Foreigner – Dirty White Boy
Today’s Quote: “It is an odd state of affairs when books or movies need defending, especially when the replacement proffered by certain Web-oriented companies and their apologists is so dismally inferior: chunks and links and other bits of evidence of epidemic ADD. Reading some stray person’s comment on the text I happen to be reading is about as appealing as hearing what the people in the row behind me are saying about the movie I’m watching.” — The Wall Street Journal’s Lee Gomes doesn’t buy into the mash-up mindset
Neurosis as a lifestyle: remixing revisited By Andrew Orlowski
Has technology made us more creative or is it just ADD?
A Chance for Justice in Hawaii
“Native Hawaiians — who make up 20 percent of the state’s population but are disproportionately poor, sick, homeless and incarcerated — have a distinct identity and deserve the same rights as tribal governments on the mainland.” It has never made any sense to me that native Hawaiians have never had the “sovereign nation” status that Native American tribes on the mainland have had for, I don’t know how long.
Efforts by C.I.A. Fail in Somalia, Officials Charge By Mark Mazzetti
A covert C.I.A. effort to finance Somali warlords has empowered the Islamic groups it was intended to marginalize, critics say. Sounds a lot like the old CIA of the 60s!
Study Sees Increase in Illegal Hispanic Workers in New Orleans By Leslie Eaton
About a quarter of the construction workers rebuilding the city are illegal immigrants who get lower pay, a study found. Apparently, Carlos Mencia was not kidding when he said beaners would rebuild New Orleans.
One Down, One to Go
Senator Harry Reid, the minority leader, should be rallying Democrats to join the small handful of principled Republicans willing to oppose a constitutional amendment banning flag burning. As I recall the only “legal” way to dispose of a United States flag is to burn it. Do we have to have a constitutional amendment to ban everything the Republicans don’t like? It’s getting ridiculous.
Music Trivia Quiz:
1. Which Rodgers and Hammerstein musical is the most-performed show in the U.S. high school? A) Oklahoma B) Carousel C) South Pacific
2. Cotton Blossom, Make Believe, and Bill are all songs from which musical? A) Flower Drum Song B) Seven Brides for Seven Brothers C) Show Boat
3. How Are Things in Clocca Morra is from which musical? A) Brigadoon B) Finian’s Rainbow C) Sweet Charity
4. Who had a big hit with Mama Told Me Not to Come? A) Three Dog Night B) The Grass Roots C) The Shangri-Las
5. How many members are there in the group Ben Folds Five? A) 5 B) 4 C) 3
Music Trivia Answers:
1. A) Oklahoma
2. C) Show Boat
3. B) Finian’s Rainbow
4. A) Three Dog Night [This was written by Randy Newman, the son of Academy Award-winning composer Lionel Newman. It is about a party that left a “bad taste” in the writer’s mouth. The drug scene was fairly new to American middle-class youth at that time. (Songfacts.com) It’s one of my favorite Randy Newman songs.]
5. C) 3
I got number 4. I’m lousy when it comes to musicals and the last question so obscure as to be invisible.