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Wed Dec 5, 2012, 03:32 PM

If asked "Who are you?," rocker Pete Townshend might reply, in part, "A neoconservative."

If asked "Who are you?," rocker Pete Townshend might reply, in part, "A neoconservative."

The Who guitarist revealed that he is "a bit of a neocon" during an interview with ABC News. Townshend and Roger Daltrey sat down with ABC to talk about their work for teens with cancer with the Who Cares campaign, and Townshend wasn't afraid to delve into the subject of politics.

I try and stay away from American politics because Im a bit of a neocon," Townshend, a British citizen, told ABC. "Im not that popular with everybody. Adding, "I like the idea of America as the world's police force. Then we don't have to do it. You guys sort it out."

A "neoconservative" is officially defined as "a conservative who advocates the assertive promotion of democracy and United States national interest in international affairs including through military means," according to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary. It is also "a formal liberal espousing conservatism."

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/12/05/pete-townshend-neocon-neoconservative-the-who-admits-r_n_2244317.html?ref=topbar

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Reply If asked "Who are you?," rocker Pete Townshend might reply, in part, "A neoconservative." (Original post)
joeybee12 Dec 2012 OP
Octafish Dec 2012 #1
kysrsoze Dec 2012 #6
Mosby Dec 2012 #2
louis-t Dec 2012 #3
madokie Dec 2012 #4
TwilightGardener Dec 2012 #5
kentauros Dec 2012 #7
Paul E Ester Dec 2012 #8
DevonRex Dec 2012 #9
naturallyselected Dec 2012 #10
skypilot Dec 2012 #11
JPZenger Dec 2012 #13
NoGOPZone Dec 2012 #12
Bennyboy Dec 2012 #14

Response to joeybee12 (Original post)

Wed Dec 5, 2012, 03:35 PM

1. Townshend's a bit of a child porn investigator, too.

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Response to Octafish (Reply #1)

Wed Dec 5, 2012, 03:39 PM

6. Hilarious Onion headline: "Pete Townsend Can't Explain."

What a complete dirtball.

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Response to joeybee12 (Original post)

Wed Dec 5, 2012, 03:36 PM

2. I guess that's a step up from being "a bit of a pedophile". nt

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Response to joeybee12 (Original post)

Wed Dec 5, 2012, 03:36 PM

3. I throw my hands in the air and scream.

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Response to joeybee12 (Original post)

Wed Dec 5, 2012, 03:36 PM

4. I'm not real sure that this fellow is someone we should be talking about here

He was caught with tons of kiddie porn but because he has the money to hire the best lawyers he got out of it by claiming he was only doing research. Yea right pete
Google it if you want, then again all this might have been scrubbed by now.
Pete townshend can kiss this okies ass

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Response to joeybee12 (Original post)

Wed Dec 5, 2012, 03:36 PM

5. Makes me glad I was never a Who fan.

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Response to joeybee12 (Original post)

Wed Dec 5, 2012, 03:51 PM

7. Next time, ask him the whole set of questions:

Who are you? (The Vorlon Question)
What do you want? (The Shadow Question)
Why are you here? (Emperor Turhan's Question)
Where are you going? (Techno Mage's Question)
Do you have anything worth living for? (Lorien's Question)

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Response to joeybee12 (Original post)

Wed Dec 5, 2012, 03:54 PM

8. "work for TEENS with cancer with the Who Cares campaign"

 

Pete is a sick man who belongs on a sex offender registry not on tour nor bragging about his work with CHILDREN.

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Response to joeybee12 (Original post)

Wed Dec 5, 2012, 04:05 PM

9. Never liked The Who's music.

And I have not read one good thing about this man. Pedophile. Control freak within the band. Now he's a Neocon.

Anybody remember that awful white jumpsuit he used to wear on stage? I'd buy that at auction just to burn it. Yes I would.

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Response to joeybee12 (Original post)

Wed Dec 5, 2012, 04:07 PM

10. Pete Townshend's a provacateur

Pete Townshend is also more than a bit of a provacateur - he was when he smashed guitars, he has been in countless controversial statements over the years, he remains so.

I am currently listening to his very long, very pretentious, memoir. This is a man who loves to hear himself talk, who will freely talk about things he doesn't know all that much about, so I'm not going to get too bent out of shape over his simplistic understanding of the word "neocon".

He is also frustratingly brilliant. Never one to want to please the crowd, he delights in raising hackles, pissing people off. His memoir is constrictively linear, nowhere near as much fun as Neil Young's or Bob Dylan's (where's Volume 2, Bob?). But it has its moments of insights, and documents a fascinating life and time in the history of popular music.

I wouldn't be so quick to label the man a pedophile. He was the victim of sexual abuse as a child, and he seems to be someone so intent on analyzing everything to death, that I can buy his "research" explanation. Clearly, I don't know, but it's not that much of a stretch to believe his story.

The Who was a great band - simultaneously prone to pretentiousness and silliness, but technically perfect, and capable of soaring, emotional peaks. And Pete Townshend's many, many releases of his home demos are revelatory in themselves. For a little known, great album, look up his collaboration with Ronnie Lane of the Small Faces, Rough Mix.

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Response to joeybee12 (Original post)

Wed Dec 5, 2012, 04:11 PM

11. "Then we don't have to do it. You guys sort it out."

That's not a neocon. That's a chickenshit. On second thought, I guess there really isn't much difference.

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Response to skypilot (Reply #11)

Wed Dec 5, 2012, 04:16 PM

13. He was caught buying kiddie porn with his own credit card

I'd like to believe him. If I remember correctly, he bought some kiddie porn online with a credit card in his own name. You would think if he really had ill intent, he wouldn't have used his own credit card.

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Response to joeybee12 (Original post)

Wed Dec 5, 2012, 04:13 PM

12. Evidently he did get fooled again. nt

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Response to joeybee12 (Original post)

Wed Dec 5, 2012, 04:34 PM

14. Totally explains why he, like Ted Nugent, have sucked ass for decades...

 

And has not made one single note of meaningful music since 1981.

Hey PETE, fuck you.

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