Passing the Blues Torch

Gary Clark, Jr., B.B. King, Buddy Guy, Warren Haynes at The White House

Our old pal B.J. Bethel has a piece up on a website called Lifezette about the passing of Blues legend B.B. King and the work he did passing on the torch to (relative) youngsters like Gary Clark, Jr. Kenny Wayne Shepherd, […]

Suh Suh Syria

Nobody with an ounce of heart, conscience or human compassion can be happy with the news that the Assad regime in Syria killed 1,500 with a chemical attack, 500 of which children.

James Fallows of The Atlantic, a former Democratic speech writer for Carter, analyzed President Obama’s proposed response this past week and declared […]

Those f***in VMA awards

I didn’t watch the MTV Video Music Awards tonight. I haven’t watched since my early 20s, even then noticing the quality of music at the time was on a downward spiral that could only be described by deep-sea divers or Red Bull sub-orbital base jumpers. I guess we can take solace in MTV showing videos […]

Film Review: Iron Man 3

Jimi Hendrix, Jim Morrison, Janis Joplin, Sam Cooke, Kurt Cobain, James Dean, River Phoneix – name your favorite artist who passed too soon and play the game. What if? What if Hendrix found another sonic barrier out there, or Joplin wedded her blues with her prodigious talent and a hint of stability in her […]

Twilight of the Meritocracy

I don’t blog as frequently as I used to, but if you remember the olden days when JohnFN wasn’t busy raising a rambunctious 3-year-old, and wasn’t carrying on post-graduation while covering sports at a mid-metro, then you remember my favorite horse to beat was our current meritocracy, particularly the isolation of the middle class. The […]

Obama shoots for the moon while aiming at his toes

I didn’t catch any of the inaugural. I regard inauguration the same¬† way I regard the two weeks of Super Bowl hype –¬† inconsequential to life on any level. Still, thanks to the new inventions of Facebook and Twitter, one could keep track of the festivities and of the all-important speech given by our recently […]

Movie Review: The Dark Knight Rises

Director Christopher Nolan’s challenge in making his third Batman movie, “The Dark Knight Rises,” was simple enough – how do you top the untoppable?

It’s a question that hovers over Rises like a shadow in the twilight. Success breeds its own set of challenges, and the challenge for Nolan, who directed what many consider […]

Meaningful contributions, gun control and other themes

I’ve owned an assault rifle for 10 years. Fired it once. I planned on firing it more, specifically at whatever back-yard farm-field targets I could procure (watermelons, cans), but never got around to it. Ammo, in this day and age, is expensive, and so is time when you are a journalist with a full-time working […]

Election Day Revisited

If you think 2012 was wild, try 1936. That’s the closet mirror to Barack Obama’s re-election. FDR, struggling with a bombed-out economy under his watch (yet the public still blames on his predecessor), runs on a platform of class warfare and attacking business against a business candidate, who runs on a strictly economic platform. The […]

Top Five: Last Five Watched

The Social Network: The plot – a group of drunks and pretentious dweebs in the Ivy League go into business together, then sue each other at the end of the movie. The movie is strangely riveting, given it has so few genuinely likeable characters. It has become a kind of window into the soul. When […]