Monthly Archives: February 2011

Alice Embree : Spirited Pro-Choice and Pro-Union Rallies in Austin

Hundreds of pro-choice demonstrators marched down Congress Ave. in Austin Saturday, Feb. 26 (above), and then joined with supporters of Wisconsin workers for an enthusiastic rally on the steps of the Texas state Capitol. Photos by Terry DuBose / The … finish reading Alice Embree : Spirited Pro-Choice and Pro-Union Rallies in Austin

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John McMillian : Gimme Shelter: Altamont and the Underground Press

Hell’s Angel takes the cue. The contrasting coverage of the disastrous Altamont rock festival by the Berkeley Tribe and the San Francisco Examiner tells us much about why the underground press became such a force. Image from morethings.com.When America was … finish reading John McMillian : Gimme Shelter: Altamont and the Underground Press

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Harry Targ : Fundamentalism and the Attack on Planned Parenthood

Image from Feministe.In the fundamentalist tradition:The attack on Planned Parenthood By Harry Targ / The Rag Blog / February 24, 2011 Often politicians using religious dogma as their rhetorical tool, support public policies that punish poor women, women of color, … finish reading Harry Targ : Fundamentalism and the Attack on Planned Parenthood

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Jim Rigby : Our Nation of Weeping Executioners

Rev. Jane Adams Spahr. Image from One More Lesbian.Our nation of weeping executioners:The religious tribunal of Rev. Jane Adams SpahrBy Jim Rigby / The Rag Blog / February 23, 2011 Rev. Jim Rigby, human rights activist and pastor at St. … finish reading Jim Rigby : Our Nation of Weeping Executioners

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Marc Estrin : Ian McEwan Speaks Half-Truths to Power

Image from webshots.Ian McEwan:Speaking half-truths to power By Marc Estrin / The Rag Blog / February 23, 2011 The action In the midst of cries for freedom in the Middle East and Africa, Ian McEwan claimed the Jerusalem Prize for … finish reading Marc Estrin : Ian McEwan Speaks Half-Truths to Power

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VERSE / Mariann G. Wizard : Egypt-Land

Image from Egypt Web. Egypt-Land “Freedom breeze, makes me feel fine;blowin’ through the jasmine in my mind!”1 Before Greece, you were the home of scholars.Before Rome, you were an empire.Before last week, you were slaves. The birth of your society … finish reading VERSE / Mariann G. Wizard : Egypt-Land

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Lamar W. Hankins : Budget-Gutting Protects the Rich

Rio Grande Farm Workers: The Cortez family at the State Capitol in Austin, Texas, 1979. Photo by Alan Pogue.We are all in this together:Republican budget-gutting protects the rich By Lamar W. Hankins / The Rag Blog / February 22, 2011 … finish reading Lamar W. Hankins : Budget-Gutting Protects the Rich

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Ted McLaughlin : States Flouting Gun Buyer Background Checks

Still image from KETK NBC.Gun purchase background checks:Many states are dodging the law By Ted McLaughlin / The Rag Blog / February 21, 2011 Back in 2007, the massacre at Virginia Tech by a mentally ill student caused many in … finish reading Ted McLaughlin : States Flouting Gun Buyer Background Checks

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Lauren Kelley : Packing Heat on Texas Campuses

Texas Governor Rick Perry fires a six shooter at an event in Fort Worth. Photo by Rodger Mallison / AP.Pretty scary: Texas about to make it legalto carry guns on college campuses By Lauren Kelley / AlterNet / February 21, … finish reading Lauren Kelley : Packing Heat on Texas Campuses

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John McMillian’s “Smoking Typewriters,” in telling the historic tale of the Sixties underground press, “puts readers in the cockpit of the era. He conjures up the radical style, the exuberant mood, and the bravado…” The book profiles the “loud, colorful, … finish reading 

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Jonah Raskin :
BOOKS | John McMillian’s ‘Smoking Typewriters’

The curious case of the 1960s underground press. By Jonah Raskin | The Rag Blog | February 21, 2011 John McMillian, author of Smoking Typewriters, will appear at BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd, Austin, at 7 p.m., Friday, Feb. 25, … finish reading Jonah Raskin :
BOOKS | John McMillian’s ‘Smoking Typewriters’

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Joshua Brown : Life During Wartime: Slay the Beast

CLICK ON IMAGE TO ENLARGE Political cartoon and verse by Joshua Brown / The Rag Blog / February 20, 2011.The Rag Blog

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