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August 11, 2006

Re: Unlikely pairings

Posted by Andrew Cline at 11:20 PM

I think the unlikliest pairing of all was Barry Manilow and a microphone.

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The downside of judicial tyrrany

Posted by Mitch Kokai at 7:11 PM

It should surprise none of us that the first U.S. Supreme Court nominee to be "Borked" has strong negative opinions about the current high court, arguing that its majority (the majority that existed in 2005) "has been overtaken by political correctness."

In his opening essay for the book "A Country I Do Not Recognize": The Legal Assault on American Values (Hoover Press), Robert Bork highlights one of the key negative consequences of an activist judiciary:

The complaint here is not that old virtues are eroding and new values rising. Morality inevitably evolves. A society that knew only change would exist in a state of constant frenzy and would soon cease to be a society; a society whose values never altered would resemble a mausoleum. But the merits of specific changes, how far and how rapidly they should proceed, and whether any particular aspect of morality should form the basis of law, are questions of prime importance to the way we live. And these questions, according to the postulates of the American republic, are matters to be resolved primarily within families, schools, churches, and similar institutions, and only occasionally by public debate, elections, and laws that embody, however imperfectly and temporarily, the current moral consensus. What is objectionable is that, in too many instances, a natural evolution of the moral balance is blocked and a minority morality forced upon us by judicial decrees.

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Olmert agrees to cease fire

Posted by Jon Ham at 6:58 PM

Where is Moshe Dayan when you really need him? 



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Posted by Jon Ham at 5:16 PM

I wonder if Roy and Karen had anything to do with the climate that resulted in this

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The Chairman and the King

Posted by Jon Ham at 4:30 PM

No greater pairing than this one.


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Re: Unlikely pairings

Posted by Paul Chesser at 4:13 PM

Joe's post on McCartney, etc., reminded me of the inspired pairing of Frank Sinatra and Stevie Wonder.

Okay, well sort of.

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Re: Unlikely Musical Pairings

Posted by Joseph Coletti at 3:55 PM

Gypsy Punk 

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Re: Musical Pairings

Posted by Joseph Coletti at 3:53 PM

Surprised nobody's mentioned Willie Nelson and Julio Iglesias. Willie also teamed with Ray Charles, twice.

Not unlikely, but painful, were the pairings of Paul McCartney with Stevie Wonder and Michael Jackson.

The Waltons used the squeezebox on The Boxer to nice effect. 

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re: Unlikely Bluegrass pairings

Posted by Jon Ham at 3:45 PM

No discussion of off-beat Bluegrass combinations is complete without mention of the Russian Bluegrass group Kukuruza (that means corn in Russian, by the way). This is a truly special and talented group. Their show at the Arts Center in Carrboro in 1991 is one of the best live performances I've ever seen. Here's are samples: "Stradaniya" and "Porushka-Poraniya". "Crossing Borders" is their best album. Unfortunately, they seem to have disbanded.

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Re: Train wreck or simple camp amusement?

Posted by Paul Chesser at 3:28 PM

William Shatner singing The Beatles.

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re: Unlikely pairings

Posted by Jon Ham at 3:23 PM

Michael's mention of Bluegrass reminded me of a group I saw perform in Dallas in January. They're called Beatlegras and, as you can probably tell from the name, they play Bluegrass arrangements of Beatle tunes. Here's are samples of "Come Together" and "Back in the USSR." 

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Re: Train wreck (Christmas version)

Posted by Paul Chesser at 3:12 PM

The enchanted Stevie Nicks and "Silent Night."

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Re: Musical pairings (Christmas version)

Posted by Paul Chesser at 3:07 PM

David Bowie and Bing Crosby. I liked it.

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Re: Greatest train wreck

Posted by Jon Sanders at 3:05 PM

The answer is and will always be the musical output of "The Black-Eyed Peas."

You can look but you can't touch it,
If you touch it I'ma start some drama,
You don't want no drama,
No, no drama, no, no, no, no drama
So don't pull on my hand boy,
You ain't my man, boy,
I'm just tryn'a dance boy,
And move my hump.
My hump, my hump, my hump, my hump,
My hump, my hump, my hump, my hump, my hump, my hump.
My lovely lady lumps (lumps)
My lovely lady lumps (lumps)
My lovely lady lumps (lumps)
In the back and in the front (lumps)

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Re: Musical pairings: Raleigh's own.....

Posted by Michael Moore at 3:00 PM

Here is one song I had to post on the pairings and that is by the Grasscats from here in Raleigh, NC.  A southern rock song with a bluegrass twist.

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Re: Unlikely Pairings

Posted by Jenna Ashley Robinson at 2:51 PM

Quoting Paul: "Has there ever been a worse train wreck than Rod Stewart and 'The Great American Songbook'?"

Answer: Yes, it's Barry Manilow's Greatest Songs of the Fifties, and it's a 2-disc collection!

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Re: Unlikely Musical Pairings

Posted by Jenna Ashley Robinson at 2:50 PM

Flash back a few years--remember Eminem's "Stan" rap interspersed with potions of Dido's "Thankyou"?  I'll never forget hearing those soothing interludes, jimbai included, between each verse of the real Slim Shady's street talk.

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Re: Unlikely Pairings

Posted by Shannon Blosser at 2:50 PM


I see your point and I believe it was one raised by band members of NIN until they heard Cash's version of the song.


Also, I would like to add my own pairing to the mix in the duet of Nelly and Tim McGraw with last year's song of "Over and Over."

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Re: Musical pairings

Posted by Paul Chesser at 2:48 PM

Has there ever been a worse train wreck than Rod Stewart and "The Great American Songbook" (will the volumes never end?)?

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Re: Unlikely music pairings & "Cold, Cold Heart"

Posted by Jon Sanders at 2:44 PM

Jon, perhaps just as heretical, but I think of sultry songstress Norah Jones' version. (You can sample it from

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re: Unlikely pairings

Posted by Jon Ham at 2:39 PM

There probably isn't a more unlikely pairing than the old standard "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" and singer Israel Kamakawiwo'ole, popularly known as Brudda Iz. This massive Hawaiian's version of this standard made it a whole different song, but a great one. 

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Re: Unlikely Pairings

Posted by Jenna Ashley Robinson at 2:38 PM

Shannon, I guess I really meant that Cash and NIN are incongruous.  Not Cash and Hurt.  To, anyone who's familiar with NIN's body of work, especially albums like Downward Spiral and Pretty Hate Machine, it seems odd to hear NIN lyrics coming from Johnny Cash.

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re: Unlikely musical pairings

Posted by Jon Ham at 2:27 PM

This goes way back but it was the first one that jumped into my mind: Joni James Sings Songs of Hank Williams. This was an album my father had and played all the time in the early '60s. I think it came out in 1959. I know it's heresy, but when I think of the song "Cold, Cold Heart" I hear pop songstress Joni's version instead of old Hank's.

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Re: Pairings

Posted by Shannon Blosser at 2:27 PM

Actually, Jenna,  I would argue that Johnny Cash was the right person to do "Hurt." The lyrics all but spoke to Cash's life. The way he sang it was because of his struggles in his personal life, I believe, and made that song, and the video, what it was.

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The economics of the blogosophere

Posted by George Leef at 2:25 PM

Jon Sanders' insightful column today make an excellent point about how the blogosphere has almost eliminated the costs that used to serve as a protective barrier for the media. If Al Gore had known what the internet would do to Dan Rather, The New York Times, et al, would he have deigned to invent it?

Here's another point. F.A. Hayek wrote that the great benefit of the free market is that it allows for widely dispersed knowledge to be brought into economic use through the price system. Similarly, the blogosophere enables people who would probably never before have been able to collaborate, to share pieces of information that fit together to make strong arguments about the truth or falsity of important ideas.

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Re: Unlikely Pairings

Posted by Jenna Ashley Robinson at 2:06 PM

Johnny Cash's cover of NIN's Hurt is amazing - an unlikely choice given Cash's reputation as a country/folk singer.

Also, the Gourd's version of Snoop Dog's Gin and Juice, is a hilarious combination of country and hip-hop.  Imagine these lyrics accompanied by banjos and twang:

Rollin down the street, smokin indo, sippin on gin and juice
Laid back [with my mind on my money and my money on my mind]

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Black's former political director pleads no contest

Posted by Mitch Kokai at 1:59 PM

You'll learn more about Meredith Norris' plea here

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Unlikely Musical Pairings

Posted by Joseph Coletti at 1:16 PM

I never thought country music and hip hop could blend, but Cowboy Troy and Bubba Sparxxx are trying to prove me wrong. Johnny Cash singing Soundgarden (#17) and the Kronos Quartet playing Jimi Hendrix (#14) are other surprisingly effective combinations. Let's see if the Friday musical interlude can come up with other musical matches -- good or bad.

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re: Fallows

Posted by Jon Ham at 12:22 AM

Joe, he comes by his wimpishness honestly. He was once a speechwriter for the original wimp Jimmy Carter.

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The Ludwig von Mises Institute

Posted by George Leef at 12:06 AM

Today's Wall Street Journal carries this splendid piece on the Ludwig von Mises Institute. The Institute does superb work in keeping alive the Austrian School, which takes the dimmest possible view of government economic and social planning.

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It seems like just last week

Posted by Joseph Coletti at 11:54 AM

James Fallows told readers of the Atlantic: "The time has come to declare the war on terror over, so that an even more effective military and diplomatic campaign can begin."

Now Eugene Robinson at the Washington Post says that Bush isn't even fighting the war on terrorism. Robinson adds, "There are deadly enemies out there, and one way to fight them, as the British demonstrated yesterday, is through intelligence." Apparently, despite the joint press conferences and the terrible wiretapping and financial transaction monitoring and other infringements on our civil liberties, the Bush administration has been doing nothing except looking for new ways to abuse those poor boys in Guantamo who we can't send back to their home governments because they'll really face torture there.

The reason why the Left sees a conspiracy in the timing is because their support for Ned Lamont is a symbol of their incoherent desire to win the war without fighting it. Maybe we should have just declared victory over the Soviet Union in 1975 before we withdrew from Vietnam.

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Re: Conspiracy Theory

Posted by Joseph Coletti at 11:36 AM


Somebody already has

(Hat tip: Mary Katherine Ham

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That is Funny Milk

Posted by Dr. Terry Stoops at 11:14 AM

Read these reviews of Tuscan Whole Milk at Hilarious.

For some context, the New York Times article discussing the reviews is here.

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God Bless the Old North State!

Posted by Michael Moore at 11:02 AM

Two of my former political professors at WCU wrote this op-ed piece in the Greenville, SC newspaper this week.  As for the fight over the historic symbols of Dixie, I've always been a little biased to the Old North State myself.  Just a reminder to the fine citizens of North Carolina, the first flag of the Confederate States is flown over the Capital in Raleigh on May 10 (That is Confederate Memorial Day)!

So may God continue to Bless THE OLD NORTH STATE!     

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Government unions demand more!

Posted by George Leef at 10:49 AM

According to this New York Times article, those who feed at the public trough want the trough to be bigger and more full.

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Bernhardt's lippy threat

Posted by Jon Ham at 10:48 AM

Obnoxious celebrity Sandra Bernhardt threatens WWIII if security officials threaten to take her MAC Plushglass. Her what? It's not a computer. It's some kind of pearlescent lip gloss, and Bernhardt needs a lot of it (see photo).

Here's an idea: Everyone complaining about not being able to carry their perfume, toothpaste and lip gloss on board airlines should be allowed to go on separate planes that don't screen for liquids and gels. Any takers? 


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Conspiracy theory

Posted by Paul Chesser at 10:14 AM

Do you think the Bush administration waited until after Joe Lieberman lost in his Connecticut primary on Tuesday to authorize the foiling of the terrorists' plot to blow up the airplanes? Waiting to do so would have given anti-war candidate (and ultimate victor) Ned Lamont the advantage, allowed Lieberman to go Independent, and hopefully (for Republicans) in the final results (after November) reduce the Democrats' number in the Senate by one.

If it's not there already, watch for this theory to emerge on a liberal blog somewhere.

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North Carolina has another Law School.....

Posted by Michael Moore at 09:50 AM

This week in North Carolina, another Law School opened its doors, Elon University opened its law school in Greensboro.  So for all those future lawyers.....Best of Luck to you. 

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Money Grows On Trees

Posted by Michael Moore at 09:37 AM

North Carolina recently won the dubious distinction of being a great place for the film and television industry to cash in on incentives.

Officials will no doubt be celebrating the award. That's a shame. They should be weighing this rather worthless ranking against the opportunity cost of funding education, improving infrastructure, and providing better protection for its citizens.

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Re: Exchange students

Posted by Hal Young at 08:20 AM

Language studies in Montana? What are they going to study, Kootenai?

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If they're just exchange students...

Posted by Jon Ham at 08:00 AM

Why don't they turn themselves in? If you were in, say, France and saw your picture on front pages and on Web sites with a caption saying you were suspected of being a terrorist, would you hide if you actually WERE just an exchange student wanting to learn the local language? Homeland Security Director Michael Chertoff still plays down these guys but one has to question the bureaucrat who got 11 visa requests from guys with Muslim names saying they wanted to attend language classes at Montana State University. Would he have approved them if the guys said they were attending flying school in Florida? Sadly, probably. Wouldn't want to seem discriminatory to Muslims.

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Why do they hate airplanes?

Posted by Jon Ham at 07:48 AM

That's Scott Ott's question.

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Protestor at Southpoint

Posted by Shannon Blosser at 07:26 AM

Last night, a friend and I decided to go to Southpoint to see Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby. When we arrived, we noticed a man standing in front of the line handing out flyers in connection with the World Trade Center movie. I did not pick up a flyer, however a quick observation of his poster board showed that he was representing

The group claims, on their Web site, to work towards exposing "the official lies and cover-up surrounding the events of September 11th, 2001 in a way that inspires the people to overcome denial and understand the truth; namely, that elements within the US government and covert policy apparatus must have orchestrated or participated in the execution of the attacks for these to have happened in the way that they did."

Another Web site, gives protestors ideas on what they refer to as "Gandhian civil disobedience." This is otherwise known as propaganda pushing while trying to see Ricky Bobby go fast.

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A journalist who gets it

Posted by Jon Sanders at 07:01 AM

Jon Ham's article on photojournalism links to the Christian Science Monitor story, "A blogger shines when news media get it wrong," which contains an encouraging quotation:

Some critics are disconcerted by bloggers who heap on doses of mockery when they expose media failings. It's true that "some are playing a gotcha game with media outlets, and want to make their point that the editing and fact-finding in a lot of newspapers are flawed and incompetent," says Kenny Irby, a former newspaper photographer and editor.

"But I've had more conversations with bloggers who just say they want to make sure [the media] projects accurate information," says Mr. Irby, who works at the Poynter Institute, a journalism think tank. "That's a good thing. Media organizations have to be aware that we're not the absolute authority."


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