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A Troubadour For Today John Flynn

In a day when idealism, at least of the progressive variety, is sorely pressed, John Flynn plays some inspiring folk music with a political bent Read More »

Your Money is Not Enough

Your donations alone do not and can not change the direction of the country. It is not the average supporter of $10, $25, or even $50 that enables movements for social change, environmental justice, civil liberties and civil rights to succeed. The startling thing you learn when you really get into the thick of liberal advocacy, is how dependent progress ... Read More »

Sadness or Euphoria

A House staffer once told me that the tv series "The West Wing" is like crack cocaine for liberals. Read More »

Film Review: Kinsey

Kinsey reminds us of the boundaries society draws for us, and how we internalize them deeply without even really questioning. Read More »

Flaming Lips — Whining to Synth Music

Look, I like a good parody as much as the next person. And heck, satire makes me smile. And finally, I really feel like you have to be open to new sounds. That said, the Flaming Lips’ Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots is just bad. The lead screamer is kind of whining most of the time. The instruments are used ... Read More »

More Than Just a Pretty Book

Earth from Above, a photo book with fantastic shots of manmade and natural phenomena by Yann Arthus-Bertrand is a tour-de-force of images of how we live and how our lives impact the world around us. With informed commentary that explains the photos in environmental and social terms, this tome is more than just a pretty book. The challenges facing our ... Read More »