Frank Zappa Schooling Robert Novak on Crossfire

FuneralPolitical columnist Robert Novak, a diehard conservative, pugilistic debater and proud owner of the "Prince of Darkness" monikor, died today at the age of 78. That's a convenient excuse to share Frank Zappa's 1986 appearance on CNN's Crossfire, a show co-hosted by Novak.

I first saw this clip a couple of years ago and was highly impressed by Zappa's ability to remain very calm and collected despite the fact that he was being personally attacked. While the other guys worked themselves into a frenzy, Zappa just made good sense.

The biggest threat to America today is not communism; it’s moving America towards a fascist theocracy and everything that has happened during the Reagan administration is steering us right down that pipe.

It's hard to believe Frank Zappa's been gone over 15 years now. Who's the Frank Zappa of today?

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Toronto Mike

I also recommend this fun little doc on Frank and his Valley Girl success:

August 18, 2009 @ 1:51 PM


I thought Novak acted calmly as well. It was only that Thornton dude who got a little hot and bothered.

zappa was a libertarian, an artist who wanted to protect his freedom to 'offend'. He kept mentioning 'they are just words'...... hmm, I wonder if he had a problem with people using the 'n' word. I know you would, Mike. Double standard, eh?

August 18, 2009 @ 2:48 PM

Andrew (needs a more distinct name)

As much as I don't like some of the words that people use, they do have the right to use them.

The issue comes with who polices these words. I woundn't want Argie deciding what I can and cannot hear and I am sure he wouldn't want me deciding that for him.

August 18, 2009 @ 2:58 PM

Mike from Lowville

Sure we do Andrew! If you won't, I'll decide,....noooo problem!

August 18, 2009 @ 11:14 PM

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