Posted in To Do | music on July 4, 2009

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I think the Union Pool show should be a slept on, great show.

Posted by Anonymous | July 4, 2009 3:14 PM

"I think the Union Pool show should be a slept on, great show."

What?

Posted by Anonymous | July 4, 2009 5:14 PM

As the stunned and defeated British army marched out of Yorktown, their band appropriately played the song "A World Turned Upside Down."

Our forefathers pledged their lives and fortunes to fight and defeat the world's mightiest army and give birth to America. Our victory over King George was the greatest military upset in the annals of human history. George Washington believed our amazing victory was a result of divine providence.

The dream of limited government, personal freedom and liberty, rugged individualism, and self-sufficiency that our forefathers fought and died for is rapidly disappearing in 2009. It is once again a world turned upside down.

Our federal government is turning into the very type of heavy-handed, unaccountable, and disrespectful government our forefathers despised, fought against, and warned us to avoid. Too few Americans know and appreciate this critically important piece of American history. Shame on them.

Instead of heeding the warnings of our forefathers, we have embraced big government and both political parties have been more than happy to give it to us over the past 45 years, thereby making us more dependent on Fedzilla--the federal beast with a voracious appetite for our tax dollars, and intentionally creating dependency and control. We are once again becoming subjects, not citizens.

Fedzilla is the most unresponsive, unaccountable, bloated and ineffective bureaucratic nightmare the world has ever witnessed. It punishes the producers and risk-takers while rewarding the simpletons it has conned into believing it is helping. Fedzilla is the enemy of the free market and freedom.

Instead of allowing the free market to correct itself, Fedzilla meddles in the free market and makes things worse. I give you Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae. Using our tax dollars, Fedzilla has purchased General Motors, and bailed out AIG and other financial institutions.

Fedzilla pushed through an unauthorized trillion-dollar economic stimulus bill that not one elected representative read before voting on it. Regardless what legal nuance or loophole some Fedzillacrat lawyer could point to in our constitution or court decision that allows for such grotesque meddling and spending, I adamantly believe this level of federal meddling and control was not the dream of our forefathers.

And guess what? It’s not working. Our economy would recover more and faster if Congress repealed the phony “stimulus” and get out of the way of free market capitalism.

In the latest of initiatives that "we must solve immediately," President Obama wants to Fedzillarize the health-care industry. Placing your health and trust in the bureaucratic hands of Fedzilla is analogous to asking a drunk driver for a ride. Fedzilla will destroy your health. It creates cancer, does not cure it.

We are witnessing what large government will do to its citizens and to itself if left virtually unchecked. Due to unsustainable and out-of-control "budgets", the state of California is on verge of a financial meltdown. Other states such as New York are not far behind. Fedzilla will ultimately collapse under its own weight because the socialism model it is built upon is ultimately unsustainable. However, the social, economic, and cultural carnage it will cause to America until it collapses will be catastrophic. Free men and women are horrified.

Higher taxes and more government ultimately lead to economic genocide. Alternatively, lower taxes, less government, and more independence lead to prosperity for all who are willing to take advantage of it. Our forefathers who threw the tea over the side of the ship in Boston Harbor knew this. The people who attended the Tea Parties this past April know it. Do you?

Sometime during your Dependence Day celebration, you should take a few moments and read the Declaration of Independence aloud to your children, relatives and guests. Read it slowly and let the words sink in. When finished, reflect for a moment on our forefathers who bravely signed their names to it, thereby signing their own death warrant.

Think about that. They were willing to die for the chance at limited federal
government, independence, freedom and liberty. They didn't fight and die for freedom so you could have Fedzilla housing, food, transportation and health care.

To my fellow Americans who still cherish the dream of our founding fathers, I wish you a wonderful and Happy Independence Day. To those of you who are willing to compromise your liberty and freedom in the hopes that Fedzilla will provide you an artificial blanket of security, enjoy your Dependence Day.

I'm a free man--a citizen, not a subject--who still hears the distant ringing of the Liberty Bell. Don't tread on me and I won't be forced to Ted on you. Be forewarned: push me too far at your own peril.

Posted by Ted Nugent | July 4, 2009 5:36 PM

Fuck this!

That's what John Muir said after being blinded in an industrial accident. A file pierced his eye and he thought his vision was history. But after a month in a darkened room, his vision returned and he walked from Indiana to Florida.

I know, I know, that was a hundred years ago. More, actually. But that's not the point. The question is, are you working with your head or heart? At some point you've got to stop being who your parents want you to be and start being who you are.

I hadn't been to Yosemite since 1973. Not much has changed. That's how it is with the physical world. It outlasts us. We're just a blip in time. We think we're forever, but despite all the hosannas, even Michael Jackson's music will soon be forgotten. It's not human nature, it's Mother Nature!

Yosemite is an amusement park of the mind. Rather than going on rides, being turned upside down by mechanical contraptions, you look at the landscape and your mind does somersaults. How did this happen? It's hard to imagine a glacier that creates Half Dome, and how can El Capitan be almost perfectly vertical?

At the visitor center near Yosemite Falls there's a bit of cell service. But you get no e-mail on your BlackBerry, you're disconnected from everything deemed important. You're placed in natural perspective. We're here for such a very short time. What do we want to do, what do we want to accomplish?

Money won't help you if you're hiking in Tuolomne Meadows and it starts to rain. Rich people get no better view from Glacier Point than poor. In Yosemite, we're all in it together.

On a nature walk behind the Ahwahnee Hotel, the ranger told us the John Muir story. It's stuck with me. It's shown me that those Americans not on the cover of "Us", not featured in the "Forbes" 500 are not losers, but in many cases winners. Money is not the only priority. You need it to live, but how much?

Would you rap if there was no Biggie, no Jay-Z?

Would you play the guitar if there was no Eddie Van Halen?

Would you be in the music business if David Geffen hadn't made all that money?

If not, give up. Please. You're hurting yourself. And you'll leave no lasting mark.

But if you need to play, don't lament that you're not a millionaire. The music should be enough. If you've got a roof over your head, if you can pay the bills, you're on the map. Affecting a coterie deeply is more important than being a momentary comet, burning brightly and then flaming out.

So don't do what you should do, do what you want to do. Even if your chosen field is not perceived to be a road to riches. Who knew all those chefs would become stars on the Food Network? Who knew you could make a career in extreme sports? Who knew gaming would outstrip both music and movies in revenue?

I'm not saying to forgo an education. Fundamentals are important. Only by establishing a foundation do you have a place to build.

It's time to establish your own independence. To make your own decisions. So when you're on your deathbed, surrounded by loved ones who will soon reach their demise also, you've got no regrets.

Posted by Bob Lefsetz | July 4, 2009 5:37 PM

I like how the camera lingers on the cutie's bust at 0:14-0:15.

Posted by male hipster | July 4, 2009 5:40 PM

John Muir, what about Ryan Muir?

Posted by Anonymous | July 4, 2009 5:46 PM

Fuk this day

Posted by Brit | July 4, 2009 5:47 PM

conor oberst was great. much better than i thought he would be.

Posted by Anonymous | July 4, 2009 10:36 PM

Kure Vile won the day at Woodsist, imo.

Posted by zach | July 5, 2009 12:34 AM

kurT

Posted by zach | July 5, 2009 12:35 AM

Thee Oh Sees killed killed killed

Posted by Anonymous | July 6, 2009 12:23 AM

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