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Whites Riot: That’s Not What Joe Strummer Had in Mind

So, they’re at it again. In the aftermath of Ohio State’s (unexpected) victory over Oregon in the first-ever College Football Playoff Championship Game – is that what it’s called? There have been so many iterations of the college football championship it’s hard to know what’s what – students at OSU’s campus in Columbus, Ohio, were...
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Garland Jeffreys’ “The Rest of My Life Tour” Returns to Chicago

Pausing between songs at his intimate, mostly acoustic November 6 show at SPACE in Evanston, Illinois, New York singer/songwriter Garland Jeffreys quipped, “So, we’re on this little tour … I call it ‘The Rest of My Life Tour’ ….” At 72 and still bringing down the house, you can’t begrudge him the hint of road-weariness...
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Eric Holder and the March Toward Marriage Equality

When Pres. Obama announced Attorney General Eric Holder’s pending retirement Thursday, our friends on the right seemed to lose their composure. The Cato Institute’s Ilya Shapiro posted an article on the organization’s website – which has since been removed – in which he compared Holder to noted segregationist George Wallace: “Holder, according to Shapiro’s column,...
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Really, ESPN?

So, let’s review. The First Amendment doesn’t restrict the activities of private organizations, including the employment practices of private organizations. That’s why it says “Congress shall make no law … abridging the freedom of speech.” Congress, not your employer. Which means that if you say something your employer doesn’t like, it can suspend you, with...
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Crime and Forgiveness

On our last episode of Sportsball, we discussed Mike Tyson’s awkward and extremely NSFW appearance on the Canadian television show, CP24 Dayside (video courtesy of The Majority Report with Sam Seder.) Tyson was in Toronto earlier this month to promote his stage show, and, while there, met with Rob Ford, that city’s controversial mayor. That...
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What an NFL Hero Looks Like

One of the saddest images to emerge in a NFL season that so far has been filled with horrible images was that of Charles Tillman, sitting on the sidelines of last night’s Bears-49ers game in newly minted Levi’s Stadium, tears streaming down his face. Tillman had just reinjured his right triceps, the same muscle he...
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What About Ben?

I didn’t watch the Steelers-Ravens game on Thursday Night Football, and it’s not because I’m already overdosing on the NFL … although, with the obscene proliferation of televised games this year, that’s not altogether out of the question. No, I just couldn’t bring myself to watch a game that could fairly be called the Super...