Wednesday, May 05, 2010

New Blue America Contest-- Isaac Hayes And The Blue Dogs


OK, I'll be completely straightforward about this-- I don't know what Isaac Hayes' political bent was. After all, he quit being Chef on South Park because he was a Scientologist and he was uncomfortable at how Cartman and Kenny and Stan and the rest were disparaging his gullible co-"religionists." And, he was a king-- a monarch... really. He was actually crowned the King of the Ada District in Ghana in 1992. He was only an honorary king, but, let's face it, that's pretty much all any kings are these days, right? And then he died (August, 2008)-- so we'll never know for sure. But I always like to think that the man who wrote "Soul Man," which he said was inspired by the Civil Rights movement, just could not have been a conservative-- even if a lout like Ted Nugent desecrated the song by playing it at every live show, presumably to prove-- to an audience which couldn't have cared less-- that he isn't a racist. And what about "Shaft?" See him performing it up top in 1973, introduced by Jesse Jackson? You think that man would be a fan of Republicans or Blue Dogs? I think not! Can you see Michael Steele making those moves?

Anyway before he died Issac autographed a 3 disc greatest hits collection for me, Ultimate Isaac Hayes-- Can You Dig It?. The 3rd disc is a rare live DVD which includes... "Chocolate Salty Balls." And I'm ready to give this beautiful mint box set away. Is it rare and collectible? Um... no one is ever getting another autograph from Isaac Hayes unless they meet him in Heaven. And how do you win it? How about a drawing. I'll pick a name out of a hat and the winner gets the disc sent to their home. You want to know how to get your name in the hat? Easy: just make a donation-- at least $25-- to any of the candidates on our Bad Dogs page. These are the Blue America candidates running against Blue Dogs Jane Harman (California), John Barrow (Georgia) and Lori Edwards (Florida). Not only are all three horrible, but all three have extraordinarily good opponents, respectively Marcy Winograd, Regina Thomas and Doug Tudor. Give $25 to any one of their campaigns or split $25 up between them on the Blue America Bad Dogs page and you're automatically entered in the contest. You do the country some good and you get a chance to win a groovy Issac Hayes collectible.

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At 10:23 AM, Blogger Bula said...


You may want to rethink your rewarding strategy. Many of your followers and supporters of your causes do not have the disposable income to participate.

I'm not sure how you could structure it, but activism in your causes should not matter about money.

If populist causes become just about the money, we risk becoming like the people we are fighting against......

At 10:31 AM, Blogger DownWithTyranny said...

When I was a kid and didn't have any disposable income for donating to candidates I used to volunteer. I worked for John Lindsay, William Fitts Ryan and Robert F Kennedy and those experiences were awesome. I recommend anyone who wants to participate in the electoral process volunteer if they can. Some people don't have the time and want to participate by contributing money. This contest is about raising campaign funds for our candidates. There's only one signed CD but if you can think of another way to use it to raise campaign funds, please let me know.

At 11:00 AM, Blogger Bula said...

Not to be a smart ass Howie,

But how about E-Bay if it's just for the money.

I'm from Chicago and what I've seen is elections are won by feet on the street.

Those people who get out the vote make the difference. Reward them.

Corporations give money to both parties to hedge the bet.

At 11:19 AM, Blogger DownWithTyranny said...

Bula, these candidates are anti-Party insurrgents who get zero from parties and zero from corporations.

At 11:47 AM, Blogger Bula said...


I support all of your candidates.

The point I have not expressed well is that I do not believe money will always win elections. The campaign workers do.

Target the resources.

At 1:12 PM, Anonymous Bil said...

LOL! Thanks Howie. I'm in for Marcy.

GREAT Piece. Haye's had standards, and apparently the Scientologist snark crossed the line.

Nice Youtube SouthPark&Lyrics here.

Keni, Please note, these kind of contests (and I might add muzak) can help build your weekend traffic for your great weekend classical spot imo:)

At 1:27 PM, Blogger DownWithTyranny said...

Ken is a huge Isaac Hayes fan-- though not of "Shaft" or "Salty Chocolate Balls." The guy was on some TV show Ken was telling me about

At 2:33 PM, Blogger KenInNY said...

"Some TV show"? "Some TV show"?

We're talking THE ROCKFORD FILES here! THE ROCKFORD FILES -- only the greatest TV show ever. (OK, one of the greatest. There've been some other good ones.)

Isaac Hayes did three episodes as Jim's bone-crushing prison not-exactly-buddy "Gandy" Finch, who always called him "Rockfish." The middle one, with Louis Gossett Jr. also guest-starring as Jim's flimflamming former parole officer Marcus Hayes, and an instant antipathy between him and Gandy, is one of the great ROCKFORD episodes.



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