Thursday, October 30, 2008

Shock And Awe

With the election just 6 days away, I’m publishing this song which I co-wrote with an English friend named Jamie Redhead. Nope, not a handle, a real name.

The title should bring back thoughts of “happier days” when visions of crimson rivers danced in the heads of patriotic Americans. Yep, we were going to get back at whoever attacked us on September 11, 2001 with a plan to shock and awe the people of Iraq, none of whom had anything to do with the attacks of 9/11. We would use the innocent men, women and children of Iraq to warn any nation that, if they dared attack The FUSA, we would mercilessly ravage any nation which sat on top of a sea of oil.

I can still hear Donnie Rumsfeld proudly saying that our tactic was to shock and awe Iraq with bombs and blood; with death and destruction; with the socialistic spreading of Iraq’s oil among the huge oil conglomerates of the world. Can’t you just hear that alley cat voice with its built in distance from reality making up stories about weapons in the four corners of Iraq?

Jamie wrote the lyrics; I wrote the music, arranged, engineered and recorded the song and, as you’ll be able to tell if you listen to the entire song, make very clear that one of the candidates for the presidency is still in shock and awe mode while the other has a word for that mode.

The title is the link to the song. You may have to go to
the song page if you can’t download the song.

Listen, enjoy and, hopefully, be inspired.



There's no hope anymore all that's left is the pain
And the lies they keep feeding corroding the brain
Dark nights keep rolling and tattered faith leads to despair
Society prays a resolution is found with no hope anywhere

Destroying the innocence lost back in our youth
Deceiving the ignorant camouflaging the truth

I'm shocked and awed, I'm shocked and awed
Desensitized to the lies masquerading as law
I'm shocked and awed, I'm shocked and awed
Cold to the deception I can't believe anymore
I'm shocked and awed, I'm shocked and awed

Betrayed by the prints there's nothing to gain
And the greed analyzed realizing we're to blame

Aggressive conflict with conflicted interests; seen
through the eyes of wisdom it seems obscene

Destroying the innocence lost back in our youth
Deceiving the ignorant camouflaging the truth

I'm shocked and awed, I'm shocked and awed
Desensitized to the lies masquerading as law
I'm shocked and awed, I'm shocked and awed
Cold to the deception I can't believe anymore
I'm shocked and awed, I'm shocked and awed

Society crumbles, opulence grows
Apathy and gluttony is exposed
Facing depression and gloom
As humanity confronts its doom

Destroying the innocence lost back in our youth
Deceiving the ignorant camouflaging the truth

I'm shocked and awed, I'm shocked and awed
Desensitized to the lies masquerading as law
I'm shocked and awed, I'm shocked and awed
Cold to the deception I can't believe anymore
I'm shocked and awed, I'm shocked and awed





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Monday, October 06, 2008

Only the Privileged Need Apply

(originally published by OpEdNews)

Debatable Opinions; Letters to the Editor

In 2000, a majority of the citizens of the great state of California flexed their muscles, at least those who voted in the November elections. By way of the ballot box, these fine neighbors told certain members of society that they had no right to marry. In 2000, the citizens of California voted to exclude same sex couples from the super special marriage club.

Despite what the citizens said, in 2004, San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsome decided on his own that marriage is a right that those who wish to marry should have. I imagine that Mayor Newsome knows that the dictionary definition of marriage is, “The legal relation of a man and woman as husband and wife.”

My guess is that Mayor Newsome also realizes that definitions of words change throughout time. As words pick up or drop certain meanings, dictionaries are modified to keep up with the times. That’s right, it doesn’t work the other way around. The dictionary is not a Bible of definitions.

Even the word gay meant “happy” until the beginning of the twentieth century. It was at that time that the word “gay” began to refer to sexual orientation. Dictionary meanings for words change in accordance to how the words are used.

Those who were outraged at what Mayor Newsome was doing brought suit against the Mayor and the California Supreme Court upheld the citizens’ right to take away the rights of others.

First, the Supreme Court decided that, as the marriage managers spoke in 2000, Newsome was out of line and The Court ordered him to stop hurting the feelings of heterosexual married folk.

However, in May of this year, 2008, the very same The Court had a change of heart and, by a 4-3 vote, decided that people have the right to marry – period. The gender of any perspective spouse would not be a reason to take that right away, even if it meant that the genders of both perspective spouses in any one instance are the same.

Enter the appearance of Proposition 8 on the November, 2008 ballot. Those protectors of marriage are determined that it is their place to choose marriage or bachelorhood for others. Vote “yes” on Proposition 8 and you’ve helped to make other peoples’ minds up for them.

Enter, consequently, the writer of a letter to The Contra Costa Times. The title of the letter is “Marriage is a privilege”. Let’s face it, it’s a different approach. He doesn’t quote The Bible in his letter. Maybe this is one person that realizes that gay atheists, gay Hindus, gay Muslims (I don’t thinks so) don’t necessarily abide by what’s written in the Judeo-Christian “holy book” (minus the New Testament which doesn’t address homosexuality).

The writer doesn’t even claim that extending the right of marriage to same sex couples will marginalize marriage for heterosexual couples. Is it possible that this writer understands that, quite frankly, heterosexual couples have cornered the market on marginalizing marriage?

No, this writer takes a refreshingly new approach. The writer claims that, “As with the driver’s license, marriage is a privilege, not a right”.

It’s really too bad, too, because it was sort of cathartic for me to point out the writer’s steering away from a book of laws that doesn’t pertain to everyone and steering away from the illogical conclusion that homosexuals, who are not legally allowed to marry in most corners of the world, should be blamed for marginalizing marriage.

Let’s look at his argument. Further, let’s use the comparison between the privilege of obtaining a driver’s license and marriage.

The writer is spot on in that, in order to legally drive in The Former United States of America, one has to obtain a license. Likewise, in order to get married, one has to obtain a license.

Unfortunately, that’s where the comparison stops. Other than a blood test required by some states, a waiting period and a minimum age law, there are no legally required tests that a couple needs to pass before being issued a marriage license.

If I remember correctly, my sight was not tested. Of course this worked in my favor as my wife’s sight was not tested either.

We didn’t have to take each other out for a spin in the presence of a marriage counselor, either. We were, and still are too shy for that.

The writer brought one thought to mind, however. If marriage is, indeed, a privilege, then, as with a driver’s license, if the privilege is abused, then I supposed the license should be revoked. Or do we pay a fine first? And if a fine is to be levied, how does the government learn about the abuse? Does a marriage cop sit in the corner of your home, out of site, with a marriage abuse radar gun?

Why do I get the idea that the writer is a Conservative? I suppose there are so called “liberals” who oppose same sex marriage? Just look at those leftist, Marxist Senators Barrack Obama and Joe Biden. They don’t believe in same sex marriage.

I have to admit that I’ve read previous letters to the editor from this very same writer. There’s no doubt the man is a Conservative. He holds that admirable Conservative ideal that government should not be involved in the lives of the citizens. He believes in personal responsibility and living with the consequences of one’s own actions. I agree. I know that many same sex couples agree with him as well.

To friendship,
Michael

“Truth is on the march, and nothing will stop it.” - Emile Zola


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