New Music: The National, High Violet

As we’ve previously discussed, there are a lot of new albums by great artists coming out this year, and the best of the current crop that just hit the pavement may be the new album High Violet by The National. Continue reading


Why I’m Justified

We’ve talked about the new FX show “Justified” a little bit on Kulturblog, but now that I’m addicted to it like hillbilly heroin I thought I’d try to justify my obsession (so to speak). Continue reading

Are Birthers Just Racists?

It’s the only thing that explains their irrational behavior. I had not previously encountered this subset of Obama critics much in the wild, but recently I spoke at length to an otherwise reasonably intelligent person who insisted that Obama is not entitled to be president because, yep you guessed it, he wasn’t born in this country. I printed off the birth certificate that has been reproduced ad nauseum in many publications and in many locations all over the internet, but to no avail. The argument was that this birth certificate is not acceptable evidence of anything because it is not an original certified copy, and that the original certified copy has never been produced. Well, as you may already know, that just isn’t true. People who are qualified to make judgments about such things have, in fact, seen the original certified copy of the birth certificate, and they have verified that it exists, and it is exactly what it purports to be. The larger question is why these so-called “birthers” have never demanded any original certified copy of any other president’s birth certificate. Maybe because it isn’t really the certificate that’s the issue, it’s the president’s skin color that they are really having trouble with.