Flashpoint: Ferguson, by Mark Erickson

On August 9, 2014, Michael Brown, an unarmed 18 year old African American citizen of Ferguson Missouri, was shot multiple times in cold blood during daylight hours by a white police officer. The teen’s body laid in the street for FOUR hours because police labeled the shooting a crime scene instead of sending the . . . → Read More: Flashpoint: Ferguson, by Mark Erickson

Jack Bruce RIP, by Pat Thomas

There are unconfirmed reports that bassist/vocalist Jack Bruce is dead. Frankly, that matters little, as I’ve enjoyed his presence for decades and it won’t diminish now. I carry a copy of his solo LPs “Songs For a Tailor” and “Harmony Row” with me at all times. As a teenager, those Cream records became rooted . . . → Read More: Jack Bruce RIP, by Pat Thomas

Chief Wahoo Must Go! By Steve Stav

With the World Series underway, I should add one more push to the notion of eliminating the Cleveland Indians’ “Chief Wahoo” logo.

Polls in Ohio have shown a majority of fans have no objection to this caricature – and many of those who do admit its obvious racism still stamp their approval with the . . . → Read More: Chief Wahoo Must Go! By Steve Stav

Time Again For October Baseball, by Chuck Strom

National Anthem

When I grew up, the prospect of seeing the San Francisco Giants play in October seemed outside the scope of reality. In 1971, at the tail end of the Mays-McCovey era, they lost the National League Championship Series to the Pittsburgh Pirates in four games. I was eight years old at the . . . → Read More: Time Again For October Baseball, by Chuck Strom

Random thoughts at the beginning of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, from a husband of someone with Stage IV breast cancer, by Steve Stav

Random thoughts at the beginning of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, from a husband of someone with Stage IV breast cancer: 1. There are no losers in the “battle;” some just run out of time. 2. There are an awful lot of people with breast cancer out there, women (and men), who have go through . . . → Read More: Random thoughts at the beginning of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, from a husband of someone with Stage IV breast cancer, by Steve Stav

From Church Pew to Daley Plaza, the Tragic Descent of Chicago’s Troubled “Sign Guy” by Mark Erickson

This is a sad story about life and mental illness in the great city of Chicago.

Approximately 15 years ago, Pastor Arthur A. R. Nelson invited an Iranian immigrant, Farhad Khoiee-Abbasi, to worship at North Park Covenant Church, located in Chicago, Illinois. Farhad, an engineer by training, became a Christian and an active church . . . → Read More: From Church Pew to Daley Plaza, the Tragic Descent of Chicago’s Troubled “Sign Guy” by Mark Erickson

Jimmy Garner, RIP

Portland humanitarian and actress Gretchen Corbett played Jim Rockford’s sexy lawyer, Beth Davenport.

Sad news from the world of entertainment today.

http://online.wsj.com/articles/james-garner-tv-star-dies-aged-86-1405856731

I’ve had a variety of scattered thoughts since I heard the news an hour ago:

I just can’t believe that a man that good-looking would ever die.

He was the John . . . → Read More: Jimmy Garner, RIP

Charlie Haden RIP‏, by Tom Kipp

Sad news for those of us who loved/still love “Jazz with a Future”….and the precious few musicians with the courage to reach for it, much less actually ARRIVE there, as Charlie Haden did on so many occasions.

P.S. This Fred Kaplan is NOT the academic and Nineties Gore Vidal biographer with whom Gore had . . . → Read More: Charlie Haden RIP‏, by Tom Kipp

Washington Teachers Stage Huge Protest Against Bill Gates’ Common Core Curriculum, by Holly Homan

Thursday evening June 26 approximately three hundred teachers and public school support personnel gathered in Seattle’s Westlake Center to hold a rally against the new Common Core Standards (CCS) before marching one mile to the Gates Building and holding a rally and protest there for over an hour.

Common Core Standards was created by . . . → Read More: Washington Teachers Stage Huge Protest Against Bill Gates’ Common Core Curriculum, by Holly Homan

Conscious Culture Festival 2014 to be Held June 20-22 at The Barter Faire Site, Tonasket, WA

Located in the mountains of North Central, WA, just about 30 miles from the Canadian border, the Conscious Culture Festival proudly reaches its 5th year on June 20-22, 2014. CCF is the largest Roots, Rock, and Reggae festival of its kind in the Northwest. The festival has steadily gained a loyal following since . . . → Read More: Conscious Culture Festival 2014 to be Held June 20-22 at The Barter Faire Site, Tonasket, WA

Richie Ramone Headlines A Night Of Five Punk Bands at El Corazon, by Holly Homan

Friday night, March 7, Seattle’s El Corazon hosted five explosive punk bands headlined by the infamous Richie Ramone, the third drummer for the Ramones (1983 to 1987).

Richie began the set behind a large drum kit, but switched to being the front man with a mic while rhythm guitarist Ben Reagan (and probably the . . . → Read More: Richie Ramone Headlines A Night Of Five Punk Bands at El Corazon, by Holly Homan

Amtrak Writer in Residence Program Seeks to Put Creative Professionals on a Train and Take Them Away

Amtrak’s Writer in Residence Program is a great idea. I did this informally and on my own dime in the train equivalent of coach class in the 80s numerous times when I traveled between Seattle and Chicago on the Empire Builder, a train with a stout and classic name, and recorded the straight fire . . . → Read More: Amtrak Writer in Residence Program Seeks to Put Creative Professionals on a Train and Take Them Away

Spinal Tap: It Was 30 Years Ago Today, by Mark Erickson

Thirty years ago today, March 2, 1984, the film This is Spinal Tap was released. This rockumentary, or mockumentary, directed by Rob Reiner, featured Christopher Guest (Nigel Tufnel), Michael McKean (David St. Hubbins), Harry Shearer (Derek Smalls), and a bevy of actors and actresses in guest spots. Numerous actors filled in the role of . . . → Read More: Spinal Tap: It Was 30 Years Ago Today, by Mark Erickson

Accredited Dental Hygiene Schools in California

Do you reside in the Golden State and have dreams of becoming a Dental Hygienist? Check out these top 10 dental hygiene schools in California. With 27 schools in California offering Dental Hygienist programs, it can get difficult to choose which one is the best. Check out our top picks:

1. University of Southern . . . → Read More: Accredited Dental Hygiene Schools in California

10 Jobs That Require No Experience: Apply Now!

Jobs that require no experience is a great way to jumpstart one’s career, especially if the pay offered is very competitive.

The Stereotypical Scenario

Fresh out of college, the degree holder starts to embark on his career. But where should he/she start? The choices are limited by the career opportunities available. Often times, the . . . → Read More: 10 Jobs That Require No Experience: Apply Now!

Screening for Hearing Problems Can Solve Many Issues Later

There are many things that a new born baby is screened for in order to protect the child from complications later. Of these, hearing is an important aspect that could greatly alter a way the child develops. His or her brain may function flawlessly, but there is certain stimuli created from hearing that could . . . → Read More: Screening for Hearing Problems Can Solve Many Issues Later

Hundreds Gather In Near Freezing Temperatures To Protest the Keystone Pipeline, by Holly Homan

Monday night was a night of action all over the country to protest the newly released environmental analysis that the proposed Keystone Pipeline will not increase global warming. What hasn’t been mentioned is that said analysis was written by a company with deep ties to the oil industry and the company that wants to . . . → Read More: Hundreds Gather In Near Freezing Temperatures To Protest the Keystone Pipeline, by Holly Homan

R.I.P. Pete Seeger 1919 – 2014, By Chris Eckman

Goodnight Pete Seeger. One hates to think of the songs that might disappear with his passing. Like us all he got some things wrong…his reaction to “electric” Dylan for example. But his belief in hand-made, rooted music as a progressive force was infinite and inspiring.

– Chris Eckman

Pete Seeger’s Wikipedia Page

No . . . → Read More: R.I.P. Pete Seeger 1919 – 2014, By Chris Eckman

The Three Stooges, Out of Makeup

Best Classic Sports Cars Of 2014

Any vehicle that has a compact frame, sleek styling and two seats can be referred to as a “sports car,” in the strictest sense. However, that is not all there is to sports cars, and this has been shown by automotive history. Many sports cars have come and gone, but only the truly . . . → Read More: Best Classic Sports Cars Of 2014