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Pope Francis, Catholics, and Christians in the news Edited

Oct 15, 2022 at 5:42pm
PVW said: The article properly includes Bruce Springsteen in its list. This is from an article, The Enduring Catholic Imagination of Bruce Springsteen | America Magazine "In Born to Run (the autobiography), Springsteen shows that he is a far more reflective and deliberate artist than [Andrew] Greeley imagined. He turns out to be particularly thoughtful about his Catholic upbringing and its continuing importance to his life’s work. In one of the book’s earliest passages, he remembers standing with his sister 'like sideshow gawkers peering in through the huge wooden doors of our corner church, witnessing an eternal parade of baptisms, weddings, and funerals.' The Springsteen family lives 'literally, in the bosom of the Catholic Church, with the priest’s rectory, the nun’s convent, the St. Rose of Lima Church and grammar school all just a football’s toss away across a field of wild grass.' At St. Rose, he proves to be a highly inept altar boy, yet he still absorbs Catholicism deeply enough 'in his bones' that he would later conclude, just like Greeley, ‘that once you’re a Catholic, you’re always a Catholic.... I’m still on the team.'” [Edited to add] The reference to Fr. Andrew Greeley is to an earlier essay, from 1988, Andrew Greeley on the Catholic Imagination of Bruce Springsteen | America Magazine

The Rose Garden and White House happenings: What does 2024 portend? Edited

Mar 15, 2021 at 7:12am
Vaccine scheduling in the United States was run like an online system for getting Springsteen tickets in NJ.  In fact, some states like Florida actually did use a system for event tickets (EventBrite) to schedule appointments.  Instead, the system should have been set up like booking a flight on a travel website (the latter are able to book from multiple providers and show you multiple scheduling options).The first way was easier to set up right away, and people were demanding that appointments be made immediately.  The latter would have been better, but required action by the Federal government to coordinate all the providers of injections, which the Trump Administration refused to take responsibility for.

The Rose Garden and White House happenings: What does 2024 portend? Edited

Nov 23, 2020 at 8:27am
I missed an episode, so I have no idea what the acronym is supposed to be short for.Meanwhile, these days satire reflects a line from a Bruce Springsteen song, "the poets down here don't write nothing at all/They just stand back and let it all be"

The Rose Garden and White House happenings: What does 2024 portend? Edited

Dec 20, 2019 at 12:46pm
BG9 said: RealityForAll said: Really gets to the point.  As I have said before, Trump is not a good man.  Especially, DJT stiffing the proverbial little guy who worked on, or provided services, to his AC casinos.  Learned about this behavior from several little guys who got screwed by DJT (long before DJT became #45).  It still burns me up.  What is the opposite of noblesse oblige?  That happened to our piano guy. He ran a music store where the kid got his lessons. Very honest, ethical, a nice guy. He supplied Trump and and in return got stiffed. That same store owner from whom Bruce Springsteen got his first guitar (just random trivia). 

At what point are you a townie? Edited

Jul 24, 2013 at 1:56am
dave said:If you traded Brooklyn for Jersey, you get Springsteen in the deal, so you traded up as far as I can tell. AND Uncle Floyd!


Mar 15, 2013 at 7:19am "AFTER a ten-year hiatus Bruce Springsteen has returned to Australia to deliver the latest instalment in what really is the greatest rock and roll show on earth. There's no pyrotechnics or sleight of hand, the show is built on the intensity of one man's physical presence and a songbook written over his entire adult life." I guess some folks in Australia liked it.


Jan 17, 2013 at 5:30am
Since MOL has an Australian contingent, I just wanted to tell you that I'm jealous. You're getting great, once in a lifetime concerts. ************************** Tom Morello to join Wrecking Ball Tour in Australia Since Stevie Van Zandt’s filming commitments to his highly successful television show Lilyhammer will keep him off stage for the upcoming Australian tour dates, Bruce Springsteen has invited Tom Morello to sit in temporarily on guitar. Following the Australian dates, Van Zandt will return to the tour in Oslo, Norway on April 29, 2013. Tom Morello performed on multiple recordings from ‘Wrecking Ball’ (Jack of All Trades, This Depression), and recently joined Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band onstage for performances on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, at SXSW and for the legendary 25th Anniversary Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Concert.

Most overrated band in rock history Edited

Dec 6, 2012 at 9:37am
Just passing this on, although it won't resolve the "overrated" argument - It's at the top of the list.

Bob Costas Simply Cannot STFU Edited

Dec 3, 2012 at 9:09am
johnlockedema said:max_weisenfeld said:Another false equivalency. Please document the incidence of murder by baseball bat compared to murder by firearm. I'm not comparing, silly. I'm just saying that someone who wants to kill doesn't need a gun. He was an NFL linebacker, he could have killed her with his bare hands if he chose. Costas, like many sports commentators, thinks we want to hear him talk about politics. As many in the arts, from Stresiand to Springsteen do. They're wrong. "If he didn't have a gun, he could have killed her anyway" is a stupid argument. The fact is, he did what he did. Shooting someone isn't the same as using a baseball bat or a knife. I have no idea why some people get so defensive when it is pointed out that guns seem to be a very efficient way to kill someone else, for those who are so inclined to kill someone else.

Christie beats Springsteen Edited

Dec 2, 2012 at 4:08am
kook_10 said:I'm so confused and disillusioned...I thought Springsteen was the party of old white men. :-)) Sometimes it seems that way. I would add, "And we can't dance."

Christie beats Springsteen Edited

Nov 30, 2012 at 1:47pm
ml1 said:johnlockedema said:Nope, I just enjoy pointing out hypocrites. I hold Christie Whitman in the same regard for her Tewksbury farm. I have a friend who does this in Far Hills on his 15 acre home. The big difference is Springsteen's populist persona, while he's just another taxpayer using a tax loophole. If he wasn't so sanctimonious about others paying their fair share I'd not comment. Another typical limousine liberal. still not hilarious So, Mr. JL starts the thread and invites joking comments, and then goes all non sequitur with some other topic which could invite some contribution of actual facts, but it's not worth it here. Anyway, in light of the fact that Mr. JL himself turned his jokey thread into some manufactured outraged thread - Not impressed.

Christie beats Springsteen Edited

Nov 30, 2012 at 11:36am
SlyFoxy1 said:Oh, I get it... Because Christie is large... Right? ... Yeah that's hilarious ( note sarcasm) why don't all of you making fun of Christie being large please post your picture here? You know, so we can judge your looks too. I was following along with the thread's originator - johnlockedema said:horse*****, if you don't think a poll running Christie vs Springsteen is funny you don't have a sense of humor or can't bear a Republican winning anything, no matter how silly. Yes, I'd say it's part b. Pathetic and amusing at the same time. At least, I thought he was asking people to make jokey comments. Of course, I could be wrong ...

Christie beats Springsteen Edited

Nov 30, 2012 at 10:46am
Well, most Springsteen fans know that he wouldn't be interested in an elective office. Now, if the poll was, "Who would you like to help crowd-surf", there might be a different result!

Because I have Facebook friends in Texas and Oklahoma, I see things like this... Edited

Nov 20, 2012 at 7:15am
And, that picture reminds me of a song lyric - Woke up election day Sky's gunpowder and shades of grey Beneath the dirty sun I whistle my time away Then just about sun down You come walkin' through town Your boot heels clickin' like The barrel of a pistol spinnin' round - Bruce Springsteen, "Livin' In The Future".

Christie on SNL Edited

Nov 18, 2012 at 10:29am
It was funny. He poked fun at his reputation (especially about his reputation for being a big Springsteen fan), and had some self-deprecating jokes about NJ. Although, I don't think that the lines from "Atlantic City" that he quoted were written as a song of hope.

"Meet Me In A Land Of Hope And Dreams" Edited

Nov 5, 2012 at 10:39am
President Obama wisely turns to Mr. Springsteen, to help make the "closing argument". From earlier today in Madison, Wisconsin, one of the places these two are barnstorming today. --------------------------------------------------------------------- Let me begin with a shout out to all of our neighbors in the Northeast who are reeling from Hurricane Sandy and its immense impact. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. So, it’s good to be here with you today–and it will be great to feel the power of your votes and voices tomorrow. I’m here today for Wisconsin, America, and for President Obama. For the last 30 years I’ve been writing in my music about the distance between the American dream and American reality. I’ve seen it from inside and outside: as a blue collar kid from a working class home in New Jersey–where my parents struggled, often unsuccessfully–to make ends meet–to my adult life, visiting the 9th Ward in New Orleans after Katrina, or meeting folks from food pantries from all around the United States, who work daily to help our struggling citizens through the hard times we’ve been suffering The American Dream and an American Reality: Our vote tomorrow is the one undeniable way we get to determine the distance in that equation. Tomorrow, we get a personal hand in shaping the kind of America we want our kids to grow up in. I’m a husband and a dad, my lovely wife Patti is here with me. We’ve got three kids growing up and on their way out into the world, I’m 63 (Patti is much younger)… but we have both lived through some galvanizing moments in American history: the Civil Rights struggle, the Peace Movement, the Woman’s Movement, we played in East Berlin one year before the Fall of the Berlin Wall, and we were with Amnesty International a year before the release of Nelson Mandela and the end of apartheid. These were days when you could feel the winds of change moving and the world shifting beneath your feet. And… we both remember another galvanizing moment, the night that President Obama was elected. It was an unbelievable evening, when the hope of your heart felt fulfilled, when you could feel the locked doors of the past being blown open to new and previously unimaginable possibilities– to fresh Hope and Change. Today we have another battle. Now we are charged with the hard daily struggle to make those possibilities, those changes real and enduring in a world that challenges your hopefulness, a world that is often brutally resistant to change. We’ve lived through that struggle over these past four years when the forces of opposition have been tireless. I stood with President Obama four years ago and I’m proud to be standing with him today. Because… I’m thankful for the historic advances in healthcare. I’m thankful for a more regulated Wall Street that will begin to protect our citizens from the blind greed of those who over reach. My father worked on a Ford assembly line when I was a child and I’m thankful that we have a President that had faith in the American automobile industry and that General Motors is today making cars. What else would I write about. I’m thankful that we have a decisive President working hard to keep America safe… and I’m appreciative of the fact that, as promised, he has ended the war in Iraq and is bringing the war in Afghanistan to a close. I’m here today because I’m concerned about Women’s Rights and health issues both at home and around the World. I don’t have to tell you about the dangers to Roe versus Wade under our opponents policies. I’m also troubled by thirty years of an increasing disparity in wealth between our best off citizens and everyday Americans. That is a disparity that threatens to divide us into two distinct and separate nations. We have to be better than that. Finally I’m here today because I’ve lived long enough to know that the future is rarely a tide rushing in. Its often a slow march, inch by inch, day after long day. We are in the midst of one of those long days right now. I believe that President Obama feels those long days in his bones for all 100 per cent of us. He will live those days with us. President Obama ran last time as a man of hope and change. You hear a lot of talk about how things are different now. Things aren’t any different–they’re just realer. Its crunch time. The President’s job, our job–yours and mine– whether your Republican, Democrat, Independent, rich, poor, black, brown, white, gay, straight, soldier, civilian–is to keep that hope alive, to combat cynicism and apathy, and to believe in our power, to change our lives and the world we live in. So, lets go to work tomorrow, and the day after, and the day after that.. Lets re-elect President Barack Obama to carry our standard forward towards the America that awaits us. This song is called “The Land of Hope and Dreams.”

Here It Is! Live Coverage Of the 2012 Republican National Convention Edited

Aug 29, 2012 at 8:03am
sbenois said:Mentions Darkness on the Edge of Town. Nohero screams. Actually, I laughed. It reminded me of his unrequited (a fact he has lamented in interviews) man-love for The Boss. He had some other line in there which, when I watched last night, seemed like an adaptation of a Springsteen line, but now I can't remember what it was.

Picture Post Match Edited

May 18, 2012 at 8:56am
[Edited to add bonus video, performing with Mr. Springsteen.]

Christie and Booker's comedy skit: "Don't worry, we've got this." Edited

May 17, 2012 at 8:52am
I thought it was amusing - they were being self-deprecating, as when Christie asks the State Police if they need his help, they say no, and then Booker runs in and they give him a list of things they need him for. And the Springsteen guitar followed by the iPhone message ...

Kimmel/Christie fat jokes crossed the line. Edited

May 1, 2012 at 9:15am
ridski said:I'm still voting for Springsteen. I don't have a link, but I remember when Springsteen was interviewed (I think it was by the late Ed Bradley), and he was asked about running for office in New Jersey. He laughed and said something along the lines of, "That would be a job. I've been trying my whole life not to have an actual job. That's why they call it 'playing'."