49. A Whiter Shade Of Pale – Procol Harum
These tests to see where you are on the political spectrum have been done here before, but it’s been awhile.
And this one’s new — the Pew Research Center has just retooled their breakdown of the American political spectrum to see what the various viewpoints are and who has those views.
Here is their description of the breakdown of the current American political spectrum:
And here is the test to see what group you are in:
You can apparently skip a question or two if neither answer fits your views. I skipped one, and it still worked for me.
I’m a “New Coalition Democrat” for what it’s worth.
Top 50 starts next week on Labor Day Monday.
51. Tears in Heaven – Eric Clapton
“Tears in Heaven” is a ballad written by Eric Clapton and Will Jennings about the pain Clapton felt following the death of his four-year-old son, Conor, who fell from a window of the 53rd-floor New York apartment of his mother’s friend, on March 20, 1991. Clapton, who arrived at the apartment shortly after the accident, was visibly distraught for months afterwards. This song is one of Clapton’s most successful, reaching #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart in the U.S. The song also spent three weeks at #1 on the American adult contemporary chart in 1992.
Will Jennings, who worked with Clapton on the song, was reluctant at first to help him with such a personal song. The song was initially featured on the soundtrack to the film Rush, followed by Unplugged, and it won three Grammy Awards for Song of the Year, Record of the Year and Male Pop Vocal Performance at the 1993 Grammy Awards. It also won a MTV Video Music Award for Best Male Video in 1992.
Clapton stopped playing it in 2004, as well as the song “My Father’s Eyes”, with Clapton stating; “I didn’t feel the loss anymore, which is so much a part of performing those songs. I really have to connect with the feelings that were there when I wrote them. They’re kind of gone and I really don’t want them to come back, particularly. My life is different now. They probably just need a rest and maybe I’ll introduce them for a much more detached point of view.”
52. Comfortably Numb – Pink Floyd
Here’s a link to the reunion version at Live8.
What does “GOP” stand for? Here’s what I’ve got, so far;
Greedy Oil Party
Gaming Our Population
Giving Out Poverty
Government Offing People
Geezers On Parade
Gang Of Punks
Group Of Predators
Grabbing Our Prosperity
Graft Or Payola
Governing Only (for) Profit
I’m trying to figure out how to use the word “Opulent” in there, but I haven’t come up with anything.
Filed with “There’s no difference” (between Bush and Obama, between Democrats and Republicants):
Obama White House Threatens a Veto Over Worldwide War and Detention Provisions
Wow! Late this afternoon, the Obama White House threatened to VETO the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) bill that the House of Representatives is debating and voting on this week, if it includes a new law for worldwide war without end, or any of the bad Guantánamo detention and limitation of prosecution provisions that Chairman Buck McKeon of the House Armed Services Committee slipped into the bill.
The statement is the strongest and most principled stand the White House has taken on these kinds of provisions. The Obama administration is saying no to the proposed worldwide war law. A veto threat is a very big deal. The president is making clear where he stands, and is backing it up with his veto pen, if Congress doesn’t fix the bill.
Speculators charged with manipulating oil market
By Kevin G. Hall | McClatchy Newspapers
WASHINGTON — A group of financial speculators made $50 million by manipulating the price of oil in 2008, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission charged Tuesday.
The high-profile case underscores how high prices for oil and gasoline increasingly are believed to result significantly from financial speculation rather than solely from conventional market forces of supply and demand.
In a filing with the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, CFTC attorneys alleged that a group made up of oil speculators Parnon Energy Inc., Arcadia Petroleum Ltd. and Arcadia Energy (Suisse) S.A. unlawfully manipulated trading of oil on the New York Mercantile Exchange.