Quickies: Fred Phelps Excommunication, Tractor Beams, and the Notorious RBG

On March 19, 1962, Bob Dylan released his first albumBob Dylan. I haven’t listened to a lot of his music, but my favorite mainstream Dylan hit is definitely “Lay, Lady, Lay.” Post your favorite Dylan suggestions in the comments!


Mary Brock works as an Immunology scientist by day and takes care of a pink-loving princess child by night. She likes cloudy days, crafting, cooking, and Fall weather in New England.

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  1. On RBG, you say she’s old. I say she has the experience required to sit on the highest court in the land.

    Star Trek got tractor beams right. But the science of Voyager still gives me headaches. ;)

    1. Ha! Yes, that was awesome. And years later, they were at the same concert and he told her his favorite song was that one she wrote about him, and she was like, “Oh, that wasn’t about you, that was my ex-husband.” She just lied to get back at him for being arrogant, even though he was right ;) Love her!

  2. Favorite Dylan song? That’s a tough one. Depends on the day, the hour. I play “Just Like Tom Thumb Blues” because I like it, and I’m particularly fond of “Tangled Up In Blue” but never learned it (so many words).
    weatherwax — I don’t think Baez and Dylan were ever married, at least not legally. In fact, It seems that Baez was never married. “Diamonds And Rust” is a great song.

  3. I love RBG. She is my favorite person who is not married to me. She is also a highlight when listening to oral arguments. Listening to her during the Windsor and Perry cases last year was delightful, and reading her opinions was inspiring. Anyone who wants her to step down need only look at the milquetoast candidates who might replace her to realize it would not benefit liberals one whit.

    Dylan: Rainy Day Women #12 & 35 (commonly known as Everybody Must Get Stoned), or Tambourine Man.

    1. What I love about Dylan is that his style always changes, so it was years before I knew he did “Lay Lady Lay” and “Rainy Day Women” (even though I was familiar with the songs themselves).

      Also, I gotta say, I *love* the Shatner version of Mr Tambourine Man.

  4. Fred Phelps’ son Nate, the source of the (at least second-hand) info in the article, is speaking tomorrow about “Leaving Hate Behind” at an event hosted by the Secular Humanists of Mount Royal University (in Calgary, Canada where he lives.) I’m attending. It was scheduled months ago if you’re wondering. Here’s a link to an interview with him.

  5. Maggie’s Farm, Memphis Blues, Visions of Johanna, A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall, It Takes a Lot to Laugh, It Takes a Train to Cry, Corrina, Corrina (actually a Robert Johnson song), I Shall Be Released, Just Like Tom Thumb’s Blues, along with the previously mentioned Mr Tambourine Man, Tombstone Blues.

  6. I think I’d go for “Blowing in the Wind” as my favourite Dylan.

    I’d just like to point out how amazingly arrogant “The Times they are A Changing” is. It is the younger (i.e. now about retirement age) generation telling the older generation “We’re right, you’re wrong, see it our way or we’ll crush you.” The antithesis (released 6 years later) is “Teach Your Children” by Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young which urges the generations to, if not accept, at least understand the other’s point of view.

  7. Omg I LOVE Dylan. Blowin’ in the Wind’ and Knockin on Heavens door are two of my fave mainstream songs. But Alberta, and Wallflower are awesome. I also loved The Travelling Willburies era.

    I would have picketed Phelps funeral but what’s the point now?

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