Paul Simon was the musical guest on Saturday Night Live last night. This reminded me of A Simple Desultory Phillipic, a song that is about 40 years old now and more timely than ever before.
I been norman mailered, maxwell taylored.
I been john o’hara’d, mcnamara’d.
I been rolling stoned and beatled till I’m blind.
I been ayn randed, nearly branded
Communist, ’cause I’m left-handed.
That’s the hand I use, well, never mind!
I been phil spectored, resurrected.
I been lou adlered, barry sadlered.
Well, I paid all the dues I want to pay.
And I learned the truth from lenny bruce,
And all my wealth won’t buy me health,
So I smoke a pint of tea a day.
I knew a man, his brain was so small,
He couldn’t think of nothing at all.
He’s not the same as you and me.
He doesn’t dig poetry. he’s so unhip that
When you say dylan, he thinks you’re talking about dylan thomas,
Whoever he was.
The man ain’t got no culture,
But it’s alright, ma,
Everybody must get stoned.
I been mick jaggered, silver daggered.
Andy warhol, won’t you please come home?
I been mothered, fathered, aunt and uncled,
Been roy haleed and art garfunkeled.
I just discovered somebody’s tapped my phone.
It’s becoming harder and harder to keep up with the daily revelations of the administration’s abuses of power; with every revelation, I hear someone say, “That’s impossible” or “I give up.” The desire to sleep now and wake when this is over can be strong. Yesterday, Agitprop’s Blogenfreude, wide awake, made a list of extremely naughty children and their crimes. It’s so impressive I stopped yawning and rubbing my eyes like a six-year-old an hour after bedtime. Blogenfreude’s iceberg picture is worth several thousand words.
One thing I haven’t heard anyone say is whether or not the recording, selling and examining of phone records has stopped. I have a proposal: call your Congresspersons. Call your senators. Call your representatives. Call Nancy Pelosi and tell her that despite her reluctance to get her hands dirty –
Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (Calif.) told her caucus members during their weekly closed meeting Wednesday “that impeachment is off the table; she is not interested in pursuing it,” spokesman Brendan Daly said.
– the dirt must fly: we must have impeachment and removal. Call your mom and say, “Happy Mother’s Day, and I’ve emailed you the phone numbers of your Congressional representatives, and be sure to call that harpy Nancy Pelosi. Love you!”
If our phone records are being examined for patterns, let’s show ’em one.