Thanks for the lyrics (below), Treach. Gee, I didn't figure you to be so sensitive about such innocuous lyrics: "take 'em down" and "gotta stand your ground, don't believe their lies, he'll take his toll, don't you sell your soul, we gotta organize, take the bastards down, smash 'em to the ground, take the bastards down" ... YEAH!
Pretty good lyrics, though. Treach goes into a whole riff about MSNBC going on "red alert" and Paul Krugman's keyboard melting if the Tea Party put out a song about "taking the bastards down"... Hmm ... maybe from sheer incredulity, if someone over there was creative enough to write a tune like Dropkick Murphys's, on the fly. Instead, the best they can do is Ted Nugent fondling his guns and THIS. Yeow... Like fingernails on Beck's blackboard!
Speaking of "blood" our bud Treach was apparently horrified by this statement from MA Congressman Michael Capuano at a union rally: “Every once and awhile you need to get out on the streets and get a little bloody when necessary”. I didn’t see a problem with that. Considering (a) the history of state violence against workers in Wisconsin alone (not to speak of the thousands who gave their lives fighting for workers' rights in America), re: "Revisiting the Bay View Massacre: Where a Wisconsin Governor Ordered the National Guard to Open Fire on Protesting Union Members" —
"Guardsmen had positioned themselves on the hill above the entrance to the plant as the crowd moved through the Kinnickinnic Valley. Major George P. Traeumur, the commander, called the governor, who had set up a temporary headquarters in a Milwaukee hotel. He gave the order to fire. According to the Milwaukee Daily Journal's report of the shooting, an officer told the troops: "When you are ordered to shoot, pick out a man and shoot to kill." The marchers were warned to stop their advance. When they did not, the troops fired. When the shooting was over, at least seven people were dead, including one young boy."As Gov. Walker has also called out the National Guard for a possible repeat performance, the Congressman was simply trying to steel the protesters on what to expect from the extremist in the State House who admits he "thought about" inserting "troublemakers" into the peaceful protests. But in deference to the "new civility" and sensitivities of folks like Treach, Congressman Capuano immediately apologized:
"I strongly believe in standing up for worker rights and my passion for preserving those rights may have gotten the best of me yesterday in an unscripted speech.... I wish I had used different language to express my passion and I regret my choice of words."It's ironic that the Tea Party and other extremists on the right incessantly use bellicose gun language and signs declaring their government — whose scariest symbol to them is our black President — "tyrannical," using terms like "2nd Amendment remedies" and misquoting Jefferson: "The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants." The right's reaction to all this violent language:
PS - Enjoy your vacation and best wishes on a continuing recovery from your terrible knee injury. I mean it. (Despite your TMI updates and grisly pics.)
PPS - BTW, "Obamacare" is a pejorative for the same reason that Medicare would be if it were called "LBJCare" by its detractors. Don't insult our intelligence with disingenuous questions. Whatever happened to the "new civility" in the chamber that actually has rules of decorum against such things, hmm? Rep. Wasserman Schultz simply reminded the GOP of those rules since they constantly violate them, e.g., yelling "you lie!" at our President.
It's puzzling that you would show little empathy for the 50 million uninsured Americans who might be in a similar predicament without your access to adequate, (let alone) quality health care. Been there, done that. And it's no joke.
This one's for Treach from all those "60s liberals" in Madison the Governor spoke of (so contemptuously) who would like to "take you down"... PEACE, bro.