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A Texas judge puts the blame squarely on Tea Party Republican rhetoric for his decision to run for re-election as a Democrat in a campaign video he released on Sunday.

“Rational Republican beliefs have given way to ideological character assassination,” Bexar County Judge Carlo Key says in the video, over shots of Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and other Republican lawmakers. “Pragmatism and principle have been overtaken by pettiness and bigotry. Make no mistake, I have not left the Republican party. It left me.”

“I will not be a member of a party in which hate speech elevates candidates for higher office, rather than disqualifying them” Key says. “I cannot place my name on the ballot for a political party that is proud to destroy the lives of hundreds of thousands of federal workers over the vain attempt to repeal a law that will provide healthcare to millions of people throughout our country.”

http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2013/10/21/texas-judge-slams-republicans-in-video-announcing-hes-now-a-democrat/

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Radio Show 14 Thursday May 30, 2013 9-10pm Eastern US Time WBKM.ORG   Leave a comment

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I just got home from radio show number 14 on WBKM.ORG. It was a warm sweaty night, with lots of motorcycles driving by when I was talking. Gotta love Burlington in the (almost) summer.

Song before: Going for the One – Yes

Promo:

Intro:

From our small city to the great big world, these are the sounds of Burlington. Depending on where you are in the world, this song is almost appropriate, or spot on. This is the last day of May, on WBKM, Burlington’s kind of music:

1.) Last Day of May – The Red Telephone
2.) None of That – The Pants
3.) Heart Shaped Melody – The Cush

Talked about the gorgeousness of the Cush song and the responsibility of the lyric. Talked about how everybody loves the Pants, though I’m slow to come on board. That was a good song. Love the Telephone. Said Happy Birthday to Christopher Dorian Alley and talked about how Kiki’s Lost Nation can rock hard.

4.) When the Moon is Bright – Kiki’s Lost Nation
5.) Northern Skies – The Lindbergh Baby
6.) Capitol of Norway – Making Marks (My Little Pony)
7.) Your Song’s Too Long – Ray Fork

Talked about the quirkiness of the Ray Fork song, and how many great Burlington musicians play on the song. Talked about seeing Making Marks, and how their name was My Little Pony, and maybe still is, and how they were delightfully self-conscious about not wanting to play any section of a song to long, and bore people. Talked about the capitol of Norway being Oslo, but there being too many songs named Oslo. Talked about meeting a guy at work, who plays Europe and assorted folk festivals in the Lindbergh Baby, and how Northern Skies reminded me of Norway. Talked about chatting with Dan MacDonald about bands frustration in finding places to play, and that was true for Kiki too. Speaking of Elephants of Scotland, I went to the Intervale and planted seeds today.

8.) The Seed – Elephants of Scotland
9.) Monkey VS Demon – Farm
10.) Stronger = Belizbeha

It’s Jazzfest week, and everywhere in Burlington will have some Jazz for the next week or so. Belizbeha used to play some fun Acid Jazz in town. Hmmm, Farm. If you like the music and want to see VT from the lakes underwater, check out

http://www.youtube.com/user/benandkelee?feature=watch

Hmmm Elephants. Anytime they play, I want to be there! Last Week I played a slow Waylon song, with nice vocals. Here they are without vocals, but ripping it up. This is from the Hand Grenade disc of Horseshoes and Hand Grenades.

11.) Shadows on the Sage – Waylon Speed
12.) Powder – The New Siberians
13.) Round Sum – The Cave Bees

Yea, Steve Tremblay and Rebekah Whitehurst are back from Texas, so the Bees should be around some. The New Siberians are working on a new album. Here’s a song from the last one. Wow, the lyric echos Heart Shaped Melody a bit. Waylon Speed, rocking out.

I hope you enjoyed checking out the music of our town. Let’s do it again next week, shall we?

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Song After: Fully Completely – The Tragically Hip

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A court challenge has delayed plans to expel a Texan student for refusing to wear a radio tag that tracked her movements.

Religious reasons led Andrea Hernandez to stop wearing the tag that revealed where she was on her school campus.

The tags were introduced to track students and help tighten control of school funding.

A Texan court has granted a restraining order filed by a civil rights group pending a hearing on use of the tags.

ID badges containing radio tags started to be introduced at the start of the 2012 school year to schools run by San Antonio’s Northside Independent School District (NISD). The tracking tags gave NISD a better idea of the numbers of students attending classes each day – the daily average of which dictates how much cash it gets from state coffers.

“The court’s willingness to grant a temporary restraining order is a good first step, but there is still a long way to go – not just in this case, but dealing with the mindset, in general, that everyone needs to be monitored and controlled,” said John Whitehead, president of The Rutherford Institute in a statement.

Mr Whitehead said student tagging and locating projects were the first step in producing a “compliant citizenry”.

“These ‘student locator’ programmes are ultimately aimed at getting students used to living in a total surveillance state where there will be no privacy, and wherever you go and whatever you text or email will be watched by the government,” he said.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-20461752