Monthly Archives: September 2011

Retired history prof Don Swift continues his Rag Blog series on the theocratic Christian movement known as Dominionism with a discussion of its “most vigorous branch,” the New Apostolic Reformation, and its connections to Texas Gov. Rick Perry. “Two years … finish reading 

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Mariann Wizard reviews Jonah Raskin’s new book, Marijuanaland: Dispatches From an American War. Jonah, who was active with the Yippies in the Sixties, is a professor at Sonoma State University and has written biographies of Abbie Hoffman, Allen Ginsberg and … finish reading 

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BOOKS / Mariann G. Wizard : Jonah Raskin’s ‘Marijuanaland’

The Rag Blog and Rag Radio present Jonah Raskin in Austin Jonah Raskin will be our special guest at a Rag Blog Happy Hour, Friday, Oct. 7, 5-7 p.m., at Maria’s Taco Xpress, 2529 S. Lamar Blvd. All are welcome. … finish reading BOOKS / Mariann G. Wizard : Jonah Raskin’s ‘Marijuanaland’

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Rag Radio : Suspense Novelist David Lindsey on the Private Intelligence Industry

Suspense novelist David Lindsey during broadcast of Rag Radio, Friday, Sept. 23, 2011, at the studios of KOOP 91.7-FM in Austin. Photo by Tracey Schulz / Rag Radio / The Rag Blog.Suspense novelist David Lindsey on Rag Radiowith Thorne Dreyer. … finish reading Rag Radio : Suspense Novelist David Lindsey on the Private Intelligence Industry

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Harry Targ : Remembering the Great Society

President Lyndon B. Johnson meets with Martin Luther King, Jr. in the White House Cabinet Room. Photo from Wikimedia Commons.Remembering the Great Society:Addressing poverty and hunger in AmericaBy Harry Targ / The Rag Blog / September 28, 2011 On Monday, … finish reading Harry Targ : Remembering the Great Society

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Robert Jensen : Revolutionizing the Way We Grow Food

Wes Jackson. Image from Biohabitats.As the earth turns:Revolutionizing the way we grow food Instead of a brittle industrial agriculture dependent on fossil fuels, Wes Jackson’s research team is working to build a resilient agriculture modeled on natural ecosystems. By Robert … finish reading Robert Jensen : Revolutionizing the Way We Grow Food

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Tom Hayden : An Expanding War in Pakistan

Creeping deeper into war: image of U.S. aerial drone from AP.Droning on…An expanding war in Pakistan By Tom Hayden / The Rag Blog / September 28, 2011 Slowly but surely, the United States is creeping deeper and deeper into a … finish reading Tom Hayden : An Expanding War in Pakistan

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SPORT / Dave Zirin : John Carlos and the Moment That Still Matters

Tommie Smith (center) and John Carlos raise their fists at the 1968 Summer Olympics in Mexico City. Peter Norman (left) wore an OPHR (Olympic Project for Human Rights) badge to show his support.Troy Davis, John Carlos, andthe moment that still … finish reading SPORT / Dave Zirin : John Carlos and the Moment That Still Matters

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Don Swift : Rick Perry and the New Apostolic Reformation

Rev. Tom Schlueter, a New Apostolic Reformation pastor, shown laying his hands on Rick Perry in front of a painting of the Battle at the Alamo. Image from Right Speak.A threat to American liberties:Rick Perry and the New Apostolic Reformation … finish reading Don Swift : Rick Perry and the New Apostolic Reformation

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Alice Embree : War is Trauma but GIs Have the Right to Heal

“Stop the Deployment of Traumatized Troops.” Members of IVAW demonstrate in Washington, D.C., October 2010. Photo by Rose Marie Berger / rosemarieberger.com.Operation Recovery and Hoodstock IIIBy Alice Embree / The Rag Blog / September 28, 2011 The Austin Lounge Lizards … finish reading Alice Embree : War is Trauma but GIs Have the Right to Heal

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FICTION / Marc Estrin : The Machine

THE MACHINE By Marc Estrin / The Rag Blog / September 27, 2011 The government murder of Troy Davis this week — under odd evidential circumstances — has once again thrust capital punishment up for public discussion. As my contribution … finish reading FICTION / Marc Estrin : The Machine

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Lamar W. Hankins : The Death Penalty and the Question of ‘Actual Innocence’

Demonstrators carry pictures of Troy Davis, who was executed Sept. 21, 2011, in Jackson, GA. Image from Politics and Fashion.When government decides to kill:The death penalty and thequestion of actual innocence [The Supreme] Court has never held that the Constitution … finish reading Lamar W. Hankins : The Death Penalty and the Question of ‘Actual Innocence’

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