Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Crazy Candidate of the Day

Today's Crazy Candidate is Rhode Island Democrat Chris Young. Chris would like to be the mayor of Providence. He believes that the best way to accomplish that goal is to use the small amount of TV time allocated to him to sing a really bad gospel song that he wrote badly. And sing it really badly.

Oh, man. That poor reporter can't get rid of him fast enough!

Also, he does this:

Chris Brown's main issue is abortion, which is not all that unusual. He does however have his own unusual take on the subject:

(from the Brown Daily Herald)
On the issues
To Young, the biggest issue the country faces is abortion.

“Abortion is tied to all the economic problems that are occurring in this country,” Young said.

Okaaaaaay. . . . .

Young said he also believes abortion is a form of eugenics, through which pro-choice advocates are encouraging the racial cleansing of blacks. A disproportionately large number of abortions involve low-income, black women, he said.

“This is the new civil rights issue of this country,” Young said of his theory of racial cleansing. “You’re on the ground floor of an issue that will be exposed. It will be exposed.”

I'm sure it will be, Chris. It'll be exposed. Why don't you have a nice lie-down now?

he opposes legislation. . . to tax students, and instead seeks to find a way to tax universities without burdening their students.

“These university presidents make hundreds of thousands of dollars in salaries. Why should the students have to pay? (Universities) should just not pay their staff as much,” he said.

Oh, sure. Yeah, that'll happen.

Universities seem to be a bit of a sore point with Chris:

Taking money from universities to give to municipalities would “decrease the power that these little ‘quasi-governments’ are taking away from the public interest,” he said. He said he advocates taxing universities’ properties as well as their trusts and also wishes to remove their abilities to arm their police forces.

And there's this story, headlined:

Charges dropped, but Young still banned from campus

which includes this little snippet:

Young said the University has not yet contacted him about its December order that he not enter University property. The order was issued in a “retaliatory manner” for his vocal opposition to the arming of Brown police and the University’s tax-exempt status, Young said.

“Their agenda, clearly, is also tied to my desire to investigate Ruth Simmons and her role with Goldman Sachs as well as her role on the Council on Foreign Relations and why these university presidents are making so much money,” he said.

No one ever mentions the Council on Foreign Relations who isn't totally sane and rational!

So, if you live in Providence, Rhode Island, please consider Chris Young for mayor. He may be crazy, but at least he's nuts!

Happy Birthday, Musical Geniuses!

On this day, but in different years, two brilliant songwriters and musicians were born. Elvis Costello and Jeff Tweedy.

Jeff Tweedy was a founding member of Uncle Tupelo and the leader of Wilco.

For some reason, neither band has ever gained the large following that they deserve.

Here's Uncle Tupelo from their debut album "No Depression"

And here's Wilco performing live:

And from the album often considered their masterpiece "Yankee Hotel Foxtrot," here is "I am Trying to Break Your Heart"

And on a related subject, the other band to rise from the ashes of Uncle Tupelo is Son Volt, headed by Jay Farrar:

And Elvis Costello, everyone knows:

Bonus Jeff Tweedy solo:

Oh, and also this: