The Bopst Show: “The Funny Thing” (Episode 48)

“And the funny thing about me is, I’m a member of the right brigade.”

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Title: The Bopst Show: “The Funny Thing (Episode 47)”
Rating: PG-13 (Adult Situations, Suggestive Content)
Intent: to give ample evidence that punk punk (at least in its highly idealized form) is not dead
Quality Diversion: The trouble is it doesn’t say how….
Suggested Absurd News Story Reading by Geographical Region: Washington, DC
Request Line: (804) 767-2550
Construction Dates: Monday-Thursday, March 24-26 2009
Equipment: Mac G4, Free Audio Editor & Recorder Software from Audacity, Frontier US-122 USB Audio/MIDI Interface, Shure SM57 Microphone
Posted: Monday March 30th, 2009
Artists and Groups in order of appearance: Captain Hook & His Crew, Chris Bopst, Hidden Strength, Niney The Observer, The Bad Brains, Wynonie Harris, TV On The Radio, Chet Baker, Linton Kwesi Johnson, The African Brothers Band, Johnny Buckett, Pink Floyd, Unknown, George Guzman, The Normal VS Raffi, The Banana Splits, The Clash, Billie Holiday
Mixed by: Chris Bopst
Art: Chris Bopst

“And the funny thing about me is, I’m a member of the right brigade.”
–HR

Liner Notes:
I hate Republicans. Wait a minute; that’s not entirely true. Let me clarify that statement. I loathe, despise and hold in the highest contempt those currently passing themselves off as Republicans. It’s an important distinction. Tenets of what used to be the Republican Party-fiscal responsibility, government out of your life & strong national defense- are principles that I believe in to the core of my being, but today’s Republicans don’t stand for those cherished political ideals anymore. After 8 agonizing years of Bush, it is clear that today’s Republicans represent maintaining the interests and dominance of the rich, government all up in our shit and, most importantly, the party currently passing itself off as the Republican Party is directly responsible for the dire financial situation that our country finds itself in today.

These facts are indisputable. To anyone who has been paying attention, I’m not telling you anything you don’t already know. The elephants are out of their fucking minds.

Since the presidential election, the party has been a rudderless ship. They have assumed the mantle as the loyal opposition opposing anything the new president proposes just on principal. While it is prudent to voice resistance to policies that the new president has & will try to initiate, Republicans seem more concerned with being merely obstructionist than offering constructive, legislative alternatives. It’s hard not to laugh when they scream of partisan politics when one considers how Congressional Republicans handled the legislative process during their 6 years in control of both the House and Senate as well as having the luxury of a sitting president of the same political stripe. Again, it would be funny if those tragic years didn’t give birth to the mess we are in today.

And that’s another reason to hate Republicans. They act as if the last 8 years didn’t happen. Even before Obama took office, I heard Rush Limbaugh spouting off that we are in the midst of a Obama recession as if George Bush & his Republican Congressional lap dog enablers didn’t exist. These disingenuous and exceedingly false sentiments are echoed all over right wing talk radio. Rush & his factually challenged brethren in the lunatic fringe have never been guilty of espousing rational thought, but the spiteful ignorance by which they ignore recent history is a new level of deceitfulness even for them. All I know is that if Limbaugh, Savage & Hannity are convinced something is wrong; somebody is obviously doing something very right.

If you voted Republican and actually have to work for a living, I hate you the most. You are an idiot of epic proportions and worthy of the deepest derision. Part of the insidious genius of Karl Rove politics is that he got you to vote against your own financial well-being. The Republican Party doesn’t represent Joe Six Pack or Joe the Plumber; they represent the boss who just laid you off. Virginia Republican Eric Cantor made his party’s let them eat cake political sentiments known in a profanity laced video his office released ridiculing the union AFSCME (American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees). On the video, the narrator mocks the union as cussing bullies because the AFSCME (God forbid) work to protect worker’s rights. Sure, unions aren’t what they once were, but unions most certainly do more for the interests of workers than Cantor & his corporate shilling ilk ever have or ever will. The Republican Party is fundamentally opposed to wage equality and worker’s rights. Cantor, a man who has said “the use of obscenity” in television “should not and cannot be tolerated”, probably hoped that using colorful language would help to make him seem, “hip” to the younger generation the Republican Party is so desperate to infiltrate, but the real message he is sending is that Republicans view the average working citizen and organizations working to protect them with scorn.

Well Eric, the feeling is mutual.

The set list for this week’s show is posted here. All previous show set lists (46 as of this writing) are on my blog.

Until Next Time:

Stay Clean,
BOPST

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20 comments on The Bopst Show: “The Funny Thing” (Episode 48)

  1. YAY! New Bopst! The week may now proceed…

    (Hope the family is feeling better, and that you didn’t catch what they had.)

  2. As always, thanks for listening.

    Did anyone hear or see this?
    http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/weather/bal-lights0330,0,5347492.story

  3. Rich on said:

    Eric Cantor is a douche. There. I said it.

  4. Liberty on said:

    The reason you think republicans don’t have any legislative ideas is because one of their core principles is- the govt. is not the answer. While you say you dont want the govt. all up in your face you cheerlead for doing just that. How can you hold two opposing viewpoints? schizophrenia is defined as holding two diametrically opposed viewpoints at the same time. The political class sucks Dems and Repubs.

    Talk about being stupid, voting for Democrats is obviously a vote against your own financial well being, its called higher taxes you moron. Democrats are for the death penalty, aka taxing you to death. You were whining about having to work so much on some other thread, dont ya wish you werent taxed so much and could keep your hard earned money? ya dope You need to open your partisan eyes to how screwed up your own party is. Talk about irrational and illogical, youre plain dumb.

  5. Liberty on said:

    unfortunately i read a lil more of your moronity. So corporations are evil? lol they provide you with everyting you want or need increasing you standard of living, so you bite the hand that feeds you too, thats smart. Plus they create jobs for people to work and get wealthy. how evil of them. It must suck to be so confused

  6. Groover on said:

    Yeah Chris, The VA Pilot had an article on that last night. I’m starting the conspiracy that the Navy shot down a Ruskie or a Chinese plane. You heard it here. Don’t mess with Oceana, Fentress, NOB or Langley…

  7. sloov on said:

    You’re the fucking retard, “Liberty”. The first man to oversee the biggest government in world history was Ronald Reagan, only beaten by George Bush II with the advantage of having a republican controlled congress for 6 years. All these Republican retards yap about “big gubmint! big gubmint!”, then go right ahead and vote in people with the most bloated fucking budgets of all time, spent on the fucking communist society we call the military, because “they defend our freedoms” which is a total LOAD OF FUCKING SHIT.

    I hate Democrats too, because they act exactly like republicans. Then fucking retards like you yap about “socialism” and have no idea what the word means, Democrats are way far to the right of centrists in any rational thinkers mind. Unfortunately we have more people sucking Ayn Rand’s fat dick and conspiracy retards in this country than rational thinkers.

  8. I’m glad you liked the show, Liberty. You’re welcome…

  9. Scott Burger on said:
  10. It is amazing…

  11. Liberty on said:

    you know music, but politics, not so much

  12. but I can easily tell when the math is lying…

  13. Liberty on said:

    How can you tell when a politician is lying? when his lips are moving.

    @sloov- you dumb shit, the only reason we have freedoms is because of our warriors, without them we have nothing you imbecile.

  14. Liberty on said:

    @sloov- you speak with experience about suckin fat dicks dont ya

  15. Thank you sloov. I feel the same about both parties. Though I wish Nader was president, I’m thrilled beyond reason that Obama sits in the Oval Office. It’s nice to have someone in the office that has a brain you can admire. It’s just too bad that progress is just a maddening measure of degrees.

    If Canter is the best Republicans can offer and Obama can right the ship, what currently passes as the Republican Party is going to spend a generation out of power.

    Now that would be change I can believe in…

  16. Scott Burger on said:

    http://gp.org/press/pr-national.php?ID=195

    Green Party leaders said that President Obama and Congress could bring real “change we can believe in” by introducing the following measures:

    Make assistance for Americans in dire financial need the top priority, especially aid for those facing loss of jobs and homes because of the mortgage crisis, with moratorium on home foreclosures, utility shut-offs, evictions, and rent hikes. Instead of throwing hundreds of billions of taxpayers’ dollars into the Wall Street money hole, use the federal government’s power to stimulate the economy by creating jobs with a major public works program.

    Restore the Glass-Steagall Act (passed during the Depression, separating banking from insurance and securities trading), usury laws (prohibiting credit card companies and other financial firms from charging exorbitant interest), and other regulations of the financial industry that were stripped during the Reagan-Bush-Clinton-Bush era. These rules were designed to prevent catastrophes like the one the US is undergoing now.

    Nationalize insolvent banks and keep them as public banks; nationalize the mortgage industry, including Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac; break up the giant financial conglomerates; strengthen provisions to recapitalize pension funds. ‘Too big to fail’ means too risky for a healthy economy and too powerful for a healthy democracy. Introduce measures to decentralize the economy, with aid for small and local banks and credit unions. Rescue Main Street instead of Wall Street. (Nationalization talk from liberal politicians and pundits often means lemon socialism: writing down bad assets at public expense to clean up banks’ balance sheets and then reselling them to private investors. Bad assets should cost investors, not the public.)

    End trading in toxic financial instruments, including risky derivatives, hedge funds, junk bonds, collateral debt obligations (CDOs), and credit default swaps (CDSs) that create phantom wealth for financiers based on expensive gambles for the rest of America.

    Make the Treasury Department, Federal Reserve, Securities Exchange Commission, and other regulators transparent and accountable to taxpayers. Unfortunately, President Obama appointed experts like Treasury Secrety Timothy Geithner and economic advisor Larry Summers who promoted and oversaw the deregulatory policies that led to the current crisis. Mr. Geithner declared his real loyalties shortly after he took office when he said, “We have a financial system that is run by private shareholders, managed by private institutions, and we’d like to do our best to preserve that system.”

    Enact election reforms to restrict the power corporations have over Democratic and Republican politicians and open the political field to noncorporate parties and candidates. (Greens accept no corporate contributions.) From 1998 to 2000, the financial industry spent $1.7 billion on federal campaign contributions and $3.4 billion on lobbyists. The result is that too many members of Congress — including influential Democrats like Charles Schumer (NY) and Barney Frank (Mass.), Chair of the House Financial Services Committee — have legislated on behalf of top financial firms instead of taxpayers and working people.

    Make corporations and the wealthy pay their fair share in taxes; aggressively investigate and prosecute Wall Street and mortgage industry fraud and tax evasion. A retroactive tax on windfall revenue on the oil-energy industry, with a return to 1981 level capital income taxation and repatriation of the $2 trillion from offshore tax havens, will finance a recovery plan for working Americans.

    Green leaders listed further steps that Congress and the White House can take to end the recession and give the US a sound economic plan for the 21st century:

    Reorient industries in light of current human and ecological needs, especially to curb the advance of global warming. By nationalizing broke car companies, we can run them democratically as public enterprises to produce light rail equipment for expanded public transportation, electric cars, hybrids, etc. Cities and towns can be redesigned, with new construction to encourage density instead of congestion, as well as retrofitting and greening of housing, businesses, and government buildings for energy conservation. New jobs in watershed rehabilitation, alternative clean and safe energy, and other green programs will put millions of Americans to work.

    Enact Single-payer national health care (Medicare For All) to prevent Americans from going broke because of health emergencies. Single-payer will relieve the financial burden on companies that provide benefits for employees, and eliminate the participation of insurance companies, which add high cost but no value to the health care system. According to the National Nurses Organizing Committee (http://calnurses.org), Single-payer would generate 2.6 million new jobs, $317 billion in new business and public revenues, and $100 billion in wages.

    Withdraw all US troops and military contractors from Iraq and Afghanistan, ending the wars and occupations that have drained trillions of dollars from the US economy and inflicted death and ruin on these countries and on the lives of US servicemembers.

  17. Liberty on said:

    GABBA GABBA HEY!

  18. I don’t want you to be my pinhead no more…

  19. Liberty on said:

    beat on the brat with a baseball bat

  20. “Bonzo Goes To Blitzburg”

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