Reality Check: August 8, 1974 – The Seeds Of Reality Check

Richard M. Nixon, August 8, 1974, speaking from the Oval Office:

I have never been a quitter. To leave office before my term is completed is abhorrent to every instinct in my body. But as President, I must put the interest of America first. America needs a full-time President and

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An Interview with Sinead O’Connor: Truth In Character

While visiting Dublin in early June, the wife and I came upon a mural painted on the side of the city’s Hard Rock Café tucked within a phalanx of ancient pubs in the Temple Bar district. It was a beautiful rendering of a doe-eyed Sinead O’Connor peering from beneath a …

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Reality Check: Contemplating Gaza

In the spring of 2003, a few months after the release of my third book, Trailing Jesus, I spoke to CNN Radio in New York City on the second floor of 1 Penn Plaza. It was another in a seemingly endless but exhilarating series of stops along a book …

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Reality Check: Readers’ Responses

This was another hard-hitting column, Campion. (VA SCANDAL: OUR IMPRINT, OUR LEGACY, OUR SIN – Issue: 5/29/14)

Where do you get the insight or the guts?

This is a wake-up call to those who waste our time with crap like Benghazi and the IRS or the NSA when our veterans …

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Rock Reads: A Summer Guide For The Rock And Roll Literate

Looking for a celebration of music in words to while away your lazy summer days?

 

Face The Music—A Life Exposed—Paul Stanley (2014)

The personalities in the bombastic rock band KISS have been so enormously ill-proportioned each has warranted a memoir, the last but not least being Paul Stanley’s, which …

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Reality Check: The Age Of Political Intertia

Or How A Humanitarian Crisis Sheds Greater Light On Washington Dysfunction

We are the world, we are the children

We are the ones who make a brighter day

So let’s start giving

There’s a choice we’re making

We’re saving our own lives

It’s true we’ll make a better day

Just

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Eric Hutchinson @ Irving Plaza

MANHATTAN, NY—This was one of those shows you hear about or read about or, if you’re lucky, attend; those transformative showbiz moments that catapults an artist to another level, another unseen plane that he/she cannot come back from, nor would ever want to: Late May, 2014, when Eric Hutchinson crushed …

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Reality Check: Civil Rights Act At 50

I make no pretension to patriotism. So long as my voice can be heard on this or the other side of the Atlantic, I will hold up America to the lightning scorn of moral indignation. In doing this, I shall feel myself discharging the duty of a true patriot; for

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Reality Check: In Praise Of Freedom Of Speech (Again)

Ignoring the glaring hypocrisy of the ruling this week, the Supreme Court unanimously upheld the First Amendment by striking down a 2007 Massachusetts law that created a 35-foot buffer zone around family planning centers. Of course it is ridiculous to have any such “boundary” stopping those who wish to express …

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Reality Check: Time Warp – The Never-Ending Fancy Shit Show That Is Iraq

I leave the country for seven days and end up in a fucking time warp?

Or did I misread this latest madness on getting “involved” with Iraq again, as if that is an option. Let’s face the hideous fact that this has been an abject clusterfuck since we recognized Iraq …

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