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Bush Fiddles While The Country Burns

March 12, 2008 By: Editor Category: Off Topic 31 Comments →

Forget about the dead and wounded in Iraq. Never mind that an entire U.S. city was all but wiped off the map. Don’t give a second thought to a Congressional panel suing the Bush administration. Who cares if our economy is creeping toward recession meaning fewer jobs and less disposable income to spend in, oh, I don’t know, restaurants, bars and coffee houses?

President George W. Bush certainly doesn’t care and he proved that at last Saturday’s Gridiron Club dinner - an annual “off-the-record” Washington, D.C. event where big-name journalists and high-ranking politicians, including the president, poke fun at themselves and at each other.

It’s like a Comedy Central Friar’s Club Roast, only here, rather than joking about William Shatner’s hairpiece or Farrah Fawcett’s sagging butt and dwindling intellect, the participants joke about current events - like Hurricane Katrina, the outing of CIA operative Valerie Plame and “oil-rich” Saudis.

Bush, not one to pass up a chance to make an inappropriate joke, took center stage at the dinner and sang a parody of the song “Green Green Grass of Home” that proved once and for all, the man has absolutely no soul…and I mean that in the spiritual sense, but it applies to his musicianship as well.

This was Bush’s eighth and, thankfully, last Gridiron dinner. Take a look at the video. You’ll understand why I, to paraphrase the hopefully soon-to-be incarcerated Vice President Dick Cheney, say, “Go fuck yourself, Bushie.”

Old Town School of Folk Music Rocks

March 12, 2008 By: Don Woolf Category: Off Topic, The Chicago Scene 41 Comments →

There are few things I’ve done in my adult life (or any other part of my life for that matter) that have brought me as much fun, fulfillment and satisfaction as taking guitar lessons at The Old Town School of Folk Music.

Now, don’t let the name “Old Town School of Folk Music” scare you away. Though the original school was founded fifty years ago in Old Town, I take classes at the Lincoln Square location.

As far as “Folk” is concerned, folk is taught here and is still a part of the curriculum, but not really in the group classes. The music I’ve been learning since day one (I’ve been going there for about seven months now) has been Wilco, The Ramones, The Beatles, Bowie, Ani DiFranco, Greenday, Nirvana and a slew of other artists I love. (more…)