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Booker T. & the M.G.s - "Green Onions"

By Richard K. Barry "Green Onions" arrived in 1962. It's a classic R&B instrumental hit by Booker T. & the M.G.s - of course. It has to be one of the most obvious 12 bar blues in the history of that configuration, with a signature Hammond organ riff thrown in. Show More Summary

Rand Paul is wrong about himself, Democrats, the Republican Party, and 2016

By Michael J.W. Stickings Rand Paul, riding a wave of egomaniacal hubris given his current position at or near the top of national Republican politics, thinks that Democrats are scared of him: "I think the American public is coming more...Show More Summary

The disgraceful Mr. Blair

By Michael J.W. Stickings Remember when then-Prime Minister Tony Blair had more credibility over the Iraq War than Bush, Cheney, and the various warmongering American neocons given his supposedly deep-rooted moral convictions in support...Show More Summary

Shawn Colvin and Alison Krauss: "The Boxer" (a Simon & Garfunkel cover)

By Michael J.W. Stickings Here's a really great cover of a really great song by a couple of really great singers/musicians: But it can't quite match this:

The Pineapple Thief: "Money" (a Pink Floyd cover)

By Michael J.W. Stickings As you may know, I love Pink Floyd. Like, a lot. More than anything else in music. But what I don't like, probably because I love Pink Floyd so much, are covers of Pink Floyd songs. As a general rule, I loathe them. Show More Summary

WaPo editorial board to stop using term "Redskins

By Richard K. Barry As reported by The Washington Post: The Washington Post editorial board said Friday it will stop using the word “Redskins” when referring to Washington’s football team, joining a growing list of other commentators who have renounced the term because they believe it disparages Native Americans. Show More Summary

Romney criticizes Obama. World gasps.

By Richard K. Barry There is some bullshit making the rounds that Mitt Romney might just make another run for the White House. It seems to be based on the amount of stumping he's doing for other candidates and his general visibility....Show More Summary

Sarah Palin - still delusional after all these years

By Richard K. Barry The Hollywood Reporter ran an excerpt recently from a new book about Saturday Night Live. It's actually an update of an old book. Live From New York is by James Andrew Miller and Pulitzer Prize-winning Washington Post television critic Tom Shales (due out in September). Show More Summary

Give Us A Reason

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) on the question of marriage equality: While recognizing that “our history is marred by discrimination against gays and lesbians,” Rubio argued that “traditional marriage has such an extraordinary record of success at raising children” and must be perpetuated to the exclusion of same-sex unions. Show More Summary

Frankly speaking

Last week Thomas Frank wrote a piece in Salon in which he went all in on calling Barack Obama a weak and gutless leader and labeling his presidency an abject failure. The Hope and Change president promised so much and delivered so little,...Show More Summary

Please sir, may I have some more?

By Capt. FoggPecunia non olet said Vaspasian, or so they say. Money doesn't stink, or so you'd think when looking at the way Florida governor Rick Scott laps it up like a cat with spilt milk. Showing up Monday at a Boca Raton, Florida...Show More Summary

Behind the Ad: A real progressive voice in Hawaii (HI-01)

By Richard K. Barry Who: The Stanley Chang campaign for U.S. Congress Where: Hawaii 1st congressional district What's going on: Rep. Colleen Hanabusa is running for the U.S. Senate. State Senate President Donna Mercado Kim is considered the favourite to win the August 9th Democratic primary in this House seat the Dems are likely to keep. Show More Summary

Sick to death of "serious" politics

By Richard K. BarryLast week John Dickerson at Slate said what I have been thinking (hoping) for some time. His said that even though Elizabeth Warren would (likely) not beat Hillary Clinton in the Democratic presidential primary, she would, if she got in, change the debate. Show More Summary

Unlimited money in politics sucks (was that too subtle?)

By Richard K. Barry If you stack up all the million dollar bills I have, it's way higher than this. CNN has been reporting that conservative patron Sheldon Adelson might donate as much as $100 million to help Republicans take back the Senate. Show More Summary

I don't often link to Pierce

By Carl I like to keep that as my private stash, but this, this was too good not to share: It's not just that TBOTP [ed. note: Tiger Beat On The Potomac also known as] invited the Manson Family of American geopolitics to come together for an exercise in ensemble prevarication. Show More Summary

Who fired that shot?

By Capt. FoggAnother Malaysian plane goes down, but this time we know why. We don't know who, because Putin denies it, the Russian separatists say it wasn't them and the Ukrainian government says it was. All of them are wrong however...Show More Summary

If you had told me this appeared on the Federalist website....

By Carl…I would have laughed in your face. But it did: Why abandon K-Street, and acknowledge, then reject, the Big Business perception of the GOP? They’ve had the Republican Party’s back for some time, right? In the past, the largest...Show More Summary

Todd Akin deserves as much sympathy as Joe McCarthy

By Richard K. Barry You remember Todd Akin. Think hard. He was the 2012 Republican U.S. Senate candidate in Missouri who said that women who were victims of "legitimate rape" could not get pregnant because, you know, the "female body...Show More Summary

Elizabeth Warren's charm

By Richard K. Barry I fully understand why Hillary Clinton is still playing hard to get. Though we all know she will be the Democratic presidential nominee in 2016, she has to roll out that fact on her own timetable in order to minimize her exposure as a target for her opponents. Show More Summary

Chris Christie: Whoring for GOP love

By Richard K. Barry Just back from a couple of weeks sitting on a dock in Northern Ontario, with a stack of books. Now I'm trying to catch up to events. At the cabin we get a single channel using old-fashioned rabbit ears. And almost no high-speed Internet access. Show More Summary

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