Year four of the illegal war in Iraq begins with Bully Boy claiming signs of progress and the media losing interest in reality on the ground. At this rate, we'll never leave. Get ready for more war pornography passing itself off as reporting anyone can use.
And get ready for continued war cheerleading from Hillary Clinton and "Miss Diane" (Dianne Feinstein). As well as for cowards to suffer from "War Got Your Tongue?" while the casualities and fatalities continue to mount.
"It's just tears and rain" like James Blunt sings on "Tears and Rain" (Blunt & Chambers) off Back to Bedlam. But if you like that album, you really need to get the import Chasing Time: The Bedlam Sessions. One disc is a DVD concert and, honestly, I haven't watched it after having it all these weeks. I just listen to disc two over and over -- live concert.
The other thing I'm listening to right now is Ben Harper's Both Sides Of The Gun which I got today. It's a double disc album but I ended up getting the three disc package. I'm not much on the "deluxe" editions because I really have no use for DVDs. (If I'm in the mood to see music performed, I go to a club, not pop in a DVD.) But the third disc on this "deluxe" set (it's called "special package") boasts "6 never-before-heard tracks." Also "an exclusive collectible!" which I think is just a sticker of a bull's eye. Maybe it's the sheet music to two songs, but I'm betting it's the sticker. Both versions are on sale at Tower.
If it had been a DVD, I would've resisted but the promise of six more songs lured me in. And yet? I haven't even put that disc in. I've got Stevie Wonder (Talking Book, as almost always), James Blunt's music disc from Chasing Time, the two Ben Harper discs and Ani DiFranco's Little Plastic Castles in the stereo.
I heard about Bully Boy being hopeful about Iraq (while the American troop fatality stands at
2321) and just thought, "Put on some music, Kat."
And I read Seth's post. He's writing about soaps and he was talking about how Days of Our Lives invented some lame, non-realistic war plot. That reminded me that once upon a time, All My Children could tackle war. They did it with Vietnam. I believe Amy was the first character to speak out (and Phoebe Tyler -- then Phoebe Tyler -- was for the war in Vietnam) but when she left, Ruth spoke out against the war. Where are those voices today?
The fourth year of the war and very few are noting it and even fewer speaking out. (ER did, if you missed that.) Bully Boy can keep spinning and lying only as long as we let him.
Here's a section of the lyrics to Ben Harper's "Gather Round The Stone:"
Old men who send children
Off to die in vain
They will hear death's constant whisper
Call remember my name
the daily jot
the common ills
sex and politics and screeds and attitude
cedrics big mix
the third estate sunday review
back to bedlam
chasing time the bedlam sessions
both sides of the gun
little plastic castles
seth in the city