This Swedish band, Goat, is from Korpilombolo. There were in Chicago two days ago. I should have gone. Drat! Sweden produces great music these days… Opeth and Meshuggah are very different from Goat.
– Mark Erickson
. . . → Read More: GOAT live at Truckstop Alaska, Gothenburg, By Mark Erickson
Passage from Escape From the Planet of the Apes.
Zira: I should have said that chimpanzees had no part in the destruction of Earth. Only the gorillas and the orangutans.
E.2.: What’s the difference? You’re all monkeys.
Cornelius: Please do not use the word ‘monkey.’ We find it offensive. As an . . . → Read More: The Minnesota Starvation Experiment: Their Conscience Drove Them to Starve, By Mark Erickson
In the months before the United States invaded Iraq on March 19, 2003, leaders of the Bush (#43) regime, i.e., National Security Advisor Condoleeza Rice, Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, and Vice President Dick Cheney, made statements to various organizations such as the United Nations, Veterans of Foreign Wars, the House+Senate Armed Forces Committees, . . . → Read More: Some Iraq War Questions Still Unanswered a Decade Later, By Mark Erickson
In this latest installment, you will learn that George W. Bush was the worst president in our lifetime.
Earlier this month the European Court of Human Rights found the CIA guilty of torturing a German citizen, Khaled el Masri. Allegations included kidnapping him in Macedonia, covertly transferring him via extraordinary rendition to an Afghan . . . → Read More: George W. Bush Was the Worst President in our Lifetime, By Mark Erickson
My church arranged speakers over the four Sundays preceding the national election to facilitate discussion concerning “Christian Faith and this Year’s Election Issues.” Last Sunday, retired North Park University Professor of New Testament, Dr. Cal Katter, focused on the dire economic issue of America’s widening gap between the rich and everyone else. Dr. Katter . . . → Read More: Please Pray Before You Vote, By Mark Erickson
In the Business section of yesterday’s conservative Chicago Tribune, writer Gail MarksJarvis has a column about the Standard & Poor 500 index’s performance over the last five years. I will use her analysis to further inform the masses of the depth of the damage caused to this country by President Obama’s immediate predecessor, #43. . . . → Read More: Supposed Socialist Obama Has in Fact Revived Stock Markets, By Mark Erickson
George W. Bush (43) was notably absent at the Republican National Convention, and his two-term administration was barely mentioned. However, brother Jeb quipped “during incredibly challenging times,  kept us safe.” What ?! 9/11 happened on the watch of 43! In fact, Condoleeza Rice testified during the 9/11 Congressional Inquiry that a Presidential . . . → Read More: Thoughts about 43 on 9.11.12, By Mark Erickson
My neighbor, Bill Werner, MD, MPH, authored this article for my church’s monthly newsletter. I am copying it verbatim with his permission, as follows:
Soon after the Supreme Court issued its decision that the majority of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) of 2010 was constitutional, I attended a debate by two . . . → Read More: Obamacare, What Now? By Mark Erickson, Dr. Bill Werner
I have had “Vkgoeswild” bookmarked for quite a while, and you should follow. And now she comes through: Only piano for Free Bird. This pianist is amazing! I love her Queen stuff. Check out DP’s Lazy, NIN, and System of a Down (who rawked last month when I saw them) and so many others. . . . → Read More: The Flight of the Bumblebee – Vkgoeswild, By Mark Erickson
In a recent Wall Street Journal, an opinion piece written by Arthur Herman, who is identified only as the author* of a book titled, Freedom’s Forge: How American Business Produced Victory in World War II, focused on the (alleged) aging weaponry used by the military. Mr. Herman lauds the free market in . . . → Read More: Arthur Herman, of American Enterprise Institute, Revives Defense Industry Debate, By Mark Erickson
I heard a stirring tune sung in Italian on my evening commute the other day. I went to the station’s website, www.wnur.org, which is the student-run, self-sufficient radio station at Northwestern University. My one source research has led me to Italian prog. GOTTA visit http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oz86bw70Beg and search for Museo Rosenbach on YouTube.
. . . → Read More: IL BALLETTO DI BRONZO – Introduzione (1/2) By Mark Erickson
On January 16, 2012, Mitt Romney tweeted that, “More Americans have lost their jobs under Barack Obama than any president in modern history.” I am so tired of hearing GOP Presidential candidates bash President Obama’s alleged folly. Instead, let’s focus on the last decade.
First, according to the Wall Street Journal, the eight years . . . → Read More: Clarifying the Facts on Obama’s Job Creation Record, By Mark Erickson
Army Private Bradley Manning has been charged with aiding the enemy, transmitting defense information in violation of the Espionage Act and more than 20 other crimes. He could face life in a military prison. I viewed three of the files he is accused of illegally transmitting. Two had incident coordinates and basically nothing more . . . → Read More: Lax Army Oversight of Bradley Manning: How Did a Mere Private Gain Access to Highly Classified Information? By Mark Erickson
We’re in the second week of January and America has yet to crown the national champion. And the Rose Bowl Parade took place on January 2. My response will be brief, but could be a graduate thesis. The Illinois/UCLA game was emblematic of numerous problems. I forget the name of the bowl game in . . . → Read More: What Is Wrong With College Football? By Mark Erickson
The parallel to this story found on the website of the Evangelical Covenant Church (anybody like Mission Covenant Church better?) and Mr. Alice Cooper is the death penalty. Man should not execute human subjects because the person could at some point invite Christ into his/her life. Penitentiary is derived from penitence; they should sit . . . → Read More: What Alice Cooper’s Conversion Teaches Us About the Death Penalty, By Mark Erickson
In 1989, Pedophilia State University head football coach Joe Paterno wrote a book called “By the Book.” How telling, in retrospect. In the strictest sense, Coach Paterno adhered to his legal requirement by reporting to his supervisor the anal rape of a 10 year old child by Paterno’s longtime friend and coworker. Perhaps Coach . . . → Read More: WWJD: What Would Joe Do? By Mark Erickson
“To our Fans and Friends: As R.E.M., and as lifelong friends and co-conspirators, we have decided to call it a day as a band. We walk away with a great sense of gratitude, of finality, and of astonishment at all we have accomplished. To anyone who ever felt touched by our music, our . . . → Read More: REM Breaks Up After 31 Years as a Band – Reactions Pour in From Around the World
This is what I recall about 9/11/01. Normal day at the office, working in my 8’8′ cube across from soon-to-retire George Vuscko. A co-worker announces the first WTC building had been hit and then I discover that no one has internet access. We’re waiting for the decision to evacuate, which must come from D.C. . . . → Read More: What I Remember of 9/11/2001 in Downtown Chicago, By Mark Erickson
This poetic little nugget (sent in by Mark Erickson) comparing and contrasting the Burst Beat with the Blast Beat, may be the most expansively cosmic piece of music writing ever. Titled, “Transcendental Black Metal: A Vision of Apocalyptic Humanism,” this ponderous net-ifesto has ignited controversy wherever it has been read. The author, Hunter Hunt-Hendrix, . . . → Read More: Hunter Hunt-Hendrix – Liturgy’s Self-Styled Tempest in the Teapot of United States Black Metal, By Eric Buhle
Last weekend my entire family went to the theater to watch “Rise of the Planet of the Apes.” “Rise” is the prequel to the 1968 movie starring Charlton Heston and Roddy McDowell. In a nutshell, “Rise” is one of the worst movies I’ve ever seen in a theater. Where shall I begin? Well, . . . → Read More: Bitten by Hollywood Hype – Skip Rise of the Planet of the Apes, By Mark Erickson