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Randy Newman dreams of a White President and a sarcasm-enabled internet

“He won’t be the brightest, but he’ll be the whitest, and I’ll vote for that!” sings Randy Newman of his dream president, drawing the reaction he got when he penned “I’m a Redneck” or “Short People.” America needs a laugh … Continue reading

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Redneck Mother Fucker

Brownshirt, Blackshirt, Blimp-neck, Dittohead, Wingnut, Cracker –the term you’re looking for is REDNECK. Musically, Randy Newman gave it humanity, and Jerry Jeff Walker gave it love, and the Grateful Dead tweaked his lyric to capture what I think is the … Continue reading

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Costa Rica a prototypical Western Democracy

PUERTO JIMINEZ, CR- Touring Costa Rica has been interesting. Considering the turmoil of Central America, it may be a shining example of a functional Capitalist Democracy. It´s got a healthy middle class and a relatively contented populace. Can it offer … Continue reading

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Musical interlude

A Few Words in Defense of Our Country -Randy Newman Hear an hour long benefit concert recorded Seattle, March 30, 2007. Bobby McFerrin improvisation, Montreaux Jazz Festival Baaaaaaaach Mamady Keita, Famoudou Konate & Soungalo Coulibaly on djembe Leonard Cohen -Hallelujah … Continue reading

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The material divide, affluence conspicuous in absentia

When you see luxury condos, they so often appear uninhabited. At least, you rarely see someone at the window, or on the balcony or in the drive. Seaside residences are like this too. Walk the beach, look up at the … Continue reading

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