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The Muse and Whirled Retort November 2010

The Muse and Whirled Retort November 2010


T.H.E. .M.U.S.E. .A.N.D. .W.H.I.R.L.E.D. .R.E.T.O.R.T.

Vol. XII issue ii
October 28, 2010
Ft Stockton, TX

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T.H.E. .M.U.S.E. .A.N.D. .W.H.I.R.L.E.D. .R.E.T.O.R.T.

Vol. XII issue ii
October 28, 2010
Stockton, CA

I spent all my political capitol and all I got was this lousy gridlock.

Watching this election cycle feels like we are living in a Lewis Carroll novel or something…

We have the rise of a quasi third party that seems to stand for the opposite of everything they claim to stand for…

They call themselves the Tea Party and they claim to be a grass roots organization aimed at the common man – and against the elitism in Washington, however their primary aim seems to be to restore tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans,  who are the only ones who have not received one in the Obama administration.

I mean, when they call them selves "Tea Parties."  I assume they are naming them selves after the afore mentioned event but I am not really sure.  They do wear three cornered hats and sound like they have drunk a few to many Sam Adams. Their ideals, however, seem to have more in common with some blue blood aristocratic ritual involving the serving of tea from heirlooms with finger bowls and mango chutney than what happened in the bitter cold Boston winter of 1773.

Ya see, in 1773 the East Indies Company (the Wal-Mart of its day) which owned the tea that was thrown into the Boston harbor was actually receiving a tax break.  The enormous profits allowed the East Indies company to avoid middle men (ie colonial merchants who did not receive such a tax break and had no representation) and set up their own "big Box" stores driving local merchants from business.  (sound familiar?)

If the Tea Party wants to resemble the Boston Tea party they should go out and hijack a Wal-Mart truck and throw its goods into the Boston Harbor. They should protest goliaths like Exxon and Mobile and BP and Haliburton. They should commandeer a freighter and pour the oil into the ocean.  

Oh, wait that's are already happening.

They should have come to Washington DC and join Jon Stewart in “The Rally to Restore Sanity” primarily for the cause of DC state hood.  The license plates there by the way read "No Taxation With Out Representation."

Kind of a Tea Party battle cry.

There are after all more umm… American citizens?  in the District than there are in the State of Wyoming. (Who gets three votes in congress.)  

I see these guys  -- especially in places like Arizona  (where I was yesterday)  walking around – openly armed – yet they would raised holy hell (a funny oxymoron)…. if they saw a guy with a turban walking through the streets of America openly armed.  In fact as we get closer to election day the Tea Partiers seem more and more like armed thugs as they claim free speech and the right to bear arms.  Lewis Carroll in deed.  Hmmm… I am sure if it was a Muslim group stomping on heads in the streets of Kentucky, the Tea party would change its tune.

“We should be able to carry concealed weapons… but only we should be able to carry them.”

Well Tuesday is election day and I encourage you to go out and vote…

The end result seems to be an election that has spent more than the gross national product of the countries we are trying to keep from immigrating to this one by building a wall – oddly with public money… which is the very thing they seem to be against.  Lewis Carroll indeed.

We have seen the end to any thing  “Public” – such as… public discourse.  Public phones, Public lands, Public squares, Public schools… Public health.  In the next two years will be Public Libraries, Public Radio, and Public Elections.

I say put the Public back in Public Funding and the Private back in Private Parts. But I digress..

The end goal seems to be to do anything to obstruct the President.  They have been successful.  

We already have grid lock in congress.  Get ready for the republican cure as proposed by Lewis Carroll: cure the traffic problem by removing public transportation and flooding the streets with cheap gigantic new cars that are being driven by people who don’t know how to drive.

If you thought we had trouble getting anything done in the last two years…

But vote anyway.

It’s easy,

And it makes you feel better,

And you get to wear one of those smug little “I voted to day – did you?” stickers.


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A.N.N.O.U.N.C.M.E.N.T.S.
Paul and I are looking at a west coast tour in late Feb early March.
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Would like to return to the UK this fall to do some shows.
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Here’s da dates…

Saturday, October 30th, 2010 8PM to 11:30 party afterwards
Chris Chandler Paul Benoit Frankie Hernadez Laura Lee Imhoff
Flipnotics Coffeespace
1601 Barton Springs Rd
Austin, TX
website: http://www.flipnotics.com

Sunday, October 31st, 2010 4 pm
early show Halloween!
Dan Electros Guitar Bar
1031 E. 24th
Houston, TX
phone: 713-862-8707
website: http://www.danelectrosguitarbar.com

Wednesday, November 3rd, 2010 8:00 PM
with Paul Benoit
St Roch Tavern
1200 St. Claude
New Orleans, LA 70117
phone: 504 945 0194

Friday, November 5th, 2010 7:30 PM
Broward Folk Club Presents
BIDDY EARLYS
3419 N. Andrews Avenue
Oakland Park, FL 33309
phone: 954-567-1990
website: http://www.browardfolkclub.com

Saturday, November 6th, 2010 7 PM
Iguana Presents
Indy Media Center
433 S Main St
Gainesville, FL
phone: 352 373 0010
website: http://www.civicmediacenter.org/

Sunday, November 7th, 2010 8 PM
Steve Ellman Presents
RESPECTABLE STREET
518 Clematis Street
West Palm Beach, FL 33410
phone: 561.832.9999
PURCHASE TICKETS ONLINE: click here
website: http://www.respectablestreet.com/

Monday, November 8th, 2010 8 pm
3 Layers Cafe
1602 Walnut Street
Jacksonville, FL 33206
phone: 904-355-9791
website: http://www.threelayersacoffeehouse.com/

Tuesday, November 9th, 2010 8 pm
with Hoots & Hellmouth
Eddie's Attic
515-B North McDonough St. (upstairs)
Decatur, GA 30030
phone: 404-377-4976
PRICE: $10.00
PURCHASE TICKETS ONLINE: click here
website: http://www.eddiesattic.com/

Wednesday, November 10th, 2010 8 PM
The Garage
110 West 7th Street
Winston-Salem, NC 27101
phone: 336-777-1127
website: http://www.the-garage.ws/

Thursday, November 11th, 2010
The Get Down
1045 haywood road
asheville, NC 28806
phone: 828-505-8388
website: http://www.GetDownAsheville.com

Friday, November 12th, 2010 8 pm
TENTATIVE
Vanuatu Kava Bar
151 Lexington Ave
Ashville, NC
phone: 828 505 8118

Saturday, November 13th, 2010 8 PM
Steve Goodie House Concert
239 Antioch Pike
Nashville, TN 37211
RSVP phone:  (615) 834-4426

Thursday, November 18th, 2010 8 pm
A benefit concert for the SOAW
Eye Drum
290 mlk jr. dr.
Atlanta, GA 30312

Friday, November 19th, 2010
Close the SOA!
Fort Benning, GA
Columbas GA
website: http://soaw.org

Saturday, November 20th, 2010
Close the SOA!
Fort Benning, GA
Columbas GA
website: http://soaw.org

Sunday, November 21st, 2010
Close the SOA!
Fort Benning, GA
Columbas GA
website: http://soaw.org


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