Monthly Archives: September 2007

This is not a blog post

It is to say that I have an idea for a blog post that I will write later. So this just introduces that blog post. It’s not a blog post itself.

Oh, yeah, Filk Singer Blind Lemming Chiffon has fallen behind on his Song-A-Day project, but his most recent endeavor, I feel, is a work of genius. And I may actually sing it at the next open mic I attend.

Oh, crap, I think I just made this into a blog post.

Everest

I’ve blogged in the past about how much I like Everest Cafe, which is downtown on Washington Avenue and 19th streets. Excellent Nepalese and Korean food at economical prices. (e.g. an all you can eat lunch buffet for $6.95)

Was there for lunch today and noticed two things.
1) they now have a website.
2) They’re moving to 4145 Manchester in a couple months. (This is just west of Vandeventer, before Manchester becomes Choteau.)

Another Country

First Amendment to the Constitution

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.

When Congress or the Senate condemns a specific person or group for political speech – especially speech that attacks public officials – this is not exactly in direct defiance of the first amendment (no law has been made) but it could have a chilling effect.

“Better not say anything bad about a government official or you too could be condemned by the government.” That’s the message it sends.

Some people might wear such a condemnation as a badge of honor. But others would be cowed into silence.

I am disturbed that 72 members of the Senate thought an attempt to chill political speech was a good idea.

As Phil Ochs sang back in 1963:

Oh, it must have been another country —
Yes, it must have been another land.
That couldn’t happen in the U.S.A.
We’d never treat a man that way.

Arrrrr

Songs for today

Hey, it’s Can(n)on – Tom Smith
Talk Like A Pirate Day – Tom Smith (both can be downloaded for free)
I Want to Sing and Dance – Ray Stevens
The Wendy Saga – SJ Tucker

The Pirate Song – George Harrison

A Pirate Looks at 40 – Jimmy Buffett

You Don’t Know Jack – Luke Ski