Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Remembering Pete Seeger / A Night At The (Whitehouse) Opera

Pete Seeger, American troubadour, the man considered to be one of the pioneers of contemporary folk music inspiring legions of singer-songwriters, died Monday at the age of 94.

Seeger's best known songs, which he either wrote or co-wrote, include "Where Have All the Flowers Gone", "Turn! Turn! Turn! (To Everything There Is a Season)", "If I Had a Hammer" and "Kisses sweeter Than Wine."

But his influence extended far beyond individual hits. With "The Weavers", a quartet organized in 1948, Seeger helped set the stage for a national folk revival. The group -- Seeger, Lee Hays, Ronnie Gilbert and Fred Hellerman -- churned out hit recordings of "Goodnight Irene," and "Tzena, Tzena."

The Weavers

Seeger's musical career was always braided tightly with his political activism, in which he advocated for causes ranging from civil rights to the cleanup of his beloved Hudson River. Seeger said he left the Communist Party around 1950 and later renounced it. But the association dogged him for years.

He was kept off commercial television for more than a decade after tangling with the House Un-American Activities Committee in 1955.

Repeatedly pressed by the committee to reveal whether he had sung for Communists, Seeger responded sharply: "I love my country very dearly, and I greatly resent this implication that some of the places that I have sung and some of the people that I have known, and some of my opinions, whether they are religious or philosophical, or I might be a vegetarian, make me any less of an American."

He was charged with contempt of Congress, but the sentence was overturned on appeal.

Seeger's grandson, Kitama Cahill-Jackson said his grandfather died peacefully in his sleep around 9:30 p.m. at New York Presbyterian Hospital, where he had been for six days. Family members were with him. His grandson recalled, "He was chopping wood 10 days ago."

Rest in peace Mr. Seeger.....

Did anyone notice all the Congressional rail birds in seats next to the entrance of the House chamber? These assholes are the typical "Look Ma, I'm on TV" types who are always "photo bombing" live telecasts by waving, holding up signs or generally making an ass out of themselves. 

For the most part, seating at the State of the Union is first come, first served, so even members of Congress must camp out for prime seating. 

It turns out that seating at the State of the Union is by general admission, for the most part. Traditionally, the State of the Union is delivered in the House chamber, which is bigger than the Senate’s. Senate leaders get a roped-off section down front, as do US Supreme Court justices and some other groups, such as diplomats.

But House members aren’t so privileged. The leadership gets reserved seats, but places for the rank and file are not assigned. So anytime during the day of a State of the Union address, any representative may claim any chair for the coming evening festivities.

There’s a catch, though. They must remain physically in the seat to retain their place for the speech. So it’s like camping out on the Capitol lawn to get a good spot for the July 4 concert by the National Symphony.

If a member wants to make sure of a seat by the aisle so it’ll be easier to be seen on TV shaking the president’s hand, he or she can show up early, carrying snacks and magazines and settle in. Some of you may recognize these idiots as the same people who line up three days in advance for a Walmart sale......

The News As I See It: Obama gave his State of the Union address last night or, as I like to call it, "Lame Duck Dynasty." He didn’t mention the war on drugs because he’s still not sure which side he’s on.

The first live address broadcast on TV by a president was given by Harry Truman in 1947 and since then it's really just been an annual competition between Democrats and Republicans who see who can fake clap the loudest.

Hillary Clinton, during a speech this week, said she still doesn’t know if she’s running for president in 2016. Yeah and I still "don't know" if I'll have a beer on St. Patrick's Day.

The Pope announced that he is coming to the United States. The purpose of this visit is to perform an exorcism on Justin Bieber.

Even though Justin Bieber has been arrested and caused a lot of controversy, Adidas announced this week they are still standing by Justin Bieber as a sponsor. Did you even know that Adidas sponsored Justin Bieber? What sport does he play?

Last weekend, the Miami Heat took away Justin Bieber's courtside seats. When asked why, a spokesperson for the Heat said Bieber is not acting like an NBA fan. He's acting like an NBA player.

At the Grammy awards, Paul McCartney did a song with Ringo Starr. Then, in the middle of the performance, Yoko Ono came up on stage and broke up the remaining Beatles.

This Date In History: 1802; John Beckley became the first Librarian of Congress. He was paid $2 a day. 1845; Edgar Allan Poe's The Raven was published. 1850; Henry Clay introduced the Compromise of 1850 to the Senate. 1861; Kansas became the 34th state in the United States.

1886; Karl Benz received a patent for the first successful gasoline-driven car. 1936; Ty Cobb, Babe Ruth, Honus Wagner, Christy Mathewson, and Walter Johnson were the first players elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York.

1963; Poet Robert Frost died in Boston. 2002; In his State of the Union address, President Bush labels Iraq, Iran, and North Korea an "axis of evil."

Picture Of The Day: When Obama delivered his State of the Union address, Bronx Representative Eliot Engel and others were sitting on the rail seats next to the House chamber entrance, having arrived early that morning and camping in their seats. They are referred to as "Aisle Hogs".

Presidents come and Presidents go, but during the annual State of the Union speech, one thing is certain, Engel, a Democrat, and other wannabees will be seated on the center aisle, perfectly positioned to be seen on TV  shaking hands with the President as he strides in and saying goodbye when the President walks out. A bunch of losers, all.

Printable Things I Never Told You: 1) A tree fell in the forest. A man didn't hear it. He's dead now. 2) I remember my first day of school. My parents dropped me off at the wrong nursery. There I was...surrounded by trees and bushes. 3) Cuisine is something like food, but the portions are smaller and the prices are higher. If you happen to like French cuisine, the waiter will insult you as you are served. 4) At my high school reunion everyone kept asking where my date was, so I finally told them the dingo ate her. 5) A chicken coop always has two doors. If it had four, it would be a chicken sedan.....and that's five !

Today's HoroscopeAquarius - January 29th: Destiny awaits you and is waiting with open arms to welcome you into the clubhouse of love. Everything will go perfectly and nothing will spoil it. There is that that remote chance that the predicted heavy thunderstorm might pass your way, but what are the odds.....

Birthdays: My friends Marilyn and Shelly - Happy Birthday ladies 19XX, Emanuel Swedenborg/ scientist, religious teacher 1688, Jeffrey Amherst/ army officer 1717, Thomas Paine/ political theorist and writer 1737, William McKinley33rd president of the United States 1843, Anton Chekhov, writer 1860 Frederick Delius, composer 1862, John D. Rockefeller Jr, philanthropist 1874, W. C. Fields, actor and comedian 1880, Edward Abbey, writer 1927, Tom Selleck, actor 1945, Oprah Winfrey, T.V. personality 1954, Greg Louganis, Olympic diver 1960.

The Black democrat in the orange dress (whose name I can't recall) has been a perennial "Aisle Hog" for a long time according to news sources.

The AREA 51 Retirement Home Bar And Grill: An elderly pair (he a widower, she a widow) meet in a retirement village. They seem to hit it off; they share each other's values, enjoy the same jokes, and find pleasure in each other's company. After a few months, the widower asks for the hand of the widow in marriage.

She appears hesitant and decided to probe her soon-to-be a little. "Perhaps I shouldn't look a gift horse in the mouth, but how's your health?" The old man answers, "It's okay. I'm not getting any younger, but I don't have any major health problems. I can still enjoy life."

The old woman says, "Well, I don't want to be a snoop, but I've got to protect myself. How are you fixed financially?" The old man said, "So-so. I'm not rich, but I'm comfortable. You don't have to worry about me sponging off you. I can support myself".

The little old lady blushes and finally asks him,"And how's your sex life...." The old man replies, "Infrequently." The widow ponders this for a moment or so, then asks, "And is that one word or two?"

 After eight days of backpacking with his wife, the pair were looking pretty scruffy. One morning, she came to breakfast in a baseball cap, her shoulder length hair sticking out at odd angles.

She said to her husband, "Darling, does my hair make me look like a water buffalo?" The husband thought for a moment, then said, "If I tell you the truth, do you promise not to charge?"
Duck Dynasty's Willie Robertson was "in the house."

The Hits Just Keep On Coming: A crusty old Sergeant Major found himself at a gala event, hosted by a local liberal arts college. There was no shortage of extremely young, idealistic ladies in attendance, one of whom approached the Sergeant Major for conversation.

She said, "Excuse me, Sergeant Major, but you seem to be a very serious man. Is something bothering you?" The Sergeant Major said, "Negative, ma'am, just serious by nature." The young lady looked at his awards and decorations and said, "It looks like you have seen a lot of action." The Sergeant Major's short reply was, "Yes, ma'am, a lot of action."

The young lady, tiring of trying to start up a conversation, said, "You know, you should lighten up a little. Relax and enjoy yourself." The Sergeant Major just stared at her in his serious manner.

Finally the young lady said, "You know, I hope you don't take this the wrong way, but when is the last time you had sex?" The Sergeant Major looked at her and replied, "1955."

She said, "Well, there you are. You really need to chill out and quit taking everything so seriously! I mean, no sex since 1955! Isn't that a little extreme?" The Sergeant Major, glancing at his watch, said in his matter-of-fact voice, "Ma'am, it's only 2130 now."

 Maude's husband Murray died suddenly one day. Maude was taking care of the funeral arrangements with the undertaker when she was asked how she wanted Murray's obituary to read. Maude asked the undertaker, "How much does an obituary cost?" The undertaker replied, "One dollar per word." Maude said, "I want the obituary to read - Murray Is Dead."

The undertaker was an old fishing buddy of Murray's and he was a little disturbed by such a curt obituary, so he offered, "I'll make you a special deal since I knew Murray so well. I'll pay for half of the obituary out of my own pocket." Donna's face lit up and she replied, "Great. I want it to read - "Muray Is Dead, Boat For Sale'."

That's it for today, my little puddin' pops. Remember, the problem with sex in the movies is the popcorn usually spills. I'm heading over to AREA 51 for happy hour.

More on Friday.

Stay Tuned !

1 comment:

jack69 said...

Nice tribute to Seegar. Funny how he out lived the idiots that black listed him, and was heck of a lot more popular.
Loved the news, good lines, loved the Hillary St. Patricks day thing.
One of the Best printables. You got me with the tree, I looked around just in case.
I thought the orange suit meant the woman had permission to leave jail for a few hours.

IS infrequently one or two words LOL LOL LOL!

Enjoy area 51, I hope your time keeping is as good as the SGT major’s!!!
Good read, Thanks!!!