"How did it come to pass that an opposition's measure of a president's foreign policy was all or nothing, success or "failure"? The answer is that the political absolutism now normal in Washington arrived at the moment--Nov. 7, 2000--that our politics subordinated even a war against terror to seizing the office of the presidency." - Daniel Henninger - WSJ 11/18/05
"the slovenliness of our language makes it easier for us to have foolish thoughts." - George Orwell

Wednesday, May 24, 2006

TIME: In the Line of Fire-Dixie Chicks on the Front Lines!!!

I have very little to say to the Dixie Chicks and the opinions espoused by them. Natalie Maines, spoke and listeners reacted; this was not a knock on their freedom of speech. It would be pleasing to see a them spiral into oblivion seeing how the msm markets their story/new CD.

To make them more of or something they are not, Time has them on the cover this week with, "Radical Chicks - They criticized the war and were labeled unpatriotic. Now the Dixie Chicks are back, betting their careers on a whole new style. Is America ready?"

From Time (subscription required, waste your money if you want the whole article):

Natalie Maines is one of those people born middle finger first.

she'd skip a class a day in an attempt to prove that because she never got caught and some Mexican students did, the system was racist.
That's about all there is for free, but it speaks volumes. She sounds like a real smart cookie and worthy of a cover story/news/marketing plan; which Time jumps in with full throttle as though this is news or wisdom.

One quote from the story (literally) I take from the Brent Bozell piece at Townhall.com, where Maines explains that they are not going to "pander country music audiences, "We're not politicians. We're musicians."

Bozell's closing statements after the above quote:

You could have fooled me. All the laudatory publicity they're receiving is a direct results of a marketing strategy that is all about politics, not about the music. They are pitching themselves to the liberal media as musical McCains -- love us as we courageously attack our conservative base.

The New York Times declared that for the Dixie Chicks, "free speech was costly." But the publicity their friends in the media are now showering on them is priceless.

Shut up and sing!


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