Dixie Chicks – Shut Up & Sing

Posted in: Disc Reviews by Archive Authors on March 13th, 2007

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13 Comments

  1. Anonymous
    03/13/2007 @ 6:41 pm

    Impeachment? Do you know anything at all about the American system? Not once has impeachment been brought up in either house. A swell?

  2. Gino Sassani
    10/07/2008 @ 9:56 pm

    Tom,
    I respect your opinion but you don’t know what in the Hell you’re talking about.
    I taught college level American Government for 8 years and you would have flunked.
    Your remarks are totally irresponsible.
    If you don’t like the man, say so, it’s your right.
    Just don’t make crap up and pass it off as fact.
    First: No serious person here in the USA has talked impeachment.
    Second: Impeachment can only be brought about for actual crimes.
    Bush, like him or not, did not violate the American Constitution.
    Next time read the document before you talk about it.
    I certainly hope you are more informed about your DVD’s before you review them
    Shame On You,
    Gino

  3. Tom
    10/07/2008 @ 10:43 pm

    Gino, your degree of respect for my opinion is clear. While I’ll accept a small degree of criticism for my choice of “swelling”, I stand by the rest. Assuming you didn’t grade your American Government course on the basis of DVD reviews, I’m sure I would have done just fine.

    Would you consider Dennis Kucinich a serious person? He has been calling for impeachment for some time. Bush’s approval ratings are at Nixonian levels, and world opinion of the United States has soured as a result of the Iraq war.

    In any case, those portions of my review were based on observation of Internet opinion and various news sources, not on my personal feelings for your president.

    Thank you for your rude and condescending remarks. As a fellow reviewer on this site, I would have hoped for more respectful correspondence.

  4. Gino Sassani
    10/08/2008 @ 2:13 am

    Tom,
    You missed the point.
    Impeachment is a constitutional legal issue .
    Bush has done nothing in violation of the document.
    I have no problem with your opinion.
    You really needed to stay away from that issue, without understanding it.
    By the way to answer your question. No, i don’t consider Kucinich a serious person. Neither does his own party.
    Bush does have low approval rate,but impeachment has NOTHING to do with approval.
    I believe you confuse the terms Impeachment with Recall.
    There is no Federal recall.
    Many states have such rules on their leaders, but not on a national level.
    As for my respect for you. I’m sorry you feel the way you do.
    I do have respect for you but your impeachment statement was simply too irresponsible.
    remember that your Democratic controlled Congress is at a 9% (a third of Bush’s). Should we “Impeach” them as well?
    I care a great deal about this site and our crediblity.
    This is my home, too.
    Take Care,
    Gino

  5. Tom
    10/08/2008 @ 2:43 am

    I’m glad we’re back on more friendly footing. I never called for impeachment. I merely noted that calls for impeachment, obviously unofficial, were growing. I accept that I overexaggerated on that point. My comments about Bush’s approval rating were related to my review statement that resentment for Bush and his mission was on the rise.

    The democractic congress has definitely not risen to the challenge, but they are certainly not mine. I’m Canadian.

    Again, that small portion of my review you take issue with was not based on my personal opinion, but on my admittedly casual observation of the issue. We’re writing DVD reviews, not blogging about politics.

  6. Gino Sassani
    10/08/2008 @ 2:53 am

    Tom,
    I’m sorry you believed we were ever on anything but friendly footing. As I’m sure your viewing of the DVD showed you this is a hot issue.
    If I can comment on their situation. Some of us go to concerts to hear them play. We respect their right to speak but not when I paid $50 to be there.
    I NEVER talk politics when I perform and try to keep it out of my music.
    I understand you wanting to voice your opinion.
    I was offered that title to review and turned it down because I knew I would be unable to make a strong political statement.
    It was a trap, my friend.
    I apologize for being harsh.
    I love political debate but I see Constitutional issues misrepresented too often and it just drives me nuts.
    I hope you understand.
    Take Care,
    Gino

  7. Tom
    10/08/2008 @ 3:15 am

    No worries, Gino. I clearly do not share your level of understanding of the details of your government, and I did not anticipate a flippant choice of words in my review to tick anyone off.

    I hear you about musicians spending concert time you paid for to sound off on politics. But don’t musicians often talk a little between some of the songs, make a few comments, etc.? From the clip on the DVD, if I recall correctly, the original statement that started the whole Dixie Chicks firestorm was basically a one-liner.

  8. Gino Sassani
    10/08/2008 @ 3:40 am

    Yeah it was a one liner.
    Here was the trouble.
    Say you paid $50 for a ticket (cheap these days).
    I know the media has you believe that we all hate Bush but many of us don’t.
    Remember in 2000 the media said Bush had an approval of 36% the day before he took an election by over 50%.
    Now, I didn’t teach math, but even I know something doesn’t add up.

    Anyway…now say you like the prez.
    You paid that money to listen to the band insult your Prez.
    See how you can feel rippedoff.
    Even still you don’t put down a Texas prez at a country music concert. How dumb is that?
    They made the mistake of buying into the media slant that folks hated Bush. They never expected so much of a backlash.
    Hell, I think they expected to be hailed as heroes.
    Enough said.
    Hey, at least this will drive traffic to an old review.
    I wouldn’t have noticed except for the first comment.:-)
    Take Care,
    Gino

  9. Gino Sassani
    10/08/2008 @ 3:48 am

    By the way. Sorry for the review crack.
    Again, sensitive issue.
    Take Care,
    Gino

  10. Tom
    10/08/2008 @ 1:18 pm

    Sensitive issue, no worries.

    The one-liner was delivered to an audience in London, England. I suspect it got plenty of cheers at the time, since there probably weren’t many Bush supporters, let alone Americans, in attendance.

    You’re right that they made a mistake, because word of them disrespecting the president on foreign soil got home to the republican fans right quick. The extreme reaction by many of those fans disgusts me, though. Public album destruction, boycotts and death threats? Sheesh.

    Just curious, are you still a Bush supporter? If so, why? It seems pretty clear that he has been one of the worst presidents in your nation’s history, at least from an outside perspective.

  11. Gino Sassani
    10/08/2008 @ 2:22 pm

    Hey Tom,
    I agree the death threats are disgusting.
    Destroying the CD’s is OK with me so long as they owned them. Boycotts I also agree with. If they offended me why should I buy their product.
    Yes, I am still a Bush supporter.
    Not enough room here to describe why except to say that 25 years from now Iraq War will go down in history, not as a mistake, but the defining moment in a free and stable Middle East.
    Believe it or not He’s the best Prez in my lifetime.
    Many of us believe that, but because of the media and such are just afraid to stand up and say so.
    I saw an interview with Kelsey Grammer about his new film where he talks about how conservative actors don’t speak out unless they are already big stars because they get black listed if they do. I hope you find that as disgusting.
    There are far more of us than you know.
    I’ve likely put a target on my own back by speaking so open about it here, but some of us have to have the courage to blast the crazy notions that get all of the airtime.
    If you’d like a more detailed explanation feel free to contact me and I’ll be happy to provide it.
    Take Care,
    Gino

  12. Tom
    10/08/2008 @ 3:10 pm

    I definitely disagree with anyone being blacklisted for their political opinions. It has echoes of McCarthyism, a black mark on American history. Diversity breeds strength and should be embraced.

    I would be interested to learn why you think the Iraq war will eventually be recognized as a success, and why Bush is the best president in your lifetime. I’ll send you a PM in the forums with my email address.

  13. Gino Sassani
    10/08/2008 @ 3:55 pm

    I look forward to hearing from you.

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