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Watching the Tuscon Memorial with its festive crowd, school-sponsored Together We Thrive tee shirts, somber disciples and a revival-like President Obama reminded me very much of a song Judas sang in the musical Jesus Christ Superstar. The movie’s  Judas, one of the faithful twelve disciples, saw a change in the man he admired — from man, to man-god.  While the faithful probably wouldn’t agree this is what went down a couple-thousand plus years ago, it may just have happened in the past couple days:

Jesus Christ Superstar.1973 movie.
Heaven On Their Minds.

Lyrics by Tim Rice – Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber:

Judas:

My mind is clearer now
At last
All too well
I can see
Where we all
Soon will be
If you strip away
The myth
From the man
You will see
Where we all
Soon will be

Jesus!
You’ve started to believe
The things they say of you
You really do believe
This talk of God is true

And all the good you’ve done
Will soon get swept away
You’ve begun to matter more
Than the things you say

Listen Jesus
I don’t like what I see
All I ask is that you listen to me
And remember
I’ve been your right hand man all along
You have set them all on fire
They think they’ve found the new Messiah
And they’ll hurt you when they find they’re wrong

I remember when this whole thing began
No talk of God then, we called you a man
And believe me
My admiration for you hasn’t died
But every word you say today
Gets twisted ’round some other way
And they’ll hurt you if they think you’ve lied

Nazareth your famous son
Should have stayed a great unknown
Like his father carving wood
He’d have made good
Tables, chairs and oaken chests
Would have suited Jesus best
He’d have caused nobody harm
No one alarm

Listen Jesus, do you care for your race?
Don’t you see we must keep in our place?
We are occupied
Have you forgotten how put down we are?
I am frightened by the crowd
For we are getting much too loud
And they’ll crush us if we go too far
If we go too far

Listen Jesus to the warning I give
Please remember that I want us to live
But it’s sad to see our chances weakening with ev’ry hour
All your followers are blind
Too much heaven on their minds
It was beautiful, but now it’s sour
Yes it’s all gone sour
Ah — ah ah ah — ah

Listen Jesus to the warning I give
Please remember that I want us to live
So come on, come on, He wont listen to me.
Ah — ah
Come on, listen, listen to me.
Come on and listen to me.
Ah — ah………………..

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For their big announcement today, the Democrats released their new logo–which is surprisingly plain:

At first blush, this makes no sense and seems like a bad choice.  But, the message is more subtle than their dear leader’s own words:

Yes.  D is for drive.  Actually, (D) is for overdrive.  That’s right:  they’re not just driving, but they’re doing it more efficiently as they cruise down the road in the highest, fastest and least gasoline using gear.   I have no doubt this is what they were going for, and that we’ll be hearing more of the “D moves us forward” types of jokes again soon.

Considering they’ve had the keys since 2006 and are rushing Thelma and Louise-like toward a cliff, I think I agree more with a commenter at the democrats.org website; of what (D) stands for:

‘That looks like a graphic of the grade “D” with a circle around it. Terrible.’

Terrible, indeed.  And perhaps too high.

Update:   A visual.

Just doesn’t get better than this:

Hat-tip: Libertas Film Magazine

On April 14th, 2009 Anderson Cooper and others helped put the meme of “teabagging” out into the aether as an insulting shorthand for tea party protests.  The term, of course, is of a sexual nature (not safe for work)  and it was meant to solely to ridicule tea partiers.   In the last  year, I’ve mused aloud about the term and the difference between a “bagger” and a “baggee”.

So on this anniversary of the term being put into the mainstream, we take it back:

Part of me wishes we could take the high road and ignore it, but the rules seemed to have changed — and they were written by a man named Alinsky.

Other than a cheap way to attempt to raise my rarely-posted blog counts, this is to let my gentle readers know the 2010 Census forms have begun arriving to homes. As usual, be prepared to be asked your sex, income and race.

About one fourth of the Census form deals with race.  This makes me do a double-take, as it is drilled into we poor unwashed masses’ minds that it is wrong to take race into factor.  And indeed, race shouldnt matter — even to our government.   I don’t think it’s much different than the 1990 or 2000 Census questions, but perhaps it’s time to stop asking.  We’ve come a long, long way with trying to make race a non-factor.  Now is not the time to give up just because minority birth rates are outpacing those of the majority.

So how do we counter this?  I’m not sure how helpful it’ll end up in the long run, but I’m all for the push of writing  that My Race is American.   After all:  United we stand, divided we fall.

24 inches over the weekend and 10-20 more due tonight.

Seems like DC isn’t the only thing that froze over, though.  So have President Obama’s poll numbers.

Perhaps he should consider a new logo?

January 27th  is the annual State of the Union address.  One year after being elected, President Obamassiah’s poll numbers have dropped faster than his policies have failed.  I believe he can not only turn that around, but actually become a good leader of the United States of America.

The State of the You-nion:

My fellow Americans,

Times have been tough for us.  Many people have lost jobs and homes.  Businesses large and small have fallen to the wayside.   This recession has lasted longer than we expected, and I believe we now know the problem.

One year ago, I was sworn into this prestigious office.  But I rode in on a wave of palm leaves, and felt the force of the nation behind me;  I misunderstood that force and those who elected me, as well as friends, neighbors and families of ours who voted otherwise.  I overreached.

This Office has humbled me;  you have humbled me.  I am here to tell you that the buck stops here and that together we can turn this recession around!

Health care reform, while important, will need to be put aside while we work on the economy.  A rich nation can help herself and others in need; a poor and unemployed nation cannot.   Americans are a very giving nation.  Even in this economy, you have opened  your hearts and your wallets to help the Haitians during their own time of need and devastation of the earthquake.  I know that one day we will do the same with health care for our fellow citizens, but today is not that day. Today we begin a new program; one that moves beyond hope and change — back to our founding principles of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

[Continue with normal speech:  How to turn economy around, how well we’re doing in the Mid-East, how people abroad feel of us, etc.]

He doesn’t even have to mean the words.  Many people will want to forgive him, for in that way they may be forgiven for doubting.

The State of the Me-nion: Instead, we’ll probably get this.   Many, many first-person personal pronouns (“I have done this”, “Because of my policies…”, “Isn’t my halo shiny?”).  And don’t forget the “Let me be clear …” statement which always is followed by murkiness.  In fact, I’ll simply refer to The Daily Beast’s Write Your Own Obama Speech.

Either way, I have little doubt that we’ll end up with:

The State of the O-nion: Many layers, once peeled, make us all become teary.

Update: I was a day early on the speech!  Ooh, I must be excited. Or sumfin.

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