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22
Sep

Right-wing insanity watch

“We finally cleaned up public housing in New Orleans. We couldn’t do it, but God did.”–Representative Richard Baker of Baton Rouge

21
Sep

Right-wing heartlessness watch

Certain Bush defenders are now saying that because the Katrina death toll was nowhere near 10,000, what was the big deal? It was all hysterical political correctness on the part of the liberal media. Jason Zengerle of The New Republic rips apart these arguments, put forward by the likes of Cliff May and Victor Davis Hanson. Zengerle’s closing lines (article

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21
Sep

A word on Ani DiFranco

I had harsh words for Ani DiFranco’s 9/11 poem “self evident” in my statement supporting the Unite Against Terror petition. There I cited her description of 9/11 as “the day that america/fell to its knees/after strutting around for a century/without saying thank you/or please.” On my Adlermusic.com website [scroll down] I wrote the following: [T]he trope is familiar: 9/11 was

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21
Sep

Muhal bails

At the Katrina benefit held by the avant-jazz Vision Fest last night, I eagerly awaited a solo piano set by the great Muhal Richard Abrams. After taking to the bench, Abrams played three or four notes, got up and told the audience, “I don’t play out-of-tune pianos. It’s not fair to me and it’s not fair to you.” Dismay and

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21
Sep

The Next Abu Ghraib

That’s what blogger Eric Muller is calling this demented amateur porn site [warning: porn/depraved gore]. Apparently U.S. soldiers get free access to the porn if they send in photos of dead Iraqis. Some of the photo captions include: “What every Iraqi should look like” and “DIE, HAJI, DIE.” Andrew Sullivan opines: I would think this violates the Geneva Conventions, not

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20
Sep

“Toxic certainty”

Good piece by Ginia Bellafante in the Sunday NY Times (9/18; reg. required), on choreographer/dancer Bill T. Jones and his latest work, “Blind Date”: The last presidential election brought [Jones’s] relatively vague ideas about civil malaise into sharp focus. “I’d really thought that the values of the counterculture were moving more into the mainstream of American life,” Mr. Jones said

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19
Sep

Bold, original thought

I’m not being sarcastic. Nicholas Powers, writing in New York’s free Indymedia paper, takes apart the warped psychology fueling 9/11 conspiracy theories. With droll, idiosyncratic references to “Airplane,” “Fahrenheit 9/11” and even “Scooby-Doo,” Powers asserts that conspiracy nuts fall back on “the repeated hope that power can rescue us from random chance and human error.” Money quotes (the piece seems

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19
Sep

Terence Blanchard

I’d been meaning to go hear Blanchard’s band with Aaron Parks, Lionel Loueke, Brice Winston, Derrick Hodge and Kendrick Scott. Last night at Joe’s Pub I finally did, and I was floored. I knew that Blanchard’s last two Blue Notes, Bounce and Flow, were strong, but live the material was absolutely enormous — full of drama, sonic exploration, harmonic depth,

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