Thursday, December 21, 2006

Fall to sleep with "Broken Bottles Under Children's Feet"

Now I've seen it all. Here's a new CD coming out in January, "Rockabye Baby! Lullaby Renditions of U2." OK, I admit that I tried once to get Parker to listen to U2 in utero, but this is ridiculous. I certainly hope these are instrumentals. I'm trying to picture a lullaby version of Sunday, Bloody Sunday with lyrics "Broken bottles under children's feet, bodies strewn across the dead end streets." It's enough to give kids nightmares! Here's the full track listing:

  1. Sunday Bloody Sunday
  2. All I Want is You
  3. Beautiful Day
  4. One
  5. With or Without You
  6. I still Haven't Found What I Am Looking for
  7. Angel of Harlem
  8. Where the Streets Have No Name
  9. New Year's Day
  10. Desire
  11. The Sweetest Thing

Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Monday, December 18, 2006

U2: Window in the Sky Video

U2 have a new video out and is getting heavy viewing on YouTube. It's their best video in ages and the band hardly even appears in it. It's a continuous montage of some of the best singers and bands of all time. They even include a clip of Wilco's John Stirratt at the 00:48 mark. You can pick out the members of U2 in the audience of several of the clips. How many of these performers can you recognize?

Here's the video from YouTube.

Monday, December 11, 2006

Roach Family Christmas CD - 2006 Digital Edition

In an effort to deal with the rising cost of reindeer transportation caused by recent feed shortages and Elf labor strikes, the Roach Family Christmas CD will be distributed mostly digitally this year. We hope you enjoy this year's collection of holiday favorites and a few new gems. If you have any trouble downloading the .Zip files, please let me know. These files will only be available for a week. After that they will melt away like Frosty in a greenhouse.

  • Happy Holidays from the Roaches 2006 - Part 1
  • Happy Holidays from the Roaches 2006 - Part 2
The links have expired. If you'd like a copy, please e-mail me or hope Santa puts one in your stocking.

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Tuesday, December 05, 2006

Religious freedom isn't just for Christians

In my opinion, all Americans who value religious freedom should be outraged by the comments of conservative web columnist Dennis Prager in his article "America, Not Keith Ellison, decides what book a congressman takes his oath on"

In the column, Mr. Prager criticizes Congressman elect Keith Ellison, D-MN., for announcing that he would take his oath of office on the Qur'an instead of the Christian Bible. Congressman Ellison is the first Muslim elected to the United States Congress. Mr. Prager states that this action "undermines American civilization."

He claims that Congressman Ellison is not showing any regard to what "America holds as its holiest book" and instead wants to substitute his "favorite book." He expounds that there is no difference in Congressman Ellison swearing on the holiest book of Islam and someone making the same oath on Hitler's "Mein Kampf." He claims that "America is interested in only one book, the Bible" and states that "If you are incapable of taking an oath on that book, don't serve in Congress."

That last opinion couldn't be further from the truth of the law. Eugene Volokh, a National Review contributor, writes in his article "Oh Say, Can You Swear on a Koran?" that the US Constitution specifically permits federally elected officials to not swear an oath at all. Article VI states "The Senators and Representatives ... [and other state and federal officials] shall be bound by Oath or Affirmation, to support this Constitution; but no religious Test shall ever be required as a Qualification to any Office or public Trust under the United States." He notes that US Presidents Franklin Pierce and Herbert Hoover didn't swear on the Bible, the Qur'an or any other book at all, but rather opted to affirm their support of the Constitution.

American is populated with people of all races, creeds, religions, and denominations. Congressman Ellison is not required to swear or affirm his support of Jesus, the Judaeo-Christian God, Christianity, Protestantism, the Vatican, the Bible, the Qur'an or even Allah. He must affirm his support of the laws of the United States and the Constitution. To require him to swear on a book that holds no meaning to him is utter nonsense and a violation of the religious freedoms of this country. That sort of test is what would undermine American Civilization .