Crabs in a Barrel Polka

I wish I could have recorded all the performers at last Saturday's Songs of Protest themed open mic at the Coffee House at Chestnut & Pine, they were all outstanding! But I got a few nuggets including this one (Crabs in a Barrel Polka) from my friend and BAPster Jacob Merseberger (more to come). Share and Enjoy!

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Bunker Buster Bomb (My President Talks With God)

Back when we were being misled into the debacle in Iraq, the military started a program to build a mega bomb, which they called Divine Strake. It creeps me out that anyone could deem a bomb to be “divine” and thereby imagine they would wield the hand of God in ‘tamping” down their enemies. Around that time George W. Bush was asked if he had consulted his Father regarding the wisdom of toppling our erstwhile ally Saddam. And Bushyboy replied that no, he had consulted his higher Father, obviously implying that he has conferred with God. So I imagined what it might have been like if that reporter had pressed further on this father thing, discussing with Georgie Boy his conversation with God. I give you Bunker Buster Bomb (My President Talks With God). Swing it!

Our president talks with God ya’ll, our president talks with God
We’re so lucky in the USA cuz Jahovah gave George the nod
Now tell us now Mr. President when the whisper is in your ear
What great nuggets do you hear coming through so clear

Well I speak for God and the workin people
Let it ring from every steeple

He said
Build me a bunkerbuster bomb George, build me a bunkerbuster bomb
Vengeance is mine so sayeth I, or at least so says the psalm
Now you’re practically my right hand man there George my prodigal prodigal son
And I’ll be back when you’ve got it done to tell you who to drop it on.

Wait what about your pal pootipoo and that guy in China, Hu
Ya wanna start an arms race, what you s’pose they gonna do
My first response is bring’em on, my second God is great
God said to his children go forth proliferate

Now we know that you two are tight, oops sorry make that four
Tell us Georgie tell us true, now surely you’ve got more
What pure droplets of truth divine have you got in store
Germinating seeds in your brain from the lips of the Lord

Well I represent the brave and the free
But this is just between you and me

He told me
Start with lies to gin up war so we can get the profits rollin
And cycled back to your campaign, now baby you’ll be strollin
Serve the rich screw the poor they got dumpsters they’ve got crates
Dance with them what brung ya princes, powers and potentates

I call ya my base the haves and have mores
Let elitists reign from shore to shore

Now bushy boy ain’t you worried, you’ve condoned all sorts a torture
Don’t you think your after life could be a real scorcher
No no my name’s written in the book, so baby I’m off the hook
I can lie and kill, cheat and steal and pay no price for what I took

God said one thing in peculiar
Said make damn sure it’s nucular

And I’m
Building a bunkerbuster bombs lord lord, building bunkerbuster bombs
Vengeance is mine so sayeth I, hey looky no hands mom
Now I may be talking outta school, but I finally learned a lesson
Blowin shit real good is my true self expression

Well now I see the truth now plain as day
And so these grateful words I pray

Our president talks with God ya’ll, our president talks with God
We’re so lucky in the USA cuz Jahovah gave George the nod
Now in America it ain’t who you know or what you’re chanced at birth
But divine providence that determines your net worth.

Copyright Sean Cranley, November 7, 2005 and from everlasting to everlasting, amen.
5rd Fret
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Revenue Stream

Last month (12/14) Congress passed the budget bill which included a whole section written by Citibank and Trust Me, It's Not in Your Interests or Mine. Did you vote for citibank? How about the global corporations that run the fascist American Legislative Exchange Council (fALEC) or the WTO or World Bank? Our "Representatives" have become mere middlemen. I wrote this song several years ago (Which You Can Also Listen to Here, along with other and more to come soon), but it becomes more disturbingly relavent with every passing year. Freedumb & Demockery for All!

Revenue Stream is on the set list for my buddy Scott and I to perform at Tomorrow Night's (1/24/15) Songs of Protest Themed Open Mic and the Coffee House & Chestnut and Pine. but due to the overwhelming response of local talent to participate we will likely have to drop this song or my other song Bunker Buster Bomb (My President Talks with God), tough choice. So don't delay, listen NOW!

We WILL be performing my Badgered State Blues (Not From Here Anymore) regardless. Gonna be a blast, if you see this in time come out, you won't be disappointed!

Chords & Lyrics:

Revenue Stream

When I was young I took a look
Said I’m gonna rumble like a tumblin brook
Out of the hills, down to the sea
B9                                        C9  C#/Db9  D9  E9
See where I go, I’ll see what I be
I will gather in the latherin rain
For every drop I drain, two drops I will gain
But commercial man spoke, he broke that dream
             B9                                           G9   E
He said boy you ain’t nuthin but a revenue stream

Revenue stream, revenue stream
I say what I know and I know what I mean
Pay no interest till 20-13
                          Bb9      A9   G9  E9
You consuming, human revenue stream

Well I grew a bit, I took a peak
Said I will meander like a ramblin creek
Round the bend, over the rocks
B9                                        C9  C#/Db9  D9  E9
Under the bridge, and between the docks
Tributaries rushin to join
I’ll know where I’ve been, but not where I’m goin
Uncle Sam saw me comin and his smile beamed
             B9                                           G9   E
He said greetings my gurgling little revenue stream

Sonny boy hey, make my day
Earn your pay, then send it my way
You’re bleedin red, I’m rollin in green
                Bb9     A9   G9  E9
Mr. John Q. F.U. revenue stream

At 16 I was a ragin torrent
The confines of my bank I found abhorrent
Breachin my levies at every turn

B9                 C9  C#/Db9  D9  E9
Roil and boil, chug and churn
Miles away from my original source
I’ll chart my own way, I’ll scour a new course
But the Madison Avenue focus group team
                  B9                                                G9  E
Said we’ve branded you boy, you’re our revenue stream

Revenue stream fill our pot
With a lot or you’re not no patriot
It’s your role, It’s been foreseen
       Bb9             A9                          G9  E9
Our prophet forecasts a steady revenue stream

Then I thought that I would take my place
Have my say bout this old rat race
Exercise my precious right to vote
B9                           C9  C#/Db9  D9  E9
Kick that scoundrel out of that boat
But because my flow was all consumed
For political pay there was no room
On that mornin cold, they laughed while I steamed
  B9                                             G9  E
I knew I wasn’t nuthin but a revenue stream

Revenue stream, revenue stream
Trickle your nickel to turn the turbine
But the power goes to those who scam and scheme
                    Bb9A9   G9  E9   
On all them little revenue streams

The Traitor John Roberts proclaimed money is speech
Robed heretics pronounced corporations are people
They acted on behalf of their golden calf
Their cold, hard shepherd, rod and staff
To them money’s the word and corporations the herd
The banks are their temple and the dollar’s their steeple

But money’s not speech, it’s merely amplification
So they can use megaphones to preach their adulation
But just you try and blare in the public square
About what’s commonly good and generally fair
You’ll see the whole God Damned truth laid bare
When you’re arrested for disturbing their peace down there

So I turned to the man on the TV screen
He said he’d pray for my soul and I would be redeemed
He squinted real hard, so I knew he was keen
B9                   C9      C#/Db9  D9  E9
I sent that televangelist some green
Then the man on the network news decreed
He’d profaned himself by thought, word and deed
And when the court seized the assets, that’s when it seemed
    B9                                      G9   
It never was nuthin but a revenue stream

Inst. Break A9 E9 B9 E9 B9 G9 E

Drifting past my worldly banks
Like vampires they came and drank
Suckin my flow to irrigate
B9                 C9  C#/Db9  D9  E9
The seeds of their corporate one-world state
They changed my very constitution
Polluted me with disillusion
And when I protested the sirens screamed
                  B9                                                G9  E
They threw these locks on their revenue stream

Revenue stream, see what we mean
We’ll set you free if that’s your dream
But if you plan to eat, drink or breathe
                    Bb9                      A9  G9  E9
Then you’re part of our global revenue stream

Now I’m old man river just a rollin slow
As I empty my worth where all worth goes
Mingle my essence in the abyss
B9                                                 C9 C#/Db9  D9  E9
Whoa I never thought it would be like this
Little bit here, little bit there
A little bit rises up in the air
And cycles back round in a vaporous dream
               B9                                   G9  E
To some freshly springin little revenue stream

Revenue stream, revenue stream
Worth much more than can be gleaned
By those who’ve looked, but never seen
Bb9                       A9  G9  E9
Nuthin but a lot of revenue streams  

Copyright Sean Cranley November 15, 2002 (till death +75yrs)

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Vulture School Deception

Here is what the Education Profiteers front group School Choice Wisconsin pronounced last January regarding Vulture School Hope Christian School in Milwaukee:

One hundred percent of the senior class was accepted to college, and the students earned more than $1 million in grants and scholarships.

Yet here is what the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reported in April 2014:

Wait this school is touted by the lobbyists as a success with 7% of 10th graders are proficient in math AND all the seniors are getting accepted to colleges? Something does NOT ADD UP!

What colleges? Universities? Public technical colleges? Private for-profit colleges? On-line colleges?

The JS article also notes that:

A growing number of taxpayer-funded private schools posted little to no data at all — either because parents chose or were encouraged to opt their children out of taking the state tests.
In the state's three voucher programs, 368 students did not take the exams because of parent opt-outs: that's 2.7% of the 13,601 students in tested grades at voucher schools.
Four private schools saw 100% of their taxpayer-funded voucher students opt out of the tests: Hillel Academyin Milwaukee, Sheboygan Area Lutheran and Sheboygan Christian, and St. Joseph Catholic School in Kenosha.
At Pius XI High School in Milwaukee, 102 of 107 voucher students opted out of the exams.
Only about 0.1% of public school students opted out of the exams, or 578 students statewide out of 432,594 students in tested grades.
Further evidence that The Last Thing the Vulture School proponents want is ACCOUNTABILITY through apples to apples comparisons with their superior public school student counterparts! 
No Funny Shtuff
Ve Vants Zeh Money Visconsin!
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Songs of Protest Saturday Night with BAPsters!

This Saturday night at the Coffee at Chestnut & Pine, 492 N. Pine Street in Burlington there will a themed open mic night hosted by Jeff Peterson. The night will feature original compositions and standard songs of protest and social significance performed by local folks. The night will include performances by BAPsters Stephen Sullivan, Jacob Merseberger and your's truly, Sean Cranley.

The set list is below and includes a couple links where you can watch and/or listen to some of the selections. It's supposed to be warm Saturday, so come on out and join your neighbors in raising your voice and perhaps a glass and proclaim in the spirit of the great Dr. Tom Lehrer:

"Oh we are the folks song army
Every one of us cares
We all hate poverty, war and injustice
Unlike the rest of you squares" ;>

Songs of Protest

Saturday, January 24, 2015
6:30 – 9:00-45

Jeff Peterson
          Union Maid                                               Woody Guthrie
          Banks of Marble                                        Pete Seeger

Jerry Kuta
Eve of Destruction                                   Barry McGuire
If I Had A Hammer                                    Trini Lopez  version

Kevin Schwerdtfeger
          Fingertips                                                  Original Song!
          Kitty Cats                                                   Original Song!
          Halo Halo                                                   Original Song!

Reid Olsen
          Blowin’ In The Wind                                 Bob Dylan
          Thunder Road                                           Bruce Springsteen
          My Back Pages                                          Bob Dylan

Minneapolis Friend
          Song 1
          Song 2

Sean Cranley & Scott Streiff
          Badgered State Blues
Tim Mocarski
          Stand Your Ground                                   Original Song!
          I’ll Sleep Tomorrow                                  Original Song!
          Deportees                                                  Woody Guthrie

Jacob Merseberger     
          We Will Stand Here                                  Original Song!

Jennifer Eisenbart
          Where Have All the Flowers Gone?        Pete Seeger
          Sounds of Silence                                     Simon & Garfunkel

Edison Blake
          I am A Soldier
          Everything is Broken                                Dylan
          Fixin’ to Die Rag                                        Country Joe

Stephan Sullivan
          The Automation Song                              Phil Ochs
          The Power & the Glory                             Phil Ochs

Bob Wang
          Crow on the Cradle
          You Say the Battle is Over
          Peace Medley:    Arms are for Embracing
                                      Generations for Peace

Arlo Vande Vegte
          Universal Soldier                                      Buffy Ste. Marie
          Catch The Wind                                        Donovan

 Terry Murphy
          Revolution                                                 Beatles
          Talking ‘bout a Revolution                       Tracy Chapman
          For What Its Worth                                  Buffalo Springfield
Jim Lampe
          Rain On the Scarecrow                             Mellencamp

Tim Merkel
          OHIO                                                          CSNY
          War Makes War                                        John Gorka
          Kings & Fools                                            Original Song!

Mad Bark
          Signs                                                          5 Man Electrical Band
          Won't Get Fooled Again                          The Who
          Get up, Stand Up                                      Bob Marley

 Possible Group singalong
          Last night I had the strangest dream
          This Land is your Land
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Vulture School Proponents Do NOT Want Accountability!

The last Four paragraphs of this Wisconsin State Journal article on school accountability bill from Jeremy Thiesfeldt, R-Fond du Lac speak volumes (the rest is good too): 
The DPI’s (Department of Public Instruction) Pertl told the committee that many times, charter schools are serving targeted populations of students and have fewer students with special needs than traditional schools, which could pose a problem for conversion.
Pertl also noted that having more than one test could harm the accuracy of the accountability system in comparing schools.
Jim Bender of voucher school lobbying group School Choice Wisconsin, however, said the use of multiple tests is strongly encouraged because the goal is to measure progress, not to compare schools.
Bender testified with Scott Jensen, a former member of the Assembly and currently the senior adviser to the American Federation for Children.
*Links and emphasis in article text above inserted by your's truly.

The last thing that the Vulture School proponents, want is accountability and apples to apples comparison with public schools because they know that the two plus decades long Vulture School experiment in Milwaukee has failed!

They want multiple tests to muddy the water and prevent transparency. And that right there should tell you pretty much all you need to on the subject, right from the horse's . . . well you know.
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Save the Date! KCDP Annual Fundraiser Dinner!

Mark your calendars for our biggest fundraiser of the year. 2016 will be here before we know it, and we want to be ready!

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Bristol Oaks Country Club, Bristol, WI

5:00 pm Social
6:00 pm Dinner



Through the Looking Glass – Malice in Dairyland

Health Uncare!

Despite a $2.2 billion dollar deficite after all our trouble and turmoil in The Badgered State, Vulture Vos says we should continue to turn down more federal funds in this long-time Donor state. Getting more money to give more Wisconsinites better healthcare coverage may be in the interests of the citizenry, but that is NOT who Sir Robin Shillsalot Represents.

Unfortunately, here in Wiscossippi too many folcks can't tell a "Rascal" from a hole in the ground. Our once proud heritage of progress, goodwill and clean government for the common good is being eroded by the likes of Vos and Wrong Way Walker, a fundamentalist interloper form Iowa. It's like we've fallen through the looking glass and to the "mercy" of Mad Hatters and the "Queen of Hearts". Malice-In-Dairyland, goodbye Wisconsin!

QUEEN of "Hearts"
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Through the Looking Glass – Malice in Dairyland

Health Uncare!

Despite a $2.2 billion dollar deficite after all our trouble and turmoil in The Badgered State, Vulture Vos says we should continue to turn down more federal funds in this long-time Donor state. Getting more money the give more Wisconsinites better healthcare coverage may be in the interests of the citizenry, but that is NOT who Sir Robin Shillsalot Represents.

Unfortunately, here in Wiscossippi too many folcks can't tell a "Rascal" from a hole in the ground. Or once proud heritage of progress, goodwill and clean government for the common good is being eroded by the likes of Vos and Wrong Way Walker, a fundamentalist interloper form Iowa. It's like we've fallen through the looking glass and to the "mercy" of Mad Hatters and the "Queen of Hearts". Malice-In-Dairyland, goodbye Wisconsin!

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MacIver Admits It’s the Poverty Stupid!

  • After a very entertaining weekend of tying the factless and feckless commentors on their Facebook page in knots, I actually got the MacIver Institute to admit that there is not one public school in Wisconsin that has a high-student-failure-rate, that does not also have a high concentration of students in Poverty. It's the Poverty Stupid!
    "MacIver Institute: Yep, you're right about brick and mortal schools. The lowest % of economically disadvantaged students in a failing school for 2014-15 was 56%."
  • The link to the MacIver piece is here and the string of comments where the Cult of Con adherents are unable to articulate why they believe what they believe and why they believe I am wrong follows:
  • Sean Cranley: More mythology. There is no such thing as a failing school. Schools don't take tests, or do assignments. It's students that fail and when students fail in high concentrations it's always due to high concentrations of poverty, ALWAYS! This truth is borne out by the fact that Milwaukee's Vulture Schools have failed for over two decades to make any improvement in student outcomes. Same students, same poverty, same associated social ills, same results. It's not failing schools, but rather High-Failure-Rate- Students.

    The problem will never be solved so long as we follow the failed mantra of "failing schools" and recognize and address the real problem. But it really isn't about the kids. I has always been about money and power and the decades long lust of the Waltons/Walton Foundation (Walmart) and the De Vos family's (scAmway) American Federation for Children to get at our tax money. CROOKS and SCOUNDRELS!
    • Tony Novinska So what you're saying is that systemic failure is not to be addressed? You are correct about one thing and even the President of the NEA Legal Counsel said, back in 2010, "This isn't about education and it's certainly not about the children. It's about power."

      So stop with the "My Soros is better than your Koch" divisive BS. 

      Accountability is not in the Liberal dictionary. Heaven forbid that something that goes against Unionista Propaganda EVER be considered.

      The status quo got us here. It's time to address the status quo. Directly.
    • Sean Cranley I said what? go read it again, this time with attention and comprehension.
    • Fred Bluhm Just because you say it doesn't make it true. I completely comprehend that!
    • Sean Cranley You're right Fred, I say it because it's true and I know that it's because I've looked into the matter. Now I've got challenge for you that I know you cannot accomplish and I doubt very much (similar past experience) that I will ever hear from again on the subject.

      A) Find me one high student failure rate school in The Badgered State that does NOT also have a high poverty rate.

      B) Develop an alternative theory for what causes high failure rate schools and correlate that cause with the exisiting high failure rate schools in Wiscossippi.

      C) Read the piece linked here and develop a reasoned and fact-based counter-argument:

      I've got the hand that can show that the mantra of "failing schools" is a myth. No actually, it's just a flat out lie. And I'm calling your bluff, put up or shut up. Accomplish one of the three things above and I will donate $50 to the non-political/religious charity of your choice. I won't hold my breath though, see ya in the funny papers.


    • Tony Novinska With your incessant Liberal Elitist faux intellect that actually sinks to the level intellectual dishonesty, it's hard to respond with my public school edu-macation and all.

      And we are to base a counter argument derived from "facts" from a progressive
       blog. Thanks for the challenge but you just proved it is YOU who is challenged. 

      Power and control. Oh and having tools like you completely under their control as well.


      "It's easier to dupe someone than to convince them they are duped." -- Albert Einstein
    • Sean Cranley Juist show me one high failure rate school in Wisconsin that does not also have a high poverty rate, just one. Or articulate and theory on an alternative cause for these high failure rate schools that coorelates with the schools that exhibit a high rate of failures. No one has done this so far, just a lot invective. Put up or shut up.

      Prove to me that you base your ideas on facts and not simply faith. Again, I won't hold me breath.
    • Sean Cranley Once again the Cult of Con loses by default! You can't win a debate on baseless faith.
    • MacIver Institute Hi Sean Cranley

      We know this wasn't directed at us, but we don't want to pass up a chance to send money to a good cause, so if you're willing to honor your word, Agrace Hospice Care could certainly use that $50.

      "A) Find me one high student failure rate school in The Badgered State that does NOT also have a high poverty rate."

      You are correct that the majority of the state's failing schools have very high poverty rates. There's no doubt that there's a connection between high rates of students that hail from poor backgrounds and low School Report Card scores. However, the connection is not exclusive.

      The eAchieve Academy of Wisconsin had a failing grade last school year. The percentage of economically disadvantaged students enrolled there was 4.3%. Here's where you can confirm that number:

      Please let us know when you get a chance to make that donation to a great cause here in Madison. Thanks., if Agrace isn't up to your liking, the Jimmy Fund is another great institution - albeit not a local one:

    • Fred Bluhm So what sean. "Trained" educators aren't trained to teach one type of student. St. Marcus in milwaukee is an excellent example of how it's possible. It's the liberal run largely public schools that are failures. I'm not reading your biased crap.
    • Tony Novinska Sean - if you truly believe that "baseless faith" makes up a family, you, once again, have proven my point. However, "baseless" and "faithless" are two hallmarks of Liberalism. At least you're true to that!

      And MacIver Institute - I'll donate, just 
      out of faith. Sean can call it baseless if he wants. It's his preorgative to do so. I highly doubt that he will donate because the word "grace" is in the title of the organization you suggested. "Grace" is tied to "faith". And "faith" is tied to a Diety that Sean will never accept, let alone understand. In conclusion, because I've wasted enough time and energy on him, if faith is baseless, then Sean, by default will not donate because that organization is baseless, in his myopic and, sigh - faithless little world.
    • Sean Cranley Mr. Novinska, I thought it would clear to anyone that I was NOT referring to religious faith at all, but rather ideological faith without any ability to articulate fact-based argument for one's beliefs. Apparently I over-estimated.

      MacIver Institute, 
      thank you for acknowledging the link between concentrated poverty and high student failure rate schools. It's encouraging to know that you have more intellectual integrity than your adherents here on this page.

      I agree that Agrace Hospice is a worthy charity and I will honor my pledge. However, what we are talking about here are brick and mortar public schools, not on-line websites. Show me a brick and mortar public school with a high-student-failure-rate that does not also have high concentrations of students in poverty.

      I don't know why the eAchieve Academy students failed, I see that they are accepting applications for tuition free enrollment, meaning that despite their failing students, these profiteers are still sucking off our tax dollars. That pathetic and disgusting.

    • MacIver Institute Yep, you're right about brick and mortal schools. The lowest % of economically disadvantaged students in a failing school for 2014-15 was 56%. 

      And we are in agreement that something needs to be done about eAchieve - and any school that chronically fails to improve student growth. Not just through an accountability bill, but by creating greater transparency so parents can better understand the schools they are sending their children to and the choices that exist to them - whether its a traditional public school in their neighborhood or elsewhere, an instrumentality or non-instrumentality charter, or a voucher school. All should be graded based on their ability to help children grow as students and become lifelong learners.
    • Sean Cranley I agree with the idea gauging progress, but I remain dubious of the idea that closing a school and shuffling the same kids with the same problems into a different building will reap much , if any improvement in their outcomes. The MPS schools are not the problem, they are symptom of much larger problems.

      Thank you for your consideration.
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