My Favorite Albums of 2011

Here are my favorite albums of the year. Leave a comment with your favorites.

The Black Keys – El Camino
Dawes – Nothing Is Wrong
Jason Isbell – Here We Rest
Feist – Metals
Bon Iver
Deer Tick – Divine Providence
Middle Brother
The Decemberists – The King Is Dead
Ryan Adams – Ashes and Fire
The Head And The Heart
Dead Man Winter – Bright Lights
Iron and Wine – Kiss Each Other Clean
Moondoggies – Tidelands(also my favorite live show of the year)
Mount Moriah
Ron Sexsmith – Long Player Late Bloomer
Laura Marling – A Creature I Don’t Know
The Belle Brigade
The Civil Wars – Barton Hollow

War with Iran

The drums are beating. Bush and Cheney have stated that they will not pass on the Iran nuclear problem to the next president. The factions inside the administration have been debating a course of action, and reports point to Cheney and war winning out. The war machine is already staged and ready to go in the gulf. Bush has already authorized covert CIA action inside Iran. The Pentagon has plans for a three day massive strike against Iran’s military, not just its nuclear facilities.

Now its September. Like in 2002 in the build up to Iraq, the Bush administration and its allies in the media are poised to campaign for war with Iran after Labor Day (Andrew Card “you don’t introduce new ideas in August”).

A war with Iran is a bad idea. Make no mistake, bombing Iran will escalate the “war on terrorism” to a whole new level. Iran is not Iraq. Iraq’s military was a mess before we invaded. The 1991 war and the U.N sanctions had worked to deplete Sadam’s ability to defend itself or counter attack. Iran has the ability to strike back against the U.S. and our allies. They are willing and able to use terrorism on a massive scale. I fear that attacking Iran could embroil us in a mess that makes Iraq and Afghanistan look like a day at the park.

I hope hope hope I’m wrong.

I 35W Bridge Collapse

Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone in our community. This is a tragic disaster, one that’s almost hard to believe. Major bridges just don’t fall down. Everyone in our family is safe, for which we are thankful. But many people in our community are suffering, for which we are deeply sorry.

The transportation system in the Twin Cities has been woefully under funded. I hope this wakes up those who have some control over how our money is spent because we rely on the transportation infrastructure for safety and as a significant factor in our economy. The critical nature of this bridge to this community cannot be overstated. We were already severely hampered by the highways, and now this will make matters so much worse.

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