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Wednesday, June 25, 2003
IF WE CAN MAKE THERE, WE CAN MAKE IT ANYWHERE: Hey everyone, The Gray Lady quoted some of the lyrics to left-Blogistan's "If You're Happy and You Know It, Bomb Iraq" project in its Sunday Times Arts section article on antiwar music:
One current antiwar song, which has been growing by accretion as various contributors pass it along on the Internet, is the sarcastic "Bomb Iraq." It aims for singalongs by going back to kindergarten, borrowing the tune of the children's song "Clap Your Hands."Specific lyrics are only available in the print ediction of the NYT, since its in a sidebar. Also, they credit "Various Internet Authors" instead of anyone specific, which is a bit of a rip-off, since I think Atrios started this and the people who wrote the various verses are clearly named in his comments.
You should totally check to see if a verse you wrote made it in--mass media glory (even if somewhat anonymous) is always a great natural high.
Anyway, yay us!
ADDENDUM: Michael Johnson informs me via email that the "Bomb Iraq" song was started by Tom Tomorrow. Thanks Michael; and good work, Tom!
Tuesday, June 24, 2003
CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE YALE COLLEGE KIND: About 20 minutes ago, I clicked over to C-SPAN (which I've finally realized is infinitely more worth watching than most of the garbage on the major cable news nets) to be greeted by a replay of Howard Dean announcing his candidacy. I figured that I should watch it for a bit, given that his positions sound fairly promising and so many Dem Netizens lurve him.
So I'm watching Dean and he seems solidly inspiring while hitting those progressive notes that I'm always happy to hear and I'm thinking to myself "You know, I could like this Dean guy. Maybe America could too...hey, that young woman sitting on stage behind him looks really familiar. Where do I know her from? She looks an awful lot like an undergrad in a section I taught first semester--what was her name...Anne...Dean."
(Eric will be away for a few days mentally reviewing his conduct in teaching a certain section last semester)
PROMISES: Yay, my computer's repaired! OK, so it's been repaired for about a week now and I've been trying to catch up on my reading. I'm also going away on a trip Wednesday, so I promise, if there's still anyone out there, that I'll be back Sunday.