Monthly Archives: July 2011

Album Review – Steely Dan – Katy Lied (1975)

I’ll admit.  I love albums.  Not songs.  Not “Greatest Hits” compilations.  But actual start-to-finish studio-made albums.  Albums can have concepts, themes, feels and can encapsulate a period in musical history much better than a single song or compilation could ever … Continue reading

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Adele Live in The Current Studio

As Americans sit by waiting for our elected leaders to hammer out a debt ceiling agreement, I thought it might be nice to take our minds off the situation for a little while. And what better diversion could we have … Continue reading

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A Tentative Debt Deal?

ABC News is reporting a few details of a possible debt ceiling agreement that has yet to be confirmed. Among the features of the possible compromise: A debt ceiling increase of up to $2.1 to $2.4 trillion (depending on the … Continue reading

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The 2012 Candidates and the Debt Ceiling

ABC News has written a comprehensive report on where all the 2012 GOP candidates stand on the current debt ceiling debate: At this stage of the primary, Mitt Romney is still considered his party’s front-runner, and he has been assailed … Continue reading

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Gallup Poll: Lowest Approval for Obama Yet

President Obama’s approval rating fell to an all-time low on Friday, losing support with both Democrats and independents, according to Gallup: President Obama’s job approval rating is at a new low, averaging 40% in July 26-28 Gallup Daily tracking. His … Continue reading

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Saturday Morning Music – Fiscal Edition

Both Gripweed and I have had this song floating through our heads all throughout the debt ceiling debate as we feel it perfectly matches the attitude of far too many of our elected leaders in Washington. Unfortunately, music industry bigwigs … Continue reading

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Free Streaming of The Concert for Bangladesh July 30-August 1

40 years ago this Monday George Harrison organized the first all-star  Rock and Roll charity concert of its kind in history.  And to celebrate the concert film will be streaming free of charge all day and all night long this … Continue reading

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Beatles Song of the Week

This week we are featuring a song in honor of the debt negotiations in Washington D.C.. In particular it is our take on the so-called “Boehner Bill,”  It’s George Harrison’s demo of “All Things Must Pass”. When one hears this … Continue reading

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Poll: Obama Gets Low Approval for Debt Crisis

USA Today/Gallup have just released a new poll that shows the majority of Americans disapprove of how President Obama has handled the debt crisis: Four in 10 Americans approve of the way Obama is dealing with Congress in the high-stakes … Continue reading

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Jon Huntsman at Dartmouth

On Tuesday, Governor Jon Huntsman spoke at Dartmouth’s “Leading Voices” Summer Lecture Series and discussed not only the American economy but also our relationship with China. Since the first rumors of Jon Huntsman joining the 2012 race there have been … Continue reading

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2012 Fiscal Quiz

With three former governors officially in the 2012 race for the GOP nomination and one current governor hinting he’ll join, a little quiz on fiscal credentials seems in order. Question 1 Which governor’s state led the U.S. in economic growth? … Continue reading

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Tuesday Bluesday

In response to a day filled with bad music wherever I went (car, supermarket, store) I would like to play a classic song by The Temptations.  Not exactly blues per se, but close enough.  If there is a list of … Continue reading

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Palin Film Flops, Moves to Pay-Per-View

If Sarah Palin was hoping a film would generate support for her to mount a Presidential run, she might want to think again if large box office numbers were what she had anticipated: With its Sarah Palin documentary “The Undefeated” … Continue reading

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The GOP’s Secret Weapon- the Flag?

The American flag – an iconic symbol of “the republic for which it stands.” But could the republic’s flag be responsible for creating more Republicans? Amazingly enough, new research suggests yes: Seeing an American flag can shift voters towards Republicanism … Continue reading

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Jeb Bush: “Never say Never” (Except this one time, please)

With Rick Perry maybe, possibly, y’know it could happen, potentially reprising the role as “Texas governor running for President,” Jeb Bush tries his hand at reminding everyone of the reason the Republican party was soundly defeated in 2006 and 2008. With … Continue reading

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We’re on Facebook!

Well, we finally succumbed to the social media temptation and got a Facebook account. We are officially “Buckley Beatles” on Facebook, so feel free to keep track of us there.  We will link our posts on our wall so if … Continue reading

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Beatles Song of the Week

This week in honor of our elected leaders being unable to agree to the exact amount of additional debt with which they should saddle our grandchildren we bring you one of the many cover songs that The Beatles recorded that … Continue reading

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The Economic Case for Jon Huntsman

There’s no two ways around it. The economy is going to be the premier issue in the 2012 presidential contest. The President’s economic record leaves much to be desired with high unemployment, stagnant growth and anemic job creation. And let’s … Continue reading

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Tuesday Bluesday – The Kinks

This Tuesday I’d like to feature one of my favorite bands, The Kinks.  1972 saw them release Muswell Hillbillies, probably their best complete album (and that’s saying something).  This song from the album is dedicated to paranoiacs everywhere.  It’s “Acute … Continue reading

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Happy Belated Birthday Ringo!

In all of the excitement of the past month we neglected to pay tribute to the great Ringo Starr on July 7, his 71st birthday.  And what better way to celebrate one of the greatest drummers in rock history with … Continue reading

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Monday Morning Music

Nobody likes Monday. Of all the days of the week, Monday is the day most likely to be greeted with an “Ugh.” There is a raw, gritty, bottom-dragging feeling that surrounds Mondays. And it’s that spirit of Monday that I … Continue reading

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The Walkerization of Chicago

Lost amid the press reports surrounding the national debt ceiling debate and Minnesota’s state government shutdown is the story of one midwest politician’s heavy handed approach to balance his budget at the expense of union workers, laying off over 600 … Continue reading

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Deficit Commission Haunts President

You know it’s not looking good for the President when journalists at NBC and The Atlantic start echoing mild-mannered conservative bloggers like yours truly. I’ve been fairly skeptical of the President’s recent enthusiasm for a debt reduction based on the … Continue reading

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Lies, Damn Lies and Statistics: Obama and Medical Marijuana

For those hoping that the Obama Administration would usher in an era of change in the federal government,there is more disappointing news. Instead of “change,” the Obama Administration is continuing an anti-science policy of lies to the American people: U.S. … Continue reading

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Beatles Song of the Week

Quiz time.  Which Beatles songwriting team wrote the first original song ever recorded by the group? Answer:  George Harrison and John Lennon It’s true.  Although the songwriting duo would never write together again, the first original song The Beatles released … Continue reading

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