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(TampaBay.com (St. Petersburg Tim)   Today's RNC concert review: "You had to be 21 and over to get into Lee Greenwood's Monday show at the Seminole Hard Rock Casino, but to be honest, they would have been safe setting the bar at 50"   (tampabay.com) divider line 132
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2012-08-28 09:00:10 AM
Nothing meaner than old, grumpy, Republican retirees.

www.sluniverse.com

/Hey, I grew up surrounded by them down there.
 
2012-08-28 09:14:28 AM
The Great Defenders sounded like a rollicking, and totally hetero, redux of the Village People's In the Navy

[ilol'd]

"I pledge allegiance to this flag / And if that bothers you, well, that's too bad."

The imaginary liberals who live inside Lee Greenwood's head sound like terrible people.
 
2012-08-28 09:45:05 AM
What if I hate Lee Greenwood because all his music farking sucks, not just because he wrote a song with pandering, treacly lyrics that sound like something a hydroencephalatic Cub Scout wrote for a 4th of July Jamboree? Do I have to root for the North Koreans when I go see "Red Dawn" at the dollar theater two weeks after it opens?
 
2012-08-28 09:53:49 AM

Mr. Coffee Nerves: What if I hate Lee Greenwood because all his music farking sucks, not just because he wrote a song with pandering, treacly lyrics that sound like something a hydroencephalatic Cub Scout wrote for a 4th of July Jamboree? Do I have to root for the North Koreans when I go see "Red Dawn" at the dollar theater two weeks after it opens?


Son you better stand up when you hear Lee Greenwood or you may as well be a damn North Korean yourself, commie.
 
2012-08-28 10:04:09 AM

Mr. Coffee Nerves: What if I hate Lee Greenwood because all his music farking sucks, not just because he wrote a song with pandering, treacly lyrics that sound like something a hydroencephalatic Cub Scout wrote for a 4th of July Jamboree? Do I have to root for the North Koreans when I go see "Red Dawn" at the dollar theater two weeks after it opens?


i love that song because it begins with an egregious grammatical error: "i'm proud to be an american/where at least i know i'm free." apparently "american" is a place now. but then, these people believe "descent is the highest form of patriotic," so who knows.
 
2012-08-28 10:06:09 AM
reasonswhyimstillsingle.files.wordpress.com

Know what would be awesome? A drunken Randy Travis heckling this asshole in the middle of a show.
 
2012-08-28 10:10:00 AM
upload.wikimedia.org

Married 4 times.

The perfect Republican family man.
 
2012-08-28 10:10:15 AM
Lee Greenwood: The GOP's own Hans Pfitzner.
 
2012-08-28 10:12:22 AM
Being both in Tampa and the RNC, this doubly does not surprise me about the age. Throw in a story about the congressmen trying to pick up their staffers at a club in Ybor and just about everything I expected will have happened. (Probably already did but didn't get reported yet.)
 
2012-08-28 10:33:19 AM
And I'm proud to be an American,
where at least I know I'm free.
as long as I am see-through white
and don't have no ovary
 
2012-08-28 11:02:50 AM

rudemix: And I'm proud to be an American,
where at least I know I'm free.
as long as I am see-through white
and don't have no ovary


*Golf clap*

Cute, funny.

I'd post with another verse, but it would be NSFW. :-)
 
2012-08-28 12:27:44 PM
upload.wikimedia.org

If I were American, I'd be offended by that shirt.
 
2012-08-28 12:28:18 PM
Ha ha... Seminole
 
2012-08-28 12:28:26 PM
Or jacket, whatever the hell that is.
 
2012-08-28 12:29:41 PM

FlashHarry: Mr. Coffee Nerves: What if I hate Lee Greenwood because all his music farking sucks, not just because he wrote a song with pandering, treacly lyrics that sound like something a hydroencephalatic Cub Scout wrote for a 4th of July Jamboree? Do I have to root for the North Koreans when I go see "Red Dawn" at the dollar theater two weeks after it opens?

i love that song because it begins with an egregious grammatical error: "i'm proud to be an american/where at least i know i'm free." apparently "american" is a place now. but then, these people believe "descent is the highest form of patriotic," so who knows.


That always makes me larf. Thanks.
 
2012-08-28 12:32:39 PM
Over 50 escorts... no thank you.
 
2012-08-28 12:32:43 PM
Lee Greenwood?!? Cool! He's that singer with that one song! You know...
 
2012-08-28 12:34:47 PM
Anyone that goes to a Political Party National Convention for any reason other than for work purposes is a complete and utter douche.
 
2012-08-28 12:36:52 PM

LL316: Anyone that goes to a Political Party National Convention for any reason other than for work purposes is a complete and utter douche.


So vote Republican.
 
2012-08-28 12:37:04 PM
God I hate that farking song....it's made me hate the fourth of July.
 
2012-08-28 12:37:07 PM
As someone on the cusp of 50...no thanks. shiatty music is shiatty music, no matter the generation.
 
2012-08-28 12:37:18 PM
That man is a national treasure
 
2012-08-28 12:37:46 PM

Confabulat: Mr. Coffee Nerves: What if I hate Lee Greenwood because all his music farking sucks, not just because he wrote a song with pandering, treacly lyrics that sound like something a hydroencephalatic Cub Scout wrote for a 4th of July Jamboree? Do I have to root for the North Koreans when I go see "Red Dawn" at the dollar theater two weeks after it opens?

Son you better stand up when you hear Lee Greenwood or you may as well be a damn North Korean yourself, commie.


There is nothing in this world more contemptible than that farking song. Yeah, it REALLY bothers me when people stand up for it as if it was our anthem. How many more years are they going to play that jingoist crap before games? When does the "middle class white that cheers for war but doesn't want to pay for it with blood or money" guilt wear off?
 
2012-08-28 12:37:58 PM
Do you know what I mean?
 
2012-08-28 12:39:53 PM
Ah yes, Lee Greenwood, the patron saint of American jingoism.
 
2012-08-28 12:40:05 PM

tedthebellhopp: Over 50 escorts... no thank you.


Yeah I start to dehydrate too after the first 15 or so.
 
2012-08-28 12:41:02 PM
gotta be 59 to 69 am i right
 
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2012-08-28 12:41:27 PM
target audience:

img.photobucket.com
 
2012-08-28 12:43:01 PM

gameshowhost: LL316: Anyone that goes to a Political Party National Convention for any reason other than for work purposes is a complete and utter douche.

So vote Republican.


Just like the dems only have the kids at their events because they all are for making a change!!!!

This is getting really tiring Fark, you can keep the mocking to silence an opinion in the political tab and off the main page. For people so open minded they sure aren't open to others ideas.
 
2012-08-28 12:43:07 PM

CygnusDarius: [upload.wikimedia.org image 220x308]

If I were American, I'd be offended by that shirt.


"Patriotic" clothing is an offensive display of the flag. The fact that republican knuckle draggers don't understand the disrespect shows just how "patriotic" they really are.
 
2012-08-28 12:43:44 PM
Even the Nazis got Wagner. This is the best we can do?
 
2012-08-28 12:44:34 PM
Patriotism or nationalism squicks me out.
 
2012-08-28 12:44:59 PM
Some bleeding-heart liberal candidate should use one of his songs for their campaign, just to see the conservative uproar.
 
2012-08-28 12:45:02 PM
Tonight's show: Steve Aoki @ Ampitheatre in Ybor.

No shiat-stained stars-and-striped incontinence undies at this event.... 

/unze unze unze unze unze unze unze unze unze unze unze unze unze unze
 
2012-08-28 12:47:05 PM
it is a patriotic song. it's nice, brings people to their feet and celebrates america.

fark you people.
 
2012-08-28 12:47:48 PM

Confabulat: Son you better stand up when you hear Lee Greenwood or you may as well be a damn North Korean yourself, commie.


I know you're joking and all, but way too many people think that in earnest.
 
2012-08-28 12:48:01 PM

Citrate1007: CygnusDarius: [upload.wikimedia.org image 220x308]

If I were American, I'd be offended by that shirt.

"Patriotic" clothing is an offensive display of the flag. The fact that republican knuckle draggers don't understand the disrespect shows just how "patriotic" they really are.


it's patriotic to play a non patriotic foreigner isn't that what Republicans are ALL ABOUT?
 
2012-08-28 12:52:12 PM
The song makes me embarrassed to be an American, quite frankly.
 
2012-08-28 12:54:01 PM
The only way you can truly appreciate this song is by sitting in your bathtub, shoving a big red white and blue dildo up your ass, and masturbate furiously while getting bukkake'd by a dozen Wall Street Bankers.
 
2012-08-28 12:54:43 PM
Oops, a little issue with the verb tense there, but I think the message still comes across. As do the bankers.
 
2012-08-28 12:54:45 PM

Citrate1007: CygnusDarius: [upload.wikimedia.org image 220x308]

If I were American, I'd be offended by that shirt.

"Patriotic" clothing is an offensive display of the flag. The fact that republican knuckle draggers don't understand the disrespect shows just how "patriotic" they really are.


Aren't there very rigid protocols for how real flags are supposed to be treated?
 
2012-08-28 12:54:58 PM
 
2012-08-28 12:55:24 PM

clevershark: Confabulat: Son you better stand up when you hear Lee Greenwood or you may as well be a damn North Korean yourself, commie.

I know you're joking and all, but way too many people think that in earnest.


I have no idea what it's like in 2012, but I once visited the Stone Mountain fireworks show in Georgia back in the 90s, where they end the night with that tune and a few others.

It's pretty surreal seeing people all around you STAND UP and start weeping uncontrollably.

If it's still anything like that (and why wouldn't it be; it's a giant mountain with Confederate heroes carved into it for all time) I highly recommend that experience if it still exists. On hallucinogenic drugs if at all possible but it might freak you out.
 
2012-08-28 12:55:25 PM

frepnog: it is a patriotic song. it's nice, brings people to their feet and celebrates america.

fark you people.


It was a good song. It's been completely overdone. I'd much rather listen to The Battle Hymn of the Republic.
 
2012-08-28 12:59:20 PM

AirForceVet: Nothing meaner than old, grumpy, Republican retirees.


I immediately started hearing Steely Dan's "Third World Man" in my head when I saw that pic.
 
2012-08-28 01:02:46 PM
God bless Abby Hoffman.

In October 1968, he was arrested in Washington for wearing a shirt that resembled the design of an American flag. Authorities at the maximum security penitentiary did their worst to harass and humiliate him. They gave him a preventive de-lousing. They took a blood sample against his will, without affording him the sterile courtesy of a disposable syringe.

Two months later, Abbie was hospitalized in New York City for serum hepatitis. The recuperative process didn't prevent him from helping doctors to organize themselves against some of the oppressive tactics of the medical profession.

When the flag-shirt case came to court, defense attorney Gerald Lefcourt asked, "Is wearing a shirt dishonoring the flag? Does Uncle Sam, when he marches in the parade on July 4th, dishonor?"

Prosecutor Benton Becker argued, "Uncle Sam himself is a national symbol, just as the the flag is a national symbol, and one national symbol, recognized as such, cannot deface and defile and cast contempt upon another national symbol....the Government has a legitimate interest in maintaining the sanctity of its symbols."


Abby Hoffman flag shirt story
 
2012-08-28 01:03:49 PM

Nina_Hartley's_Ass: Know what would be awesome? A drunken Randy Travis heckling this asshole in the middle of a show.


Is that picture supposed to be sexy? He really didn't get his money's worth at GlamourShots that day.
 
2012-08-28 01:04:32 PM

shivashakti: Patriotism or nationalism squicks me out.


It's used to justify mass murder.
 
2012-08-28 01:04:39 PM
Yippie Abbie Hoffman was arrested in one while protesting the Vietnam War in 1968. Gen. Richard Myers, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, wore one while joining fellow Vietnam veterans for a tribute this past Memorial Day. Their attire? Shirts that looked like flags.

On this Flag Day, Melissa Block talks to Marc Leepson, author of Flag: An American Biography about the history of the flag as symbol of American pride and protest.

When Hoffman was arrested outside a U.S. House building in 1968, most states had flag-desecration laws on the books. His conviction was overturned on appeal. And in 1989 and 1990, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled the statutes unconstitutional.

Today, wearing flag-like attire does violate the flag code, which proscribes the care and display of the Stars and Stripes but is rarely enforced. "It's kind of a little strange paradox in that people are venerating the flag for the most part and technically violating the U.S. flag code," Leepson says.

Below is a section of the flag code that deals with respecting the flag.

The Flag Code - Respect for Flag


No disrespect should be shown to the flag of the United States of America; the flag should not be dipped to any person or thing. Regimental colors, State flags, and organization or institutional flags are to be dipped as a mark of honor.

(a) The flag should never be displayed with the union down, except as a signal of dire distress in instances of extreme danger to life or property.

(b) The flag should never touch anything beneath it, such as the ground, the floor, water, or merchandise.

(c) The flag should never be carried flat or horizontally, but always aloft and free.

(d) The flag should never be used as wearing apparel, bedding, or drapery. It should never be festooned, drawn back, nor up, in folds, but always allowed to fall free.

Bunting of blue, white, and red always arranged with the blue above, the white in the middle, and the red below, should be used for covering a speaker's desk, draping the front of the platform, and for decoration in general.

(e) The flag should never be fastened, displayed, used, or stored in such a manner as to permit it to be easily torn, soiled, or damaged in any way.

(f) The flag should never be used as a covering for a ceiling.

(g) The flag should never have placed upon it, nor on any part of it, nor attached to it any mark, insignia, letter, word, figure, design, picture, or drawing of any nature.

(h) The flag should never be used as a receptacle for receiving, holding, carrying, or delivering anything.

(i) The flag should never be used for advertising purposes in any manner whatsoever. It should not be embroidered on such articles as cushions or handkerchiefs and the like, printed or otherwise impressed on paper napkin or boxes or anything that is designed for temporary use and discard. Advertising signs should not be fastened to a staff or halyard from which the flag is flown.

(j) No part of the flag should ever be used as a costume or athletic uniform. However, a flag patch may be affixed to the uniform of military personnel, firemen, policemen, and members of patriotic organizations. The flag represents a living country and is itself considered a living thing. Therefore, the lapel flag pin being a replica, should be worn on the left lapel near the heart.

(k) The flag, when it is in such condition that it is no longer a fitting emblem for display, should be destroyed in a dignified way, preferably by burning.
 
2012-08-28 01:12:11 PM

steamingpile: This is getting really tiring Fark, you can keep the mocking to silence an opinion in the political tab and off the main page


Aw, I bet you cry when you hear God Bless the USA, don't you? I bet you STAND UP too!

What a good American you are!
 
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