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When a Beatle (McCartney) Should Keep his Mouth Shut
SalemNews.com ^ | July 29, 2010 | David Bedworth

Posted on 07/29/2010 5:47:54 PM PDT by hiho hiho

Even today, the Crown expects certain standards of behavior and conduct from those who have been Knighted.

(ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.) - Recently Sir Paul McCartney, you accepted the Library of Congress Gershwin Award for Popular Song at the White House. As you accepted the honor you mumbled:

"It's a fantastic honor (for) the Gershwin family to give me this incredible award and for me to be awarded it by the Library of Congress. And in fact, after the last eight years, it's great to have a president who knows what a library is,"

While we will forgive the Yoda-like ending of the sentence with a verb, the context must be addressed. Sir Paul, you must try not to sing out of tune or you will need a little help from your friends. You see, Sir Paul, the President to whom you are referring in your pithy jibe possesses a Master Degree in Business Administration from Harvard Business School. He was also the President of the United States. In comparison, Sir Paul, you are a Knight Bachelor with an education that would not qualify you in the USA to enter into the Harvard Business School. In fact, Five General Certificate of Secondary Education Ordinary Level subjects and an Advanced level subject are about the equivalent of a US High School Diploma and six semester hours of College work for a Baccalaureate Degree.

Now, Sir Paul, during your most creative years with the Beatles your contribution to modern culture is without parallel. No one can argue the fantastic string of musical hits that caught America’s imagination. It was during this time that the man you made fun of recently was serving on duty in the Texas National Guard. He stood ready, when called, to defend his country in time of war. In this country we call that honor and dedication. They are traits we admire and hold in high regard, kinda how England used to be back in World War II.

Sir Paul, I understand that you are enthralled with the new American administration. So enthralled, in fact, that you sung one of your famous songs “Michelle” to the First Lady with much passion and poetry. This was admirable of you considering the venue. But what song would you sing to President Bush if you wished to apologize for your statement quoted above? I have a few suggestions:

“Nowhere Man” – to indicate your lack of knowledge regarding President Bush’s educational achievements?

“Day Tripper” – because it might give you a reason to take the easy way out?

“Fixing a Hole” – to stop your mind from wondering where it will go?

“From me to You” – to keep things satisfied?

“Getting Better” – so that you won’t continue to hide your head in the sand?

“Girl” – so you won’t feel a fool?

“Golden Slumbers” – so you have a way to get back homeward?

I suppose the list could go on and on but I think Sir Paul gets the idea. So at this point I would like to remind Sir Paul of what it means to hold the title of Knight. Perhaps this is best explained through the words of Chaucer in his Prologue to his Knight’s Tale.

"And ever more he had a sovereign price, And though that he was worthy, he was wise And of his port as meek as was a maid. He never yet no villainy he said In all his life unto no manner wight He was a very perfect, gentle knight."

Clearly in Chaucer’s day a Knight was not expected to make snide, unfounded comments at Heads of State. Even today, the Crown expects certain standards of behavior and conduct from those who have been Knighted. For Her Majesty has been known, when circumstances warrant, to annul honors. An example of this was Lester Piggott, who had his Order of the British Empire (OBE) removed after being convicted for tax evasion. Of course, Sir Paul, you were aware of this royal tendency in a song you wrote many years ago:

“Her Majesty’s a pretty nice girl but she doesn’t have a lot to say, Her Majesty’s a pretty nice girl but she changes from day to day.”


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1 posted on 07/29/2010 5:47:57 PM PDT by hiho hiho
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To: hiho hiho

Answer: When he is a Dung Beetle.


2 posted on 07/29/2010 5:49:08 PM PDT by kempster
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To: hiho hiho

This from a man who was suspected of ‘helping’ his first wife out of this world.


3 posted on 07/29/2010 5:49:21 PM PDT by Carley (For those who fought for it, freedom has a flavor the protected will never know.)
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To: hiho hiho
Paul is dead.

In the head.

4 posted on 07/29/2010 5:49:27 PM PDT by Rocko
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To: hiho hiho

George Bush’s annual reading contests with Dick Cheney have been documented. I’m pretty sure George Bush knows what a library is.


5 posted on 07/29/2010 5:50:23 PM PDT by FoxInSocks (B. Hussein Obama: Central Planning Czar)
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To: hiho hiho

As someone much smarter than myself pointed out, “Paul McCartney?! When was the last time he was relevant? 1970?”


6 posted on 07/29/2010 5:50:57 PM PDT by blake6900
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To: hiho hiho
When a Beatle (McCartney) Should Keep his Mouth Shut

"For the last 50 years" would be a good start.

7 posted on 07/29/2010 5:51:45 PM PDT by DuncanWaring (The Lord uses the good ones; the bad ones use the Lord.)
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To: hiho hiho

Why do these morons want to turn this country into Venezuela or Zimbabwe when they can go there?


8 posted on 07/29/2010 5:53:12 PM PDT by depressed in 06 (2012, the end of our long national nightmare.)
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To: hiho hiho
"Those freaks was right when they said you were dead
The one mistake you made was in your head."
-- John
9 posted on 07/29/2010 5:56:03 PM PDT by Rocko
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To: hiho hiho
It gives me the creeps to see McCartney getting an award with the Gershwin name on it. Its like Larry the Cable Guy getting an honorary PHD.
10 posted on 07/29/2010 5:56:35 PM PDT by oyez (The difference in genius and stupidity is that genius has it limits.)
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To: DuncanWaring

The Beatles wern’t very good at keeping their mouths shut.


11 posted on 07/29/2010 5:59:19 PM PDT by oyez (The difference in genius and stupidity is that genius has it limits.)
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To: hiho hiho

Ah yes, the Beatles, who publically left U.K. due to high taxes, preferring the U.S.’s lower taxes, but will tout socialism at every turn.


12 posted on 07/29/2010 5:59:19 PM PDT by exbrit
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To: DuncanWaring

When a Beatle (McCartney) Should Keep his Mouth Shut
“For the last 50 years” would be a good start.”
ROFL... thanks for the chuckle. That was a good one and one that is oh so true....


13 posted on 07/29/2010 5:59:53 PM PDT by sueuprising
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To: hiho hiho
I have a question. Should American's highest award for song writing, handed out by the U.S. Library of Congress, be given to a non-American?
14 posted on 07/29/2010 6:01:20 PM PDT by Bad~Rodeo (Need to renew your non-immigrant visa? You need to go back home first)
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To: hiho hiho

Mr. McCartney and all those Progressive Democrats are brilliant, brilliant....more than brilliant.....absolutely smart, really really bright, intellectual and all-knowing.

So far advanced that they should seek a habital planet other than earth and move there to make it into a paradise,
unhindered by knuckle-dragging, right-wing, bible-thumping, gun-loving morons.

Yup. (sniff)

IMHO


15 posted on 07/29/2010 6:02:23 PM PDT by ripley
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To: exbrit
....preferring the U.S.’s lower taxes, but will tout socialism at every turn.

It has become crystal clear to me that taxes are supposed to paid by non-Socialsts.

16 posted on 07/29/2010 6:02:52 PM PDT by oyez (The difference in genius and stupidity is that genius has it limits.)
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To: hiho hiho

a jackass who lost $30MM to a one-legged skank ought not to poke fun at others


17 posted on 07/29/2010 6:05:42 PM PDT by muir_redwoods (Obama. Chauncey Gardiner without the homburg.)
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To: blake6900

“As someone much smarter than myself pointed out, “Paul McCartney?! When was the last time he was relevant? 1970?”
As I grow older and more conservative, I am beginning to feel that the only relevancy these aged rockers had was to help destroy the American culture. Oh I know it is nostalgic to muse on the “talents” of Paul McCartney but even by 1970,the Beatles had lost a lot of their edge.For Pete’s sake, they had to concoct a bogus myth about Paul being dead in 1969 in order to keep themselves current and interesting. He is only revered now because he reminds all the middle aged folks of their youth. Personally, I think that rock n roll music provided the early soundtrack for our cultural demise.


18 posted on 07/29/2010 6:06:08 PM PDT by sueuprising
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To: hiho hiho

Since this is going to be a paul bashing thread, I’m going to try to say something nice about paul...

Paul, you’re not as weird as john. And if john was still alive, you would probably have a few more braincells still functioning than he.


19 posted on 07/29/2010 6:08:13 PM PDT by mamelukesabre (Si Vis Pacem Para Bellum (If you want peace prepare for war))
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To: hiho hiho

This country needs a President who has actually left the library to work in the real world. I miss the Cowboy.


20 posted on 07/29/2010 6:13:06 PM PDT by Huskrrrr
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To: FoxInSocks

That history degree from Yale probably involved a little reading also.


21 posted on 07/29/2010 6:16:34 PM PDT by ansel12 (Mitt: "I was an independent during the time of Reagan-Bush. I'm not trying to return to Reagan-Bush")
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To: sueuprising
Personally, I think that rock n roll music provided the early soundtrack for our cultural demise.

Wow...OK. Fair enough. I live to rock and rock to live. I always have and I always will. I'm not a cultural misfit. Rock 'n roll is music, that's all. Our "cultural demise" as you call it was more likely brought about by a generation that didn't have to make any sacrifices and wouldn't have even if it had been necessary. Blaming a music genre for that is, with all due respect, rather silly to me.

BTW, please don't respond...you've brought me down enough already.

22 posted on 07/29/2010 6:21:30 PM PDT by blake6900
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To: sueuprising

I watched some of the PBS special and all it did was remind me of how old I’m getting. Paul sounded terrible.


23 posted on 07/29/2010 6:22:40 PM PDT by griswold3 ('Regulation and law without enforcement is no law at all)
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To: hiho hiho
I realize this thread is for bashing Paul McCartney, so that's one thing...

But ya know, folks, First Lady Laura Bush took essentially the same swipe at GWB while he was still in office. She, of course, worked in a library at the time that she and George met. In her famous address to the Washington press (the video of which was widely praised on FR), she made a joke of the unlikelihood that she would have met George in a library.

I do think that McCartney's comment was inappropriate. But poking fun at GWB about libraries is not new with Sir Paul, that's all I'm saying.

24 posted on 07/29/2010 6:33:27 PM PDT by dayglored (Listen, strange women lying in ponds distributing swords is no basis for a system of government!)
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To: hiho hiho
yoko Pictures, Images and Photos
25 posted on 07/29/2010 6:35:41 PM PDT by Snickering Hound
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To: hiho hiho

bttt


26 posted on 07/29/2010 6:38:07 PM PDT by bmwcyle (It is Satan's fault)
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To: hiho hiho

A typical airhead comment from someone with money not brains.


27 posted on 07/29/2010 6:45:14 PM PDT by hgro (Jerry Riversdun)
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To: hiho hiho

A typical airhead comment from someone with money not brains.


28 posted on 07/29/2010 6:45:18 PM PDT by hgro (Jerry Riversdun)
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To: blake6900

To which generation do you refer when you speak of a generation that didn’t make sacrifices and wouldn’t have “even if it had been necessary”?

Are you talking about us baby boomers? A generation that was drafted and fought courageously in Viet Nam,even though many draftees were too young to vote or even buy a goddamn beer? Who were then spat upon and reviled and betrayed for their heroism. Is it my generation you are talking about?

A generation that solidly supported the civil rights movement? Hmmm? A generation that was traumatized in our youth by the murder of our president and somehow we had to cope with that?

A generation left vulnerable by the blind trust in government by our “greatest generation parents”?

A generation that is the most generous that has ever existed in this nation.

That is my generation. I hope you don’t mean my generation in your disgusting lying put-down. Do you?


29 posted on 07/29/2010 6:47:31 PM PDT by FreeDeerHawk
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To: hiho hiho

The second smartest surviving Beatle.


30 posted on 07/29/2010 6:52:25 PM PDT by ConservativeStatement (Obama "acted stupidly.")
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To: hiho hiho

I’m pretty sure President Bush knows more about libraries than McCartney and Obama combined. Seeing as how Laura had a Masters in Library Science. You know? Just sayin’. And McCartney is a dickhead. Just sayin’

Laura Bush has had a love for books and reading since childhood, and her life and education have reflected that interest. She graduated from Southern Methodist University in 1968 with a bachelor’s degree in education, and soon took a job as a second grade school teacher. After attaining her Master’s degree in Library Science at the University of Texas at Austin, she was employed as a librarian. She met George Walker Bush in 1977, and they were married later that year. In 1981, the couple had twin daughters.


31 posted on 07/29/2010 7:07:02 PM PDT by saganite (What happens to taglines? Is there a termination date?)
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To: hiho hiho

Nowhere Man, Day Tripper , and Girl were Lennon’s composition. From me to you was co-written(as some of their earlier songs were).


32 posted on 07/29/2010 7:45:26 PM PDT by hecht (TAKE BACK OUR NATION AND OUR NATIONAL ANTHEM)
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To: hiho hiho

Part of this, I believe, was all the Americans going overseas and tearing the heck out of GWB during his Presidency and making fun of him. This in turn lead foreign celebs to think that it is ok to poke fun at him here in the US. Not realizing that those few US celebs who did that are cowards and afraid to stand in front of a US crowd to make the comments.

I don’t care if GWB knows anything about a library, I can tell you though, he is more of a man then the current usurper sitting in the Oval office and any one in his cabinet. Who would you rather follow into battle? This man showed real courage of convictions. I didn’t agree with alot of his actions during the 2nd term but the man protected this country and took the fight to the enemy.


33 posted on 07/29/2010 9:51:55 PM PDT by MCOAvalanche
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To: FreeDeerHawk
Are you talking about us baby boomers? A generation that was drafted and fought courageously in Viet Nam,even though many draftees were too young to vote or even buy a goddamn beer? Who were then spat upon and reviled and betrayed for their heroism.

...and of what generation did those who did the spitting belong?

Look, I don't want to get into a pissing contest with you over this. I'm a part of the same generation and there were/are a whole of sh!theads in that generation. If you'd prefer to go through life thinking otherwise, fine. Be a fool. I couldn't care less. As far as I'm concerned you can blow it out your ass! Don't waste my time with your friggin' whining.

34 posted on 08/04/2010 7:11:26 PM PDT by blake6900
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To: blake6900

Yeah? Oh Yeah?? Don’t put down patriotic Americans,you disgusting,vile jerk!

Are you a Viet Nam Veteran who is disillusioned and hurt or are you a Commie sympathizer?

Don’t ever ever speak to me in such crude terms again. Call me a fool,maybe you loved Jane Fonda et al,eh?


35 posted on 08/15/2010 1:57:54 AM PDT by FreeDeerHawk
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To: blake6900

Oh,in case you didn’t notice,the ones who reviled our soldiers were mostly older and in college. It wasn’t so much a generational thing as an economic class thing,still...most of those who insulted our patriots who bravely fought the vicious Communists were older than those young,drafted soldiers.


36 posted on 08/15/2010 2:04:51 AM PDT by FreeDeerHawk
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To: blake6900

So apparently,you mix those who were wealthy and or conncted enough to avoid the draft and who then took the side of the Communists with the average working class young people who had to either go to war or work after high school. They weren’t the ones doing the spitting. They were the ones crying over deaths of their family members and friends. The older elite and some of the younger priviledged,Commie classes were the contemptuous ones.

So don’t try to BS me.
EVER.


37 posted on 08/15/2010 2:20:57 AM PDT by FreeDeerHawk
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To: hiho hiho

I wish somebody would have read this thread and stood up for all of the baby boomers who fought the Communists in the Viet Nam War.

I got called whiny and a fool and was put down for standing up for their courage and fo the courage of my generation. Nobody answered to stand up too.


38 posted on 08/15/2010 2:30:56 AM PDT by FreeDeerHawk
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To: FreeDeerHawk
So don’t try to BS me. EVER.

LOL...I don't need to. You do a great job of it yourself. BTW...you might want to consider therapy. You're carrying around a lot of baggage and an outside opinion might do you good...

...or not!

39 posted on 08/17/2010 7:50:19 AM PDT by blake6900
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