walk softly and wear a tube top

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so our most recent ‘Golden Hour’ of tunes kicked off with the mighty Big Stick contemplating shooting the president, both fun and timely but any fool will tell you their ‘Drag Racing’ smash is where it’s really at. Always fun to be reminded of it, even 30 years on. It would appear the seemingly undead ‘Stick are still working in hiding, have apparently recorded with Fred ‘B-52’s’ Schneider and have a new record on its way this year. Interesting. If Swans can come back better than ever, why not Big Stick? Never afraid to be stupid, trashy or wrong surely their time is once again come. I’ve never heard them say that the name Big Stick refers to President Teddy Roosevelt’s famous line “Walk softly and carry a Big Stick.” It might do, or it could just be about popsicles, which would probably be more in keeping and would almost certainly be the line they’d take regardless. Here’s a disturbing photograph in which the crew of USS Theodore Roosevelt wear their dress white uniforms to spell out the words “Big Stick” on the flight deck and beneath it a wonderfully crappy, low rent, piss taking, self made rockumentary should you wish to enter the past of the Big Stick.

you can belatedly download the golden hour show/mix/thing here should you care to . .

990915-N-5526-001-TR802 Onboard USS Theodore Roosevelt, CVN-71, 15 September 1999... Hundreds of crew members of USS Theodore Roosevelt wearing their dress white uniforms stand on the flight deck spelling the words "Big Stick". "Big Stick" refers to the quote of former President Roosevelt "Walk softly and carry a Big Stick." The nuclear powered aircraft carrier USS Thoedore Roosevelt is currently transitting the Atlantic Ocean on its way home to Norfolk, VA, after a six month deployment operating in the Adriatic and Arabian Seas. Photo By:PH2 (AW) Robert R. McRill

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 *clears throat*

The President is merely the most important among a large number of public servants. He should be supported or opposed exactly to the degree which is warranted by his good conduct or bad conduct, his efficiency or inefficiency in rendering loyal, able, and disinterested service to the Nation as a whole. Therefore it is absolutely necessary that there should be full liberty to tell the truth about his acts, and this means that it is exactly necessary to blame him when he does wrong as to praise him when he does right. Any other attitude in an American citizen is both base and servile. To announce that there must be no criticism of the President, or that we are to stand by the President, right or wrong, is not only unpatriotic and servile, but is morally treasonable to the American public. Nothing but the truth should be spoken about him or any one else. But it is even more important to tell the truth, pleasant or unpleasant, about him than about any one else.

— Theodore Roosevelt, The Kansas City Star, 18 May 1918

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