Larry Wines

larry-wines-informalLarry Wines is editor of the Acoustic Americana Music Guide, and a former newspaper political columnist.

Why Obama’s State of the Union Speech Mattered

State of the Union 2015

Larry Wines: In so many ways, we have a long way to go. The President’s State of the Union mixed style and substance to invigorate and encourage, when there have been so many reasons to feel despair, disdain and disgust.

Where We Need to Take “Je Suis… “

Je suis Earth

It’s time for us to carry the ultimate solidarity sign, and to become informed activists demanding action so that all our other arguments about culture and economics and fairness and opportunity can still be possible.

Do Republicans Have to Do EVERYTHING for You?

Republicans Take Credit

Larry Wines: Mitch McConnell said this week that the positive economic record for December jobs seems to “coincide with the biggest political change of the Obama administration’s long tenure in Washington: the expectation of a new Republican Congress.”

Television, Revealed

Television Wasteland

Larry Wines: I decided it’s time to look at how television works — what drives it, the default paradigms, that sort of thing. Here are the top ten moduses of its super-secret operandi.

Remembering Mario Cuomo

Remembering Mario Cuomo

Larry Wines: In the midst of the Reagan rhetoric about America as “a shining city on a hill,” Mario Cuomo reminded us of the truth, that America was much more “A tale of two cities.”

World War I “Christmas Truce Centenary Commemoration”

Christmas Eve Truce

Larry Wines: Ross Altman & Friends will perform in memory of a moment that still shines for us, through the mists of a full century past, from a time of carnage and smoke and brutality and misery. It was a moment when people found within themselves the best of things in the worst of times.

A New Level of Boehner Arrogance

Arrogant John Boehner

Larry Wines: Shut the government down. Do it. Throw your temper-tantrum, shake your baby rattle, have another drink, crawl back into your tanning booth, and cry yourself to sleep because you can’t give your extremist teabagger absolutists their way about everything.

How Much of $20 Billion Did Ghost Soldiers Cost Americans?

Iraqi Ghost Soldiers

Larry Wines: The U.S. paid for 14 Iraqi military divisions, each with 12,500 troops. It turns out that four of those divisions are phantoms that take money for corrupt superiors, but do not exist. Now you know why ISIL/ISIS thinks it can take over.

Emperor Obama, Huh?

Emperor Obama

Larry Wines: Republicans will do nothing that does not feature cutting or eliminating taxes for the very wealthy, and/or deregulating everything so their rich sponsors can run roughshod over the physical, economic, cultural, and environmental landscapes. No stewardship, no concern for the future, just exclusive emphasis on short-term profit-taking.

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