MRxL pt. 2

2. In America…

Have you noticed that politicians always end their sentences with “in America” or whatever locale they represent?  I’m sure there’s a reason for it but I just consciously noticed it a while ago. 

“We need to improve our education system and make sure that no child is left behind … in America.”

“We may be behind a lot of places but we’ve made a considerable amount of progress … here in Georgia.”

“We love our children … in America.”

“Young, impressionable children should not be forced to toss puppies and kittens into meat grinders or woodchippers … in the great state of Missourah.”

I’m also curious to see what manner of hand gestures and body language will be in vogue during this political cycle.  Will it be the closed fist with the pointing thumb?  Or will it be the closed fist with the pointing index finger knuckle?  Hmmmm.  Maybe podium pounding.

3.  Vague But True

I heard a good, very funny commentary the other day.  I can’t remember what the guy’s name is now but his website is  When I remember where I heard it (some show on NPR) I’ll update this but you can read them on his sight.

4. Last but not least… Liberal Folk Songs and Conservative Radio

I’ve heard conservatives say that their talk radio shows are so successful because they speak the fact-based truth, which people want to hear.  That’s their theory for why there isn’t a noticeable amount of commercial, liberal radio talk shows.  I think it may have something to do with the fact that being a mean jerk happens to work well in the radio format.

But strangely, acoustic folk songs seem to be almost entirely the realm of liberals.  What’s up with that?  Country and western tends to be conservative and good ol’ boyish.  But hip hop (I’m speaking of the political and socially conscious variety) comes from the left.  Modern rock seems to be angstful, social and personal.  R&B is all about romantic love and sex.  The blues?  About being poor, drunk and cheated on, I think.  Classical is about history and aesthetics.  Jazz? … expressing your indiviuality by trying to play exactly like the people who created the artform (oh, the irony).

end of side 2

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