The accumulated wisdom of Merle Haggard, and other topics

OK, time to change the atmosphere a bit here. After all, for a lot of you, this is still a holiday week, and there’s more to life than politics.

For example, there’s Merle Haggard, who earlier this month was honored at the Kennedy Center along with Paul McCartney, Oprah Winfrey, dancer/choreographer Bill T. Jones and Broadway composer Jerry Herman. In an interview with Rolling Stone, Haggard mentions that during the event, Ope — he calls his buddy Oprah “Ope,” you see, — was “completely beside herself” about the award.

“I don’t think she’d ever been a recipient of much in her life,” says Hag (his fans call him Hag, you see.) “She reached over to me, leaned over and said, ‘You know, we’ve come the farthest.’” Which is probably true.

And McCartney?

“He’s Paul McCartney, man. You can’t forget that he wrote those songs. That kept going through my mind: I’m an aspiring songwriter and sat beside the guy that wrote “Yesterday.” I recorded that. Some guys are famous for some songs you don’t remember, but that’s not the case there. When they started “Hey Jude,” with this wonderful orchestra, the building came apart. Everybody in the audience was singing it. It was a chiller.”

He’s an “aspiring songwriter.” You gotta love that.

For those more interested in politics, Hag also had a few interesting things to say about President Obama. But if you want to know what that was, you’ll have to go read it yourself.

– Jay Bookman

105 comments Add your comment

Bookman, do you realize....

December 29th, 2010
11:51 am

that no one outside of the 15 or so bloggers actually read your daily garbage? Your democrat party is in ruins and the president is going to be a one-termer.

FYI: Merle Haggard hates left wingers.

Paul

December 29th, 2010
11:51 am

Aspiring songwriter?

Honest humility is nice.

Bookman, do you realize....

December 29th, 2010
11:55 am

Hey Bookman, are you ready for your yearly beat down in a bowl game? Can’t wait to see a bad Florida team beat up on a weak Penn State team.

Bookman, do you realize....

December 29th, 2010
11:57 am

Merle Haggards best song is “Momma Tried.”

Did your momma cry when AJC sales went down the drain due to your horrible opinions, Bookman?

Bookman, do you realize....

December 29th, 2010
11:59 am

Hey, where are the 15 or so left wing bloggers who live on this blog? Oh that’s right, they’re out waiting in line at the welfare office.

Jay

December 29th, 2010
12:02 pm

Realize, do you realize that Penn State is 24-11-1 in bowl games under Joe Paterno?

Probably not. But that’s OK.

Left wing management

December 29th, 2010
12:03 pm

We don’t make a party out of lovin’;
We like holdin’ hands and pitchin’ woo;
We don’t let our hair grow long and shaggy,
Like the hippies out in San Francisco do.

And I’m proud to be an Okie from Muskogee,
A place where even squares can have a ball.
We still wave Old Glory down at the courthouse,
And white lightnin’s still the biggest thrill of all.

Bookman, do you realize....

December 29th, 2010
12:04 pm

Jay

Yeah, I do realize that but I also realize that JoPa, otherwise known as “the corpse”, is a has been. Also, your team already got destroyed by a 9-3 Alabama team earlier this year.

It’s great to be a an Auburn Tiger. I’ll wave to you from Glendale.

Bookman, do you realize....

December 29th, 2010
12:07 pm

Bookman,
Do you buy into this garbage about Obama being a “comeback kid?” I really hope you do because nothing makes us conservatives happier than to see left wingers cry like little babies when their party gets destroyed.

Prediction: You’ll ask me if I am a Sarah Palin supporter and a listener of Rush Limbaugh.

Jay

December 29th, 2010
12:07 pm

TaxPayer

December 29th, 2010
12:12 pm

Then again, every day is a holiday for some of us. I do this for entertainment (I do find it entertaining to spread the word about the evils of the GOP philosophy) in between waiting for other things like the next episode of Raising Hope.

Bookman, do you realize....

December 29th, 2010
12:14 pm

“Go Ducks.”

1: The Ducks have played 3 teams with winning records this year.
2: Auburn has played 8 teams with winning records.
3: Auburn beat 6 top 25 teams while Oregon has beaten 2.
4: Oregon’s biggest lineman is 6 lbs heavier than Cam Newton.
5: Nick Fairly. Nuff said.

My prediction: Auburn 57 Oregon 24

Auburn stops the run cold. Oregon hasn’t played a team with a defense.

WAR DAMN EAGLE!!!!!

Jay

December 29th, 2010
12:14 pm

realize, your predictive powers are no more impressive than your football knowledge.

You talk about PSU’s annual bowl beatdown yet claim that you knew we were 24-11-1 in post-season?

If I didn’t know better, I’d think you were just a blowhard.

TaxPayer

December 29th, 2010
12:14 pm

Prediction: You’ll ask me if I am a Sarah Palin supporter and a listener of Rush Limbaugh.

As if he, or anyone else, would need a crystal ball for that one. :roll:

Bookman, do you realize....

December 29th, 2010
12:15 pm

“You talk about PSU’s annual bowl beatdown yet claim that you knew we were 24-11-1 in post-season?”

I was talking about this year, Bookman. Please quit while your behind.

“If I didn’t know better, I’d think you were just a blowhard.”

No, you’re mixing me up with Barney Frank.

Jay

December 29th, 2010
12:15 pm

I’m sure Auburn fans everywhere are proud to have you among their number.

Bookman, do you realize....

December 29th, 2010
12:16 pm

TaxPayer

What’s it feel like to know that the democrats are in shambles do to an inexperienced man-child?

Jay

December 29th, 2010
12:16 pm

Mixing you up with Barney Frank?

Why, do people do that often?

Bookman, do you realize....

December 29th, 2010
12:17 pm

“I’m sure Auburn fans everywhere are proud to have you among their number.”

Comeback fail.

Gp smit

December 29th, 2010
12:18 pm

Jay….Ya gotta agree with the JoePa comments. He’s one bad call away from the big one on the sidelines. He goes or they continue to compete for the basement w Northwestern and Indiana. Oh….and Purdue….and Michigan. War Eagle!!

Common Sense isn't very Common

December 29th, 2010
12:18 pm

Jay@12:07 pm

Go Ducks.
————————

Unfair Jay – not ALL Auburn fans are morons.

I can name several here who are civil.

TaxPayer

December 29th, 2010
12:19 pm

What’s it feel like to know that the democrats are in shambles do to an inexperienced man-child?

Yes, I voted for GWB but I’m trying to make amends so you don’t have to rub it in.

paleo-neo-Carlinist aka Joe the Plutocrat

December 29th, 2010
12:19 pm

hey do you realize that Joe “the corpse” Pa is a staunch Republican? like “Hag” he don’t like “liberals” either.

Left wing management

December 29th, 2010
12:20 pm

Realize: “What’s it feel like to know that the democrats are in shambles do to an inexperienced man-child?”

It’s got nothing to do with experience, of which Bush 43 likewise had little.

Republicans and Democrats are equally in shambles, but in extremely different ways. Caught in between is the nation itself. This is the true ’shambles’.

Normal

December 29th, 2010
12:22 pm

Well, I see this subject is going well….

Bookman, do you realize....

December 29th, 2010
12:23 pm

Left wing management

No president has endured such a beat down since the 1930’s. The future is in the hands of GOP governors.

Bookman, do you realize....

December 29th, 2010
12:24 pm

Jay, it was nice sparing with you. Have a good day!

Jay

December 29th, 2010
12:27 pm

And that, ladies and gentlemen, was the late and unlamented LA, back for a limited time only.

Abrazos

December 29th, 2010
12:28 pm

“Bookman, do you realize”…all your jumping around and screaming “LOOK AT ME!” isn’t getting you much attention, not today anyway. Sad little troll, that one.

scrappy

December 29th, 2010
12:29 pm

I would be interested in what Hag said about Obama… but the site is blocked. Anyone?

Granny Godzilla

December 29th, 2010
12:29 pm

Left wing management

December 29th, 2010
12:30 pm

Realize: “No president has endured such a beat down since the 1930’s.”

That’s true, but again it has nothing to do with experience. The crisis we face is on the order of that faced in the 30s for the simple reason that the ruling structure – social compact, general governing system – that was erected then has collapsed. So we have to create a new one. Problem is, there’s no Roosevelt anywhere in sight. (It goes without saying that this president is no Roosevelt.)

“The future is in the hands of GOP governors.”
I don’t know about the future. But what they do have is a special role of their own to play in the dismal drams to come which is only beginning to unfold.

jo yo

December 29th, 2010
12:30 pm

Jay, He’s probably the same guy known as the “airport heckler” in Auburn

Common Sense isn't very Common

December 29th, 2010
12:37 pm

jo yo@12:30 pm

Auburn has an airport? who woulda thunk it LOL

Keep Up the Good Fight!

December 29th, 2010
12:39 pm

Common Sense…certainly there is an airport…..the train arrives almost daily.

TaxPayer

December 29th, 2010
12:39 pm

Oprah for president, after Obama’s two terms.

moonbat betty

December 29th, 2010
12:46 pm

Reinforcing his support for Mike Vick, Obama is allocating $20 million of stimulus money and appointing Vick as “Czar” to fund the MV-7 canine summer camp for underprivileged yappers.

Obama has anointed Bo the Portuguese water dog as the Grand Poobah and will be the first to go through the rigors of the MV-7 program while the family spends the summer at Martha’s Vineyard.

Under the MV-7 program, our 4 legged furry friends will learn important life skills from convicted felons such as holding their breath under water (anti-waterboarding technique), running full speed on a treadmill for hours at a time with a 20 lb. dumbbell tied around the neck (builds endurance and speed to run from terrorists), and various other pain management and jedi mind tricks to cope with duress under torture.

Through the MV-7 program, Obama will build hope and change for convicted felons of minor crimes in order that they may once again re-gain the respect and millions of dollars that they deserve.

Thank you and your donations (tax dollars) are appreciated.

Paul

December 29th, 2010
12:46 pm

“And that, ladies and gentlemen, was the late and unlamented LA, back for a limited time only.”

Off in search of ritalin?

barking frog

December 29th, 2010
12:47 pm

Wit and Wisdom are not necessarily traveling
companions but Merle manages to combine
both in song and conversation. You have to
be on your toes to catch his humor and sarcasm.

Scout

December 29th, 2010
12:47 pm

JAY:

But what would “Stringbean” have said ?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8uOy3WdT3mY

Bruno

December 29th, 2010
12:49 pm

moonbat betty

December 29th, 2010
12:51 pm

Bruno

December 29th, 2010
12:55 pm

moonbat betty–You’re in a wicked mood today! Here’s a special song just for you:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hMc8naeeSS8

Southern Comfort

December 29th, 2010
12:57 pm

Unfair Jay – not ALL Auburn fans are morons.

:?: :???:

Paul

I don’t think Ritalin is powerful enough to help him out.

Bruno

December 29th, 2010
12:57 pm

Major kudos to Jay for keeping his cool earlier when LA was trying to get his shots in. You’re a better man than me, Jay.

Jay

December 29th, 2010
1:01 pm

stringbean, Scout?

The original “pants on the ground”?

Southern Comfort

December 29th, 2010
1:02 pm

Bruno

There are some that come here and do more damage to the image of conservatives by their actions than others could do trying to disparage them with words.

Bruno

December 29th, 2010
1:03 pm

RB from Gwinnett

December 29th, 2010
1:07 pm

“experience, of which Bush 43 likewise had little”

If calling being a Governor of one of the largest states in the union and an owner of a several hundred million dollar business makes you feel better about voting for a community organizer, you go with it.

Poor thing probably drools alot too….

Bruno

December 29th, 2010
1:08 pm

SC @ 1:02– I can think of a few “Christians” who I would place in the same category. Which is why I throw my lot in with the heathens. No pressure to hold up any vaunted image……

Normal

December 29th, 2010
1:12 pm

Bruno,
Heathen meeting under the Wild Willow at the stroke of Midnight…be there or be square. :)

RW-(the original)

December 29th, 2010
1:19 pm

There are some that come here and do more damage to the image of conservatives by their actions than others could do trying to disparage them with words

SoCo,

That works both/all ways, not just conservatives. There is also something known in the blog world as a MOBY. Named after the entertainer by the same name that encourages far leftists to hit blogs and discussion forums posing as conservatives and using the most outrageous behavior they can get away with.

josef nix

December 29th, 2010
1:21 pm

FinnMcCool

December 29th, 2010
1:22 pm

Some people consider a failed (read as multiple fails) businessman as a good choice to run the country. As long as he had the proper “R” at the end of his name.

Two years since he is gone and how is that thinking/voting working out for us?

josef nix

December 29th, 2010
1:23 pm

Took a nap, wioke up, come back in here and it’s Friday already..

Southern Comfort

December 29th, 2010
1:24 pm

RW

Have not heard of that before, but it dosn’t sound too far fetched. I was going to add that you can probably find a few examples of any group and show posters that do damage to that group’s image. I wonder, at times, whether some posters here are being true to themselves or putting on an image just to be an ass.

carlosgvv

December 29th, 2010
1:33 pm

If Merele Haggard thinks that super rich Oprah hasn’t been “a recipient of much in her life”, he is not nearly as smart as I thought.

RW-(the original)

December 29th, 2010
1:34 pm

Rip Van Nix?

josef,

I thought I had lost some time when I say this thread pop up too. Sounds like Jay B is making a getaway.

RW-(the original)

December 29th, 2010
1:35 pm

I say, I say…saw

geez….

Mick

December 29th, 2010
1:36 pm

I saw LA down here at walgreens with his high power laptop searching for wifi and picking up some much needed clearasil..

Southern Comfort

December 29th, 2010
1:36 pm

RW

That’s ok. Your say was no different than josef’s wioke up. :)

Redneck Convert (R--and proud of it)

December 29th, 2010
1:38 pm

There is also something known in the blog world as a MOBY. Named after the entertainer by the same name that encourages far leftists to hit blogs and discussion forums posing as conservatives and using the most outrageous behavior they can get away with.

Well, I say hunt down these libruls being fake Conservatives and kick them off of the blog. It’s the right thing to do.

Have a good p.m. everybody.

josef nix

December 29th, 2010
1:40 pm

SoCo

Well, at least THAT time I had an excuse!!!

Soothsayer

December 29th, 2010
1:40 pm

WTF! I broke in a cold sweat! I thought it was Friday already! By the way–no offense–I have never been a Merle Haggard fan. Sorry

Bruno

December 29th, 2010
1:41 pm

“Heathen meeting under the Wild Willow at the stroke of Midnight…be there or be square”

I’m assuming the meeting will be clothing-optional as usual ; > }

Soothsayer

December 29th, 2010
1:41 pm

For us unitiated, who the fock is LA?

AmVet

December 29th, 2010
1:43 pm

Good call, JB.

Some bad little boys and girls here have gotten their post-Christmas panties in a major bunch. Maybe a little music will soothe those savage breasts.

BTW, I tried to take a look through the posts downstairs and damn near burned out the scroll wheel on my mouse!

Hiya B. LOL at that 1:03!

Don’t know if you saw it a couple of days ago, but Soothsayer linked a fantastic HM&BN’s song, so I’ll reprise it…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B4ZX-geGG_g

josef nix

December 29th, 2010
1:44 pm

Sooth

Who is LA? Surely you jest! How long have you been with us?

JAY
Well, if you won’t let Andy back in, LA will have to do….!

Doggone/GA

December 29th, 2010
1:44 pm

“For us unitiated, who the fock is LA?”

He’s one of those “I’m a genius in my own mind” trolls

Bruno

December 29th, 2010
1:44 pm

“Took a nap, woke up, come back in here and it’s Friday already..”

Like I say, josef, it’s always 4:20 SOMEWHERE…..

jconservative

December 29th, 2010
1:46 pm

Auburn has an airport?

Yes Auburn has an airport! It is where the Greater Auburn Model Plane Society – GAMPS – meets every 4th Sunday PM to fly their model planes.

Don’t you people know anything!

Southern Comfort

December 29th, 2010
1:46 pm

josef

Yeah, for THIS time!!! Don’t let OREP get ahold of you today. :)

Bruno

December 29th, 2010
1:47 pm

“Hiya B. LOL at that 1:03!”

You know, Brother Am, there’s a lot to be said for setting the bar low in life. A lot easier to be happy that way.

Old Retired English Professor

December 29th, 2010
1:48 pm

Yeah, for THIS time!!! Don’t let OREP get ahold of you today.

I’m keeping an eye on him, SoCo. I’ve been silent thus far because he hasn’t transgressed egregiously enough.

Bruno

December 29th, 2010
1:49 pm

SC–Gotta get back to work, but wanted to share a slogan I saw painted on a car while out and about a few minutes ago:

“It’s ok, Alabama, there’s always LAST YEAR”

Southern Comfort

December 29th, 2010
1:50 pm

Southern Comfort

December 29th, 2010
1:50 pm

Bruno

We’ll see in a few years when Auburn has to give this one back. ;)

Soothsayer

December 29th, 2010
1:51 pm

What I find amazing is the Right think they have all the answers. Yet, none of them realize that the ideas drummed into their minds are nothing more that corporatist propaganda aimed at making the accept a totalitarian state. Lush, Vannity, Speck, Bellow, Dorkz are nothing more than agents of propaganda. Yes, “we have the answers!” Won’t they be surprised with they are living in a totalitarian dictatorship with a corporate-chosen dictator? “No way!” you say. Not much longer now.

josef nix

December 29th, 2010
1:51 pm

OREP

And forgive us our transgressions as we forgive those who transgress against us… :-)

Del

December 29th, 2010
1:53 pm

Do you realize or LA…are they one and the same? are the banned. The back and forth between realize and Jay didn’t sound offensive to me. More like like a little joking with no real personal insults.I’ve sure seen worse on the blog.

Bruno

December 29th, 2010
1:54 pm

“We’ll see in a few years when Auburn has to give this one back.”

As long as I don’t have to give back all the money I plan to win on Jan 10, no problem.

Catch you all later.

josef nix

December 29th, 2010
1:55 pm

I see the Bruin has given us a break here…wonder what he’s got in store for later in the day to set the night crew off….

Soothsayer

December 29th, 2010
1:55 pm

“Don’t know if you saw it a couple of days ago, but Soothsayer linked a fantastic HM&BN’s song, so I’ll reprise it…”

That was when I had my Christmas glow on. Now it “On mah fighin’ side . . . “

josef nix

December 29th, 2010
1:56 pm

DEL

Well, you know LA starts off slow and works up to a fever pitch….

Soothsayer

December 29th, 2010
1:57 pm

Guess I’m a little slow today I’m sitting here trying to figure out WTF OREP is! Then I saw Old Retired etc., etc.

Normal

December 29th, 2010
1:58 pm

JC,
jconservative

December 29th, 2010
1:46 pm
Auburn has an airport?

Yes Auburn has an airport! It is where the Greater Auburn Model Plane Society – GAMPS – meets every 4th Sunday PM to fly their model planes.

Don’t you people know anything!

If it was the Greater Royal Auburn Model Plane Society it would be GRAMPS…I kinda like that

Normal

December 29th, 2010
1:59 pm

MOBY…er Redneck! Duck!

Tom Middleton

December 29th, 2010
2:01 pm

McCartney is great for sure, but in my opinion, Hag is greater. For just plain getting inside us common folk and letting us speak, he may be one of the best ever, maybe THE best.

It definitely doesn’t feel so lonely out here with people like him around to tell it like it is, and I sure hope he, Willie, and Kris do that “Musketeers” thing he’s talking about!

jt

December 29th, 2010
2:06 pm

In 1960, when I came out of prison as an ex-convict, I had more freedom under parolee supervision than there’s available… in America right now.
Merle Haggard

But at least the TSA and the Department of Homeland Stupidity keeps us safe.

AmVet

December 29th, 2010
2:08 pm

It is ironic that LA/whodat/realize/whatever mentioned 15 bloggers. Which is likely the number of different names the troubled Sybil has used so far.

Auburn has been playing football for 118 years and they have exactly how many national titles?

One.

And that was back when Ike was president.

Jeez, so quit acting like you’re that other (Real football) school in that state.

Penn State, though they only have 2 titles, had a perfect season in 1994 and had they not been involved in that dorky little Rose Bowl thing, would have played my beloved Huskers for a title (instead of Miami).

For that Alabam ABM…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c8ORN1Ren-Y&feature=related

Dudley

December 29th, 2010
2:14 pm

Didn’t haggard claim he was forced to do drugs at gunpoint in his autobiography

Soothsayer

December 29th, 2010
2:16 pm

TnGelding

December 29th, 2010
2:17 pm

Hag is quite a wag and a breath of fresh air. I enjoyed what little I saw of the event. Ope brings hope. How do we remain so ignorant after all the enlightenment she has produced?

Del

December 29th, 2010
2:20 pm

A slow thread here this afternoon. Pretty soon Soothsayer will be offering more prophecy about corporate appointed dictators, our country becoming a totalitarian state and spinning more truther tales. Later

Soothsayer

December 29th, 2010
2:24 pm

Here’s another one.

When we were “kids” our Parents would have never let us listen to music like this. However, at the local swimming pool–where we spent our summers–the kids played all of these great songs from morning ’til night. I loved it. Not to mention the girl with the yellow bikini.

Goodbye, Del, come back when you can’t stay so long!

TnGelding

December 29th, 2010
2:45 pm

Watch your manners, Sooth! We’re all family.

popeye

December 29th, 2010
2:57 pm

As a proud graduate of the U of O I’ll match up the academia standards with Auburn’s any day of the week!

Go ducks….

Southern Comfort

December 29th, 2010
2:58 pm

Nice cut AmV!! Every now and then Auburn has a good year in football. Then again, a broken clock is correct twice a day too. :)

Real Athens

December 29th, 2010
3:07 pm

Hey Realize:

Just like the goons you worship, don’t let the facts get in the way of good insult/lie:

Obama finds big defender in Merle Haggard

Merle Haggard may be just an “Okie from Muskogee” — the title of his 1969 hit song — but he’s not happy with the way President Obama is being treated.

Of course, when you’re honored at a White House ceremony, you’re more apt to defend the president who brung you.

Haggard told Rolling Stone magazine he especially enjoyed seeing ex-President Bill Clinton at the Kennedy Center Honors reception on Dec. 5, but “it was also nice to meet Obama and find him very different from the media makeout.”

The ornery country singer added:

It’s really almost criminal what they do with our President. There seems to be no shame or anything. They call him all kinds of names all day long, saying he’s doing certain things that he’s not. It’s just a big old political game that I don’t want to be part of.

There are people spending their lives putting him down. I’m sure some of it’s true and some of it’s not. I was very surprised to find the man very humble and he had a nice handshake. His wife was very cordial to the guests and especially me. They made a special effort to make me feel welcome. It was not at all the way the media described him to be.

He’s not conceited. He’s very humble about being the President of the United States, especially in comparison to some presidents we’ve had who come across like they don’t need anybody’s help. I think he knows he’s in over his head. Anybody with any sense who takes that job and thinks they can handle it must be an idiot.

Haggard didn’t single out any other presidents, though he did perform for Richard Nixon and Ronald Reagan. We suspect Merle has a soft spot for Reagan, who as governor of California pardoned him for felonies that had landed him in San Quentin prison.

So what did Haggard and Obama talk about?:

I told him, “You and I have something in common: our wives are both taller than we are.” And he said “No! She’s got on 3-inch heels! And she is not that tall!” He was like me. He grabbed that real quick.

Of course, Obama also had nice things to say about Haggard during the Dec. 5 reception for the Kennedy Center honorees, who also included Oprah Winfrey and Paul McCartney.

Said Obama:

Often called the “poet of the common man,” Merle likes to say that he’s living proof that things can go wrong in America, but also that things can go right.

In a day and age when so many country singers claim to be rambling, gambling outlaws, Merle actually is one. (Laughter and applause.) He hopped his first freight train at the age of 10, and was locked up some 17 times as a boy — pulling off almost as many escapes.

Later, after becoming a bona fide country star, Merle met Johnny Cash, and mentioned that he had seen Cash perform years earlier at San Quentin prison. “That’s funny,” Cash said, “because I don’t remember you being in the show.” And Merle had to explain the Man in Black that he hadn’t been in the show, he had been in the audience.

That performance had inspired Merle to start writing songs, and he’s written thousands of them since – about three or four hundred “keepers” in Merle’s opinion. Thirty eight of those songs have been number one on the charts, including “Okie from Muskogee,” which he performed for Richard Nixon right here in this room back in 1973.

I guess you can hate the Hag now too.

Hillbilly Deluxe

December 29th, 2010
3:19 pm

I don’t really care what Merle thinks about politics, one way or the other. Just keep making music. That’s what he was put on this Earth to do and he’s done it well.