Monthly Archives: October 2012

Kate Braun : Samhain Is a Time for Transformation

Time for transformation: Acorn Carved with Dremmel Tool. Image from Skull-A-Day.Celebrating Samhain:A time for transformation By Kate Braun | The Rag Blog | October 31, 2012 “Under the moonlight we dance/ Spirits dance, we dance/ Holding hands we dance…” Wednesday, … finish reading Kate Braun : Samhain Is a Time for Transformation

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Harry Targ : The Real Romney Foreign Policy

Will the real Mitt Romney please stand up? Image from Foreign Policy.Unleashing the military:The real Romney foreign policy Military spending would grow in a Romney administration, especially because of ties to the neocons and a hawkish Congress which promotes military … finish reading Harry Targ : The Real Romney Foreign Policy

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IDEAS / Bill Meacham : Is Religion a Parasitic Meme or a Helpful Adaptation?

Moai at Easter Island. Moai are the living faces of deified ancestors. Image from Wikimedia Commons.Religion:Parasitic meme or helpful adaptation? That humans are religious is indisputable. Like morality, religion in one form or another seems to be a universal aspect … finish reading IDEAS / Bill Meacham : Is Religion a Parasitic Meme or a Helpful Adaptation?

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Lamar W. Hankins : Paul Ryan Makes War Against People, Not Poverty

President Lyndon Johnson marked the start of the War on Poverty with a visit to Tom Fletcher’s front porch in Martin County, Kentucky, in April 1964. Photo by Walter Bennett / Time magazine. Image from Daily Yonder.Paul Ryan’s war:Not against … finish reading Lamar W. Hankins : Paul Ryan Makes War Against People, Not Poverty

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The Kinkster, who was our guest on Rag Radio, said he’s seriously considering a second try for governor of Texas in 2012, this time as a Democrat. Singer-songwriter, mystery writer, and social satirist Friedman talks about politics, music, “political correctness,” … finish reading 

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Rag Blog Digest: “Weimar Moment?” by Jay Jurie; Dreyer interviews Kinky Friedman; “Reds Under Romney’s Bed!” by Mike Davis; Jonah Raskin on “Uncle Tom Vs. Simon Legree” — plus Alan Waldman, “Texas Cheerleaders for Jesus,” “Do the Romneys Own Your … finish reading 

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Jay D. Jurie : ‘Weimar Moment’ or Chicken Little?

“Pillars of Society.” Painting by militantly anti-Nazi German Dadaist George Grosz, 1926, during the Weimar Republic. Image from Alpha History.It can’t happen here:A ‘Weimar moment’ or Chicken Little? Whether or not the U.S. is at a ‘Weimar moment,’ those who … finish reading Jay D. Jurie : ‘Weimar Moment’ or Chicken Little?

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RAG RADIO / Thorne Webb Dreyer : ‘Texas Jewboy’ Kinky Friedman Mulls Second Run for Governor’s Mansion

Rag Radio podcast: The Kinkster talks music and politics and second run for Texas governor Kinky Friedman in the studios of KOOP-FM in Austin, Texas, Friday, October 19, 2012. Photo by William Michael Hanks / The Rag Blog. By Thorne … finish reading RAG RADIO / Thorne Webb Dreyer : ‘Texas Jewboy’ Kinky Friedman Mulls Second Run for Governor’s Mansion

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Author Tova Andrea Wang and journalist Harvey Wasserman were Thorne Dreyer’s guests on Rag Radio, produced in the studios of KOOP-FM in Austin, on Friday, Oct. 5, 2012.Rag Radio podcast:Tova Andrea Wang and Harvey Wassermanon voter suppression in America By … finish reading 

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BOOKS / Mike Davis : The Reds Under Romney’s Bed

The reds under Romney’s bed The image of the Red Cavalry going into battle with the Book of Mormon in their saddlebags is quite a stretch; most of us, on the contrary, would probably vote for Mormon ‘socialism’ as the … finish reading BOOKS / Mike Davis : The Reds Under Romney’s Bed

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Controversial “Religious Virus” Scientists Win Nobel By James McEnteer / The Rag Blog / October 24, 2012 STOCKHOLM — The Nobel Prize Committee announced it is awarding the 2012 prize for bio-chemistry to Dr. Lazlo Schitkov of Hungary and Dr. … finish reading 

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Jonah Raskin : ‘Uncle Tom’ Vs. Simon Legree, 2012

Uncle Tom and Simon Legree. Image from Uncle Tom’s Cabin Reconsidered.Election 2012:‘Uncle Tom’ Obama Vs. ‘Simon Legree’ Romney Ironically, on the eve of the 150th anniversary of Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation, modern-day Americans are once again in need of emancipation and without … finish reading Jonah Raskin : ‘Uncle Tom’ Vs. Simon Legree, 2012

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