A good part of the reason I started blogging was because I went to a history conference at a UT branch up between Dallas and Fort Worth and found that, contrary to belief, many well known academic historians have found community history projects to be invaluable because of their focus and details. Photos rated high. Photos with details rate high. Interviews with participants in events rated high. Interviews with older people rated high if you cover their experience and perspective.
- Prairie Weather

“Protest works. Just look at the proof”

The last place you will hear about the new American labor movement is in big American outlets.

Via lambert, via susie. See them, their blogrolls, Twitter hash tag #1u and just about any other outlet where citizens can get the word out.

The Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW)

The CIW is a community-based organization of mainly Latino, Mayan Indian and Haitian immigrants working in low-wage jobs throughout the state of Florida. Via.

Free MP3 sites

Be your own program director. Venture off the beaten path. Live a little.

2dopeboyz: Hip hop. (RSS)

3hive: Sharing the sharing. Free and legal MP3s from over 600 underground and undiscovered artists — new ones added daily. (RSS)

Amazon MP3 Download - Frequency: Weekly. Get the latest on Amazon MP3 music downloads - new releases, freshly ripped hits, and special deals.

Arjan writes - arjanwrites music blog. (RSS)

Audio Drums - A blog for rare, possibly overlooked, maybe forgotten gems of music with a slight emphasis on electronic and indie genres. (RSS)

Common Folk Music - A blog about music, not just folk music, but all music ranging from indie to alt-country to bluegrass, because music is for the “Common Folk”. (RSS)

Direct Current New Music - Adult pop, rock, singer/songwriters, folk, Americana, alt-country, adult alternative, soul, world music, crossover jazz and simply those artists that make us go “hmmm.”(RSS)

Discobelle.net (RSS)

FensePost - FensePost is an indie music blog based in the fertile lands between Seattle, WA and Vancouver, BC. (RSS)

Fiddlefreak Folk Music Blog - Folk, bluegrass, Celtic, and other music of the people. (RSS)

Gorilla Vs Bear (RSS)

Hillydilly: Simply Good Music. (RSS)

I Rock Cleveland: Indie Rock, College Rock, Alt Rock, Modern Rock, Cleveland Rock, and Rock. (RSS)

KEXP Song of the Day: KEXP 90.3 FM - where the music matters (RSS)

Line Of Best Fit - TLOBF.COM | Music Reviews, News, Interviews & Downloads (RSS)

Minnesota Public Radio Song of the Day: Music lovers from 89.3 The Current share songs with you each weekday. (RSS)

Muruch (RSS)

Music Like Dirt: Music in all its many forms, mp3’s, live reviews and photography. (RSS)

My Old Kentucky Blog - a music blog that parties with unicorns. (RSS)

Nah Right. (RSS)

ninebullets.net. (RSS)

Rollo & Grady: Los Angeles Music Blog, LA Music Blog (RSS)

Said the Gramophone: a music weblog (RSS)


Sounds Better With Reverb (RSS)

Stereogum: All the MP3s on Stereogum.com (RSS)

their bated breath (RSS)

Women of Hip Hop (RSS)

Mourn ya till I join ya

The Wheel’s Still In Spin: Focusing on new music releases and reviews of individual albums as original, fictional short stories (RSS)

A Fifty Cent Lighter & A Whiskey Buzz - This site is just a way for me to have a little fun and share a little music. I’ll highlight some of my favorite artists that I play on the radio and try to expound upon their music in ways I can’t always do on the air. (RSS)

Aminal Sound

Audiofile: Music Blog, Music Articles - Salon.com

Crossfade: The CNET music blog

GarageBand.com Folk top tracks (RSS)

GarageBand.com Hip Hop top tracks (RSS)

Flawless Hustle: Urban culture blog featuring artist interviews, music reviews, legal music downloads, street art, graffiti and more! (RSS)



The Jon Swift principle: “I will add anyone to my blogroll who adds me to theirs.” Email or leave a comment to let me know.


The Hunting of the Snark

Sites participating in blogroll amnesty day

Jon Swift aka Al Weisel, may he rest in peace. Co-originator of Blogroll Amnesty Day

skippy the bush kangaroo (Co-originator of Blogroll Amnesty Day) (2012)

Vagabond Scholar (2012)
Occasional blogging, mostly of the long-form variety. Keeper of the Jon Swift Memorial Roundup (The Best Posts of the Year, Chosen by the Bloggers Themselves)

Notes From Underground (2012)

Redeye’s Front Page (2012)

Wisdom of the West (2012)

Zen Comix (2012)

pygalgia (2012)

Mikeb302000 (2012)

The Agonist (2012)

Brilliant At Breakfast (2012)

Bacon and Eggs (2012)

Giving Up The Third Habit

No Associated Press content was harmed in the writing of this post. A copy of this was mailed as a letter to the editor this morning.

My parents always subscribed to the Cleveland Plain Dealer, so I grew up around newspapers; they were as regular a part of our household as our cats. As a kid I’d look at the Sunday comics, and later on the 1980 Browns would prompt me to grab the newspaper every day. I first started reading “real” news in 1984, when the front page of the second section had a columnist slot called “Focal Point”. Mike Royko was featured three times a week, and when that year’s Olympics rolled around he touched off a huge controversy with a series of columns about how he and his buddies decided which of the women’s teams to cheer for based on which ones had the nicest butts. (Memorable headline from a column he wrote at the conclusion: “The Bottom Line”) When his column moved inside to the Op-Ed pages I moved with him. So yes, I first started going to the most high-minded section of the paper when my teen eyes were lured there by T&A.

In college I lived a few houses down from a convenience store, and it was my source for a newspaper in the morning, beer in the evening and cigarettes just about any time. I always thought the first of these would be a constant, though I’ve since given up the others. Instead it was interrupted by a couple of years in Tanzania, a wonderful time that unfortunately also required me to substitute my morning newspaper and coffee with short wave radio and indifferently brewed tea. When I got back to America I eagerly resumed my ritual and it has since been a fixture in my life. But it is with genuine sadness I now write that this habit will go the way of the latter two.

I think papers are best for analysis, investigative pieces and long-range, trend-related reporting. Basically anything that can’t be summarized in two minutes gives newspapers an advantage over TV and online reporting (which may end up with its most popular use in the “email the headlines to my Blackberry” model). They seem to be going in the opposite direction though, trying to “prove” they can summarize news as quickly as their electronic competitors. To me that’s a losing game since newspapers will never be as immediate, and it’s a shame that the industry seems to be so rattled by the “gee whiz” novelty of the Internet. A newspaper is an astonishing piece of technology and can deliver a certain kind of news very efficiently. Its basic form hasn’t substantially changed for several centuries for good reason. There seems to be no confidence left in that fact.

Instead they have engaged in a race to the bottom. In the same week the LA Times announced its latest round of cuts the PD gutted itself and called it a redesign. The result is almost literally unreadable. The sports pages seem least affected (make of that what you will) but there is now a single forum page. Competing for space on it are letters, editorial cartoons, editorials, charts, statistics, and syndicated writers. Even distinctive in-house voices like Elizabeth Sullivan’s are increasingly banished to remote electronic outposts. The front section now has lots of little stories delivering little news. Business is a Potemkin section with a front page and nothing behind it, and Arts & Life is a reduced and chaotic mess. Start to finish I now go through the paper in about fifteen minutes.

Over the weekend the public editor wrote “[n]ewspapers do not have the luxury of standing still…The challenging part of that responsibility is that it often runs headlong into a reality that every newspaper editor learns early in his or her career: Readers Hate Change.” His slightly condescending tone seems to put those of us objecting to such wholesale diminishing of the paper with, say, the cranks who were pissed off when Marmaduke was dropped.

Rightsizing” seems to be the trend, though, and what ails the PD is ailing most newspapers now. But clearly these new models are not designed with people like me in mind. I may well be a dying breed - someone who wants to sit down at a table and spend at least a half an hour every day reading articles (not summaries) and interested in hearing a variety of voices on lots of topics. Maybe the vast majority who plunk down money for a paper want it packaged to go, as convenient to hold and consume as an Egg McMuffin. If papers have no other choice, if they can no longer cater to my kind, I understand even if I’m not very happy about it. But they won’t have me along for the ride anymore either.

Please cancel my subscription.

Senate FISA Yes Votes

The following people (and their colleagues in the House) deserve for their current terms to be their final ones based exclusively on their “yes” vote for HR6304.  Whether motivated by laziness, cowardice, corruption, contempt for the Constitution, government aggrandizement or some combination these people have disgraced themselves and are unworthy of the offices they hold.  This particular vote is so important because in addition to its gutting of the rule of law, contempt for the Fourth Amendment and further establishment of a separate tier of justice for the sufficiently moneyed it is symbolic of the shoddy work that has characterized Congress for several years now.  (Note: Kennedy, McCain and Sessions were not present.  Kennedy is not on the list because he missed it for medical reasons.  The other two are included because if you really think they were opposed to it you may be a candidate for brain surgery yourself.)  The HTML for this table is available as a plain text download over here.

Member Name State Party DC Phone DC FAX Electronic Correspondence
Alexander, Lamar TN R 202-224-4944 202-228-3398 http://alexander.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?FuseAction=Contact.Home
Allard, Wayne CO R 202-224-5941 202-224-6471 http://allard.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?FuseAction=Contact.Home
Barrasso, John WY R 202-224-6441 202-224-1724 http://barrasso.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?FuseAction=ContactUs.ContactForm
Baucus, Max MT D 202-224-2651 202-224-0515 http://baucus.senate.gov/contact/emailForm.cfm?subj=issue
Bayh, Evan IN D 202-224-5623 202-228-1377 http://bayh.senate.gov/contact/email/
Bennett, Robert UT R 202-224-5444 202-228-1168 http://bennett.senate.gov/contact/email_opinion.cfm
Bond, Kit MO R 202-224-5721 202-224-8149 http://bond.senate.gov/contact/contactme.cfm
Brownback, Sam KS R 202-224-6521 202-228-1265 http://brownback.senate.gov/CMEmailMe.cfm
Bunning, Jim KY R 202-224-4343 202-228-1373 http://bunning.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?FuseAction=Contact.ContactForm
Burr, Richard NC R 202-224-3154 202-228-2981 http://burr.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?FuseAction=Contact.Home
Carper, Thomas DE D 202-224-2441 202-228-2190 http://carper.senate.gov/contact/
Casey, Robert PA D 202-224-6324 202-228-0604 http://casey.senate.gov/contact/
Chambliss, Saxby GA R 202-224-3521 202-224-0103 http://chambliss.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?FuseAction=ContactUs.ContactForm&CFID=51026269&CFTOKEN=46757234
Coburn, Tom OK R 202-224-5754 202-224-6008 http://coburn.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?FuseAction=ContactSenatorCoburn.Home
Cochran, Thad MS R 202-224-5054 202-224-9450 http://cochran.senate.gov/contact.htm
Coleman, Norm MN R 202-224-5641 202-224-1152 http://coleman.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?FuseAction=Contact.ContactForm
Collins, Susan ME R 202-224-2523 202-224-2693 http://collins.senate.gov/public/continue.cfm?FuseAction=ContactSenatorCollins.Email&CFID=31278970&CFTOKEN=44699849
Conrad, Kent ND D 202-224-2043 202-224-7776 https://conrad.senate.gov/contact/webform.cfm
Corker, Bob TN R 202-224-3344 202-228-0566 http://corker.senate.gov/Contact/index.cfm
Cornyn, John TX R 202-224-2934 202-228-2856 http://cornyn.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?FuseAction=Contact.ContactForm
Craig, Larry ID R 202-224-2752 202-228-1067 http://craig.senate.gov/webform.cfm
Crapo, Mike ID R 202-224-6142 202-228-1375 http://crapo.senate.gov/contact/email.cfm
DeMint, James SC R 202-224-6121 202-228-5143 http://demint.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?FuseAction=Contact.Home
Dole, Elizabeth NC R 202-224-6342 202-224-1100 http://dole.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?FuseAction=ContactInformation.ContactForm
Domenici, Pete NM R 202-224-6621 202-228-3261 http://domenici.senate.gov/contact/contactform.cfm
Ensign, John NV R 202-224-6244 202-228-2193 http://ensign.senate.gov/forms/email_form.cfm
Enzi, Michael WY R 202-224-3424 202-228-0359 http://enzi.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?FuseAction=ContactInformation.EmailSenatorEnzi
Feinstein, Dianne CA D 202-224-3841 202-228-3954 http://feinstein.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?FuseAction=ContactUs.EmailMe
Graham, Lindsey SC R 202-224-5972 202-224-3808 http://lgraham.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?FuseAction=Contact.EmailSenatorGraham
Grassley, Charles IA R 202-224-3744 202-224-6020 http://grassley.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?FuseAction=Contact.Home
Gregg, Judd NH R 202-224-3324 202-224-4952 http://gregg.senate.gov/sitepages/contact.cfm
Hagel, Chuck NE R 202-224-4224 202-224-5213 http://hagel.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?FuseAction=Contact.Home
Hatch, Orrin UT R 202-224-5251 202-224-6331 http://hatch.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?FuseAction=Offices.Contact
Hutchison, Kay Bailey TX R 202-224-5922 202-224-0776 http://hutchison.senate.gov/contact.cfm
Inhofe, James OK R 202-224-4721 202-228-0380 http://inhofe.senate.gov/contactus.htm
Inouye, Daniel HI D 202-224-3934 202-224-6747 http://inouye.senate.gov/abtform.html
Isakson, Johnny GA R 202-224-3643 202-228-0724 http://isakson.senate.gov/contact.cfm
Johnson, Tim SD D 202-224-5842 202-228-5765 http://johnson.senate.gov/contact/
Kohl, Herb WI D 202-224-5653 202-224-9787 http://kohl.senate.gov/gen_contact.html
Kyl, Jon AZ R 202-224-4521 202-224-2207 http://kyl.senate.gov/contact.cfm
Landrieu, Mary LA D 202-224-5824 202-224-9735 http://landrieu.senate.gov/contact/index.cfm
Lieberman, Joseph CT ID 202-224-4041 202-224-9750 http://lieberman.senate.gov/contact/index.cfm?regarding=issue
Lincoln, Blanche Lambert AR D 202-224-4843 202-228-1371 http://lincoln.senate.gov/webform.html
Lugar, Richard IN R 202-224-4814 202-228-0360 senator_lugar@lugar.senate.gov
Martinez, Mel FL R 202-224-3041 202-228-5171 http://martinez.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?FuseAction=ContactInformation.ContactForm
McCain, John AZ R 202-224-2235 202-228-2862 http://mccain.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?FuseAction=Contact.ContactForm
McCaskill, Claire MO D 202-224-6154 202-228-6326 http://mccaskill.senate.gov/contact/
McConnell, Mitch KY R 202-224-2541 202-224-2499 http://mcconnell.senate.gov/contact_form.cfm
Mikulski, Barbara MD D 202-224-4654 202-224-8858 http://mikulski.senate.gov/Contact/contact.cfm
Murkowski, Lisa AK R 202-224-6665 202-224-5301 http://murkowski.senate.gov/contact.cfm
Nelson, Ben NE D 202-224-6551 202-228-0012 http://bennelson.senate.gov/contact/email.cfm
Nelson, Bill FL D 202-224-5274 202-228-2183 http://billnelson.senate.gov/contact/email.cfm
Obama, Barack IL D 202-224-2854 202-228-4260 http://obama.senate.gov/contact/
Pryor, Mark AR D 202-224-2353 202-228-0908 http://pryor.senate.gov/contact/
Roberts, Pat KS R 202-224-4774 202-224-3514 http://roberts.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?FuseAction=ContactInformation.EmailPat
Rockefeller, John WV D 202-224-6472 202-224-7665 http://rockefeller.senate.gov/contact/email.cfm
Salazar, Ken CO D 202-224-5852 202-228-5036 http://salazar.senate.gov/contact/email.cfm
Sessions, Jeff AL R 202-224-4124 202-224-3149 http://sessions.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?FuseAction=ConstituentServices.ContactMe
Shelby, Richard AL R 202-224-5744 202-224-3416 http://shelby.senate.gov/resources/contact.htm
Smith, Gordon OR R 202-224-3753 202-228-3997 http://gsmith.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?FuseAction=Contact.Home
Snowe, Olympia ME R 202-224-5344 202-224-1946 http://snowe.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?FuseAction=ContactSenatorSnowe.Email
Specter, Arlen PA R 202-224-4254 202-228-1229 http://specter.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?FuseAction=Contact.ContactForm
Stevens, Ted AK R 202-224-3004 202-224-2354 http://stevens.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?FuseAction=Contact.EmailSenatorStevens
Sununu, John NH R 202-224-2841 202-228-4131 mailbox@sununu.senate.gov
Thune, John SD R 202-224-2321 202-228-5429 http://thune.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?FuseAction=Contact.Email
Vitter, David LA R 202-224-4623 202-228-5061 http://vitter.senate.gov/?module=webformIQV1
Voinovich, George OH R 202-224-3353 202-228-1382 http://voinovich.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?FuseAction=Contact.ContactForm
Warner, John VA R 202-224-2023 202-224-6295 http://warner.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?FuseAction=Contact.ContactForm
Webb, James VA D 202-224-4024 202-228-6363 http://webb.senate.gov/contact/
Whitehouse, Sheldon RI D 202-224-2921 202-228-6362 http://whitehouse.senate.gov/contact.cfm
Wicker, Roger MS R 202-224-6253 202-228-0378 http://wicker.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?FuseAction=ContactMe.EmailSenatorWicker


For everyone who tried to get the bastards to do the right thing:

“But I tried, didn’t I? Goddammit, at least I did that.”

 - R.P. McMurphy (Jack Nicholson) - One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest

Maybe we should send them something.  Any ideas

Tonight on K Street

Congratulations guys - you really earned this one.

This Week in Tyranny

No Associated Press content was harmed in the writing of this post

LATE UPDATE: Marcy notes that DNI Mike McConnell and AG Michael Mukasey wrote: “As we have previously noted, any FISA modernization bill must contain effective legal protections for those companies sued because they are believed to have helped the Government prevent terrorist attacks in the aftermath of September 11, 2001.”  (My emphasis.)  Since the companies were doing surveillance before then as well wouldn’t they be subject to civil suits over any lawbreaking prior to 9/11?  (Last update: Marcy writes “My guess is the stuff that happened pre-9/11 had more to do with the hardware side of things, and less with the data mining and lack of probable cause. But that’s a guess.”  What that means as far as civil suits go is left to more knowledgable people than me.  Since there aren’t any lawsuits filed from that period there isn’t any smoking gun we know of.  And if I’m not mistaken the statute of limitations is five years, so all this could be moot anyway.  As I said, better minds.)

Larisa Alexandrovna has a lovely meditation on patriotism.  A naturalized citizen who puts us born here to shame.

According to Salon Richard Myers “helped quash dissent from across the U.S. military as the Bush administration first set up a brutal interrogation regime for terrorism suspects, according to newly public documents and testimony from an ongoing Senate probe.”  A few bad apples indeed.

LA Times: “A federal appeals court said Monday that the U.S. military improperly labeled a Chinese Muslim held at Guantanamo Bay an ‘enemy combatant’ and it ordered that he be released, transferred or granted a new hearing.”  Your War On Terror dollars at work.

Here’s a quick review of the moral bankruptcy on the right when it comes to civil rights.  The story:

A federal judge in San Francisco dismissed a lawsuit Wednesday that sought to prove President Bush acted illegally in 2001 when he ordered the wiretapping of phone calls between Americans and suspected foreign terrorists without court approval. 

The only reaction I could find on the right:

I always love it when activists sue over some alleged harm to them, but find that they can only articulate the harm in the most general terms. Was the harm here that they were being wiretapped (because it was believed they were diverting funds to terrorists) or that they knew they were being wiretapped?

(Don Surber didn’t comment directly on it, but he did demonstrate that he’s incapable of understanding a story containing more than one fact.)  There’s a good segment of the right that literally does not believe in liberty, as evidenced by a “if you’re not doing anything wrong you shouldn’t worry about being monitored” attitude.  In other words, authoritarian.  The assumption for those who believe in liberty is that the government doesn’t get to crawl up your ass with a flashlight unless there’s a damn good reason that can be demonstrated in a court of law if need be.

Read this relentlessly dishonest editorial from the Washington Post to get an idea of just how abysmal commentary on the FISA bill has been.

We understand the heartfelt arguments of those who believe that closing the courthouse door to Americans who claim the warrantless wiretapping invaded their privacy rights represents “an abandonment of the rule of law,” as Sen. Christopher J. Dodd (D-Conn.) said last month.

But the fact remains that no one can claim with certainty that his or her communications were monitored…The telecommunications companies complied with a government request after being assured, in writing, that the activities had been authorized by the president and deemed lawful by the attorney general.

Simply wretched.  Cato has a good takedown but this was some seriously low-hanging fruit.

Finally on a non-executive power note, this from our President: “We’re strong dollar people in this administration.”  Listen, dummy: The value of the dollar is not something you have faith in like God or WMD in Iraq but something that exists independently of your thoughts on the matter.  And if you really want for that value to be high then you don’t spend eight years cutting taxes and increasing spending and ignoring deficits as they mount.  The fact that we’re taking our wallets into the bathroom with us in case we’re out of White Cloud is on you, baby, and you ain’t talking your way out of it.