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WARNING: the YouTube video behind this link contains words you probably do not want your children repeating until they're old enough to vote.

A friendly little bit of song and dance about patriotic statements involving yellow ribbons.

Lifted from the anti-bush LJ community.


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Oct. 11th, 2006 07:41 pm (UTC)
Since my computer here at work is ancient and no longer has sound, it doesn't matter a lot.
Oct. 11th, 2006 08:20 pm (UTC)
Well, it starts with one of those lovely medieval-choral style "catches".

My count, my count, my country's calling me,
A sol, a sol, a soldier I will be,
Two pis, two pis, two pistols by my side,
A hor, a hor, a horsie I will ride.

Prounce "count" as you would in the entire word.

It then goes into a gentle (choke) parody of "Tie a Yellow Ribbon".
Oct. 12th, 2006 03:10 pm (UTC)

"Yumpin' yiminy crickets. The way syllables are subdivided, it's COUN-tree, not COUNT-ree! This word is divisible between the N and the T, not the T and the R... I mean what's next, breaking a word over two lines in a haiku?


Oct. 12th, 2006 03:11 pm (UTC)
[Re-enter the Pedant]

Forgot the closing quote!!

--> "

Oct. 12th, 2006 05:46 pm (UTC)
Pbbt. I divided it that way on purpose. Think about it.
Oct. 12th, 2006 05:54 pm (UTC)
I know, I caught it, I was referring to the singer who also divided it that way :)

The funniest example of this little phonetic glitch was when my vinyl copy of Red Barchetta developed a skip at the very beginning... "My [uncle has a count]ry place"...

...with the repeating skip between the brackets!!!

Hope you like it :)
Oct. 11th, 2006 10:03 pm (UTC)
AWESOME link. And that guy has a gorgeous voice.

What gets me is the number of people who think Bush, and this war, are stupid. What's the approval rating now? 20%? So 80% of the country disagrees with this war, and yet we have no power to do anything about it? It kind of scares me ... we really DONT have control over what the government does. They just take away our rights, and we fight it, but in the end we don't have a lot of say. It's swinging into ultra-dictator mode right under our noses. (I know that's a bit of an overreaction, but it could go that way!)
Oct. 12th, 2006 05:01 am (UTC)
Well, sad to say, the solution is to vote. Every time.

Which doesn't help between elections, but at least the mid-terms are coming up and maybe something can be done about the House and the Senate.

As for Shrub and his henchmen, at least those of you in the US have one consolation: He's out of there after this term, and can't come back.

Gods I wish that we had that consolation here in Aus. Ever since thatslimylittlemotherfucker our Beloved Prime Minister came to power I've been disgusted with the system and the majority of the electorate.

It's swinging into ultra-dictator mode right under our noses. (I know that's a bit of an overreaction, but it could go that way!)

And it *is* going that way here. Hell, last poll I saw on LittleJohnny said that something like 75% of the electorate believes he's lied to the people repeatedly, but most of them also said it wouldn't change their vote.


Oct. 12th, 2006 05:08 am (UTC)
heheee.. Shrub.

I do vote, every time. It seems to have so little impact. And it's not just the Bush administration - the US has been building imperialistic tendancies since the Eisenhower administration. We've always had a policy of "the rules apply to everyone but us" - Bush is just making the most use of that. I'd go into politics myself if I thought I could have any impact.. but as I've said before: "One drop may raise the ocean, but it does nothing against a raging forest fire."
Oct. 12th, 2006 05:21 am (UTC)
Sadly true.

I've voted against the current party in power ever chance I've had since I was old enough to vote, and yet we've still endured 10 years of these bastards.*

One of my gaming buddies is a US citizen, and is often ranting about how Shrub should gets his support 'cause he's doing the right thing, and how voting should be voluntary, etc, etc, so if nothing else, your votes are neutralising one fool.

And sometimes, that's the best you can hope for, sad to say.

And of course, if you don't add that tiny drop, then those fools win automatically.

(*) Due, in no small part, I will admit, to the so-called Opposition party being so pitiful they don't even rate a sad joke.
Oct. 12th, 2006 05:16 am (UTC)
Actually, this same thing has happened, or something very like it, twice for certain in history.

It happened a bit differently in Germany - they were immured in an inescapable pit of war reparations, inflation, and general unemployment - but the techniques used to seize power were pretty much the same.

And it happened in Rome. They had pirates - terrorists who could swoop in at any time - and Pompey promised to fix it if they'd simply give him all the power he wanted, abolish the checks and balances, and give him control of both the armies and the navies. He got it, and he squished the pirates rather rapidly, and then he never gave back the power.

It also happened here once. The nation split, and Abraham Lincoln, the great emancipator, suspended the constitution. He suspended habeas corpus (sound familiar?), he spent money without congressional authorization, he declared a blockade without congressional authorization, he imprisoned 18,000 people without trial. There was significant doubt that he'd hold actual elections (but he did). However, at the end of the war, he undid the damage he'd done - something that the current pretender is far too stupid to be able to do.

It cost him tremendously to do all this, and in fact broke his health.

John Wilkes Booth, when he (as he saw it) struck back at a tyrant, also provided a tremendous mercy to Abe, whose health was failing (he's believed to have had Marfan Syndrome, a genetic disorder that messes up connective tissue, resulting in very elongated limbs, and damage to internal organs.)
Oct. 12th, 2006 05:28 am (UTC)
Yeah, good old Honest Abe, saviour of the country. Or so the propaganda goes.

Still, he did undo all of the harm he had done over the course of the war. All, that is, apart from the greatest harm of all, forcing the Confederate states to remain a part of the 'Union'. Truly, a great emancipator.
Oct. 12th, 2006 10:49 pm (UTC)
It's arguable whether it was a good or bad thing to block the secession.

However, the moral reason for blocking it was valid: they chose to secede so that they could continue to hold slaves.

As with every war, there were underlying economic motives: slavery is extremely expensive and not very cost-effective, and had a tremendous social cost, but it was entrenched in the society - the southern states literally could not grow the huge amounts of cotton that was the only significant crop, without it. The industrialized northern states wanted that cotton, and they wanted it cheap, but the British mills would buy it for about twice what the North was willing to pay.

Lincoln's plans for reconstruction included moving mills into the south, no huge reparations costs, no enforced seizure of property at random, and the whole 'carpetbagging' thing wasn't part of the plan.

Lots of conspiracy theorists like to claim that the secretary of war or the secretary of state were behind the assassination; others think it was the Rothschilds, but whatever the murky truth, the fact is that without Lincoln to restrain their greed, the parasites got to strip the south.
Oct. 12th, 2006 05:29 am (UTC)
Holy crap. I had no idea. Of course, I never found history (at least, recent/american history) to be very interesting, especially political history, because for some reason it NEVER got presented in an interesting way. (However, I LOVE humanities, and would take a billion humanities classes just for fun. Go figure.)
Oct. 12th, 2006 03:22 pm (UTC)
(Can't believe I typoed "conventional" twice. Trying again, original posat deleted.)

That's one thing I've never quite gotten either, not just with history but also with current events. People will say that the news never reports what is really happening, and that if we only relied on conventional media we'd never know [conservative story] this or [liberal story] that. Yet somehow, with no access to anything but conventional media news, I'm very aware of all this stuff that "never" gets covered.

Not sure what to make of it.
Oct. 12th, 2006 03:23 pm (UTC)
I'm not gonna bother fixing the "posat/post" typo though... time to slow down my typing. Ack!
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