Yearly Archives: 2013

Alan Waldman :
‘A Bit of Fry & Laurie’ was brilliant British sketch series

  Waldman’s film and TV treasures you may have missed: This was most people’s first exposure to the highly original comic genius of English national treasures Stephen Fry and Hugh Laurie, who wrote and performed many classic sketches. By Alan … finish reading Alan Waldman :
‘A Bit of Fry & Laurie’ was brilliant British sketch series

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Tom Hayden :
Progressive Dems see opening for new politics

Elizabeth Warren and the populists say ‘No way!’ to ‘Third Way.’ Conditions ripe for a new politics: An opening for progressive Democrats The Democratic progressive base is making clear that Hillary Clinton must make an adjustment from her hawkish centrism … finish reading Tom Hayden :
Progressive Dems see opening for new politics

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Jack A. Smith :
Climate Change Confab Brings Too Little Too Late

Climate change activists in Warsaw, Friday, November 22, 2013, portray, from right, French President Francois Hollande, Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, President Obama, and German Chancellor Angela Merkel. Photo by Czarek Sokolowski, / AP. Climate Change meeting in Warsaw brings … finish reading Jack A. Smith :
Climate Change Confab Brings Too Little Too Late

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Lamar W. Hankins :
Opportunist Narvaiz Takes On Doggett Again in Gerrymandered 35th

Congressional candidate Susan Narvaiz and friend. Image from Facebook. Unsolicited advice, Dept.: A Narvaiz strategy to defeat Doggett Narvaiz is a political chameleon who says what she needs to say and does what she needs to do to protect herself … finish reading Lamar W. Hankins :
Opportunist Narvaiz Takes On Doggett Again in Gerrymandered 35th

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Steve Horn :
Keystone XL’s Houston ‘Fork in the Road’

Houston’s refinery row. Image from Gulf Restoration Network / DaSmogBlog. Keystone XL fork in the road: TransCanada’s Houston Lateral Pipeline Houston’s LyondellBasell refinery is retooling itself for the looming feast of tar sands crude and fracked oil bounty that awaits … finish reading Steve Horn :
Keystone XL’s Houston ‘Fork in the Road’

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Thorne Dreyer :
November Rag Radio Guests Include Spiritual Counselor, Citizens’ Advocate, Singer-Songwriter

Rev. Bob Breihan, Methodist minister and longtime social activist, on Rag Radio, November 29, 2013. Photo by Roger Baker / The Rag Blog. Rag Radio podcasts: Thorne Dreyer interviews Rev. Bob Breihan, Sam Daley-Harris, Doyle Niemann & Mariann Wizard, Susan … finish reading Thorne Dreyer :
November Rag Radio Guests Include Spiritual Counselor, Citizens’ Advocate, Singer-Songwriter

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BOOKS / Alan Wieder : Paul Buhle’s ‘Radical Jesus: A Graphic History of Faith’

  Paul Buhle’s ‘Radical Jesus’: Comic artists explore the history and social message of Jesus Christ By Alan Wieder | The Rag Blog | December 19, 2013 Paul Buhle, the noted historian, author, graphic novel publisher, and editor of Radical … finish reading BOOKS / Alan Wieder : Paul Buhle’s ‘Radical Jesus: A Graphic History of Faith’

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Rabbi Arthur Waskow : Israel, Hillel, and Idolatry

Harvard Hillel banned a speech by former Israeli Knesset Speaker Avraham Burg. The spiritual issue: Israel, Hillel, and idolatry The Hillel International prohibitions make the State of Israel, and indeed only one version of it, into an idol. By Rabbi … finish reading Rabbi Arthur Waskow : Israel, Hillel, and Idolatry

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Paul Krassner : Is There a Doctor in the House?

Doctors provide free medical care at the Riverside County Fair Grounds in California’s Coachella Valley earlier this year. Image from KESQ.com. California tops in most uninsured: Is there a doctor in the house? The insurance industry has a preexisting condition … finish reading Paul Krassner : Is There a Doctor in the House?

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Kate Braun : Winter Solstice Falls on Saturn’s Day

Saturnalia by Ernesto Biondi, 1909. Io Saturnalia! Winter Solstice 2013 This seasonal celebration takes from many traditions, including the Roman Saturnalia, Druid customs, the German ‘Yule,’ and the birth of Jesus; and Queen Victoria popularized the lighted Christmas tree. By … finish reading Kate Braun : Winter Solstice Falls on Saturn’s Day

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Allen Young : Ralph Dungan, the ‘Good Liberal’

Ralph Dungan in Chile, 1966. Photo from The Washington Post. Discretion, valor, and the ‘good liberal’ In the most patronizing tone, Mr. Dungan said if we opposed U.S. policy, we should ‘return to the U.S. and run for Congress.’ By … finish reading Allen Young : Ralph Dungan, the ‘Good Liberal’

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Ed Felien : A Good [Angry White] Man With a Gun

Image from The L Magazine. Pissed-off patriot: ‘A good man with a gun’ These angry white men are doing their best to bring back an idealized past that never really existed By Ed Felien | The Rag Blog | December … finish reading Ed Felien : A Good [Angry White] Man With a Gun

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