco is out now. If anyone's heard it, please comment.


nancy said...

You're right, Dan. Nobody rocks a Segway like Will Arnette. RIP Bluths.

Unpainted Huffhines said...

One of my favorite Gob quotes was, I believe, uttered when he was on a Segway: "I'm having an incredible year!" I don't know why, but that always makes me laugh.

Dick York said...

"Speaking power to truth"

That means the louder and more times you say something the more someone is likely to start believing it.

Example: "Dem policeses is racist! They stop a black man just for being black."

It has been said so many times that even those that were not initially naive and gullible have started to believe it.

It also worked quite well about 65 years ago in Germany.

Yellowdog said...
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Yellowdog said...

Im not allowed to speak publicly about the SPD choice of the Segway. I will be personaly "bitch slapped" if I do so.

Rock-Robster said...

Speak Truth to Power is, I believe, taken from a charge given to Eighteenth Century Quakers, and suggests the effort that is made to speak from the deepest insight of faith.

This truth is an ancient one: that love endures and overcomes; that hatred destroys; that what is obtained by love is retained, but what is obtained by hatred proves a burden. This truth, fundamental to the position which rejects reliance on the method of war, is ultimately a religious perception, a belief that stands outside of history. Because of this we could not end this study without discussing the relationship between the politics of time with which men are daily concerned and the politics of eternity which they too easily ignore.

Rock-Robster said...

By the way Dan - I've been to Port Washington on numerous occasions and it's a beautiful town. ENJOY!

BlogFreeSpringfield said...

R. Robster,

As to your first comment, that's what I thought, I just wasn't sure.

As to your second, is there a microbrewery in Port Washington where we might soak for a couple of hours before the show?

Thanks for commenting,