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Will a swinger become President?

January 31, 2012

Some recent tidbits of information which have landed in the World’s Laziest Journalist’s inbox indicate that it may be time to write a column about the possibility that Republican Party may soon need to redefine their stand on the Sanctity of Marriage.

Item no. one is the fact that after admitting that he had asked his wife for an open marriage, Newt Gingrich won the South Carolina Primary.

Item no. two:  Playboy magazine is about to begin marking the fiftieth anniversary of the publication of the Playboy Philosophy series.

Item no. three:  A caller to the Norm Goldman radio talk show pointed out that the Republicans discredited Herman Kane because of clandestine love affairs, but the Republicans are giving Newt the old “See no evil” response for his request for an open marriage.  The caller automatically accused the Republicans of being racist in their diverse reactions.  It never occurred to that caller that the difference is the transparency of the need for diversity.  Kane relied on deceit.  Newt prefers the philosophy of openness and Swinging.

Item no. four:  We found our paperback copy of Gay Talese’s book “Thy Neighbor’s Wife.”

Since a large portion of journalism inAmericathese days is based on celebrity gossip wouldn’t a Swinging couple in the White House be a godsend to the Political desks in newsrooms all across theUSA?  Can you just imagine how enthusiastic the coverage of a visit by a Swinging first family to French President Nicolas Sarkozy’s home would be?

Newt could elicit (not to be confused with the word illicit) comparisons to JFK by quipping to the press:  “I’m the man who is accompanying Callista to Paris.”

Didn’t the wife of a Canadian Prime Minister generate extensive gossip and criticism of her husband by being a fan of the Rolling Stones band, a few years back? 

Reality TV is very popular on cable these days.  Perhaps it’s time for an adventuresome production company to make a deal with a swingers group?  How about a series titled “Return to the A-Frame”? 

If you think that despising the boss is a universal manifestation of a natural workers’ tendency then you have never talked with writers who have gotten a check from Larry Flynt Publications.  Some Conservative Compassionate Christians may not (openly) agree with Flynt’s liberal attitude toward sex, but isn’t it remarkable when all of a fellow’s employees speak well of the boss? 

Do people who get a chance to visit thePlayboyMansionbrag about the experience or do they treat it as if it were a shameful incident which must quickly be forgotten?  Who doesn’t want an invitation to visit there?  Would Bishop Sheen have turned down such an opportunity?

Are Hugh Hefner’s employees inundated with requests for a chance to see their boss’ home?  Is this year’s Playboy Mansion Halloween Party already booked to capacity?  Remind us to ask a former co-worker at the Independent Journal that question the next time we visitSanta Monica.

On page 220 of the Dell Book paperback edition of “Thy Neighbors Wife,” Gay Talese wrote:  “The Berkeley Free Speech Movement in 1965, which forged  its slogan from the initials of a four-letter word (“Freedom Under Clark Kerr”), as well as civil rights protests in the South, and the subsequent anti-war demonstrations and marches on Washington – the sit-ins, the teach-ins, the love-ins – all were manifestations of a new generation that was less sexually repressed than its ancestors and also less willing to respect political authority and social tradition, color barriers and draft boards, deans and priests.”

Wouldn’t the people who graduated in the Class of 1965, just now be getting to be Presidential Candidate age?  What college did Newt attend?  Could it be that the flower power generation is just now getting its chance to do what they said LBJ and Nixon couldn’t or wouldn’t do? 

Is Newt just now getting ready to bring the party that once included George Romney, into the era of the Playboy Philosophy . . . or has Newt been “brainwashed”?

While we are on the subject, aren’t all the top Republicans encouraging the current field of candidates to tear each other apart?  Crocodile tears?  Where are the candidates spending their campaign funds?  On ads, right?  Who owns the newspapers and TV stations around theUSA?  Usually it’s conservative Republicans, eh?  If the top Republicans are raking in the ad revenue stirred up by the continuing series of Primary cage matches and if the same media moguls plan to pull a fast one and substitute someone else as the candidate, then, metaphorically speaking, aren’t a lot of donors to the various Republican candidates “getting their ashes hauled” by the “three card Monte” style subterfuge? 

We thought that all the boys in the One Percent Club had mutual non-aggression pacts with each other and the idea was to be relentless in squeezing every last dollar from every last bank account of the Ninty Nine Percenters.

If (hypothetically alert!) there is some kind of nefarious plan to put someone other than the fab four at the top of the ticket, then aren’t some members of the One Percent Club committing a fraud that will relieve some of their fellow club members of some serious amounts of money?  Why donate to a fellow who is predestined not to get the nomination?  Why should a candidate who is being cheated out of any fair chance to be nominated spend ad dollars to try to get spurious (if you don’t know what that word means ask a Fox News fan) votes? 

It’s OK for the Republicans to fool Democrats into thinking that the Presidential elections (2000 and 2004 for instance) are not rigged, but wouldn’t it be dishonest for someone to rig the Republican Primary Election process?  Isn’t there a secret “honor among thieves” clause in the Republican Party secret handbook that precludes such a fiendish double-cross?  

On Monday, January 30, 2012, the New York Times featured a story on page one (above the fold), written by Jeff Zeleny, that drew attention to the curious fact that Jeb Bush, has remained curiously silent (above the fray?) about endorsing any candidate to help draw votes in Tuesday’s Florida Primary.  Isn’t it intriguing that such an influential Republican who served as that state’s governor isn’t making an endorsement? 

Is this an example of the B’rer Rabbit’s “Please don’t throw me in that briar patch” philosophy being applied to politics?

Haven’t Romney and Gingrich destroyed each other’s ability to represent the entire Party membership?  Doesn’t that indicate that a spectator on the sidelines who didn’t get into the mudslinging free-for-all would be much better qualified to use the word “we” when giving an acceptance speech to the 2012 Republican National Convention?  

Meanwhile returning to this column’s topic:  Did Gingrich see and enjoy the heist flick “Bandits”?  A trio of bank robbers had an unconventional love relationship.  It sounds like just the kind of action adventure movie that would appeal to open-minded folks.  What does Mitt think about that flick?  We’d love to hear his review of “Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice.”

The other most likely person to get the Republican nomination is a fellow who belongs to a religion that permits polygamy.  Either way, it seems that the Republican Party has to realize that if their candidate wins the Presidential race, the Grand Old Party is going to have to reconfigure its policy on the Sanctity of Marriage .

This column’s closing quote was provided by someone who shall be called “an anonymous source,” and was heard as it was uttered by the World’s Laziest Journalist.  “When I saw a picture of my wife in her underwear, sitting on Mick Jagger’s lap, I knew my marriage was over.”  (Wasn’t the Stones’ best selling single, “Angie,” written about David Bowie’s wife?)

Now the disk jockey will play Jimmy Buffet’s song “Let’s get drunk and screw,” the Beatles’ song “Let’s do it in the road,” and Francis Albert Sinatra’s album “Songs for  Swingin’ Lovers.”  We have to get back to reading a fabulous book titled “Velvet Underground.”  As the leader of the rat pack would say:  “Have a ring-ding-ding” week.

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January 29, 2012

Those, who have made the prediction that Oakland will be the place that will provide a plausible reason for conservatives to assert that martial law is needed in the United States to maintain order, just got a specific newsworthy example of how things could hypothetically get so out of control that the only possible remedy would be a brief experiment with martial law.

Stories have been emerging in the regional news media that predict that the budgetary crisis in the city ofOaklandwill soon require a need to bring some national control over the Oakland Police Department.

Since the topic of what happened in Oakland starting at noon on Saturday, January 28, 2012 will be a popular subject for use on the Internets during the coming week, and since a columnist/photographer, who contributes regularly to this website, was a witness with a Nikon Coolpix for the first four hours of the Move In Day Protest, we will provide readers with a subjective report on Oakland’s latest contribution to the evolving history of the Occupy Movement.

Since the World’s Laziest Journalist is particularly fond of the coffee sold at De Lauer’s Newsstand (you read that right it’s an old fashioned store that specializes in newspapers and magazines) we went to Oakland and arrived about a half hour before the noon event was scheduled to begin.

There was about a hundred protesters gathered on the North side of Frank Ogawa plaza when we arrived.  We took the opportunity to take some photos of the signs and artwork because, even if the event turned out to be a total non-story, pictures of the signs would be the kind of feature photos that one website could use later.

Just before noon a fellow came up to the World’s Laziest Journalist and requested that we not take photos that showed protesters’ faces. 

At morning coffee earlier inBerkeley, a fellow inBerkeleypredicted that there would be no arrests would be made at the day’s event.

The OPD (Oakland Police Department) got the first arrest on the scoreboard before the event was five minutes old thus giving writers the opportunity to use a sports metaphor such as a kick-off return that produces a touchdown.

The protesters took a winding march route that led them to the campus of LaneyCollegewhere it looked like, to this columnist, they were cordoned off.  Then protesters who were passing by reported that local news media was reporting that the protesters had moved to a new location to the north of the College.

At the college one police officer advised citizens to stay as far away from the event as they could.  Recently in similar news events in the greaterSan FranciscoBayarea, reporters with press credentials have been detained along with protesters and so the advice seemed, to a fellow who no longer carries a current press pass, like sound advice.

If nothing else, the police and protesters seem unanimous on the idea that photographers should get lost.

When this photographer covered an event known as the Venice Canal Riot in the Seventies it didn’t seem like fatigue was a factor in the day’s events. 

Why then could that same photographer now claim that after only four hours of walking aroundOakland, going back toFrankOgawaPlazato catch a bus going back toBerkeley, might cause some negative comments on his next job performance report?

In the old days when carrying a Nikon F and needing the skill of loading 35 mm film onto a Nikor reel was part of the job qualifications, it was necessary to be aware of deadline limitations.  The photographer had to be aware of the time not only inLos Angeles, but in other cities in theUSA. 

A sports photo that moved at 9 p.m. PST, would arrive in sports departments on the East Coast at midnight, which was deadline time for getting material into the next morning street edition.

It was a commonly accepted rule of thumb that if a photographer didn’t see his work move on the wire before 6 p.m. Pacific Time, it didn’t stand a snowball’s chance in hell of being used by the Los Angeles Times.

There are, we understand, some state of the art digital cameras that can download onto the Internets directly and instantaneously from the scene where news has occurred.  We understand that live steam video “live from the scene” is being provided to some people with the right computer equipment.

We got a feature style photo of a hand held device showing a teargas attack somewhere inOaklandto the protesters at backFrankOgawaPlaza.  No deadline lag there.

Santa Claus has not yet delivered any computer hardware that would drastically shorten the amount of time that the World’s Laziest Journalist requires to post any material online.  We have to go back to the laptop, download the files from the Coolpix, edit the images and select the best ones, then go to a place where a wifi connection can be accessed, and then post photos and a story on the Internets.

A quick check of the Internets on the way back to the laptop in Berkeley provide a glimpse of some excellent images on the Contra Costa Times website and that had the effect of slightly diminishing the World’s Laziest Journalist’s level of enthusiasm for the process of posting.

On Saturday night, we noted that KCBS’s hourly CBS radio network news was very focused on the fact that Herman Kane had endorsed Newt Gingrich.  While we were listening and editing the digital images, KCBS reported that the Protesters had entered a WMCA and interacted with some people there who were exercising. 

Obviously the explanation of just what going into that place had to do with the day’s announced goal of entering an abandoned building and establishing a claim that such a move was a humanitarian effort to provide shelter for the homeless will have to be elaborated by the nebulous Occupy Movement protesters, who take pride in featuring no management hierarchy that can provide authoritative replies to any reporter’s inquiries.

Initially, the unexplained visit to the YMCA, which KCBS reported added another one hundred arrests to the scoreboard, might seem inappropriate as part of the argument that action has to be taken to prove that empty office building might be a viable alternative to the Occupy Campsites which drew extensive criticism attributed to local business men. 

By 6 a.m. Sunday morning, KCBS was reporting that the total number of arrests had risen to the 300 level. 

The Sunday 7 a.m. PST CBS radio network newscast made a brief mention of the Move In Day arrests inOakland.

Some protesters entered theOaklandCity Hallon Saturday evening.  Initially KCBS was relaying the information that photographers at the City Hall had noticed that the protesters did not have to force entry to the facility.  By Sunday morning, reports stated that Occupy protesters had broken into the City Hall and then trashed the place.

On a quiet Sunday morning inBerkeley, the columnist/photographer wrote up his subjective report on the newsworthy Saturday protest and then planned to travel to a place where he could post it.

What makes it worthwhile for a fellow to spend all that time and effort to produce something which conservatives will ridicule as glorifying thugs and liberals, other than the ones who stumble across it where it is posted, will ignore? . . .

Can we get back to your later with the answer to that question?

Confessions of a rookie art director

January 27, 2012

[<B>Note:  In an effort to enhance the reading on the humor scale, this column will be found to contain trace elements of <I>braggadocio</I> and fabricated verisimilitude</B>.]

 

Due to the fact that a member of the Fortyniners did his imitation of Bill Bruckner style clutch performance twice in one game last Sunday, we are obliged [It’s never fun to lose a bet] to start this week’s weekend wrap up by plugging a blog (<a href =www.franknicodemus.org

>www.franknicodemus.org

 </a> {did she say it was the Cadillac of blogs or a blog about Cadillacs?}) for a Giants fan and then proceeding on to our regularly scheduled ration of amazingly perceptive and insightful political punditry interwoven with unique observations about pop culture.

 

Are the mainstream media pundits pointing out the absurd spectacle presented by the fact that a year long cavalcade of clichés proclaiming that the most important Presidential election ever?  It is starting with a concerted effort by top Republican personalities to discredit the two leading candidates.  How dare the Republican rank ’n’ file voters think that they can select the nominee!  Isn’t the core principle of a Republic that only qualified persons (such as men who own land) can vote?  Well then only folks like Bob Dole and Karl Rove should be consulted when it comes time to write a news story that will refer to “the Republican frontrunner.” 

 

If it ain’t gonna be Romney or Gingrich, then who will it be?  If the experts on the weekend shouting matches can’t tell you that, do you really expect the World’s Laziest Journalist to make an accurate prediction which will spoil the surprise?  Here’s a hint:  what totally qualified Republican has the initials:  J. E. B.?

 

The Republicans lately have been rather insistent about starting a tiny, quick war withIran.  The Republicans always harshly criticize everything Obama does.  If President Obama starts a war withIran; will that force the Republicans into making a tough fielder’s choice decision?  They can either cheer him on in the conduct of a blitzkrieg in the Gulf or they can denounce him for doing what they wanted to do. 

 

Even if President Obama starts a new war they really want, and even if he personally goes into battle and wins a Medal of Honor and the war is won in thirty minutes, the Republicans would sincerely ridicule that as being a despicable inept spectacle that has brought shame and dishonor to the country.

 

Where can we get a photo that contrasts flower power with a soldier’s weapon to illustrate the dilemma facing theUSAthis week?  There was an iconic Sixties image that showed a hippie guy placing the stem of a flower into the barrel of an M-1.  That image is rather common on the Internets, but we won’t use it because we don’t know who owns the rights to the famous shot, so that makes getting permission to use that shot a moot question.

 

BerkeleyCAis rather synonymous with both flower power and anti-war demonstrations and, as luck would have it, to promote the current production at the Ashby Stage (home of the Shotgun Players) a relevant new mural is being used to tout it.  It is a graphic design featuring an M-16 with a flower dangling from the gun barrel.  Click.  <I>Voila!</I>  We now have in our possession, a digital file of an image that makes getting permission to use it seem like a schizophrenic’s soliloquy .

 

Who knew that being an online columnist would eventually require a fellow to acquire a stockpile of stock photos and a handbook full of information about the art director’s job?

(Most columnists online or in print journalism have probably never heard of Alexey Brodovitch, let alone aspire to his level of art direction achievements in page layout and photo illustrations to supplement the text on the page.)

 

Did other political pundits report that on a fundraising visit toSan Francisco, the columnist’s old grade school classmate Joey Biden suffered a verbal malfunction that revealed his lack of sports expertise show?  The gaff landed Biden on page one of the San Francisco Examiner the next day for saying that the Giants were going to the Superbowl.  Wouldn’t a photo of the security detail assigned to the Vice President be an example of an anemic illustration for a weekend wrap up that runs more than a week later? 

 

It’s tough enough to get up early, pound out a column that the writer hopes is entertaining and informative augmented by (occasionally) topics that are subsequently used in the main stream media, and then go to a public library to get access to the Internets to post it; but when you add on the duties of a photographer and an amateur art director to the “to do” list, that makes it all the more time consuming.  Herb Caen, who wrote a daily column in San Francisco for sixty years never had to spend time finding a photo that was relevant to his column, did he?

 

What if the columnist’s stock photo files have some nifty photos of Bon Scott’s statue in Fremantle WesternAustralia, but he didn’t get any images of the Occupy the Cal Library news story during the week?  Will UCB students be upset that the library story wasn’t covered by the photographer?  Do kids these days even know who Bon Scott was?  Well, such a shot would be sure to draw about one Google searching person somewhere in the world to the site every day for years to come.  Unfortunately no American website would be willing to reimburse the photographer for the expenses that would be incurred in the effort to get such images.

 

What if the journalist’s trend-spotting radar picks up a regional anomaly?  If snapshot collecting is not becoming popular anywhere else but inBerkeleyand if the columnist gets caught up in the “hobby,” does it deserve to be a trend-spotting column topic?  Is a decades old photo print considered to be in the public domain?  Would the topic of snapshot collecting be a valid excuse for running an intriguing old snapshot with no caption material?

 

The columnist seems to find images featuring old automobiles irresistible even on a tight budget.  Someday, if we ever write a trend-spotting column about snapshot collecting, we will probably have several eye-catching images to go with it.

 

A homeless writer inBerkeleyCAcaused a bit of a small sensation online this week by challenging Mitt Romney to do a Prince and the Pauper routine and trade places.  TheBerkeleyfellow, James Richard Armstrong II, is on Facebook and looking to expand his fan base by adding more readers to his list of friends, so folks who want to follow his progress can go to that site and send him an invitation to be an e-friend.  A good portrait of him would have been a good photo illustration for this column. 

 

If Corporations are going to have the same rights and privileges as people, then when will they be permitted to compete in the Olympic Games?  Wouldn’t the New York Yankees kick ass in the baseball competition?  Life magazine has collected the 100 best sports pictures for a gallery on their website.

 

We were introduced to a fellow inBerkeleythis week whose claim to fame was being “Louie theTurkey” on some Frank Zappa recordings.  Unfortunately we didn’t get a photo of the fellow.

 

On Saturday, Occupy Oakland is planning an event which, if the World’s Laziest Journalist goes, might provide some acceptable accompanying news photos for a weekend warp-up column that will get posted next Friday. 

 

The quest for good photos will continue . . .

 

Alexey Brodovitch has been quoted as saying:

A.  “This disease of our age is boredom… The way to combat this is by invention – by surprise. When I say a good picture has surprise value, I mean that it stimulates my thinking and intrigues me.”  

B.  “A good picture must be a completely individual expression which intrigues the viewer and forces him to think.”  

C.  “If [an artist] is to maintain his integrity, he must be responsible to himself; he must seek a public which will accept his vision, rather than pervert his vision to fit that public.”

D.  “If you see something you have seen before, don’t click the shutter.”

E.  All of the above.

 

Now the disk jockey will play “Kodachrome,” Ferde Grofé’s “Grand Canyon Suite,” and Ferrantey and Teicher’s “Canadian Sunset.”  We have to go find a movie theater showing “Hugo” in 2-D.  Have a “Smile! You’re on Candid Camera!” type week.

A crazy idea from the WLJ guy

January 24, 2012

Is it worth the effort to write a column that ties together the W. C. Fields slogan “Never Give a Sucker an even Break,” Ross Thomas’ book title “The Fools in Town Are on our Side,” and the old locker room adage “my wife’s married; but I’m not” and present something that will amuse the hardcore Fox Views audience who believe that they are people with inquiring minds who won’t get fooled again? 

So which of the Republicans are the Foxkrieg troops going to embrace this year?  Will it be the Rich guy who made millions liquidating American businesses while trying to palm himself off as a Woody Guthrie-ish man of the streets?  (Why didn’t he just say “I’m the Wall Street guy”?)  Will it be the studly family values = open marriage guy?  Will it be Rick “say hello to my little friend” Santorum? 

Aren’t contemporary efforts to assess the Republican scramble to select a 2012 Presidential Candidate similar to trying to solve a jigsaw puzzle while participating in the stampede to depart from a sinking ship that has sounded the abandon ship alarm?  It is an impossible task so the pundits should embrace the insanity.

IsAmericaready to do a mind melt with Rupert Murdoch and select soccer as the official American pastime?  If anyone can turn soccer hooliganism into a display of American patriotism, surely it will be the Fox analysts, eh?  Isn’t Superbowl Sunday going to start with a Manchester United match?  Wow!  Will all the Tottenham Hotspurs fans tune in to see theManchesterboys get their noses bloodied (figuratively speaking, of course!)?

Have any of the news organizations done an update on the brain cancer victim who was sent to the hospital for daring to root for an out-of-town team at a Hockey match recently?

Don’t sports fans believe in “One sport – One Team – One star player”? 

Can’t we all get along and subscribe to a philosophy that asserts “One CEO!” as a (metaphorically speaking) way of supporting whoever gets elected President in November?  The Republicans all agree that the Democrats should think that way. 

Don’t the skeptics who get so upset with the Occupy Movement urge the protesters to get a job because work will set them free?  BFH!  (Isn’t that the Brit-texting way of saying Bloody Far-out Hell!”?) 

Only Democrats see a contradiction in continuing the foreclosure trend and then telling the homeless families that they can’t sleep in tents in public parks and they can’t stay in abandoned office buildings either.  Duh!  Ya can’t create jobs in office buildings that have become de facto slum tenements.  They have to be ready to house new businesses when the Republicans use the electronic voting machines (with unverifiable results) to replace the incumbent President. 

If a Republican is elected President won’t he, like George W. Bush did previously, take military spending off the national budget’s balance sheet and then “abracadabra!”  quick as a flash, there will be no deficit and the road to recovery will be smooth sailing for the rest of his term.

To hear the Democrats tell it, if George W. Romney gets elected, he will liquidate the New Deal as fast as possible.  Duh, again!  If the Republicans scrap the Social Security Program, there won’t be any need to tax the rich, eh? 

The Democrats worship Obama to an uncomfortable degree.  Isn’t it time to send Willard up there to replace him in the White House?  BFH!  Are Obama’s methods unsound?  Ask some Republicans and they (and their subservient old ladies) will tell you:  “I don’t see any method at all!”

What’s the difference between a punk, a rebel (with or without a cause), an outlaw, a rocker, a soccer hooligan, and an Occupy protester? 

If there is no difference why don’t some punk rockers, rebels and outlaws hold a benefit concert to raise funds to buy foreclosed buildings to house the tent cities protesters?  Do they think that if they raise the money, the banks won’t sell them the abandoned unused office buildings? 

A lot of musicians have made a considerable amount of money posing as punks, rebels, and outlaws.  If they are going to talk the talk, shouldn’t they be willing to walk the walk?

The Rolling Stones band once made headlines inGreat Britainby proclaiming:  “We’re the Rolling Stones; we piss anywhere.”  Was that a sneak preview of the Occupy Movement?  All they gotta do is play one benefit concert, one time and then the Occupy Posse will have enough money to buy foreclosed office buildings in (guessing) twenty five strategic cities? 

Have the boys fromAltamontsuddenly become The Rolling Stones Inc.?

When the Rolling Stones got into some legal troubles (over a closed men’s room?) inGreat Britain, the Who went into a studio and cut a cover of a Rolling Stones song as a show of solidarity.  (We’ve seen a copy of the record in Dr. Demento’s private collection.) 

Back in the day, the Stones had a legal obligation to deliver an album and so they did.  Unfortunately, the material they delivered was unsuitable to their corporate masters and so the project was shelved.  The name of the album can’t be printed in a family newspaper.  Try a Google search for the “Rolling Stones” and “contractual obligation album,” if you want to find the name the band suggested. 

Jerry Lee Lewis had one song with a line that asked “How much would you pay to hear a living legend sing?” 

Is it true that Guns ‘n’ Roses, who opened for the Rolling Stones during the Steel Wheels tour, will be inducted into the Rock’n’Roll Hall of Fame this year?  Who recorded the song “Time slips away”?  Or was it titled “Where Does the Time go?”?

How much money could a benefit concert raise if the lineup featured (hypothetically speaking) Joan Baez, Bob Dylan, the Who, the Kinks, and Furthur (the band formerly known as The Grateful Dead)?  This columnist paid $8 plus change for a ticket to see the Rolling Stones inAnaheimin 1978 (or so); concert tickets would probably cost more these days.  (Just guessing.)

[Note: the World’s Laziest Journalist assumes that if a band didn’t play a gig before January 1, 1970, it is too new and untried to merit serious consideration – although the guys with the band called “U2” are showing some promise.]

Good conservative musicians don’t seem to hesitate when Sean Hannity puts out an invitation to play an annual benefit concert to help the Marines.  What up with all the rock musicians who make sizable fortunes singing about the salt of the earth and working man’s blues?  Can they get their accountants to grant them permission to play just one Occupy Aid type concert gratis?

The Republican debates are getting the Republican viewpoint out to the public.  Why aren’t the Democrats having debates during the primary season?  Are they subscribing to the “No dissention” among the ranks philosophy these days? 

No concert.  No debates.  No hoopla?  How do they expect to win in November?

President Nixon, President Reagan, and President George W. Bush all seemed to intuitively know the wisdom of W. C. Fields’ advice about a second term:  “If a thing’s worth having; it’s worth cheating for.”  The last two Democratic Presidents elected to two full terms in office were Bill Clinton and FDR.

Now the disk jockey will play the Cowsills’ “We Can Fly,” Them’s “Here Comes the Night,” and the Zombies’ “Is This the Dream?”  We have to go see what’s happening with Occupy Oakland.  Have a “Feeling Groovy” type week.