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Jeff in Cincinnati Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-25-04 12:58 PM
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Springsteen Planning a Counter-Convention Concert?
Edited on Tue May-25-04 12:58 PM by ritc2750
It's about halfway down the page. Bruce Springsteen is mulling the idea of holding a free concert on the day and time that Bush is scheduled to address the GOP Convention -- I assume that means it would be broadcast live on one or more networks.

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Gman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-25-04 01:10 PM
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1. The RW's answer will be
a free concert with Toby Keith. No one will care. But they'll smile thinking they are sabotaging the Dem convention.
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wicket Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-25-04 01:20 PM
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2. Toby Keith better not show up in Boston
Boston isn't exactly an enclave of fans of country music, heh :)
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PROGRESSIVE1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-25-04 01:56 PM
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7. Boston is FAR ABOVE AND BEYOND the HATE and BIGOTRY....
that IS Country "Music".

Except for the Dixie Chicks, Willie Nelson, and the Cash family, I have found nothing good in Country.

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Momof1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-25-04 02:01 PM
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8. thank you for
excluding the Cash family. I love country music but can't stand the shit on the radio anymore. Something that made me want to puke the other week is that Reba McEntire was given the "Cash Visonary" award or something like it at the Flameworthy awards.

Reba said after the fiasco of the Dixie Chicks boycott, "People should know when to keep their mouths shut" or something similiar.

Johnny Cash never ever would of said something like that. Country music is nothing more than crap rehashed from pop music. IMHO
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wicket Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-25-04 06:26 PM
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22. I loved Johnny
And June too. They were so talented, suck kind and giving people. They made some beautiful music!
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Adenoid_Hynkel Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-25-04 05:29 PM
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18. u forgot steve earle
mary chapin carpenter, hazel dickens, emmylou harrisand a buch more

real country artists always lean to the left

hell, even merle haggard came around to our side over time
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wicket Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-25-04 06:30 PM
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23. Agreed
I do like "classic country", not this crap that is passed off as "country" these days. Ann_Coulter_is_a_man pointed out some other good artists, but they are few and far between with the current "artists" on the scene. Bleh, current country makes me want to :puke:
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ThatPoetGuy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-25-04 01:33 PM
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3. I want to see...
Springsteen at the Dem convention, I want him to let Kerry use "Born in the USA" as his theme song. It would utterly trump the Republicans on the "More-patriotic-than-thou" marketing. And the song beats the hell out of Fleetwood Mac's "Don't Stop Thinking about Tomorrow."



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beyurslf Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-25-04 01:36 PM
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4. Don't pull a Reagan. The song is NOT patriotic. Listen to the words.
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Neecy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-25-04 02:02 PM
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9. no kidding
Edited on Tue May-25-04 02:04 PM by Neecy
I remember when the Repukes were swooning to Born in the USA at one of their conventions, and it cracked me up that they only responded to the title of the song in their normal jingoistic fashion and didn't listen to the words.

Maybe Springsteen is still pissed at how they misused it. It's a great song and I was sickened to see it turned into a USA USA USA chant by a bunch of ignorant asses.
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TheWraith Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-25-04 03:43 PM
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10. Yes it is.
Edited on Tue May-25-04 04:01 PM by TheWraith
Far more so than most think. Like you said, listen to the words, but also to the meaning behind them.
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Neecy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-25-04 04:19 PM
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11. okay
The meaning behind the words indeed are significant, but I fail to see the all-elusive 'patriotism' behind them, unless you consider being born in America is and of itself some weird form of patriotism.

By the way, I think this song has far more relevance today than when it was released. Here are the lyrics, let's all try to analyse them for 'patriotism', whatever that is:


Born down in a dead mans town
The first kick I took was when I hit the ground
You end up like a dog thats been beat too much
Till you spend half your life just covering up

Born in the u.s.a., I was born in the u.s.a.
I was born in the u.s.a., born in the u.s.a.

Got in a little hometown jam
So they put a rifle in my hand
Sent me off to a foreign land
To go and kill the yellow man

Born in the u.s..a....

Come back home to the refinery
Hiring man said son if it was up to me
Went down to see my v.a. man
He said son, dont you understand

I had a brother at khe sahn
Fighting off the viet cong
Theyre still there, hes all gone

He had a woman he loved in saigon
I got a picture of him in her arms now

Down in the shadow of the penitentiary
Out by the gas fires of the refinery
Im ten years burning down the road
Nowhere to run aint got nowhere to go
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TheWraith Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-25-04 04:53 PM
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14. The way I see it
Edited on Tue May-25-04 04:53 PM by TheWraith
"Born in the USA" is the classic song of protest against exploitation, war, and manipulation. What's more American and more genuinely patriotic than that?
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Neecy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-25-04 05:07 PM
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15. hmmmm
Yeah, I concede the point.

I'll still insist that isn't the reason the GOP played it at their convention - it was misplaced jingoism at its worst.
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brucefan Donating Member (421 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-25-04 04:38 PM
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12. True,not patriotic
but right in line with Kerrys agenda of the time. Ithink Ron Kovic was the inspiration for "cool rockin daddy in the USA"
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tom_paine Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-25-04 01:37 PM
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5. One can only hope it's true...
We'll see.
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bleedingedge Donating Member (143 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-25-04 01:39 PM
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6. Oh Thank God...
Wifey came home a couple of days ago and told me she heard something about Springsteen and a concert for the Republicans. I nearly had a stroke.

Now, all is right with the world again... Except for all the stuff that's obviously wrong.
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liarliartieonfire Donating Member (448 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-25-04 04:46 PM
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13. Toby Keith to Open Summer Concert Tour on July 24, in Boston..???
Yep he announced it this morning on CNN..

Battle of the Bands!! haaaaaa
Springsteen is gonna kick theat stupid non-patriots A***.

Did Toby Keith actually serve his country in any way other than capitalize on the "Bush/War/Patriotism' theme?

I know he played semi-pro football, but he's sure a wealthier man because of the patriotism of others.

bring it on..
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TahitiNut Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-25-04 05:25 PM
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17. July 24 - Foxboro, MA - Gillette Stadium (New England Country Fest)
"The country singer has so far lined up a dozen dates, starting with a July 24 show at the Boston area's New England Country Festival. His schedule features a mix of amphitheater, fair and festival appearances."
http://www.livedaily.com/news/6525.html
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Neecy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-25-04 05:32 PM
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19. this should be pure 'entertainment'
I wonder how many buses Keith will have to charter to bring in rednecks and hee-haws to his little show.

If I didn't object to supporting his Nazi ass, I'd say we should all buy tickets and...welcome him.
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LeftistGorilla Donating Member (583 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-25-04 05:17 PM
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16. CHEH!
:thumbsup:
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ElementaryPenguin Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-25-04 05:37 PM
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20. Now THAT would rock!!!!
Go Bruce!!

:toast:
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NashVegas Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-25-04 05:42 PM
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21. Wow - Read Down (GOP & The Weinsteins - Farenheit 911)
Michael Moore's Bush-whacking documentary, "Fahrenheit 9/11," could become a campaign issue.

We hear that Republican officials plan to complain to the Federal Election Commission that Miramax honchos Harvey and Bob Weinstein have violated campaign-finance laws by bankrolling Moore's film, according to one well-placed GOP source.

"This is a blatant political ad in the guise of a documentary," says the source. "It's totally in contravention of the McCain-Feingold ."


Richard Mellon Scaife, anyone?

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Moderator DU Moderator Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-25-04 06:31 PM
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24. A little to old for LBN
"Originally published on May 16, 2004"

Sorry.
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