Category Archives: Freedom

Hot Air: The Inside Story!

Thank the dear lord in heaven up above!

At long last news of our national nightmare has been superseded by an even greater earth-shattering event. The election last November of President Gag now stands in mute humility before the historic incident at the end of last night’s Oscars™ ceremony.


As a public service to the global readership of this communications colossus as well as to the historians and archeologists of the future, I offer a clear and concise elucidation of the event:

Somebody made a mistake.

What Is Freedom?

I caught an interesting take put forth by a native of the United Kingdom, a Londoner to be precise, at a little soiree — entirely unrelated to the Surrender of the Japa…, er, Birth of Our Lord and Savi…, I mean Academy Awards™ presentation — last night.

This person has lived long enough in the New World to have lost quite a bit of her accent. In fact, a careful listener might even be able to detect the sound of an occasional -r in her speech. Nevertheless, she had spent enough of her adult life in England to now be rather familiar with both societies.

This person made an observation about the concept of freedom and how the two cultures, American and British, view it. Says she: In America, we cherish the freedom to…. In Great Britain, and for that matter the rest of Europe, they embrace the freedom from….

That is, we have the freedom to do whatever we want. Or at least we like to think so.

In Europe, people strive for the freedom from financially devastating illness, tyrant kings, and the inability to travel from one corner of their land to another for lack of a titanic SUV.

So here, we’re in thrall to guns (because it’s our right to open carry them even into McDonald’s and Starbucks) while those Continental types have universal health care, parliaments, and subsidized rail.



I can’t argue with her assessment.

War Words

Gonna hit the mics this afternoon with Bloomington’s globe-trotting journalist Doug Wissing. We’ll be recording for this week’s edition of Big Talk, a regular Thursday feature of the Daily Local News. Tune in to WFHB, 91.3FM, on March 2nd at 5:00pm.


Wissing (Center) With The Troops

Doug has written his second book following several embeds with the US Army in Afghanistan. His latest book on that blood swamp is Hopeless But Optimistic: Journeying Through America’s Endless War in Afghanistan. Doug had previously released Funding the Enemy: How US Taxpayers Bankroll the Taliban.

The Pencil Today:


“This is my rifle. This is my gun. This is for fighting. This is for fun.” — Gunnery Sergeant Hartman


Jared Loughner. James Holmes. Wade Page.

Second Amendment Beneficiaries

Three mad hatters who found it easy to get their hands on guns.


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I Love ChartsLife as seen through charts.

XKCD — “A webcomic of romance, sarcasm, math, and language.”


SkepchickWomen scientists look at the world and the universe.

IndexedAll the answers in graph form, on index cards.

I Fucking Love ScienceA Facebook community of science geeks.

Present and CorrectFun, compelling, gorgeous and/or scary graphic designs and visual creations throughout the years and from all over the world.

Flip Flop Fly BallBaseball as seen through infographics, haikus, song lyrics, and other odd communications devices.

Mental FlossFacts.

Caps Off PleaseComics & fun.

SodaplayCreate your own models or play with other people’s models.

Eat Sleep DrawAn endless stream of artwork submitted by an endless stream of people.

By Samira Elk on Eat Sleep Draw

Big ThinkTapping the brains of notable intellectuals for their opinions, predictions, and diagnoses.

The Daily PuppySo shoot me.

Electron Pencil event listings: Music, art, movies, lectures, parties, receptions, games, benefits, plays, meetings, fairs, conspiracies, rituals, etc.

Brown County Career Resource Center, Nashville — One day course: Basic photovoltaics, solar energy; 9am-5pm

People’s ParkLunch Concert Series: The Mizfits; 11:30am

◗ Corner of Sixth and Madison streets — Tuesday Farmers Market, Music: Shahed Rafiuddin; 4-7pm

The Venue Fine Art & GiftsDemocratic candidate for State Senate Mark Stoops; 5:30-7:30pm

Muddy Boots Cafe, Nashville — Indiana Boys All Star Jam; 6-8:30pm

Buskirk-Chumley TheaterRufus Wainwright; 8pm

The Root Cellar at Farm Bloomington — Team trivia; 8pm

Bear’s PlaceThe Natives, Cocunuts, Mr. Hipster; 9pm

The BishopTerrapin Flyer with Tom Constanten of the Grateful Dead; 9:30pm


◗ Ivy Tech Waldron CenterExhibits:

  • “40 Years of Artists from Pygmalion’s”; opens Friday, August 3rd, through September 1st

◗ IU Art MuseumExhibits:

  • Qiao Xiaoguang, “Urban Landscape: A Selection of Papercuts” ; through August 12th
  • “A Tribute to William Zimmerman,” wildlife artist; through September 9th
  • Willi Baumeister, “Baumeister in Print”; through September 9th
  • Annibale and Agostino Carracci, “The Bolognese School”; through September 16th
  • “Contemporary Explorations: Paintings by Contemporary Native American Artists”; through October 14th
  • David Hockney, “New Acquisitions”; through October 21st
  • Utagawa Kuniyoshi, “Paragons of Filial Piety”; through fall semester 2012
  • Julia Margaret Cameron, Edward Weston, & Harry Callahan, “Intimate Models: Photographs of Husbands, Wives, and Lovers”; through December 31st
  • “French Printmaking in the Seventeenth Century”; through December 31st

◗ IU SoFA Grunwald GalleryExhibits:

  • Coming — Media Life; August 24th through September 15th
  • Coming — Axe of Vengeance: Ghanaian Film Posters and Film Viewing Culture; August 24th through September 15th

◗ IU Kinsey Institute Gallery“Ephemeral Ink: Selections of Tattoo Art from the Kinsey Institute Collection”; through September 21st

◗ IU Lilly LibraryExhibit, “Translating the Canon: Building Special Collections in the 21st Century”; through September 1st

◗ IU Mathers Museum of World CulturesClosed for semester break, reopens Tuesday, August 21st

Monroe County History Center Exhibits:

  • “What Is Your Quilting Story?”; through July 31st
  • Photo exhibit, “Bloomington: Then and Now” by Bloomington Fading; through October 27th

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