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A White House Insider Speaks
By Craig Froehlich

   
   
 
Can We Bomb Iraq Yet?
 
Hartley Stowe
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“My presentation implicating al-Qaida’s role in the attacks continued despite the fact Donald Rumsfeld kept interrupting with harsh, belabored coughing. I thought he was about to die, then I realized he wasn’t really coughing. ‘Eer-ack!,’ he hacked into his cupped hand. ‘Eer-ack, Eer-ack! UUH-RACK!’ I handed him a tissue.”

Hartley Stowe presents an insider’s account of the tense hours leading up to President Bush’s realization that reasons were needed to bomb a sovereign nation. This telling tale recounts Paul Wolfowitz’s fist fight with a “swarthy-looking” War Room caterer and Vice President Dick Cheney’s habit of grabbing pictures of Saddam Hussein and rubbing them vigorously against his “ample” crotch. “How do you like me now, my former clandestine ally?” Truly a dream come true for the political junkie.

Working at a studio on this record made If We Were Really Here more cohesive, showing off the thick keyboards, harmonizing vocals, rippin’ guitar leads, solid rhythm section and even a few guest musicians playing the trumpet, steel guitars and violin. Linwood, the youngest of the three Biddulph brothers, said, “Having Jason Meyers produce the record really helped it sound more glossy.”

With four songwriters on the record, you would expect a certain inconsistency, but each song backs the last one up by colliding chunky guitars and catchy sing-along choruses. Standouts include sultry, tripped-out lullabies like “Everything’s Fine, Cover Your Eyes” and “It’s Only You.”

The album starts out by pushing your toe-tappin’ button and then slowly switches and becomes the Ritalin with tasty lap steel for your A.D.D. in “Eleven.” The final two minutes sound like a destructive score to a chaotic battle on planet Hoth.

The CD release is only the start of the band members’ busy schedule. With the aid of their manager, they keep busy with a long agenda filled with interviews on KRCL, Fox 13, Park City TV and shows at venues from Urban Lounge to The Golden Nugget Hotel and Casino in Wendover. They are planning their coast-to-coast tour for the summer and hope to get their songs stuck in people’s heads all over the U.S.

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