November 2010

The Lakota and the Pine Ridge Reservation

November 30, 2010

Aaron Huey, an extraordinary photographer and journalist of growing acclaim has covered stories all over the world, from Afghanistan to walking across the U.S. Probably no project of his – and it is very much a personal project, not an assignment – has garnered more attention than his several years establishing relationships and photographing on [...]


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Julian Assange: Enemy of the States

November 29, 2010

From the start, there has been a general lack of coherence in the response to Julian Assange and the activities of Wikileaks. Many critics of the U.S. wars in Iraq and Afghanistan were pleased to frame Assange’s leaks of U.S. government documents as “whistle blower” activity, a currently common label for Assange, who, in fact, [...]


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CineFile: The Birth of Cool Hand

November 28, 2010

The emblematic performance of Paul Newman‘s career. The scene that gave the character his name. Too little recognized is Stuart Rosenberg‘s directing accomplishment, that gratifying work of assured artistry that only some journeymen get to achieve. Note here how the characters are arranged around the table, where and how Kennedy stands in relation to Newman, [...]


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Eating Poetry (XXVII) – “My Ship Isn’t Pretty”

November 27, 2010

Part of the difficulty in considering song lyrics as poetry is the crucial omission of the role the music plays. Poetry is meant to contain its own music; even the most imagistic, syntactically concentrated and ideationally evocative song lyrics find their true measure in the music of the song, which offers connectors the lyrics will [...]


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A Proper Apology to Native America

November 26, 2010

Though I have been advocating for a few years now an annual day of remembrance of the crimes against Native America, to coincide in historically instructive fashion with Columbus Day, Thanksgiving is, for what should be obvious reasons, a good time to remember too. Indian Country Today reports, President Barack Obama will be asked – [...]


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The Turkey Rap

November 25, 2010

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The End of the Indian Wars: 120 Years and Counting

November 24, 2010

I first wrote about Cobell v. Salazar in Tikkun in March, 2008, when that Individual Trust Fund lawsuit was already 12 years old. Lead plaintiff Elouise Cobell‘s pursuit of an accounting and settlement of land use fees collect in trust by the Department of the Interior since 1887 had met nothing but delay and obstruction [...]


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Motor Trend Magazine Hits Motor Mouth Limbaugh

November 24, 2010

What you can count on conservatives to do, from the low to the lofty, is view every issue through the prism of ideology. Disinterested, to them, means disinclined to be interested, uninterested, only. Actually detaching their interests in one issue from their consideration of another is a constitutional corruption. Thus, whether Rush Limbaugh or George [...]


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Jazz Is: 18 – A Twofer

November 24, 2010

I might as well confess it, I am in deep infatuation. I can’t get enough. I have to offer two this week of my favorite sultry hipster, ’cause you know, baby, I’m a fool. t> There’s nothing to be done about it, though. It’s just the way that I am. I’ve got a worrisome heart. [...]


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The Conventional National Convention II

November 23, 2010

A convention is not the conventional. A convention is a rule, a standard, a procedure and its meaning. The conventional is the loss of meaning. It is a practice stripped of its purpose, a rule worn by time and unconsciousness of its originating intent. The origin of the conventional, like that of the convention from [...]


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The Future of American Conservatism

November 22, 2010

As American conservatism careens into know-nothing-populist, reactionary and subversive collision with modernity, the question still remains whether any forces can divert its course before decades of damage are done. It can be that bad. It was for liberalism post Vietnam. And the Right is as full of conviction now as the Left was then. As [...]


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How We Lived on It (29) – Car Culture and the Prince of Cool

November 20, 2010

Song: “I’ve Never Been in Love Before” Vocal: Chet Baker Trumpet: Chet Baker Video Compilation: terr0rkitten [ad#adsense] Related articles Music Review: Chet Baker – It Could Happen To You (seattlepi.com) Music Review: Chet Baker – It Could Happen To You (blogcritics.org)


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Republicans: the Party of Stop

November 19, 2010

They are against the social safety net: social security, unemployment insurance, any form of government guaranteed health insurance or care that doesn’t already exist, and they long to go after what does. They fought gay rights, they fight gay marriage, they oppose the repeal of DADT. If they had their way there would be no [...]


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The Republicans and the National Debt

November 18, 2010

The chart making the rounds in recent days is Chuck Finney’s graph of the increase or decrease of the national debt since 1949 over both Democratic and Republican administrations. It’s striking, it’s powerful, visuals always help, but it is also nothing that was not already known. Economic growth reduces deficits and debt, recession, as Ezra [...]


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CNC (Conventional National Convention) Delegate

November 18, 2010

Stalin Shames Human Race Chimps now hold 10 point lead among likely primate voters I have no larger fossil to fight over with Joshua Green, whom I have until now found an agreeable enough presence at The Atlantic, but it was his roll of the conventional dice to post Rangel Brings Shame on Democrats just [...]


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Citizen Bloomberg

November 17, 2010

Reports The New York Times: Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg has been frank about why he took pains to keep his search for a new schools chancellor secret, saying he wanted to avoid a public spectacle. But a spectacle is exactly what Mr. Bloomberg has unleashed, and one week after announcing his choice of Cathleen P. [...]


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More Benny Golson

November 17, 2010

charlie K, photographer and jazz connoisseur, and my personal pizza maven, sends along this shot of Benny Golson, today’s Jazz Is feature. [ad#adsense]


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The Self-Parody of Sarah Palin

November 17, 2010

And the essence of Tea Party Inanity (TPI), from Sarah Palin: We know that Obama wasn’t vetted through the campaign, and now, you know, some things are coming home to roost, if you will, which is inexperience, his associations, and that ultimately harms our republic when a candidate isn’t — isn’t vetted by the media, [...]


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Jazz Is: 17 – “Killer Joe”

November 17, 2010

Benny Golson on sax Go ahead – nod your head. That’s right. Related articles Kenny and Benny Meet Bing and Bong HR Radio Big Band Jon Hammond Reporting from Frankfurt (hammondjazz.wordpress.com)


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The Conventional National Convention I

November 16, 2010

It convenes daily around the national water cooler. “Where’s that?” you ask. Why, one place is at what is fashioned, in the evenings during hard times, as the national hearth – the TV. Also, the newspapers, our more sober voice. And, of course, now, the blogosphere – the kids screaming and barking for attention. All [...]


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“If that’s antisemitic, count me in.”

November 15, 2010

Not long after I published my previous post on “The Faces of Antisemitism,” I received the following tweet from @BarryLeonardini. American foreign policy is self destructive because of its unqualified support of israel.If that’s antisemitic, count me in. [sic] Somehow Barry Leonardi and I had become Twitter friends. (The neighborhood is going to the dogs [...]


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