Sunday, May 30, 2010

Countering "The Limbaugh Victory"

The New York Times declined to print my letter to the editor in response to Zev Chafets' opinion piece, "The Limbaugh Victory" so I am posting it here: 

In the "The Limbaugh Victory" Zev Chafets suggests that Rush Limbaugh is single-handedly responsible for 2010 Republican successes. While Chafets rightly points to Limbaugh's influence dating back to 1994, he ignores the radio host's steadfastness between 1994 and 2010. What is unique about Limbaugh and other far rightwing politicians, pundits, and activists - and what is sorely missing from the left - is their unwavering positions, even in years when those positions are unpopular or inexpedient. Rather than compromising, Limbaugh and those like him instead insist that everyone tow the line. It is this consistency and preparation that allows movements such as the Tea Party to emerge quickly at opportune moments. Rather than portraying Limbaugh as a powerful individual in 2010, Chafets would do well to present this more complex, longitudinal strategy so that we who oppose the movements that Limbaugh stands for can better understand how to fight them.

Monday, May 17, 2010

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Sleigh! Bells!

With all the shit going down in Arizona, writing deadlines, physical pains, the economy...(the list goes on), the band Sleigh Bells came over my headphones tonight like a breath of fresh air...If fresh air were infectious poppy, funky electro-bliss that immediately lightens your mood by hitting you over the head - hard - with cotton candy. 

Here's a video of the opening track to their new album performed live at SXSW. They evidently had a lot of technical problems that night, but you can catch the joy in this version, nonetheless.

For a short time you can listen to the entire album Treats for free at NPR's Exclusive First Listen.  

Bob Boilen writes, "I recently made the mistake of putting it on at 6:45 a.m., and I don't think they meant for me to do that." Well, Bob, I haven't tried that yet, but I can tell you that at 11:04 p.m. Sleigh Bells is just what the ear doctor ordered.


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