Monthly Archives: January 2011

The Tears of a PAC

I have one question for The National Republican Trust PAC.  Just what did you think you were spending your money on when you backed Scott Brown as a moderate republican challenger for a senate seat in liberal Massachusetts? The National … Continue reading

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Federal Judge Rules Against Obamacare

Federal District Judge Roger Vinson declared the healthcare law unconstitutional today, setting the stage for a likely showdown in the Supreme Court. From the NYT: In a 78-page opinion, Judge Vinson held that the insurance requirement exceeds the regulatory powers … Continue reading

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Huntsman Becoming Available to Run?

More presidential speculation is swirling around Jon Huntsman today as word is leaking, without Julian Assange’s help, that Huntsman has informed the White House of his intentions to resign: Jon Huntsman, the U.S. ambassador to China, has told the Obama … Continue reading

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Fired for Questioning the Quagmire

What happens when a Border Patrol agent, off the clock, suggests legalization would stop drug cartel violence? He gets fired. Bryan Gonzalez, along with the ACLU, has filed a wrongful termination lawsuit, as reuters reports: His suit alleges that the … Continue reading

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Can’t Get Enough – Diva Edition

After featuring Adele, I thought it would be cool to showcase other amazing women vocalists, and I couldn’t be more excited to highlight Selena – The Hardest Working Woman in Show Business. She’s made an appearance at OB&B before, and … Continue reading

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Shifting the Quagmire

Could it be that Pat Robertson’s remarks last month on the drug war have created a shift in Washington already? On Thursday, President Obama echoed Robertson that we should reconsider incarcerating “nonviolent, first time drug offenders,” as Raw Story reports: … Continue reading

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Saturday Morning Music

Some musical selections for a Saturday morning in which Egypt is simmering, northeasterners are shoveling, and I am dogsitting. Billy Preston – “Outa Space” (ah 1972 – the golden age of the clavinet). T. Rex – “Jeepster” The Who  – … Continue reading

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Exclusive!! Baby Abandoned at Library!

Minneapolis, MN – Authorities were shocked to discover a special needs baby abandoned by its mother at the Hennepin County library in downtown Minneapolis, OB&B can exclusively report. Found outside the central library along Nicollet Mall by an alert patron, … Continue reading

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The Customer is Always Taxed

How much do taxes really affect you every day? Via Yahoo, Investopedia notes a few examples including bread: Way back in 1975, Ronald Reagan commented that there were 151 taxes that went into the price of a loaf of bread, … Continue reading

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Going, Going, Gone

Bad news on the Social Security front: Social Security on Pace to be Drained by 2037 New congressional projections show Social Security running deficits every year until its trust funds are eventually drained in about 2037. This year alone, Social … Continue reading

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Beatles Song of the Week – The Two After 909

How often in rock and roll history has a band covered itself?  Well, The Beatles did just that in 1969 with the song “One After 909.”  How did they do this? In 1963 The Beatles attempted to record one of … Continue reading

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Tuesday Bluesday – Otis Redding and Bluesy Soul

After posting the amazing Janis Joplin performance of “Ball n’ Chain” from the Monterey Pop Festival in 1967,  was reminded of another legendary performance from that festival.  Otis Redding. Now, Otis Redding had already been already on the map as … Continue reading

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I Heart Trees

I love trees. I’m not afraid to admit it. I think they are one of earth’s most remarkable life forms. There are a number of reasons to think so, of course, such as their exquisite beauty. Each one is indeed … Continue reading

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State of the Triangulation

Remember a few weeks ago when Bill Clinton took over a press conference at the White House? And remember a few weeks before that there was rampant speculation Obama would have to give Clinton style triangulation a try? Seems the … Continue reading

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Beatlessence – Jeremy Messersmith

It’s true I featured Jeremy Messersmith in our premier Beatlessence, but this song deserves its own mention. The lyrics are a bit McCartney-esque, I suppose, but where this song truly reminds me of The Beatles is in the George Martin … Continue reading

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Please Don’t Call Them Liberals

In this installment of Please Don’t Call Them Liberals we have Charlie Rangel from 1991 defending a status quo that kills over 800 people per day: Instead of considering a radical alternative, such as Mr. Buckley proposed, Representative Rangel and … Continue reading

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Romney Wins New Hampshire Straw Poll

Interesting numbers coming out of New Hampshire tonight: The poll of 273 GOP voters in the first-in-the-nation primary state took place at the state Republican committee meeting in Derry, where members also selected a “tea party”-backed candidate as the new … Continue reading

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MSNBC Announces New Show For Olbermann Time Slot

Speculation has abounded about the reasoning behind the abrupt termination of the relationship between Keith Olbermann and MSNBC on Friday.  But the network has put any and all rumor mongering to bed with the announcement of their new offering in … Continue reading

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Album Review – Sigh No More

I have played so much Mumford and Sons on this blog, I know it might be a little hard to believe I could keep discussing them, but here we are. I can’t help it. Their debut album, Sigh No More, … Continue reading

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Beatles Song of the Week – Ringo!

Often overlooked, but always loved. It’s Ringo’s turn as your Song of the Week. When you think of the solo careers of each if the four Beatles, admit it -you don’t often think of Ringo. But it may surprise you … Continue reading

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Of Buckley and Quagmires

It was only a matter of time until I whipped out one of these videos. In fact, my first exposure to William F. Buckley came in high school from an old Firing Line episode where he debated the drug war … Continue reading

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MTV (and everything else) Unplugged

Since we like books around here, I noticed there is a new one being released this week that sounds very interesting, written by Susan Maushart. Via Yahoo: The result of what she grandly calls “The Experiment” was more OMG than … Continue reading

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Female Circumcision Banned in Mauritania

An absolutely wonderful development in Africa: Mauritanian Muslim leaders ban female circumcision A group of 30 Mauritanian Muslim leaders have issued a religious edict banning female genital mutilation in the West African country. Shaikh Ould Zain, head of the Forum … Continue reading

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SCOTUS Rejects Gay Marriage Appeal

The Supreme Court had declined without comment to hear an appeal to the District of Columbia’s same-sex marriage law. This law is two-fold in that it allows for same-sex marriages to be performed in the District and it likewise recognizes … Continue reading

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Bonus Blues – Ball and Chain

Both of these songs have been stuck in my head for several hours now and the only way to get them out is to share them. I’m sure that Muddy won’t mind being bumped. It’s the tale of two stunning … Continue reading

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