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Monday, August 08, 2016

The political prescience of Ozzy Osbourne

In 1979, Black Sabbath fired its lead singer for drug and alcohol abuse. How much drugs and alcohol do you have to consume daily to get kicked out of a heavy metal band? Ozzy Osbourne was a mess, but he had some fame and a record contract and a few side musicians. In Wales in 1980, they wrote and recorded Blizzard of Ozz, which was supposed to be the name of the band but became the name of the album.

Now 36 years later, the second song on the album tells you all you need to know about this year's election.

The track is Crazy Train, which was written by Ozzy, guitarist Randy Rhoades, and bassist Bob Daisley. The song is a dig at the exploitation of Cold War paranoia.

But 36 years later, I would say it summarizes the 2016 election:
I've listened to preachers,
I've listened to fools.
I've watched all the dropouts
Who make their own rules.
One person conditioned to rule and control
The media sells it and you live the role.
That best describes Never Trump and the feeding frenzy by the media -- which blithely ignores all the warning signs about Hillary's physical and mental health.

Never Trumpers look down upon me as having fallen for Trump. But I follow the money. Hillary is a billion-dollar enterprise -- the Mafia without all the messy gangland wars. No thank you. The duped this year are the ones who think they know it all. They are living the role.

You can say Ozzy stumbled in a drunken stupor into this revelation, but I do not care how he got there: Ozzy from 1980 has better insights into this election than Charles Krauthammer today.


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  1. "The media sells it and you live the role."

    The media have hit Ludicrous Speed with their lies and distortions. I'm no longer buying what they're selling. - Elric

    1. I knew the media was one big con job back when Surber was writing for the Charleston newspaper, preaching that all politicians with an "R" next to their name were the ones to trust simply cause they were an R while those with "D" next to it were evil.
      Now, thanks to Trump, all you "Rs are great and Ds are evil" are finally acknowledging that the "R Establishment" and "Tea Party" title holders are just as rotten to the core as the "Ds." What took you so long to come around?

    2. The political scam ends once they stop delivering. Nationally we have devolved from Reagan back to something worse than LBJ and Carter

    3. You are properly indoctrinated, little one.

    4. I resent the implication that as a Tea Party adherent that I am a Democrat.

    5. LYNN - As a Tea Party adherent, you are not a Democrat, you are just as ineffective as a Democrat. Need examples? Sift through this blog for Surber's call outs of the Tea Party.
      I don't remember Reagan delivering a whole lot Don but I believed he left office around 1988. Took awhile for that scam wake up call, eh?
      Again, I'm am so grateful for Trump in that he woke up America to realize we have long had a one-party system.... the Wall Street Party. Too bad he is so ill suited to deliver on his promised solutions. He has already said that if the Rs lose Congress, it wouldn't bother him. He's praying for it. Gives him a built-in excuse to place blame for when his fantasy agenda can't be put in place.

  2. I don't know that I've ever heard an Ozzy Osborne song (I might not have known who it was doing it), but definitely not in 1980.

  3. It would help if Trump would get back to being TRUMP - lately he's been sounding like a politician.

    1. He's sounding like a politician so he can raise money. Must be working. Check out the post written after his one. So much for that "Trump answers to no one" mantra.

  4. Headbangin' Don Surber. Thought I recognized him from the concert video mosh pit.