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Month: December 2005

Unfettered Bush

Unfettered Bush

Jailing citizens without trial or due process; detaining and even kidnapping foreign nationals and holding them in secret prisons somewhere in Eastern Europe; utilizing abusive methods of interrogation; unfettered eavesdropping on communications of citizens. It seems only yesterday that, as a country, we were united in our wholehearted condemnation of such governmental abuse in totalitarian nations such as the old Soviet Union. Yet here we are at the end of 2005 learning more and more about how our own government…

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Happy New Year

Happy New Year

Celebrate the New Year tonight and tomorrow by listening to two of the most influential women in music: Patti Smith and Odetta. Patti Smith, the godmother of punk, was born on December 30, 1946. She turned 59 yesterday. Listen to Horses. Loud. Odetta had a huge influence on the sixties folk/blues scene. Dylan was a huge fan of hers, and there is a clip of her singing “The Waterboy” in No Direction Home. Listen to her version of “The Midnight…

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Best Music of 2005

Best Music of 2005

It’s been ten days since my last post. Busy time… Lots of food and drink, and not much time or acumen for writing anything coherent. But, today is a good day for music: The annual KEXP Top 90.3 starts today at 10:00. Tune in on the radio or the web and listen to the best music of 2005. My top five for the year: Eels – Blinking Lights and Other Revelations (The best album of the year!) Sleater – Kinney…

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Has Bush Screwed the Pooch?

Has Bush Screwed the Pooch?

Last Thursday I put up a post about giving up on the “Impeach Bush” movement and starting a “Too Dumb to Lead” campaign to remove him from office. Yes, it was a bit of a sad joke about how no matter what Bush and his Administration does, no matter how much they lie about it, no matter how many people are killed, it’s okay with the American people ’cause, well… nobody’s been blowin’ him. Two days later The New York…

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Living in Oblivion

Living in Oblivion

Here’s a quote taken from Bush’s response to a question about Republican ethics following his speech at the Woodrow Wilson Center yesterday. I’m not, frankly, all that familiar with a lot that’s going on over at Capitol Hill… Bubble? What bubble?

Presidential IQ Test

Presidential IQ Test

Yesterday I saw a few segments of the Brian Williams interview with Bush, and what struck me most about the few minutes that I saw was Bush’s face. He wore a pasted-on smile and he answered questions as if he was playing a part in a bad B-movie. He did not seem very passionate about any of his answers to Williams’s questions. He seemed as though he was answering them because he was obliged to offer himself to the corporate…

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Caution: Yield for Smokers

Caution: Yield for Smokers

The above photo is of a group of smokers in the Fremont neighborhood of Seattle complying with Washington State’s new ban on smoking within 25 feet of a door, window or vent of a public space. Businesses are densely packed in Fremont-25 feet from one door is less than 25 feet from a neighboring business’s door, so they moved the smoking lounge to the street. Ahhh… Fremont. You gotta love that neighborhood. Photo courtesy of Steve Ringman, The Seattle Times….

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The Man says “Legalize it!”

The Man says “Legalize it!”

Former Seattle Police Chief Norm Stamper wrote a special column for The Los Angeles Times that appeared in the Sunday paper. The column outlined his argument for legalizing drugs. Not just marijuana, all drugs. Here are a few excerpts: I’ve never understood why adults shouldn’t enjoy the same right to use verboten drugs as they have to suck on a Marlboro or knock back a scotch and water. Prohibition of alcohol fell flat on its face. The prohibition of other…

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Good News for Bush’s Base

Good News for Bush’s Base

Last Friday, in an effort to boost his mid-thirties ratings in the opinion polls, Bush changed the subject from the war in Iraq to the economy at home: Thanks to good, old-fashioned American hard work and productivity, innovation, and sound economic policies of cutting taxes and restraining spending, our economy continues to gain strength and momentum. Our economy added 215,000 jobs for the month of November. We’ve added nearly 4.5 million new jobs in the last two-and-a-half years. Third-quarter growth…

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