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2012-08-17 02:40:18 PM

Aar1012: St_Francis_P: Aar1012: I'm sorry, but am I the only one who thinks this is kinda dumb? Ryan may not agree with the message but could like the music. I like the Dead Kennedys but I don't agree with all of there messages or subscribe to punk culture.

If the Dead Kennedy's only made songs that specifically hate on you and your friends, that may be an odd choice in music.

He doesn't have to agree with the message. It's farking music


No, you're thinking of Ravel's Bolero.
 
2012-08-17 02:40:27 PM

Millennium: Snatch Bandergrip: To those arguing that Ryan can like an artist without completely conforming to said artist's views:

You're absolutely right.

BUT

Ryan said HIS FAVORITE BAND is a band built almost entirely on its politics, and those politics disagree with EVERYTHING Ryan stands for.

I can honestly say that I don't understand what's really so strange about this. Sometimes people who hold great respect for one another disagree very deeply. They learn to deal with that, or else they stop getting along, and sometimes one learns to deal and the other does not. Those are the really sad cases, but they are far from universal.

Lots of cross-political friendships work this way. It's even more important for cross-political marriages. Cross-political fandoms are also not unheard of. I can't say I've personally heard of a cross-political favorite band, but I also can't say I understand why it would be such a strange thing.


Would you not be a bit shocked to finda group of Black people listening to David Allen Coe?
 
2012-08-17 02:40:55 PM
Conservatives are about as substantive as a piece of paper. They are constantly talking about "what it looks like". I would not be surprised that Ryan chose that band simply because the words "Rage" and "Machine" are in their title. If he were pressed to name one song, or album, I'll bet he couldn't.
 
2012-08-17 02:41:12 PM

Spade: Is he super rich: Yes
Does he have more than he could ever spend: Yes
Do millions of children in the US go to bed hungry: Yes

Therefor, he is complaining about the very thing he himself is.

I know that if he is doing stuff with his money to help other it obviously isn't enough for his own criteria, since he is still super rich.


This seems like a silly overgeneralization of his statement. I don't think he ever meant the rich must give all their money away until they too are poor. That just doesn't make sense. Working for a more equitable redistribution of wealth from the top to the bottom I think is something more along the lines of what he was discussing. As well as using your wealth and influence to impact social change. All of which he does.
 
2012-08-17 02:41:22 PM
This is missing a bigger point: Who, in 2012, says Rage Against the Machine is their favorite band? Has Paul Ryan been stuck in some sort of cryogenic stasis for 15 years?
 
2012-08-17 02:41:24 PM

Coco LaFemme: Reminds me of when St. Ronald of Reagan used Born In The USA by Springsteen during his '84 campaign, completely oblivious to the fact the lyrics of the verses were not the rah-rah anthem the chorus was. The picture Bruce was painting was very bleak and depressing, reflecting what people like Reagan had done to America in the years following Vietnam. So it was hysterical to hear it playing when Reagan would have stump speeches or whatever, because it was the exact opposite of everything the GOP stood for.


Ever heard the acoustic version? It fits the theme rather better than the version that gets all the airtime.
 
2012-08-17 02:44:00 PM

Blue_Blazer: Would you not be a bit shocked to finda group of Black people listening to David Allen Coe?


Sure, I'd raise an eyebrow. Who wouldn't? But my first assumptions would not be to paint the listeners as hypocritical or stupid.
 
2012-08-17 02:44:41 PM

balloot: This is missing a bigger point: Who, in 2012, says Rage Against the Machine is their favorite band? Has Paul Ryan been stuck in some sort of cryogenic stasis for 15 years?


He went to Miami. He probably thought himself as one of the cool kids just cause he listed to 97x or something. I bet he was really an Extra Beats fan.
 
2012-08-17 02:44:43 PM

balloot: This is missing a bigger point: Who, in 2012, says Rage Against the Machine is their favorite band? Has Paul Ryan been stuck in some sort of cryogenic stasis for 15 years?


His second favorite band is Savage Garden.
 
2012-08-17 02:49:25 PM

Dr Dreidel: Morello is not a government. He can't single-handedly alter SNAP's budget. He can't force a vote in the Senate about funding TANF.

Morello (if you'd bothered to search google for "Tom Morello charity") is an active giver of charity - first page of hits has him donating 100% of the proceeds from a single release to charity, various guitars he's auctioned for charity, his volunteer work after Katrina, his work for the Best Friends Animal charity (which doesn't feed poor people, proving that Morello is a monster)... He's a rich guy who actually has a conscience about it.

What he objects to is rich people who won't be arsed to kick in any more for "institutional charity" - taxes (which go to any number of charitable programs).


Oh, wow. He just does so much. Look at all that money he donates. Why, he donates so much his net worth is still in the tens of millions! What a noble sacrifice. That's like me flipping a bum a quarter and then talking about how great I am.

Sure he objects to rich people who won't kick in more taxes. But I don't see him voluntarily doing it himself either while all those kids go to sleep hungry. He could do that, you know. Send it right to the government and post up his returns and canceled checks with a "I donated 49% of my total income, why can't you?" comment. Maybe even voluntarily tax all that net wealth he has laying around.

Plus, I could make the argument that all that happy talk of his sounds a lot like really good marketing directed at his target demographic. Gotta appeal to those noble fellow travelers or they might not shell out for that next album or show ticket.
 
2012-08-17 02:49:32 PM

Spade: Corvus: Spade: Corvus: Spade: Corvus: Has this jack-ass read any of their lyrics?

Rage is totally about crushing the 1%. They make Obama look like Grover Norquist. It's like if a liberal said their favorite book was Atlas Shrugged. It shows Ryan is very shallow in his thinking.

Except, of course, they are the 1% too. Morello's worth like $60m.

Umm. There are lots of people with lots of money who are still against how the system is run. Only a simpleton would think that would be impossible.

If he's against how the system is run, why does he choose to be part of the system?

It's like how Chomsky was against trust funds...and had set some up himself.

HUH? So what he should move to a new country?

So does that mean every Republican who doesn't like what Obama does should shut up and move too?

Never said that he should leave. Let's look at his comment.

You see, the super rich must rationalize having more than they could ever spend while millions of children in the U.S. go to bed hungry every night.

He has more than he could ever spend ($60m or so?). How many of those millions of kids has he helped? Not many, considering by his own account he STILL has a shiatload of money in his account.

Oh, wait, he probably thinks other people or the government should step up so he doesn't have to. He could be living nicely on $100k a year somewhere in America and spending the rest of his vast wealth and high yearly income helping hungry kids and still be better off than most of America. And he chooses not to, but instead takes shots at people who are doing the exact same thing he is.


Here are a few charities and causes that RATM supports

You know if you did a simple Google search for "Rage Against the Machine charity" before you posted your little tirade you would have found quite a few links and avoided looking like a complete idiot.

This Right wing strategy of criticizing rich people for supporting the rights of the poor and middle class completely befuddles me. I don't understand how somebody can think that just because somebody is rich that they can't support and want to help the middle class and poor succeed or speak up for them, especially when the rich person that is speaking for the poor and middle class came from a poor or middle class background.
 
2012-08-17 02:51:41 PM

Nabb1: St_Francis_P: SlothB77: St_Francis_P: SlothB77: well, Zack de la Rocha is a huge communist.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Political_views_and_activism_of_Rage_Aga i nst_the_Machine

I'd be shocked if he wasn't. That's what this whole thread is about, basically.

just informing the ignorant.

Everyone here knows. You really need to inform Ryan.

He probably knows. It's possible to to have a deep appreciation for an artist's work without marching in lockstep with his political views.


Exactly. I like RATM. I really do miss them and wish they had a comeback tour during the Bush years. But I don't care too much for their politics anymore. I grew up and got older.
 
2012-08-17 02:53:36 PM
Sure, it's understandable. Ryan sees Freedom, Killing in the Name Of and Bulls on Parade as instruction manuals.
 
2012-08-17 02:54:03 PM

Aarontology: makes sense. Bulls On Parade seems to encompass his beliefs nicely:

Weapons not food, not homes, not shoes
Not need, just feed the war cannibal animal
I walk the corner to the rubble that used to be a library
Line up to the mind cemetary, now
What we don't know keeps the contracts alive an movin'
They don't gotta burn tha books they just remove 'em
While arms warehouses fill as quick as the cells
Rally round tha family, pocket full of shells


Of course Ryan loves RATM. He just uses it as a manual of how to run government rather than a scathing indictment of it.
 
2012-08-17 02:54:50 PM

ongbok: You know if you did a simple Google search for "Rage Against the Machine charity" before you posted your little tirade you would have found quite a few links and avoided looking like a complete idiot.


It doesn't matter how many charities he supports. Or the pittance he donate compared to his wealth.
Once again

You see, the super rich must rationalize having more than they could ever spend while millions of children in the U.S. go to bed hungry every night.


Is he super rich? yes
Does he have more than he could ever spend? yes
Do millions of children go hungry ever night? yes

By his own standard, even if he's doing something he isn't doing enough. But I guess "Well, I did something!" is how he personally rationalizes having more than he could ever spend while millions go hungry.

BFD. Even Romney gives lots to "charity". All of these super rich guys do. It's always just enough to make their accountants happy.
 
2012-08-17 02:55:17 PM

sprawl15: balloot: This is missing a bigger point: Who, in 2012, says Rage Against the Machine is their favorite band? Has Paul Ryan been stuck in some sort of cryogenic stasis for 15 years?

His second favorite band is Savage Garden.


His third favorite band is Wham!
/He still wears his Choose Life shirt to bed. He got an extra large because it's all cuddly and stuff.
 
2012-08-17 02:56:40 PM

verbaltoxin: Before she knew it she was spinning on a thin black sheet of glass
She saw both their lives flash before her eyes
She didn't even have time to cry
She was so scared
She threw her hands up in the air

"Jesus take the wheel"
"Take it from my hands"

If the second part of the song describes her skidding into a fiery death, then it's one of the most metal songs ever written.

But I have a feeling it doesn't go that way.


First time I heard that song I burst out laughing.

Jesus helps those who counter-steer.
 
2012-08-17 02:56:45 PM

SithLord: Nabb1: St_Francis_P: SlothB77: St_Francis_P: SlothB77: well, Zack de la Rocha is a huge communist.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Political_views_and_activism_of_Rage_Aga i nst_the_Machine

I'd be shocked if he wasn't. That's what this whole thread is about, basically.

just informing the ignorant.

Everyone here knows. You really need to inform Ryan.

He probably knows. It's possible to to have a deep appreciation for an artist's work without marching in lockstep with his political views.

Exactly. I like RATM. I really do miss them and wish they had a comeback tour during the Bush years. But I don't care too much for their politics anymore. I grew up and got older.


Same here. Music is just a matter of taste, and I'm not going to let political opinions make me change my taste in music.
 
2012-08-17 02:57:17 PM

Millennium: Blue_Blazer: Would you not be a bit shocked to finda group of Black people listening to David Allen Coe?

Sure, I'd raise an eyebrow. Who wouldn't? But my first assumptions would not be to paint the listeners as hypocritical or stupid.


Really?!? What if it was President Obama? What if Reverend Wright and Bill Ayers made an album of Black Liberation Theology songs with some Weathermen backup singers? Would you just raise an eyebrow


I guess you probably don't think that people who vote against their own interests are stupid either.
 
2012-08-17 02:57:33 PM

Bontesla: Anyone else sense this was said because strategists thought it would play well with young adults?


Or because it's (one of) his favorite band(s), maybe?

I mean, saying it was a political decision, but he's not necessarily lying about it. It's probably more of a "yeah, talk about your taste in music, it'll humanize to to the voters" thing than a "this band is liked by this key demographic, say you like them" thing.

The fact that he doesn't know or particularly care about the band's politics is, if anything, a plus, since that means he's not going to bring his politics into every farking thing he does.
 
2012-08-17 02:57:35 PM
Paul Ryan's favorite album:

upload.wikimedia.org
 
2012-08-17 02:59:06 PM

Spade: Oh, wow. He just does so much. Look at all that money he donates. Why, he donates so much his net worth is still in the tens of millions! What a noble sacrifice


Every rich person that opposes Republicans need to give all their money away, or they're hypocrites.

Also, this conveniently makes sure there is no one left with money to oppose Republicans.
 
2012-08-17 02:59:36 PM
When RATM releases their tax records, then they can lecture Ryan.
 
2012-08-17 03:00:18 PM
How much do the members of RATM pull in a year? Are they in the 1% or not?
 
2012-08-17 03:01:07 PM

Blue_Blazer: What if Reverend Wright and Bill Ayers made an album of Black Liberation Theology songs with some Weathermen backup singers?


I'd give that a listen. Hell, if they toured, I might even go see it.

Now, if I found out President Obama was a big fan of Skrewdriver, that would raise an eyebrow.
 
2012-08-17 03:01:56 PM

Spade: Sure he objects to rich people who won't kick in more taxes. But I don't see him voluntarily doing it himself either while all those kids go to sleep hungry. He could do that, you know. Send it right to the government and post up his returns and canceled checks with a "I donated 49% of my total income, why can't you?" comment. Maybe even voluntarily tax all that net wealth he has laying around.


No, what he objects to is that "the super rich must rationalize having more than they could ever spend". You can tell that what he objects to because those are the farking words he used. The next clause is just astonishment that they could have such a rationalization when the reasons for NOT having it are staring you in the face. It's illustrative of the galling nature of the problem, not a further description of it.

I haven't heard Morello try and rationalize his wealth (at least not in this context) - have you?

Plus, I could make the argument that all that happy talk of his sounds a lot like really good marketing directed at his target demographic. Gotta appeal to those noble fellow travelers or they might not shell out for that next album or show ticket.

Tell me more about baseless speculation and unfounded accusations. You would start lobbing those - I heard you raped Alanis Morissette while Dave Roberts performed an fMRI scan on Paul Reubens' prefrontal cortex just because Leonard Maltin couldn't dance the kazatzke at your sister's wedding.
 
2012-08-17 03:03:55 PM

Spade: ongbok: You know if you did a simple Google search for "Rage Against the Machine charity" before you posted your little tirade you would have found quite a few links and avoided looking like a complete idiot.

It doesn't matter how many charities he supports. Or the pittance he donate compared to his wealth.
Once again

You see, the super rich must rationalize having more than they could ever spend while millions of children in the U.S. go to bed hungry every night.

Is he super rich? yes
Does he have more than he could ever spend? yes
Do millions of children go hungry ever night? yes

By his own standard, even if he's doing something he isn't doing enough. But I guess "Well, I did something!" is how he personally rationalizes having more than he could ever spend while millions go hungry.

BFD. Even Romney gives lots to "charity". All of these super rich guys do. It's always just enough to make their accountants happy.


You are a brainwashed idiot.

If you ever listen to his music, he isn't against rich people. He is against people that are getting rich at the expense of others and use their power and influence to keep other people down for their own gain.

But in your world view you cannot be rich unless you do all of those things, and anybody that protest against any of that has to be piss poor.
 
2012-08-17 03:05:49 PM

Blue_Blazer: Millennium: Blue_Blazer: Would you not be a bit shocked to finda group of Black people listening to David Allen Coe?

Sure, I'd raise an eyebrow. Who wouldn't? But my first assumptions would not be to paint the listeners as hypocritical or stupid.

Really?!? What if it was President Obama?


I know he's not stupid or hypocritical, so if I heard him listening to such things then I'd really get curious.

What if Reverend Wright and Bill Ayers made an album of Black Liberation Theology songs with some Weathermen backup singers? Would you just raise an eyebrow

For a project like that I'd raise both eyebrows, but again my main reaction would be curiosity, not dismissal.

I guess you probably don't think that people who vote against their own interests are stupid either.

My first assumption would be that I must not have as good a handle as I thought as to what their interests are. Never attribute to stupidity what can be adequately explained as differing perspective.
 
2012-08-17 03:05:59 PM

Spade: ongbok: You know if you did a simple Google search for "Rage Against the Machine charity" before you posted your little tirade you would have found quite a few links and avoided looking like a complete idiot.

It doesn't matter how many charities he supports. Or the pittance he donate compared to his wealth.
Once again

You see, the super rich must rationalize having more than they could ever spend while millions of children in the U.S. go to bed hungry every night.

Is he super rich? yes
Does he have more than he could ever spend? yes
Do millions of children go hungry ever night? yes

By his own standard, even if he's doing something he isn't doing enough. But I guess "Well, I did something!" is how he personally rationalizes having more than he could ever spend while millions go hungry.

BFD. Even Romney gives lots to "charity". All of these super rich guys do. It's always just enough to make their accountants happy.


You sound like one of those nitwits who think that everyone on the left hates all rich people and that all rich liberals are hypocrites. You know the ones I'm talking about, right? Yeah, them. Or you. Whatever.
 
2012-08-17 03:10:02 PM

ongbok: If you ever listen to his music, he isn't against rich people. .


He's a communist. So, yes, he is.

Or he's not a very good communist. Of course, in many places, thinking Che (who executed rock musicians) is a cool guy is pretty trendy.
 
2012-08-17 03:12:11 PM
I like Street Sweeper Social Club more than RATM

May you tumble and fall down your grand
Marble stairway
May that caviar p¢t© you were eating
Block your airway
May your manservant deliver the Heimlich
With honor
May this make you vomit on your Dolce
Gabbana
May your wife's worried face show a hor-
Rific expression
May you realize she's not worried- that's
Just Botox injections
May all the commotion cause to crash
Your chandelier
And propel into your rear
It's sharp diamonds from DeBeers
May your Ferrari break down
May your chauffeur get high
And smash up your stretch Rolls up on
Rodeo Drive
Off the breaking backs of others is where
You got all your bucks
Til we make the revolution
I just hope your life sucks

All my people in the place put your fist
In the air
All my down muthafarkas get up outta
Your chairs
All my real down peoples we got love for
You here
Cept for that muthafarkas right there
Get em

May your Champagne not bubble
May your pinot be sour
May that white stuff you snortin be 96
Percent flour
May the famous rapper you bring to your
Daughter's sweet 16
Get some pride and walk out
As if born with a spleen
May the death squads you hire be bad
With instructions
And by mistake be at your mansion with
The street sweepers bustin
May this make your guests forsake
Their white Russians
And dive behind the Jimmy Martin
Cryin and cussin
May your chef be off pissin in the bisque
In the kitchen
May I assume your autobiography is filed
Under fiction
Cuz off the breakin backs of others is
Where you got all your cash
Til we make the revolution
I your life sucks ass

/Assuming that muthafarka right there is Rmoney/Ryan
 
2012-08-17 03:14:19 PM

Crewmannumber6: MayoSlather: I also heard Paul Ryan is listening to a lecture series on Voltaire.

Whatever happened to Hang On Voltaire?


Like most Republicans after the 08 election, changed their username so that history wouldnt catch up with them.
 
2012-08-17 03:14:34 PM

Three Crooked Squirrels: Aar1012: St_Francis_P: Aar1012: I'm sorry, but am I the only one who thinks this is kinda dumb? Ryan may not agree with the message but could like the music. I like the Dead Kennedys but I don't agree with all of there messages or subscribe to punk culture.

If the Dead Kennedy's only made songs that specifically hate on you and your friends, that may be an odd choice in music.

He doesn't have to agree with the message. It's farking music

Then you'd expect a comment like "I'm not into their politics, but those guys rock." When a politician chooses a band with a political message as his/her favorite band, there are usually only two explanations: 1) they like the music and the message, or 2) they like the music and they don't understand the message.


Also, as a politician, you'd have to be a World-class moron if you were to name them as your favorite band without realizing you're setting a ball up on a tee for the band to take a swing at you.

Maybe he can ignore the politics, but there's no way he couldn't realize that this was a stupid thing to open himself up to.
 
2012-08-17 03:17:00 PM

bigbadideasinaction: Maybe he can ignore the politics, but there's no way he couldn't realize that this was a stupid thing to open himself up to.


Or perhaps he knew that people would react this way -even counted on it- and intends to use that reaction to further his own ends. Don't be so quick to choose the wine in front of you.
 
2012-08-17 03:17:46 PM

lennavan: Wow. I liked that article far more than I thought I would and I like this guitarist far more than I thought I would.

You see, the super rich must rationalize having more than they could ever spend while millions of children in the U.S. go to bed hungry every night. So, when they look themselves in the mirror, they convince themselves that "Those people are undeserving. They're . . . lesser." Some of these guys on the extreme right are more cynical than Paul Ryan, but he seems to really believe in this stuff. This unbridled rage against those who have the least is a cornerstone of the Romney-Ryan ticket.


Well he does have a political science degree from Harvard
 
2012-08-17 03:17:57 PM

Corvus: Umm. There are lots of people with lots of money who are still against how the system is run. Only a simpleton would think that would be impossible.


Spade: Hey, I'm a Libertarian


QED.
 
2012-08-17 03:20:04 PM

ongbok: If you ever listen to his music, he isn't against rich people. He is against people that are getting rich at the expense of others and use their power and influence to keep other people down for their own gain.

But in your world view you cannot be rich unless you do all of those things, and anybody that protest against any of that has to be piss poor.


Yup. If you're rich and want to advocate for the poor, you have to donate 100% of your posessions to the US government, and once you do that, they're not gonna listen to you because LOL YOU'RE POOR. Go get a job at Mcdonalds. Shut up about politics and leave tax policy discussion to your millionaire betters, hippy.
 
2012-08-17 03:21:45 PM
he bridge, so high
The bridge, so tall
Here is where it started
On the bridge
The moon is big and yellow
And the stars are all a' glow
From the bridge, I see reflections
In the waters far below

You kissed me for the first time here
An' held me awfully tight
And the bridge became our favorite place
We came here often in the night
And one night while standing on the bridge
Desire swept through us both
Passion took us by the hand
And showed us where to go

From the bridge we saw a meadow
So we ran together there
Where we found love together
Our emotions filled the air

The bridge, so wide
The bridge, so long
Where once we stood together
Tonight I stand alone

Tonight, while standing on the bridge
My heart is beating wild
To think that you could leave me here
With our unborn child

My feet are moving slowly
Closer to the edge
Here is where it started
And here is where I'll end it...
 
2012-08-17 03:21:48 PM

James F. Campbell: Corvus: Umm. There are lots of people with lots of money who are still against how the system is run. Only a simpleton would think that would be impossible.

Spade: Hey, I'm a Libertarian

QED.


Awe, did I insult your musical hero who talks a good game about your favorite causes?

Just be sure you buy his next album. He's gotta make payments on that mansion somehow.
 
2012-08-17 03:24:05 PM

CorporatePerson: ongbok: If you ever listen to his music, he isn't against rich people. He is against people that are getting rich at the expense of others and use their power and influence to keep other people down for their own gain.

But in your world view you cannot be rich unless you do all of those things, and anybody that protest against any of that has to be piss poor.

Yup. If you're rich and want to advocate for the poor, you have to donate 100% of your posessions to the US government, and once you do that, they're not gonna listen to you because LOL YOU'RE POOR. Go get a job at Mcdonalds. Shut up about politics and leave tax policy discussion to your millionaire betters, hippy.


You see, the super rich must rationalize having more than they could ever spend while millions of children in the U.S. go to bed hungry every night.


Why should he have to rationalize having more than he could ever spend while millions go hungry when his consumers will do it for him? He should thank you guys. Maybe put a song up free for download on the internet (don't forget to buy the rest of the album).
 
2012-08-17 03:27:53 PM

Millennium: Edsel: No other explanation for why they'd be huge fans of songs that are constantly calling out their politics.

Because they've had to learn to let things like that slide in a popular culture that demonizes them at every opportunity?


You poor poor oppressed white man, you.
 
Ant
2012-08-17 03:31:34 PM

Nabb1: He probably knows. It's possible to to have a deep appreciation for an artist's work without marching in lockstep with his political views.


Not lockstep, but coming from the same planet might be a start.
 
2012-08-17 03:35:15 PM

HotWingConspiracy: Romney can't decide between N.W.A. and Anal coont.


no he's obviously a huge fan of the Dead Kennedys.
 
2012-08-17 03:36:02 PM

dugitman: Ryan's a randroid. Shouldn't he be a Rush fan?


He also claims to be a Catholic, but...

I don't believe in destiny
Or the guiding hand of fate
I don't believe in forever
Or love as a mystical state
I don't believe in the stars or the planets
Or Angels watching from above
 
2012-08-17 03:36:25 PM

Snatch Bandergrip: To those arguing that Ryan can like an artist without completely conforming to said artist's views:

You're absolutely right.

BUT

Ryan said HIS FAVORITE BAND is a band built almost entirely on its politics, and those politics disagree with EVERYTHING Ryan stands for.

What would the reaction from the right be if Obama mentions he rocks out to Megadeth, or the Nuge?

Also, if you like Rage, you'll probably dig One Day as a Lion - Zach and former Mars Volta drummer Jon Theodore.


We already know. Look how they treated Common. COMMON.


White House Invite of Political Rapper Stirs Controversy
a57.foxnews.com

Again, Common.
 
2012-08-17 03:37:18 PM
img1.fark.net tag raging against the machine today?
 
2012-08-17 03:38:18 PM
Probably a PR move, but a real dumb one.  Come on, he's got to also be a fan of some popular rock band that 35 year olds were/are into with zero political leanings.  Just say Blind Melon or Guns and Roses or something.
 
Or just say (like I would, because its true)... I don't have a favorite band, I listen to everything from outlaw country to metal to classic rock and so on...
 
2012-08-17 03:38:36 PM

Blue_Blazer: I saw RATM in Chicago in 08. Zach went on about supporting Obama.


What a sucker.
 
2012-08-17 03:39:04 PM

Nabb1: Blue_Blazer: What if Reverend Wright and Bill Ayers made an album of Black Liberation Theology songs with some Weathermen backup singers?

I'd give that a listen. Hell, if they toured, I might even go see it.

Now, if I found out President Obama was a big fan of Skrewdriver, that would raise an eyebrow.


LOL.
As I was typing that I realized that it did actually sound kinds cool.

Skrewdriver I suppose would be a contemporary artist that compares to the David Allen Coe analogy
 
2012-08-17 03:40:06 PM

Spade: Why should he have to rationalize having more than he could ever spend while millions go hungry when his consumers will do it for him? He should thank you guys. Maybe put a song up free for download on the internet (don't forget to buy the rest of the album).


Well it must be convenient having it worked out where nobody is ever allowed to criticize Republican policies without being a hypocrite. If you're rich and disagree with the GOP, you're a hypocrite and your position cannot be considered until you donate all your money to the state. If you're poor and disagree, you're just envious of all the rich people's money and success.

Guess I'll just go vote Republican.
 
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