I caught up with Jeff Klein of Austin's My Jerusalem, excited and energized from witnessing the taping of a Nick Cave performance at Austin City Limits. Which makes sense, since My Jerusalem and its brand of self-described "Gothic Soul" falls very much in line with Cave's oeuvre of frightening relig ... More >>
We're at that point of the year where some people won't stop complaining about the heat until October.Believe it or not, there are plenty of places where the summer season is much more miserable than it is in Phoenix. Check out 10 prime examples:
Memorial Day is when we, as a nation, proudly get together and celebrate the men and women of the armed services who have died in order to give us an extra day off. Bad joke. But the reality is so damned depressing it's hard to think of anything else. It might have vanished from our country's coll ... More >>
Army Command Sergeant Major Martin Barreras, a 49-year-old from Tucson, died earlier this week at a hospital in San Antonio, a week after being wounded in Afghanistan.Barreras is the 50th soldier from Arizona to die in connection with the war in Afghanistan.
Army Chief Warrant Officer 2 Joshua Silverman, a 35-year-old from Scottsdale, was one of six soldiers who died in a helicopter crash this week in Afghanistan, according to the Defense Department.Silverman is the 49th Arizona native to die in Afghanistan under "Operation Enduring Freedom."
Just in case talk of military action against one country wasn't enough, Republican Congressman Trent Franks is here with more loose talk of war.Franks announced that he plans to introduce a resolution authorizing the use of military force against Iran.
President Obama addressed the nation yesterday to explain why he's pushing for some sort of military strike in Syria.While Arizona's congressional delegation is split on striking Syria, the one local poll done on the issue showed that Arizonans really don't want military action there.
Republican Congressman Matt Salmon does not support the American military attacking Syria.According to the Arizona Republic's apparently left-wing columnist, E.J. Montini, that means Salmon's the kind of guy who would watch Jerry Sandusky rape little kids in the shower at Penn State.What?
Despite the actions of Republican Senators John McCain and Jeff Flake, their constituents oppose military action in Syria, according to poll results.The Senate Foreign Relations Committee voted yesterday to pass a resolution that would authorize a military strike against Syria, and both McCain and F ... More >>
The Senate Foreign Relations Committee voted to pass a resolution that would authorize a military strike against Syria.Both of Arizona's Senators, John McCain and Jeff Flake, are on that committee, and they both voted in favor of the resolution.
Hey, remember those pizzas with the crusts stuffed with cheeseburgers and chicken tenders you were asking about? They're here. Yup. Congratulations. Pizza Hut must have received all your heartfelt letters and phone calls because they're doing it. They're really, really doing it. This is totally goi ... More >>
When a new spot opens in town, we can't wait to check it out -- and let you know our initial impressions, share a few photos, and dish about some menu items. First Taste, as the name implies, is not a full-blown review, but instead a peek inside restaurants that have just opened, sampling a few item ... More >>
This week's music feature is about local shoegazers Lisa Savidge. Ever wondered what sort of music soldiers in Iraq blast while patrolling the streets of Baghdad? Dan Somers, the band's singer, did two tours of duty and shared his experience with writer Melissa Fossum.Another thing you may b ... More >>
Where does America go from here, Karl? Hey, maybe we could invade some Middle-Eastern country unnecessarily and kill a bunch of people. Oh, snap, we already did that.The first thing that sprang to mind when I got the above flier in my e-mail in-box announcing that "Bush's Brain" Karl Rove will be sp ... More >>
Iraqi-American artist merges ancient with future
Few DJs in the Valley pimp themselves as hard as Tranzit. Every time the award-winning house mixmaster has an event to promote, my cell phone, Facebook, and e-mail seem to blow up with announcements aplenty from the dude. This week was no exception, as the 29-year-old has been promotin ... More >>
Real quick - before I get into anything else - have you seen this? It's the slideshow I promised for the Hyperbolic Crochet Coral Reef, taken by my esteemed colleague, Kathleen Vanesian, and it is quite stunning...enjoy!Hey, wanna talk about Iraq?I know, I know...what a question. I doubt that anyone ... More >>
When life gives you lemons...An old friend of mine heard this from one of our Catholic school teachers back in the day and we both agreed that the saying was so annoying, it made us want to kick that teacher in the crotch.But if there's a person out there making lemonade, it's Bernard Khoury.Khoury, ... More >>
If you're steeped in the culinary world -- whether professionally or just as an enthusiast -- you're probably already familiar with Phoenix Knife House, the go-to shop for chefs in need of a good blade. But this Thursday, there's a special reason to stop by. It's the second annual Kikuichi Eve ... More >>
Demonstrators marching at Thomas and Central in Phoenix. When I got word that End the War Coalition, Code Pink, Women in Black, and other lefty, peacenik groups would be holding a vigil at Thomas and Central calling for an end to Israel's attack on Hamas in Gaza, I was skeptical there'd be more tha ... More >>
Of the reasons someone might choose to support Israel, "God says so" would obviously count among the most irrational. Yet Trent Franks, a Republican Congressman from Arizona, espoused this kind of rank superstition last night on KTAR (620 a.m.) radio in reference to the Jewish state's current war w ... More >>
In light of reports that Mesa fruitcake and state Senator Karen Johnson is lobbying U.S. Senator John McCain to meet with 9/11-denier and starvation artist Blair Gadsby, I'd like to offer McCain a few reasons why he should never, ever bow to the whims of wackos like Gadsby and those who support him. ... More >>
For Tiger Woods, the deserts always greener in Dubai
A study in Marine biology at eye lounge
Even the Ayatollah would dig this stuff
Sly Sy, raggin' on Neocons, editors, and the Iraq War. Nothing's more boring than a conference room full of "serious" journalists. Unless Seymour Hersh is in it. The legendary investigative reporter, who nabbed a Pulitzer back in 1970 for exposing the My Lai massacre in Vietnam and who's still brea ... More >>
from Thenationmart.com Usually The Nation's full of shit, but not with this cover. I'm not inclined to bitch about Duh!bya like the billion other whiney-ass libs on the Web. After all, I'm self-aware enough to know that what some blogger writes about the biggest American military mistake si ... More >>
Where's the beef kebab? At Baghdad Restaurant, of course
Portions aplenty are Basis for contentment
Activist passionate about his causes