BRANDOLAND: Talking to God...For You!

Wednesday, March 26, 2003

Haven’t posted for a couple of days. Sorry ‘bout that. I’ve been overwhelmed with the latest and greatest re: Iraq, and haven’t been able to figure out which front to attack. Clear Channel, The Carlyle Group, Halliburton, yad yada.

And then…it hit me…after the morning news. Here goes…

The good folks over at NPR were kind enough to broadcast Bush’s latest jingo-fest this morning…live from Cent Comm outside Tampa, Florida, (one of the) the strategic HQ’s of our nation’s finest, and home to the Reverend Tommy Franks, our fearless military leader over in Iraq. 10,000 plus filled an airplane hangar at Cent Comm (including family members of soldiers currently fighting) to hear Shrub go on and on about victory and freedom and duty and liberty and heroism and, oh yeah, this “war” might take a little bit longer than we expected. Shrub was treated to standing ovations every fifteen seconds. We’re all in trouble when a reference to “my brother the governor” gets GW thirty seconds of wild applause.

But here’s the thing that made me mad; it was Shrub’s warm-up act, country singer Darryl Worley. The crowd gathered at Cent Comm was treated to a live performance of “Have You Forgotten,” Worley’s brand-new jingo-smash (in with a bullet from an M16 at #2 on the counrty charts), written by Worley and his “pardner” Wynn Varble.

(Hold on a second. Written by Worley and…Wynn Varble? Wynn Varble?! That’s the dude’s name?! Are you kidding me?!!

“Have you seen Wynn Varble? They kick ass. I think they’re from Portland. Saw them open up for Elliot Smith. He was totally smacked out on something, but Wynn Varble kicked ass.”

“Travel to Wynn Varble you must. Find out what you can you will.”
“Yes, Master Yoda.”
“May the force be with you.”)

Back to the song. Read the lyrics, then we’ll discuss.


I hear people saying we don't need this war
I say there's some things worth fighting for
What about our freedom and this piece of ground?
We didn't get to keep 'em by backing down
They say we don't realize the mess we're getting in
Before you start preaching
Let me ask you this my friend

Have you forgotten how it felt that day
To see your homeland under fire
And her people blown away?
Have you forgotten when those towers fell?
We had neighbors still inside
Going through a living hell
And you say we shouldn't worry 'bout Bin Laden
Have you forgotten?

They took all the footage off my T.V.
Said it's too disturbing for you and me
It'll just breed anger that's what the experts say
If it was up to me I'd show it every day
Some say this country's just out looking for a fight
After 9/11 man I'd have to say that's right


I've been there with the soldiers
Who've gone away to war
And you can bet that they remember
Just what they're fighting for

Have you forgotten all the people killed?
Yes, some went down like heroes in that Pennsylvania field
Have you forgotten about our Pentagon?
All the loved ones that we lost
And those left to carry on
Don't you tell me not to worry 'bout Bin Laden
Have you forgotten?

Have you forgotten?
Have you forgotten?

I’m back.

Please, kill me. Kill me now. I can’t take it anymore. We have no chance, because this is the kind of jingoistic crap that the Wal-Martians eat on a daily basis. Fucking Clear Channel and its vast network of talk-radio and country stations is ramming this song down their throats RIGHT NOW. I mean, where did they get this guy? The guy looks like a Piggly Wiggly grocery bagger and he’s got a giant hit single?! Does Clear Channel have a secret lab somewhere, a lab where they can create “artists” like Worley to carry their conservative/corporate/pro-war message? A lab that has the capability of cranking out more of these ring-wing robots? Please, hit that lab with a laser guided missile.

And the rhyme scheme…Chirst…towers fell, living hell…Bin Laden, forgotten…people “keeled,” Pennsylvania field?!!! My god, Tony Tucci’s 5th grade reworking of Styx’s “Wanted Man” into a Steeler fight song had more artistic merit. (It was genius – “O, mama, I’m in fear for my life from the long arm of the law / STEELERS are coming down from the gallows and I don’t have very long.”)

And where the fuck are the modern day Dylan’s and Country Joe’s? Jesus, people, we’re in big trouble if we have to rely on Sheryl Crow and the Dixie Chicks to spread the message of peace. Sure, I know, it’s hard to get your message out if Clear Channel won’t play your music. I get that. But, c’mon. Just go on Letterman or Leno to promote your new hit single and sing a protest song when you hit the stage.

I wanna take “Have You Forgotten” line by line, but I’m afraid that my head will explode if I do. Let’s just deal with the title.

“Have You Forgotten.” Forgotten the connection between 9/11 and Saddam Hussein and George Bush’s war in Iraq? No, Darryl, I haven’t forgotten. But, because I’m educated (and because I NEVER WATCH FOX NEWS), I know that there is ZERO CONNECTION between 9/11 and Saddam Hussein. Period. End of discussion. The connection (ie the information that the Bush Administration “presented” to the Security Council to justify military action) was based on LIES. Al-Qaeda in Iraq? In Northeren Iraq – a part of the country that Hussein has no control over. “Weapons of Mass Destruction?” Well, we know what they used to have because a bunch of our companies have the receipts. The possibility of Hussein getting some WMD’s and selling them to Bin Laden? The Empire will finish the Death Star before that happens. (If you guys were really worried about an “evil regime” selling nukes to terrorists, call the folks running the show in Pakistan; there’s more than enough evidence to suggest that they’ve been selling nukes to the North Koreans and harboring the bulk load of Bin Laden’s dudes.) And no matter how hard you jingos try to spin this junk, those of us who can see through the bullshit will never accept an Iraq-Al Qaeda connection as anything but spin.

I’ve got to give it to the powers at be; you’ve done a masterful job of brainwashing the American people, since roughly 50% of all Americans believe that the Hussein was involved in 9/11 and that most of the hijackers involved were Iraqi. Good job. And thanks to the corporate media for never having the balls to correct that mislead.

I know one thing; this fucking song helps that campaign IN A BIG WAY.

I have a few questions for you, Mr. Worley.

Have you forgotten?

Have you forgotten that 15 of the hijackers were SAUDIS and that NONE OF THEM were Iraqi? (This little debate is really getting old, people.)

Have you forgotten that Bush promised to “smoke” bin Laden out of his “cave” (or his five star hotel room in the Philippines), to “get him running,” and to bring him to justice “dead or alive?”

Have you forgotten that the bush family has done MILLIONS AND MILLIONS of dollars of biz with the Bin Laden family, and that the U.S. government flew members of that family out of the U.S. in the hours after 9/11?

Have you forgotten that the CIA trained Bin Laden? Ever see “Rambo III?” We used to call them the mujahadeen. “Freedom Fighters.” (Language is neat, huh?)

Have you forgotten that Dick Cheney used to be the CEO of Halliburton, the firm that just landed the fattest of the Iraqi reconstruction contracts? Better yet, have you forgotten that Halliburton did upwards of SEVENTY MILLION dollars worth of biz with THE IRAQIS during the NINETIES, selling them (among other things) equipment for their oil fields?

Have you forgotten that the Republicans spent upward of 100 MILLION DOLLARS of our (tax payer) money (and twice that from private sources) to catch Clinton with his pants down, but are only spending 3 MILLION DOLLARS to investigate 9/11?!

Have you forgotten that Bush promised New York 20 BILLION DOLLARS in post 9/11 aid, but has yet to deliver the bulk of that cash (75%) to the city?

Actually, Darryl, you probably haven’t forgotten…BECAUSE, like most Americans living under the Bush junta, YOU NEVER KNEW. You probably get all your “information” from Rush and Sean and Fox News, so how could you know?

Goddammit. I could go on and on and on…but I won’t. I’m getting a headache.

Actually, there is a connection between 9/11 and Saddam Hussein, Darryl…and it’s covered with a delicious coating of oil and RACISM. But you can’t see that because the powers at be control the thoughts of you mouth-breathers and Wal-Martians with an endless barrage of propaganda and a giant parade of “evildoers.” They used to be commies, now they’re Islamic. “And if they look alike…they are alike…so let’s kill ‘em all.”

Open you’re fucking eyes, Abercrombie; blind faith in your leaders will get you killed.

If you visit his web-site, you can get a transcript of Darryl Worley’s appearance on “Hannity & Colmes.”


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