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James Campion
James Campion is the Managing Editor of The Reality Check News & Information Desk and the author of Deep Tank Jersey, Fear No Art, Trailing Jesus, and Midnight For Cinderella and The Aquarian Weekly’s would-be resident political commentator. Campion’s work is archived on &

Entries by James Campion

Fearguson, U.S.A.

(0) Comments | Posted August 23, 2014 | 6:59 AM

Ferguson is a city of around 21,000 citizens in St. Louis County, Missouri. For nearly two weeks now it has been the focal point of the nation, as the shooting death of an unarmed African-American man by a Caucasian police officer has sparked debate, protest, riots, armed guards, and,

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August 8, 1974

(0) Comments | Posted August 9, 2014 | 7:20 AM

The Seeds of Reality Check

Richard M. Nixon, August 8, 1974, speaking from the Oval Office:

I have never been a quitter. To leave office before my term is completed is abhorrent to every instinct in my body. But as President, I must put the interest of America first. America...

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Truth in Character

(0) Comments | Posted August 7, 2014 | 1:44 PM

Sinead O'Connor's Musical Catharsis: I'm Not Bossy, I'm The Boss

While visiting Dublin in early June, the wife and I came upon a mural painted on the side of the city's Hard Rock Café tucked within a phalanx of ancient pubs in the Temple Bar district. It was a beautiful...

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Contemplating Gaza

(0) Comments | Posted August 1, 2014 | 1:40 PM

In the spring of 2003, a few months after the release of my third book, Trailing Jesus, I spoke to CNN Radio in New York City on the second floor of 1 Penn Plaza. It was another in a seemingly endless but exhilarating series of stops along a book tour...

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Time Warp

(1) Comments | Posted June 21, 2014 | 1:42 AM

The Never-Ending Fancy Shit Show That Is Iraq

I leave the country for seven days and end up in a fucking time warp?

Or did I misread this latest madness on getting "involved" with Iraq again, as if that is an option. Let's face the hideous fact that...

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The Evolution of Stardom

(0) Comments | Posted June 4, 2014 | 12:52 AM

Eric Hutchinson - Irving Plaza, NYC 5/19/14

This was one of those shows you hear about or read about or, if you're lucky, attend; those transformative showbiz moments that catapults an artist to another level, another unseen plane that he/she cannot come back from, nor would ever want to: Late...

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VA Scandal: Our Imprint, Our Legacy, Our Sin

(0) Comments | Posted June 2, 2014 | 10:38 AM

One can conceive, even fathom something as horrifying as the Veteran's Administration systematically allowing dozens of wounded soldiers to die and then scramble to cover it up, just as easily as one can conceive and even fathom the bizarrely ritualistic lies, deceit and ideological idiocy that put them there in...

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Eric Hutchinson's Pure Fiction

(0) Comments | Posted April 17, 2014 | 3:22 PM

It was one of those brutal New York City winter nights this past January when I met up with Eric Hutchinson at the Monkey Bar in midtown. He was sitting alone in a booth towards the front across from the bar dressed in a high-collar, blue zippered sweater and jeans,...

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Money, Corruption and the Free Thinker Principle

(0) Comments | Posted April 11, 2014 | 1:30 PM

Some men worship rank, some worship heroes, some worship power, some worship God and over these ideals they dispute and cannot unite -- but they all worship money.

-- Mark Twain

Believe none of what you hear and half of what you believe.

-- Something Benjamin Franklin...

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A Songwriter's Cyber Showcase

(0) Comments | Posted March 13, 2014 | 4:25 PM

Welcome One and All to Dan Bern's Theme Park

If you put me in a box, make sure it's a big box. -- Dan Bern "Jerusalem"

"If I were to stage a theme show of my songs, say, around girl's names, what would you put in there?" Dan Bern asked...

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My Friend, the Next Governor of New York?

(0) Comments | Posted March 7, 2014 | 5:13 PM

While being a professional colleague of mine for nearly twenty years, during which he has displayed nothing but an enviable commitment to ethics in all forms, Rob Astorino has managed to succeed at the impossible; competing in two vocations replete with soulless bottom-feeding degenerates, journalism and politics, while maintaining...

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Theology of Science

(0) Comments | Posted February 24, 2014 | 8:47 PM

A feral cat is slowly making its way across the frozen tundra of what was once my backyard; its painful stride, sucked into a mass of ice and snow, become a strange ballet. Its light-gray coat contrasts drastically against the infinite expanse of white. I cannot turn away from its...

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The Beatles -- The Week -- The Legacy

(0) Comments | Posted February 7, 2014 | 2:22 PM

In the early 90s, Babe Ruth biographer Kal Wagenheim told me the only way to describe the Bambino's effect on the game of baseball and America at large during his first few tumultuously historic years in New York pinstripes would be to say it was like he had been dropped...

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Prelude to Irrelevance

(0) Comments | Posted February 2, 2014 | 11:33 PM

State of the Union Turns into Beginning of the End For President and Congress

The horror. The horror.
Joseph Conrad, Heart of Darkness

That was a weird State of the Union address.

I've been watching these things since I was a kid, a curious little brat wondering what's...

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Last Chance Power Drive

(0) Comments | Posted January 10, 2014 | 1:13 PM

Chris Christie: Welcome to Thunderdome

Well, it was a good eight weeks for the governor of New Jersey. Two months ago he was the Republican lion, staring into national TV cameras and commanding the rest of the world, especially Washington DC, to take a good, hard look at "How things...

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The Gettysburg Address at 150

(0) Comments | Posted November 21, 2013 | 10:15 AM

Lincoln's Oratory Masterpiece Heralded The Modern Age Of America

Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.

Now we are engaged in a great civil war,...

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Boy: Taking The Process On Tour

(0) Comments | Posted November 16, 2013 | 12:43 PM

From Music Workshop to New York Stage, A Pop Duo Comes Of Age

Even in a cramped and steamy backstage dressing room, less than two hours before the New York City debut of their full-band show at Webster Hall, Valeska Steiner and Sonja Glass still find time to be introspectively...

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Lou Reed: 1942-2013

(0) Comments | Posted November 1, 2013 | 9:59 AM

When you dance hard...slow dancing. -- Lou Reed, "Rock Minuet"

New York beat in him. This is what he captured, after all -- his epic poem, his distorted ode, his ebony attire and his affected, queer tough-boy growl. This was the rhythm of his city, where he...

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Alice Cooper Wakes the Dead

(1) Comments | Posted October 28, 2013 | 4:18 PM

Mayo Performing Arts Center Morristown, NJ, 10/19/13

I have interviewed Alice Cooper three times in as many years around Halloween and each time the classic shock rocker tells me how he is in the best voice -- sober and fit -- and playing killer shows with killer musicians and...

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Mood Swings on Broadway

(0) Comments | Posted October 14, 2013 | 12:35 PM

Steely Dan -- Beacon Theater -- 10/4/13

What you expect from the newest Steely Dan show, Mood Swings: 8 Miles High To Pancake Day Tour, the most recent incarnation of the enigmatic jazz-pop duo of Donald Fagan and Walter Becker -- the resurgence of which began two decades ago --...

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