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The Return of the Dixie Chicks

In March 2003, 10 days before the invasion of Iraq, Dixie Chicks band member Natalie Maines famously said, "Just so you know, we're ashamed the President of the United States is from Texas." You know the rest: boycotts, bulldozing of CDs, death threats, ostracision by the country music community, and of course the Entertainment Weekly cover:

Dixie Chicks Cover
Now they're back with Taking the Long Way. The first single from it is "Not Ready to Make Nice", which includes these lyrics:
I made my bed and I sleep like a baby
With no regrets and I don't mind sayin'
It's a sad sad story when a mother will teach her
Daughter that she ought to hate a perfect stranger
And how in the world can the words that I said
Send somebody so over the edge
That they'd write me a letter
Sayin' that I better shut up and sing
Or my life will be over
I'm listening to "Not Ready to Make Nice" right now, and it sounds like nothing if not Record of the Year to me... on the Album of the Year. What a triumphant return. Good on you, Dixie Chicks.

Oh, and by the way, about Natalie's comment? Three years later, caught in a war that won't end, a war entered into on false pretenses, if anything, I'd say she was pretty easy on the President.


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You and I come from very differrent worlds some would say I'm ignorant I would agree...I would also say there are ignorances on both sides. I read your blogs and find myself directly opposite of you in mnay areas - laughing on some agreeing on others...My brother in the military says things are improving drastically in the many war torn areas in iraq... I watched a video diary of a iraq citizen and he wasn't always glowing about the us but did interview many citizens and stated at the end no matter what they thought a year before that time they would have been shot for thinking it...Basically I don't trust the media...it is hard to get the facts without a bent...maybe there are no such thing as facts only bent. I don't think the US is perfect - rather I am in love with the idea of America...I was recent;y in Philadelphia and went to the constitution museum..they ahve a looped video of 288 people from all over the world being sworn in as US citizens it was powerful...Having taught in Uganda been to great britain etc. I know America has its faults - but it is also a cool place...america really has to much...we also have a responsibility to uplift those that have so little... Infact I'm thinking of selling my house so I can send more money to help...do you realize the average american spend more on toilet paper in a month then most ugandains make in a year...and uganda isn't even the worst place in the world... it is all out of wack...here we sit concerned about our latte's being to expensive and wether or not some dixie chicks are informed enough to speak reliably on political affairs...let alone trust them enough to order for me off of a McDonalds menu....Listen to me my biggest concern right now is trying to find the spell check....

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