“Insanity Laughs Under Pressure” ~ Freddy Mercury/David Bowie, from “Under Pressure”

I must admit that anytime I hear Bowie’s “Under Pressure,” I am reminded of that poser Vanilla Iced Tea, or whatever his name was, and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie, but that’s how my mind works.

Anyway, saw this last night, and got a major chuckle:


Lyrics to “Under Pressure”:

Pressure pushing down on me
Pressing down on you no man ask for
Under pressure that burns a building down
Splits a family in two
Puts people on streets

It’s the terror of knowing
What this world is about
Watching some good friends
Screaming let me out
Tomorrow gets me higher
Pressure on people – people on streets

Chippin’ around, kick my brains across the floor
These are the days, when it rains it pours
People on streets – people on streets

It’s the terror of knowing
What this world is about
Watching some good friends
Screaming let me out
Tomorrow gets me higher, higher, higher…
Pressure on people – people on streets

Turned away from it all like a blind man
Sat on a fence but it don’t work
Keep coming up with love but it’s so slashed and torn
Why, why, why?

Insanity laughs under pressure we’re cracking
Can’t we give ourselves one more chance?
Why can’t we give love that one more chance?
Why can’t we give love, give love, give love..?

‘Cause love’s such an old-fashioned word
and love dares you to care for
The people on the edge of the night
And love dares you to change our way of
Caring about ourselves
This is our last dance
This is our last dance
This is ourselves
Under pressure
Under pressure


“Thank you, South Carolina” ~ Jon Stewart, The Daily Show


Miss Teen South Carolina, Caitlin Upton (2007)


“We’ve already got a raghead in the White House. We don’t need another raghead in the governor’s mansion.” ~ SC State Senator Jake Knotts

When I saw this Jon Stewart clip, I knew that I had to post it. The Helen Thomas debacle aside, a state senator calling a candidate and the president a raghead? Priceless.

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“From its brilliancy everything is illuminated.” ~ Guru Nanek Dev Ji, Founder of Sikhism

In case you didn’t know it, raghead is a racial slur used in derogation of Muslims, Arabs, Sikhs, and other groups who traditionally wear headdress such as a turban, keffiyeh or headscarf. SC candidate Nikki Haley immigrated to the United States as a child from India. She is a convert to Methodism, from Sikhism. Orthodox Sikh men wear turbans. However, it should be noted that Sikhs are not Muslims, which is what I believe Knotts was trying to imply. In Sikhism everyone has equal rights irrespective of caste, creed, color, race, sex or religion, and one of the major tenets of Sikhism is helping the needy and performing community service.

Once again, ignorance rears its ugly head on the political front.

Knotts, in his apology-but-not-really, had this to say: “Since my intended humorous context was lost in translation, I apologize. I still believe Ms. Haley is pretending to be someone she is not, much as Obama did, but I apologize to both for an unintended slur . . . Bear in mind that this is a freewheeling, anything-goes Internet radio show that is broadcast from a pub. It’s like local political version of Saturday Night Live, which is actually where the joke came from.”

Thanks for clarifying. Now I know that I am supposed to laugh.What a berk.


More later. Peace.

Steve Martin and the Muppets performing “Dueling Banjos” from the movie Deliverance (just seemed appropriate somehow . . .)