While no longer active, LCD Soundsystem was instrumental in keeping New York’s underground scene alive. After the ’90s ended, there was a bit of a downturn for underground recorded music, considering that digital audio workstations weren’t quite user-friendly enough yet and studio time was expensive. Luckily, a few groups, including this one, persevered in spite of this and inspired a whole new wave of home-grown recorded music.

Got any favorite underground bands?

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Sgt. Major Dan Page sees things in black and white. Them and us. Good and evil. There are no grays, there is no nuance. He is good. You are evil unless you believe, like he does, that all men being created equal does not mean affirmative action is good, or that black men fall into the realm of all men.

He was the guy that shocked me with his disrespect as he shoved CNN’s Don Lemon around a couple of days ago.

Here is Mr. Page ranting for the benefit of what appears to be a group of Oathkeepers. Lots of anti-Obama, anti-government rhetoric tossed as red meat. Also, Mr. Page is a former Army Ranger.

I’ve posted the entire video for now, but I’ll try and mash up some of the better clips from it and post it later.

Thanks to Democratic Underground’s user 951-Riverside for the video and the bullet points:

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White People Just Can't Understand What All The Fuss Is About!

No, not all white people. But a substantial chunk of them. Just look at this collection of white reactions in today’s New York Times for examples.

This man just cannot understand the ingratitude.

“A lot of them have gotten better than fair shakes,” said Mark Johnston, a 61-year-old white merchandiser who was on the job on Thursday in Mehlville, in the mostly white and working-class southern reaches of St. Louis County. While expressing sympathy for the Brown family, he said of the events that have unfolded since the shooting — the protests, the looting, the cries of injustice — “I think it’s a crock of stuff, myself.”

A lot of “them?” If, by better than fair shakes, he means having the privilege of driving while black in order to fund the local police force, well, then ok. I don’t really blame Mr. Johnston, though. He’s just repeating what he watches on Fox News or reads on the Internet. Damn moochers.

You know he’ll swear it’s not about race but let me tell you about conversations I still have every day about the Affordable Care Act. It starts with them calling it welfare, which is, of course, code for money going to “those people.” When I answer that I’m one of “those people” benefitting from it, the response is inevitable. Looking at me sympathetically, they mutter something about how “it’s different for [me].”

Translation: Because I’m a middle-aged white chick, I deserve that premium assistance.

That’s white privilege right there.

Then there is Mr. White Flight:

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McCain Says We Need U.S. 'Boots On The Ground' In Iraq -- But Not 'Combat Troops'

Sen. John McCain continues to move the goal posts with his demands of President Obama and how we should handle the threat from the militant group ISIS in Iraq. A couple of weeks ago during his interview with CNN’s Candy Crowley, McCain agreed with her assertion that he was “not suggesting boots on the ground” in Iraq.

This Thursday on Fox’s America’s Newsroom, McCain told host Bill Hemmer that he now wants “more U.S. boots on the ground.” Just don’t dare call them combat troops. I don’t know what he thinks they’re going to be doing there if they’re not engaged in combat.

Here’s more of his fearmongering over their latest boogieman from Fox’s blog: McCain: ‘ISIS Will Be Coming to America Unless We Stop Them’:

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Chris Matthews Should Already Know What Happens When Democrats Give Floor Speeches On Income Disparity

While I’m very happy to see Hardball host Chris Matthews willing to discuss the topics of income disparity and poverty in the wake of the protests in Ferguson, MO and what can be done to get people back to work, I really have to wonder what world he’s living in if he’s not already aware of the fact that Democrats in the House take to the floor week after week when they are in session and give speeches on those very topics and that it has absolutely zero effect on whether or not the Republicans in the Congress are ever going to cooperate with Democrats and pass a jobs bill or to put some real money for infrastructure into their budget.

The Congressional Black Caucus can talk until they’re blue in the face, but it’s not going to move their counterparts in the House and it’s not going to move the public if no one hears them talk.

Here’s Matthews on this Wednesday’s show, apparently clueless about the fact that the CBC is already doing exactly what he’s requesting with the floor speeches and Rep. Karen Bass reminding him of the fact that they would be passing a jobs bill if they had control of the Congress back:

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School Vouchers Ruled Unconstitutional In North Carolina

This is a spot of good news coming out of North Carolina. In the first step of what promises to be a long litigation road, Wake County Superior Court Judge Robert Hopgood found North Carolina’s ultra-conservative school voucher program to be unconstitutional.

North Carolina Policy Watch:

In a stunning rebuke to state lawmakers’ efforts to bring school vouchers to North Carolina, Wake County Superior Court Judge Robert Hobgood today found the recently-enacted “Opportunity Scholarship Program” unconstitutional and permanently enjoined disbursement of state funds for that purpose.

“The General Assembly fails the children of North Carolina when they are sent with public taxpayer money to private schools that have no legal obligation to teach them anything,” Hobgood said.

In his ruling, issued this morning from the bench, the judge broke down the program and detailed the many reasons why it failed constitutional muster:

This legislation unconstitutionally:

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In Case You Thought Cops In Ferguson Were Serving And Protecting

His twitter feed is gone now, but one police officer assigned to “serve and protect” during the protests in Ferguson had some strong opinions on things.

River Front Times:

A Velda City police officer who has been part of the militarized police apparatus holding down operations on West Florissant Avenue is spreading lies about Ferguson protesters online.

Sergeant Mike Weston, going by the handle “officeranon2” on Twitter, engaged with users of the social-media network about a tear-gas attack by St. Louis County police on protesters in their own back yard on Monday, August 11. In the conversation, a Twitter user wanted to know why police would fire tear gas at people on their own property. Weston tells them it’s because protesters were firing guns from their back yard. But that’s not true, as evidenced in the video below.

But that was just the beginning. Sergeant Weston, who called himself “Marine,” has opinions about just about everything, including Attorney General Eric Holder:

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Keith Ablow Tells Fox: Fat-shaming Michelle Obama Is Like Intervening In Alcoholism

Fox News resident psychiatrist Keith Ablow on Thursday defended his previous assertion that First Lady Michelle Obama needed to “drop a few” pounds, and added that women at Fox News could stand to lose some weight too.

Earlier this month, Ablow told the four female hosts on Out Numbered that the first lady was not qualified to be giving nutritional advice.

“What is she eating?” he asked. “She needs to drop a few.”

The hosts gave Ablow a chance to defend his comments when he returned to the show on Thursday.

"Let’s provide some context," he said. "The context was to remind people of the draconian standards set by the first lady in her school lunch program, such that children are throwing their school lunches away. They’re inedible."

"And what I was reacting to was the hypocrisy, let me phrase it slightly differently," he continued. "For someone who has struggled with her own weight, which I think she would agree with, who has struggled. So many of us have. For someone like that to say we’re going to set draconian standards."

Host Harris Faulkner interrupted to ask how the doctor knew that Michelle Obama had “struggled with her weight.”

Ablow replied that he had seen “images online” that proved “she has struggled with her weight or chosen to be much heavier than at other points in the administration. Maybe she’s chosen it.”

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