Monthly Archives: March 2011

Update on Wisconsin death threats and a few words from the Wisconsin DOJ

It appears a 26 year old Wisconsin teacher has been charged with making death threats to Wisconsin GOP lawmakers. Katherine R. Windels of Cross Plains was named in a criminal complaint filed in Dane County Criminal Court. According to the criminal … Continue reading

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Beatles Song of the Week – Nowhere Man

Just like “Help!” recorded earlier in 1965, “Nowhere Man” was a John Lennon cry for help. As with “Help!” Nowhere Man disguises somber, personal lyrics within an upbeat, bright sounding tune (and some terrific harmonies).  Throw in an extremely trebly … Continue reading

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The New York Times – When One Side Is All You Need

2. Companywide, our goal is to cover the news impartially and to treat readers, news sources, advertisers and all parts of our society fairly and openly, and to be seen as doing so. The reputation of our company rests upon … Continue reading

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Tuesday Bluesday – T. Bone Walker

Here is some live blues from 1966.  Legendary blues guitarist and composer T. Bone Walker performs with jazz greats Dizzy Gillespie, Teddy Wilson, Louis Bellson, Clark Terry, Coleman Hawkins, Zoot Sims, Jimmy Moody, Benny Carter and Bob Cranshaw.

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Quote of the Day

“Democracy extends the sphere of individual freedom; socialism restricts it. Democracy attaches all possible value to each man; socialism makes each man a mere agent, a mere number. Democracy and socialism have nothing in common but one word: equality. But … Continue reading

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Album Review – Bad Time Zoo

What happens when you mix science fiction with hip-hop? You get Bad Time Zoo by Sims. A Twin Cities native, (Andrew) Sims draws his inspiration from Ray Bradbury’s The Veldt, a short story about a an all encompassing technology for … Continue reading

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Quote of the Day

“From the point of view of fundamental human liberties there is little to choose between communism, socialism and national socialism. They all are examples of the collectvist or totalitarian state …in its essentials not only is completed socialism the same … Continue reading

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Review: The Current Presents “Those Were the Days: The History of Apple Records”

It has been a few days since The Current aired the special “Those Were the Days: The History of Apple Records” so I thought it was high time for a review.  For anyone who is interested the show has been … Continue reading

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Wisconsin – Public Union Reform Bill Published

In a surprising turn of events it appears that the Wisconsin legislature’s measures to control public sector union bargaining rights may go into effect after all. The drama over Gov. Scott Walker’s controversial measure limiting public sector collective bargaining took … Continue reading

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Thursday Blue-rsday

Bah. Serves me right for being late. The great Son House: And here is some bonus Charley Patton from 1930.  

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Beatles Song of the Week – Give Peace a Chance, Reggae Style

A song we heard on The Current Presents: The History of Apple Records.  Released on Apple just 3 months after The Plastic Ono Band released their version, it’s British band Hot Chocolate doing a reggae cover of “Give Peace a … Continue reading

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The Left Supplies the Meme: Jon Huntsman was too close to Obama and stuff

It’s not as though this was unexpected.  The Washington Post and The Hill have similar pieces today about how Jon Huntsman’s candidacy is doomed, DOOMED! by proximity and (gasp!) praise from Barack Obama. In the WaPo blog’s “The Obama Political … Continue reading

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Review: Waiting for Superman

After discovering Waiting for Superman through a few articles on education, I posted the trailer here at OB&B. Shortly thereafter, I was pleased to find Waiting for Superman at a local RedBox and promptly rented it. Having viewed it multiple … Continue reading

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Article: Jon Huntsman the GOP candidate the Democrats “would rather not face”

Erin McPike has a superb piece in RealClearPolitics about (possible) candidate Jon Huntsman Jr.  It is truly an article that you need to read in its entirety as a few quotes do not do it justice. This example – and … Continue reading

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Can’t Get Enough

Everyone’s yelling get free, get free Everybody yelling get fresh, get fresh Everyone caught the same old sickness Spent all the change but there ain’t no difference

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Book of the Fortnight: Republican Party Reptile

There comes a time for many of us when the weight of the world is too much for serious reading; a time when something more lighthearted, but no less intelligent, is in order; a time when we could plain ol’ … Continue reading

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Quote of the Day

“But there are many ways in which we can work toward the same goal, and in the present state of opinion there is some danger that our impatience for quick results may lead us to choose instruments which, though perhaps … Continue reading

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Libya: Consistency Matters

Operations to secure a no fly zone which include airstrikes and missile bombardment on military targets have begun. Tripoli, Libya (CNN) — Hours after French, British and American military forces unleashed cruise missiles and fighter jets, a defiant Moammar Gadhafi … Continue reading

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The History of Apple Records – Tomorrow Night on The Current

A few weeks ago I mentioned that Minnesota Public Radio station The Current was going to air a show entitled “Those Were The Days: The History of Apple Records.”  Well, the show was rescheduled and it will now air tomorrow … Continue reading

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Saturday Music – Radiohead: From the Avant Garde to the Slightly Less Avant Garde

The majority of the following videos come from a 2001 performance on the Later With Jools Holland show.  This was during the Kid A – Amnesiac period which featured the band exploring the avant garde.  Traditional arrangements (vocal+bass+guitars+drums) were out … Continue reading

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CBO Says Obama Understating Future Budget Deficits by 2.3 Trillion

Well at least he was close.  I mean it’s not like it’s real money, right? A new assessment of President Barack Obama’s budget says it underestimates future deficits by more than $2 trillion over the upcoming decade. The Congressional Budget … Continue reading

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Scott Walker in the WaPo

Wisconsin governor Scott Walker has an excellent OpEd in the Washington Post today pointing out something that should be obvious to anyone paying attention to the reform bill in Wisconsin.  Which is, even after the reform bill has been signed, … Continue reading

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Great Moments in Leftist Civility – DC Republican Committee Windows Shot Out

I don’t know about you, but I am starting to miss the “old civility” in politics. District Republicans often feel like they’re metaphorically under fire in a city that’s 70 percent Democratic. But what happened last night appears to be … Continue reading

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Beatles Song of the Week – Lady Madonna

Lady Madonna was recorded in February of 1968 during the short window between the broadcast of Magical Mystery Tour and The Beatles three-month sabbatical in India.  It’s an interesting track in that it is far removed from the psychedelia of Magical … Continue reading

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Secession! It’s not just for wingnuts anymore

As some fringe Republican groups demonstrated in 2006 and 2010, when the political winds won’t blow your way, threaten secession.  The Wall Street Journal reports that the fringe left is determined to repeat this embarrassing behavior. With copies of the Arizona … Continue reading

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