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Rocket Man!

July 6, 2018

Graphic:  George Danby

When I read that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo reportedly brought a CD with the Elton John song “Rocket Man” to give as a gift to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un during his visit to the country I thought what a great sense of humor President Trump has!


Last year, amid escalating rhetoric between the two countries, Trump repeatedly referred to Kim as “Rocket Man” and “Little Rocket Man.”

A diplomatic source in Washington cited by Chosun Ilbo explained that the “Rocket Man” CD was “the subject of discussion during Trump’s lunch with Kim” when they first met for a summit in Singapore last month.

According to the outlet, when Kim referenced Trump’s nickname, Trump asked him if he’s familiar with the song. Trump later asked Pompeo to bring a copy of the CD during his subsequent trip.

Here are the lyrics:

“Rocket Man (I Think It’s Going To Be A Long Long Time)”

She packed my bags last night pre-flight
Zero hour nine A.M.
And I’m gonna be high as a kite by then

I miss the earth so much, I miss my wife
It’s lonely out in space
On such a timeless flight

And I think it’s gonna be a long long time
‘Til touchdown brings me ’round again to find
I’m not the man they think I am at home
Oh, no, no, no.
I’m a rocket man
Rocket man burning out his fuse up here alone

And I think it’s gonna be a long long time
‘Til touchdown brings me ’round again to find
I’m not the man they think I am at home
Oh, no, no, no.
I’m a rocket man
Rocket man burning out his fuse up here alone

Mars ain’t the kind of place to raise your kids
In fact it’s cold as hell
And there’s no one there to raise them if you did

And all this science I don’t understand
It’s just my job five days a week
A rocket man, a rocket man

And I think it’s gonna be a long long time
‘Til touchdown brings me ’round again to find
I’m not the man they think I am at home
Oh, no, no, no.
I’m a rocket man
Rocket man burning out his fuse up here alone

And I think it’s gonna be a long long time
‘Til touchdown brings me ’round again to find
I’m not the man they think I am at home
Oh, no, no, no.
I’m a rocket man
Rocket man burning out his fuse up here alone

And I think it’s gonna be a long long time…

For some background and historical information about the song, see what is written at Wikipedia.


The song was inspired by the short story “The Rocket Man” in The Illustrated Man by Ray Bradbury, and echoes the theme of David Bowie’s 1969 song “Space Oddity” (both recordings were produced by Gus Dudgeon). But according to an account in Elizabeth Rosenthal’s book His Song: The Musical Journey of Elton John, the song was inspired by Taupin’s sighting of either a shooting star or a distant aeroplane.

The song describes a Mars-bound astronaut’s mixed feelings at leaving his family in order to do his job. Rosenthal’s account goes on to relate that the notion of astronauts no longer being perceived as heroes, but in fact as an “everyday occupation”, led Taupin to the song’s opening lines: “She packed my bags last night, pre-flight. Zero hour: 9 a.m. And I’m gonna be high as a kite by then.”

“Rocket Man” was ranked #242 in the 2004 list of Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Songs of All Time, though it dropped to #245 in the list’s 2010 revision.

Another song called “Rocket Man” (and also based on Bradbury’s short story “The Rocket Man”)[clarification needed] was released by the musical group Pearls Before Swine on their 1970 album The Use of Ashes. In an interview in Billboard magazine, Taupin acknowledged that the song, written by Tom Rapp, had been a direct inspiration for his own lyrics. Rosenthal’s account indicates that Rapp’s lyrics were inspired by the writings of noted science-fiction author Ray Bradbury. Due to some similarities in Elton John’s “Rocket Man,” some[who?] presume this song might also be an allusion to David Bowie’s character Major Tom. Bowie himself made the connection[citation needed] during live performances of “Space Oddity” in which he called out, “Oh, Rocket Man!”[2][citation needed]

I see a lot of symbolism here.  However, perhaps President Trump just gave the leader of North Korea the CD because they made a connection about it during the first time they met.

Instead of using rockets for the purpose of destruction, a rocket can be used to explore space.  With Trump’s creation of the Space Force, maybe he is showing Kim Jung Un the marvels of using science for good purposes.

Any of us can speculate about possible symbolism.  While reading a brief analysis about Ray Bradbury’s short story, “The Rocket Man,” I found this:

“The Rocket Man”

Astronauts are few in number, so they work whenever they wish and receive high pay. One such “Rocket Man” goes into space for three months at a time, returning to Earth only for three consecutive days to visit his wife and son, Doug. The story is told from the perspective of Doug, who also wants to become a Rocket Man. Doug learns of his father’s constant battle, yearning for the stars while at home and yearning for home while in space. The father has attempted to quit several times, because his long absences have nearly destroyed his relationship with his wife. Before leaving for his final three-month mission, the father makes Doug promise he will never follow in his father’s footsteps. The father takes off into space, vowing that the next trip will be the last, but dies when his rocket falls into the Sun. His wife and son avoid the Sun out of grief and become nocturnal.

Hmmm…the dad in the story makes his son promise that he will never follow in his father’s footsteps.  Though a bit different than the short story version, such a promise sounds like a good piece of advice for Kim Jung Un to follow.

Humor aside, I am praying for the denuclearization deal to become a reality.  We all need to pray for a good outcome that leads to peace.  What a great deal it will be if it leads to avoiding any threat from North Korea, the official end of the war with NK, and the reunification of South and North Korea.


Hat tips to all links.

The action-movie style trailer Trump says he played for Kim Jong-un.

June 13, 2018

Published on Jun 12, 2018

Reporters were shown a video ahead of Donald Trump’s press conference in Singapore, which the US President said he had played for Kim Jong-un and his aides toward the end of their talks. It was made by Destiny Productions and was presented in Korean and English in the style of an action movie trailer.

Some good comments:

elmagodelmaryahoo17 hours ago

I think that “peace promo” vids like this, while obviously a bit corny (to us), ARE valuable for Kim Jong Un. After all, Kim has isolated himself from The World Stage AND from The Larger Real World in general now for DECADES, and thus predictably can actually Learn A Lot….. about how “normal people” live!!! As such, the POTUS indeed may be a bit “clever” in “dangling The Carrot” in front of Kim, who 1). obviously has a lot to gain from denuclearization, and 2). potentially / finally becoming an eventually “respected” World Leader. Good Job President Trump…..

mike1 day ago

“To show vision and leadership… or not?” I wonder if the big man wrote this himself

Dennis Vance11 hours ago

Copecetic The image of North Korea with the lights out is the set up: it is the North Korea we know today. The image of the lights coming on in North Korea is the pay off. The first image represents the despair of the past; the second image shows the hope for the future. I have never seen a more powerful nor persuasive image.

Jeremiah Samples23 hours ago

Look I’m one of the first people to criticize Trump but, this is brilliant and its working. We have a real chance to establish peace and bring meaningful development and positive change to North Korea. All of this will go a long way to making the whole Korean Peninsula stable and safe. I for one applaud Trump and I appreciate the dedication he has towards a peaceful solution.

Greg Jones12 hours ago

What an inspirational message to someone whose regime has kept his country isolated from the world for decades… Ronald Reagan was completely lambasted by the media for meeting with Gorbachev… Yet, one of the most beautiful moments in human history happened when he later spoke the words, “Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!”. Trump has a window of opportunity to help bring North Korea onto the world stage. I really hope his naysayers can put aside their hatred long enough to support him in this endeavor… if not for Trump, then for peace itself.


Of course, there will be the constant drone-like comments of hatred by naysayers being spewed at President Trump. They always find a way to twist and trash something that is a positive (in fact, history-making!) occurrence into a negative development.

Let’s not forget Madonna saying that she had thoughts of “blowing up the White House” because Hillary lost the election. More recently, Robert DiNero went on a diatribe of F-word expletives aimed at Trump during another boring Hollyweird “awards” show. Trump gave him a new nickname – PUNCHY! Loved that! Very humorous in many ways.

I tried to go to sleep on the night of the Summit, but this history making event caused me to stay glued to the TV.

In addition to the Summit coverage, I also viewed the emotional interview of Dennis Rodman on CNN. I’ve never been a fan of Rodman (or NBA basketball), but a lot of what he said regarding his friendship with Kim Jong-un, his goal to bring basketball to North Korea (which would hopefully open up communications with the United States and North Korea), made me think differently about the man. Millions of Americans hated him (and spewed death threats at him) for making niceties with the North Korean dictator. However, it turns out that his method of diplomacy, as well as President Trump’s methods, are working out better than what past presidents have done.

I do think that the reports of a nuclear site in North Korea blowing up and imploding upon itself, killing 200 scientists and workers hastened Kim Jong-un’s decision to consider getting rid of the nukes and enter into a better relationship with the leader of South Korea (especially during the time of the Olympics there) and then re-consider his hostility towards America and the world in order to seek a different solution to get the hard sanctions off and get relief for his people.

Granted, there is still a lot of work to be done! However, the historic Summit is IMHO, a very positive, welcomed, and hopeful development for the future of the United States of America and the world.


Also see:

Flashback: Donald Trump Says He’d ‘Negotiate Like Crazy’ With North Korea

Published on Aug 9, 2017

In a 1999 interview on Meet the Press, Donald Trump described how he would handle North Korea if he was elected president.

Rush Limbaugh on Hannity’s Fox News Show

September 29, 2017

In the first part of a two part interview of Rush Limbaugh on “Hannity” last night, Rush reminded us all of the fact that D.C. lobbyists donate money to both R’s and D’s. In order to get that $ for re-election purposes, both members of the Uni-party must “toe the line” in compliance towards what these donors want, or the Reps. and Senators will be out of a job in the next election cycle.

Rush Limbaugh Full Interview With Sean Hannity (9/28/2017)

There are many people who are paying close attention to what is happening in D.C. and who are savvy enough to realize this fact revealed by Rush about the donors and the Uni-party.   But much of the public, sadly, doesn’t. This explains why “just enough R’s” refuse to vote for O-care repeal and replace legislation. It also explains why much of the legislative agenda that President Trump brings forth on the issues doesn’t get through both the House and Senate. President Trump is NOT beholden to the evil swamp creature donors. Therefore, they can’t control him!

Rush also revealed that the “establishment R’s in Congress didn’t expect Trump to win.” They were likely ready to just go along with HiLIARy’s awful agenda.

Bottom line? The Uni-party D.C. swamp creatures side with donors rather than the people. This keeps their jobs intact, and at the same time, keeps We The People under the grip of The Deep State.

It’s awful! But I think that people are waking up to these facts. I continue to hope and pray that the humongous job of destroying the Deep State continues, and that one day our government will once again be for, and about, what our Founders originally created for our nation and will once again pass legislation that We The People want!

Note what is written below Youtube video:

In an exclusive interview, Rush Limbaugh sounded off on media bias, the NFL anthem protests and why he believes the establishment is committed to preventing President Trump’s agenda from succeeding.
Talking with Sean Hannity, Limbaugh said the Washington, D.C., establishment is committed to stopping Trump from fixing what’s broken in government.
“I’m not exaggerating here. … They don’t want [and] they can’t afford for him to succeed with his agenda. They can’t afford it,” the radio host argued.
Limbaugh said if Trump, an outsider with no political experience, is successful, then the establishment will be exposed.
“The joke is revealed if an outsider with no prior political experience can come in and fix messes that people have been promised would be fixed for 30 years. How does that make them look? They can’t allow that to happen,” said Limbaugh.
He said the mainstream media has now been “corrupted by liberalism” and is no longer delivering the news to Americans like they used to.
“They don’t do the news. There is no news. There is the advancement of the Democrat Party agenda, which is ‘get rid of Trump,’ and they are totally devoted to it,” Limbaugh said.


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