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Back in the early 80's there was a punk band, Black Flag. Although an excellent band to go down in the annals of great American music, the most important achievement of this band was to introduce the world to Henry Rollins. He's no ordinary musician. Henry Rollins is a really smart guy who is witty, passionate, and loves his country.
Rollins has for years continued to inspire me to believe in superheroes. Sure, you might notice the guy isn't popularly considered "the best" at anything he does, but he's pretty darn good and he does just about everything. He has got to be the most well-rounded human being on the planet and certainly he is one of the most talented and intelligent.
He's a rock n' roll, tatooed, poetic, muscle-bound, comedic, political activist who always has a thought-provoking point to make, always makes it well, and usually injects some black humor to soften the blow when dealing with tough issues. He's hugely popular, known well and well-known within certain circles but he's never gotten long-term mainstream exposure. And that's really everyone's loss.
So when I discovered he was all over YouTube I figured I'd do everyone a good turn and write about it for those who might not know of Henry or haven't seen him in a while. Keep in mind, he may say the occasional non-work-safe word, so turn the volume down, parental guidance is suggested for children under the age of 13 and all that.
Getting back to the Republican thing, it's not fair to characterize Republicans negatively, but I think it's perfectly fair to say that a lot of the people who have caused a lot of the problems over the last few years have been Republicans. Henry has a few things to say regarding some of those people.
This first one I'll just link to. It's pretty intense and worth a watch:
Here are some other great Rollins clips.
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It was brought to my attention earlier this week that a band named "No More Kings" released a video on YouTube for their song "Sweep the Leg". Now, normally I wouldn't get excited about something like this but not only is the song itself excellent, the video is phenomenal. Not only is the video phenomenal, but it is (as you may have guessed) themed after the movie "The Karate Kid".
And… not only is it themed after "The Karate Kid" but it also stars a number of notable cast members from the movie, including Martin Kove reprising his role as the Cobra Kai Sensei, Ralph Macchio and a terrific performance both humorous and nostalgic from William Zabka as Cobra Kai's top student Johnny Lawrence — twenty years later and living in a trailer. Or maybe that's just in the flashback — I don't know, but I do know that his former Cobra Kai classmates hang out there more often than his girlfriend cares for.
Anyway, just watch the video. If just thinking about The Karate Kid brings back memories, you'll definitely get a kick out of this.