By W.B. Dunne
The News Pauper returns to you after a long holiday weekend doing what he does to make the bills go away; namely propping up aging rockstars or coddling new ones. The blame for the light numbers attendance-wise falls on the shoulders of the talent buyers. If the promoters of these things allowed for the slightest unorthodoxy, it would bring a fresh tinge to any event. Ive seen three decades of cover sluts and has-beens and wannabes pollute the pond of public gatherings. What amazes me is that it took so long for the rubes to figure out that they were gonna get gouged by the same promoter year after year to see the same old set of songs done by the cookie-cutter cover bands. I dont believe that there is a lack of talent or innovation, I just think that there are too many talent buyers that have been too lazy to develop relationships with real talent that makes people talk for days about what they saw. The question remains, how will we regain the trust of the entertainment-starved masses?
It is good to get away from the realities of the current hoodoo over the presidents speech to the children of our nation. Honestly, there is a concerted effort to react negatively to every last move the president makes by the same cadre that gives us Birthers, Deathers, and Teabaggers. As I have stated in the past, it is a joy to watch the political jujitsu employed by the brilliant Obama. I am not among those who think that the president is failing in his strategy. Those that are already, in eight months, throwing up their arms in disgust over what they perceive to be shortcomings are not taking into account the true seriousness of our situation. We have just emerged from eight years of the worst threat we have ever faced as a nation. It will take generations to recover from the damage our America has sustained at the hands of those that continue to operate freely as we speak.
Anyone who has been exposed to a toddler in frenzy knows that the tempest will soon pass. It is the only analogy I can make for the holdouts on the right that Fox News spends so much effort to sensationalize. The epitome of the squeaky wheels, Glenn Beck, apparently in his last throes, if you will, claimed the head of Van Jones and the left is claiming that Glenn has the ear of the president and they dont. People dont see too far in front of their faces if they cant see that Color of Change isnt going away. Glenns show is losing real sponsors and no business that relies on its’ income can ignore the loss of revenue.
So, I congratulate Obama on letting the tyrannical toddlers exhaust themselves over the summer. Well see how Van Jones makes out in the private sector, as we will surely see Glenn Becks demise. We all must bear in mind at all times that the ship of state maneuvers slowly. It helps to remember that even the most virulent nutter doesnt ever mention the name of the last president, and Karl Rove claimed in his WSJ column that Obama is in deep doo-doo. We all know how great he is at predicting things, now dont we?
Email the author at WBDunne@ltsaloon.org
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I like the analogy to aging rock stars, WB. I thought of the ugly Republicans preening arrogantly while they serve up the same old tired tunes to an audience sick of their outdated crapola. Good one!