Friday, August 22, 2008

They Got Snoop

From today's Baltimore Sun

"Felicia 'Snoop' Pearson, the actress who played a cold-blooded killer of the same name on the HBO series The Wire, was arrested on minor drug charges yesterday after police picked her up for refusing to cooperate as a witness in a murder trial, records show."

As you can see, Snoop and I are tight

It was always said that Snoop the character and Snoop the actress were not so different. So, let the whole life imitating art discussion begin.

Holla Snoop, I can help.

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

You Can Still Rock in America

If you listened to the last RedMaryland Radio (and if you missed it check it out when it gets posted on our website) Brian Griffiths and I discussed this article about Barrack Obama and John McCain's favorite songs.

In addition to our insightful political analysis, we thought we would have some fun and create our own lists. Better yet, we let the listeners decide which list they preferred. Being tied at the end of the show, it now comes down to you gentle reader to pick the winner.

Here is my list (caution much awesomeness follows)

1. Extreme “Rest in Peace”

Lyric “Make Love not War sounds so absurd to me/ We can’t afford to take these words lightly or else our world will truly rest in peace.”

2. Metallica “Don’t Tread on Me”

Lyric “So be it / Threaten no more / To secure peace is to prepare for war”

3. Night Ranger “You can Still Rock in America”

No deep political message here just a fun rock song. But, hey it does make me feel good that you can still rock in America, at least until the fairness doctrine takes hold.

4. Guns ‘N’ Roses “ Mr. Brownstone”

Classic tune chronicaling the perils of heroin use. A good lesson for you kiddies.

5. Metallica “Eye of the Beholder”

Lyric "Independence Limited / Freedom of Choice /Choice Is Mad for You My Friend Freedom of Speech / Speech Is Words That They Will Bend/ Freedom with Their Exception"

Think Fairness Doctrine

6. Push Comes to Shove – Jackyl

Lyric "Your political correct world is incorrect I've found/ An angry young man is what I became/ The day that you got full of yourself, and now only you're to blame"

From the guys who brought you the Lumberjack (Rush Limbaugh's timber update theme).

7. Wango Tango – Ted Nugent

Prominent conservative and gun rights activist Ted Nugent’s best known hit, unless you want to include his work with Damn Yankees.

8. “We’re Not Gonna Take It” – Twisted Sister

Schwarzenegger campaign theme song. Anti-authority anthem.


9. Flight of Icarus – Iron Maiden

Classical tale of the deception of technology (and the sun!). Proves heavy metal is educational.

10. “My City Was Gone,” by The Pretenders

Rush Limbaugh theme but also as National Review’s John Miller puts it “the lyrics also display a Jane Jacobs sensibility against central planning and a conservative’s dissatisfaction with rapid change: “I went back to Ohio / But my pretty countryside / Had been paved down the middle / By a government that had no pride.”

Friday, August 08, 2008

Working Together the future of the MDGOP and the conservative Blogosphere

Brian Griffiths has given the after action report of the first MDGOP sponsored blogger conference call. It was the first of what will be a series of such calls in the coming months and years and I join Brian in applauding Justin Ready in initiating this process and recognizing the value of these forums and, most importantly, respecting the desires of our readers to be informed.

Brian already mentioned the improving financial status of the party. That was not simply a platitude but Justin directly answered some probing questions confirming that point. While the party has a long way to go to be where it wants to be, and where is was in the salad days of Governor Ehrlich, it has come a long way already.

Most intriguing to me was the clear desire of the party to work with the blogosphere in helping to spread the Republican message. Rather than adopting the parochial view of some short-sighted party members that view the blogs as something to be feared and avoided, we have a state party leadership that recognizes the potential of the alternative media we have created.

Make no mistake, the party recognizes our independence and we all but acknowledged that there will be tensions in the relationship as we fearlessly make the criticisms they never can or will. Even in this first call, there were tough questions. Wisely, however, the MDGOP knows the power of cooperation with the blogosphere is greater than any control could ever be.

To that end, bloggers, and through them you the reader, can expect greater communication and flow of information not only from the party but from Republican elected officials in the future. The party will help to bring profile and gravitas to the blogs who, in turn, will continue to cover stories and present views the party cannot and the local media will not. And this may just be the tip of the iceberg.

I again thank Justin and the MDGOP for beginning this effort and encourage all pro-Republican bloggers to join in future conference calls and participate in what will be a beneficial relationship for everyone.