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  • Review ~ The Ties That Bind: The River Collection (CD/Blu-ray) by Bruce Springsteen

    I rarely review anything other than books. However, I wanted to review The Ties That Bind: The River Collection (CD/Blu-ray) (Audio CD) for the simple reason that Bruce Springsteen is my favorite artist, despite being my polar opposite in ideology.

    I simply adore the man’s music. And, at times, the man himself. I don’t want to get into the particulars. Part of it is explained below, and the rest? Well, let’s just say that I don’t feel comfortable among his “biggest” fans after being run off of a comments thread by some of them in 2012, because I disagreed with their interpretation of the events of 9/11/12, in Benghazi, Libya.

    There’s very little common ground between me (a person who will look at facts no matter where they point me) and certain people very far Left of center, who won’t. Unless, perhaps, some of the people who called me a liar, a right wing nut job, and then insinuated that I (and by association, my family) are unworthy to take a ride on the train to the Land of Hope and Dreams have seen the proof. No point in rehashing this. Hillary Clinton lied and covered up the events of the attack. It’s proven beyond a doubt now. Perhaps some folks will take the evidence into account, but others simply won’t. It doesn’t matter to me anymore. Hillary Clinton will be the Democrat Party nominee for President of the United States. People can vote for her or not, as they choose.

    None of this affects my love of Springsteen’s music. There’s just something I’m drawn to. Perhaps it’s the similarity of the characters in the title track of The River to myself and my husband. Maybe it’s the deep down feeling in my gut when I listen to lyrics that describe hard work, prayer, love, heartbreak and fighting to hang on to what you’ve earned. This is what I hear when listening to The Boss.

    So, despite online abuse from Leftists, and my tendency to stay away from Springsteen forums, I still love the artist and his music. Think of it this way. What’s your choice in reading material? Let’s say you’re a lover of Science Fiction, Fantasy and, perhaps Thrillers. You love these genres. What happens when you pick up a Harlequin Romance?

    This is what happens to me when I become disgusted at a foolish remark or a downright insulting one from the Boss, and vow that I will listen to more Country music, because the artists don’t usually insult my sensibilities like Bruce does sometimes. Example: Springsteen made a statement endorsing Barack Obama in 2012, stating a woman’s reproductive rights, etc. In other words, he endorsed abortion on demand. This statement was on Springsteen’s official FB page accompanied by a photo. In the photo, Bruce was wearing a Miraculous Medal. (You know… that medal depicting Mary, Mother of Jesus? A mainstay of Catholics? You know, those Catholics… the ones whose catechism states that abortion is murder? That medal.)

    So… I just compartmentalize this seemingly mind bending hypocrisy, and pray that the medal is something that will help Mr. Springsteen at some point. Then I pop in another Springsteen CD, and get lost in the music. I do listen to other genres, and even some Country Music, but… it’s just not my favorite. My favorite is Classic Rock, mainly Springsteen. However, when reviewing a product, I must be honest. See below.

    The Ties That Bind Boxed Set

    Following is my review. (4 stars on Amazon). The boxed set is pictured above.

    My husband gave me The River boxed set for Christmas. I’m really enjoying it, for the most part. I love the music, and The River is my 3rd favorite Springsteen album, after DOTEOT and BTR. I really am not much of a collector, and certainly don’t own every song Springsteen ever released, so I’m positive I will love all the songs included. I love Bruce’s voice, his enthusiasm, his obvious love for the E Streeters, and the energy of each performance. His music has gotten me through numerous hard times. He’s easily my favorite artist, and this comes from someone who has listened to all the Classic Rock greats since the mid 1970s.

    I enjoyed looking through the pictures, and the notebook. I like looking at Bruce’s beautiful, artistic handwriting. Handwriting tells so much about a person. I really enjoy seeing the creative process of this artist.

    The Tempe concert is terrific. I’ve only been to 3 shows, all in Philly, 2 of which were during the Wrecking Ball Tour. I seriously doubt any more shows are in my future, so I will watch this Tempe DVD often. My only issue, and folks can agree or disagree as they so choose, is that I was blindsided while watching the concert. Mr. Springsteen has always felt the need to share his political views with his paying audience. I understand that, and accept it. But I must admit that to me, it’s a turn off. I’ve never understood the need for any artist to alienate parts of their audience. The fact that I heard him say to the students in Arizona that he considered the election results of the previous evening “frightening” wasn’t a great moment. More than half the country felt otherwise, and some of them were probably in the audience. I have always found this behavior rude, and I’m entitled to my opinion.

    I had to shut off the TV. I made a note of exactly where in the show this statement occurred, so I can FF through next time. This is the only reason I’m not giving this collection 5 stars. For me, a 5 star review is reserved for material that doesn’t broadside me with insults. Other than this I love the collection, and I would recommend it to people like me, who haven’t seen shows in double digits and don’t own a lot of rare songs.


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  • Cruzing to Schadenfreude

    As I said in an earlier post, I don’t often indulge in schadenfreude, but when I do, I enjoy it. I’m enjoying it right now, as I sit at my keyboard 🙂

    As some people already know, Senator Ted Cruz announced that he’s running for the office of President. Senator Cruz made his announcement via a tweet & a video. (For those of a different political persuasion who might snark and deride the Senator’s use of twitter to make this momentous announcement, please click here. Then: Shut the hell up.

    Disclaimer: Though I am a fan of Senator Cruz, I’m not positive he’s the absolute best candidate for the GOP to run for President, though he is a much better candidate than Jeb Bush, Chris Christie, or other RINOs. Ted Cruz is an actual Conservative. So am I. So, if he does win the nomination after being properly vetted, I will be in his camp. That being said, it’s way too early in the game. Nobody, at this point, knows who will win the nomination. This post is for educational purposes only. And also for laughs at what’s coming around to Liberals and snarky-assed Democrats without number.


    This post will be something I can look to for ready answers in a variety of situations. Let’s just say that (hypothetically, of course) certain people begin trying to… well… maybe pull the rug out from under Cruz. Perhaps some Liberal Americans will begin parroting a talking point saying “Ted Cruz was born in Canada. Therefore, he is ineligible to run for President.” If such a hypothetical situation occurs, I can tell those poor misguided souls where to go to find out how things actually work. (Click here).

    If that doesn’t convince them, I plan to pull the “birther” card, and redirect to the previous link. If, hypothetically, Liberals begin stating that Ted Cruz actually was born in Canada, I will continue to redirect them to the previous link, unless and until the Supreme Court of the United States takes the matter up.

    There will, of course, be the die hards. They will attack on twitter with vicious fury. They will scream in upper case, name call and tell Conservatives our kids look like idiots. Tough crap. Nothing they can say will stop me (and other Conservatives) from not only pulling the birther card, but also throwing it in their faces.

    Any Liberal who jumps on the “born in Canada” bandwagon is a believer in conspiracy theories. Such people do not live in reality, and no one should pay any attention to them whatsoever.


    Another talking point that can be easily refuted is the inevitable cry of “SHUTDOWN! Ted Cruz was responsible for the shutdown!” Um… no. That’s not the way it works. I know this, and anyone with a rudimentary knowledge of government knows this. So, in such cases, I will merely direct them here, and tell them to come back after they digest the contents. Since most Conservatives understand exactly what Cruz was doing, (trying to get rid of Obamacare), most consider the shutdown talking point to be laughable.

    However, certain purist die hards will not be swayed. So, if they want to talk about government obstruction, they can always be sent here.

    Shutdown? Hello? The shutdown in question is nothing compared to Harry Reid. What does a blown out of proportion government shutdown, the purpose of which was to get rid of Obamacare- which is the worst policy ever dreamed up, based on lies, lies, lies, and shoved down the throats of Americans before IT was properly vetted- have on Harry Reid? Nothing, that’s what. What’s worse? A shutdown, or the following, taken from the previous link?

    “The president is fond of referring to the House as the ‘do-nothing Congress.’ But we have 352 reasons why it’s a ‘do-Nothing Senate.’

    “352 bills are sitting on Harry Reid’s desk, awaiting action.

    “98 percent of them passed with bipartisan support — Republicans and Democrats working together to pass legislation.

    “50 percent of the bills passed unanimously, with no opposition.

    “70 percent of the bills passed with two-thirds support in the House.

    “And over 55 bills were introduced by Democrats.

    “352 bills. Why won’t Harry Reid act? These are good bills; bills that put the American people back to work, put more money in hardworking Americans pockets, help with education, and skills training. We call upon Harry Reid to get to work before he adjourns in August to pass some of these bills. The American people deserve better.”

    When certain Leftists begin exhibiting Cruz Derangement Syndrome, remind them that Harry Reid refused to allow 352 bills to come to the floor for votes. This is why he got his a$$ kicked to the curb last November. (For cases of extreme Cruz Derangement Syndrome, be prepared to play the birther card.)

    Disclaimer #2: This post, though it does contain facts,  is purely for entertainment purposes and my (and perhaps some others) enjoyment of schadenfreude. While I understand that there is a rule stating: “No one should justify bad behavior by pointing out the other guy “did it, too,” I don’t care about that right now. I am going to do exactly that. I am doing it because NOBODY can EVER top the long and sleazy list of things our current President has done, and will most likely continue to do until he and his administration are swept out with the trash in January of 2017. So please, anyone who is thinking of this “rule,” save it for the next time. I don’t care.


    While the previous points dealt with ordinary online trolls who might decide to go Alinsky on twitter, the following people can also shut the hell up:

    1) Hillary Clinton. Whatever she says about Cruz should be dismissed with a laugh. If more than a laugh is needed, just remember these 5 little words: “What difference does it make?” Then, pull up the following photo.


    This goes for other Leftists in politics, like Dick Durbin, John Kerry, and too many others to count, whether or not they are running for office. Just remember… they are most likely worse for the country than Cruz ever could be. That goes for their talking head supporters, too. Shut the hell up.

    2) Hollywood Leftists. I will mention two of the most disgusting and, in the case of B, stupid.

        A. Jane Fonda. When Jane (and other far left hollywierdos who suffer under the same delusions she does) makes a statement about Cruz’s supposed ineligibility, just google Jane Fonda, Vietnam. Read about her treasonous behavior. Then look at the following photo, and understand that she most likely caused the death of unknown American GIs during the war. If you see her on your TV screen, don’t throw a brick through it. Just yell, “Shut the Hell up, you commie!”and change the channel.


       B) Sean Penn. Sean Penn’s stupidity rivals that of only one other person, Gwyneth Paltrow. However, I choose to place him in this post because I read that he recently blamed Bush and Cheney for the rise of ISIS, a freakishly laughable position. So, when Sean makes his statement about Cruz, just go here. See who Sean admired and wishes America’s leaders would emulate? Hugo Chavez, insane socialist. Look at the following photo. Then change the channel.


    One more thing… As I mentioned in my previously linked post about schadenfreude, at some point during the campaign, some unknown Republican will decide to play a song that was written by a Leftist Rocker, or performed at some point in history by a Leftist Rocker. In turn, the Leftist artist will publicly demand that the Republican stop playing their music. This WILL happen. It always does. Republicans should quit while they’re ahead. They should play the music of what few Rockers there are who believe in real freedom, and leave the others behind. Let Hillary have em.

    The Rock & Roll artists who made the genre what it is today should be writing songs about the Benghazi Four instead of doing everything they can to promote those responsible for what happened in Benghazi, but they won’t. Now they are strict enforcers of Leftist ideology. They have become, in a word, the “man.” They are living in the past. Ok, that’s fine. I will still listen to their music, because I love it. But other than that, I would tell them to also shut the hell up.

    So, while Senator Cruz may not get the nomination, he is still a worthy candidate. We should let things play out, ignore the haters, and enjoy the Schadenfreude.

  • Repackaged, But Still A Hard Sell

    Many people–including at least one writer at the New York Times, agree–CBS’s new drama, Madam Secretary, may be based, at least in part, on former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

    Hillary Clinton Awarded The 2013 Lantos Human Rights Prize

    I haven’t tuned in as of this writing, though I probably will, if only to see for myself what this show is all about. I hope it doesn’t turn out to be an attempt to sell Clinton as our next Commander In Chief. The possibility of Mrs. Clinton becoming the next leader of the free world is the mother of all nightmares.

    Fair minded and well informed Americans are well aware of the attack on the American Embassy in Benghazi, Libya, on September  11, 2012, and the subsequent cover-up. Click here for information on an in depth interview with men on the ground during the attack. The interview was conducted by Bret Baier, chief political anchor at FNC and host of Special Report, the number one news program on cable.

    Unless you’re a twenty-first century equivalent of Rip Van Winkle, you’ve seen Clinton’s now infamous  “What Difference Does It Make?”  statement.

    The facts speak for themselves. If CBS tries to whitewash Hillary Clinton’s record, with the memory of four dead Americans still fresh in the minds of an informed public, they’ll be making a colossal mistake.


    Thinking Americans won’t be fooled by a flimsy attempt to rewrite history.