Friday, December 02, 2005

The Weekly Rewind

It’s Friday @ TBWA (actually, it’s Friday in most of the Northern Hemisphere, but you know what I mean)… who can tell me what than means??? You, no you, the one with the hat… in Las Vegas… can you tell me what Friday means on TBWA?



Anyone?

It’s time for the weekly rewind of course…

The end of the week after Thanksgiving… Hanukah, Christmas, Kwanza and Boxing Day are all approaching… smart money would be on the fact that things sort of get quiet and start winding down for the remainder of 2005. But this year, in the words of Homer Simpson: “Anything’s possible with Commander Cuckoo-Bananas in charge.”

So sit back, turn on a little Sinatra, (how does Mrs. Sinatra feel about that? [rimshot]) and take it all in…

Applaud: to me for finding this quote from Adlai Stevenson online last night: “If the Republicans will stop telling lies about the Democrats, we will stop telling the truth about them.” Even bigger applaud to Mr. Stevenson for saying it all those years ago.

Heckle: to ‘old’ wars becoming ‘new’ news. According to government documents that were recently declassified, U.S. intelligence officials distorted evidence of an attack on two U.S. destroyers in the Gulf of Tonkin in 1964 in order to support claims of communist aggression. This directly led to a massive escalation of U.S. involvement in the Vietnam War.

Applaud: to the good news of job growth in the count— wait a minute… son of a—. It turns out the Bush‘Whacked’ Administration is spinning the results. Well then, we have to call this one a HECKLE, don’t we?

Heckle: to the Pentagon and the Lincoln Group for their 'paid' articles in the Iraqi press. It seems the U.S. military paid money to Iraqi press outlets (all you broadcasting and journalism students out there – of which I was for about 1 semester – don’t aim for network news or newspapers in the states… aim for “Iraqi Action News”,“Good Morning Falujah” or “The Baghdad Sun-Times” – that’s where the REAL money is)

Applaud: to the news that Representative “Duke” Cunningham (R-CA) resigned from office after admitting he broke the law by (and I know this will be hard to believe about a Republican) taking bribes… I am shocked and appalled.

Heckle: to Bill O’Reilly. Does anyone really need a specific reason to heckle this little SOB? I didn’t think so.

Heckle: to Bill O’Reilly part 2. He released his “enemies” list this past week… had 3 names on it…. Wow, that must have strained his colossal creativity.

Applaud: to President Bush… (I know, I know, it goes against EVERYTHING this site stands for) for signing into law Thursday a bill directing that a statue of Civil Rights icon Rosa Parks be erected in the Capital’s Statuary Hall.

Heckle: to this website linked HERE. I don’t even know where to begin…

Applaud: to the state of Texas (I know, it even looks weird as I write it) for calling “Commander Cuckoo-Bananas” in for Jury Duty. But…

Heckle: to the White House, who said that the President wouldn’t serve on jury duty on Monday as scheduled because he has “other commitments.” (Unlike the millions of other U.S. citizens who are called for jury duty on a daily basis… they don’t have any commitments in their life. I know he’s the “President”, but if he can take off as much vacation time as he does, then he can serve on jury duty when he’s originally scheduled)

Applaud: to Arlen Specter (R-PA), who has decided to not move forward with his call for investigation into the NFL’s handling of the Terrell Owens’ suspension. Seems like he either gained intelligence (unlikely) or someone smacked him upside the head with a 2 x 4 and told him he’s being an idiot (more likely)

Heckle: to the White House, which on Thursday called those Democrats who said that the President lacked a clear strategy for victory in Iraq as being "deeply irresponsible". (Let's see, we have been there since 2003, have lost over 2,000 troops, and in the President's speech on Wednesday he admitted mistakes, and outlined goals....hmmm, nope didn't hear a clear strategy for victory in Iraq.... so I guess that would make us at TBWA irresponsible as well )

Heckle: to SCOTUS nominee Samuel ‘Sc’Alito. He “assured” Sen. Specter this past week that his personal views on abortion will NOT be a factor in his rulings. (Yeah, like we’re supposed to take his word for it… whatever)

Applaud/Heckle: this has to be counted as both. It’s a ‘Heckle’ for Illinois Treasurer Judy Baar Topinka (who would lose in a Beauty Contest against Rep. Jean Schmidt of Ohio – if you can believe that) officially announced she is seeking the Republican nomination for Illinois Governor, saying she is the only one capable to “take out” Democratic incumbent Rod Blagojevich. It’s an ‘Applaud’ because she is known as the person who single-handedly killed the GOP in Illinois (remember Alan Keyes’ IL senate run…heh heh heh, I do) and is thus a VERY polarizing figure in the party.

And one final item to mention (though we at TBWA aren’t sure if it should be an applaud or a heckle, so make that decision on your own): check out these new action sets from Playmobil. They include: airport security checkpoint, getaway car, safe crackers set, and construction workers with porta-potty…imagine the possibilities.

They seem to be evening out a little… cause for optimism? One can only hope.

That’s it for this week’s rewind… ‘Remember, keep your feet on the ground and keep reaching for the stars’… no wait, sorry, that’s Casey Kasem’s sign-off.

How about, ‘good night and good luck’… no, that’s Edward R. Murrow

Uh, ‘Goodnight America, wherever you are’… no, that’s Midnight Caller’s… ah, now I remember:

Only time will tell…

4 comments:

TomSongs said...

BushWhacked, the song:

I'm a Veteran (Infantry Hospital Corpsman, USMC/USN) and a songwriter opposed to Bush's war. I wrote "BushWhacked" last week and I have received an incredible response from Soldiers, Families and a even a few angry politicians. Feel free to host or post!

High res. 9.3 MB
http://www.tomsongs.com/images/Bushwhacked_0001.wmv

Low res. 4 MB
http://www.tomsongs.com/images/Bushwhacked.wmv


BushWhacked

I served my time far away from the front lines
But I’ve seen them come and I’ve seen them go
Bullets fly when politicians lie and soldiers die that’s war
Their fathers and mothers wake up crying in the middle of the night
Their hearts jump at every knock upon the door
Young Americans bleeding and dying in the middle of this fight
Still trying to figure out what the hell they’re really dying for

Bushwhacked and another soldier dies
They’ve been Bushwhacked
By a whitehouse war built on whitehouse lies
Bushwhacked
And by the time we realize we’ve all been Bushwhacked
Another roadside bomb another soldier dies

If you close your eyes force yourself to look inside
Read between the whitehouse lies that we’ve all been fed
In the name of humanity they peddled our democracy
Claim they’re trying to set Iraqis free
So far we’ve freed a hundred thousand dead
And their fathers and mothers wake up crying in the middle of the night
Their hearts jump with every knock upon the door
Soldiers and civilians bleeding and dying in the middle of this fight
Still trying to figure out what they’re really dying for
They’ve been Bushwhacked and another soldier dies
They’ve been Bushwhacked
By a whitehouse war built on whitehouse lies
Bushwhacked
And by the time we realize we’ve all been Bushwhacked
Another roadside bomb another soldier dies
Bushwhacked and another soldier dies
They’ve been Bushwhacked
By a whitehouse war built on whitehouse lies
Bushwhacked
And we’re gonna lose a thousand more
Yeah we’ve been Bushwhacked
Maybe George should fight his own bullshit war

Kemp said...

tomsongs, I saw this posted on a comment under a Daily Kos cheers and jeers. Loved it then, love it now. Thanks for posting it here!

Mike said...

Am I the guy with the hat, the guy from Las Vegas? Or am I just craving too much attention? Go UNLV hoops!

Kemp said...

Mike,When I put Las Vegas, you were definately the first one that came to mind.

While you may not agree with our views, you are one of the most regular visitors of our blog, and for that Scott and I thank you.