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Saturday, September 24, 2005

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Marc Cooper

Thanks very much Andrew. I know I speak for all the readers when I tell u what a great job u did, Many many thanks. Now it's time for u start some full time blogging == MARC

Todd

Great job, Andrew. Your comments on the inmates "left behind" in Nawlins made it into my blog.

The Junkies, however, still rule. ;>

John Dicker

When The Levee Breaks by Led Zep.

laura

"without you" by the dixie chicks: "i've sure enjoyed the rain, but i'm looking forward to the sun.."
no? doesn't work, does it?
ah, well. i tried...

laura

got it! "riders on the storm," the doors.
still no?
all right, all right ...

Abbas-Ali Abadani

laura: "'riders on the storm,' the doors."

One of the greatest songs of all time (as with pretty much anything by the Doors), but no, you're right. It doesn't work.

I was thinking "Rhyme of the Ancient Mariner", but I honestly don't think I've ever heard it played on the radio.


"Water, water everywhere
and all the boards did shrink
Water, water everywhere
nor any drop to drink"

rosedog

Hi, Marc! Great job, Andrew!

Okay, Andrew, in answer to your heartfelt plea, we did what we could:

SITTING ON THE DOCK OF THE BAY, by Otis Redding, [indicates obvious and irresponsible unwillingness to respond to mandatory evacuation]

HURRICAINE by Bob Dylan [well, the title alone….plus I’m sure Bob Dylan should be banned just on general principles]

COLD WATER by Tom Waits [Depicts another poor person and no-doubt looter who chose NOT to evacuate thus causing no end of problems for authorities]

Well I woke up this morning
With the cold water
With the cold water
With the cold water
Woke up this morning
With the cold water
With the cold water
With the cold

Po-lice at the station
And they don't look friendly
Well they don't look friendly
Well they don't look friendly
Po-lice at the station
And they don't look friendly
They don't look friendly well
They don't…

LAKE CHARLES by Lucinda Williams [Promotes returning to storm ravaged areas prematurely. Shocking!]

He had a reason to get back to Lake Charles
He used to talk about it
He'd just go on and on
He always said Louisana
Was where he felt at home…

…We used to drive
Thru Lafayette and Baton Rouge
In a yellow Camino
Listening to Howling Wolf
He liked to stop in Lake Charles
Cause that's the place that he loved…

LOUISIANA 1927 by Randy Newman [I'm sure we can all agree that this song should be banned first of all in that the chorus in particular shows a hideously partisan attempt to blame Bush administration for Rita and Katrina aftermath.]

Louisiana, Louisiana
They're tryin' to wash us away
They're tryin' to wash us away

[While we’re at it, it’s probably wise to get rid of Randy Newman altogether, too. He’s clearly a subversive fool who doesn’t adequately understand the dangers of the situation. To Wit:]

I THINK IT’S GOING TO RAIN TODAY by Randy Newman

Broken windows and empty hallways
A pale dead moon in the sky streaked with gray
Human kindness is overflowing
And I think it's going to rain today

TRAIN UNDER WATER, by Bright Eyes [The dangers posed by the younger generation of songwriters like, Coner Oberst, are almost beyond calculation.]

..So don't be fooled, so don't be lied to
Love was always cruel
And don't act strange, don't be a stranger
It happened to me, now it's happening to you
But if you take that train underwater
Then we could talk it through...

[With that kind music on our radios and iPods, fellow citizens, the hurricanes AND the terrorists win!!!!]


Andrew Gumbel

Wow, Rosedog. Wow. Laura, I can't help feeling you are right about The Doors -- though perhaps the song that condemns them most roundly is Alabama Song. I mean, it sounds just like those lushes in the French Quarter of New Orleans who stayed and drank instead of clearing out like good, responsible, upstanding citizens:

Show me the way to the next whiskey bar
I tell you we must die
I tell you we must die

Nihilistic, counter-productive nonsense if ever I heard it. You know, they gave Brownie a hard time but just imagine the chaos if Jim Morrison had been put in charge of FEMA. The guy couldn't even take a bath without incurring disaster...

Keep 'em coming, everyone!

rosedog

PS: Obviously, I don't mean, by the above, to minimize the devastation we're again seeing on our TVs today.

On another topic, I just got a call from a friend who's standing near the White House watching today's anti-war demonstration as everyone marches by. He says it's much, much larger than he, the skeptic, had ever imagined it would be. Several hundred thousand people at the least, is his best guess.

laura

"rain squall," richard buckner

"raindrops keep fallin on my head," burt bacharach

"raining in port arthur," by the gourds
(really, i couldn't make this up.)

this afternoon I walked out into a ditch the crawfish stirred the water the papermill blew in on the Southeastern wind and it was raining in Port Arthur I pulled a dead limb from a fallen pine the sun was dropping on the lower Neches valley I called the do

admittedly, i found that one on google, but i mean, really, what are the odds?

steve

"He says it's much, much larger than he, the skeptic, had ever imagined it would be. Several hundred thousand people at the least, is his best guess."

Ah yes Rosedog, but they're all screaming vegan hippies shouting for the restoration of Emir Hoxha, dontcha know that? And Amy Goodman is at the front of the crowd. And they're spitting at the troops to boot!

U.S. BARS ROBERT FISK FROM ENTERING COUNTRY

The internationally renowned correspodent for The Independent -- the great British Fisk_1 journalist Robert Fisk (right) -- has been banned from entering the United States. Fisk has been covering war zones for decades, but is above all known for his incisive reporting from the Middle East for more than 20 years. His critical coverage of the Anglo-American invasion of Iraq, and the continuing occupation that has followed it, has repeatedly exposed U.S. and British government disinformation campaigns. He also has exposed how the bulk of the press reports from Iraq have been "hotel journalism" -- a phrase Fisk coined --

http://direland.typepad.com/direland/2005/09/us_bans_robert_.html

The internationally renowned correspodent for The Independent -- the great British journalist Robert Fisk -- has been banned from entering the United States.

Mavis Beacon

I'd like to see them ban American Pie. Their heads would explode.

Babs MacFarland

Pretty good job, Andy. I'll give you a C+. Sure'd be bloody nice if Rosedog could be the permanent sub, but I understand the pay is not what it used to be.

richard lo cicero

Well I guess we could add "Galveston" and "Stormy Weather" to the list. Sorry but all the good ones have already been taken. Maybe ban the movie "A Mighty Wind" . . .?

rosedog

Andrew, "Babs" is totally messing with you. But, no matter. I know where she lives, in case you have any desire to be...like, you know...vengeful.

Andrew Gumbel

I was going to threaten to grade her blog comment entries, but I gather the pay for that is not what it used to be, either.

Anyway, C+ isn't bad. Good enough to get elected president, if I'm not mistaken.

Mickey Dink

Big A, you were fantastic. Too bad you can't always do it for... uh... I can't even bring myself to say his name. I'd be a regular reader of this blog if not for him. Email me at you know where the next time you guestblog so I won't miss an entry.

Daniel Doyle

Neil Young's song "like a hurricane" is inappropriate. So is the folk song "City of New Orleans" as played by Willie Nelson, etc. on lots of classic country stations.
Dylan's "Hurricane" is a dumb idea too.
Zeppelin's "When the Levee Breaks"
The Bands "Cripple Creek," and "the Night they drove ol' dixie down."
Glenn Campbell's "Galveston" would be a crude play too.

Hope Boylston

These are all to new. Let's face it, the glorification started with "Stormy Weather."

laura

i agree with mickey. andrew, you are fantastic. thanks for the insightful, entertaining blogging .... A+

The answer, my friend, is blowing in the wind.

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