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Month: June 2010

Preview New Alejandro Escovedo Album

Preview New Alejandro Escovedo Album

You should be listening to the new Alejandro Escovedo album, Street Songs of Love.  You can listen to it in its entirety on this NPR page before it is released next Tuesday. You New Yorkers should go see him at City Winery on June 30th and/or July 2nd. You Seattleites should get tickets to the No Depression show on August 21st.

Cheney’s Fracking Firewater

Cheney’s Fracking Firewater

In certain parts of rural Colorado, this is what happens if you light a match next to your running tap water.           The documentary film by Josh Fox titled Gasland explains how flammable tap water came to be.  The film airs on HBO tonight, and the network’s synopsis of the movie includes: Fox reveals alarming facts about America’s natural gas industry.  In 2005, Congress passed the Energy Policy Act, championed by then-Vice President Dick Cheney, which…

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Finally a New Reason to Fight in Afghanistan

Finally a New Reason to Fight in Afghanistan

The U.S. Military invaded Afghanistan 9-1/2 years ago to topple the Taliban and capture Osama bin Laden.  Our number one reason for being there vacated the caves of Tora Bora just months after we arrived and, since then, the mission has been one of keeping the Taliban at bay and instituting some form of modern democracy in a country populated by people that aren’t to keen about change.  Obama’s strategy has been to stabilize the country, get the Afghan military trained well enough…

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American Christian Jihadist Pursues Bin Laden in Pakistan

American Christian Jihadist Pursues Bin Laden in Pakistan

From today’s New York Times: PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) — An American armed with a pistol and a 40-inch (102-centimeter) sword was detained in northern Pakistan and told investigators he was on a solo mission to kill Osama bin Laden, a police officer said Tuesday. The man, identified as 52-year-old Californian construction worker Gary Brooks Faulkner, said he wanted to cross over into the nearby Afghan province of Nuristan because he had ”heard bin Laden was living there”, according to officer…

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Kid in Philly Sips a Beer at a Game

Kid in Philly Sips a Beer at a Game

A TV cameraman and someone with a phone camera got videos of this kid tipping a what is most likely his grandpa’s empty beer bottle to his mouth, and now lots of people are pissed off. What is the big deal?  It’s a LIGHT beer (98% water!) and, like I said, it’s most likey empty – meaning the kid got maybe a drop of two of warm beer out of the bottle.  If he takes any kind of kid meds for…

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National Education Standards at Last?

National Education Standards at Last?

The good news, potentially, was the release last week of new national standards for math and reading by a panel of experts convened by the National Governors Association and the Council of Chief State School Officers. I say potentially because the standards have to be accepted and adopted by individual states, two of which (Texas and Alaska) have already refused to participate in the process. The bad news is that to get to this point, it has taken us exactly…

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George W. Bush, Advocate of Torture

George W. Bush, Advocate of Torture

The New York Daily News reported last week that former President George W. Bush said: Sure, we waterboarded Khalid Shaikh Mohammed, former President George W. Bush reportedly said on Tuesday. And he would “do it again to save lives.” Bush and his military advisors adhered to the morally misguided “intelligence at any cost” school of thinking.  Bush was too stubborn and dumb to realize that the costs of obtaining intelligence through torture was too high.  There’s a very well researched…

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