The Deciderer's last 1000 days

If our country lasts that long....

Thursday, March 27, 2008

298: O beautiful for spacious skies

Paul Simon, 1968

"Let us be lovers, we'll marry our fortunes together
I've got some real estate here in my bag"
So we bought a pack of cigarettes and Mrs. Wagner pies
And walked off to look for America

"Kathy," I said as we boarded a Greyhound in Pittsburgh
"Michigan seems like a dream to me now"
It took me four days to hitchhike from Saginaw
I've come to look for America

Laughing on the bus
Playing games with the faces
She said the man in the gabardine suit was a spy
I said "Be careful, his bowtie is really a camera"

"Toss me a cigarette, I think there's one in my raincoat"
"We smoked the last one an hour ago"
So I looked at the scenery, she read her magazine
And the moon rose over an open field

"Kathy, I'm lost," I said, though I knew she was sleeping
"I'm empty and aching and I don't know why"
Counting the cars on the New Jersey Turnpike
They've all come to look for America
All come to look for America
All come to look for America

Listen to America here,
performed by Simon & Garfunkel,
(Bookends album, 1968)

Monday, March 24, 2008


I love it! From Fubar at Needlenose:

Thursday, February 21, 2008

333: Separated at Birth?

Monday, January 28, 2008

356: My response to the DCCC

Neither the national Democratic Party nor any re-election committee will see another dime from me until party leaders and their groupies stop acting like such cowards.

Any political donations I make will go directly to candidates who show conviction and courage, who will stand up for traditional Democratic ideals (and practical new ones), who have respect for the Constitution and the rule of law, and who understand that the Republican establishment has been getting exactly what it wants for years and is still getting exactly what it wants (and what it wants is harming our nation and the world more each day.)

With a guaranteed national audience, Governor Sebelius’ SOTU response was truly pathetic.

I AM A DEMOCRAT, but at best, I am ashamed of my party and afraid for our nation.

Randy Gold
Sherman Oaks, CA

Wednesday, December 05, 2007

411: Ron Paul, George & Gringo

Tancredo: "....pushing drugs, raping kids, destroying lives"

Yeah, yeah, yeah!

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Tuesday, December 04, 2007

412: Republican math

Wednesday, August 29, 2007

509: What's Jeb Bush been up to lately?

The pay's not great, but there's always all-you-can-eat cookies in the break out room! (Hmmmmmm.... is he wondering whether the name "Bush" will still be toxic come 2012.)

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Thursday, August 23, 2007

515: Viet Raq

Monday, July 23, 2007

546: How the modern day Republican Party spells relief

Their favorite sport: pissing on Americans.

Thanks to Wiley Miller for the original drawing that he drew for me at a political cartoonists meeting in 1998.

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Tuesday, July 17, 2007

552: Iraqi Raccoon

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

558. Casablanca (i.e. White House)

Tuesday, July 03, 2007

566: Living in the Twilight Zone

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

579. The Law & Order ticket

Oh, darn! It appears that Sam Waterston is a Democrat.... But that's OK, since Thompson clearly doesn't care much about law and order anyway.

UPDATE: Oops! I just noticed that I misspelled Waterston on the button. Oh well... back to the PhotoShop board.

Sunday, June 17, 2007

581. It was 40 years ago today...

No, not Sgt. Pepper or anything Beatles. On June 17, 1967, Janis Ian's "Society's Child" debuted on the Billboard Top 40 chart, eventually reaching #14. This song told of an ill-fated interracial romance that family, peers and American society as a whole could not and would not tolerate. Radio stations around the country banned it from their playlists.

While we've undoubtedly come a long way in race relations since the mid-1960's, it's all too obvious that the fight for social justice continues. Let's never lose sight of the important and difficult battles that so many brave others have already won on this front as we prepare for the battles ahead of us.

Originally written by 14-year-old Janis Ian in 1965, she performs the song here on "The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour" in November, 1967. Not surprisingly, this performance was censored in several U.S. television markets. (Note that she's singing live over the musical track used on the record.) I still get a lump in my throat whenever I hear this song, especially so watching this performance.

Society's Child
Janis Ian

Come to my door, baby
Face is clean and shining black as night
My mother went to answer
You know that you looked so fine
Now I could understand your tears & your shame
She called you "boy" instead of your name
When she wouldn't let you inside
When she turned and said
"But honey, he's not our kind"

She says I can't see you any more, baby
Can't see you any more

Walk me down to school, baby
Everybody's acting deaf and blind
Until they turn and say
"Why don't you stick to your own kind"
My teachers all laugh, their smirking stares
Cutting deep down in our affairs
Preachers of equality
Think they believe it
Then why won't they just let us be?

They say I can't see you any more baby
Can't see you any more

One of these days I'm gonna stop my listening
Gonna raise my head up high
One of these days I'm gonna raise up
My glistening wings and fly
But that day will have to wait for a while
Baby, I'm only society's child
When we're older, things may change
But for now this is the way they must remain

I say I can't see you any more, baby
Can't see you any more
No, I don't want to see you any more, baby

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"Society's Child"
was originally recorded for Atlantic Records, who paid for the session; after they heard it, they quietly returned the master, saying they could not release it. Years later Jerry Wexler (president of Atlantic at the time) apologized publicly to Janis for this, saying "If any company should have released Society's Child, it was us".

In 2001 "Society's Child" was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame.

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I had the pleasure of seeing Janis perform live a few years ago at McCabe's in Santa Monica, California, a guitar shop by day magically transformed into a wonderfully intimate performance "hall" (100 seats) by night.... the kind of place where the performers never fail to come out into the front shop area right after the show to schmooze with the fans. Janis is currently writing her autobiography, so isn't touring much these days. But when she gets back on the road, treat yourself if she comes to your town.

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