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The hard part of democracy: Respecting a result you don’t like.

Yesterday, Scotland’s long-awaited referendum on potential independence for the United Kingdom ended with a No vote. The result was fairly decisive, confounding expectations from polls taken just a few days … Continue reading

September 19, 2014 · 3 Comments

Metal for Friday: Grave Digger “Rebellion” featuring Hansi Kürsch and Van Canto. [video]

To honor the people of Scotland and their historic vote yesterday–about which I’ll have more to say tonight–I thought the first Metal for Friday since my return from my research … Continue reading

September 19, 2014 · Leave a comment

Five summers worse than 2014: An answer to The Daily Beast.

I read a lot of news/politics sites, and one of them, although I don’t agree with it a lot of the time, is The Daily Beast. A few days ago … Continue reading

September 2, 2014 · 1 Comment

The Chief checks out: the history of Presidential vacations.

It’s August, and the political chattering class–never very mature to begin with–have, in their lack of interest in any substantive matters, spilled a lot of magnetic ink over President Obama’s … Continue reading

August 27, 2014 · 1 Comment

“Where The Wind Withers Memory”: A photo farewell to Wacken Open Air.

This post is about a heavy metal festival, Wacken Open Air (read my diary of the 2014 festival here), but the music to this particular post is a Beach Boys … Continue reading

August 12, 2014 · 2 Comments

The Last Wacken, Chapter VI: All Good Things…

This is Part VI, and the final chapter, of my Wacken Open Air 2014 diary. The first installment is here, Chapter II is here, Chapter III is here, Chapter IV is here, and … Continue reading

August 11, 2014 · 5 Comments

The Last Wacken, Chapter V: Megadeth, Avantasia, and (almost) the End of an Era.

This is Part V of my Wacken Open Air 2014 diary. The first installment is here, Chapter II is here, Chapter III is here, and Chapter IV is here. SATURDAY, AUGUST 2, … Continue reading

August 10, 2014 · 2 Comments

The Last Wacken, Chapter IV: Lemmy Lives, Slayer Rocks, and We Receive a Startling Proposition.

This is Part IV of my Wacken Open Air 2014 diary. The first installment is here, Chapter II is here, and Chapter III is here. FRIDAY, AUGUST 1, 2014.  6:38 AM. … Continue reading

August 9, 2014 · 4 Comments

The Last Wacken, Chapter III: Dusty Sunset and a Stairway to Heaven.

This is Part III of my Wacken Open Air 2014 diary. Chapter I is here, Chapter II is here. THURSDAY, JULY 31, 2014.  7:00 AM. It’s hard to sleep very late … Continue reading

August 8, 2014 · 1 Comment

Metal for Friday: Avantasia “Reach Out For The Light.” [video]

I’m back from Wacken Open Air, and so many of the great songs I heard there are still ringing in my head. This is one of them. “Reach Out For … Continue reading

August 8, 2014 · Leave a comment
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