Unquote” John Lennon and Paul McCartney

One of my favorite things: The Beatles’ “White Album” on a perfectly sunny Duluth summer afternoon.

Lennon’s and McCartney’s “Revolution” lyrics:

“You say you want a revolution
Well you know
We’d all want to change the world
You tell me that it’s evolution
Well you know
We’d all want to change the world
But when you talk about destruction
Don’t you know that you can count me out
Don’t you know it’s gonna be alright [x3]

You say you got a real solution
Well you know
We’d all love to see the plan
You ask me for a contribution
Well you know
We’re all doing what we can
But if you want money for people with minds that hate
All I can tell you is brother you’ll have to wait
Don’t you know it’s gonna be alright [x3] 

You say you’ll change the constitution
Well you know
We’d all love to change your head
You tell me it’s the institution
Well you know
You better free your mind instead
But if you go carrying pictures of Chairman Mao
You ain’t going to make it with anyone anyhow
Don’t you know know it’s gonna be alright [x3]
Alright”

I’m very intrigued to see what will happen at September’s Republican National Convention in St. Paul. Will there be massive protests and/or destruction? I’ve heard the RNC has the protesters boxed into restricted areas 400 feet from the Xcel Center. They’ve issued permits with short time frames to speak out.

Impeccable timing

The political symmetry between Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki and Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama couldn’t be timed better. They both agree a 16-month withdrawal is best for both sides, whiled Obama shakes his hand in Baghdad. The Iraqis see change possible with Obama, and its leaders have shifted from the pro-U.S./Bush occupation.

Meanwhile, John McCain is mixing up his geography — while riding on a golf cart in Maine. (Iraq and Pakistan don’t share a border. There is — uh-hum — Iran in between.) Another gaffe for the out-of-touch  McGramps.

McCain remains stubborn with the the right’s cliche of “conditions on the ground” as the reason for staying. I believe “conditions on the ground” should be what the leader of the country says (if it’s a sovereign country), and Maliki is telling the U.S. to get the hell out.

Satire box opened

The New Yorkers’ cover of Obama and his wife, Michelle, in terrorist garb in the White House has opened up a debate on satire, and it’s difficult pursuit of catching laughs directed at Obama.

Articles were written about how Jon Stewart, Jay Leno, Dave Letterman and the like have struggled with the task.

On Monday, Stewart had this (My paraphrasing): “Did you wake up today not feeling right? That this Monday morning was off? Well, it’s because our hope is gone. That’s right. Obama is in the Middle East.”

That laugh is more directed at the public than Obama, showing how ludicrous we are to put superfluous hope in one man. We must understand what is levity, and what is legitimate.

A 16-month withdrawal from Iraq is legit.

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