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Month: February 2006

Watch this Video

Watch this Video

Remember that old Bonnie Tyler song, “Total Eclipse of the Heart?” Well you really haven’t heard it like it should be heard and seen until you watch this band perform it using kitchen appliances as percussion instruments. It’s kind of like My Morning Jacket meets Tom Waits … at the dump. Link via Bob Harris’s site.

The Duke Spirit

The Duke Spirit

Every once and a while you come across an album review that makes you want to stop what you are doing and go buy the album. Like this one from NME online. Let NME swear on this bible black; nobody in the world is making music as deliciously nasty as these evil fuckers right now. … If the UK pop family has popped out for a jolly evening at the circus, then The Duke Spirit are naughty children left home…

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Armed and Dangerous

Armed and Dangerous

From Lewis Lapham’s essay, The Case for Impeachment: The Conyers report doesn’t lack for further instances of the administration’s misconduct, all of them noted in the press over the last three years-misuse of government funds, violation of the Geneva Conventions, holding without trial and subjecting to torture individuals arbitrarily designated as “enemy combatants,” etc.-but conspiracy to commit fraud would seem reason enough to warrant the President’s impeachment. Before reading the report, I wouldn’t have expected to find myself thinking that…

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Was Cheney Drunk?

Was Cheney Drunk?

When news broke that Cheney shot someone in the face, I assumed that he must have been drunk, high, or both. It turns out that in addition to the copious quantities of medication that he takes daily, he did have at least one beer before the hunt. When old Dick was on Fox last week discussing the tragedy, he admitted having a beer with lunch. One thing that he didn’t mention was how the Secret Service sent away a deputy…

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Dead-Eye Dick

Dead-Eye Dick

Vice President Dick Cheney accidentally shot and wounded a companion during a weekend quail hunting trip in Texas, spraying the fellow hunter in the face and chest with shotgun pellets. Harry Whittington, a millionaire attorney from Austin, was “alert and doing fine” in a Corpus Christi hospital Sunday after he was shot by Cheney on a ranch in south Texas, said Katharine Armstrong, the property’s owner. He was in stable condition Sunday, said Yvonne Wheeler, spokeswoman for the Christus Spohn…

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An Elected Dictatorship

An Elected Dictatorship

In his book ‘1984’ George Orwell depicts a nightmarish totalitarian society called Oceania in which neither freedom nor civil liberties exist, and where every aspect of life – communication, behavior, even thoughts – is constantly monitored by a Soviet-style bureaucratic ruling elite. The masses are controlled by means of this apparatus and by the waging of perpetual war with one or the other of two opposing and equally obnoxious authoritarian power blocs in the world. Frenzied patriotism is relentlessly whipped…

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Jonesing for Cognitive Dissonance

Jonesing for Cognitive Dissonance

Just a quick update on a previous post about the new study about how we keep our heads from exploding when we receive information contrary to our strongly held opinions and beliefs. The Washington Post also published an article about the study, and you can read it here for free (unlike The New York Times.) Excerpt: When presented with negative information about the candidates they liked, partisans of all stripes found ways to discount it, Westen said. When the unpalatable…

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Future Word

Future Word

I was wandering around the neighborhood with my daughter on Saturday and we went into the local bookstore. While she perused the children’s fiction section, I was scanning the shelves of new books and The Future Dictionary of America caught my eye. The back jacket describes the book as “a brilliant, acerbic and provocative imagining of the American language sometime in the future, when all or most of our country’s problems are solved and the present administration is a distant…

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