The Dixie Dove

November 17, 2017

I know Al Franken, I love Al Franken

When I first moved to New York City in 1981 (just out of college, hoping to be an actor) I met Al and he befriended me. He actually got me an agent. I felt nothing but kind-hearted decency from him and his beautiful wife Franny. Even then, he was talking about the need for those who benefited the most from our great US economy to 'give back'. Al knew that I was from the conservative deep south and he took time to explain to me that Democrats didn't want to create a 'welfare state' but instead invest in the health and education of all Americans, knowing that a 'healthy and happy neighbor is a good neighbor' to paraphrase him.
I have never known a kinder or gentler soul than Al Franken and this scandal has hit me like running into a wall. I honestly never knew him to say or do anything that was in any way sleazy or sexist. The only way I can begin to understand or explain the dichotomy between the Al that I knew and the Al (as he is portrayed) in the news today, is to say this... I too am a man who has at times let my dick take over for my brains and it has always gotten me into trouble, deservedly. I am so sad and ashamed of a few things I have done that are reminiscent of this sad chapter of Al Franken on a USO tour. I have learned to accept that I am accountable for this ugly side of my personality and to battle it and, as best I can, make ammends. Horrible, especially illegal, behaviour is never justified, but I am certain that the Al Franken we see on the front page of the newspapers today, is not the real Al. What we're reading about is Al at his ultimate worst and I'm betting this is a unique occurence. 

I imagine that on the USO tour, where these events unfolded, Al saw himself in the role of Donald Sutherland or Elliott Gould in the movie M*A*S*H, playing sexually provacative pranks on 'Hot Lips Houlihan' Sally Kellerman and trying to 'get in her pants'. I know how vulgar that sounds and how wrong it is, but I'm just trying to comprehend how such a good person could have fucked up so badly. What we're reading about today is a small fragment of the true Al Franken and I am positive that he will learn from this and pay his dues and make ammends. I still love you Al.

November 1, 2017

We need to bring back the Fairness Doctrine.

What we see happening today with fake news 'propaganda' posing as truth, is exactly what the Fairness Doctrine was designed to defuse and it worked very well from 1949 to 1987, before Ronald Reagan ended it. 
Reagan ended the FD and we've been becoming ever more dysfunctional as a society, trying to communicate and progress, since then.
I recall clearly (as a child growing up in the 1960s) listening to the radio and hearing 'editorial commentary' allowed by the Fairness Doctrine. It really intrigued me to note that the radio station would allow 'opposing viewpoints' as a matter of practice. I thought then (as a 9 year old) that this seemed like a good idea. I still think it's a good idea today and ever more important. These Airwaves are our Airwaves!
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fairness_Doctrine

Chip Shirley-The Dixie Dove

October 25, 2017

Instead of standing for the flag, we duck and cover.

I pray, that the 'powers that be' in the military have Trump handcuffed. I have always wondered if they did that to W and Cheney to stop them hitting Iran, after the insanity of Iraq.

October 18, 2017

Why is the world so crazy when we have so much in common?

October 17, 2017

October 13, 2017

There is no News God

All of our political conflicts could be solved if we only agreed on the same facts. And you would think that cable news and the internet would help us...but nooooooooo, as John Belushi once said.

Like some biblical tower of Babel, cable news and the internet are pushing civilization towards miscommunication by offering massive volumes of contradictory information that are equally verifiable on cable and the internet.

If we get our news and information on cable and the internet today we must study it the way a scientist studies an experiment.

That is a lot to ask of the whole world.

October 10, 2017

Ban the National Anthem from Sporting Events

This is Sports not Politics.
Why play a nationalist anthem and demand that athletes and spectators stand in allegiance to it at the start of an athletic contest? This is a sports event, why make fans and participants honor a specific government and its policies and actions to start play?

October 8, 2017

And we're still here...

And we're still here...

the world is still turning, but what are we learning 

are we just getting by?

but what are we doing?

laughing and screwing as the world blows up high?

It's sad to be here, but it should be moving

because everything we're doing touches us everyday of our life

Can't we take on a mountain, drink from the fountain, deal with tomorrow, take what we can find and open up our minds.

October 2, 2017

September 27, 2017

Donald Trump is Wiping His Ass with the Flag.

On Google's 19th anniversary I STILL MISS ALTA VISTA!

On Google's 19th anniversary I STILL MISS ALTA VISTA!

Alta Vista gave listings in date order.

That was way better than the mash of google results all from 'this hour'.

That system allowed you to do history research and not pop-results.

September 13, 2017

September 8, 2017

Can we chill, for just one night...

a right

With everything going on you'd think that time would stop but it's moving on.

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September 6, 2017

Hickenlooper for President

The Governor of Colorado has not declared that he is running for the American Presidency, but I hope he does.
https://www.colorado.gov/governor/

September 4, 2017

August 14, 2017

So-called 'White Supremacist' groups should be referred to as 'White Alcoholics'.

Endless alcohol consumption is one of their 'rites' of cultural difference. And we all know that alcohol consumption can make anyone an asshole.

Why was that rally in Charlottesville ever allowed? People are not allowed to publicly threaten violence and 'racial supremacy' is violence.

August 10, 2017

The Trump National Anthem

Parody of the National Anthem, written by James T Shirley III-Copyright 8-9-2017
All Lyrics are direct quotes from USA President Donald J Trump Music by John Stafford Smith
Lyrics-
"The White House is a Dump"
"China is Raping us"
"Grab them by the Pussy"
"When you're a star they let you do it."
"Russia if you're listening,
I hope you're able to find
 the 30,000 e-mails."
"Why do I have to get tough on Putin?"
 "I don't use teleprompters."
"He should show his Birth Certificate."
"James Comey better hope,
there are no tapes of our conversations."
 "I Would Bomb the Shit out of them."
"Mexico Pay for that Wall." "Witch Hunt."
 "Get Exxon to come in there"
"And I'll Take the Oil."

July 23, 2017

Trump should ask congress for the same bill they sent Obama

I hope congress can't vote to repeal the ACA, but strategically it would make sense for Trump to make this request.
They would look hypocritical not to do this again...
http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/265078-obama-vetoes-healthcare-bill-repeal

July 19, 2017

Sean Hannity Stumbles onto the Truth about Republicans and Healthcare!

Music to my ears. Tonight on Fox, Hannity asked 'Were all the votes for 7 years to repeal Obamacare just show-votes?' Yes Sean, they were!

July 14, 2017

Weird Al, please do a vid to Queen's 'Bites the Dust' about each Trump Team member going to jail. 'Another one Bites the Butt!'

Weird Al, please do a vid to Queen's 'Bites the Dust' about each Trump Team member going to jail.
'Another one Bites the Butt!'

Weird Al, please do a vid to Queen's 'Bites the Dust' about each Trump going to jail. 'Another one Bites the Butt!'

Weird Al, please do a vid to Queen's 'Bites the Dust' about each Trump going to jail.
'Another one Bites the Butt!'

July 5, 2017

If we preemptively attack North Korea it means WWIII.

No deal-making or negotiations will put that rabbit back in the hat.

Offense is easier than defense. That's why we don't want offense on the table.