02/13/13

Will you?

This is dedicated to all the men who have some difficulty planning Valentine’s Day. Wait, that’s redundant.

Happy Valentine’s Day to my beautiful and gracious wife.

wva j&s

Performed by ipoetlaureate. Music produced by juiceboxjackson.

Today’s blong here:

Be Mine

12/28/12

Yeah, We Got One

snow day

A snow day.

Don’t forget to buy Year Two. 78 songs. $15.

Year end material soon. Still on news rap holiday.

Performed by ipoet (d/b/a sintax.the.terrific).  Music produced by re:flex the architect.

Today’s blong here:

Snow Day

12/25/12

Sugar Plums

A crowd favorite, I get knocked out by a Salvation Army volunteer in today’s blong.

Make sure to check back all week. Still on news rap holiday. End of year material in the works.

xmas pic

And, yeah. That’s a pillowed cassette tape deck and Grand Taxonomy of Rap Names poster. Be jealous this Christmas if you can’t be joyful.

Peace on earth and in your heart.

Performed by theipoetlaureate d/b/a sintax.the.terrific & rheomatic.

Today’s blong here:

Salvation's Army

Salvation’s Army can be purchased at itunes.com.

12/24/12

Merry Christmas

stockings

Performed by ipoetlaureate and Sojourners Music. Music produced by djclutch.

Evergreen

12/21/12

Shiny Things

Every year our family mobs deep in the Honda Odyssey, eating Trans-Fat-Free Krispy Kreme and checking for seasonal lawn decorations.

krispy kreme kids

It’s become one of my favorite traditions. Along with shopping road rage, of course. I probably would have used a certain merry hand gesture to express my displeasure the other day but I was too busy texting and driving. Sheesk that other guy. (Wait, what did you think I meant? No, not that one. We call it the “Baptist Bird.” It’s more like a “thumbs up” or “I’ll be on my way now!”)

Whether you’re into decorated houses or just the celebratory tinsel of the season, our culture has a preoccupation with shiny things. I try to keep two thoughts in mind: (1) not everyone’s December is full of cheer and (2) there is a more significant Light that should never be obscured by ice cycle ones and snow globes.

Speaking of distraction, peep this vintage blowmold Santa we bought! Now that’s the true meaning of Christmas. Plug-in plastic!

blowmold santa

Until next weekend, it will mostly be seasonal themed songs. You’ll have to get your news the ol’ fashioned way, I guess.

From the Colbert Report.

Happy Holiday and a Merry Christmas!

Performed by ipoetlaureate. Music produced by Dave Santos.

Today’s blong here:

Christmas Lights

12/5/12

Oh Christmas Tree

Consider the tree trimmed, ninjas.

Performed by ipoet. Music produced by djclutch.

Today’s song blog here:

Tree Trim

11/22/12

Happy Welcomeaccepting!

It’s become an annual tradition here at The Press Junket for me to stop and reflect on how much I have to say “you’re welcome” for. While so many each year are thankful for the blessings in their lives, I always stand prepared to graciously accept some of their gratitude. A kind of public service, I guess.

So, to all the family, friends, fans, colleagues, pets, haters, supporters, and crew, who are thankful for me again this season:

You’re welcome.

The ipoetlaureate enjoying a Welcomeaccepting feast with his kinfolk:

Appropriately, I will be in Colonial Williamsburg for the Welcomeaccepting holiday, likely seated with my family in precisely the same fashion as depicted above. Look for future pictures of me in three-cornered hats and petticoats.

Here’s a portraiture of me and my bride on Honeymoon in Colonial Williamsburg with our hunting dogs circa 1998:

Ahh, to be young and in love and in tights, again.

Performed by ipoet. Music produced by, who else on Thanksgiving but, pumpkinFoot.

Today’s blong here:

You're Welcome

11/12/12

Dishonorable Discharge

Way to ring in Veterans’ Day, Patraeus.

I suffer this weird bipolarity with our military. I have had the luxury of becoming mostly pacifist. But, I also have this great guilt and reverence for their service. Much of my family has served honorably, even through the conflict in Iraq. And, as trite as it is true: we are free for their sacrifice.

And, so I’m rabidly in favor of veterans’ benefits. Precisely because we live in a time where some serve the interests of all, our indebtedness to them is incalcuable.

If I’m president for the day (and if roughly 64,023 federal employees die it could happen), then I would propose the following. If someone serves in our military, for even a minute, they would get everything. House, car, healthcare, food. Now it’ll be something like a 3 bedroom, Kia Zoom, and Hungary Jack. But, if you so choose, you wouldn’t ever have to lift a finger again.

Because, whether or not a soldier ever sees conflict in an actual theater of war, and whether or not he/she personally had any volitional “choice” in joining the military in the first instance, they were subjected to the potentiality of the highest risk of all:
their life lost.

They accepted that risk, in some sense or another, and went in my stead. Which is the critical point because there was no way in the world I was going. I have asthma and small capillaries. Any military base above about the 38° latitude, and I would have required especially designed glove wear. And, nobody wanted that.

So all the while, I’ve just been playing baseball and going to school and buying video games and starting a family and writing news raps and generally just loafing around. You know. The whole “rising and sleeping under the blanket of security” thing.

The Patraeus scandal is not a good lens through which to reflect on the contributions of our military. (Hopefully, he won’t commit the counterpart gesture to what this guy did, to win back his wife.)

But, long before this weekend, some dissident voices had already begun to call into question his presumed heroism and choice of tactical strategies in the middle east and the ultimate effectiveness of the surges he requested and/or oversaw in Iraq and Afghanistan. Those people are typically viewed as either communists or “bastards” or Oliver Stone.

Maybe this isn’t the day to say it. But we have to be able to criticize and scrutinize our military without fear for our own reputations in loyalty and patriotism. Our politicians can be mercilessly satirized scapegoats but our military personnel are somehow sacred cow. For the same reasons government must be subject to public critique, all the more so our military.

Although it most certainly is for his wife and family, the Patraeus scandal is not about sex. For the rest of us it’s mostly about transparency. Transparency in our bureaucracies and in the White House. National Security interests obviously make only so much transparency realistic.

But our heros are flawed and our most altruistic stratagem failed. And, to me, there is nothing more patriotic than to be able to say so.

To hold our military to account is precisely to honor our veterans.

By the way, I have a personal source on the Patraeus scandal and Paula Broadwell, specifically. I feel almost like a journalist. Except with a velour Starbury tracksuit on. I assume those are strongly discouraged in the presidential press junket, right?

Written and performed by theipoetlaureate. Music produced dave santos.

Today’s blong here:

Digital Camouflage