Your sun is in arrears and your moon is in contempt. Ordinarily this would mean that you should be incognito, but these are not ordinary times. The presence of the planet Dipthong in your literary house and the emergence of the Ringo star in your musical constellation point to the need for the bold initiative instead. Remember, the grand gesture is the prelude to grand success. Think large, live large, and-as Lane Bryant is my judge-large will be your shadow on the world's stage.
President Bush Sues Dixie Chicks over Hail to the Chief
Jul 26, 2006, 09:00
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Acting on information gained from cell phone surveillance, President Bush filed suit in a Washington, D.C., court yesterday to stop the Dixie Chicks from using "Hail to the Chief" to herald their arrival on stage during their present concert tour.
The president's lawyers argued in a 225-page brief that the Chicks' continued use of the song could "materially and significantly harm the image of the presidency, which harm, during a time of war such as this, could well constitute an act of treason as defined specifically but not exclusively in the Patriot Act."
The Dixie Chicks, whose lead singer Natalie Maines once told a British audience that the group was ashamed of the fact that the president came from Texas, could not be reached for comment. A source close to the group said its members were busy writing thank you notes to everyone "brave enough to attend their concerts in a country run by a two-bit, butthole dictator."
With his approval ratings in erectile dysfunction, President Bush has become increasingly sensitive to the national security implications of criticism from entertainers. He authorized the FBI to monitor cell phone usage by fans on the Dixie Chicks current tour, which began July 21 in Detroit. While reviewing cell phone transmissions from that show, the FBI discovered that the Dixie Chicks arrived on stage to the strains of "Hail to the Chief."
Presidential press secretary, Tony Snow, defended the government's right to spy on music fans at concerts.
"We are well aware that many people turn their cell phones on and hold them up during concerts," said Mr. Snow, a former television personality. "Because we have legitimate concerns that this practice might provide terrorists with a means of communicating with each other, we decided to monitor cell phone usage at a random selection of concerts. That the Dixie Chicks and Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young were the first groups designated for surveillance is entirely coincidental. What's more, our surveillance of cell phone usage does not extend to the private calls of entertainers on tour, except as such calls might be monitored in other kinds of legitimate surveillance."
Mr. Snow warned that if the Dixie Chicks did not cease and desist immediately, the government could not rule out military action to force compliance. In addition, said Mr. Snow, "the president is seriously considering asking Congress to pass an amendment to the constitution forbidding the use of "Hail to the Chief" at any events at which the president is not physically present."
In related news, Israeli fighter pilots bombed the Tweeter Centre in Beirut, Lebanon, yesterday, killing 2,861 fans at a Yusuf Islam (Cat Stevens) concert. Using U.S.-supplied fighter planes, the pilots dropped six, five-hundred-pound, U.S.-supplied bombs on the centre just as Mr. Islam arrived on stage to the tune of "Hava Nagila."
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Ten Things You Should Flip the Bird to Before You Die 1. Religion
3. Seat Belts
5. Paying for Music and Movies
6. The Bucket List
7. Classical Music
8. Pissing Indoors All the Time
10. Going to Bed Early.