Ever since Bob Dylan performed in China last month, he's gotten a ton of flak. At the time, Reuters reported that the the Chinese cultural ministry allowed Dylan to perform "approved content," and that Dylan "did not sing anything that might have overtly offended China's Communist rulers, like The Times They Are A-Changin'."
And in Indiana, Governor Mitch Daniels signed a law yesterday that makes his state the first to ban all government funding for Planned Parenthood. The bill also imposes some of the nation's toughest restrictions on abortion. Planned Parenthood has clinics across the country and it receives funds through Medicaid and from government grants.
There has long been a prohibition against using federal money for abortions. But many Republicans say that paying for any services at Planned Parenthood indirectly subsidizes abortion.
John Paul White and Joy Williams hail from very different parts of the country (Alabama and California, respectively), and both are free spirits when it comes to their solo music careers. But when the two crossed paths at a songwriting camp in Nashville, the rest, as they say, is history. Both knew that they had some special collaborative magic, and they've managed to mix their songwriting styles into something truly moving.
When it comes time to put some style into court opinions and legal briefs by plucking a line or two from a songwriter's oeuvre, Bob Dylan's lyrics are by far the No. 1 choice of justices and law clerks around the nation, the Los Angeles Times writes this morning.
Even Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Antonin Scalia, two men you would not think of in connection with the writer of many of the 1960s' best-known protest songs, have done it.