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Archived Since:March 4, 2008

Blog Post Archive

Thao & The Get Down Stay Down: "We the Common (for Valerie Bolden)," "Move," and "The Feeling Kind"

By Michael J.W. Stickings I'd never heard of Thao Nguyen, nor of Thao & The Get Down Stay Down, until I saw her, and them, on Austin City Limits this weekend. I'm now a fan. And I highly recommend you check her, and them, out, including their most recent album, 2013's We the Common. Show More Summary

That's the way we like it

By Capt. FoggI used to bridle at the title Flori-duh. Now I don't think it's adequate to describe the stupidity, delusion, ignorance, bigotry, tribalism and dishonesty that permeates the atmosphere and saturates the ground of Florida. Show More Summary

Rand Paul is right and wrong

By Richard K. Barry Senator Rand Paul says the Republican brand sucks, and because I don't like to disagree with the Senator, I won't. I will, however, take issue with his understanding of history. “Remember Domino’s Pizza? They admitted,...Show More Summary

Picture of the Day - Crutches in a trash can

By Richard K. Barry I took this picture this morning using my cell phone. I have no idea why someone put a pair of crutches in a trash can. Use your imagination. Maybe it was a miracle. Better yet, write a short story about how this happened. You can start any time.

Nordic Giants on Kscope

By Michael J.W. Stickings One of the most recent signings to Kscope, the great label that is home to Porcupine Tree, Steven Wilson, Anathema, Gazpacho, The Pineapple Thief, and others, is Nordic Giants, a post-rock duo similar in sound...Show More Summary

Nothing changes

Even when it does.By Capt. Fogg Oh goodie, we can stop obsessing about Ebola and the Ottawa shooting and renew the obsessive hysteria about school violence until something else happens. Of course something else is happening constantly,...Show More Summary

A peek inside the conservative mind

By Carl WARNING: Below, you will be exposed to toxic thinking and noxious conclusions from right-wing partisans. A Level Four HazMat suit is recommended. The CDC will NOT be available for protection. You have been warned. Proceed with caution. Show More Summary

Is rational political dialogue in America still possible?

By Richard K. BarryI haven't written much about politics lately. I've mostly concentrated on music at another blog. It seems that nothing changes in the so-called national dialogue and saying the same thing over and over gets tiring....Show More Summary

A preview of the forthcoming Steven Wilson album

By Michael J.W. Stickings As you may have seen, we haven't been posting much lately. Suffice it to say, we've been busy, and preoccupied with other things. But we'll try to keep up the blogging now and then, so stay tuned -- and, you never know, we may turn our collective attention back to this blog before too long. Show More Summary

Bring in the McClowns

By Capt. FoggIt seems I write the same things over and over again because the Republican pattern repeats indefinitely. It's OK when we do it or say it or demand it, it's anti-American, tyrannical, too little, too late, too much, too soon when they do it. Show More Summary

Presidents don't salute

By Capt. FoggIn the 24 hour news world, domestic abuse, particularly athlete and celebrity domestic abuse is the theme of the week. It's likely to remain so until the abuse stories become so minor it becomes necessary to manufacture them or until some other chew toy is tossed to the media by circumstances. Show More Summary

The man who would be king

By Capt. FoggPresident Obama wants to be a king, you know. We hear that all the time. He's a tyrant, he appoints Czars to run things, but of course he gets nothing done and plays golf while hordes of armed terrorists cross the borders disguised as children he invited here with his "policies." Never mind that the influx peaked in 2008. Show More Summary


By Capt. FoggRiding my new bike yesterday, an elderly driver decided that the exit ramp was no longer the place for her and suddenly swerved back into the road without looking. It just so happens that's exactly where I was. I managed...Show More Summary

Lunatic Soul: "Cold"

By Michael J.W. Stickings Here's a track off the forthcoming album, its fourth, by Lunatic Soul, Walking on a Flashlight Beam. Lunatic Soul is the solo project (known for its lack of electric guitars) of Riverside singer and bassistShow More Summary

Economy does better under Democrats: It’s the policies, stupid!

By Frank MoraesIf you look at economic data even as casually as I do, you cannot have missed noticing that the United States’ economy does better under Democratic presidents than it does under Republican presidents — a lot better. Looking...Show More Summary

Louisiana judge exposes his ignorance (and bigotry) in upholding state's same-sex marriage ban

By Michael J.W. Stickings With most of the country moving in a progressive direction on same-sex marriage, you knew you could count on a retrograde place like Louisiana to strike a blow for good-ol'-fashioned stupidity, bigotry, andShow More Summary

The crisis of the new order

By Richard K. Barry I am currently reading Arthur M. Schlesinger's 1957 book The Crisis of the Old Order: 1919-1933. It's not really important why. I just am. On page 68 of the Houghton Mifflin edition I came across this commentary on...Show More Summary

Hard To Be A Pacifist

After hearing about another execution of an American journalist held hostage by ISIS, the visceral reaction comes easily. Even the most even-tempered and non-violent soul finds the gorge rising in their throat and the simple solutions...Show More Summary

Some thoughts on Prejudice

By Capt. Fogg Well, if you told me you were drowningI would not lend a handI've seen your face before my friendBut I don't know if you know who I amWell, I was there and I saw what you didI saw it with my own two eyesSo you can wipeShow More Summary

Robert Stein (1924-2014)

By Michael J.W. Stickings (I apologize for the lateness of this post. I was away on vacation for a while and not doing much writing. So I am coming belatedly to this sad event.) Last month, Robert Stein, author of the blog Connecting the Dots and guest contributor here at The Reaction, died at the age of 90. Show More Summary

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