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Bitchin' Minchin

tim minchinSaturday was Party Night for Beloved Girlfriend and me as Tim Minchin finally arrived for an evening of fun and heretical frolic at our local art deco palladium. A storm front followed in his wake, resulting in a badly needed soaking for our pitifully parched area of the country.

Take THAT, Rick Perry.

We had third row seats so we were definitely in the line of spit and sweat, of which there was much this evening. Mr. Minchin, if you're familiar with his work, is hardly shy or restrained.

We were entertained by about a dozen familiar tunes and one new one, a clever bit of inadvertent censorship. What surprised me was how much of Mr. Minchin's repertoire involved amusing stories, employed mostly as waggish segues into his musical performances. He also made the merry best of the occasional technical glitch and kept the more boisterous elements of the audience in line with random bursts of his deadly "toe gun".

Ya hadda be there.

I was surprised, and delighted, to hear him perform "Thank you, Sam", and the whole audience sang/croaked along to "Fuck the Pope". For a third encore, his final song of the night, he conducted the audience in an oddly reverent sing-along of Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah". Quite an achievement for a "room-full of atheists".

I hope you get a chance to see him if he comes to your town as he puts on one hell of a fine show.


bull dancerRegarding Wall Street, if you're wondering why the corporate media is screaming itself blue in the face maligning those mean old Occupy Wall Street protestors, listen to dear old uncle Paul Krugman: "The way to understand all of this is to realize that it’s part of a broader syndrome, in which wealthy Americans who benefit hugely from a system rigged in their favor react with hysteria to anyone who points out just how rigged the system is."

Be sure and read the rest of Krugman's "Panic of the Plutocrats".



Republican Job Creation Update

john boehner"We're going to have a relentless focus on creating jobs." - John Boehner, February 10, 2011.

The following is #95 in a list of Republican job creation activities since they gained control of the House in 2011. None, sad to say, have yet to result in one, single new job.

(95) 10-10-2011: Here is what the GOP is trying to get you to believe: As long as the country continues to shed jobs it will eventually create jobs.

The GOP isn't really that stupid and they don't think the public is really that stupid, they're just not going to do anything that might help the economy.

NOTE: As a result of an unexpected wave of enthusiasm the Republican Job Creation update now has its own web site. It will remain on the RP but a web site of its own will raise its visibility on the 'net as we progress towards the critical 2012 elections. And I thank you for your support.


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