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Dixie Chicks Enjoy Grammy Revenge

Posted on Feb 12, 2007
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The Dixie Chicks, who became country music pariahs after the band’s lead singer criticized President Bush in 2003, swept the Grammys on Sunday, winning every award the band was nominated for—five in all—plus a standing ovation.

The trio took home best song for “Not Ready to Make Nice,” a tune that rebuffs the band’s critics.

Excerpt from “Not Ready to Make Nice”:

I made my bed, and I sleep like a baby,
With no regrets and I don’t mind saying,
It’s a sad sad story
That 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
Saying that I better shut up and sing
Or my life will be over

Listen to the song

Watch lead vocalist Natalie Maines accept the ACLU Bill of Rights award


The Dixie Chicks won all five awards they were nominated for, including album of the year for “Taking the Long Way,” and record and song of the year for “Not Ready to Make Nice,” their defiant anthem penned [by] songwriter Dan Wilson. It was sweet vindication after the superstars’ lives were threatened and their record sales plummeted when feisty lead singer Natalie Maines criticized President Bush on the eve of the
Iraq war in 2003. Almost overnight, one of the most successful groups of any genre was boycotted by Nashville and disappeared from country radio.

With “Taking the Long Way,” the women relied on renowned producer Rick Rubin’s guidance for an album that was more rock and less country. (Rubin, who also produced “Stadium Arcadium,” was honored as producer of the year.)

The standing ovations the Chicks received Sunday illustrated how much the political climate has changed regarding the Iraq war, and even Bush.

“That’s interesting,” Maines crowed from the podium after the country award was handed out earlier in the night. “Well, to quote the great ‘Simpsons’—‘Heh-Heh.’

“Just kidding,” added Maines. “A lot of people just turned their TVs off right now. I’m very sorry for that.”

Bandmate Emily Robison noted, “We wouldn’t have done this album without everything we went through, so we have no regrets.”

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By Patty Whack, March 9, 2009 at 1:12 pm Link to this comment
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Patricia, you write in all caps like a childish doofus.  ‘HEH HEH’.

Go Chicks!  You were right.

If you feel The Chicks aren’t smarter than you, Patricia, maybe the Pope is.

Pope John Paul II said. “Violence and arms can never resolve the problems of man.”
Americans were largely unaware of the depth and importance of the opposition of Church leaders to an attack on Iraq, since for the most part the mainstream media did not carry the stories. In the same way, many Americans were unaware that Pope John Paul II spoke against the first Gulf War 56 times. Media in the United States omitted this from the commentaries on the war. Many have also been unaware of the number of Iraqis killed.

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By Daniel T., March 5, 2007 at 1:55 am Link to this comment
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EARTH TO DIXIE CHICKS HATERS. They had won eight previous Grammy’s. Several news publications named it “Album of the Year” in December. USA Today, The Washington Post, and the Detroit Free Press. Critics all over praised this album. Two weeks before the Grammy’s nashvile’s top critics named it “Country Album of the Year.”

It won the Grammy’s because it was the BEST ALBUM of 2006. Only those who have not listened to it claim any diferent.

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By C ROAR, February 21, 2007 at 2:12 pm Link to this comment
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Hurray for the Dixie Chicks!  Can anyone say “Poetic Justice?”  - to all the ignorant, war-mongering Bush lemmings who thought it was okay for the Chicks to be silenced and receive death threats - a big ‘HEH-HEH’ to you!  Apparently, this is the only language you can understand.  And it wasn’t the liberals who lowered King George’s approval rating - it was ‘your’ fearless cowboy and his inept administration who did it.  GO CHICKS!!!!!!! MORE POWER TO YOU!

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By Dr BLT, February 17, 2007 at 11:28 pm Link to this comment
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Make nice with this, Dixie Chicks!

Playin’ Politics With the Dixie Chicks
Dr BlT (c)2007

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By TheEnd, February 14, 2007 at 5:05 pm Link to this comment
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Part 2

This is from the Arizona Republican and the July 8, 2003 Senate hearing on the ban: “If a local station made a decision not to play a particular band, then that is what localism is all about. But when a corporate decision is made that (a company’s radio stations) will not play a group because of a political statement…that serves as an example of how radio industry consolidation is causing the erosion of the First Amendment.”

Now I return to the issue of morality and the 1st amendment.  The Chicks had a “real right” to express their shame that George W. was from Texas.
It’s an inalienable right inked by the founding fathers of this country in our constitution.  Would there have been blowback if the conservative media, in accordance with Karl Rove and John Ashcroft, stayed out of the whole thing?  Sure, but nothing like the light speed campaign we saw come to be. 

As for Joe Consumer, if he doesn’t want to buy an artists work or some other product he has that “real right” also.  Unfortunately, that’s not what the Dixie Chicks scandal was about.  Again, your argument of consequences to 1st amendment rights does not wash here. There are no damn consequences to free speech.  It is FREE SPEECH.  None of us is to be put to task by a corporation(s) for exercising it.  This whole thing was about Americans getting swindled out of their number one right as citizens in exchange for the illusion of patriotism.  Here’s a question for you: if the buying public was in such trouble from dangerous liberals, why didn’t we see any consumer rights and advocacy groups on the anti-Chicks bandwagon?  Simple: people were duped by big biz and their misconduct in banning the Chicks and inspiring frightening levels of hate has long been exposed.  You are no longer under any obligation to make false arguments about DJ’s or individual liberty with regard to this bullshit scandal.  The only rights ever under fire were those in the first amendment. - TheEnd

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By TheEnd, February 14, 2007 at 5:03 pm Link to this comment
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There is no double standard in what I wrote and you didn’t address my concerns.  You said, “I never questioned the Chicks right to speak…” I didn’t say that you did.  Putting words in my mouth is not an argument.

You ask if I’m “…seriously saying that the Chick’s constitutional right to free speech has higher moral authority than the buying public’s right to choose what it buys…” Yes, yes I am saying that, and there is recent historical precedent to support that I correctly rank the two.  During WWII, president Truman compelled the American public to conserve at home to insure the availability of maximum resources abroad. Victory gardens, gas/oil and food rationing, scrap drives, paper conservation, etc. helped conserve resources for the war effort.  The president of the United States asked the buying public to acquiesce their right to choose not only what to buy, but how much and how often, all for the greater good during wartime.  The president did not ask the public to surrender, temporarily or otherwise, its freedom of speech, since the American way was what the fight was mostly about.  So yes, retaining and preserving one’s first amendment rights has moral hegemony over the ability to buy whatever “bling” you want, when you want.

You also asked me if the constitutional right to free speech has moral authority over a DJ’s right to choose what he plays?”  My answer is no because a DJ’s right to spin as he wishes and free speech refer to the same amendment.  There is no contest.

Now to the heart of it, your initial posting reads, “The radio stations and buying public who banished the Chicks had as much right to do so as the Chicks did to express their political feelings publicly.”  No, that’s incorrect.  First off, those stations didn’t have the ability to determine their own programming as they saw fit.  Don’t believe me?  Perhaps you think all those DJ’s across the Clear Channel and Cumulus Radio networks are autonomous and not subject to the will of corporate headquarters.  Unfortunately, that’s not how it works these days buddy.

Ever since Clinton signed the Telecommunications Act of 1995, under strong pressure from the Republican controlled Congress and corporate media lobby, we have seen unprecedented consolidation of this country’s media into the hands of a small group of conservative men.  More to the point, Clear Channel controls upwards of 1200 radio stations in the US and they nationally syndicate right-wing shock-jocks like Rush Limbaugh and Glenn Beck.  Cumulus HQ banned the Dixie Chicks on all 50 of their country music radio stations and they’re also the corporation that sponsored the anti-Dixie Chicks rallies involving CD stomping and bulldozers.  BULLDOZERS for christ’s sake!  Between the two of them, they control almost all the major radio markets in America!  So combine their broad national reach in music with a proliferation of right wing punditry and you get public policy.  Joe Consumer never had a choice and neither did those radio DJs.  You tell me: is it morally correct for a group of executives in San Antonio, TX, and Atlanta, GA to effectively set public policy for the nation on comments made by Natalie Maines?!  If you still think yes I’ll let Senator McCain explain it to you. - Part 2 ->

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By dan, February 14, 2007 at 7:25 am Link to this comment
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I have every bit as cynical a view as most of you lot, but the fact is your (once honourable and enviable) society put an absolute moron in power and if clearer-thinking individuals don’t stand up and say something, your precious American soldiers fighting their war of principles are all going to die for one rich man’s greed.

Wake up America.  He’s a canker to be cut out, not coddled because he bought his way into power.  Critisising your leader in a time of war is not treason when he’s the reason your sons and fathers are dying.  Kick him out while you have any international credibility left.

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By Marshall, February 13, 2007 at 1:34 pm Link to this comment
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To walker - how could they be “wrong”?  They exercised their rights.  Does a grammy make them wrong?

To TheEnd - you’re seriously saying that the Chick’s constitutional right to free speech has higher moral authority than the buying public’s right to choose what it buys?  Or even a DJ’s right to choose what he plays? 

I never questioned the Chicks right to speak, but your double standard is in full bloom.

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By Jeff Badura, February 13, 2007 at 10:35 am Link to this comment
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to Dan,  the Dixie Chicks have every right to say what they wish !!! and i have every right to change the channel !! that’s what the radio stations were afraid of !! me changing the channel !!

to walker,  the Dixie Chicks aren’t brave !! and Jane Fonda is no hero she is traitor to her country, and she should have been prosecuted for treason !!  you have a right to your opinion but not sitting on an enemy weapon in a time of war rooting for the death of American soldiers and producing propaganda for the VC, that’s called treason !!  the Dixie Chicks were stupid.  Jane Fonda was a traitor !!

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By pMonkey, February 13, 2007 at 4:49 am Link to this comment
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Its sad American culture revolves around Hollywood so much.

These people are not usually good rolmodels.

They had a poll on CNN asking 100 American women…. If you had a choice between World Peace or spending the night with Brad Pitt. 83% picked Brad Pitt… that pretty much sums it up for me !

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By TheEnd, February 13, 2007 at 2:35 am Link to this comment
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Do you equate the RIGHT of someone(s) with moral authority?  The Bible says slave owners have the RIGHT to beat their slaves, not to mention owning people.  Hell, in this country until as recently as 1965 Southerners had a RIGHT to treat black people as lesser humans in accordance with Jim Crow laws.  Do you still think the RIGHT to something makes is the morally correct claim?

You say that the radio stations and buying public had the same right to action as did Natalie Maines.  This is an erroneous statement.  The Dixie Chicks exercised actual constitutional rights in the way of free speech, the right to public assembly, and the right of dissent.  These are real rights to be found in the 1st amendment of the US Constitution and, unlike Jim Crow laws, the first amendment has not been repealed.  On the other hand, there’s nothing in the Constitution about a mega-corporation’s right to run an organized campaign to silence someone exercising their constitutionally protected rights through professional intimidation.  No, man, this scandal was all business and certainly not a case about the various rights of the people.

You seem to me one of these folks that are sore the Dixie Chicks made and supported a sentiment which is now shared by not only the majority of this country, but most the rest of the world.  Clear Channel and the rest of the media conglomerates who supervise the 23 songs you listen to ad nauseum, as well as the 24/7 “news reports” you consume, took their line from the White House and made an example of the Chicks as to what would happen to anyone, no matter how popular, if he or she publicly opposed the Bush Administration and their privatized war.

Get your head on straight and stop defending billionaires and lunatics.  Since there are only 269 billionaires in the US, it’s safe to assume you’re not one of them, which means you’re either a lunatic or just plain misguided (yes, that’s a euphemism.)  Which ever it is, spare us with your quasi civil-libertarian rhetoric.  The Chicks were right, you were wrong. - TheEnd

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By Broadway Carl, February 12, 2007 at 11:23 pm Link to this comment
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These are a talented group of ladies who overcame banishment by the corporations for a statement of how they felt.  I’m not a Dixie Chicks fan, but I think the song is pretty good.  Sometimes you win an award for what you’re saying, not how you say it.

By the way, here we are four years later and it seems that they were right.  Maines was appropriately ashamed of Bush long before the rest of us were.  And history will ultimately tell the truth, hopefully sooner than later.  If you still support this president’s policies or this administration after all that’s happened and is happening right now, then you’re just lying to yourself.

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By vet240, February 12, 2007 at 10:31 pm Link to this comment
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A comment to: #53086 by Patricia

Does your definition of “the far left” include the 80% of Americans who now believe bush was wrong to take us to war? Once a percentage passes 50% of a group, they (the perc.greater than 50%) become the main stream. the remainder become the “Far Out”. I assume you are a member of the latter group.

As to your reference to the Simpsons. I have never watched that show, but then again, I don’t watch Fox news either they’re cut from the same tree.

Oh, and the “Heh-Heh”. The Chicks were talking to bush and Toby K. in a language they would understand.

By the way I don’t watch the Grammy’s either.

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By xdoi, February 12, 2007 at 9:30 pm Link to this comment
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To the pickle-sucking rednecks out there:

Loyalty above all else, except HONOR.

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By Dixie Fan, February 12, 2007 at 8:54 pm Link to this comment
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Way to go Dixie Chicks!  Very glad to hear this. I was also highly embarrassed at the response our nation gave them in 2003. I’ve come to despise Bush with a vehmenent passion as th worst world leader in history. Yeah, that’s right, he’s worse then Pol Pot, Stalin, Lenin and Hitler - because he’s OUR leader, you stupid fools and he’s making America into a first class shithole.

Keep on fighting this idiot - everyone. I wish the soldiers in Iraq would get a clue - lay down their arms and refuse to die for this mass murderer. It’s the only way to stop the war now.

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By walker, February 12, 2007 at 7:43 pm Link to this comment
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Note to Marshall: You’re right, with one small exception - the media moguls and the anti-Chicks buying public were wrong.

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By Cindy, February 12, 2007 at 7:32 pm Link to this comment
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I hadn’t heard of the Dixie Chicks before I read about the Country Music radio stations refusing to air their music and encouraging people to burn their CDs just because one of them criticized Bush about the Iraq War. The monolithic response of the radio stations smacked of blacklisting and denying these fine American women, who were correct about the deleterious effects, both in Iraq and here at home, of this ill conceived and extremely costly war, their inalienable right of freedom of speech.  These radio stations were in essence punishing them for exercising one of our American freedoms, to say whatever you wish without being penalized for it, which goes against our Constitution and America.

I listened to their music and was very impressed.  I particularly like the CD, HOME, which is American as apple pie.  The songs are beautiful, and the ladies are really very talented.  I bought their CDs, and I went to one of their concerts and splurged for the floor seats to hear their music, and I thoroughly enjoyed their show.  In fact, it was the most enjoyable concert I’ve ever been to.  They were superb.

They deserved every one of those 5 Grammys they won last night.  Anyone who says they don’t is just sour grapes. 

If the Dixie Chicks were the “deciders” instead of Bush, our country would be a lot safer and better off.  We would be more secure as a nation, and billions of dollars that have gone missing due to graft and fraud over in Iraq, could have gone to homeland security and making our country stronger here. 

The Dixie Chicks are far more patriotic and love our country more than those who have sent us down this bad path by telling us falsehoods and profiting from this war at the expense of our friends’ and neighbors’ good kids, who were sent on endless and repeat tours of duty based on lies and deception.

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By walker, February 12, 2007 at 7:18 pm Link to this comment
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So, are the Chicks the modern equivalent of Mozart? Of course not. Are they good musicians and singers? Yes. Do they deserve 5 Grammys? I don’t know.

But are they brave? Certainly. And are they right? Of course.

And were their original fans wrong? Yes.

But this is the way it goes with whistle blowers: slander, personal assault and death threats. It’s happened before, from Martin Luther King to Jane Fonda to Dennis Kucinich to Jimmy Carter.

And it’s cowardly and low.

Long live the Chicks!

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By Dan, February 12, 2007 at 7:02 pm Link to this comment
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It was once said that the enemy of my enemy is my friend.  Bush isn’t exactly my enemy, and the Dixie Chicks aren’t my friends but I think that they should have a right to say what they want to say and a lot of it I agree with.

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By Chaseme, February 12, 2007 at 6:22 pm Link to this comment
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A lot of people who have been pushed by this administration have reacted in many ways. There are those who have left politics and started new careers. There are those who have left the country with no return tickets. There are those who are taking members of this administration to court.

Then there are the Dixie Chicks, who used their creative talents, fantastic voices and the fury of being shoved by this bully administration to write and sing to articulate how they felt being victimized for expressing an opinion.

If expressing an opinion about bush leads to bullying from a group of people who have power to destroy the planet, from simple orders to the military, imagine what other bullies, who have power to bring destruction on an equal level might do when the bush administration push them.

It would surely be nice if the leaders of Iran, North Korea, Venezuela, Russia, and China could write and sing.

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By Jeff Badura, February 12, 2007 at 5:57 pm Link to this comment
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Here we go again?  just more proof of Hollyweird / entertainment bias when Al Gore is sure to win the Oscar, and Michael Moore won a couple yrs ago, and then the entertainment industry has the nerve to say there not pushing an agenda??? its a joke !!! see how bent out of shape they got about “The Passion”  if it was just entertainment, they wouldn’t have cared at all? but they know its mild brain washing !!! from the gangster rap they poison our children with,  to the so called “evil military” in every modern movie, its an assault on American decency all to spread the lib agenda !!!
  you mean to tell me the Dixie Chicks deserved every Grammy ??? come on? its pure lib PC dogma, plain and simple !! they may have got the grammys but they lost the respect of there fan base and they will never get that back regardless of how many bi-coastal elitist awards they win !! cause country folk love George Bush and that pisses the hollyweird libs off the the most !! cause they cant brain wash us all !!! 

PS- G. Chell! most country folk do server in the military, you couldnt hold Tobeys spitoon!!! the Dixie Chicks make okay music? but they couldnt sell out the last tour cause of the msg !! it dont sell in the heartland !!

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By Sam, February 12, 2007 at 5:02 pm Link to this comment
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It wasn’t so much as a mass uprising as a corporate controlled blacklisting. Watch the movie Shut up and Sing. It was all led by corporate bigwigs who didn’t want people protesting against bush.

People were requesting their songs, and the radio stations weren’t playing them. That’s wrong.

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By Rob w, February 12, 2007 at 4:36 pm Link to this comment
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The awards given to the Dixie Chicks were one thing, sending a message.

As you know, these awards were not given by the people. This was not the People’s Music Awards, rather less than 11,000 members of professionals in the music industry. One writer brought up the idea that the vote for the various catagories was so split, that the largest chunk of votes left were the politically active members who had the opportunity to “make a statement” with what amounts to a lackluster album and a really boring song. First of all, there’s no way a song like that would take song of the year at the Grammys unless it had help, through collusion or other means, or jury nullification, just like the O.J. trial. And for them to win 5 awards if just not only improbable, but impossible! It looks like the Grammys jumped the shark last night, allowing politics to influence the outcome of not one but 5 awards and I personally could never look at them in any kind of positive light again, though that’s been coming for a long time now.

I’ve been a professional musician for over 35 years, a session player on albums and a touring sideman. I’m hearing nothing, and I repeat nothing, but disbelief at what happened last night. Some are asking for an investigation to see if there was indeed any wrong doing in the “winning” of these awards. And all along, Natalie and the world still actually think that they really won those awards.

Sad. Hope they never realize what really happened. They were used!

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By Dr. Knowitall, PhD, PhD, February 12, 2007 at 4:24 pm Link to this comment
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That’s entertainment!

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By Shhazam4, February 12, 2007 at 3:38 pm Link to this comment
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These Chicks had it right from the beginning… GWBush is an embarassment to all of us!

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By HeadlessHessian, February 12, 2007 at 3:19 pm Link to this comment
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Note to right wingNuts that comment here, you are welcome to…its called freedom of speech.  Something this right wing Nazi administration is trying to take away.  If you don’t like it, then please tell us what this cocky little texan has done for this country, besides ruin it!!!
Like someone else said “I dont like country music but rock on chicks”....keep that criticism coming.  The entire nation needs to understand what fiasco this Bushco is…and in less than two year, HAS BEEN!  January of 2009 cant get here fast enough!


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By Jason, February 12, 2007 at 3:03 pm Link to this comment
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I’m not crazy about the dixie chicks’ music, but I am completely embarrassed about how the country reacted to the singer’s statements. There’s a great film documentary about the whole mess, called “Protesting the Dixie Chicks”:

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By Marshall, February 12, 2007 at 2:55 pm Link to this comment
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Note to liberals: The radio stations and buying public who banished the Chicks had as much right to do so as the Chicks did to express their political feelings publicly.

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By G. Chell, February 12, 2007 at 2:32 pm Link to this comment
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Toby Keith should be drafted, given a gun and sent to Iraq to fight…after he returns from combat he will have all the moral authority to condemn the Chicks..interesting none of the country boys fight for the country.

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By jjjackson, February 12, 2007 at 2:31 pm Link to this comment
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Well deserved grammy.  Many department stores and grocery store chains play Dixie Chicks music so was glad to see they won.  They are great talented artist and always were.

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By Sharon Ash, February 12, 2007 at 2:26 pm Link to this comment
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For those keeping score, it is the Dixie Chicks 5 and the Ignorant Red Necks 0.  Yes, they made a political statement with their “Not Ready To Make Nice” song, but have your listened to the entire CD?  Excellent.  They are very talented and earned, in my opinion, every award they received at the Grammy’s. I have at least 5,000 miles more respect for the Chicks than I do for Toby Keith who made a few million dollars from his war rousing songs designed to fire up the good ‘ole country boys so they would suit up and let a misguided leader like Bush feed them into the meat grinder of war. The Chicks give hope that not everyone who likes country music is so easily manipulated.  The Dixie Chicks, are proflies in courage.  This country could use a lot more people with their courage.

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By vet240, February 12, 2007 at 1:25 pm Link to this comment
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Bush is directly responsible for the Polarization of our country and the polarization of much of the world.

His unilateral decision to invade Iraq for reasons he and Cheney concocted to fit the in with the war on terror was and still is criminal.

I know most of us when confronted with this truth are deeply hurt. We never believed that a sitting president of what we all thought was the greatest Government to ever exist in the history of man could or would betray the sanctity of that office to his own benefit and the benefit of his corporate puppetiers.

I think that’s why there seems to be a hesitation on the part of the Democrats to start impeachment proceedings against bush and cheney. But impeachment is the ony thing that will get America back on track and assure the continuation of this great experiment.

The Dixie Chicks are patriots. Their work deserves recognition both for music and their commitment to America.

Integrety is not measured by fieldty to a person or a party or a flag. Integrity is measured by it’s commitment to truth, justice and the American way.

The war on terror won’t be won by using the same tactics the terrorists use. It can be won by going back to our value of individual rights and needs.

American leaders must give up the attitude that what’s good for GM is good for the country.

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By khp, February 12, 2007 at 12:31 pm Link to this comment
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HEH HEH is right!

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By Coyotita, February 12, 2007 at 11:23 am Link to this comment
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It wasn’t the music fans that turned their backs on the Dixie Chicks, it was the vocal minority lathered up by the Clear Channel jocks who were themeselves saving their paychecks.  Music fans were vindicated last night, those of us who had bought every last one of their discs before the brouhaha, and continued to buy their recordings making them winners at last night’s award show.

The fact is I’m from Texas and I, too am ashamed, as most of America is of a president that breaks the law time and again, not to mention the greatest law of all: thou shalt not kill!

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By dp, February 12, 2007 at 10:39 am Link to this comment
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re: Patricia’s comments
This was not a political statement by the left so much as it was an attempt by the people in the music industry (the voters) to try to make up for the destruction the radio stations and others did to the Chicks’ careers because they did not agree with the current administrations policies.  Are you required to sign an oath of loyalty to the republican party to be a country music musician?  This happens to be a country of many opinions and the right to express them.

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By RAE, February 12, 2007 at 10:39 am Link to this comment
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Too bad they can’t sing.

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By Quy Tran, February 12, 2007 at 10:26 am Link to this comment
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I love you all, Chicks !

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By feduphoosier, February 12, 2007 at 9:31 am Link to this comment
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Go Chicks!  I wonder if you had any idea how many of us you took along with you on your ride from hell to 5 Grammys?  I was on my feet shouting and pumping my fist last night, every time you won.  I never even watch the Grammys.

You won for you… but you also won for me.  Who among us hasn’t faced down at least one of these hate-spewing bullies since the war began?  No one who has ever spoken out.

By the last award, I had tears in my eyes.  Yes… we’ve all had it with the bullies.  God Bless Natalie Maine and her big, patriotic mouth.

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By Tom, February 12, 2007 at 8:38 am Link to this comment
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Since when did the Grammys change from recognizing the best in music to making a political statement?  Without their back story, the Dixie Chicks would not have even been nominated.

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By Lefty, February 12, 2007 at 8:31 am Link to this comment
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I can’t stand country music, but, the enemies of Bush are my friends.  Rock on Chicks!

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By Broiler, February 12, 2007 at 8:08 am Link to this comment
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This was the wrong way to make a point. There is no way they deserved these music awards for pedestrian recordings of protest songs. This was a big “F you” to the administration. Al Gore’s appearance was the double whammy. This was as innappropriate as Toby Keith with his big mouth at the CMA Awards.

I’m extremely torn on this type of thing. On one hand award shows are being hijacked to promote polital agendas. On the other hand, if not for the artsy award shows with corporate sponsorship the flip side of most issues are never heard in a broad public forum.

Today’s music is totally corporate driven. When an “American Idol” winner receives a Grammy right out of the box there’s foxes in the hen house. If you watched the way Carrie Underwood hid behind the mike and nervously switched it from hand to hand, then stumbled a number of times during Desperado and think she’s a Grammy winner, well they got you! She makes Norah Jones look like a ball of fire. (Norah does have the musical goods.) I’ll grant Carrie a nervous performance with such pressure. In honesty, she’s a pretty girl with a good but not great voice. Sorry, not a Grammy winner. I was listening to her performance and it didn’t connect with me that she was the former “American Idol”, I’ve seen the show but not a lot. I said to my wife “she would get torn to pieces on American Idol for a performance like this.” My wife then informed me that she was an “Idol” winner and I fell out of my chair laughing.

I have no problem with Carrie Underwood. I have a problem with being lead to believe she is the best of the best at this stage of her career. I don’t have a problem with the Dixie Chicks winning a Grammy(s). This album might be inspiring for what it is, a political wake up call but not as an artistic work. They’ve done better work. CBS and the corporate sponsors could have promoted a network special for “the Chicks”. That would have been appropriate as opposed to them receiving artistic awards not earned.

Apparently we’ve reached the point of no return where entertainment, politics and education have blurred beyond recovery. Artistic expression, leisure, love, joy and any endeavor outside of survival have been left on the other side of the mountain. “Life sucks and then you die!”

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By ray, February 12, 2007 at 7:44 am Link to this comment
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Thank goodness these talented ladies won everything they were nominated for.  I hope this shows country radio how ignorant they have been.  In Atlanta, the Dixie Chicks are still not played on any of the many country stations.  Talk about bigotry from the right-leaning country entertainment folks.  It just shows compassionalte conservatism at work (or hypocritical bastards that they [republicans] all are).

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By Homer Hewitt, February 12, 2007 at 7:16 am Link to this comment
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Dixie Chicks Are Big Winners at Grammys

Dixie Chicks Are Big Winners at GrammysThe group won five awards, including song of the year for “Not Ready to Make Nice.”


Even the Dixie Chicks knew it was wrong to authorize Bush to invade Iraq. So, Hillary, your vote
was not a mistake?

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