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Jerry Falwell awakes from two-month senescent slumber to criticize the Dixie Chicks:

    The Rev. Jerry Falwell called the Dixie Chicks three “French hens,” saying “politics should end at the shore when you leave the country,” referring to antiwar remarks made by lead singer Natalie Maines.

    ….Falwell said Maines was wrong to speak critically of the United States while overseas. “You don’t talk about your own country, especially during war,” he said Monday during an appearance at Jonesboro. [AP]

Falwell then savagely tore into John Wilkes Booth for shooting President Lincoln.

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  • http://www.slumdance.com/blogs/brian_flemming/ Brian Flemming

    Well, I knew I was going to have to do it eventually.

    I want to support the Dixie Chicks, but I was sure I wouldn’t like their music, because they play country music and are not Hank Williams, Patsy Cline, Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash or Lyle Lovett, which is usually a horrible combination of attributes. Still, my failure to reverse-boycott them was weighing on my conscience.

    The convergence of two events–Rip Van Falwell’s statements and the recent debut of the Apple Music Store–created a situation my conscience couldn’t ignore.

    So I made my first purchase of overpriced music at the Apple Store. I bought the Dixie Chicks “Landslide.”

    It’s not bad. I’m not saying this because I admire Natalie Maines’s courage (and midriff). I had no idea. I will actually be able to listen to this song more than once, getting my full 99 cents worth out of it.

    Thanks, Rev. Falwell!

  • Eric Olsen

    Way to overcome your prejudice Brian; I like them quite a bit, but honestly don’t listen to them that much.

  • Old Fart!!!

    ‘French hens’?!?!?!? (As opposed to a complete and utter cock?) ‘Politics should end at the shore when you leave the country’?!?!?!?! (So what was George Bush doing on that aircraft carrier last week then? Being apolitical?!?!?) ‘You don’t talk about your own country, especially during war’ (So wot do you talk about then? Market trends in Bulgaria?!?!?)

    Methinks Mr Fallwell must get up early in the morning and practise in order to be so self-evidently stupid!!! Mind you, he is the one that felt threatened by Tinky-Wink of the flipping Teletubbies, so maybe stupidty comes naturally to him…

  • http://rodneywelch.blogspot.com/ Rodney Welch

    Brian, Do keep in mind though that “Landslide” is virtually a note-for-note cover of an old Fleetwood Mac song.

    And yes, Falwell is as dumb as a box of rocks, as ever.

  • http://www.BelvedereCountryInn.com James Cochrane

    It’s amazing how now in 2010 this issue is completely forgotten about. Really didn’t take long either. Although admittedly I have not heard much from the Dixie Chicks lately, music or otherwise.

  • http://ruvysroost.blogspot.com Ruvy

    At this point this article could be renamed RIP van Falwell. The Dixie Chicks are alive and well, touring with the Eagles.