It was of course the team of John Lennon and Paul McCartney -- as singers, songwriters, and instinctive harmonists -- that was the organic entity that made the Beatles. We celebrate Paul McCartney's birthday; today he turns 64. It is a birthday that resonates with his own work, though somewhat ironically. All of 16 at the time he wrote "When I'm 64," McCartney envisioned himself asking his prospective wife: "Will you still need me, will you still feed me when I'm 64?" The woman who seems to have been the love of his life herself died eight years ago at age 56, long before McCartney's sixty-fourth birthday.
Bring to mind any one of his tough, beautiful, moving songs -- "Things We Said Today," "We Can Work It Out," "What You're Doing," "I'm Looking Through You," "Here, There and Everwhere," "Penny Lane," "Blackbird," your own personal favorite. Recall the closing words of his throwaway rocker off the "White Album" -- "I'm glad it's your birthday/Happy birthday to you."
Too bad McCartney despises everything you stand for. Paul, who has such links on his site as:
Every 30 minutes, of everyday, someone finds a landmine by accident and either loses their life, or suffers horrific injuries.
Over 90% are innocent civilians. One third are children.
Nelson Mandela Foundation
Thank you for taking the time to sign our Dog & Cat Fur Petition to EU Commissioner, Markos Kyprianou urging him to implement a ban on the trade of dog and cat fur from Asia to Europe.
Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts
Meanwhile, here's how you feel about peace, love and understanding:
The governor contends with a solidly Democratic legislature that is enchanted with such clever public policy ideas (look for the union label) as punishing Wal-Mart for allegedly insufficient health care spending on its employees.
Coleen Rowley is the DFL (Democratic)-endorsed candidate for Congress in Minnesota's Second District, running against incumbent Republican (and our friend) John Kline. Rowley was the counsel for the FBI Minneapolis field office when the Minneapolis office arrested Zacarias Moussaoui in August 2001. Rowley's candidacy is based entirely on the recognition she earned as a whistleblower chastising FBI headquarters, among other things, for preventing local agents from seeking a criminal search warrant to examine Mouussaoui's laptop and for failing to seek a FISA warrant even though probable cause for a FISA warrant was clear, in Rowley's opinion.
As John Murtha's call to bug out in Iraq has become the voice of the Democratic Party, it is all the more important to understand what he's saying. Jeff Goldstein sends out the "Help wanted" call for translation of Murtha's remarks on Meet the Press yesterday. Eric Pfeiffer responds to the call in today's Washington Times: "Murtha claims support for Iraq pullout plan." The Wall Street Journal also lends a hand: "Iraq and Congress: The Murtha withdrawal policy is a counsel of defeat." At FrontPage, Peter Collier and David Horowitz reunite to help out: "The party of retreat and defat."
The party of defat? WTF? Spellcheck, dude.
Oh, and this:
Joel Mowbray has kindly sent us this exclusive dispatch from the biennial meeting of the Presbyterian Church (USA) General Assembly meeting in Birmingham, Alabama:The leftist/Palestinian political push for divestment from Israel--in other words, to institute the campaign waged against apartheid South Africa in the 1980's--is on the verge of being dealt a severe body blow.
I'm sure Mandela will be pleased at this one.
Scott, like any music you want. Just understand that the guy you appear to appreciate represents everything you hate:
It's A Tug Of War
What With One Thing And Another
It's A Tug Of War
We Expected More
But With One Thing And Another
We Were Trying To Outdo Each Other
In A Tug Of War
Help Them To Learn (Help Them To Learn)
Songs Of Joy Instead Of Burn, Baby, Burn(Burn, Baby Burn)
Let Us Show Them How To Play The Pipes Of Peace
Play The Pipes Of Peace
Win Or Lose, Sink Or Swim
One Thing Is Certain We'll Never Give In
Side By Side, Hand In Hand
We All Stand Together
All the lonely people, where do they all come from ?
All the lonely people, where do they all belong ?
You say you will love me
If I have to go.
You'll be thinking of me,
Somehow I will know.
Someday when I'm lonely,
Wishing you weren't so far away,
Then I will remember
The things we said today.
And anytime you feel the pain, hey Jude, refrain,
Don't carry the world upon your shoulders.
For well you know that it's a fool who plays it cool
By making his world a little colder.
Sorry, Scott. You can't have Paul. You don't get Paul. Paul doesn't sing to you.
Go away, idiot.