This Morning Wood Was Built By A Government Program

Sometimes, you just need a government program to accomplish something which otherwise never would have happened.

Do you see that statue? That’s called “The CCC Worker,” and it’s stationed near the upper lot of the Red Rocks Amphitheater in Morrison, Colorado. It’s a beautiful piece of bronze, overlooking the park, famous concert venue and, further east, the city of Denver. And it represents an idea. An idea that when we need it the most, great things can be built at the behest of our government that improve life, not just for the citizens of a given city, but also for the lives of the workers who get jobs for a long-term project.

The plaque which adorns the statue says this:
“CCC Worker”
Erected in 2004 by Chapter 7, NACCCA
in cooperation with the City and County of Denver.
Dedicated in honor of the 3 million workers
who served in the Civilian Conservation Corps
from 1933 to 1942 and to those members of
Co 1848, SP-13-C, Morrison, Colorado
who were the builders of this
Red Rocks Amphitheatre from 1936 to 1941.

“What an obscure thing to bring up, Sam,” you’re saying. “What does this have to do with anything?” Great question.

Last night, there was a rally at Red Rocks Amphitheater for the Romney/Ryan campaign, featuring Kid Rock and some generic “we’ll put a boot in yer ass” country music “stars.” And the place was packed with about 10,000 Denver-area Republicans, none of whom seem to understand the irony of a situation where they’re chanting about how they “built that” while a statue overlooks the spectacle saying, in effect, “No, you didn’t. The Government did.” [Read more…]

Welcome to The Morning Wood

The Morning Wood is a new feature here on the Daily Dickpunch designed to give you a whole new look at the world, with links to help you break out of your sad, pathetic cubicle-centered life and enter into adult discussions with other humanoids in a workplace environment.

“But wait, you lazy dick,” you’ll say. “Isn’t this just ‘The Cockpunch’ with a different, better and funnier name? Why didn’t you guys come up with this name before?” Well, first of all, yes it’s just the Cockpunch with a different and funnier name. It’s exactly the same. We didn’t come up with it before likely because we’re lazy, and sometimes we don’t think of the most adolescent thing until well after the fact. So let’s just leave it alone, eh?

On to the links: [Read more…]

Counterpoint: Why Play the Anthem at All?

Your correspondent will concede Young Alan’s main point: The Fray’s interpretation of the Star Spangled Banner was terrible.

As many of our three readers know, “conservative” is not an accurate description of my views about much of anything. HOWEVAH, your correspondent makes exceptions for national symbols. So much in fact that he considers the use of flags and anthems at domestic sporting events to be beyond mere tackiness and towards something a bit darker, like desecration.
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The Fray & The Star-Spangled Banner: A Lesson In Poor Taste

The Fray just lowered the bar of mediocrity to an all-time low. I wish I could say I was shocked by the band’s embarrassing rendition of The Star-Spangled Banner at the NCAA Finals, but not really. Their performance merely reflected the lowered expectations of mainstream music today.

Let’s start with some basic analysis of why the Fray’s performance was so underwhelming. Firstly, the band seemed nervous due to what may have  been little or no rehearsal. Secondly, the lead guitarist consistently botched the third chord in his progression, which probably led the average TV viewer to believe his guitar was either out of tune or that there was some sort of technical glitch. The latter is partly true: the glitch was lack of basic technical skill on behalf of the guitarist. Make no mistake, he was playing a simple fingerpicking pattern that a semi-competent player with one year’s experience could perfect.  Simply playing his instrument correctly would have significantly improved the song.

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The Greatest Rock Show I’ve Ever Seen

I’ve seen some shows, people. I’ve seen some shows.

In 1995, I saw an up-and-coming band called Radiohead at Denver’s Mercury Cafe. Opening act was some British guy named David Gray. There may have been 150 people in the room.

In 2008, I was front row, center to see Martin Sexton at the Fox Theatre in Boulder. Opening was a young, chunky singer/songwriter named Brett Dennen.

Just last year, I had awesome balcony seats to watch Ben Folds do what he does, and sat in the same spot to see Adele drop the hammer for two hours a few weeks later at Denver’s Ogden Theatre.

I know of what I speak.

Last night’s show — folk-rockers Guster, backed by the Colorado Symphony Orchestra — was the greatest show I’ve ever seen. Full stop. [Read more…]

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