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Tuesday, April 12, 2005

But Does He Have the U2 iPod?

Good news - 43 has an iPod.

'Boomer rock' keeps Bush's heart in tune

Feel good excerpts:
WASHINGTON - Between his return Friday from Pope John Paul II's funeral in Rome and his meeting Monday with Prime Minister Ariel Sharon of Israel, President George W. Bush spent an hour and a half Saturday riding a mountain bike at his Texas ranch. With him, as usual, was his indispensable new exercise toy: an iPod music player loaded with country and popular rock tunes aimed at getting the presidential heart rate up to a chest-pounding 170 beats per minute.

Which brings up the inevitable question. What, exactly, is on the First iPod?
Place your bets!
First, Bush's iPod is heavy on traditional country singers like George Jones, Alan Jackson and Kenny Chesney.
No. You're kidding.
He has selections by the folk-rock singer Van Morrison, whose "Brown-Eyed Girl" is a Bush favorite -
And the biggest frat song of all time -
And by John Fogerty, most predictably "Centerfield," which was played at Texas Rangers games when Bush was an owner and is still played at ballfields all over America.
"Centerfield" nearly ruined the "Vote For Change" show in Philly. God it was painful...watching Fogertty hop around with that baseball bat-guitar...singing one of the lamest songs from the 80's. Even Bruce was bummed.

Any other stadium hits, 43?
Bush, as leader of the free world, does not take the time to download the music himself; that task falls to his personal aide, Blake Gottesman, who buys individual songs and albums, including greatest hits by Jones and Jackson, from the iTunes music store.
I want that job. I want that job. I want that job.

"What ya got fer me, Brandomania?"

"Maiden, sir. 'Murders in the Rue Morgue.' From Killers."

"Rad."

"And the original version of 'Rubber Biscuit' by The Chips."

"Hey bubba, hum bubba shib-uh-wubba!"
(George) Jones, (Rolling Stone's Joe) Levy said, was nonetheless an interesting choice. "George Jones is the greatest living singer in country music and a recovering alcoholic who often sings about heartbreak and drinking," he said. "It tells you that the president knows a thing or two about country music and is serious about his love of country music."
It also tells you that the president might know what George Jones, "a recovering alcoholic," is talking about.

I just downloaded Hall & Oates' "Private Eyes" and Iggy Pop's "Tell Me a Story."

On a more serious note, PLEASE check out this article from today's New York Times:

Videos Challenge Accounts of Convention Unrest

Not so feel good excerpts:
Dennis Kyne put up such a fight at a political protest last summer, the arresting officer recalled, it took four police officers to haul him down the steps of the New York Public Library and across Fifth Avenue.

"We picked him up and we carried him while he squirmed and screamed," the officer, Matthew Wohl, testified in December. "I had one of his legs because he was kicking and refusing to walk on his own."

Accused of inciting a riot and resisting arrest, Mr. Kyne was the first of the 1,806 people arrested in New York last summer during the Republican National Convention to take his case to a jury. But one day after Officer Wohl testified, and before the defense called a single witness, the prosecutor abruptly dropped all charges.

During a recess, the defense had brought new information to the prosecutor. A videotape shot by a documentary filmmaker showed Mr. Kyne agitated but plainly walking under his own power down the library steps, contradicting the vivid account of Officer Wohl, who was nowhere to be seen in the pictures. Nor was the officer seen taking part in the arrests of four other people at the library against whom he signed complaints.
Really?
For Mr. Kyne and 400 others arrested that week, VIDEO RECORDINGS PROVIDED EVIDENCE THAT THEY HAD NOT COMMITTED A CRIME or that the charges against them could not be proved, according to defense lawyers and prosecutors.

Among them was Alexander Dunlop, who said he was arrested while going to pick up sushi.

Last week, he discovered that there were TWO VERSIONS OF THE SAME POLICE TAPE: the one that was to be used as EVIDENCE in his trial HAD BEEN EDITED at two spots, removing images that showed Mr. Dunlop behaving peacefully. When a volunteer film archivist found a more complete version of the tape and gave it to Mr. Dunlop's lawyer, prosecutors immediately dropped the charges and said that a technician had cut the material by mistake.
"Hey, commie. The police were just doin' their job, keepin' you libs from attacking Madison Square Garden. Why don't you just keep your damn mouth shut?!"

I will.

"When they kick at your front door, how you gonna come? With your hands above your 'ed, or on the trigger of your gun?"

More later...

1 Comments:

  • It's posts like this that not only make me laugh... but make me adore you all the more... is that possible?

    You're my favorite Lefty.

    By Blogger FoxyStardust, at 12:24 PM  

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