Keith Olbermann – “There Is No ‘Ground Zero Mosque'” (2010)

September 9, 2010 at 10:23 pm (Life & Politics, Reviews & Articles)

I’m no more a fan of Keith Olbermann than I am of Glenn Beck or Rush Limbaugh, but I think Mr. Olbermann’s article on this controversial “mosque” (which isn’t) should be read. This comes from MSNBC.com, Aug. 16, 2010. What’s your opinion on all of this?…

 

“They came first for the Communists, and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a Communist.Then they came for the trade unionists, and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a trade unionist.Then they came for the Jews, and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a Jew. Then they came for me and by that time no one was left to speak up.” 

Pastor Martin Niemoller’s words are well known but their context is not well understood. Niemoller was not speaking abstractly. He witnessed persecution, he acquiesced to it, he ultimately fell victim to it. He had been a German World War 1 hero, then a conservative who welcomed the fall of German democracy and the rise of Hitler and had few qualms the beginning of the holocaust until he himself was arrested for supporting it insufficiently. Read the rest of this entry »

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Blair Jackson – “Todd Rundgren: Happy to Be Home Again” (2009)

September 9, 2010 at 10:16 am (Music, Reviews & Articles, Todd Rundgren)

Taken from Mix magazine, Feb. 1, 2009 — the return of Todd…

When Todd Rundgren makes a solo album, he makes a solo album. The multifaceted singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist/producer/engineer/tech pioneer first got the urge to do it alone all the way back in 1972, on three of the four sides of his breakthrough Something/Anything? set. Since then, he’s recorded albums in every conceivable way — with bands, without bands, layering instruments one at a time, live in the studio with no overdubs, live onstage; you name it. He’s cut note-for-note replicas of famous pop songs; laid down convoluted guitar-dominated prog-rock tracks; made an album entirely out of treated vocals; hit the charts with catchy, radio-friendly ballads; recorded interactive albums; and even made one with bossa-nova Read the rest of this entry »

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