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  • Your Friday Clash Song: I Want In, I Want Out, Hey Jailer!

    Apropos of my recent post on Trayvon Martin, “Kill Time,” a ska-inspired track from the unreleased Rat Patrol From Fort Bragg collection. Unlike previous Rat Patrol songs I’ve featured here, this one is not on Combat Rock (1982). Shout, everybody shout: hey waiter! I want in, I want out, hey jailer! Run, walk this way,…

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  • The Media, Trayvon Martin, and the Quest For Truth

    espite the court’s evidentiary rulings, I fully expect the Zimmerman trial to turn into a complete fiasco, as high-profile criminal trials often do. That will happen, in part, because our criminal justice system bends over backwards to enable defendants to put on every legally recognizable defense available to them. Remember, the point of a criminal trial is not to determine guilt or innocence; it’s to determine whether the state can prove its case beyond a reasonable doubt.

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  • Flaming Arrows And Streaking Teenagers: A Memorial Day Lesson

      [This is an edited version of a post I originally published on my blog, The Corner Tavern, over Memorial Day weekend in 2011.] In one sense, it was an epic teenage prank. The kind of thing you’d still be talking about thirty-some years later. In another sense, it epitomized the monumental dickishness of my…

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  • Your Friday Clash Song: Drop Your Bombs Between The Minarets …

     In honor of Pres. Obama’s announcement yesterday that the Administration is scaling back the endless “war on terror” … a special version of “Rock The Casbah,” featuring Mick Jones, Rachid Taha, and Brian Eno, recorded at the 2005 Stop The War Coalition concert in London. A sad bit of irony here. According to Wikipedia: The…

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  • The New York Times and the Left’s Stockholm Syndrome

    The story is so old the original now exists in digital form only behind Rolling Stone’s paywall, but I remember it well enough to recite the essential details by heart. Fortunately, I don’t have to do that, because Common Dreams reproduced the story for us. In any event, it involves a public relations firm known…

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  • Who Decides What Is And Isn’t A Scandal

    I suppose it’s not too surprising that journalists get upset when they become embroiled in criminal investigations. And, truth be told, I don’t blame them. I expect people to protect their own interests, especially when the government comes knocking on their door. Still, it’s interesting to see what gets the media’s goat and what doesn’t….

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  • The Oklahoma Tornadoes And ‘Politicizing’ Tragedy

    Bob Cesca has a typically smart piece up this morning about the possible connection between climate change and the devastating tornadoes that killed dozens of people in Oklahoma on Monday: I’m not supposed to write this yet but as I connect the scenes of horror in Oklahoma with so many other worsening weather-related disasters, I…

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  • The No Facts Comedy Tour

    So we didn’t win the insanely huge Power Ball lottery prize, but that’s okay. I’ve come up with an idea that will make me rich: I’m going to produce a stand up comedy tour featuring David Letterman, Jon Stewart, and Andy Borowitz called … Comedians Who Don’t Know The Internet Exists. Seriously. I know they’re…

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  • Your Friday Clash Song: ¡Esta Undecision Me Molesta!

    A low-rider-y version of “Should I Stay Or Should I Go” from the unreleased Rat Patrol From Fort Bragg mix, which eventually became Combat Rock (1982). I like this version better than the final Combat Rock mix because, as the Clash Wiki says, the “Rat Patrol mix features far more Spanish vocals from Joe Strummer,…

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  • The AP ‘Scandal’ Part 2: An Opposing View

    Having meh-ed in the general direction of the controversy surrounding the FBI’s recent subpoena of Associated Press telephone records, I suppose it’s only fair to present the other side of the argument. If you can set aside the excessive hand-wringing, Lynn Oberlander, general counsel to The New Yorker, provides a thorough explanation of the AP’s…

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