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Monday, October 7, 2013

Monday Music..."Mr Roboto" by Styx and other musings

before going with my standard Monday Music...actually published on Monday....for a change....Yay..go me:)  I was listening to the news people on the local radio station and I heard that as part of the partial shutdown of the government, the park rangers( Man they are really getting around...From the WWII memorial, to the Vietnam memorial to Mount Rushmore...and other places.)  They went to people that owned homes that they have long term leases( usually 99 years or something like that) and telling them that due to the government shutdown, they have 72 hours to vacate. even though they own the house, it is on federal land.  Also they had the park services try to shut down Mount Vernon(President Washington's house) that is a private organization, but some of the access roads are on federal property.
This from Boortz:

I knew 0bama had a deep resentment toward America when he came here in 1979 to enter Occidental College. Even so, I’m continually amazed at how vindictive, arrogant, dishonest, narcissistic and thuggish this man can be.  Yes … I said thug.  0bama is to the presidency what Jimmy Hoffa was to union leadership.
I could never have guessed that 0bama would so brashly show his disdain for America’s veterans as he has in the past week.  The underlying psychology here is easy to understand if you’ve studied 0bama’s upbringing and past.  He was raised to despise and resent America.  His father and mother both hated this country, as did his grandparents and most of the people who influenced him right through college.  To 0bama, America was a colonialist power that brought oppression to his father’s African homeland.   At Punahou school in Hawaii he was taught that Hawaii was colonized by America … a continuation of the mantra he heard throughout childhood. 
Now 0bama is showing his feelings toward veterans.  After all, they fought to preserve a country that he came here to destroy (just ask some of his Occidental classmates.)  So now he has a chance to show his lack of respect for veterans … and he’s making the most of it.
            Did you hear about Normandy?  More American troops died in one day .. the D-Day landings at Normandy, than in all of the Iraq war.  Those who survived that day are dying at a rate of 600 to 900 veterans a day.  Many of these men want to visit that beach – that invasion site – again, before they die.  0bama actually ordered the beach, the cemetery and the memorial at Normandy closed.  These veterans spent their money to get over to France to visit what they consider to be hallowed ground – and their president, their Commander-in-Chief, had ordered the site closed.  That is vicious behavior … vicious, thuggish behavior.  
            There’s more … more of the pettiness and vindictiveness of our wonderful Dear Ruler:
  • Around the country there are people who live in their own private homes which happened to be located on federal lands.  They own these homes on these plots of ground through contractural agreements with the federal government.  0bama has ordered that these people be denied access to their homes during the shutdown.
  • On the state highways around the Mount Rushmore National Monument in South Dakota you will find turnouts.  These are places where you can leave the highway and park to get a view of Mount Rushmore.  0bama has ordered the park service to close these turnoffs .. and the orange cones went up.  These are not federal roads .. they’re state roads.  But you can see Mount Rushmore, so these turnoffs had to be closed.  Until the state told them to back off.
  • You know what Amber alerts are, don’t you?  You can get alerts over radio, on your cell phone and over the Internet about abducted minor children.  Well …. Not the Internet.  That’s a federally operated website, so it has been shut down. Is it possible that some abducted child will not be found in time?  Yeah .. it’s possible, but then again 0bama has instructed that the shutdown be made to be as painful as possible.  What’s one child when it comes to 0bama’s power and agenda? But Michelle Obama "Move it" website that discusses nutrition in the schools stays open......

"Mr. Roboto" is a song written by Dennis DeYoung of the band Styx, and recorded on the Styx album Kilroy Was Here. It was also released as a 45 RPM single in a 4:44 radio edit (available on "Greatest Hits" released by PolyTel in Canada in 1992), with the song "Snowblind" (from their previous album Paradise Theatre) as the B-side. In Canada, where they were generally more popular than in their native U.S., it went to #1 on the RPM national singles chart,[1] becoming their third single to top the charts in that country (following "Babe" in 1979-80 and "The Best of Times" in 1981).[citation needed] In the U.S., it reached #3 on the Billboard Hot 100.[citation needed]
The song's chorus features the line, "Dōmo arigatō, Mr. Roboto", which has become a catchphrase.
The Japanese lyrics at the beginning of the song are as follows:
どうもありがとうミスターロボット (dōmo arigatō misutā Robotto)
また会う日まで (mata au hi made)
どうもありがとうミスターロボット (dōmo arigatō misutā Robotto)
秘密を知りたい (himitsu wo shiritai)
The lyrics translate into English as follows:
Thank you very much, Mr. Robot
Until the day (we) meet again
Thank you very much, Mr. Robot
I want to know your secret
The song tells part of the story of Robert Orin Charles Kilroy (ROCK), in the rock opera Kilroy Was Here. The song is performed by Kilroy (as played by keyboardist Dennis DeYoung), a rock and roll performer who was placed in a futuristic prison for "rock and roll misfits" by the anti-rock-and-roll group the Majority for Musical Morality (MMM) and its founder Dr. Everett Righteous (played by guitarist James Young). The Roboto is a model of robot which does menial jobs in the prison. Kilroy escapes the prison by overpowering a Roboto prison guard and hiding inside its emptied-out metal shell. When Jonathan Chance finally meets Kilroy, at the very end of the song, Kilroy unmasks and says, I'm Kilroy! Kilroy!, ending the song.
The robot-like catchphrase was created with a vocoder. The song heavily features the Oberheim OB-Xa and PPG Wave synthesizers.
Stan Winston designed the Roboto costume and mask, which is displayed prominently on the cover of the album Kilroy Was Here. The track was released as the first single from the album at the last minute instead of "Don't Let It End" at the request of A&M Records.

 The song's video, directed by Brian Gibson, depicts Jonathan Chance (played by guitarist Tommy Shaw) walking in Rock Museum to meet Kilroy and a robot approaches. After this, it morphs into five robots moving and dancing. Shortly thereafter, the robots transform into the members of Styx and including a clean-shaven Dennis DeYoung (he shaved his trademark moustache off at the conclusion of the Paradise Theater tour in 1982 and has remained clean-shaven to this day). The video then alternates between the band playing the song on a stage and scenes from the Kilroy Was Here backdrop film. Then, the members of Styx morph back into the robots and DeYoung confronts the robots, screaming in the ear of one of the robots before collapsing. DeYoung awakens to see he is being experimented on and runs off. The video cuts back to the ending of the first scene and Jonathan Chance climbs on to the stage. Before the robot removes his mask to reveal Kilroy, another shot of the robot with lights on is used to end the clip.

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