Friday, June 24, 2011

For Your Viewing Pleasure...

Ok, it's been a long week. Heck, the first two days would be a long week in anyone's book! So, rather than go on and on about the budget or the bogus police department restructuring and totally mess up your weekend, I'm going to leave you with a chuckle in the person of Costa Mesa resident Terry Koken. Here's his little tune, crooned to the City Council last Tuesday evening. There were lots of smiles in the auditorium when he finished - none of them from the dais. Enjoy...

by Terry Koken



Anonymous Timbaland said...

Hey Terry, I can autotune ya wit' some kick a$$ beats...

6/24/2011 04:47:00 PM  
Anonymous Cheech said...

Pretty much sums it up.

6/24/2011 04:57:00 PM  
Blogger Joe said...

Terry rocks!

6/24/2011 05:29:00 PM  
Anonymous ConcernedforCM said...

Now that has officially started my weekend off right. LOL I love it!

6/24/2011 08:24:00 PM  
Anonymous Tom Egan said...

Mr. Koken foreshadowed what Mr. Righeimer was to say the next day on Warren Olney’s radio show (the subject of Wednesday’s Bubbling Cauldron, “Foley & Righeimer on ‘Which Way, LA’" ).

Koken: “Oh, Mr. Righeimer, what’ll you do/ when the laid off come to call on you/ for a little help with their deficit/ and all you’ve got is a pile of piggy politics?”

Righeimer (at 12:48 on Warren Olney’s tape): “Like myself and three other people on the council, we have wifes (sic), families, and kids here in the community. We just want to raise our kids in this community. None of us are looking to go to Sacramento, or something as ridiculous as that.” [My added emphasis.]

He claims he is not “…looking to go to Sacramento, or something as ridiculous as that.” This from a man who ran for California State Assembly (ahem ... located in Sacramento) in 2000, (but lost)!

He’s also a man who has been immersed in GOP politics going back at least fourteen years. In 1997, he gave anti-union testimony to a Republican majority Congressional subcommittee

He introduced himself to the subcommittee this way on Dec. 11, 1997: “My name is Jim Righeimer. I'm here representing the authors of the reform initiative. There are actually three authors, Mark Bucher, Frank Ury and myself. On November 13th, less than a month ago, we turned in almost 800,000 signatures to place the California Campaign Reform Initiative on the June 1998 ballot.”

He managed the last three of GOP Rep. Dana Rohrabacher’s congressional campaigns, including 2010.

I’m not vouching for its accuracy, but here’s a bit of gossip from the other side (The Orange Juice blog ) “But the little detail that got my attention was the tagging-along [to Honduras] of new Costa Mesa Councilman James “Riggy” Righeimer. This is the consummate OC GOP insider and serial carpetbagger who still hadn’t won an election (till last month) but had been Dana’s campaign manager in ’06 and ’08. It’s widely believed that Riggy is being groomed to take Dana’s place when the doddering wingnut finally hangs up his spurs.” [My emphasis.]

Now, perhaps Mr. Righeimer has changed his mind about higher office since last December. Or maybe the rumors he’s on track to replace Mr. Rohrabacher in Washington are unfounded.

But wait! There is a way he could have been speaking the truth when he said “None of us are looking to go to Sacramento, or something as ridiculous as that.” What if they are looking to go directly to Washington DC without passing through (ridiculous)Sacramento? That I could believe.

So, was Terry Koken justified to link “piggy politics” and Mr. Righeimer in the same stanza? You decide!

6/24/2011 11:05:00 PM  
Anonymous OCLonghair said...

What Terry lacks in talent, he more than makes up for with wisdom.

6/24/2011 11:19:00 PM  
Blogger The Pot Stirrer said...

See... I knew this video would generate some smiles - mainly mine. :-) ;-)

6/24/2011 11:23:00 PM  
Anonymous Terry Koken said...

Geoff --
Here's the full set of lyrics; they didn't come through on your blog. FYI, they are an adaptation of a song on Rounder CD 0367, "Hei-wa Hoedown" by Walt Koken, cut #3, and used/adapted by permission. I highly recommend the CD-- It's a good one!

Terry Koken

Pig Politics
With much due credit to Walter Koken

When I went out to milk, I couldn’t find the cow,
So I sat down to milk the old sow;
But I pulled the tail instead of the teat,
And I got me a bucket full of politics.
Went to strain it, but it wouldn’t come clean,
It plugged the filter and stuck in the screen,
So I called my farm-PAC right away,
And they put me in touch with the E.P.A.

They said the problem wasn’t there,
The council had fixed it fair and square;
They told me not to worry and to calm my fears,
‘Cause the city wouldn’t be here in another two years.
Councilmen, it sure seems funny,
That you’re only of, by, and for big money…
When that smell starts to make you ill,
You can sop it up with a twenty-dollar bill.

I called Steve Mensinger; he said, “Poo poo,
The council knows how to take care of that goo,
I can bring it to a vote in another hundred days,
But first we gotta talk about the council’s pay raise.”
Ah, Mr. Mensinger, tell me true,
Do you really think that I can put my trust in you?
I’m gonna tell you just what I think,
These pork-belly politics really stink.

I called up Sukoshi to bend his ear,
He says, “We got a lot of that stuff down here;
Why don’t you bring it to city hall now,
And see if you can get a little more from the cow.”
Oh, Mr. Monahan, you sure look keen,
In your tam-o’shanter and your kilt so green,
You play Saint Paddy’s day oh-so-well,
But Huy Pham’s jumped and gone to hell.

I called Jim Righeimer to complain,
He said “Those democrats are to blame.
I can fix it for free, it’s as good as done,
Just send a thousand bucks to my campaign fund.”
Oh, Mr. Righeimer, what’ll you do,
When the laid-off come to call on you,
For a little help with their deficit,
And all you got’s a pile of Piggy politics?

6/24/2011 11:35:00 PM  
Anonymous Original Max said...

Terry, Thanks for the great song :) Just installed Silverlight to watch it :)

6/27/2011 01:38:00 AM  

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