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  • It was 20 years ago today ...

    January 25, 2008. Posted by .

    As we roll into the meat of the primary season, I was overtaken by a sense of nostalgia for the bygone day when one journalist (Dan Rather) inserted himself into the 1988 presidential primary by going mano a mano with the leading Republican candidate (George H. W. Bush).

     

    It was on this date two decades ago that this TV confrontation between Rather and Bush over the Iran/Contra scandal (and what G.W. knew or didn't know about it) became part of presidential political lore, and perhaps got George W. thinking about how he could pay Dan-O back, which he kinda did now that I think of it. (see Rather's report on the president's Vietnam service and the fallout thereafter.) It seems tame when compared to today's shock jock aesthetic, but it still probably makes the current George Bush mad as hell. Enjoy! - David Cruz

  • It ain't democracy until someone gets arrested

    January 22, 2008. Posted by .

    New Jersey's Senate Minority Leader wants the state Attorney General to investigate the arrest of former Bogota Mayor Steve Lonegan. Tom Kean, Jr. wants to know if Lonegan's first amendment rights were violated when a state trooper ordered his arrest outside Middle Township High School in Cape May County where Governor Jon Corzine was holding a town meeting.

    Lonegan was taken into custody after he refused to remove signs from outside the school. Kean said "the right to assemble and to petition the government for a redress of grievances is the foundation of U.S. democracy." He suggested that the Corzine administration was trying to intimidate opponents into silence.

    The governor has been holding town hall meetings on his proposal to raise tolls on the New Jersey Turnpike and Garden State Parkway as a means to bring down the state's debt and pay for infrastructure upgardes. But he has been criticized for requiring audience members to pre-register to attend. Here's what happened to the usually contentious Lonegan last week. - David Cruz

  • When music, life and mother nature collide

    January 17, 2008. Posted by David Tallacksen.

    The Katrina Project

    The Katrina Project tells the story of the infamous hurricane and its affect on the arts and cultural life in New Orleans. Tonight's standing-room-only gallery reception featured a discussion with photographers Douglas L. Adams, Jr. and Norman DeShong. Moderator David Cruz was also joined by panelists Tanisha McHarris, Roland Angland, and Yanada Essex.

    The conversation was frank and honest - the kind we should hear more of, since the Crescent City's troubles continue. I encourage you to take a listen.

    Katrina Project Gallery Discussion

    The hauntingly beautiful gallery continues for just a short time more, so check it out - you can find out more here.