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  • A History of Childhood Trauma Matters … When the Killer Is White

    Over the weekend, hip-hot artist Jasiri X posted this image on his twitter feed. It’s taken from the front page of the New York Daily News’ website. Note the screaming headline and the sympathetic caption: “Accused killer Dylann Roof had one chance at a stable family life — and his abusive dad ruined it for…

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  • There’s Something I Should Have Told You

    I don’t really know how to write this. I don’t even know where to begin. There’s a thing I’ve kept to myself – well, mostly to myself – for a very long time, and I’ve always thought it was nobody’s business. Well, mostly nobody’s business. But I keep wondering if it’s really that simple. What if…

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  • Oh, My Brother

    You never forget the sound of the telephone ringing At 6:30 in the morning. You never forget the sound of your father’s voice. You never forget the little lie he told because the awful truth Was too much to bear in the morning’s bitter light. You never forget the sound of your own voice Wailing at…

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  • Whites Riot: That’s Not What Joe Strummer Had in Mind

    So, they’re at it again. In the aftermath of Ohio State’s (unexpected) victory over Oregon in the first-ever College Football Playoff Championship Game – is that what it’s called? There have been so many iterations of the college football championship it’s hard to know what’s what – students at OSU’s campus in Columbus, Ohio, were…

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    Kanye West, Paul McCartney, and the Whitewashing of Rock ’n Roll History

    In November 1981, when the Rolling Stones were touring in support of their enormously successful Tattoo You album (best known for “Start Me Up” and “Waiting on a Friend”), bassist Bill Wyman talked to Rolling Stone magazine about the band’s desire to play small clubs in the midst of its worldwide stadium-rock orgy: “When we…

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    Garland Jeffreys’ “The Rest of My Life Tour” Returns to Chicago

    Pausing between songs at his intimate, mostly acoustic November 6 show at SPACE in Evanston, Illinois, New York singer/songwriter Garland Jeffreys quipped, “So, we’re on this little tour … I call it ‘The Rest of My Life Tour’ ….” At 72 and still bringing down the house, you can’t begrudge him the hint of road-weariness…

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    There’s No Ex-Cub Factor in This Year’s World Series … Or Is There?

    Baseball is a game of absurd complexity and equally absurd superstition. It has nearly unfathomable regulations, like the infield fly rule or what constitutes a balk, and there are at least seven different ways for a batter to get on base other than by getting a hit. That is, if you count offensive interference and…

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    Eric Holder and the March Toward Marriage Equality

    When Pres. Obama announced Attorney General Eric Holder’s pending retirement Thursday, our friends on the right seemed to lose their composure. The Cato Institute’s Ilya Shapiro posted an article on the organization’s website – which has since been removed – in which he compared Holder to noted segregationist George Wallace: “Holder, according to Shapiro’s column,…

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  • ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live" - Season 11
    Really, ESPN?

    So, let’s review. The First Amendment doesn’t restrict the activities of private organizations, including the employment practices of private organizations. That’s why it says “Congress shall make no law … abridging the freedom of speech.” Congress, not your employer. Which means that if you say something your employer doesn’t like, it can suspend you, with…

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    Crime and Forgiveness

    On our last episode of Sportsball, we discussed Mike Tyson’s awkward and extremely NSFW appearance on the Canadian television show, CP24 Dayside (video courtesy of The Majority Report with Sam Seder.) Tyson was in Toronto earlier this month to promote his stage show, and, while there, met with Rob Ford, that city’s controversial mayor. That…

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