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The Ballad of Rush Limbaugh’s Nightmare or: I Dreamt Something So Terrible I Had to Take Some More Oxycontin…A Whole Lot More

Rush Limbaugh had a horrid fright A dream that kept him up all night That FDR came back that day And found the jobs Bush threw away   He dreamt there was a new New Deal So many jobs – it was too real New roads and rails and schools and this An educated populace … Continue reading

God and Jesus: This Tim Tebow Kid is a Very Nice Boy, But We Don’t Know Him, and Don’t Blame Us For The Loss

God and Her son Jesus held a joint press conference today to answer the charges that they had been conspiring to help Tim Tebow win football games this season. Said God, “yeah sure – I was helping this kid all along – like I have nothing better to do with my Sundays but watch the … Continue reading

The Ballad of the Upcoming S. Carolina and Florida Primaries or: Look Timmy – The Republican Circus Has Come to Town

Bang the bugle, blow the drum The Republican circus – here they come Cue the music – and balloons Cue the zanies and buffoons Be prepared for oohs and ahhs Don’t worry – there’s no gravitas Pay attention to each act Each elephant whose trunk is packed With jape and jab and jibe and joke … Continue reading

Newt: Me? Racist?

Newt Gingrich paused over his plate of fried chicken, greens, and cornbread, to answer critics of his latest racially charged statements. Said Mr. Gingrich, “These criticisms are ludicrous at best, anyone who knows me knows I have many, many Negro friends – and, it is a matter of record that I am one of the … Continue reading

The Ballad of the New Hampshire Republican “Debate” Re-Cap or: Who’s on First, What’s on Second, I Don’t Know is on Third.

New Hampshire: a white-wing wing dinger (Think white-wing’s a slip of the finger?) The circus rolled in The seals flapped their fins Hoping to hear that ka-ching-a   We watched as they tried to devour Each other in their finest hour Ricks – dumb and Newt vicious Mitt, Ron, All: suspicious Of whatever gives working … Continue reading

A Meditation on Gershwin, Dudamel, and The Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra

They made me cry tonight.   This evening I watched a concert. The Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra led by the brilliant young conductor Gustavo Dudamel, with guest pianist the great Herbie Hancock. The orchestra performed an all George Gershwin program of his An American in Paris, and Rhapsody in Blue. It took place at The … Continue reading