Friday, December 16, 2005

From blog member Lee Penn
Lee’s pick:

For the jingo who has everything
By Nick Turse and Tom Engelhardt

There is this updated secular carol from the 1950s, too...

This year, TomDispatch offers Sid Tepper’s and Roy C. Bennett’s 1955 classic, ‘Nuttin’ For Christmas’, with some new lyrics for your carolling pleasure:
I lied about double-U-M-Ds;
Somebody snitched on me.
I tortured a bunch of detainees;
Somebody snitched on me.
I spilled beans on a covert spook;
I refused to be rebuked.
Lied and said we’re gonna be nuked;
Somebody snitched on me.

So, I'm getting’ nuttin’ for Christmas,
Even hawkish Dems are mad.
I’m gettin’ nuttin’ for Christmas,
’Cos I ain’t been nuttin' but bad.

I lied about the yellow cake;
somebody snitched on me.
The documents proved to be fake;
somebody snitched on me.
I set up an offshore gulag,
Willy-Pete shells I did lob,
said Brownie did a ‘heckuva job’,
somebody snitched on me.


I lied about an Iraqi drone;
Somebody snitched on me.
An antiwar mom chased me from my home;
Somebody snitched on me.
Ignored N’Orleans until too late,
With Iraq I sealed my fate,
It’s looking more like Watergate,
’Cos somebody snitched on me.

So you better be good – unlike me;
’Cos if you're bad, you’ll surely see;
You’ll get nuttin' for Christmas!

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