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Obama Captures Osama: Thanks, George W. Bush/Jimmy Carter

Howard Megdal: What does the Bin Laden raid remind you of? Naturally, all the days Jimmy Carter didn’t go rescue the hostages in Iran. The two paths- one of action, the other of inaction, are so close- the word ACTION is actually found in the word INACTION! The only surprising thing was that when Obama announced Bin Laden’s death, he wasn’t eating out of a big jar of peanut butter.

DAVE TOMAR: As history will show, President Bush had a much bigger banner. Exactly eight years to the day that Bush humbly touched down in a military bomber on the U.S.S. Lincoln under a declaration of “Mission Accomplished” and gave us the big thumbs up, Obama delivered a grandstanding 3 minute speech in which he arrogantly praised the military and intelligence communities for bringing down bin Laden. Continue reading

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90s: The Golden Age of Music?

AKIE BERMISS: I should make it clear from the outset that it is not my position that the 90s was THE golden age of music. Just perhaps one of many golden mini-eras that come and go with the tides. And I should also make it clear that there is very little scientific evidence to back up the arguments I am going to presently make. What follows is, rather, a pseudo-scholarly attempt to draw up a basic outline of musical trends in the last half century or so.

I speak, of course, of music. Of the last great golden age of music: the 90s. But not as an isolated incident, rather, as a the most recent evidence of a decidedly unproven trend of artistic flowering under a Democratic presidency. It seems curious to me that we can so often think of artistic artifacts as being simply art’s domain when, in fact, we all know that outward influences are always at play. That often art is a sign of the times. Or art can act as a cultural and societal artifact as potently as an “artistic” one. Certainly anthropologists look to art in order to gauge the tenor and timbre of a civilization. Why shouldn’t we (albeit on a more micro-level)?

STEPHON JOHNSON: While the 90′s could be considered last real golden age for music, the way music was consumed and experienced back then might cloud our judgement of the decade. Continue reading

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