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American Politics, 2017

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On November 14, 2017
That this blog is a huge fan of the Drive-By Truckers is no secret, but part of the reason is that Patterson Hood is such a great songwriter and summarizer of the dark side of America. Thus, I bring you his interview that includes this description of American politics in 2017: At the same time, […]

Life Under Zinke

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On November 13, 2017

Of all the Trump appointees, Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke has proven to be the most underrated evil. This guy, who got the job over Cathy McMorris Rodgers because he shared good hunting storie

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Bad Jobs and Terrorism

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On November 13, 2017
We will likely never know what turns an individual into a murderer. But we do know that poverty and hopelessness can lead people toward violence. It’s worth taking this Joe Allen piece seriously, as he considers the work life of Sayfullo Saipov, the man who killed 8 New Yorkers with a van last week, and […]
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This is the grave of Cab Calloway. Born in 1907 in Rochester to a fairly well-off family, Calloway grew up in Baltimore. His parents saw their son’s talent early on and paid for voice lessons. They did not like the new jazz scene of the 1920s, but Cab sure did and he began frequenting jazz […]

Music Notes

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On November 11, 2017

I saw the Australian legend Paul Kelly last month in Portland. Nearly unknown in the United States, he’s perhaps best introduced to Americans as a sort of Australian version of Springsteen and u

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Veterans Day

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On November 11, 2017
Veterans Day: A perfect time to remember one of our national legacies, white people lynching black soldiers and recently returned veterans. Returning African American veterans were met with a familiar “tenacious and violent white supremacy,” and their status as veterans made them special targets for white aggression. Though hailed as a hero during the war, […]
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