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Who's More Demeaning Than Brad Paisley? (Why did he write a song entitled: "Accidental Racist"?)
Townhall ^ | 04/12/2013 | Brent Bozell

Posted on 04/12/2013 7:09:46 AM PDT by SeekAndFind

Country music star Brad Paisley is either an idiot or a genius. If he wrote the song "Accidental Racist" to stir a whirlwind of (mostly bad) publicity, he's a genius. But the negative cultural consensus strongly suggests he should have never been dumb enough to try to write a racial-harmony song. Paisley performed the song as a dialogue with rapper LL Cool J, now a star on the CBS drama "NCIS: LA." He says he wrote the song when he felt he had to defend wearing a T-shirt celebrating the country band Alabama, a shirt with the Confederate flag on it. In the song, he tries to suggest to a black man he met that the flag just says he's a fan of the Southern rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd.

Paisley sings, "I'm just a white man comin' to you from the southland / Tryin' to understand what it's like not to be. I'm proud of where I'm from but not everything we've done / And it ain't like you and me can re-write history." LL Cool J wrote his half of the song, and replies in part: "I guess we're both guilty of judgin' the cover, not the book. I'd love to buy you a beer, conversate and clear the air."

Cheesy? Sure. But isn't this the kind of Kumbaya sentiment liberal elites embrace in their quest for racial harmony? Yes, that's what they say. But when it's what you offer, they react with their true colors.

It was quickly trashed as racially clueless. NPR's new race and culture blogger Gene Demby, fresh from The Huffington Post, quoted comedian Patton Oswalt's tweet: "Can't wait for Brad Paisley and LL Cool J's next single 'Whoopsy Daisy, Holocaust, My Bad.'"

Oswalt must have been mocking the clunkiest line in the song, when LL Cool J alludes to slavery by saying, "If you don't judge my gold chains / I'll forget the iron chains." NPR's Demby complained, "A lot of people felt as if it was kind of shearing off kind of the rough edges of our history."

Comedian and Current TV host John Fugelsang tweeted Paisley should have "gone with original title 'Well-Intentioned But Totally Ignorant Institutionalized Racist.'"

If one wants to see both institutionalized racism and an embarrassing attempt at whites trying to pander on race, I'd rather recommend "The Jimmy Fallon Show" on NBC.

Dennis Coles, better known by his rap persona "Ghostface Killah," was introduced with great enthusiasm by Fallon, before performing his song "I Declare War" from the new album "Twelve Reasons to Die." He was joined on the microphone by "Masta Killa" and "Killah Priest." Fallon even announced there was a "Twelve Reasons to Die" comic book soon available for sale -- because it's never too early to sell the drug pusher/gangster lifestyle to children. That's their Kumbaya.

"I Declare War" was not an exceptionally violent rap song. It was a very typical violent rap song, with profanity and N-words, boasting about shooting and killing.

This was how NPR defined the concept behind the album, "the creation myth of a black superhero set in 1960s Italy." Ghostface "leaves to start a black syndicate, falls in love with a boss's daughter and makes a ton of money importing cocaine. For these crimes, the criminal organization he came up in murders him and dumps his body in a vat of acetate. His former friends press 12 records from his remains, but when those records play, his vengeful spirit arises. Though he was rebuffed and disrespected in life, in legend the Ghostface Killah becomes immortal."

It should be seen as "totally ignorant institutionalized racism" for record executives to make millions of dollars selling an assembly line of poisonous music that glamorizes a violent criminal lifestyle. After many decades in which tens of thousands of young black men were gunned down by other young black men, how can it be said that country music is the genre that's terribly insensitive to what's happening on this war front? This rolling slaughter is now the "rough edges of our history," and the popular culture glorifies it, romanticizes it and commodifies it.

Brad Paisley-shredding NPR is streaming this whole album on its website, applauding how it features "jangly, tumbleweed guitar that warms the cold-hearted comic book-style violence," and hailing one song for how our alleged hero Ghostface Killah "bobs and weaves with the track, but he maintains a forthright and basically conversational sentence structure, which, when he's describing the ways he might murder your children, really twists the knife."

NPR's reviewer is probably referring to the song "Murder Spree," which is a grotesque listing of vicious murder styles -- from dismemberment to pushing brains out the back of a human head. Spin magazine praises its "mix of brute violence and graceful eloquence."

This country is sick and getting sicker. Don't blame Brad Paisley and LL Cool J.


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: bradpaisley; racism

1 posted on 04/12/2013 7:09:46 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

He’s a country pu$$y. Nice wife, though...kid uglier than a bag of dirt.


2 posted on 04/12/2013 7:11:29 AM PDT by Gaffer
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To: SeekAndFind

"IT's SICK AND GETTING SICKER..."



3 posted on 04/12/2013 7:11:49 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

Brad Paisley = Justin Bieber with a cowboy hat. Loser...


4 posted on 04/12/2013 7:12:06 AM PDT by Resolute Conservative
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To: SeekAndFind

It must be pretty bad if both the left and the right think it sucks.......


5 posted on 04/12/2013 7:13:49 AM PDT by Red Badger (Want to be surprised? Google your own name......Want to have fun? Google your friend's names........)
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To: SeekAndFind
Well, they tell me that the country needs to be brave enough to have a conversation about race. Where Brad Paisley went wrong was that he thought he might be allowed to say something. That's not how the conversation works. White boy sits down, shuts up, and listens while the black man yells at him and calls him names. That's called conversating. Until white folk have the courage to have that conversation, this country is going to have a problem with race.

Now excuse me, I have go play that knock-out game.

6 posted on 04/12/2013 7:15:09 AM PDT by ClearCase_guy (The ballot box is a sham. Nothing will change until after the war.)
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To: SeekAndFind

I like Joe Piscopo and Eddie Murphy’s performance of Ebony and Ivory for a racial harmony song!


7 posted on 04/12/2013 7:16:42 AM PDT by RPTMS
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To: Gaffer
RE: He’s a country pu$$y. Nice wife, though...kid uglier than a bag of dirt.

I don't thnink they're that bad lookin' ...


8 posted on 04/12/2013 7:23:35 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind
Lol! When I first saw a story about this song, at first glance, I thought the title was “Accidental Rapist”...That certainly brings up some interesting song concepts....
9 posted on 04/12/2013 7:24:48 AM PDT by apillar
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To: ClearCase_guy

From Jonah Goldberg:

SEE HERE: http://townhall.com/columnists/jonahgoldberg/2013/04/12/are-brad-paisley-and-rand-paul-the-bravest-men-in-america-n1565504

EXCERPT:

I can’t really second-guess the music critics. It is not a great song from what I can tell. Though is it really the “worst song ever,” as several critics have said? It seems to me that “Who Put the Bomp (In the Bomp, Bomp, Bomp)” is catchier but substantively less redeeming.

Which is to say that Paisley — with an accompaniment from legendary rapper LL Cool J — is striving for something important. The song is a ballad about a white Southerner trying to reconcile his Southern pride and his rejection of racism. It begins with a scene where a black barista at Starbucks takes offense at the Confederate flag on the white narrator’s shirt. “To the man that waited on me at the Starbucks down on Main, I hope you understand/When I put on that T-shirt, the only thing I meant to say is I’m a Skynyrd fan.”

Paisley defends the song as an effort to — you guessed it — start a conversation. Personally, I think art that has to be defended on conversation-starting grounds probably isn’t art. Conversely, I’m inclined to think that any song with Paisley’s message would be denounced and ridiculed. Right or wrong, letting the South off the hook for its racial sins is not something that interests many of Paisley’s critics. The fact that Paisley (and LL Cool J) made the critics’ job so much easier doesn’t change that.

Something similar can be said about the reception to Rand Paul’s appearance at Howard University this week. Here, Paul did exactly the right thing by making his case to a politically unsympathetic audience of minorities. Though, at one point, he miscalculated a bit in an exchange where he assumed his audience didn’t know that black civil rights pioneers — including the founders of the NAACP — were mostly Republicans. Howard, one of the nation’s premier historically black colleges, is one of the few universities where the average student probably would know that stuff.

Much of the criticism of Paul centered on speculation about his motives. He’s just trying to soften his image! He’s using the audience as a prop! To which the only intellectually honest rejoinder is: Maybe he is! Isn’t that what politicians do?

Both Paul and Paisley are doing exactly what liberal politicians, civil rights activists and editorial boards have been demanding for decades. Paisley contributed his best effort for a “frank dialogue.” Paul reached out to minorities, engaged in the conversation and didn’t take blacks for granted. No one should be shocked that neither effort settled anything. That’s how conversations are supposed to work, but not, apparently, the kinds of conversations the conversation-starters have in mind.


10 posted on 04/12/2013 7:28:58 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: ClearCase_guy

A+ on your post.


11 posted on 04/12/2013 7:31:59 AM PDT by EEGator
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To: RPTMS

You are black and I am white
You are blind as a bat, and I have sight

Side by Side, you are my amigo, Negro
Let’s not fiiiiiiight.


12 posted on 04/12/2013 7:33:41 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Resolute Conservative

I really like Brad Paisley and have since his song He Didn’t Have To Be. To equate him with Justin Bieber really is an insult.


13 posted on 04/12/2013 7:35:53 AM PDT by ilovesarah2012
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To: SeekAndFind
But isn't this the kind of Kumbaya sentiment liberal elites embrace in their quest for racial harmony? Yes, that's what they say. But when it's what you offer, they react with their true colors.

No, this isn't "Kumbaya" - too much real in this song - flaws exposed ... a tentative reaching out ...Liberals will hate this song.

A liberal song would carry the delusion that all problems are solved and we love each other ... no flaws, no work involved, nothing ugly or untoward... just unicorns and purple skies forever... holding hands - being idiots...

14 posted on 04/12/2013 7:44:34 AM PDT by GOPJ (New AP term for Illegal Aliens IS Undocumented Democrats.... Jay Leno)
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To: SeekAndFind

“Anti-racism” is and has always been a fraud, its always been nothing more than anti-white, racism if you will.


15 posted on 04/12/2013 7:49:45 AM PDT by junta ("Peace is a racket", testimony from crime boss Barrack Hussein Obama.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Life is easier when you live White Guilt Free.


16 posted on 04/12/2013 7:50:14 AM PDT by Brooklyn Attitude (Obama being re-elected is the political equivalent of OJ being found not guilty.)
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17 posted on 04/12/2013 7:50:33 AM PDT by DJ MacWoW (My faith and politics cannot be separated)
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To: SeekAndFind

“...he felt he had to defend wearing a T-shirt celebrating the country band Alabama...”

Why did he feel the need to “defend” wearing a t-shirt?

That’s how the libs start so many of these types of fights...by asking/requiring/urging/demanding someone “defend” something. That’s where they get a foothold.

Screw a defense. Just smile, turn your back on them, and walk away. Libs hate to be ignored.


18 posted on 04/12/2013 7:50:46 AM PDT by moovova
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To: SeekAndFind

Why do people believe that the left (or even some elements of the right) are interested in a a post racial America or racial reconciliation? Where would politicians and activists be if we didn’t have race-baiting as a political tool?


19 posted on 04/12/2013 7:57:14 AM PDT by garbanzo (Welcome to the jungle, it gets worse here every day)
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To: Red Badger

But it’s not.


20 posted on 04/12/2013 7:58:38 AM PDT by chris37 (Heartless.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Brad just jumped the shark. it’s bad enough that the opposition calls us names but someone supposedly in the Country Class should know better.
So he says we should be more sensitive? When all you have is a hammer....
It’s time to stand up and tell everyone to get a life. It’s not always about you and your feelings.


21 posted on 04/12/2013 8:03:31 AM PDT by griswold3
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To: moovova
Why did he feel the need to “defend” wearing a t-shirt?

I think because it had the Stars & Bars on it.

22 posted on 04/12/2013 8:08:49 AM PDT by Hemingway's Ghost (Spirit of '75)
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To: SeekAndFind

Brad Paisley is an idiot


23 posted on 04/12/2013 8:18:22 AM PDT by yldstrk (My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: ilovesarah2012

To each his own. I am sure some artists I like will not meet your approval, but I am not a Paisley fan.

Besides if he does not want to be insulted quit acting like Bieber and every other spoiled musician that thinks they are so gifted that their opinion matters to me. I will insult any left leaning person at my discretion. They have been doing it to us for years and we have not reacted all in the name of being polite and decorum. I am past that. If you lie with dogs you get fleas.


24 posted on 04/12/2013 8:19:01 AM PDT by Resolute Conservative
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To: SeekAndFind

We are pounded with racial B.S. 24/7/365.

Blacks are only 13% of the population but about 85% of the problems and 90% of the irritating in-your-face crap.

When surfing the TV if we see even one black face we keep going.

The charge of racism has become the second biggest joke in the country, only one place behind the biggest joke - Barack Obama.


25 posted on 04/12/2013 8:20:43 AM PDT by Iron Munro (Welcome to Obama-Land - EVERYTHING NOT FORBIDDEN IS COMPULSORY)
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To: SeekAndFind

On the credit side, Mr. Paisley and Mr. Cool J. have brought Whites and Blacks together in that EVERYONE, regardless of race thinks the song sucks.

The reason they do is that it is bad...or more technically, it is “really, really, really” bad.

The first place it goes bad is that it is sung by a country singer named “Paisly”. Mr. Paisley may be a decent singer (I really don’t know) but you can’t sing country music and have a name like “Paisley”—you just can’t. He should have changed his name to something “country” like “Brad Smith N. Wesson” or “Brad Mustang”. If you go around named after a “textile pattern featuring a leaf motif”, it is going to affect your music (just like switching to his birth name “Mellencamp” turned John Cougar from a great rocker into a preachy liberal making boring effetemusic.)

Second—he is singing about going to “STARBUCKS”. Country music singers don’t sing about going to Starbucks (unless maybe maybe it is Toby Keith singing about how his girl drug him into Starbucks when he wanted to go to the Western Steakhouse or something like that.)

This is just a fail.


26 posted on 04/12/2013 8:22:38 AM PDT by Happy_Regicide
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To: moovova

he is defending the rebel flag. I recall buying my southern hubby a new rebel flag beach towel in NC and he was mortified and embarrassed. It was to replace his old one. I grew up the kid of Caucasians who fought for racial equality for all, so I never was prejudiced. But my mil was another story, from Kentucky and didn’t think I should let the black carpet steamer guy use my bathroom. He should go to a “filling station”. She was a piece of work.


27 posted on 04/12/2013 8:22:54 AM PDT by yldstrk (My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: Resolute Conservative

When it comes to music, I try to separate the musician from the man/woman. I still love James Taylor’s music but he’s a liberal nutcase.


28 posted on 04/12/2013 8:36:08 AM PDT by ilovesarah2012
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To: ilovesarah2012

I used to try that but I finally decided if I give them any money or attention I am tacitly approving them. It maybe futile on my part but worth the effort.


29 posted on 04/12/2013 8:41:42 AM PDT by Resolute Conservative
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To: Resolute Conservative

I refuse to shop at JC Penney or Target and love supporting Hobby Lobby and Chick-Fil-A. We all have our line in the sand, I guess.


30 posted on 04/12/2013 8:47:54 AM PDT by ilovesarah2012
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To: ilovesarah2012

Too bad it is shifting sand...


31 posted on 04/12/2013 8:55:53 AM PDT by Resolute Conservative
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To: griswold3
Brad just jumped the shark.

My thoughts exactly

32 posted on 04/12/2013 8:57:30 AM PDT by verga (A nation divided by Zero!)
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To: SeekAndFind

It’s not a cnart song and doesn’t fit on an album the way I’d normally expect but, it does send the message that being a proud Southerner and wearin the flag doesn’t have anything to do with racism in the modern world.

We didn’t grow up with that mindset and I’d let someone have it, preferably verbally, if I saw it.

Start the conversation and dispell the myth.

Same with the baggy pant dudes. They ain’t gangstuh? Fine, I accept your premise and will accord you respect the same as anyone.

Like everyone, that respect is a mutual pact and has the regular social conditions as terms.

If either of us break the pact then, yea, we’re a dick and perhaps we will realize our error, apologize and work to never cross the again.


33 posted on 04/12/2013 9:05:27 AM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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To: SeekAndFind; All

HULLA BELUE! INCONSEQUENTIAL SONG. CREATING HATE COMMENTS AND ACCUSATIONS.

ALL THE WHILE abortions ARE FINE!!!

AMERIA HAS LOST OUR MOORINGS!

GOD FORGIVE AMERICA, WE KNOW NOT WHAT WE DO. Have MERCY on AMERICA, WE ASK FOR FORGIVENESS, WE REPENT OF OUR SINS. Help us see, and have understanding of Thy commands in the Scriptures. WE LOVE THEE FATHER, IN JESUS NAME AMEN. Amen.


34 posted on 04/12/2013 9:09:21 AM PDT by geologist ("If you love me, keep my commands" .... John 14 :15)
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To: Vendome; Resolute Conservative; yldstrk; moovova; Iron Munro; griswold3

LYRICS TO THE SONG: “ACCIDENTAL RACIST”

Songwriters: Smith, James Todd / Paisley, Brad / Miller, Lee Thomas

To the man that waited on me at the Starbucks down on Main, I hope you understand
When I put on that t-shirt, the only thing I meant to say is I’m a Skynyrd fan
The red flag on my chest somehow is like the elephant in the corner of the south
And I just walked him right in the room
Just a proud rebel son with an ‘ol can of worms
Lookin’ like I got a lot to learn but from my point of view

I’m just a white man comin’ to you from the southland
Tryin’ to understand what it’s like not to be
I’m proud of where I’m from but not everything we’ve done
And it ain’t like you and me can re-write history
Our generation didn’t start this nation
We’re still pickin’ up the pieces, walkin’ on eggshells, fightin’ over yesterday
And caught between southern pride and southern blame

They called it Reconstruction, fixed the buildings, dried some tears
We’re still siftin’ through the rubble after a hundred-fifty years
I try to put myself in your shoes and that’s a good place to begin
But it ain’t like I can walk a mile in someone else’s skin

‘Cause I’m a white man livin’ in the southland
Just like you I’m more than what you see
I’m proud of where I’m from but not everything we’ve done
And it ain’t like you and me can re-write history
Our generation didn’t start this nation
And we’re still paying for the mistakes
That a bunch of folks made long before we came
And caught between southern pride and southern blame

Dear Mr. White Man, I wish you understood
What the world is really like when you’re livin’ in the hood
Just because my pants are saggin’ doesn’t mean I’m up to no good
You should try to get to know me, I really wish you would
Now my chains are gold but I’m still misunderstood
I wasn’t there when Sherman’s March turned the south into firewood
I want you to get paid but be a slave I never could
Feel like a new fangled Django, dodgin’ invisible white hoods
So when I see that white cowboy hat, I’m thinkin’ it’s not all good
I guess we’re both guilty of judgin’ the cover not the book
I’d love to buy you a beer, conversate and clear the air
But I see that red flag and I think you wish I wasn’t here

I’m just a white man
(If you don’t judge my do-rag)
Comin’ to you from the southland
(I won’t judge your red flag)
Tryin’ to understand what it’s like not to be
I’m proud of where I’m from
(If you don’t judge my gold chains)
But not everything we’ve done
(I’ll forget the iron chains)
It ain’t like you and me can re-write history
(Can’t re-write history baby)

Oh, Dixieland
(The relationship between the Mason-Dixon needs some fixin’)
I hope you understand what this is all about
(Quite frankly I’m a black Yankee but I’ve been thinkin’ about this lately)
I’m a son of the new south
(The past is the past, you feel me)
And I just want to make things right
(Let bygones be bygones)
Where all that’s left is southern pride
(RIP Robert E. Lee but I’ve gotta thank Abraham Lincoln for freeing me, know what I mean)
It’s real, it’s real
It’s truth


35 posted on 04/12/2013 9:09:54 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: Vendome; Resolute Conservative; yldstrk; moovova; Iron Munro; griswold3
I hasten to add that one of the Lyricist is James Todd Smith ( AKA LL COOL J. who lives in Long Island, NY )


36 posted on 04/12/2013 9:11:45 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

My friend I use to stay at the Four Seasons, on Doheney, Beverly Hills.

We ran into him frequently and he was constantly looking for a laugh and teasing my friend in a playful manner, much like a brother teasing his sister.

He was always bright and of good cheer.

Once, we were having breakfast and I was reading my paper and having coffee, I looked up and this stoopid dork(guy teasing guy) is standing there with a big grin, towel over his forearm and says “coffee sir?”

We all started laughing and he tops off my coffee and turns to my and saying “And beautiful lady, what woukd like?”

She did that girl thing where they tilt there head, look through the corner of their eye and said “Why yes handsome. I would love some camomille tea”.

He laughed and said he had no idea what that was but, someone would be over shortly to help her. Waiter came over and said LL Cool J said you need something?

Too funny!

As we were leaving my friend stopped and wanted to grab the breakfast menu as a momento and wondered aloud if she could.

LL was behind us and proclaimed “It’s the Four Seasons Baby. You can do anything you want!”

He grabbed one of the days menu and handed it to her.

We all laughed and I recall had just a great day.

Nice guy.


37 posted on 04/12/2013 9:27:26 AM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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To: SeekAndFind

“Our generation didn’t start this nation”

And I thank God for that!!!

His generation couldn’t shine the boots of our founding fathers, nor mine I might add as a reluctant Boomer. The right men were in the right place at the right time to make this great nation, too bad they died and so will their creation.


38 posted on 04/12/2013 9:31:31 AM PDT by Resolute Conservative
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To: SeekAndFind

LL Cool J, now a star on the CBS drama “NCIS: LA.”

One of the principle reasons I don’t watch that show.


39 posted on 04/12/2013 9:35:51 AM PDT by Venturer
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To: SeekAndFind

Just like that stupid arsed song “We are the World” from 1985 where all the “stars” sang a line. They are so stupid to think that one song will make be the panacea and everyone will magically get along. I find it just the opposite that popular music can install hate and bigotry ( all gangsta rap lyrics fall in this category ) and have no redeeming value on this planet.

You’d be better off singing Near My God to Thee or Blessed Redeemer for what is coming.


40 posted on 04/12/2013 9:36:42 AM PDT by Resolute Conservative
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To: SeekAndFind

I was done with Paisley when I found out he played the party at the Obamugabe 2013 inaugural...same with Kelly pro-sodomy Clarkson.


41 posted on 04/12/2013 11:10:42 AM PDT by SoFloFreeper
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To: ClearCase_guy
Well, they tell me that the country needs to be brave enough to have a conversation about race.

Dumb ol' Brad Paisley never read the poem:

Will you walk into my parlour?" said the Spider to the Fly, 'Tis the prettiest little parlour that ever you did spy;
The way into my parlour is up a winding stair,
And I've a many curious things to shew when you are there."
Oh no, no," said the little Fly, "to ask me is in vain,
For who goes up your winding stair can ne'er come down again."

42 posted on 04/12/2013 11:49:22 AM PDT by donna (Pray for revival.)
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To: Hemingway's Ghost; yldstrk

No disrespect meant for the Confederate flag in any way, shape or form. I think it’s a beautiful piece of cloth and a valuable piece of history.

The point I’m making is that nothing you say will change the mind of a liberal. Why waste the breath? They just want to use inanimate objects (such as the Confederate flag on a t-shirt) to browbeat you into submission.

I’m saying ignore them when they launch into their little whining hissy fits


43 posted on 04/12/2013 12:21:04 PM PDT by moovova
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