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Quote of the day

Avedon:

From the very beginning, Obama’s language has been the polite translation of the insane ravings of the conservatives – rather than a refutation of it. His job has been to make the insanity behind those right-wing ideas sound sane.

Redemption

I’ve been watching his public service activities for a while, and I believe the man is sincere:

In the minutes before giving his first commencement speech, Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick professed to be more nervous than before a football game.

He had nothing to worry about. A lovingly raucous crowd of several hundred cheered Vick throughout his remarks Friday to graduates of the alternative Camelot high schools at the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia.

The fact that he surprised a pair of students with $5,000 college scholarships didn’t hurt either.

The theme of redemption proved to be the heart of the connection between the ex-con NFL superstar and the 450 graduates. Camelot’s six campuses in Philadelphia serve about 1,800 students with emotional, disciplinary or academic problems.

In speeches during Friday’s ceremony and in a private meeting with Vick before the big event, several graduates spoke of rebounding from previous troubles or poor choices to earn a diploma with the second chance they were given at Camelot.

This is a man’s world

James Brown:

Try a little tenderness

Otis Redding:

Oy

Lieberman wants the Medicare age raised. Digby has some thoughts.

Cry me a river

Joe Cocker with Mad Dogs and Englishmen:

When I was young

Eric Burdon and the Animals:

You’re my favorite waste of time

Marshall Crenshaw:

Mr. Soul

Buffalo Springfield:

Hah

The Wire producer David Simon to Eric Holder: We’ll do another season of The Wire if you end the war on drugs.

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