RIP: Pete Seeger

By: Tuesday January 28, 2014 8:00 pm

Pete Seeger, folk singer and activist whose music and straight talk inspired generations of musicians and activists, has died. He was 94. Known for songs like “If I Had a Hammer,” “Turn, Turn, Turn,” and “Where Have All the Flowers Gone”, Seeger–who joined the Young Communist League (YCL) in 1936 and the Communist Party USA in 1942, eventually drifting away from them in the early 1950s–performed for troops in the South Pacific during World War II. He was convicted of contempt of Congress after refusing to answer questions at the House Un-American Activities Committee.


You’ve Got to Love a Judge With a Sharp Sense of Humor

By: Saturday March 24, 2012 9:04 am

In an ongoing school prayer case in Texas, US District Court Judge Fred Biery has used his delightfully sharp wit to skewer the parties before him who are acting like spoiled children.

OK, says Biery, if you’re going to act that way, then I’ll treat you that way.

And it is a treat to watch him in action . . .

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