A good part of the reason I started blogging was because I went to a history conference at a UT branch up between Dallas and Fort Worth and found that, contrary to belief, many well known academic historians have found community history projects to be invaluable because of their focus and details. Photos rated high. Photos with details rate high. Interviews with participants in events rated high. Interviews with older people rated high if you cover their experience and perspective.
- Prairie Weather

“Protest works. Just look at the proof”

Free MP3 sites

Be your own program director. Venture off the beaten path. Live a little.

2dopeboyz: Hip hop. (RSS)

3hive: Sharing the sharing. Free and legal MP3s from over 600 underground and undiscovered artists — new ones added daily. (RSS)

Amazon MP3 Download - Frequency: Weekly. Get the latest on Amazon MP3 music downloads - new releases, freshly ripped hits, and special deals.

Audio Drums - A blog for rare, possibly overlooked, maybe forgotten gems of music with a slight emphasis on electronic and indie genres. (RSS)

Common Folk Music - A blog about music, not just folk music, but all music ranging from indie to alt-country to bluegrass, because music is for the “Common Folk”. (RSS)

Discobelle.net (RSS)

Fiddlefreak Folk Music Blog - Folk, bluegrass, Celtic, and other music of the people. (RSS)

Fingertips Music - Free and legal music. (RSS)

Gorilla Vs Bear (RSS)

Hillydilly: Simply Good Music. (RSS)

I Rock Cleveland: Indie Rock, College Rock, Alt Rock, Modern Rock, Cleveland Rock, and Rock. (RSS)

KEXP Song of the Day: KEXP 90.3 FM - where the music matters (RSS)

Kick Kick Snare (RSS)

Line Of Best Fit - TLOBF.COM | Music Reviews, News, Interviews & Downloads (RSS)

Lipstick Disco - Deep House & Disco music blog fronted by Females (RSS)

Minnesota Public Radio Song of the Day: Music lovers from 89.3 The Current share songs with you each weekday. (RSS)

Muruch (RSS)

Music Like Dirt: Music in all its many forms, mp3’s, live reviews and photography. (RSS)

My Old Kentucky Blog - a music blog that parties with unicorns. (RSS)

Nah Right. (RSS)

ninebullets.net. (RSS)

Rollo & Grady: Los Angeles Music Blog, LA Music Blog (RSS)

Said the Gramophone: a music weblog (RSS)

She Makes Music: She Makes Music focuses on the most exciting and impressive new music created by brilliant and talented female musicians. (RSS)


Sounds Better With Reverb (RSS)

Stereogum: All the MP3s on Stereogum.com (RSS)

their bated breath (RSS)

Women of Hip Hop (RSS)

YouKnowIGotSoul (RSS)

Mourn ya till I join ya

The Wheel’s Still In Spin: Focusing on new music releases and reviews of individual albums as original, fictional short stories (RSS)

A Fifty Cent Lighter & A Whiskey Buzz - This site is just a way for me to have a little fun and share a little music. I’ll highlight some of my favorite artists that I play on the radio and try to expound upon their music in ways I can’t always do on the air. (RSS)

Aminal Sound

Audiofile: Music Blog, Music Articles - Salon.com

Crossfade: The CNET music blog

Direct Current New Music - Adult pop, rock, singer/songwriters, folk, Americana, alt-country, adult alternative, soul, world music, crossover jazz and simply those artists that make us go “hmmm.”(RSS)

GarageBand.com Folk top tracks (RSS)

GarageBand.com Hip Hop top tracks (RSS)

Flawless Hustle: Urban culture blog featuring artist interviews, music reviews, legal music downloads, street art, graffiti and more! (RSS)



The Jon Swift principle: “I will add anyone to my blogroll who adds me to theirs.” Email or leave a comment to let me know.


The Hunting of the Snark

Sites participating in blogroll amnesty day

Jon Swift aka Al Weisel, may he rest in peace. Co-originator of Blogroll Amnesty Day

skippy the bush kangaroo (Co-originator of Blogroll Amnesty Day) (2012)

Vagabond Scholar (2012)
Occasional blogging, mostly of the long-form variety. Keeper of the Jon Swift Memorial Roundup (The Best Posts of the Year, Chosen by the Bloggers Themselves)

Notes From Underground (2012)

Redeye’s Front Page (2012)

Wisdom of the West (2012)

Zen Comix (2012)

pygalgia (2012)

Mikeb302000 (2012)

The Agonist (2012)

Brilliant At Breakfast (2012)

Bacon and Eggs (2012)

Bill Moyers Journal - 13 Jul 2007

I wanted to direct readers to the 13 July edition of Bill Moyers Journal, wherein he and his guests discuss Bush’s abuse of power.  This program casts light on these as impeachable offenses.  For the record, the aim of this blog is NOT to garner support for presidential impeachment,  but future presidents need to know that the current excesses of power cannot be tolerated.


Read the transcript here:  http://www.pbs.org/moyers/journal/07132007/transcript2.html

Watch the show here: http://www.pbs.org/moyers/journal/video_popups/pop_vid_impeachment1-1.html



Mark @ the Pruning Shears

To the candidates:

To the Candidates: 

As we gear up for another Presidential campaign, the candidates are busy trying to jockey for the best position once primary season starts.  And the issues are obvious:  Iraq, health care, the economy, foreign relations.  

But I would like to see the conversation change for this election.  The real issue — the issue that undermines all the other issues — is the issue of executive power.  We currently have an executive in office who feels no obligation to submit to oversight, who values loyalty over competence, ideology over science, and secrecy above all else.

The current batch of presidential candidates needs to take a stand on these issues; the next president cannot continue these ridiculous policies.

Signing statements:  During the Roberts hearings, you couldn’t get enough description of the make-up of the Supreme Court as “three strict constructionists, three moderates, and three activist judges who continually try to legislate from the bench.”  Legislate from the bench?  For the past six years, Bush has (through the use of signing statements) been legislating from the Oval Office!  The constitutional check on the legislature is the president’s veto.  I want to hear the current batch of candidates pledge to either enforce the law as passed in Congress, or veto it.

Executive privilege:  Every use of executive privilege in the past fifty years has been to cover up something shady.  I want the candidates to demonstrate they know it’s a privilege and not a policy.

Secrecy:  The Bush administration has been more secretive than any other administration in recent memory — and it has been to their detriment to do so, if for no other reason than secrecy breeds mistrust.  There are legal avenues available for when our government needs to be secretive.  I want to hear the candidates talk about this and pledge to be open to communication with their constituents.  To recall the popular saying, “if you guard your pencils the way you guard your diamonds, you will protect more pencils and lose more diamonds.”

Political maneuvering:  Politics is, well…  part of Politics.  But come on — for the love of God….   The very idea that the Cheney camp should resist oversight on the basis that the Vice President is not part of the executive branch is laughable to anyone with a seventh grade civics education.  But the fact that anyone out of the White House EVER took that seriously is a symptom of a major problem in our government.  To our next president: please don’t insult me like this.

Resistance to oversight in general:  I voted for my representative so that she could participate in overseeing the executive branch.  That’s her job.  If a candidate really is for the interests of the American people, he or she needs to promise to submit to oversight as mandated by the Constitution.

Focusing on this point - of the current runaway nature of executive power - will be the most effective way out of the “dark ages” of the Bush presidency.  It is the big issue that underscores all the others. 

So to the candidates: Please give us the opportunity to trust you.  

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