Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Pat Boone vs Tony Bennett

above: Tony Bennett and Howard Stern, via Youtube and The Atlantic(!)

and below: "Singer Pat Boone insists Obama born in Kenya"
By Laura Donovan - The Daily Caller

From Wikipedia's entry on the Twilight Zone:

Throughout the 1950s, Rod Serling had established himself as one of the hottest names in television, equally famous for his success in writing televised drama as he was for criticizing the medium's limitations. His most vocal complaints concerned the censorship frequently practiced by sponsors and networks. "I was not permitted to have my senators discuss any current or pressing problem," he said of his 1957 production The Arena, intended to be an involving look into contemporary politics. "To talk of tariff was to align oneself with the Republicans; to talk of labor was to suggest control by the Democrats. To say a single thing germane to the current political scene was absolutely prohibited."

Well, that was then. Naturally we have no idea what GWB said to Tony Bennett, but the idea that he would have deliberately told him he was wrong about invading Iraq, knowing Bennett's political disposition, seems pretty plausible. It is reminiscent of the feeding of seamy scuttlebutt to J. H. Hatfield, what with his checkered past and money problems, that he would write Fortunate Son so it could be subsequently yanked and discredited, as opposed to allowing lingering questions to linger. It probably helps that Bennett's 80 plus, although he sounds pretty lucid to me.


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At September 21, 2011 1:37 PM, Blogger Jonathan Versen said...

Hi Mimi.
Yeah, you'd think Stern knows better. I imagine he does, as he strikes me as an intelligent person, even if his show is geared towards the lowest common denominator.

As far as Pat Boone goes, even if he was really told that, you have to wonder if he went somewhere touristy and the people he spoke to were humoring him because they decided he was a crazy old American coot with lots of spreading around money.

You know, like the bell boy or desk clerk who agrees with you that the 49ers or Cowboys or whoever are no damn good. Yes sir, you're right!

At September 21, 2011 2:56 PM, Blogger Mimi said...

But Jon, the 49s and the Cowboys ARE no damn good. The Eagles will prevail...

At September 21, 2011 5:41 PM, Blogger micah holmquist said...


I tend to think you're right about Boone's experience. I mean, how would the average Kenyan know know anymore than anyone else?

(OK I want to clarify that I believe Obama was born in the U.S. and all off the evidence says that he was. My point is that living in Kenya would not give one any special insight into this question.)

At September 21, 2011 7:22 PM, Anonymous cemmcs said...

Obama was, of course, born in the US. He loves to kill Brown People!

At September 21, 2011 8:24 PM, Blogger Jonathan Versen said...

Mimi, clearly you're trying to cause trouble, because you know how much Bob from Pacifica loves his Niners, and you know I'm from Texas.


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