Interview with Dan Bern: Drifting Along

I first heard a selection of the songs that ended up on Dan Bern’s brilliant new record, Drifter, in November of last year in the lobby of a refurbished theater in Beacon, New York, and again the next day during a promotional live webcast for a magazine in downtown …

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Reality Check: The Summer Of Obama

A national political campaign is better than the best circus, with a mass baptism and couple of hangings thrown in.

—H.L. Mencken

 

The stomp outweighs the gavel where persecution reigns.

—Marquis De Sade’s aid-de-campe

 

With the notable exception of 2008, when there was no one left to defend …

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Reality Check: Recall Bust

Wisconsin Makes Big Bucks Off Political Theater

As far as Machiavellian political maneuvers go, the Wisconsin recall election was a bust. Governor Scott Walker, who had already won an election two years ago, was forced to run again over some bogus Democratic Party/Federal Employee Union petition by barely a quarter …

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Reality Check: Readers Responses

JC,

There is a sense, through your amazing powers of regurgitating American political history that although you sound as if you believe The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act unconstitutional, you also state the obvious that its existence is not only unremarkable, but also quite rote by congressional standards. (HEALTH …

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Reality Check: The Defiant Capitalist Returns

In Praise Of Death Of A Salesman At The Barrymore Theatre

Why am I trying to become what I don’t want to be? What am I doing in an office, making a contemptuous, begging fool of myself, when all I want is out there, waiting for me the minute I

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Reality Check: Welcome To The Funhouse

The Art Of Politics Vs. The Act Of Liberty

Whoopie!

The president of the United States agrees with the Bill of Rights. This is a novel concept, like when a kid begins to understand the alphabet as not merely being the lyrics to a cute song to memorize or a …

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Reality Check: Make Way, Mick Jagger – Observations Of A Rock And Roll Hall Of Famer

Hello, my name is James Campion and I am a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. That’s right. Me. Officially voted in with The Aquarian Weekly, America’s longest running music newspaper. Yes, siree. Right in there with Keith Richards, Elvis Presley and Alan Freed is jc …

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Guitar Legend Dick Wagner Bears His Soul In New Memoir

In a 1975 interview, conducted when he was a musical arranger, band leader and co-lead guitarist for rock legend Alice Cooper’s record-breaking Welcome To My Nightmare world tour, Dick Wagner, then 33 years-old, told the New Musical Express; “I don’t personally give a shit about being a star; I …

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Reality Check: GOP Lockdown

Republican Establishment Begins To Clean House

Reince Priebus is on the wagon. The RNC chairman’s days of drunken violence and crude behavior are behind him. Rick Santorum, Newt Gingrich and the faux conservative uprising of 2010 has been duly defeated. The TEA Party is a memory and so is all …

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Reality Check: The Buffett Rule

It’s national campaign time and the Democrats have joined the crazy. Six months of idiocy from the Republicans was apparently enough. Check that; to understand what is going on in congress with what is officially coined the Paying a Fair Share Act is merely the volley returned for the TEA …

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