Is there really an “insurgency”?

This has been bothering me for a while. It seems the term(s) of the moment in Iraq is we’re fighting “insurgents” or an “insurgency.” According to the American Heritage dictionary, the definition of insurgent is: (1) Rising in revolt against established authority, especially a government; and, (2) Rebelling against the leadership of a political party. […]

Odds and Ends – Information edition

A Loss in the Blogosphere. I can understand why, but I’m sorry to see Thomas Spencer “retire” from his blog, Thinking It Through. Based at the History News Network, Spencer’s blog was one I checked frequently, if not daily. It was well written and thought out. It’s a shame to see a good one go.


Odds and Ends – Iraq edition

Check out Thomas Powers’ excellent article, The Vanishing Case For War in the New York Review of Books. Something that struck me on Thanksgiving. Will Dubya’s trip to Baghdad be viewed as a daring gesture by the C-in-C to the troops, an expensive political ploy to bolster his poll numbers (especially since Hillary Clinton […]

Music notes

Been a long dry spell in the blogosphere for no immensely good reason. May as well pick up where I left off, in the music field.

Congratulations Jackson. How cool is it that the announcement Jackson Browne is going into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame comes about a week after I got to […]

Thank you Jackson!

I had the joy of seeing Jackson Browne perform at the Washington Pavilion last night as part of his solo acoustic tour. Unforgettable is an understatement.

“These Days” and “Your Bright Baby Blues” were stunningly beautiful. His renditions of previous band-only tunes, such as “Looking East,” revealed much that I never saw or heard in […]