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Senator Whitehouse Faces The Music

And one of his answers scared the hell out of me. First it must be said that Senator Sheldon Whitehouse gets points for showing up Sunday night and facing a very large, very angry crowd. It can’t have been easy and our other senator has

Sen. Whitehouse Q&A — Nathan Bishop

(1.29) Last summer the statue of “America” in front of the Federal Building was briefly enshrouded, just as the horror of the presidential campaign raged on. It was such a fitting symbol I wasn’t altogether sure it wasn’t an art installation. The shroud should have

Big Drum Powwow

(9.25) A traditional eastern woodland gathering takes place this weekend at the Roger Williams National Memorial with traditional Native American drumming, dancing, storytelling, and authentic Native American crafts and foods. (Facebook event) Eastern Host Drums Eastern Medicine Singers Mountain Spirit Singers MC Daryl Black Eagle

The Last Refuge Of The Scoundrel

How about we support the veterans and let the sports millionaires fend for themselves from now on? So what did Samuel Johnson mean when he said “Patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel.” Seems clear enough, but apparently there was no shortage of cynical

Let’s Talk About Pocahontas

(11.24) The Native Americans at Brown student group presents a screening of Disney’s Pocahontas in honor of Native American Heritage Month. This 1995 animated children’s film chronicles Pocahontas’ fictionalized encounter with British settlers. Running time 81 minutes. A panel discussion focusing on the historical inaccuracies

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“But Are We Any Safer” Redux

Yesterday I wrote a rather long piece about Homeland Security and the growth of domestic counter-terrorism organizations throughout the country. I had recently watched the excellent Frontline report “Top Secret America” on PBS and was hoping to make more people aware of it. At some

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Cinco De Mayo — Americans Celebrate The Battle Of Puebla

Because somebody’s got to do it. On May 5, 1862 the Mexican army prevailed in an unlikely victory over French forces at the Battle of Puebla. This made Americans thirsty. Thus we have Cinco de Mayo. Head downtown today for the In Downcity Cinco de

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What Cheer’s First Xmas Party On Thayer

(12.9) Head over to What Cheer Antiques and Vintage on Sunday for their 13th annual Christmas Party. What Cheer’s having a Party to Celebrate the Holidays and 13 Years in Business! we’ll have Snacks + Ice Cold ‘Gansett Tall-Boys on hand + a Special Sale

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Adrian Tomine: New York Drawings At AS220, October 3rd

Join AS220, Ada Books and Drawn & Quarterly for the Providence launch of “New York Drawings” with cartoonist Adrian Tomine.  This lavish, beautifully designed volume collects every cover, comic, and illustration that the acclaimed cartoonist as produced for The New Yorker to date, along with

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Action Speaks! — An American Family

The topic for this Wednesday’s installment of Action Speaks! at AS220 is the 1973 PBS show ‘An American Family’ often cited as television’s first reality show. Pat and Bill Loud were living in affluent Santa Barbara, California with their five teenagers when they agreed to

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Osama Sleeps With The Fishes

U.S. forces killed Osama bin Laden in a firefight north of Islamabad on Sunday. U.S. helicopters ferried troops from Navy SEAL Team Six, a top military counter-terrorism unit, into the compound identified by the CIA as bin Laden’s hideout – and back out again in

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When All You Have Is A Hammer

Everything looks like a nail. Nicholas Kristof has a great piece in The New York Times regarding the bloated and often counter-productive investments we continue to make in the military, when spending in other areas could make us safer. The U.S. military now has more

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Lecture — Mad Men

Yay, let’s talk about Joan’s boobs. . . I mean, let’s explore “how Mad Men’s multiple media positions intersect with the program’s treatment of various social positions of race, gender and sexuality. . .  and issues of media, identity and consumer culture.” The annual Gender

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Protest Corruption In Washington Today

Join the MoveOn and Ocean State Action team for a rally to protest corruption in Washington. Help make Washington work for the 98% of us who can’t afford a lobbyist. We need a massive groundswell to rid our democracy of corporate corruption. Featured speakers include

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Powwow Saturday

Roger Williams National Memorial Park will host the New England Native American Culture Week Powwow. This will be a traditional gathering of native peoples including the Narragansett Indian Tribe, with a grand entry at noon. 10am to 5pm, Saturday, Roger Williams National Memorial, 282 North

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Much Better Parading Weather In 1776

As noted yesterday by a friend of a friend, from Thomas Jefferson: An Intimate History: All that we can be absolutely certain of about Jefferson’s activities on the Fourth of July 1776 is that he recorded the temperature at 6A.M. as 68 degrees Farenheit, that