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Pussy Riot member Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, who was freed Monday in a Kremlin-backed amnesty, slammed Russia’s prison system and said that the whole country is built like a penal colony.

“Russia is built on the model of a penal colony and that is why it is so important to change the penal colonies today to change Russia,” Tolokonnikova told journalists after her release. “Penal colonies and prisons are the face of the country.”

She said she and released bandmate Maria Alyokhina will be working on a project focusing on rights of prisoners, using experience of spending a year and ten months in prison.

“I don’t consider this time wasted,” she said. “I gained unique experience which will make it easier to really engage in human rights work. “I became older, I saw the state from within, I saw this totalitarian machine as it is.”

Addressing journalists, she said her views have not changed since she was arrested for performing a “punk prayer” in Moscow’s Cathedral of Christ the Saviour protesting Vladimir Putin’s re-election campaign.

“Prisoners should be treated like normal human beings … not like trash,” she said, specifically mentioning her previous penal colony in Mordovia in central Russia, where “people were being murdered morally and physically.”

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Yesterday, United States District Judge Robert Shelby not only ruled that a Utah law banning same-sex marriage was unconstitutional, he used his ruling to troll Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia.


Judge Shelby, in his ruling, agreed with Justice Scalia that the Supreme Court’s federal ruling on DOMA would “inevitabl[y]” be applied to state laws banning same-sex marriage, and declared that he had no choice but to strike down Utah’s law.

“Justice Scalia,” Shelby wrote, “recommended how this court should interpret the [DOMA] decision when presented with the question that is now before it.”

Throughout his ruling, he used Scalia’s dissenting words to make his case. “As Justice Scalia has noted,” he wrote, “‘preserving the institution of marriage’ is just a kinder way of describing the State’s moral disapproval of same-sex couples.” Shelby then argued that while “‘[p]rivate biases may be outside the reach of the law…the law cannot, directly or indirectly, give them effect’ at the expense of a disfavored group’s constitutional rights.”

Radio Show 41 Thursday December 19 , 2013 9-10pm Eastern US Time WBKM.ORG   Leave a comment



I just got back from local music internet radio show 41 on WBKM.ORG. It’s my last show until Christmas, so I played a lot of Christmas songs by local artists.

Song before: Myrrh – The Church



From our small city to the great big world, these are the Sounds Of Burlington. I’ve got a lot of Christmas songs to play, but let’s start with the next song on To A Star In The Yard. This is a song called Until You Shake by Alice Austin on WBKM and this is Burlington’s kind of music.

1.) Until You Shake – Alice Austin
2.) Winter – David L. Jarvis
3.) Christmas Sled – The Mountain Says No

That’s a great brand new song from Mountain, who feature two of the guys from farm. Here come the Christmas songs.

4.) Carol Of The Bells – Gordon Stone
5.) Santa Baby – Samara Lark
6.) Home – Chin Ho!
7.) Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer – Linda Bassick
8.) Frosty The Snowman – Construction Joe

There are some really nice takes on classic songs. Home by Chin Ho! is cool, and reminded me of hanging out with my parents and my brother today. It’s my brother Ken’s birthday, Happy Birthday Ken! OK, here are some more Christmas songs.

9.) Happy Xmas (War is Over) – Joshua Glass
10.) Little Drummer Boy – Aaron Flinn
11.) Silent Night – Tammy Fletcher
12.) Hark The Herald – Electric Halo
13.) Silver Bells – Josh Glass and Jackie Buttolph

Wow, there is so much talent in this town. Next, let’s go classic Burlington

14.) Winter Wonderland – The N Zones
15.) Jingle Bell Rock – Sarah Stickle
16.) Merry Christmas Baby – Sandra Wright
17.) Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas – Greg Alexander

Great stuff. I’ve got a few more to play, I hope you don’t mind if I run a bit late

18.) White Christmas – Giovanina Bucci
19.) We Three Kings – Electric Halo
20.) Oh Holy Night – Cait Hoffman

It’s a beautiful warm night in Burlington and there is snow everywhere. I hope you have a white Christmas too and I hope you have enjoyed checking out the music of our town. Let’s do it again next week, shall we?



Song After – The Leaving – Fish



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FAREED ZAKARIA, CNN HOST: “But, first, here’s my take. In the midst of the extraordinary spectacle of Nelson Mandela’s funeral, in a stadium with some 90,000 mourners, including more than 90 heads of government, a small gesture caught the world’s attention.

Barack Obama moved to greet Dilma Rousseff, the president of Brazil. On his way, he shook hands with the person to Rousseff’s right. The photograph of that handshake ricocheted around the world. Understandably, because the man Obama shook hands with was Raul Castro, president of Cuba.

Remember, the United States does not have diplomatic relations with Cuba, and has a tight trade embargo in place against the island nation. So, many wondered whether this handshake was the beginning of a great shift in policy.

I hope so. Let’s begin by asking whether the existing policy is working. In 1960, the United States enacted an embargo against Cuba. Its purpose was simple and explicit: regime change.

Did it work? Well, until he retired from the presidency in 2008, Fidel Castro was the longest serving head of government in the world. Surely that’s about as powerful evidence as one can get that the policy did not work and is not working.

The truth is that Cuba’s miserable economy is almost entirely its own fault. The Castro regime has coupled political repression with communist economic policies and the result, predictably, has been total failure and stagnation.

But things are changing in Cuba. The government has been experimenting with opening up elements of the economy. By some estimates about 20 percent of the Cuban economy is now in the private sector.

The best path forward for Washington is one that has been recommended by many experts, from Jorge Casteneda, the former Mexican foreign minister to Human Rights Watch. The United States should shift from a policy of regime change in Cuba, which has not worked, to one that promotes reform and human rights aggressively.

President Obama should offer the Cuban government a series of steps that would relax restrictions on trade and travel with Cuba, but only if they are matched by real economic and political reforms in Cuba.

Let the Cuban people know, for example, that if its government were to free all political prisoners, the United States would be willing to relax the embargo.

Americans should have greater faith in the power of markets, trade and travel to eat away at the Cuban dictatorship, strengthen Cuban civil society, including private business, and thus change the character of the country.

Washington has tried isolation, sanctions, and embargoes against Cuba for more than five decades with dismal results. Why not try capitalism for five years?”

Posted December 16, 2013 by tmusicfan in Politics, Quote of the Day

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Thursday night on “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” Kimmel was making light of Fox anchor Megyn Kelly’s recent remarks that Santa Claus is indubitably and indisputably a white man.

Kimmel said, “Fortunately they had a panel of experts to weigh in on this important subject.”

Panelist Monica Crowley asserted that “you can’t take facts and then try to change them to fit some sort of a political agenda or a sensitively agenda.”

“You can’t?” quipped Kimmel, “I thought that was the Fox News business model.”

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Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) took two Bloomberg TV hosts to school on Wednesday after they suggested that Social Security was the root of an “entitlements crisis” that was driving the nation’s budget deficit.

In an interview on Market Makers, host Stephanie Ruhle confronted the Massachusetts Democrat for her recent call to increase Social Security benefits.

“When I think about imbalance, I think about our children,” Ruhle said. “In the next 10 years, between Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security spending, it’s going to grow to $780 billion. Our spending on children is $20 billion. Are you not worried about kids? Why should these senior citizens be getting more money?”

“Of course, I’m worried about our children and I want to see more investment in our children,” Warren replied. “But we cannot ignore the fact that we have a retirement crisis in the United States right now.”

“Social Security is not driving our deficit,” the senator continued. “Social Security is a system that pays for itself. If we did absolutely nothing to Social Security, we would make payments for more than 20 years exactly at this level. And then they would drop by roughly by about 25 percent and pay forever into the future… We can make modest adjustments now in Social Security and make sure it will be there to pay on into the future. And if we make some more adjustments, we could see an increase in Social Security benefits for those who count on it.”

Warren pointed out that two out of three seniors relied on Social Security for food and housing so it was the last thing that should be cut during a retirement crisis.

Co-host Erik Schatzker, however, insisted that the U.S. was also facing an “entitlements crisis.”

“Social Security is not creating a deficit in our budget right now or in the future,” Warren declared. “So, let’s just pull that one out of it, because that is not a conversation.”

Radio Show 40 Thursday December 12 , 2013 9-10pm Eastern US Time WBKM.ORG   Leave a comment



I just got back from local music internet radio show number 40 on WBKM.ORG.  It’s feeling like I’ve got the hang of this thing.

Song before: Hasn’t Hit Me Yet – Blue Rodeo



From our small city to the great big world, these are the Sounds Of Burlington.  It’s a cold night in Burlington with an even colder wind.  It’s almost Christmas and here is a seasonally appropriate song from last year.

1.) Oh Holy Night – Electric Halo
2.) Beach Song – Ray Fork
3.) These Summer Nights – Sarah Emily Blacker

Sometimes when it’s cold out it’s fun to imagine joyous summer nights with great singer songwriters, and hanging out at the beach.  Electric Halo are cool and Johnnie Day Durand makes the saw sing, even if it is an instrumental.  Next up is the next song from Alice Austin’s To A Star In The Yard.  I’m taking the long way to show you how this album came about.

4.) Tastes Like Nothing – Zola Turn
5.) Dragged Around The Universe – Queen Tangerine
6.) Void – The Lavas
7.) Sharp Side Of The Knife – Alice Austin

Words can never truly describe music.  I though by playing a song from her previous four bands that it would let your ears hear her growth.  I’ve been slacking about going out to see music but did see Pink Floyd cover band Dark Side Of The Mountain for the last two Wednesdays.  This next set is some of the people who played last night.

8.) Mr Soul – Book ‘Em Blues Band
9.) Below The Beams – Grace Potter And The Nocturnals
10.) Gunslinger – Lendway
11.) All About You – Kat Wright And The Indomitable Soul Band

Dark Side of The Mountain are a local Pink Floyd cover band who have played the last two Wednesdays at Nectar’s.  They are guitarist Bob Wagner, bassist Josh Weinstein keyboardist Dan Munzing, and Matt Burr on drums.  Bob plays guitar and sings with Book ‘Em.  Matt plays drums with Grace, and that song sounds a bit Floydy.  Josh plays with the Indomitable Soul Band.  They were joined by Matthew Bryan Hagen from Lendway, and Kat Wright sang Money, Us And Them, Brain Damage, Eclipse and Have A Cigar.  It was a great night of music.  Burlington also has prog bands.

12.) Full Power – Elephants of Scotland
13.) Mary – Plan B

Plan B played it in the ’90’s and Elephants are doing it now, and are working on a new album.  I hope you enjoyed checking out the music of our town.  Let’s do it again next week, shall we?

Something misfired and the promo and outro were lost in a squeal for 30 seconds or so.

Sorry about that.  Tim still here to tell you about the next song.  It’s about looking at yourself from inside and objectively and noticing the other side of you.  This is a song by Fish, and even though he’s from Scotland, this is Burlington’s Kind Of Music.

Song after: The Other Side Of Me – Fish