January 17th, 2008

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What Religion's Blind Stranglehold on America Is Doing to Our Democracy
We've got to find a way to take the conservative symbolic message of faith talk out of American politics.
It's a presidential campaign like no other. The candidates have been falling all over each other in their rush to declare the depth and sincerity of their religious faith. The pundits have been just as eager to raise questions that seem obvious and important: Should we let religious beliefs influence the making of law and public policy? If so, in what way and to what extent? Those questions, however, assume that candidates bring the subject of faith into the political arena largely to justify -- or turn up the heat under -- their policy positions. In fact, faith talk often has little to do with candidates' stands on the issues. There's something else going on here.


Third Reich to Fortune 500: Five Popular Brands the Nazis Gave Us

Third Reich to Fortune 500: Five Popular Brands the Nazis Gave Us

Already today you've used at least one product from a company that, at one time, worked for the Nazis. Now, in the name of not getting sued, we'd like to make it clear that we're not accusing any of the below companies of still being in bed with the Third Reich. All of them, to our knowledge, have long disavowed Hitler's regime as being both monstrous and no longer profitable.

01 | Hugo Boss
No yuppie's wardrobe is complete without their standard Hugo Boss suit, Hugo Boss dress shirt, Hugo Boss tie, Hugo Boss sunglasses, Hugo Boss cologne, Hugo Boss man-thong and Hugo Boss socks (to stuff the thong). Even if you're too poor to afford Boss' goods, you can recognize Boss ads from a mile away. They always feature serious-looking men who, despite having enough money for expensive suits, appear to be addicted to heroin. They typically wear tight clothing, and gaze at you wantonly with hollow eyes of infinite, longing that scream, "I'm attractive and I'm really very unhappy about it."
Job with Nazis:
Speaking of stern, closeted white men, Hugo Boss manufactured the sleek all-black uniforms for the Schultzstaffel, better known as the SS. While today Boss uses black for slimming effects, in the SS uniforms it was used to command respect and fear in the populace. While their guns and propensity for genocide probably handled all required respect commanding just fine, the black uniforms did soak up sunlight during the summer months, causing the wearer to sweat uncomfortably and stink like a pack of Mongolian shit-camels. Members of the Hitler Youth were also decked out in Boss wear, teaching children an early lesson in looking good whilst beating up minorities.
So how evil were they?
Most of the uniforms were made in what can be considered the forerunner to the modern day sweatshop, at times by Prisoners of War. Also, it's impossible to underestimate the importance of those uniforms to the whole Nazi image. To this day, they are essentially synonymous with "evil." The influence of the design has been widespread, especially in film where their influence has been noted in the outfits of the Imperial officers from Star Wars.

But, unlike the products of some other companies on this list, the uniforms weren't directly responsible for killing people. In fact, since they actually made the wearers uncomfortable and smelly for a quarter of the year, relative to the rest of the companies on this list Hugo Boss probably deserves a medal of some sort.
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Live Bootleg

Sugarland - Change For Change Tour - Green Bay, WI 12.07.07
01 | Preshow Shalom Foundation Announcement | download mp3
02 | Preshow Sugarland Announcement/Yeah Yeah Yeahs | download mp3
03 | Twice The Speed Of Life | download mp3
04 | County Line | download mp3
05 | Want To | download mp3
06 | Settlin' | download mp3
07 | These Are The Days | download mp3
08 | Irreplaceable | download mp3
09 | Take Me As I Am | download mp3
10 | Happy Ending | download mp3
11 | Where The Streets Have No Name* | download mp3
12 | One Blue Sky | download mp3
13 | Just Might (Make Me Believe) | download mp3
14 | Down In Mississippi (And Up to No Good) | download mp3
15 | Who Says You Can't Go Home** | download mp3
16 | Everyday America | download mp3
17 | Baby Girl | download mp3
18 | Something More | download mp3
19 | Stay | download mp3
20 | Life In A Northern Town*** (with Jake Owen and Little Big Town) | download mp3
21 | Pour Some Sugar On Me**** (with Jake Owen and Little Big Town) | download mp3
22 | Won't Get Fooled Again (instrumental send off) | download mp3

Download all 22 mp3's in a single .zip file

* U2 cover
** Bon Jovi cover
*** Dream Academy cover
**** Def Leppard cover

Sugarland Live