Monday, October 15, 2012

MY WAY Was A Great Song By Frank Sinatra... But A Bad Approach By Corrupt Reactionary Buck McKeon


Frank Sinatra started Reprise Records from scratch as an independent record company in 1960. He only had one goal in mind: artistic freedom for himself and the artists-- mostly his friends at first (Dean Martin, Sammy Davis, Jr., Bing Crosby, Rosemary Clooney, Redd Foxx)-- that he signed. When Reprise was revived in 1989 I became president and I was determined to live up to Sinatra's goals regarding creative freedom for our artists. One of the first things I wanted to do was release a single disc greatest hits record with Sinatra's masterpieces, like "Luck Be A Lady," "The Way You Look Tonight," "Fly Me To the Moon," "The Lady Is A Tramp," "Send in the Clowns," "That's Life," "I've Got You Under My Skin," "Love and Marriage," "Strangers in the Night," "My Way"... 20 of Sinatra's most classic tunes. The collection is called The Very Good Years and it came out in 1991 and sold over two million copies immediately.

Although Reprise had scores of platinum records for artists like Green Day, Joni Mitchell, The B-52's, Jimi Hendrix, Depeche Mode, Neil Young, The Smiths, Eric Clapton, Fleetwood Mac, Lou Reed, Cher, the only platinum award ever to hang in my office was The Very Good Years by the Chairman of the Board, our founder. I've decided to part with that exact historic RIAA-certified, framed double-platinum award and use it to raise campaign contributions for Lee Rogers in his battle against corrupt and reactionary warmonger Buck McKeon for the congressional seat in Santa Clarita, Simi Valley and the Antelope Valley.

Peace Action West and Blue America will award the rare, collectible disc to one random Lee Rogers supporter who contributes to his campaign on this page. [Note: we know times are tough and there is no minimum contribution. In fact, if you can't afford to make a contribution but want a chance to win the award, just send us a note at PO Box 27201, Los Angeles, CA 90027 by Friday, October 19 and you get a chance as well.]

Lee Rogers, who works as a surgeon on amputation prevention was, until he started his campaign, the national spokesperson for the American Diabetes Association. His whole life has been dedicated to helping his fellow man. He's running against one of the most corrupt men in the history of the U.S. Congress, Buck McKeon, who was just named among Congress' Most Corrupt by the nonpartisan good government group, Citizens for Responsibility And Ethics in Washington. McKeon is the only Member of Congress still in office who took bribes as a "Friend Of Angelo" in the Countrywide Mortgage Scandal that helped burst the housing bubble and derail the American economy. His immense gambling debts to Organized Crime figure (and probable agent of China) Sheldon Adelson are a national security risk, given the regular high level national security briefings he gets as chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, briefings Adelson would do anything to get his hands on.

Whether you want the platinum award or not, it pays to help Lee Rogers defeat and replace Buck McKeon, an avid anti-Choice fanatic, a vicious homophobe who rallied the Mormon Church in the Prop 8 battle to deny equal rights to the LGBT community, an anti-Latino bigot working to kill the DREAM Act both nationally and statewide and the worst warmonger in the whole Congress. McKeon has voted to end Medicare 4 times and would like to sell Social Security off to Wall Street. There isn't a worse Member of Congress anywhere-- and he's vulnerable to defeat in 3 weeks. The DCCC has a policy against taking on powerful GOP committee chairmen but CA-25 is a district Obama won in 2008 and is likely to win by an even greater margin in November. And McKeon is intensely disliked in his district-- even by Republicans, who just voted in great numbers against his wife in her ridiculous run for the state Assembly. Now's the time-- here's the place.

And, by the way, Rickie Lee Jones and the Squirrel Nut Zippers were huge fans of Frank Sinatra.

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At 7:28 PM, Anonymous ap215 said...

My Way is my favorite Sinatra song as well an instant classic hit.


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