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Drudge reports:

Roger Waters [Pink Floyd] concert tour hits North America and NYC with flying pigs, urging Dem votes in election, "Impeach Bush" written on rear of pig floating over audience...The pig had graffiti. 'New Yorkers/Don't be led to the slaughter/Vote November 7'

... another attendee played off the hit 'Another Brick in the Wall': ''We don't need no thought control,' even from Mr. Waters'...

Another sends a review: 'I attended the Roger Waters 9/15 show at Jones Beach, Wantagh, NY. At one point during the show Waters juxtaposed pictures of the President, Karl Rove, Ronald Reagan, and Margaret Thatcher with pictures of Osama bin Laden, Mao Zedong, Stalin, and other world tyrants. Rogers asked whether 'these people [Arabs] are really are enemies'.

Drudge has more, along with a picture of the graffiti-laden flying pig.


Comments (22)

Well, Rog, after displaying... (Below threshold)
James Cloninger:

Well, Rog, after displaying a bunch of pork on stage, I think the Arabs will consider YOU the enemy now.

the late Syd Barrett was ob... (Below threshold)
Ironman:

the late Syd Barrett was obviously not the only member of Pink Floyd who abused psychedelics

Whats the point?At... (Below threshold)
dr lava:

Whats the point?

At a CSNY show here last week there were 12,000 people singing "Lets Impeach the President" as the words flashed on the Jumbotron.

I am truly bummed out by th... (Below threshold)

I am truly bummed out by these morons. I saw Roger Waters on his last tour and he managed to stay on the reservation. I have tickets for an upcoming show and my wife doesn't even want to go because of this. I would back out myself but we have guests coming in.

I will go there respectfully, try to get pictures and report after the show.

Unfortunately these types just don't understand or care (lack of intelligence?) that people are paying to see them do the one thing they appear do with skill.

On the up side we are starting to see some Hollywood types speak out, James Woods, Gary Sinise, Craig Ferguson, the 84 signers of the terror denunciation, .... There is hope!

damn, I was hoping it would... (Below threshold)
dave:

damn, I was hoping it would actually say "Vote on ote November 7".

Oh, well.

Interesting, don't they nee... (Below threshold)
Heralder:

Interesting, don't they need a reason to impeach the president?

I am a big fan of Roger Wat... (Below threshold)
G Braden:

I am a big fan of Roger Waters, and I know that he is very anti-war. It even okay to express such views in his music. I think he should float his pigs with appropriate messages in his own native England. Why do foreign stars feel so compelled to mix into our politics (Bono of U2, Elton John, etc)? Why do I have to pay such high ticket prices to attend a political rally when I think I am going to a concert featuring my favorite artist?

I like Waters as a musician... (Below threshold)
Cousin Dave:

I like Waters as a musician, but he's been a moonbat for a long time, and since the breakup of Pink Floyd, he's gradually let his moonbattery ruin his music. In fact, to hear the other band members tell it, Waters' politics was the reason that PF broke up. Now, I don't know what David Gilmour's or Richard Wright's or Nick Mason's politics are. For all I know they might agree with Waters. But as long as they don't throw it in my face, that's okay. And they don't.

The last PF album with Waters, "The Final Cut", was a dismal recant of Waters blaming society for the fact that his father died in WWII. That seems to be the basis of all of his politics -- whining about how much worse he has it than everyone else. There is a lot of growing up to be done. The Final Cut was so bad that, before the album was released, Wright asked to have his name removed from it. (and the record label complied).

I'll be the first to promot... (Below threshold)
lunacy:

I'll be the first to promote the Shut Up and Sing philosophy. Even so, I have to feel a little sorry for Waters.

He has been the unfortunate recipient of a cruel hoax. When he was very, very young, Waters was orphaned by his father in Italy during WW2 (he was a fighter pilot), despite his father being a pacifist and a devout communist. I could be wrong, but I rather had the impression he volunteered so as to fight fascism. And despite the sacrifice, the commies eventually lost. Water's anger has previously been directed at Thatcher and Reagan.

Regardless, too much of his identity has been wrapped up in this beginning. That the government and war and capitalist pigs took his father from him is a recurrent theme in his music.

Sad, really.

Lunacy

This is not lennard skinnar... (Below threshold)
Don'tBeDumb:

This is not lennard skinnard. This is Pink Floyd the world biggest and most popular psychedelic band. They have long been the darlings of the countercoulture and Roger has allways put his political views into Pink floyd music. Perhaps you where just too stoned to pick up on it in the 70's now that you are sober (except for the brew eh boys?) you are outraged by the same politics he has had in his music for 30 years... Please.

"Why do foreign (people) st... (Below threshold)
LoveLike Rain:

"Why do foreign (people) stars feel so compelled to mix into our politics"

Our Politics affect the world..

"In fact, to hear the other... (Below threshold)
LoveLikeRain:

"In fact, to hear the other band members tell it, Waters' politics was the reason that PF broke up."

In fact nothing could be further from the truth. They broke up as a result of personal differences, ego, and different musical directions. They mostly share the same politics (see Live 8 Pink Floyd reunion) however you are correct that they are less "in your face" about it. However Roger is ALLWAYS more in your face about everything. That is what makes him Roger.

"Now, I don't know what David Gilmour's or Richard Wright's or Nick Mason's politics are. For all I know they might agree with Waters."


For the most part they are.

"But as long as they don't throw it in my face, that's okay. And they don't."

Well they will sleep better knowing that won't they?

...... you can never be too... (Below threshold)
Elmo:

...... you can never be too rich or too thin. Cept when it comes to cocaine, heroin, meth. I'm no constitutional/immigration law expert. But I do have the belief that politicking is a no no for visitors/visa holders. If Row jay Waddurs ain't a citizen? Kick him the fook out. He took a dump when he was in Israel, performing there just a little while ago as well ('tear down the wall'). Shame.

Some artists are aware that they do not own their own legacy, and respect their fans. Myself, I no longer have any of my liberal friends from years past. Being patronized just not my cuppa tea.

I still play many of my hippie dippie LP's from the 60's and 70's. Accepting the political differences of the artists, from my current world view. I still laugh when thinking about Judy Collins singing "Where Have All the Flowers Gone" at the trial of the Chicago Seven.

If people want to shell out serious coin to watch geriatric rock and rollers like Waters, or the Strolling Bones? More power to 'em (myself have a thing about seeing artists in some proximity to their prime). But paying money and being disrespected? Seems rather like a quite empty pursuit.

Way to go Pink Floyd (Roger... (Below threshold)
pimullet:

Way to go Pink Floyd (Roger Waters). I knew I loved them/him for a reason!!!!

I say we give Americans a c... (Below threshold)
Greg Solo:

I say we give Americans a chance to vote on weather the president should be impeached...

Are you shaking yet? Silly, stubborn people in denial.

GBraden,Musicians ... (Below threshold)
Robert:

GBraden,

Musicians have to talk about politics at their concerts.
If they don't, who will? CNN? FOX?

Silly GBraden.

Shaking? Why? Did the ... (Below threshold)
SCSIwuzzy:

Shaking? Why? Did the weather get cold?
Nah. Couldn't be that, since global warming is in full effect.

Greg Solo:In a way... (Below threshold)
Proud Kaffir:

Greg Solo:

In a way, they did on Nov. 2004. Sorry if you didn't like the results. An impeachment is a charge of high crimes and misdemeanors by which the President can be removed by two-thirds of the Senate.

By our constitution, the House of Representatives votes for impeachment; the Senate for removal. The voters can remove the President every four years in an election.

I know it is complicated but I thought I would clear it up a little.

so who else noticed that th... (Below threshold)
mark:

so who else noticed that the election date on the pig is wrong?

Wow, it shouldn't surprise ... (Below threshold)
Sarah:

Wow, it shouldn't surprise me that people petty enough to call others names (e.g. "Moonbats") are morons. I'm assured the irony will be lost.

Apparently, none of you own "The Wall", let alone Pink Floyd's official last album — "The Final Cut". The band has never been apolitical, and Roger Waters has never been apolitical.

But more over, it's silly silly goofs like yourselves who expect to be pandered to by someone whose catalog you are ignorant of. The truth is truly the funniest joke of all.

Recently I came across an a... (Below threshold)
me:

Recently I came across an article written by a liberal who revealed just how ignorant the political views of Roger Waters really are. By the time I reached the author's comment about how liberals were rendering themselves increasingly
irrelevant...I came to realize just how small, and uninformed, Mr. Waters really is.

So...for all those liberals out there who bow down and worship R. Waters every word, read this from one of your own kind and wake up.

Excerpts from article by Sam Harris

A cult of death is forming in the Muslim world — for reasons that are perfectly explicable in terms of the Islamic doctrines of martyrdom and jihad. The truth is that we are not fighting a "war on terror." We are fighting a pestilential theology and a longing for paradise.

We are absolutely at war with those who believe that death in defense of the faith is the highest possible good, that cartoonists should be killed for caricaturing the prophet and that any Muslim who loses his faith should be butchered for apostasy.

Unfortunately, such religious extremism is not as fringe a phenomenon as we might hope. Numerous studies have found that the most radicalized Muslims tend to have better-than-average educations and economic opportunities. It is actually possible for a person to have the economic and intellectualresources to build a nuclear bomb — and to believe that he will get 72 virgins in paradise. And yet, despite abundant evidence to the contrary, liberals continue to
imagine that Muslim terrorism springs from economic despair, lack of education and American militarism.

There is a debilitating dogma that lurks at the heart of liberalism: Western power is utterly malevolent, while the powerless people of the Earth can be counted on to embrace reason and tolerance, if only given sufficient economic opportunities.

They ignore the fact that Muslims intentionally murder noncombatants, while we and the Israelis (as a rule) seek to avoid doing so. Muslims routinely use human shields, and this accounts for much of the collateral damage we and the Israelis cause; the political discourse throughout much of the Muslim world, especially
with respect to Jews, is explicitly and unabashedly genocidal.

I don't know how many more engineers and architects need to blow themselves up, fly planes into buildings or saw the heads off of journalists before this fantasy will dissipate.

Given these distinctions, there is no question that the Israelis now hold the moral high ground in their conflict with Hamas and Hezbollah. And yet liberals in the United States and Europe often speak as though the truth were otherwise.

While liberals should be the ones pointing the way beyond this Iron Agemadness, they are rendering themselves increasingly irrelevant. Being generally reasonable and tolerant of diversity, liberals should be especially sensitive to the dangers of religious literalism. But they aren't.

[end]

If Mr. Waters was genuinely sincere about ending all war, and the killing of innocents by all governments, he should do so, instead of "siding" with people whose real goal is to rule the world and they can only achieve that by killing all
human beings who are Christian and Jewish. In my view Mr. Waters has rendered himself "irrelevant" to anyone who has eyes to see and a brain to think with.

On Sept 18, Heralder... (Below threshold)
Wes:

On Sept 18, Heralder Posted: Interesting, don't they need a reason to impeach the president?

Why would they need a reason? They didn't have one when they impeached Clinton!




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