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Although there were many messages being conveyed by an extremely diverse crowd, they all had one thing in common.  Heart.


A far cry from WALL St.

There is much to complain about.  There are so many things wrong with the system.  And there are many people getting screwed.


And just in case they get screwed in a good way….they had that covered, too.  So what if some young folks may have been inspired to join the party and get lucky?!


As long as they don’t fuck with the flowers.  They choose to express themselves peacefully.


So the message?  A better world.

The solution?  Doing the right thing.

The reality?  It won’t happen.


Is it a waste of time and energy?  Yes and No.

Will it accomplish the powers that be to grow integrity?  The Jury is still out.

Is it making people aware?  Depends on who is reporting.

FOX was there.  I filmed them filming the interview that they will surely chop up to fit their agenda.  (I am putting together my interviews, but it will take some time.)

And if you are having an uncomfortable  twitching sensation any time you think of FOX NEWS….

Foxaphobia Help Center

(I didn’t see them covering this booth.)

My agenda is the truth…and the truth is….

Me interviewing some dude from CNBC for his take.

And the truth is, I felt sad after leaving.  Not because I met so many young, old, educated, uneducated, homeless, wealthy, black, white, American Indian, West CoastEast Coast,Midwestern, employed, unemployed, people who knew what they were talking about, people that didn’t know what the fuck they were talking about, crazy, sane, caring, hopeful people.   (So I guess I didn’t blend, because I am not the optimist.)

Students in Debt from Astronomical Tuition

Maybe this Native American was sadder than I was yesterday…


I felt sad, because despite the legitimate concerns for our country, the powers that be don’t give a shit.

It is all about corporations calling the shots.  It’s all about money.

It’s all about people with money getting away with murder, and doing anything in their power to redistribute the wealth of the middle class to the 1%.

It’s all about victims not getting justice.

It’s the same old story.

Survival of the Dickest.

The movement is referring to  themselves as “THE 99%”.  That’s most of us.

My Favorite button is on her arm!

There was a very powerful sign a 24 year old man stood holding for hours, upon hours, as he smiled, with a quote that rang so true to our situation.

We as a nation must undergo a radical revolution of values.  We must rapidly begin to shift from a thing-oriented society to a people oriented society.   When machines and computers’ profit motivates, and property rights be considered more important than people, the giant triplets of racism, militarism, and economic exploitation are incapable of being conquered.

As I got to the bottom of the quote, I saw that it was written by Martin Luther King in 1967.

Shit doesn’t change.

I’ve seen the Promise Land, and it’s broken.  Part of my inspiration for writing “Broken Promise Land”, was my skepticism just hearing the phrase.  Whether it’s Springsteen or Dr. King.  I don’t believe there is one.  (And I will be using some of the footage from my adventure for the music video for next week.)

So I was depressed that this might not lead to any change in Government Attitude.

Maybe I am old and cynical.

Maybe I’m more like this guy…

Old, Wise and Weary of War

There were folks in their 60’s that built a model of a droid, approximately 1/5th of the actual size.


There were women in their 30’s handing out flyers about fracking that is about to take place in Pennsylvania that will surely pollute our waters, and kill our wild life.

(See Gas Land to get educated, if you are unfamiliar with this criminal practice which large corporations are profiting from, and abusing, thanks to the Bush Administration changing the rules of the “Clean Water Act”.)

There were controversial beliefs…

Controversial, yet peaceful

There were humorous signs everywhere.  So I got a bit of a chuckle.

This guy is 2 for 2 (I don't think FOX covered this either)

But if the arbitrator, the Foxaphobia Help Center and the funny signs didn’t do the trick, there is always the healer!

…Who came all the way from San Francisco to show support.

Healer From San Fran

There were also left over punk rock era folks on vacation from Tompkins Square Park, enjoying the scene and the free food.

I Showered 5 times when I got home!

I’m giggling at the “Wickipedia” description of the park.  It fails to mention all of the homeless and abundance of drugs available.

Unfortunately, for uniformed me, the majority of the leaders of the movement were actually in the Upper East Side in front of Rupert Murdock’s Residence, so I was unable to speak with the head cheeses.

But I met an arbitrator, with a law degree there that donated her time to speak with anyone that needed “empathy support”.  I guess that’s the difference between a lawyer and an arbitrator.  The arbitrator may actually have empathy…for free!

There was a red-cross station set up, but they were pretty quite.

I spoke with cops that said it has been a peaceful protest.

The only authoritative vibe was hearing some cops sternly warn people to move along if they were clogging intersections.

I didn’t see any pepper spraying, and hopefully the riot act has been read to the NYPD.  They seemed pretty mellow overall.

Cops get the best Weed!

There were artists!  These guys were paper macheing a giant megaphone.  Because the protestors are not allowed to use one.

Occupying Megaphone

Even Bible loving folks were representing.

Religious Folks

And those who get their spirituality in other ways.

Young Folk Singers

Even Bob Dylan showed up!  (Not sure what religion he is now.)

Incognito Born Again, Jewish, older folk singer Bob Dylan

At the very least, it is an attraction.  So stop by on your way to the 9-11 Memorial.

You don’t need a ticket, and somehow I think they are related.

One clearly reminds us of the greatest destruction and tragedy of our country’s past, and the other is trying to prevent more in our future.



And special thanks to hubby for taking all of these pictures.



“AWOL” (dedicated to Victor & the others)

Seeing the aftermath of war, and a very poignant “All In The Family” Episode, inspired me to write “AWOL“.  Which was on my latest “Emotional Jukebox” album.

In this particular episode, Archie Bunker and the gang was gathered around a Thanksgiving table, including his neighbor.  I can’t remember his name.  But he did the Ajax commercials.

Alive for Thanksgiving

Archie was giving shit to Meathead for dodging the draft and fleeing to Canada.  The neighbor interjected to Michael’s defense, with a very emotional speech.

I got unlazy... Eugene Roche and Carol O'Connor Gotta Love google.

I am paraphrasing, but he explained how his son went to Vietnam.  And now he wasn’t here to share the Thanksgiving Dinner.  And he cried.  He said that he wished his son had done the same thing as Meathead.

I’m tearing up right now, as I recall the powerful scene.

Why don’t they make shows like that anymore?

Well, here is the song I wrote.


I love my country just like anyone else loves their’s

And I thank those whose intentions have been to protect

But if I was to be asked or ordered to go to war, I would defect

Call me a deserter, call me unpatriotic and all sorts of names

But at least I could hear you just the same

While I still have my ears and eyes and arms and legs

I won’t be put in a position to take a life or be dead

No I don’t want to have to kill

And I don’t want to take a fall

I’d kiss the flag good-by and go AWOL

There has to be a better solution

Can there be no peaceful revolutions

If you take what’s not yours without asking

Somebody’s gonna slap your hand

And you’re gonna slap back even harder

And then it escalates to using a gun

Then you find more efficient ways to kill

Mothers, Fathers, Daughters and Sons

No I don’t want to have to kill

And I don’t want to take a fall

I’d kiss the flag good-bye and go AWOL

There has to be a better way

I wish I could take away all the pain

Of the brave who tried to do the right thing

Sweet land of liberty of thee I sing

If the decision man actually had to get his hands

More dirty than he did when he signed the papers

And the ink turned to blood

Would he throw away the pen, and think again

And think again, and think again

No I don’t think you want to kill

And I don’t believe you want to take a fall

I wonder what you’d do if you were in the same position

When are we gonna get it right

Will our species ever figure out how not to fight

So the whole world could sleep peacefully through the night

Respect to all, whether you went or not.  Peace & Love, Linda Chorney



Yup, I went to Vietnam a few years ago…just so I could say,

“I was in Nam, man.”

That is totally not true.  I went there to check it out…(and buy pearls.)  But I still like being able to say it.

However, I could not imagine having to have been there to fight.  (Or anywhere else, for that matter.)

The last blog has made me think about Vietnam Vets and the War.

Was it worth going over their to fight?  It’s still a Communist country.  They don’t appear to be any unhappier than anyone else, from a tourist’s observation.

You don’t see beggars.  (They boast about it.)

The beggars usually consist of land mine victims.  I saw plenty of them in Cambodia.  Each one of these musicians had a limb missing or were blind.  It was heavy.  But they made great music and I bought a CD.  I was amazed at how many people just passed them by in Siem Reap, Cambodia.

Band on the run - (swept under the rug) CAMBODIA

Basically, the government sweeps them there, under the rug, like dust balls, that blow West.

Many people have a romantic idea about going to Vietnam to see how beautiful it is.  I wouldn’t call it that.

Hanoi is cool.  Killer deals on pearls, (as long as you get real ones), and the water puppet show is wicked awesome and worth the 40,000 dongs! Like 2 bucks.  (Actually, any currency named dong is worth spending just for the sophomoric giggle.)

Just watch out that a Vespa doesn’t drive by and splat you with pig’s blood.  I came close to getting hit with a scooter hauling a slaughtered hog!  When he turned the blood just missed my feet on the ground!

(I saw up to 7 people on a Vespa!  That was the record.)

Ha Long Bay is pretty scenic, but not worth the schlep, as far as I’m concern.  And it’s pretty dirty.

There is more gorgeous terrain in Laos and Thailand.

South of Hanoi is the town of Hoi An.  That is the most charming place I went.  KILLER deals on original paintings and lovely architecture with a French influence.  And the food was good there.

I went to China Beach, and it just made me sad.

A lot of the jungle had been destroyed, though a lot grew back.

Nevertheless, it felt eerie to be there.  I felt guilt.  I heard ghosts of screaming and still smelt death in the air.  (Although it was TOTALLY psychosomatic.)

But the most emotional moment for me was going to “The War Remnants Museum “ in Saigon.  Also known as Ho Chi Minh City.

I was a little nervous about going in, for fear of what I would surely see.

I wondered what the Vietnamese thought of us; of me, as an American, as I entered.

Then I walked into a vault of horrors.  I was ashamed to be part of a country that did such atrocious things to women and children.

They didn’t have photo shop.  This was the real deal.

I cried when I exited.  I felt like shit.

I saw two beautiful Vietnamese girls selling paintings.  I looked at them and saw generations of pain.  But they were still smiling and kind.  Still crying, I said I was sorry.  And I bought this painting.  Not because I felt bad, because I LOVED IT!

The frame that I bought in the U.S. cost 10 times more than the painting!  (And it was probably made in Vietnam!)  And every time I look at it, it reminds me of how stunning the world could be.

And yes, the American soldiers didn’t know who to trust, and who not to trust.  But somehow, I think infants were not capable of being a threat.

And yes, the enemy showed new ways to destroy the human spirit and body.

War just fucking sucks.  It is so stupid.  So childish.  Such a waste.

I went to visit the Chu Chi Tunnels and climbed down there where the VC held there headquarters.  Where many died.

Of course this is now a tourist destination, and more of an obstacle course, but imagining what REALLY went on there was mind blowing.

It was almost as fun as the sport of crossing the streets of Saigon, dodging cars!  Basically, you walk and NEVER stop.  If you stop, you get hit.  They anticipate.

There were a couple of people on the guided tour with me.  (You couldn’t just roam around the 75 miles of this maze of subterranean world.  Kind of like a giant ant farm.)

We had to climb down deep into the earth.  Maybe 100 yards? I don’t remember.  Just that it was deep and narrow, and a little creepy.  And a few people freaked out and waited above ground while we explored for a while.

It is extremely claustrophobic.  And quite a workout for my knees.

I was relieved to find the exit eventually….even though it was 100 degrees with 100% humidity.

Then I hung with the staff and played a little ping pong.  I was so naive that when I thought they were giving me a peace sign, it was actually the hand sign for “VC”, or VIctory, or something like that.


Regardless, they were very nice.

If you want to feel like crap, have an amazing power shopping spree, buying custom made silk dresses to snap out of the guilt and support the economy, and eat soup out of a plastic bag, go to Vietnam!

How’s that for a Tourism Slogan?

OH!!!  And, if you want a picture with the South East Asian Version of Paul McCartney, he’ll pose with you!!!!!!  (This was a Beatle Band that performed in Saigon!)


(And if you live in New Jersey and want to just experience awesome Vietnamese cuisine without shelling out the air fair and astronomical visa cost, go to “Pho Le” in Red Bank.  DEEEELICIOUS!  ME LOVE IT LONG TIME! And Vietnamese owner Lori, is as wonderful as her food!)

And any Vietnam Vets that may read this….thank you for trying to defend our country.  I will sing for you any time.  And for the dodgers….I don’t blame you.

Peace, Linda




I found this response from yesterday’s blog

interesting enough to share with Springsteen Fans.

Great Story!  Thanks for sharing, Igor…

I hope you don’t mind if I take a little more of your space to talk about a musician that Bruce had a great influence on. His name is Allen Field. I met him in my record store in Freehold shortly after he came back from Vietnam.

Bruce knew him as the bass player in Purple Dynasty from Bruce’s Castile days. He was also a chef at The American Hotel.

Kathy and I went to dinner with Bruce and his date at the American Hotel. A very conservative crowd were it’s normal customers. A bronze plaque on the building announced that George Washington had slept there.

A lot a whispering started as we walked in. Many probably thought we didn’t know where the service entrance was.

We both had long hair and we were the only two men not wearing a suit and tie. The last time Bruce had been to the hotel was to play a wedding and they wouldn’t let him perform because of his long hair.

My mother used the service entrance when she worked there making beds.

But now Bruce was an emerging rock star and I owned a store at 10 West Main Street. Waiters were starting to hear complaints.

Just then out walks this huge bearded man wearing a chef’s hat. He was carrying samples of dishes and he was at our table giving us royal service. Allen played it like a movie scene. The place went silent and all eyes were on us.

Let me get to why I am writing this. Allen now lives in Dillsboro, North Carolina in The Smokey Mountains. While he was in Vietnam fighting for his country, he was exposed to a lot of Agent Orange. He wakes up every day struggling with health problems that he and so many other vets are suffering with. He has devoted his life and all of his income helping disabled Vets.

He has a recording studio that Vets can use for free. He offers his services as a producer. He started a program that donates musical instruments to disabled Vets. He is a friend on FB. I read about his struggle with his health and his prayers asking to just be able to live another day so he could help another Vet.

I started this post saying that Bruce influenced this musician. Perhaps it’s the other way around.

Bruce does a lot for disabled Vets. He always has a VIP area at his concerts for Vets. Find out for yourself about Allen Field. Friend him on facebook.

Thank him for what he is doing. I wish Bruce knew about the work his old friend is doing. Allen’s music hasn’t made any difference to what Nordstrom stocks. But he has found a way to use his music in a far better way. He has made a difference to so many lives.

Support music and musicians that have a purpose and make a difference.




Where I reside in New Jersey, I am surrounded by “fiscally responsible Springsteen fanatics.”  *My new acronym: FRSF’s.

Being “fiscally responsible” is synonymous with being a “wealthy Republican that chooses to overlook all of the prehistoric beliefs of their party.”

And it is their number one excuse for defending being a Republican these days.

(Hey!  Some of my best husbands are Republican!)

I know what you’re thinking.

“I don’t have to defend myself for being Republican, you Bleeding Heart Liberal, Tree hugging, free loading hippie freak!”

The difference between me and just about everyone else here in Monmouth County is that I prefer listening to Bruce Springsteen speak, unless he is playing solo acoustic.  That’s when my ears are happy.

And the difference between a Springsteen Concert and a Ted Nugent Concert is that 99% of the Republican crowd cheers when Nugent speaks.

I can’t stand Nugent’s music or his politics.  The guy makes me sick.

And I am hoping the FRSF’s might be the 1% not guilty of cheering when Nugent suggests that Obama stick one of Teddy’s machine guns in his mouth, and calls him a piece of shit.  Or when he tells Hillary to ride his machine gun.  Are you?  (And Nugent was invited to the White House by Bush…and that was okay with FOX NEWS.)

And the difference between the dreaded “Liberals” and the “Real America Republicans” is that the wealthy left doesn’t put up a stink about paying more money in taxes for the greater good of their country.  They are “Real Patriots”.  The economy is suffering because of greed.

My example of a “Fiscally Responsible Republican” monologue:

“It’s not that I believe all of the crazy shit that most elected Republicans say!  I’m not anti-abortion, or anti-gay, or ultra religious.  I just don’t want to pay any more taxes.  Too many people are getting free rides on my money.  I would rather have the extra cash to buy some great weed and see Springsteen for the 100th time, even though I can’t stand listening to him talk about politics.  He should just shut up and sing.”

So, regardless of the ethics your party seemingly stands for, you ignore those unpleasantries, and stick with circus clowns solely to defend preventing a 3% hike in your taxes, at any cost, as long as it’s not your cash.  You love your money.

Regardless of what goes on morally in Bruce Springsteen’s head, you ignore his beliefs, and the mind behind what creates his songs, because you love your music and your money.

And while I am at it….for ALL of America’s decision makers, regardless of Saudi Arabia beating women for driving cars, you are still fans, because we love their oil.

The same behavior is unacceptable for other countries that don’t provide us with oil.

It’s fucking hypocritical.

And where are the Republicans in office stepping up to the plate to say, “These other religious righty whack jobs do not stand for what we do?” Or  “They are trying to hijack our party; and they are out of line?”

How about Chris Christie?

Last night at the dinner table, I had a discussion with my former FRSF, most patient husband about Springsteen and Christie.

He actually said, “Christie is a fan of Springsteen.  So I am sure his music influences Christie’s thoughts!”

I almost choked on my organic arugula salad, laughing.  “Are you kidding me?”

I love your optimism, honey, and the rainbows in your eyes; and I appreciate that you were open minded enough to not vote for  The Grumpy Old Man and the MILF.  (Moron I’d like to forget).  But he is just like the other fans that complain when Springsteen talks at his shows.

If Christie should happen to run for the Presidency , I wouldn’t be surprised if he tried to muscle in on using “BORN IN THE USA” to help him get elected.

Reagan used it in his campaign in Hammonton, N.J, prompted by a not so brilliant idea of George Will’s.

Springsteen was so displeased, that when he was invited to the White House by Reagan, he “kindly rebuffed”.

Below is a direct quote Reagan used during his campaign, when he had no clue what the song was really about.  If he had actually read all of the lyrics!

“America’s future rests in a thousand dreams inside your hearts; it rests in the message of hope in songs so many young Americans admire:  New Jersey’s own Bruce Springsteen.  And helping you make those dreams come true is what this job of mine is all about.”

The message of the song was so misunderstood that Springsteen contacted his record company, “Thrill Hill Productions, Inc”, and  insisted that a video be made to display the accurate meaning.  (I couldn’t even find that version on youtube!)

The song expresses his disdain for the USA’s mistreatment of Vietnam Vets.  (I have a song called “AWOL” that’s on a different page of the same book. – Track 10 on “Emotional Jukebox”)

Later Springsteen did a superb remake, without his typical production…that I can listen to.  Whenever Springsteen performs like this I can listen all day long.  It gives me goose bumps.

However, when the song is performed like this, I can’t even take 4 bars.

I’m sorry.  This is just my opinion, and I am definitely in the minority.  But the sound of that carousel keyboard nauseates me.  The very white rhythmic feel, chord progressions and sonic choice do nothing for my ears.  The majority of his songs are head banging, rather than hip moving.  (He certainly doesn’t need my support.  Millions of folks love it just the way it is!)

I love Springsteen’s passion, morals and ethics!  But not the “Jersey Shore” sound.

I respect how he had the balls and conviction to perform “41 shots” (American Skin), in front of booing police officers at Madison Square Garden, where fans were hassled just for entering.

Bruce is a musical vigilante.

The song was about a tragic death of an innocent, unarmed street vendor shot 41 times and killed by 4 police officers in reaction to him reaching for his wallet.

Springsteen stands for the underdog, the working class.  (The ones that make less than $250 K, but still some that get brainwashed into voting against higher taxes for the FRSF’s that can afford healthcare.)

He is so dedicated to his beliefs to stand up for injustice, that he risks popularity and ruffling feathers to make his point without compromise.  I can relate, man.  (Say that like a hippie.)

It is ironic that I have some die-hard fans that love my music, and hate my politics.  Hi Craig! (My number one Mid-Western right winged fan!)

My Dream Springsteen Experience would be hearing more about what he believes in at his shows, alone with his guitar… And then I could produce his next album with more organic arugula and less iceberg lettuce.

With this nightmare scenario for his fans, I could single handedly destroy his sales! But I might get him some new admirers!

I saw Springsteen on his “Tunnel of Love” tour at the Boston Garden for my first experience to see what the fuss was all about, many year ago.

Well, I didn’t get it.  And not until my FRSF dragged me kicking and screaming to a show 4 years ago, had I seen him since.

There is no disputing that he is an amazing entertainer.  And he puts on a show with energy that rivals Mick Jagger.  However, I can watch The Rolling Stones Band ’til the cows come home.

But then Bruce and I shared a venue in Asbury Park.

That was when I saw him play solo for the first time.  That is when I figured out the brilliant disguise.  He masks the purity of his voice and music when he dresses it with his band of great musicians.

113 Years of Good Liberal Genes!

When Bruce Springsteen strips down, and is buck naked Bruce,

he is Michelangelo’s David!

(Photo by Jenneson Grey – Thanks for snapping it!)

And when I met him backstage, the first words out of my mouth were, “I was so jealous to see you on Jon Stewart!  Stewart has met presidents, world leaders; the most powerful people in the world, and maintains his composure.  But with you, he was like a giddy school girl.”

That’s why he da Boss.

Then I got my picture!!!  (Unlike McCartney.)  And my, oh my, did he look like a Masterpiece in person.

And if Michee was around today, Bruce would make a fine specimen to sculpt, and plunk in Florence.  The line would be longer than the one for David, ‘cuz the Italians adore Spreeenga Steena, too.  And instead of a leaf, there could be a guitar!

(brief pause to enjoy the visual…)

Maybe my X-FRSF will take my poor liberal ass back to Italy if he is not too pissed off!

Fortunately he’s not the type to grab one of Nugent’s machine guns to fire 41 shots at me after reading this, leaving me DEAD IN THE U.S.A.

I’d like to thank you, Bruce, for actually influencing my husband with your words, spoken or sung.  He does listen.  (to you, anyway.)  And I’ve seen tears come out of the rainbows in his eyes when he talks about what you stand for, and how you sing it.  (I actually wish he would give it a rest.  “Can’t you go a day without mentioning Bruce?” has come out of my mouth too many times.)

Finally ending on a positive note,  between your music and mine, we at least converted one!

Ciao for now!

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