Pesky questions

What someone should have asked John Brennan during his confirmation hearing:

And why did the SEALs kill the unarmed bin Laden, when it would have seemed strategically wiser to exert every effort to capture him alive? Imagine what stories this Saudi black sheep could tell! To explain why he was summarily killed, we were first told that he was armed, then we learned he was not, then that his fate was left up to theSEALs themselves.

Brennan—who ran the National Counterterrorism Center for George W. Bush while Bush was seeking re-election in 2004 and pushing the “terror alerts” button like crazy—has plenty of questions to answer.

Tell me baby

It was 1996, and I was hanging out before the show with Walter Hyatt in the kitchen of the Lansdowne Folk Club. He was showing me his gig guitar — an old archtop Stella he’d bought for a few bucks and had completely rebuilt. It was a great old guitar that played like a dream and rang like a bell. And I am so completely fucked up that when he died in a plane crash a few weeks later, my first thought was of that beautiful old guitar at the bottom of the Everglades.

Best alternative album

Bonnie Raitt’s “Slipstream” was named best alternative album. And that’s Mike Finnegan on the keyboards, who does Mike’s Blog Roundup over at C&L when he’s not on tour:

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