A Great Idea: A Global Warming Denier in Charge of the Environment

Ummmmmm, maybe not the best of ideas ever putting Representative John Shimkus (R ill.) as chairman of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce. Firstly, the man is a well known long-time global warming denier and secondly, Shimkus is a religious loon of the highest order. The House Energy and Commerce Committee oversees legislation related to issues including the supply and delivery of energy, public health, and air quality and environmental health. Three other Republicans  Rep. Joe Barton (Texas), Rep. Fred Upton (Michigan), and Rep. Cliff Stearns (Florida)  are seeking the chairmanship of this committee. Although Shimkus is not likely to win the chair, the mere fact that he is allowed to shamelessly throw his hat into the ring astutely points out the entire lack of credibility that lays within the Republican Party. During an interview with Politico last week Shimkus said, I do believe in the Bible as...

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The Who’s Final Tour: Why All the Hate?

When it was recently announced that The Who would take on one last world tour, I must say that I was beyond dismayed at the press and public’s general reaction to the news. It broke my heart more than just a little. The venom being spewed was a little frightening. Comments ranged from mildly annoyed to downright nasty. People spoke of the fact that this is not the first time they have announced their ‘final tour’, this isn’t the Who since the passing of Keith Moon and John Entwhistle, they are far too old to be out there again and they haven’t had a hit in years. Sure, they announced their farewell tour 30 years ago and again in 2006, but c’mon people cut Pete and Roger a little slack here. These two rock music phenoms, at ages 68 and 69 respectively, are about to embark on an endeavor...

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The Anniversary of the Day Sid Vicious Almost Died

While perusing rock and roll history sites to find something to pique my interest I discovered that it was on this day 35 years ago that Sid Vicious attempted suicide after being released from police custody. He had been charged with the second degree murder of his girlfriend, Nancy Spungen. I know that this doesn’t sound like a very fascinating fact or much of an anniversary to celebrate, let alone write about, but The Sex Pistols have always been a guilty pleasure of mine ever since I heard the album Never Mind the Bullocks, Here’s the Sex Pistols back in 1978 and I have always had a bit of a morbid obsession with Sid and Nancy. They were a mere curiosity for me until I saw the critically acclaimed film Sid and Nancy, directed by Alex Cox and starring Gary Oldman and Chloe Webb in what can only be...

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Tea Party Leader Contemplates Lawsuit Against Homosexuality

Just when you thought you had heard everything there is to offer from right wing zealots over the past few years, out of the moldy woodwork comes Rick Scarborough with the idea of filing a class action lawsuit against homosexuality. For those of you who are not familiar with Ricky, here is a short bio. Scarborough was a Baptist pastor from Pearland, Texas and now is the founder and head of Vision America, self-described to “inform, encourage and mobilize pastors and their congregations to be proactive in restoring Judeo-Christian values to the moral and civic framework in their communities, states, and our nation.” Rick also heads up the Judeo-Christian Council for Constitutional Restoration (that group’s name needs no defining, me thinks). He has B.A. from Houston Baptist University, a M. Div. from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, and a D. Min from Louis… okay, I’ll stop now. I think you...

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And This Year’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Nominees Are

  This year’s crop of nominees for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland Ohio have been announced. In the running this time around is Nirvana, Kiss, N.W.A. and solo artists Peter Gabriel, LL Cool J, Linda Ronstadt and Cat Stevens are among the 16 nominees .  They are joined by Hall and Oates, the Replacements, Deep Purple, the Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Link Wray, the Meters, Chic, Yes, and the Zombies. The first thing that jumped off of the page when I read this story was the fact that Deep Purple were not already in the Hall. Say what? This can’t be. Surely, someone has made a glaring mistake. This is a band that has sold over 100 million albums worldwide and are responsible for one of the defining albums of a generation, Machine Head. I recall going to a party as a teenager just after...

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Averting Default: Six Chicks That Saved the Day

Senators John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Mark Pryor (D-Ark.) said that the yeoman’s share of the work and, therefore, credit in averting an economic meltdown was owed to the women senators who sat on the bipartisan committee that laid the framework for the debt deal. Of the 14 members on the committee six were women. Susan Collins (R-Maine) started the group, and Sens. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.), Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) and Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.) all took part in negotiations.   It is admirable and it must be noted that there are Republicans who have resisted the pressure of the Tea Party and sought instead to find a bipartisan solution. They include the three female Republican senators on the committee, Collins, Ayotte and Murkowski and it was these women who along with their Democratic counterparts put forward a workable proposal in the Senate, and thus shook...

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Ted Nugent: The GOP Bagman is at it Again

Ted Nugent is at it again. The Motor City Madman recently took to the conservative airways to voice his support for the recent government shutdown and slam President Barack Obama. On the conservative website named Make My Day, Shut it Down, Nugent said, “The government is so out of control. It is so bloated and infested with fraud and deceit and corruption and abuse of power. The American government today will go down and the American people, it breaks my heart to say… will go down as the dumbest, most unappreciative society in the history of humankind.” Too funny, Ted, anything else? President Obama is a, “… monster in the White House who wouldn’t qualify to drive my tour bus.” Okay, Ted, only if you say so. How quaint, a black man driving a white man around town. Strom Thurmond would be proud, as would David Dukes and any...

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Obamacare or the ACA? The Name Makes a Difference

On the day that the federal government shuttered the doors on 800,000 public sector workers the Affordable Care Act (ACA) went into effect across the nation and people could shop for health coverage on the Obamacare’s new health insurance exchanges. Love it or hate it, it is now the law of the land, yet there are some who will spare no taxpayer’s expense or effort to either repeal or defund it. The pure vitriol directed toward a law meant to bring the country into the modern age with other industrialized nations and legislate some form of universal health care has been nothing short of breathtaking. Mr. Obama’s attempt to drag the United State’s health care ranking above 37th in the world, according to the World Health Organization, has been met with such resistance that it begs the question, ‘Just why would anyone object to having an all inclusive health...

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