Retro-review: ‘Dragline’ by Paw

Paw was one of those bands that should have broke through to the mainstream but never did. It’s hard to figure out why they didn’t, especially after one hears their 1993 album Dragline. The music on Dragline is not easy to classify. You could call it grunge or metal. Considering they’re from Lawrence, Kansas, you could maybe call them “Heartland Grunge.” Paw were in a … Continue reading Retro-review: ‘Dragline’ by Paw

Brainfood: Space war is coming

Bryan Bender and Jacqueline Klimas believe that everything from the upper atmosphere to the moon is becoming a battleground that will see Russia, China and the U.S. facing off in a space war. It won’t be a war between spaceships, but instead, it will be attacks on satellites in order to make opponents vulnerable to Earth-based missile attacks. Admittedly, this is one area where Trump … Continue reading Brainfood: Space war is coming

Brainfood: Welcome to the branding presidency

According to Daniel Drezner of the Washington Post, Donald Trump’s Tweet rage reflects the only thing he has left in his presidency: Branding. Drezner said that Trump is near powerless at this point and unlikely to achieve anything of note before this year’s general election. Indeed, Trump’s empty threat to veto the omnibus, and the outrage from his base about the spending, suggest how powerless … Continue reading Brainfood: Welcome to the branding presidency

Sacred Reich’s ‘Independent’ still good, not great

Don’t you hate it when something you really liked when you were young isn’t quite as great as you remember? That was my experience with Sacred Reich’s 1993 album Independent. When I bought this album, I was 15 years old. I saw the video for the title song on Headbangers Ball and I thought “man, I have got to get this.” A couple of weeks … Continue reading Sacred Reich’s ‘Independent’ still good, not great

Trump on the path to destroy America

Not only is Donald Trump a threat to the global order, but he is also a direct threat to American institutions. All throughout his campaign and presidency, he has attacked the free press, checks and balances and other checks on the power of his office. E.J. Dionne believes we’re heading to a breaking point where Trump will do so much damage that U.S. institutions cannot … Continue reading Trump on the path to destroy America

There’s nobody to stop Trump from using nuclear weapons

Nuclear war is serious business. Unless you’re U.S. President Donald Trump. If you’re him, you respond to the very real possibility of a conflict due to a war of words you’re escalating with a dick joke: North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un just stated that the “Nuclear Button is on his desk at all times.” Will someone from his depleted and food starved regime please … Continue reading There’s nobody to stop Trump from using nuclear weapons

Will Trump steer the country to civil war?

What sort of long-term damage will Donald Trump leave when he is done with America? That seems to be the question on many people’s mind. This includes Neal Gabler of Moyers and Company. Modern conservatism, like debased religion, has an explanation for everything, and there is nothing mysterious or spiritual about it. Trump understood the desire for some all-encompassing answer, as demagogues always do. Demagogues … Continue reading Will Trump steer the country to civil war?

USA Today: Is there no bottom to Trump’s vileness?

How low can Donald Trump go? The Editorial Board of USA Today wonders if he will ever hit rock bottom in regards to his vileness. This isn’t about the policy differences we have with all presidents or our disappointment in some of their decisions. Obama and Bush both failed in many ways. They broke promises and told untruths, but the basic decency of each man was never … Continue reading USA Today: Is there no bottom to Trump’s vileness?

Trump makes attacks on press acceptable

When authoritarians attack the press, it’s usually because they find facts to be inconvenient. Donald Trump is an example of that. He’s a man that tries to create his own world, aided and abetted by people who try to reinforce his version of reality on those around him. He loves the term “fake news.” He uses it to scapegoat journalists and stoke hostility toward them. … Continue reading Trump makes attacks on press acceptable

Wilentz: Trump’s anti-government mission has been successful

Sean Wilentz of Rolling Stone says the Trump has been effective at his mission of destroying the government. He contrasts Trump with Ronald Reagan, an anti-government President who didn’t destroy the country. It’s not a positive comparison. But, Trump has never ran on positivity, just fear, anger and scapegoating. [Trump] sees no American mission in the world, only a brutal contest for domination in which … Continue reading Wilentz: Trump’s anti-government mission has been successful