Weekend Open Thread   9 comments

Welcome to this weekend’s open thread, where you can discuss any topic you like.

Since Latetom has returned to us, I decided I have to discuss music this weekend. So, without further ado, a tribute to AC/DC’s song, Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap. (Sorry Tom, this is no comment on you. It’s just the song that inspired me today.)

I was surprised to see how many times this song has been covered, but I have to give the “Nat King Cole Cover Award” on this one to Joan Jett, who was true to the original while adding a bit of sexy to it (don’t worry, the video is clean):

Enjoy your weekend folks, and remember: Next week is Fed Week! It should be lots of fun, so bring your popcorn!

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Posted October 25, 2013 by edmcgon in Music, Open Thread

9 responses to “Weekend Open Thread

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  1. Excellent segue into the weekend Ed. Have a good one!

  2. Thanks Ed — I still listen to AC/DC especially at night on the long drive between Marshall, TX and Tucson, AZ. Joan Jett has always and will always be one of my favorites. Got lucky and saw her perform in a small club a year or two after her career had probably peaked but she was still just as great as when she was at the top.

    • Saw Joan Jett in Savannah in 1994 or 1995 when I was managing the Savannah/Chatham County $58m school building program.

      • As heavy metal bands go, AC/DC is one of the best. As for Joan, she covers a lot of songs, but she does it well. Like Sinatra, she gives her covers her own unique sound, even if she doesn’t stray too far from the original.

        Where else can you hear Joan Jett compared to Frank Sinatra? 🙂

  3. Just in case anyone is interested in some food for thought this weekend…

    No grand bargain in exchange for cuts to Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid
    Campaign created by U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders :

    http://www.credomobilize.com/petitions/no-grand-bargain-in-exchange-for-cuts-to-social-security-medicare-and-medicaid?sp_ref=16106938.4.993.e.4162.2&source=mailto_sp

    Senator Sanders says, “Please stand with me today and demand that Congress and the President oppose any grand bargain which cuts Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid benefits. WE MUST NOT BALANCE THE BUDGET ON THE BACKS OF WORKING FAMILIES, THE ELDERLY, THE CHILDREN, THE SICK AND THE POOR.”

    The President’s new budget proposes to use the chained Consumer Price Index (CPI) for computing cost-of-living adjustments in Social Security and certain other federal benefits.

    “If the chained CPI went into effect today, a senior aged 65 would receive $658 a year less in Social Security benefits when he/she is 75, and $1,100 a year less at age 85. Further, the average disabled veteran would lose tens of thousands of dollars in benefits over his/her lifetime.”

    • Curious George,
      Sanders doesn’t get it. Balancing the budget on the backs of the “working families” and “children” is what they already do when they don’t balance the budget and just spend like drunk sailors.

      Ask Bernie if he is willing to forego pork for his state for the rest of his senatorial career, so that we can maintain SS, Medicare, and Medicaid? My guess is his answer would be a long rambling dissembling “no”…

    • Another problem with this premise is his statement that SS isn’t going broke because you look at the funding vs spending on it and it looks like it is on solid ground. The problem is that the cash box for it has already been raided to pay for other things. So even though technically from an accounting bases it is fine, but in the real world when the IOUs that are in the cash box come due, that money will have to come from somewhere.

  4. Listening to a little AC/DC tonight and thought of you Ed. Everyone always comments how gutsy, etc. you are to post your results — all your buys and sells. For you I would dedicate: Big Balls

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