Monthly Archives: November 2010

Tuesday Bluesday – John Lee Hooker

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Pentagon: Gays Could Serve with No Harm

The Pentagon is due to release their study on “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” today: Officials familiar with the results of the 10-month study have said a clear majority of respondents don’t care if gays serve openly. Some 70 percent of … Continue reading

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Is Obama Partying Like It’s 1995?

Is today’s announcement from President Obama calling for a two year freeze in the pay of federal employees an example of Triangulation, or is it simply what is necessary to reign in federal government employee salaries in these difficult economic … Continue reading

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A New Senator

The Chicago Tribune has a piece from the new Illinois Senator outlining his agenda: The picture for the federal government is not better. As a nation we hold incredibly valuable assets — a 200-year-old constitutional democracy with continuous rule, the … Continue reading

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Live! Tonight! Sold Out!!

It’s like deja vu all over again, as Atmosphere plays back-to-back sold out shows to the hometown crowd at First Avenue. Last night’s show was awesome, with a great mix of new songs with older material and tons of energy … Continue reading

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The Trouble with Public Pensions

As I have previously blogged, the trouble with public pensions is the enormous unfunded liability they pose to many government budgets, but as the Las Vegas Review-Journal points out, the problems reach deeper than that: Defined-benefit plans stem from a … Continue reading

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Live! Tonight! Sold Out!!

This will be a show to remember, as Atmosphere plays to their hometown crowd – and they’re recording it for an upcoming live album! So here’s another track off their latest double EP for you to enjoy while I’m off … Continue reading

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Terror Ring Busted

A big terror bust in Saudi Arabia: Security forces in Saudi Arabia have arrested 149 people alleged to be members of al Qaeda, the Saudi Interior Ministry said Friday. Gen. Mansour al-Turki, Interior Ministry spokesman, said the people were plotting … Continue reading

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Happy Thanksgiving!

OB&B wishes you and yours a Happy Thanksgiving as we head out to share our day with a family of friends.

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Tuesday Bluesday – Traveling Edition

Here’s a post for those of you (like me) who are traveling for the Thanksgiving holiday.  If you are, be safe. And a super bonus post that sums up my last 36 hours.  It’s Yes covering the Simon & Garfunkel … Continue reading

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SNL is for Cookie

Move over, Betty White. Another legend is pushing for a hosting gig on Saturday Night Live: Actually – that 4 minutes was more funny than most of what SNL produces these days. If Cookie Monster can’t host SNL, maybe they … Continue reading

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Big Government Republican: Rick Perry

For a man claiming to be “Fed Up” with Washington, Rick Perry has a funny way of showing it: On Thursday, Perry appeared on MSNBC and was asked “Would you advocate military involvement in Mexico on the Mexico side of … Continue reading

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How Tax Increases Grow the Deficit

You read that correctly. Increasing taxes doesn’t reduce the deficit, but contributes to it. From The Wall Street Journal: Higher Taxes Won’t Reduce the Deficit In the late 1980s, one of us, Richard Vedder, and Lowell Gallaway of Ohio University … Continue reading

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Beatlessence

There is something very Beatle-ish about this Jeremy Messersmith song, at least for me. I could sit here and wonder if it’s just me, but that’s hardly any fun. Or I could blog it and create a new running feature … Continue reading

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When Doing Nothing is Expensive

A must read: The Politics of Avoidance America’s budget problem boils down to a simple question: How much will we let programs for the elderly displace other government functions — national defense, education, transportation and many others — and raise … Continue reading

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Blue Moon

In honor of tonight’s blue moon here is a quick clip of The Beatles from the 1994 Anthology documentary singing the bluegrass classic “Blue Moon of Kentucky.” Let’s hear that again as performed by its writer, the great Bill Monroe.

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Justice for None

The decision in the Ahmed Ghailani trial has re-sparked the debate concerning terror suspects receiving civilian trials in federal court. Byron York hits the nail on the head as far as I’m concerned as to why these trials are so … Continue reading

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Can’t Get Enough

Serve God, love me and mend This is not the end Lived unbruised, we are friends And I’m sorry I’m sorry Sigh no more, no more One foot in sea and one on shore My heart was never pure And … Continue reading

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Saving the Tiger

The tiger. King of the Kittehs.  Majestic. Beautiful. Endangered. Before reading this BBC article about the efforts to restore the tiger population I was under the impression that the spotlight on conservation of endangered species over the past twenty years must have … Continue reading

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Climate Change Hero: Ronald Reagan

I’ve hesitated to comment on this topic, but… I’m a conservative who accepts the science of climate change. Some people may find it hard to believe, but conservative environmentalists do exist and, in fact, we have a notable history. Having … Continue reading

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Covered in Bluegrass

A few days ago, I noted the recent cover of “I Am the Walrus” done in the bluegrass style on The Minnesota Beatles Project. The style certainly works just as well on this cover of Blu Cantrell’s “Hit ‘Em Up … Continue reading

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Blues and The Beatles

Here’s a song I have been wanting to play for the simple fact that it combines a nifty blues guitar by one of my favorites (Freddie King) with the sound of The Beatles. In 1965 The Beatles were absolutely everywhere … Continue reading

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Please Don’t Call Them Liberals

Some keen insight, from the halls of academia no less. How Liberalism self-destructed: Often eager to micromanage people’s lives, contemporary liberalism tends to obsess on the ephemeral while missing the substantial. Measures such as San Francisco’s recent ban on Happy … Continue reading

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When Democrats Fight

From Politico comes this tale of bitter resentment: Senate Democrats – including typically mild-mannered Bill Nelson of Florida – lit into President Barack Obama during an unusually tense air-clearing caucus session on Thursday, senators and staffers told POLITICO. Nelson told … Continue reading

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Quote of the Day

“The second lesson I believe that we should learn, and it’s probably the more important lesson, is that we are likely to make more progress against the war on drugs if we recognize that repealing drug prohibition is part of … Continue reading

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