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  • Bob Dylan - To My Fans and Followers

    05/13/2011 5:39:33 AM PDT · by Mr. Blonde · 38 replies
    Bob Dylan dot com ^ | 5-13-11 | Bob Dylan
    Allow me to clarify a couple of things about this so-called China controversy which has been going on for over a year. First of all, we were never denied permission to play in China. This was all drummed up by a Chinese promoter who was trying to get me to come there after playing Japan and Korea. My guess is that the guy printed up tickets and made promises to certain groups without any agreements being made. We had no intention of playing China at that time, and when it didn't happen most likely the promoter had to save face...
  • ABLE Commission To Halt Four Loko Sales

    11/05/2010 9:04:05 AM PDT · by Mr. Blonde · 5 replies
    KOCO ^ | Nov 5, 2010
    A cheap drink that combines alcohol and caffeine will be off Oklahoma store shelves next month. Alcohol regulators said they want to stop sales of Four Loko and will target other alcohol drinks that contain energy additives. The Oklahoma Alcoholic Beverage Laws Enforcement Commission put a moratorium on all alcoholic beverages containing caffeine, guarana and taurine. Experts said one can of Four Loko is like drinking a six-pack of light beer and two cups of coffee. It also sells for less than $2 per can, which makes it popular with cost-conscious young people. "This malt beverage is actually half as...
  • An HTML5 experiment with Arcade Fire

    08/31/2010 7:09:00 AM PDT · by Mr. Blonde · 11 replies
    BBC ^ | Tuesday, 31 August 2010 | Maggie Shiels
    Music and technology have long been willing bedmates. Now the band Arcade Fire has jumped in with search giant Google to create an interactive video for the song We Used To Wait aimed at answering the question "What would a music experience designed specifically for the modern web look like?" Aaron Koblin said that Google Creative Lab's answer was to devise a "project built with the latest web technologies [which] includes HTML5, Google Maps, an integrated drawing tool, as well as multiple browser windows that move around the screen". Billed as the Wilderness Downtown, you are asked to insert your...
  • Top 50 Guitar Albums: Full List, Readers Poll Revealed

    08/19/2010 5:38:47 PM PDT · by Mr. Blonde · 149 replies · 1+ views
    Gibson ^ | 7-30-10 | staff
    The top 10 1. Van Halen, Van Halen (1978) 2. The Jimi Hendrix Experience, Are You Experienced (1967) 3. Led Zeppelin, Led Zeppelin IV (1971) 4. Derek and the Dominos, Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs (1970) 5. Guns N’ Roses, Appetite for Destruction (1987) 6. Led Zeppelin, Led Zeppelin II (1969) 7. The Allman Brothers Band, At Fillmore East (1971) 8. Cream, Disraeli Gears (1967) 9. The Jimi Hendrix Experience, Electric Ladyland (1968) 10. AC/DC, Back in Black (1980)
  • How Pitchfork Struck a Note in Indie Music

    08/16/2010 6:03:53 PM PDT · by Mr. Blonde · 63 replies
    Time ^ | 8/15/10 | Claire Suddath
    Big Boi isn't indie. Or is he? As one-half of the rap duo OutKast, he has sold some 18 million albums, won six Grammy Awards and appeared on more hit songs than even he can keep track of. Yet there he was on July 18 at the Pitchfork Music Festival in Chicago, playing alongside bands only a fraction as successful. As thousands of writhing, fist-pumping fans swarmed the main stage and climbed on top of fences to get a look at the hip-hop megastar, thousands more were across the park, stomping and dancing to the largely unknown noise-pop act Sleigh...
  • Oracle sues Google over Android and Java

    08/13/2010 5:48:06 AM PDT · by Mr. Blonde · 8 replies
    CNET ^ | August 12, 2010 | Tom Krazit
    Two Silicon Valley heavyweights are about to reenact the Java wars: this time, in a court room. Oracle issued a press release late Thursday saying it has filed suit against Google for infringing on copyrights and patents related to Java, which Oracle acquired along with Sun Microsystems earlier this year. The terse release claimed Google "knowingly, directly and repeatedly infringed Oracle's Java-related intellectual property." A copy of the complaint, which was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, says that "Android (including without limitation the Dalvik VM and the Android software development kit) and devices...
  • US vs Iran in Wrestling

    08/03/2010 6:58:22 AM PDT · by Mr. Blonde · 15 replies · 5+ views
    CNN ^ | Aug. 2, 2010 | Michael Holmes
    Video at link.
  • Google, Mozilla, And Opera Take On H.264 With The WebM Project, A New Royalty-Free Video Codec

    05/19/2010 4:47:39 PM PDT · by Mr. Blonde · 7 replies · 271+ views
    Tech Crunch ^ | May 19, 2010 | Erick Schonfeld
    Just when the H.264 video codec is starting to take over a large portion of new Web videos, along comes Google to shake things up again. Today, along with Mozilla and Opera, it is launching the WebM Project, an open, royalty-free codec that can run in HTML5 browsers without the need for Flash. Up till now, the battle between Flash and HTML5 video has centered around the H.264 codec, which is gaining broad adoption. Apple supports H.264 in all of its devices such as iPads and iPhones, and it is one of the technical reasons Steve Jobs cites for why...
  • Rolling Stones re-release 'Exile on Main Street' in Cannes

    05/18/2010 7:04:58 PM PDT · by Mr. Blonde · 30 replies · 608+ views
    Gulf News ^ | May 18, 2010 | Randy Lewis
    Keith Richards remembers the period in the early 1970s when the Rolling Stones were working on Exile on Main St as a fairly down time. The parts he remembers at all, that is. That's partly due to the fact that the recording sessions took place as the Stones guitarist and songwriter's heroin habit took hold in a big way, a habit that took him nearly a decade to shake. But it wasn't strictly the drugs he was referring to when he spoke recently about that fabled phase in his and the group's life. It's a period he and Mick Jagger...
  • Jack White's Record Label: Old Sounds, New Tricks

    04/29/2010 3:13:30 PM PDT · by Mr. Blonde · 11 replies · 317+ views
    NPR ^ | 4-29-10 | CRAIG HAVIGHURST
    Jack White has spent the past few years adding chapters to a career that flowered as founder of The White Stripes. He produced a Grammy-winning country album for Loretta Lynn and launched two new bands. He also moved to Nashville and opened Third Man Records, a label that's been widely praised for innovation, even though most of its tactics are decidedly old-school, like putting music out on vinyl 45s. In last year's documentary It Might Get Loud, White says he keeps creatively fit by contriving difficult situations, like wrestling with the shortcomings of a guitar others would discard. "I keep...
  • Death at 25: Blogging the end of a life

    04/28/2010 10:15:14 AM PDT · by Mr. Blonde · 8 replies · 1,343+ views
    CNN ^ | 4-27-2010 | Madison Park
    The former beauty queen stared into the camera, but this was no pageant or performance. She looked frail and thin, and her hair was rumpled. But Eva Markvoort smiled weakly. "Hello to the world at large," she said in the video. "To my blog, to my friends, to everyone. I have some news today. It's kinda tough to hear, but I can say it with a smile." Propped in a hospital bed, Markvoort sat surrounded by her family. "My life is ending."
  • Leah Ward Sears, African-American Woman, on Obama's Short List for High Court

    04/12/2010 6:49:08 PM PDT · by Mr. Blonde · 43 replies · 1,453+ views
    ABC ^ | 4-12-10 | Jake Tapper
    President Obama will soon personally begin reviewing the legal records and writings of potential nominees on his short list of candidates to replace retiring Justice John Paul Stevens on the U.S. Supreme Court, White House officials say. ... Former Georgia Supreme Court Justice Leah Ward Sears, an expert in family law and the first African-American woman to serve as a State Supreme Court chief justice, was on Obama's short list last year. A member of the left-leaning American Constitution Society, she is also a friend of conservative Justice Clarence Thomas.
  • Multitasking tops tentpole features in iPhone 4.0

    04/08/2010 11:10:20 AM PDT · by Mr. Blonde · 30 replies · 630+ views
    Macworld ^ | 4-8-2010 | Dan Moren
    Apple on Thursday gave a sneak peek at a developer preview of iPhone OS 4.0, the next major version of its operating system for mobile devices. Apple CEO Steve Jobs boasted over 1500 new application programming interfaces (APIs) for developers in iPhone 4.0, letting them access features like the iPhone’s calendar, photo library, video-camera data, and more. App creators can also take advantage of OS X features like Quick Look, in-app SMS, and more. Plus, there are over 2000 APIs for hardware-accelerated math functions. In addition, iPhone 4.0 boasts more than 100 new user features, such as playlist creation, 5x...
  • How Treme Can Get It Right

    04/03/2010 12:54:54 PM PDT · by Mr. Blonde · 5 replies · 422+ views
    Village Voice ^ | March 30, 2010 | Larry Blumenfeld
    'Price was twelve, bruh.' 'Say bruh. Them twelve hundred was for eight pieces.' A deal's going down, yeah. But not the sort we're used to witnessing between black men on a television show set in an American city. Certainly not a David Simon drama on HBO. Yet before even a word of dialogue is uttered come clues. A saxophonist licks, then adjusts his reed. Valve oil gets applied to a trombone. Soldiers and cops stand guard. Two little kids dance to a faint parade rhythm, which is soon supplanted by the bass booming from an SUV. An unseen trumpet sounds...
  • Matt Stone & Trey Parker Are Not Your Political Allies (No Matter What You Believe)

    03/03/2010 7:08:56 PM PST · by Mr. Blonde · 50 replies · 1,382+ views ^ | 2-25-10 | Alex Leo
    News broke this week that a Blackwater subsidiary was arming violent drug users in Afghanistan. They took hundreds of weapons intended for the Afghan National Police and at least one of them (probably more) signed for the shipments with the name "Eric Cartman." When I asked "South Parks"'s creators what they thought of these men co-opting their character they were completely unfazed. "It makes perfect sense. It's the name I would use," Trey Parker said. "Our first reaction to any story is 'How do we put this into the show?' and the second reaction is 'Did Cartman do that?' because...
  • All New South Park...Episode 1313: "Or Does She"

    11/11/2009 3:24:41 PM PST · by Mr. Blonde · 131 replies · 4,828+ views
    South Park Studios ^ | 11/08/09 | Parker and Stone
    CARTMAN WILL NOT BE SILENCED IN AN ALL-NEW EPISODE OF "SOUTH PARK" PREMIERING ON WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 11 AT 10:00 P.M. ON COMEDY CENTRAL NEW YORK, November 9, 2009 – Cartman has a daily forum for his agenda when he is chosen to do the morning announcements in an all-new "South Park" titled, "Dances with Smurfs," premiering on Wednesday, November 11 at 10:00 p.m. on COMEDY CENTRAL. Eric Cartman seizes the opportunity to become the voice of change at the school when he takes over the morning announcements. His target is South Park Elementary’s Student Body President, Wendy Testaburger. Cartman is...
  • HBO’s “The Wire” Earns Credits

    11/02/2009 7:24:14 PM PST · by Mr. Blonde · 5 replies · 406+ views
    Harvard Crimson ^ | Oct. 30, 2009 | STEPHANIE B. GARLOCK
    Harvard students will be able to watch the “The Wire” for class credit next year. At a panel last night, stars of the HBO hit series joined Harvard professors in discussing the applications of the show—which depicts the struggles of urban life in Baltimore—in understanding and combating real urban social issues. “‘The Wire’ has done more to enhance our understanding of the systemic urban inequality that constrains the lives of the poor than any published study” Sociology Professor William J. Wilson said. African American studies chair Professor Evelyn B. Higginbotham said that there would be a new course in which...
  • Report: French looking into Astana

    10/13/2009 9:12:55 AM PDT · by Mr. Blonde · 12 replies · 419+ views
    ESPN ^ | 10-13-2009 | AP
    French prosecutors have reportedly launched a preliminary investigation against the Astana cycling team to examine syringes belonging to the squad during this year's Tour de France. L'Equipe newspaper reported Tuesday on its Web site that prosecutors opened the case after "the discovery of several suspicious syringes in a container given by organizers to all the teams in order to collect the medical waste." Tour de France winner Alberto Contador and third-place finisher Lance Armstrong rode with Astana on this year's Tour. The Spaniard is still under contract with the Kazakh-funded team, but the Texan left to launch his own squad,...
  • Abortion bill is challenged

    10/08/2009 8:17:52 AM PDT · by Mr. Blonde · 330+ views
    Tulsa World ^ | 9-30-09 | Barbara Hoeberock
    A lawsuit challenging a controversial abortion bill was filed Tuesday in Oklahoma County District Court. The lawsuit alleges that House Bill 1595 by Sen. Todd Lamb, R-Edmond, and Rep. Dan Sullivan, R-Tulsa, covers more than one subject and thus violates the Oklahoma Constitution. The measure requires physicians to provide detailed information to the Oklahoma State Department of Health about the abortions they perform. Information to be reported includes the age, marital status and education level of the woman; the number of previous pregnancies; a reason for the abortion; the method of the abortion and method of payment; the cost of...
  • That Glourious Basterd

    08/28/2009 4:58:56 PM PDT · by Mr. Blonde · 8 replies · 601+ views
    Reason ^ | August 27th 2009 | Jesse Walker
    (Note: The following article about Inglourious Basterds contains spoilers. Significant spoilers. Giving-away-the-ending spoilers. If you intend to watch the film but haven't done it yet, see it before reading further. The article will still be here when you're finished.) With Inglourious Basterds, his genre-scrambling film about vengeful Jews killing Nazis, writer-director Quentin Tarantino has had his strongest opening weekend ever, finishing first at the box office and taking in about $37.6 million. His movie deserves to do well next weekend, too: It is witty and suspenseful, smart and entertaining. It is also controversial, which ought to boost its receipts even...
  • Bob Dylan's Christmas Album to Benefit Charity

    08/26/2009 5:45:48 PM PDT · by Mr. Blonde · 26 replies · 841+ views
    ABC ^ | August 26, 2009 | Alex Dobuzinskis
    Rock icon Bob Dylan will sing the old yuletide standards "Winter Wonderland" and "Little Drummer Boy" on his first ever Christmas album, with royalties going to charity, his record label said on Wednesday. Dylan's "Christmas in the Heart" album is due out on October 13, nearly six months after the release of his last studio album, "Together Through Life," which topped the charts. Speculation about the Christmas album began surfacing a few months ago, but were initially met with disbelief by some Dylan aficionados, as the singer was not known to record Christmas songs, and his latest albums have featured...
  • Argentina rules on marijuana use

    08/26/2009 5:42:10 AM PDT · by Mr. Blonde · 33 replies · 841+ views
    BBC ^ | August 26, 2009
    The supreme court in Argentina has ruled that it is unconstitutional to punish people for using marijuana for personal consumption. The decision follows a case of five young men who were arrested with a few marijuana cigarettes in their pockets. But the court said use must not harm others and made it clear it did not advocate a complete decriminalisation. Correspondents say there is a growing momentum in Latin America towards decriminalising drugs for personal use. The Argentine court ruled that: "Each adult is free to make lifestyle decisions without the intervention of the state." Supreme Court President Ricardo Lorenzetti...
  • Pitt on mayoral run: ‘I don’t have a chance’

    08/13/2009 1:15:05 PM PDT · by Mr. Blonde · 6 replies · 473+ views
    MSNBC ^ | August 13, 2009 | Mike Celizic
    Brad Pitt hasn’t thrown his hat in the ring to be mayor of his adopted hometown, New Orleans. Others have done that for him, launching a grassroots campaign complete with nifty T-shirts touting "Brad Pitt for Mayor" But he's more than willing to serve, the actor told TODAY's Ann Curry with a self-deprecating laugh. "If chosen, would you run?" Curry asked in the prerecorded interview that ran Thursday. "Yeah," Pitt said. "Would you serve?" "Yeah. I'm running on the gay marriage, no religion, legalization and taxation of marijuana platform," he joked.
  • Boston Tries to Shed Longtime Reputation as Cyclists’ Minefield

    08/09/2009 9:15:21 AM PDT · by Mr. Blonde · 15 replies · 822+ views
    NYT ^ | August 8, 2009 | KATIE ZEZIMA
    In a city known for its aggressive drivers, flummoxing street layout, confusing rotaries and overall rudeness on the road, what is a cyclist to do? Boston, long known as a minefield for bicycle riders, is feverishly working to shed that reputation by creating bike lanes, installing bike racks, restoring bike paths and urging residents to switch from horsepower to pedal power. Plans to link the city’s existing bike paths and create a bike-share program are also in the works. One already exists for city employees. “The grand plan is to change the culture, which is an incredible task,” said Nicole...
  • Google CEO steps down from Apple board

    08/03/2009 8:49:34 AM PDT · by Mr. Blonde · 10 replies · 394+ views
    Macworld ^ | Aug 3, 2009 | Peter Cohen
    Apple on Monday announced that Eric Schmidt, CEO of Google, is resigning from Apple’s board of directors. Schmidt has been on Apple’s board since 2006. In a tersely worded statement issued by the company on Monday morning, Apple CEO Steve Jobs noted Schmidt’s departure, while lauding Schmidt’s contribution on Apple’s board. “Unfortunately, as Google enters more of Apple’s core businesses, with Android and now Chrome OS, Eric’s effectiveness as an Apple Board member will be significantly diminished, since he will have to recuse himself from even larger portions of our meetings due to potential conflicts of interest. Therefore, we have...
  • Bill Seeks to Ban Texting By Drivers

    07/30/2009 7:35:32 AM PDT · by Mr. Blonde · 30 replies · 796+ views
    WaPO ^ | July 30, 2009 | Sholnn Freeman
    A bill introduced Wednesday in the Senate would require states to write laws to prohibit text messaging by drivers or risk losing 25 percent of their annual federal highway money. The proposal, sponsored by a group of Democrats including Sen. Charles E. Schumer (N.Y.), came a day after the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute released a study on commercial truck drivers that found texting drivers to be 23 times more likely to be involved in a crash or a near miss. The legislation would set deadlines for Transportation Department regulators to devise minimum penalties for states to implement. States would have...
  • Nearly all my professors are Democrats. Isn't that a problem?

    07/14/2009 7:55:58 AM PDT · by Mr. Blonde · 45 replies · 2,043+ views
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | July 13, 2009 | Dan Lawton
    When I began examining the political affiliation of faculty at the University of Oregon, the lone conservative professor I spoke with cautioned that I would "make a lot of people unhappy." Though I mostly brushed off his warning – assuming that academia would be interested in such discourse – I was careful to frame my research for a column for the school newspaper diplomatically. The University of Oregon (UO), where I study journalism, invested millions annually in a diversity program that explicitly included "political affiliation" as a component. Yet, out of the 111 registered Oregon voters in the departments of...
  • Is Sotomayor a Judicial Activist? New Studies May Shed Some Light

    06/07/2009 7:25:48 PM PDT · by Mr. Blonde · 15 replies · 623+ views ^ | June 8, 2009 | Marcia Coyle
    Is Judge Sonia Sotomayor a judicial activist? Just hours after Sotomayor's selection to fill the upcoming vacancy on the U.S. Supreme Court, special interest groups began the hunt for the dreaded activist in her, sifting decisions and speeches for evidence. Soon she will answer her critics' drumbeat of accusations of judicial activism in her confirmation hearings -- a familiar drumbeat today wherever a judge or a nominee sits on the political spectrum. Judicial activism means different things to scholars, politicians and special interest groups. But the term is often used in political rhetoric to identify decisions with which people disagree...
  • Title IX is at it again with sand volleyball

    05/06/2009 9:40:55 AM PDT · by Mr. Blonde · 17 replies · 864+ views
    Deseret News ^ | May 6, 2009 | Doug Robinson
    Congratulations to the NCAA for making beach volleyball an official collegiate sport — for women. Just what we need: another sport that is not sponsored by high schools and is played largely by people who have access to, oh, I don't know, a beach. By the way, the new sport is being called "sand volleyball," because, as the NCAA explains it, not all schools have a beach. Did you already figure out why they added the sport? Here's a hint: Title IX.
  • New male contraceptive injection appears effective

    05/05/2009 12:18:23 PM PDT · by Mr. Blonde · 21 replies · 680+ views
    CTV ^ | may 5, 2009 | staff
    An injection for men appears to be just as effective at preventing pregnancy as the birth control pill, finds new research that could revolutionize contraception. In testing in China, only one man in 100 fathered a child while on the injections, the study in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism reports. The contraceptive is a form of testosterone that is injected into the buttocks once a month. It works by temporarily blocking sperm production.
  • The Six-Trillion-Dollar Man

    02/28/2009 8:35:59 AM PST · by Mr. Blonde · 20 replies · 762+ views
    NRO ^ | 2-28-09 | Mark Steyn
    The superheroes I always found hard to keep track of were the ones who kept relaunching themselves. I mean, Batman’s been Batman for 70 years and Spider-Man’s been Spider-Man for the best part of 50. But I’m thinking of chaps like Ant-Man. Very small, as one might expect. Then he became Giant-Man. Then he became Yellowjacket (his girlfriend was the Wasp). Then he became Goliath. I’ve lost track of him since then. But, thanks to my usual 20-second exhaustive research, I see he was relaunched only a month ago, this time as the Wasp. Hang on, I thought the Wasp...
  • Hello Obama, goodbye meaningful music

    02/16/2009 6:08:06 PM PST · by Mr. Blonde · 5 replies · 465+ views
    MSNBC ^ | Feb. 16, 2009 | Tony Scalfani
    When Barack Obama was sworn in as the 44th President of the United States on Jan. 20, Lady Gaga’s “Just Dance” sat atop the pop charts. The ode to escapism might not have captured the mood of the whole country (everyone didn’t vote for change, after all), but it definitely reflected the sentiments of most of the musical community. During the past few years, countless artists have vehemently despised George Bush, while voicing support for Obama. In the U.K., the Guardian noted “You could construct a decent box-set of anti-Bush songs… covering ground from Bright Eyes to Eminem, Pink to...
  • Insanely Great: What if Steve Jobs ran one of the Big Three auto companies?

    12/08/2008 1:09:16 PM PST · by Mr. Blonde · 67 replies · 2,077+ views
    PBS ^ | Dec. 7, 2008 | Robert X. Cringely
    Looking for improved business models for the personal computer business, Apple CEO Steve Jobs often used to cite automobile makers, though never American car companies. The examples were invariably German. Whether it was the design aesthetic of his Mercedes sedan or Porsche's success at selling high-margin cars as entertainment devices, Jobs could always point to farfegnugen as a way to sell a good car for a great price. So since he thinks about these things anyway, and because the U.S. automobile industry is on the skids and begging for help this week, I find myself wondering what would happen if...
  • Mark Steyn: Silence=Acceptance

    12/06/2008 8:53:10 AM PST · by Mr. Blonde · 22 replies · 1,359+ views
    NRO ^ | Dec. 6, 2008 | Mark Steyn
    Shortly after the London Tube bombings in 2005, a reader of Tim Blair, the Sydney Daily Telegraph’s columnar wag, sent him a note-perfect parody of a typical newspaper headline: “British Muslims Fear Repercussions Over Tomorrow’s Train Bombing.” Indeed. And so it goes. This time round — Bombay — it was the Associated Press that filed a story about how Muslims “found themselves on the defensive once again about bloodshed linked to their religion.” Oh, I don’t know about that. In fact, you’d be hard pressed from most news reports to figure out the bloodshed was “linked” to any religion, least...
  • Ray Winstone unleashed: A suitably terrifying encounter with Britain's hardest actor

    11/30/2008 7:08:00 PM PST · by Mr. Blonde · 10 replies · 572+ views
    Daily Mail ^ | Nov. 30, 2008 | Louise Gannon
    Friday night, and Ray Winstone has just spent several hours on a train and is on his way to finish up a couple of jobs. But he's knackered and the only place he wants to be is behind the wheel of his classic E-type Jag, pulling into the pebbled drive of his Essex home. So it's no wonder that he's having what he calls "a bit of a moan."
  • Keep Right (Jonah Goldberg)

    11/14/2008 8:13:42 AM PST · by Mr. Blonde · 61 replies · 1,460+ views
    NRO ^ | Nov. 14, 2008 | Jonah Goldberg
    By now you’ve probably heard: The GOP is becoming too regional, too white, too old to compete at a national level. Democrats look like a merging of the cast of Rent and Up With People, while Republicans look like diehard fans of Matlock and Murder, She Wrote. Fine, fine. The GOP needs to win over more Hispanics, young people, suburban women. That sounds perfectly plausible. But what does “win over” mean? To listen to many pundits and analysts, it means Republicans must become Democrats. The GOP has become too socially conservative, and if it wants to win the support of...
  • Hands Across The Aisle (Sen. Tom Coburn R-Okla)

    11/07/2008 12:33:27 PM PST · by Mr. Blonde · 110 replies · 2,871+ views
    Forbes ^ | 11-6-08 | Tom Coburn
    Barack Obama's election was a historic victory for America's aspiration to be a country where anything is possible, and where all men are created equal. His election also was a victory for democracy. Even if many Americans don't like the electoral results, his campaign proved that when the American people are inspired and mobilize, they can seize the reins of government and demand change.
  • Obama in 2-D

    11/01/2008 7:31:55 AM PDT · by Mr. Blonde · 20 replies · 816+ views
    NRO ^ | Nov. 1, 2008 | Mark Steyn
    In Tokyo last week, over a thousand people signed a new petition asking the Japanese government to permit marriages between human beings and cartoon characters. “I am no longer interested in three dimensions. I would even like to become a resident of the two-dimensional world,” explained Taichi Takashita. “Therefore, at the very least, would it be possible to legally authorize marriage with a two-dimensional character?” Get back to me on that Tuesday night. We’ll know by then whether an entire constitutional republic has decided to contract marriage with a two-dimensional character and to attempt to take up residence in the...
  • Point of No Return (Mark Steyn)

    10/25/2008 8:49:23 AM PDT · by Mr. Blonde · 113 replies · 3,339+ views
    NRO ^ | Oct. 25, 2008 | Mark Steyn
    Across the electric wires, the hum is ceaseless: Give it up, loser. Don’t go down with the ship when it’s swept away by the Obama tsunami. According to newspaper reports, polls show that most people believe newspaper reports claiming that most people believe polls showing that most people have read newspaper reports agreeing that polls show he’s going to win. In the words of Publishers’ Clearing House, he may already have won! The battleground states have all turned blue, the reddest of red states are rapidly purpling. Don’t you know, little fool? You never can win. Use your mentality, wake...
  • Joe the Plumber vs. Joe the Hair-Plugger (Mark Steyn)

    10/18/2008 6:46:26 AM PDT · by Mr. Blonde · 72 replies · 2,444+ views
    NRO ^ | Oct. 18, 2008 | Mark Steyn
    Give a man enough rope line and he’ll hang himself. There was His Serene Majesty President-designate Barack the Healer working the crowd at some or other hick burg, and halfway down the rope up pops a plumber to express misgivings about the incoming regime’s tax plans. Supposedly, under the Obama tax plan, 95 per cent of the American people will get a tax cut. You’d think that at this point the natural skepticism of any sentient being other than six-week-old puppies might kick in, but apparently not. If you’re wondering why Obama didn’t simply announce that under his plan 112...
  • "Weeds" and Marijuana Chic

    07/05/2008 5:41:20 AM PDT · by Mr. Blonde · 12 replies · 3,603+ views
    Townhall ^ | July 4, 2008 | Brent Bozell III
    The White House Office of National Drug Control Policy reported last month that a teenager who has been depressed in the past year was more than twice as likely to have used marijuana than teenagers who have not reported being depressed (25 percent compared with 12 percent). The study said marijuana use increased the risk of developing mental disorders by 40 percent. So much for the "harmless" nature of pot. There are more worrisome statistics still. The 2006 National Survey on Drug Use and Health found that among Americans age 12 and older there were 14.8 million current users of...
  • Title IX Strikes Again

    06/11/2008 5:03:46 AM PDT · by Mr. Blonde · 17 replies · 45+ views
    NRO ^ | June-11-2008 | Allison Kasic
    This summer, the Olympic Games in Beijing will highlight the best athletes in the world. Some Olympic sports, like basketball, will feature professional superstars in a modern day “dream team.” But most sports, true to the Olympic tradition, will highlight the best amateur athletes in the world. Colleges have long served as a training ground for elite amateur athletes, but, unfortunately, several Olympic sports have been under attack on colleges across the country. Sports — especially those like men’s gymnastics and wrestling — are endangered species on campuses where few programs remain and more get cut each year. Athletes at...
  • Baby Miraculously Survives Abortion, Expected to Live 'Normal' Life

    06/06/2008 12:53:09 AM PDT · by Mr. Blonde · 27 replies · 103+ views
    Fox News ^ | June 5, 2008
    A mother who decided to abort her son because he may have inherited a life-threatening kidney condition is overjoyed that he survived the procedure. Jodie Percival of Nottinghamshire, England, said she and her fiancee made the decision to abort baby Finley when she was eight weeks pregnant. Percival's first son Thane died of multicystic dysplastic kidneys, which causes cysts to grow on the kidneys of an unborn baby, and her second child Lewis was born with serious kidney damage and currently has just one kidney, the Daily Mail reported. "I was on the (birth control pill) when I became pregnant,"...
  • A world of hemp lingerie? No thanks

    04/21/2008 7:24:33 AM PDT · by Mr. Blonde · 8 replies · 96+ views
    Times Online ^ | 4-21-08 | Melanie Reid
    Long before we are extinguished by global food shortages or raised sea levels, I predict, we are fated to die of boredom, struck down in our prime by the devastating virus 0157eco-smugness. Doctors will be powerless to stop as the bug invades our minds, causing nervous paralysis leading to eventual seizure. We are doomed, for sure, to terminal ennui brought on by environmental righteousness. This is the terrible paradox of the environmental movement. The paradox that, if society proceeds down the true path of eco-purity, we may well save the planet; but will simultaneously discover that life is too dull...
  • Grohl takes Foo Fighters in revealing direction

    01/17/2008 7:58:38 AM PST · by Mr. Blonde · 11 replies · 82+ views
    CNN ^ | Jan 16, 2008
    Even though she's a good few years away from taking stubby pencil to paper herself, Dave Grohl's baby daughter Violet gets full credit for influencing her daddy's writing style. Foo Fighters For the Foo Fighters' founder and frontman, the 2006 birth of his first child added a personal, often confessional tone to his lyrics. "Having a child made me feel like a superman in a way because I had to be," says Grohl, who turns 39 this month. "Just as I can't be afraid to ride the Spiderman roller coaster at Magic Mountain when it's time, I can't be scared...
  • The Death of High Fidelity

    01/12/2008 9:52:58 AM PST · by Mr. Blonde · 33 replies · 723+ views
    Rolling Stone ^ | December 26, 2007 | Robert Levine
    David Bendeth, a producer who works with rock bands like Hawthorne Heights and Paramore, knows that the albums he makes are often played through tiny computer speakers by fans who are busy surfing the Internet. So he's not surprised when record labels ask the mastering engineers who work on his CDs to crank up the sound levels so high that even the soft parts sound loud. Over the past decade and a half, a revolution in recording technology has changed the way albums are produced, mixed and mastered — almost always for the worse. "They make it loud to get...
  • So far this fall, the bumper crop is cable grown

    10/08/2007 7:52:01 PM PDT · by Mr. Blonde · 7 replies · 225+ views
    SF Chronicle ^ | Oct. 8, 2007 | Tim Goodman
    There is a very slight pause in the massive fall rollout from the broadcast networks right now. Take a breath. Hey, do you smell that? It smells like defeat. The five broadcast networks have launched a good many of their series, and ratings have been lackluster and buzz virtually nonexistent. Where's the excitement for the fall TV season? What's the matter with you people? Oh, it's the shows. It's always the shows. The quality has either leveled off into mediocrity or taken a fateful dip, and the buzz that was barely there to begin with has all but vanished. This...
  • The Music Man

    09/01/2007 5:48:25 PM PDT · by Mr. Blonde · 1 replies · 104+ views
    NY Times ^ | Sept. 2, 2007 | Lynn Hirschberg
    Rick Rubin is listening. A song by a new band called the Gossip is playing, and he is concentrating. He appears to be in a trance. His eyes are tightly closed and he is swaying back and forth to the beat, trying at once to hear what is right and wrong about the music. Rubin, who resembles a medium-size bear with a long, gray beard, is curled into the corner of a tufted velvet couch in the library of a house he owns but where he no longer lives. This three-story 1923 Spanish villa steeped in music history — Johnny...
  • Debate on lower drinking age bubbling up

    08/14/2007 4:12:49 PM PDT · by Mr. Blonde · 42 replies · 1,315+ views
    MSNBC ^ | Aug 14, 2007 | Alex Johnson
    Over the strong objection of federal safety officials, a quiet movement to lower the legal drinking age to 18 is taking root as advocates argue that teenagers who are allowed to vote and fight for their country should also be able to enjoy a beer or two. The proposal, which is the subject of a national petition drive by the National Youth Rights Association, has been studied in a handful of states in recent years, including Florida, Wisconsin, Vermont and Missouri, where supporters are pushing a ballot initiative. Opponents of the idea point to a reported rise in binge drinking...
  • Austin City Limits Festival Announces Lineup

    05/10/2007 1:50:54 PM PDT · by Mr. Blonde · 41 replies · 425+ views
    Home to Austin ^ | may 10, 2007 | unknown
    The Austin City Limits Music Festival, ACL Fest if you're cool, has announced the 2007 band line up. The 2007 ACL Fest will feature 130 bands on 8 stages over a 3 day weekend from September 14-17 in Zilker Park just south of Downtown Austin. Bob Dylan, The White Stripes, Queens of the Stone Age, Wilco and the Killers will be ACL's headliners. Also featured as a "headliner" is Bjork. ACL Tickets are available for $145 each for all three days from the official ACL website. The ACL Fest box office will located on Barton Springs Road directly across the...