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California Uber Alles

On returning from my incredibly short vacation to Hawaii, I was greeted with freezing temperatures, unrelenting rain, darkness at about 4:30 thanks to the wonders of daylight savings time, and the realization that the budget situation at work is worse than I thought.

I was told that some stuff I though might be happening at work will definitely NOT be happening, due of course to financial issues. I left work wondering how in the hell the state with an economy larger than that of most countries can have absolutely no money for education.

Then, KSLG came to my rescue once again, by playing all four versions of the Dead Kennedys’ California Über Alles back to back. Each one pays tribute to a different governor of California in a way only the Dead Kennedys can, from the 1979 original about Jerry Brown, to the 1984 Ronald Reagan version, to the 2005 tribute to the Governator. But my personal favorite was the 1992 cover by The Disposable Heroes of Hiphoprisy that roasts Pete Wilson, and contains the lines

I’ll keep cuttin’ Public Education
even though we rank 45th in the nation

Sounds about right.

By the way, I recommend Dead Kennedy and/or Dead Milkmen therapy whenever possible. When I finally got Brian an iPod last month, one of the first songs he bought was “Punk Rock Girl” as a surprise for me. Ever since then, I have been looking for a way to work the following into a blog post, and it seems like a fitting ending to this one. Make sure you yell it at the top of your lungs while you read it:

If you ain’t got Mojo Nixon
Then this store could use some fixin’

Oh yeah, and I decided not to stop blogging.



Graham writes

Nov 8 at 08:19 AM #

Good! :-)


Gerard McGarry writes

Nov 8 at 11:39 AM #

Glad you decided to keep blogging!

In my musical career, I seem to have missed the Dead Kennedys. Anything you’d recommend?


Pat writes

Nov 8 at 08:29 PM #

If I hear the governor say the words “reform,” “crucial,” or “California” again…I may loose it.


Elaine Nelson writes

Nov 8 at 08:49 PM #

I’ve only ever heard the Jerry Brown version, which makes me all nostalgic for my childhood.  Can you imagine there was once a time when CA’s education system was the envy of the world?


Andrea writes

Nov 9 at 09:45 PM #

Gerard: I have to say that their first album, “Fresh Fruit for Rotting Vegetables”,  is a classic if you like punk music—contains titles such as “Kill the Poor”, “Stealing People’s Mail”, and “Lynch the Landlord”...

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