Archive for June 2010

The Pixies are Terrorists? Part III

2010/06/30

Here’s part III in ‘the Pixies are Terrorists Saga’ – which is honestly set to be the best third episode in a trilogy since X-Me…Spiderm….Well, in a long long time. (more…)

Spies have nice gardens too

2010/06/28

FINALLY! The Cold War Spy Game is back on between Russia and the United States!

11 people were charged today in the climax of an F.B.I investigation that has been going on for the past 7 years. If you think all the classified material that the Soviets stole from America during the Cold War was crazy, wait until you hear what these cunning spies were up to! (more…)

…and the Onion walked off to look for America

2010/06/28

This week, America’s most trustworthy news source, the Onion, presents “the Patriotic Issue: News Only Visible to Real Americans.”

Try clicking on the link if you aren’t a real American. That’s right, it won’t work.

By delving into the archives and covering contemporary events, the good folks at the Onion really cut to the core of what being American is all about. (more…)

Now before we do this, let’s go over the ground rules

2010/06/27

Here’s a couple articles on the blowback from officials sticking up for General McChrystal and his staff over this whole Rolling Stone article thing. The officials attest that Michael Hastings broke the ground rules and there was touching of the hair and face throughout his piece the Runaway General.  Why they didn’t raise these protests immediately is an important question, but maybe it’s because they were out for a lobster dinner or busy fighting a war or something.

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American Justice?

2010/06/25

Here’s a link to an opinion article written by Timothy Egan called “the Last Firing Squad.”

The piece tells tales of executions out on the American Frontier – state sanctioned killings carried out by the noose and by gun-slingers. Not all the stories are from way back in the Wild West though – two are from the last twenty years, and one of those is from last week.

http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/06/23/the-last-firing-squad/?scp=2&sq=firing%20squad&st=cse

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The Pixies are Terrorists? Part II

2010/06/25

In the earlier posThe Pixies are Terroristst that I wrote on the Pixies’ career as terrorists, I ended by pointing out a couple questions raised by the satirical article that had been written by Larry Haiven, and people’s reaction to its claim that the Pixies were now terrorists in the eyes of the Canadian government.

In this post, if you don’t mind, I’d like to deal with the first question. I’ll tackle the issue of cultural terrorism some other time…well more likely I’ll just never bring it up again. Anyways, as I’m sure you remember, the first question was: “how it could be believable that the Canadian government would actually label a band as terrorists for canceling a gig?”

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Forced Exposure

2010/06/25

Here’s a link to an opinion article written by David Brooks called “the Culture of Exposure.”

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/06/25/opinion/25brooks.html?hp

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