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Month: September 2011

Captain Sean Doe of Throw Rag Sails his Band across the Salton Sea

Captain Sean Doe of Throw Rag Sails his Band across the Salton Sea

Captain Sean Doe, aka Sean Wheeler, aka The Captain, begins Throw Rag shows dressed in his captain uniform… …and ends the shows wearing only his tattoos and underwear, or maybe nuthin’.  The band is from the Salton Sea in Southern California.  I’d never heard of the place until I saw the band and wondered just where are the Desert Shores?.   So here’s a short video about the Salton Sea for all you curious Throw Rag fans. Oh what the hell, you might…

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Herman Cain’s 999 Tax Plan is for the Rich and Against the Rest of Us

Herman Cain’s 999 Tax Plan is for the Rich and Against the Rest of Us

Herman Cain has a simple plan to fix the federal tax code.  He calls it “999” because it it would tax individual income at 9%, corporate income at 9%, and adds a national sales tax at 9%. His plan would also eliminate most tax deductions for individuals and corporations, and it would eliminate the capital gains tax and the inheritance tax.  I’ll give him “simple,” but I sure as hell won’t give him “fair.”  It’s not fair because it’s terribly regressive. The effect of a flat tax like…

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Charles Krauthammer Hates Obama the “Class Warrior”

Charles Krauthammer Hates Obama the “Class Warrior”

I bet you all figured out by now that this week is Class Warfare week. And I bet you all want to know what the famous Dr. of Psychiatry, Charles Krauthammer, has to say about President Obama’s plan to fix our government’s debt problem with a mixture of spending cuts and, (are you sitting down? You might want to sit down for this.) tax increases. I think Dr. Krauthammer went off his meds and was suffering from Obama Derangement Syndrome when he…

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Elizabeth Warren Rebuts Cries from the Right about Class Warfare

Elizabeth Warren Rebuts Cries from the Right about Class Warfare

I’ve always wondered why politicians on the Left always seem so tentative when they state their case for raising taxes on the wealthy.  After all, the Right – far from tentative with their charges of “Class Warfare”- will say anything in their campaign to shield the super rich from paying higher taxes.   The Left has a new champion for their cause.  Elizabeth Warren, campaigning for a U.S. Senate seat in Massachusetts, made the case for why millionaires and billionaires should be paying more income taxes. Hey Democrats –…

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Krugman Checks the Fact Checkers on Obama’s Plan to Raise Taxes on the Rich

Krugman Checks the Fact Checkers on Obama’s Plan to Raise Taxes on the Rich

On Monday, President Obama outlined his long-term budget plan that included raising taxes on the top earners. As expected, the Republicans responded with cries of class warfare. Obama took a moment to point out that some of the millionaires and billionaires included in the top 1% of income earners pay a lower income tax rate than their secretaries.  The fact-checking sites focused on that statement and went to work. Some of the fact checking was pretty sloppy. In this article for the AP,…

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Bitch Magnet Reunites to Roast Your Ears

Bitch Magnet Reunites to Roast Your Ears

  Jon Fine, guitarist for the band, contributed an article to the October issue of The Atlantic: I liked to lean my forehead on my amp’s speaker enclosure when I played guitar. I liked the vibrations it sent into my skull. Sometimes, mid-song in my first band’s practice space, I’d stick my head in the bass drum. On tour in Europe in 1990, I ended one song each night by getting within inches of my (very loud) amp to produce…

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Karl Marx Said Unbridled Capitalism Will Destroy itself, and He was Right

Karl Marx Said Unbridled Capitalism Will Destroy itself, and He was Right

The rich will do anything for the poor but get off their backs. – Karl Marx  Bloomberg BusinessWeek has been extolling the works of Karl Marx over the past few weeks. One article, “Marx to Market” by the Bloomberg News Services economics editor Peter Coy, brought me to a reflection on my own studies in Karl Marx in the early 1970s at the University of Pittsburgh. Although my focus was on alienation themes in his treatises, one could not help…

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Maybe the Country Really Deserves the GOP

Maybe the Country Really Deserves the GOP

When I heard that a heretofore reliably Democratic House Seat had flipped to the Republicans, I wondered which parts of the Republican agenda were suddenly embraced by the good folks of the 9th Congressional District. Maybe it’s the Republicans’ desire to radically slash government spending so that, for example, Medicare as we know it is dismantled and privatized, or Medicaid for the working poor and elderly is block-granted to states with the result that eligibility for many in need will be…

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John Boehner is the Saddest Pumpkin in the World

John Boehner is the Saddest Pumpkin in the World

John Boehner was at the Economic Club of Washington on Thursday to deliver the Republican response to President Obama’s American Jobs Act bill.  (NYT story here.) Just as you would expect, Boehner objected to Obama’s proposal to raise taxes on the wealthy to help pay for the program: “It’s a very simple equation,” Mr. Boehner said. “Tax increases destroy jobs.” To quote one right-winger’s comment on one of the articles, this is fiction. This post from August 16th clearly shows…

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Get over “Retromania” and Move Forward

Get over “Retromania” and Move Forward

As long as I am in this music posting mode., I might as well tell you about another article I recently read in The Atlantic. First the setup: I bought the October 2011 issue of Mojo Magazine last week, and the CD compilation that came with it is titled Return to The Dark Side of the Moon, a reinvention of the original 1973 album by several groups covering the songs plus a few songs from Wish You Were Here. I…

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