Sunday, April 19, 2009

Publicity Seeking Lunatic Fringe Republican Chuck DeVore vs Don Henley


On Friday Don Henley sued extreme right wing kook and U.S. Senate candidate Chuck DeVore, an Assemblyman from Irvine in Orange County. DeVore ignored a cease and desist request in regard to his use of Henley's song "The Boys of Summer" as part of his campaign to denigrate President Obama and unseat Senator Barbara Boxer. This is the lunatic fringe former GOP Whip who resigned to protest the Republican legislative leadership agreeing to a compromise that would keep California functioning as a viable state paying teachers and firemen and policemen their salaries. To say DeVore is an extremist is like saying water is wet. And like many selfish, intolerant and self-entitled Republicans, DeVore thinks laws are for other people, not for him. He keeps ignoring copyright laws and using Don Henley songs, "The Boys of Summer" and "All She Wants to Do Is Dance," to attack Senator Barbara Boxer.

Right-wing Republicans like Devore hate China-- he even wrote a Chinaphobic book-- and castigate China's flouting of the copyright laws but when a songwriter challenges DeVore for the unauthorized use his work, the self-righteous assemblyman is on the warpath, counter-suing Henley and screaming about his Constitutional rights to free speech. He posted two attack ads on YouTube using Henley's music. He re-wrote the lyrics of "All She Wants To Do Is Dance" without asking permission, something very clearly covered in copyright law; it isn't allowed. After YouTube pulled down the offending ads, Devore posted the lyrics on a right-wing hate website.
All She Wants To Do Is Tax

They’re pickin’ up the taxpayers and puttin
‘em in a jam
And all she wants to do is tax, tax
Liberals been liberals since I don’t know when
And all she wants to do is tax
Cap and trade program-from D.C. Inc.
And all she wants to do is tax, tax
They pull and push us right over the brink
And all she wants to do is tax
Barbara Boxer talkin’ round
Control in her sight
And all she wants to do is tax, tax
Wild-eyed global warmers
Who ain’t afraid to lie
And all she wants to do is-
And all she wants to do is tax
And break our backs
She can’t feel the heat comin’ off the street
She wants to party
She wants to get down
And all she wants to do is-
And all she wants to do is tax
Well, the government rigged the market
in the carbon trading scam
And all she wants to do is tax, tax
To keep the boys a sellin’
All the credits they could ma’am
And all she wants to do is tax
But that don’t keep the boys
From makin’ a buck or two
And all she wants to do is tax, tax
They still can sell the public
On the good that they can do
And all she wants to do is-
And all she wants to do is tax
And break our backs
Well, we barely made twenty ten
The vote was in doubt
As we finished up the campaign
She could hear the people shout
They said, don’t come back here Boxer!
But if she ever does-
We’ll bring more money
cause all she wants to do is tax
And break our backs
Never mind the heat comin’ off the street
She wants to party
She wants to get down
All she wants to do is-
All she wants to do is tax
All she wants to do is tax
And break our backs
All she wants to do is tax

When Henley took steps to protect his copyright DeVore struck back by running to a popular right-wing website and writing a post blasting Henley and "Boys of Summer" co-writer Mike Campbell as "the laughless legions of the left" and trying to paint himself as a victim, long a right-wing tactic when they get caught with their fingers in the cookie jar. I wonder if there are many Eagles fans in California. I did notice, though, that the loud mouthed little fascist, after re-posting the song on his own site in another (non-YouTube) format, has now disabled that. What a wimp-- not just a blowhard, but a coward.

Why doesn't he just use right-wing songwriters for his ads? I'm sure that with all the excitement for the reunification of the Amboy Dukes a nice parody of "Journey to the Center of the Mind" would work just fine for DeVore. Or he could always forget the Dukes, like everyone else has, and go right for "Cat Scratch Fever." It would probably be a good idea for wingnuts to stay away from music by Springsteen, the Dixie Chicks, Black-Eyed Peas, Madonna, Nanci Griffiths, Neil Young, the Eagles, Pearl Jam, John Mellancamp, Lou Reed, Dave Matthews, James Taylor, Green Day, Bonnie Raitt, Congressman John Hall, Rickie Lee Jones, Wilco, Stevie Wonder, Death Cab For Cutie, R.E.M. and other musicians committed to social justice. But that doesn't mean they can only use polka music or Ted Nugent. John Rich, half of Big and Rich is a vicious right wing homophobe always eager for kooks like DeVore to use his songs. Kid Rock too... or Toby Keith, Ricky Skaggs... Rachael Lampa? Meanwhile, you can enjoy Don Henley's original version of the "The Boys Of Summer" below, without any input from the GOP peanut gallery:

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At 8:30 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Devore is a Moron

At 7:15 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Social justice has nothing to do with maintaining liberty, if by social justice you mean taking money from the rich to provide for the poor. That is called socialism, and is part of a planned, un-free economy, which is incompatible with liberty.

At 6:09 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Devore makes sense and that scares the Dems since those of us who likes what he has to say aren't "drinking the Koolaid!"

At 9:05 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Devore is a twit. He is the same non-thinking jingoistic moron that Bush was. By the way anonymous, social justice has everything to do with liberty. It provides liberty to those who are not rich, or privileged. Get a clue.

At 8:33 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

To the "anonymous" poster that said social justice has everything to do with liberty.
You sir, or madam, are a complete friggin' idiot.
Enjoy your kool-aid!

At 5:17 AM, Blogger Pam said...

just read DeVore's floor speech regarding your 2006 state budget where he warned of the coming housing crisis and cautioned about a budgetary nightmare...looked hard to find "lunacy", "moronic" tendencies, and twittiness but found none of the above in the demeanor or actual comments of the man...give it a look

At 8:28 PM, Blogger Jeffrey Bean, Jr. said...

Calling Devore a loud "mouthed little fascist" is factually inaccurate. For one thing, he's over six feet tall. Also, he's not a fascist.

At 8:19 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

DeVore had the moxy—and integrity—to resign as Whip when the rest of the "Republicans" caved on spending money they didn't have. And he called it right. I want to pay teachers, etc., too, but how can you do it with money that doesn't exist? If he is "fringe," it's because we there are so few legislators like him; we could use more.

At 8:19 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You are a bunch of Communists...go to another country that doesn't have a constitution like ours...see how you like it then come back and let's see how your liberal views chg...God Save America!

At 3:14 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

DeVore is going to be your next Senator from California. It's the dems who are the twits for RAMMING that damn Obamacare bill down the throats of the American public. They brought the Tea Party movement on their OWN damn selves.

At 8:08 PM, Anonymous Norman Dee said...

To rephrase your Sinclair Lewis quote: When fascism comes to America, it will come disguised as Barack Obama.


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