In the Christmas edition of the De Pasquale’s Dozen I wanted to highlight the new Christmas EP (available here) by lead singer and guitarist of The Smithereens, Pat DiNizio and libertarian activist and jazz soloist, Christian Josi.
After his YouTube video went mega-viral, the South Korean rapper named PSY received an invitation to sing and dance at a White House Christmas party. But it was quickly learned that in 2004, he had rapped lyrics wishing for the death and torture of American troops in Iraq, along with their families. PSY quickly issued a humble apology to the American people, and the White House reaffirmed that PSY’s show would go on. Was this the right thing to do?
It was shortly before Thanksgiving. I was in the kitchen washing dishes when I heard my first music of the holiday season. Sick of talk radio and sick of election post-mortems, I gave myself a breather, turning the FM dial to something cheerful for a change.
As the saying goes, by their enemies you shall know him. A Daily Kos blogger calls this week’s interviewee “a lying hack.” Media Matters called his work “sad, self-serving.”
This week the final Presidential debate will focus on foreign policy. Conservatives have many great leaders on this front, including Richard Grenell. I was fortunate to meet him at the Republican National Convention in Tampa this year. Having followed his career and TV appearances, I jumped at the opportunity to interview him.
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