Earth Day

I was at the first Earth Day celebration at UMass in Amherst. A few of us drove out from Boston. It was a delight, a wonder of burgeoning technology that stood little or no chance of succeeding in the land of conspicuous consumption.

That hasn’t changed a great deal.

But, what I enjoyed the most that day was a group of Palestinian musicians who played a fusion of jazz and folk melodies from their native culture. Something I still find appealing in the work of contemporary musicians like Mustafa Stefan Dill and Pray for Brain. I hope someday to see the Palestinian people regain their freedom and land.

And, yes, you notice a couple of Basque flags in the video up top. We Celts are everywhere.

Rightwing radio blows up over Coke Super Bowl ad

Conservative talk radio is criticizing a Coca-Cola Super Bowl ad that featured multiple languages, with Rush Limbaugh joking it might be a ploy from Republican leaders on immigration reform.

Radio hosts were reacting Monday to Sunday’s ad from Coke, in which several voices sing “America the Beautiful” in multiple languages, as faces of people of different cultures are shown. The ad has been both praised as a display of multiculturalism and slammed as divisive as immigration reform remains a controversial political hot topic.

…popular conservative radio voice, Glenn Beck…criticized the ad, calling it divisive and politicized amid the immigration debate. On his show Monday, Beck said he got a tweet from a viewer asking what he thought of the spot.

“I said, ‘Why? You need that to divide us politically?’ Because that’s all this ad is,” Beck said. “It’s an in your face — and if you don’t like, if you’re offended by it, then you’re a racist. If you do like it, well then you’re for immigration, that’s what it is. You’re for progress…”

Beck got it right – even if by accident, even though he stands against anything that smacks of progress.

Thanks, Coke, for reminding me why I hold what passes for conservatism in America, nowadays – in such contempt. The Republican Party has become the mouthpiece for racism and bigotry that Dixiecrats of old only dreamt of becoming.

They should stuff their ears with whatever fecal matter is handy. Plug them with rubber stoppers carved from the gaskets reserved from Auschwitz. And die of the several plagues resulting from lives lived as obedient fascist clones.

Americans will continue to sing.