Tuesday, May 01, 2007

The Ballad of St. Pancake

This performance took place in March, but it was a benefit for today's May Day event in New Haven. Here's an account from the New Haven Independent:
Connecticut native and global troubadour David Rovics sang at a fundraising concert Thursday night at Edge of the Woods to benefit this year's (21st annual) May Day celebration on the New Haven Green. Introduced by Paula Panzarella, who's been the co-organizer of the event for all but two of those years, Rovics sang a dozen of his own compositions, which ranged from hysterical ("I'm a Better Anarchist Than You") to romantic to as timely as the day's headlines, like this song for Rachel Corrie. The fourth anniversary of her killing by an Israeli soldier driving a U.S.-funded bulldozer as she tried to protect a Palestinian's home in Gaza was Friday, the day after the concert, and articles appeared in various media taking note of it.
Actually, St. Pancake was trying to protect terrorist smuggling tunnels, and the home itself was not being razed that day. But don't let the facts get in the way of a good Jew-bashing. Check out the words to the song. Rovics seems to have the idea that the bulldozer actually ran over St. Pancake, when it was the blade and the dirt pile that struck her. Don't forget that Rachel Corrie was still alive when she was taken from the scene, but seeing how a dead martyr is more useful than an injured activist, it makes me wonder what took place in the ambulance.

The article was supposed to be about the benefit concert, but the reporter just couldn't help herself, and apparently the editors were not on the job that day. How does the anti-U.S. and anti-Israel sentiment get into the first paragraph, while the actual event this story purports to be about is buried at the bottom? It's interesting that comments were disabled for this one article. Are they afraid of comments, or afraid to edit?

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