Just thought you should know

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    pzerzan says:

    Lee Greenwood cheated on us with Canada-


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    Wilson Heath says:

    Proposal: we need to make “Benghazi” into a sexual neologism involving Lindsey Graham. Why does he keep bringing it up?

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    Exurban Mom says:

    CPAC is advertising that they are too cheap to pay for entertainment? Nice.

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    John M. Burt says:

    I am so glad for CPAC.

    If MSNBC were what Repubs think/pretend it is, they’d be providing live coverage, without editorial comment, of the whole show.

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    I take it this was the best paying gig Greenwood could get.

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    DPS says:

    I think that when Lee Greenwood performs, it’s at the expense of all present.

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    Chickamin Slam says:

    Which one of Lee’s song titles do you think best sums up CPAC?


    I Go Crazy?

    If There’s Any Justice?

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @DPS: Win.

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    Liquid says:

    Hey Doug, what’s the over/under on you winding up on some watchlist thanks to your ‘Friends of Hamas’ tag?

    Shit…now I’m probably on the list too.

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    different-church-lady says:

    Yeah, anyone who performs at CPAC is doing so at their own expense.

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    Mandalay says:

    @Chickamin Slam:

    Which one of Lee’s song titles do you think best sums up CPAC?

    Is that all there is?

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    YellowJournalism says:

    David Frum is live tweet-bitching about the portrayal of Washington in House of Cards. He gets really pissy about the role of TV (and TV screens) on the show. Still not as fun as John making fun of Spokane in Red Dawn and laughing his ass off at the movie.

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    fleeting expletive says:

    Apology for going OT right off the bat, but I have an inquiry and my usual sources aren’t responding.

    I drive a 12 year old nice car, Kelley Blue Book tells me it’s worth about 7500. It has low mileage and is in pretty good shape, with a little unfixed body damage.

    Should I continue my collision/comprehensive coverage on it, at $500 per year? I have a very safe driving record and I’m not out on the road a lot, since the car has 77,000 miles on it. Were it to get totalled in a wreck, I could afford to buy some car, I guess.

    If I continue the full coverage am I just being a scaredy-cat? It’s worrying me, and I have to decide in the next couple of days.

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    Warren says:

    He also had literally nothing else to do.

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    Shortstop says:

    He’s proud to be an American, where at least he sings for free.

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    Soonergrunt says:

    Lee “Draft Deferment” Greenwood singing “God Bless The USA” to a bunch of white-feather war cheerleaders, and he paid to be there.
    That is all sorts of awesome.

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    Redshift says:

    Performing for free? If they had any principles, the Randians would be protesting that.

    (Shamelessly stolen from Twitter — @juliaioffe: They’re handing out a little book called “The Ayn Rand Sampler.” Ironically, it’s free.)

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    Sly says:

    And I’m proud to be at CPAC, where they make me play for free….

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    Mnemosyne says:


    Were you around when I first posted the link to The Dresden Dolls (and friends) performing that entire album start to finish?

    Why, yes, I do still remember every single lyric, thankyouverymuch. I must not have done enough drugs.

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    In other words, they can’t afford to pay him.

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @Mnemosyne: How about Nouvelle Vague doing Blister in the Sun?

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    Spaghetti Lee says:


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    Soonergrunt says:

    @Shortstop: So proud of that line you said it three times.

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    Shortstop says:

    @Mnemosyne: No, but although I have always loved the Femmes and treasure the memory of a 1986 performance in a tiny club in London, so tiny in fact that the stage couldn’t hold all three of them and the bass, you know they borrowed those lyrics from Herman and the Hermits, right?

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    The Moar You Know says:

    Last time I took a free gig I was still in high school. Volunteer gigs are for suckers and the talentless.

    CPAC’s too cheap to pay for entertainment and Greenwood’s not worth spending one dime on. That’s my takeaway.

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    Mnemosyne says:

    @Omnes Omnibus:

    I started watching, but then my attention was drawn to their Dead Kennedys cover a little further down the page and I started watching that instead.

    And then my MacBook started buffering the video and the laptop’s fan kicked into high gear. Grr. I’m supposed to get my new laptop tomorrow, but I don’t have high hopes of it actually arriving before Monday.

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    Mnemosyne says:


    I made Omnes jealous because I once saw the ultimate 80s triple bill: Mojo Nixon, the Violent Femmes, and the Pogues. It was either 1989 or 1990, I can’t remember which.

    And I know they stole the line, but whenever I hear it, the very next lyrics I hear in my head are, “Just last night, I was reminded of …” and not whatever Herman’s Hermits had to say.

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    Mnemosyne says:

    Also, too, just to confirm that I am a hopeless child of the 80s, I’m going to go see They Might Be Giants for my birthday.

    First thing one of my co-workers asked, “Don’t they do children’s songs?”

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    Shortstop says:

    @Shortstop: no, Herman’s Hermits. I knew that didn’t sound right. Now THAT’s my evening earworm.

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @Mnemosyne: Nouvelle Vague is fun in small doses. Some interesting takes on seminal punk and New Wave tunes.

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    arguingwithsignposts says:


    First thing one of my co-workers asked, “Don’t they do children’s songs?”

    Why yes, yes they do. And they’re AWESOME children’s songs!

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    dance around in your bones says:

    Wow, I would pay to not see that.

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    Arundel says:

    Gee, right-wingers are really keen on that “people should work for free” thing, like that thing we had a Civil War about. I mean, just think of all the “experience” the slaves got!


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    dance around in your bones says:


    Did I ever tell you I kissed Mojo Nixon once?

    Right after crawling around in the bar looking for my snake barrettes. People asked “What are you doing?” And I said “Looking for my snakes”.

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    sparky says:

    @Shortstop: Great, now that you’ve said it three times, he’s gonna show up here in the thread. Thanks a lot.

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    Mnemosyne says:

    @dance around in your bones:

    Why am I not surprised? Your true stories could probably give Sarah Plain & Tall’s fictions a run for their money. :-)

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    ruemara says:

    @Mnemosyne: Did you tell your co-worker to shut their whore mouths? Because I would.

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    dance around in your bones says:


    I am absolutely not making that up.

    Jeez, my mom was just here and I told her stories that would curl her hair. She always called me her Wild Child.

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    Suzanne says:

    @dance around in your bones: A coworker of my mom’s once told me about how she to it on with Tom Waits once.

    My closest brush with fame was working in an art supply store with the lead singer of Jimmy Eat World. Also ran into Exene Cervenka once. She was lovely.

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    Mnemosyne says:


    Ironically, it was a guy who’s older than me, so I really just thought it was weird.

    But he was probably just messing with me on purpose.

    @dance around in your bones:

    I know you’re not making it up, which is what makes it even more awesome.

    I do have to head off to bed now because my tummy is bothering me, but here are some words of wisdom from Mojo that we should all keep in mind:

    Michael J. Fox has no Elvis in him.

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @dance around in your bones: A memoir might be in order. Just sayin’.

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    Mnemosyne says:


    Kim Gordon’s mom used to come into the Crown Books that I worked in. She absolutely LOVED Thurston Moore and talked about him like he was the best son-in-law a woman could ever hope for.

    I was a little sad when I heard they had separated a few years ago. I hope her mom passed away first, because it would have broken her heart.

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    Mnemosyne says:

    @Omnes Omnibus:

    We keep telling her that, but she’s playing coy. I think she’s testing her stories out on us first to make sure they’re as good as she thinks. (They are, so write the darn book!)

    Now I really do have to say goodnight. Stupid tummy.

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    Chris says:


    And we can mock him when he does.

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    dance around in your bones says:


    I had friends who played before Tom Waits once. I got to squat in the sidewings (or whatever you call them?) and watch Tom Waits lean against a fake lightpost and growl out incomprehensible lyrics.

    Also, I got to see X numerous times in LA and SD and fell in love with Exene and John Doe. Just great harmonics!

    ♪She had to leave….a bum bump bum bump bum….Los Angeles!♫

    Everybody tells me I should write my memoirs. I might actually do it some day.

    Once the statute of limitations runs out. Which is never, in my case.

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    Suzanne says:

    @Mnemosyne: I was so sad when they broke up. They both seemed simultaneously cool and yet so normal.

    Let’s see….also met Ben Gibbard once. Got bored with him and left to go to a diner. A girl needs eggs at midnight. Don’t judge. Met Courtney Love once. She was lovely. I have no rock-star-sex stories. I am not social or hot enough. This doesn’t bother me.

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    Anne Laurie says:

    @dance around in your bones:

    Everybody tells me I should write my memoirs. I might actually do it some day.

    Once the statute of limitations runs out. Which is never, in my case.

    Nah, see, write those stories down now, and hide a hard copy for after you’re gone. Imagine your grandkids, grown from rugrats to mature adults, discovering that Grammy was a Wild Child back in the previous century!

    Either they’ll be thrilled, and you’ll know you raised ’em well… or they’ll be shocked, and you’ll get to laugh at them from the other side.

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    TS says:

    No “real” conservative does anything for nothing

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    dance around in your bones says:

    @Anne Laurie:

    My daughter has begged me to do this for years. She says it’s her heritage. One of the problems is that half of my memory disappeared when my husband died. He had total recall, whereas I can get a bit fuzzy on certain details.

    I still remember how I would be telling a story, and he would say “No, THIS is how it happened!” and I’d realize he was right.

    But what the hell, who else would know the truth?

    My mom was stunned by some of my stories, which I had never told her before. She took it rather well, I have to say.

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    Villago Delenda Est says:

    Lee Greenwood in concert…free, and not even worth that.

    My hatred of his signature song knows no bounds.

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    Bonnie says:

    Here’s one for Lee Greenwood. I don’t have a clue who he is.

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    Chris says:

    @Villago Delenda Est:

    Aye, tis true. “America’s Redneck National Anthem.”

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    @Villago Delenda Est: I had actually managed to avoid ever hearing that song until I happened to take a trip to Las Vegas not long after 9/11 and the Bellagio had incorporated it into their outdoor “dancing waters” show. I couldn’t believe I was actually hearing something that stupid.

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    David Koch says:

    You mean he’s not dead?

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    The hot man-on-man action in the Gaylord Hotel steamroom is Lee’s only reward.

    ETA: http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_ydGw.....5B1%5D.jpg

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    Irish Steel says:

    Aw, man! I missed piling on Lee Greenwood? Damn!

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    Another Halocene Human says:

    @Self-Righteous Little White Guy: Really?

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    Patricia Kayden says:

    @John M. Burt: Why? I watch MSNBC all the time and have no interest in CPAC – espcially live coverage all day long.

    They highlight what they want during Prime Time, which is more than enough.

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    brantl says:

    Lee Greenwood performing at his own expense

    I’ve heard Lee Greenwood, he was perfroming at everyone’s expense that was within earshot…..

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    Lihtox says:

    People working for no money: the Republican dream.

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    Honus says:

    Huckleberry Finn: “he never charged nothin’ for it, and it was worth it,too. “

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    DogMom says:

    @David Koch: I don’t think anyone said that. . .

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    El Cid says:

    @Shortstop: At this point in his career, I think at least he knows he’s free. I.e., uncompensated.

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    Citizen_X says:

    @Self-Righteous Little White Guy: What tha fukkin…&@!%#…gah!

    Somebody actually handed that out as their publicity still? WOW!

    It’s awful…but hilarious…but awful…but…

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    flukebucket says:

    @Self-Righteous Little White Guy:

    Holy shit! Who in the world ever thought THAT was a good idea?

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    Howlin Wolfe says:

    @Chickamin Slam: I don’t know any of his titles, but this lyric might apply:
    “I’m proud to sing at CPAC, where at least I know I’m free.”

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    LAC says:

    Yeah, because anyone that anyone would give a shit about would be compensated.

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    West of the Rockies says:

    @Villago Delenda Est: I quite agree… That one stupid line in particular, “I’m glad to live in America where at least I know I’m free…” That always sounded like faint praise to me, sort of like knowing your new significant other is unattractive, unpleasant, “but at least he/she has a job”.

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    El Cid says:

    @West of the Rockies: I always thought it was a sop to knowing your audience, because a lot of people attending your shows or listening to your songs might have nothing else, so you have to phrase it in ways which work no matter how broke, drunk, and homeless your fans are.

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    lol says:

    @fleeting expletive:

    I dropped collision coverage on my car ages ago. Minor damage isn’t going to go over the deductible and a total wreck is going to be covered by the other driver’s liability insurance unless they were driving without it.

    Just not worth it for the value of the car.

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    Reasonable 4ce says:

    Lee Greenwood singing his shitty song at his own expense? Looks like the market has spoken.

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    Bruce s says:

    Glad to see Greenwood so desperate for attention he’s joined the legion of singers – most of whom frequent street corners – “performing at their own expense.”

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