Music Night. Happy Birthday, Gerry.

You probably have to be of a certain age to really appreciate Gerry and the Pacemakers, but even the young uns should be able to hear how beautiful Gerry Marsden’s voice was, in these classics from the early 60s. Listening to them now, what really jumps out at me is the Scouse in Gerry’s voice–the sound of working class Liverpool. It’s beautiful stuff, really, especially for us old people. More clips below the fold, but remember it’s MUSIC NIGHT!

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Jon Stewart: Postcards From The Pledge

Stewart shows that the GOP’s bold new ideas are the same as the old ones..

“This isn’t even a sequel,” Stewart said. “This is a shot-by-shot remake!”

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“Pledge to America” continued

This continues my earlier discussion of the Republican “Pledge to America” below.

Rising joblessness, crushing debt, and a polarizing political environment are fraying the bonds among our people and blurring our sense of national purpose.

This is an accurate representation, but ignores the fact that Republican policies and politics brought this about. Remember, the Bush Administration pushed the idea of an “ownership society” and created the environment where those who could marginally qualify for a homeloan to end up in a house they couldn’t afford. That increased demand for housing, which increased housing prices and led to the eventual collapse of the housing market, as those folks lured in by teaser rates for the first few years could not afford the sudden increase in payments, and then found they could not refinance nor sell for what they paid for thier house.

The Bush tax cuts, combined with two off-budget wars, exploded the national debt.

And, in spite of President Obama’s oft-repeated attempts at bipartisanship, Republicans remain firmly entrenched in opposing everything this Administration wants to do.

Like free peoples of the past, our citizens refuse to accommodate a government that believes it can replace the will of the people with its own. The American people are speaking out, demanding that we realign our country’s compass with its founding principles and apply those principles to solve our common problems for the common good.

When polls indicated the majority of Americans did not agree with what the Bush Administration was doing, Bush and Cheney ignored the polls. The American people wanted universal health care, or at the very least, the single-payer option. We got neither because Republicans blocked both, replacing the will of the people with their own self interests.

Roughly twenty percent of the American people are speaking out, and threatening secession and armed insurrection if they don’t get their way.

The need for urgent action to repair our economy and reclaim our government for the people cannot be overstated.

Yet Republicans filibuster every proposal, block crucial appointments and seek to shut down the government if they regain a majority in the House.

In short, Republicans created the very problems they now propose to solve.

To be continued.

The views expressed here are those of the author and not necessarily that of The Zoo. Your comments, as always, are welcome.

The Watering Hole: September 24th – Lemonade from Lemons

Some times when you create a problem, it can be redefined to create a profit. Here is a case in point:

Above, The Leaning Tower of Pisa, is a remnant of Renaissance architecture and poor rendition. The tower began leaning to the southeast soon after the onset of construction in 1173 due to a poorly laid foundation and loose substrate that has allowed the foundation to shift direction. The maximum tilt, before realignment was performed from 1990 through 2001 was 5.5 °. Its tilt was the basis of rabid tourism for the city of Pisa (Lemonade from lemons).

This was partially “corrected” to a tilt of about 4 °. Why was the tower not rendered to a perfect vertical? Think about it – Pisa would have been left with a lemon.

This is our open thread. Please feel free to offer your own comments on this or any other topic.