I’m just a singer of simple songs
I’m not a real political man
I watch CNN but I’m not sure I can tell you
The difference in Iraq and Iran
But I know Jesus and I talk to God
And I remember this from when I was young
Faith hope and love are some good things he gave us
And the greatest is love
Alan Jackson – Where were you

Drive just a short way from the city, you enter an alternate musical reality. Scanning and scanning the car radio, or punching the jukebox in Mariposa’s 49er Inn and Placerville’s Hangman’s Tree Saloon, we came across the above gem, a post-9/11 hymn to historical ignorance and percieved lack of God’s love in Iraq and Iran. It rivals Courtesy of the Red, White, and Blue (The Statue of Liberty started shaking her fist) in cringe-factor.

Also note, Placerville is home to Thomas Kinkade, the Norman Rockwell of the “SUVs are a Biblical Right” crowd. According to the Hangman’s Tree Saloon bartender, he was quite a nerd back in school.

Let us not forget, that the concept of God probably originated in the deserts of the Middle East. Ur, Mesopotamia, Babylon, Baghdad – a legendary capital of Early Islam. Countless ruins and holy places. Well, it’s under threat. It would be absolutely fantastic to visit. The music is probably better as well. Hope something is left…