United States National Rifle Association, parody music

This satirical music video from Britain is called Lil Wayne LaPierre – “God Bless America”.

NRA chief Wayne LaPierre comes out in defence of guns via his Lil Wayne tribute act.’

It is a parody of this song, Lil Wayne’s – “God Bless America”.

The lyrics are:

Uh, our streets are full of Bernie bros
All funded by George Soros
These Europe-style socialists
They call us racist and misogynist

Now they wanna take our guns away
‘Cause they hate freedom in the USA
My country ‘tis of thee
Sweet land of shoot ‘em all, because we’re free

God bless America
And Republican senators
Protect our Second Amendment rights
From liberals who hate hard-working whites

Oops, I think I misspoke
All I mean is give folks
A nice gun that they can take to bed and stroke
Uh, let’s arm the teachers in the classrooms
So if there’s shooters they can blast ‘em

Let us live by the gun and die by the gun
This is what it means to be American
Shoot my gun in the air, feel the discharge in my hair
Maybe I’ll go to the Rockies and blast a black bear

All these liberals wanna tell us what we need
But they’ve all been brainwashed by the Marxist creed
Listen, NFL stars who take a knee
You’ve just made a powerful enemy
Yay guns! Think about that

US gun lobbying group the National Rifle Association (NRA) has given more than £5 million in grants to hundreds of US schools in recent years, according to new research by the Associated Press: here.

WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT GUN MANUFACTURERS While much of the national conversation on gun control following the February mass shooting in a Florida high school has focused on the National Rifle Association, gun manufacturers have largely avoided scrutiny. [HuffPost]

Anti-fascist demonstration in Rome, Italy today

This music video says about itself:

The song “Bella ciao” was sung by the anti-fascist resistance movement active in Italy between 1943 and 1945. The author of the lyrics is unknown; the music and spirit of the song is based on a folk song sung by rice-weeders on the River Po basin in the early part of the 20th century — “Alla mattina appena alzata”.

A version of this song was recorded for music researchers by Italian folk singer Giovanna Daffini in 1962. Other similar versions of the antecedents of “Bella ciao” appeared over the years, indicating that “Alla mattina appena alzata” must have been composed in the latter half of the 19th century.

The earliest written version is dated 1906 and comes from near Vercelli, Piedmont. Another interpretation of the melody has been given following the discovery in 2006 by Fausto Giovannardi of the CD “Klezmer — Yiddish swing music” including the melody “Dus Zekele Koilen” played in 1919 by Mishka Ziganoff.

By Rob Wells:

Saturday, February 24, 2018

Leftists in Rome to protest against the rising tide of fascism

LEFTWINGERS will rally in Rome [today] against the rising tide of fascism in the country, after police attacked an anti-fascist protest in the city of Turin yesterday.

[Today] afternoon’s “No more fascism, no more racism” demonstration is expected to be large, and follows several incidents of fascist shows of force and physical violence in the run-up to the general election on March 4.

Workers have been urged to mobilise for the rally by trade unions and other groups, including the country’s main CGIL confederation, partisans’ association Anpi and the Communist Refoundation Party.

CGIL general secretary Susanna Camusso told the Trade Union Review magazine that the fascists had been fuelled by the fallout of capitalist globalisation which had “generated inequalities even in places where the inequalities [had been] progressively reduced.”

Ms Camusso said that it was urgent that the state use provisions in the constitution to ban Italy’s growing mob of fascist parties, which have gone largely untouched for decades.

Communist Refoundation Party national secretary Maurizio Acerbo said that the ruling Democratic Party had not “lifted a finger” to stop the fascists.

“Only by rebuilding a popular left of opposition to neoliberal policies imposed by the European treaties and by centre-right and centre-left governments can racism and fascism be countered”, he said.

Tomorrow’s demonstration follows a march in Turin by 500 anti-fascists against a rally by the far-right CasaPound outfit last night.

Police surrounded the hotel in which the fascists were meeting, and tried to drive off the protesters using water cannon and tear gas.

The same night, fascists torched a social centre in Brescia, northern Italy. Organisers at the CSA Magazzino 47 centre say rightwingers broke in through the window and doused the interior with petrol before setting it alight.

The final opinion polls before the March 4 election, published last week, showed that a right-wing bloc cobbled together by convicted fraudster Silvio Berlusconi held a clear lead.

Many of its constituent parties hold positions previously advocated by smaller fascist groups, with the Northern League vowing to deport half a million immigrants.

A strong result is expected for the Five Star Movement, which has called for “more tourists, fewer migrants.”

See also here.

The right tries to woo Italians with message of xenophobia. As Italy goes to the polls on March 4 it has one of the highest debt ratio in the EU, distressing unemployment figures, a troubled banking sector and a deteriorating infrastructure. But instead of seeking solutions, most parties are talking about African and Middle East immigrants, writes CONN M HALLINAN.

British musician Stormzy attacks Theresa May on Grenfell disaster

This 21 February 2018 music video from Britain says about itself:

Stormzy at the Brit Awards: ‘Yo, Theresa May, where’s the money for Grenfell?’

After winning two of the night’s biggest awards, the south London MC expressed dismay over the aftermath of the Grenfell disaster and castigated the Daily Mail. Stormzy delivered a verbal attack on Theresa May in a show-closing freestyle performance, asking the prime minister, ‘Theresa May, where’s the money for Grenfell?’, adding that the government ‘just forgot about Grenfell, you criminals, and you got the cheek to call us savages, you should do some jail time, you should pay some damages, we should burn your house down and see if you can manage this.’

From daily The Independent in Britain today:

Stormzy was praised for his comments by several politicians, including Mr Corbyn, who said: “Congratulations, Stormzy, for winning your first Brit award and what a powerful performance #Grenfell.”

Kensington and Chelsea MP Emma Dent Coad also tweeted: “Thank you for speaking truth to power Stormzy.

“In Kensington we will never forget. We will never stop fighting for justice. No justice, no peace.”

Tottenham MP David Lammy took to Twitter to show his support, adding: “Respect Stormzy for speaking truth to power.”

The grime star spoke out about Grenfell Tower during a set at Glastonbury Festival, and denounced Ms May as a “paigon” – slang for a liar – during the GQ awards last year.

Theresa May on the ropes after Stormzy challenge over Grenfell victims: here.

Tony Blair against Brexit, Ramones parody song

This 21 February 2018 parody music video from Britain is called The Remoans – “Britsleave Bop”.

It is a parody of the song Blitzkrieg Bop by the Ramones.

Tony Blair takes lead vocal duties on this new Brexit-bashing single from The Remoans.’

The lyrics are:

They’re foaming at the mouth now
Their eyes are swivelling round
Devaluing the pound
The Britsleave Bop

They’re scoffing at the experts
Not listening to lectures
Endangering the sectors
The Britsleave Bop

Ho hey, let’s stay
Stop them in their tracks now
What they want, I don’t know
As long as it’s hard and we definitely go

They’re foaming at the mouth now
Their eyes are swivelling round
Devaluing the pound
The Britsleave Bop

Murdoch’s ‘spy’ smearing of British Labour, parody song

This 19 February parody music video from Britain is called Theme song from Greenfingers, a Jeremy Corbyn spy movie.

It is a parody of the theme song Goldfinger of the James Bond film of that name, sung by Shirley Bassey.

It is about the Rupert Murdoch media smearing Labour party leader Jeremy Corbyn as supposedly involved in spying.

The lyrics are:

He’s the man, the man with an allotment
An informant
Such green fingers
Beckons you to enter his rented plot
The sneaky Trot

A disgruntled opposition backbench MP
He will sell you state secrets over tea
An Eastern Bloc spy can bring down the nation
With a little help from Agent Greenfingers
Steals the heart of darling Diane Abbott
The sneaky Trot

Jeremy Corbyn urged to sue Tory MP who accused him of selling “British secrets to communist spies”: here.

Anti-Corbyn ‘spying’ smears are a sign of Tory desperation: here.