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A tired looking, fluffy calico cat lays on her side on a bed.

“Is it Friday yet?”

Tonight’s music video is Israel Nash performing “Just Like Water” at Austin’s KUTX.

Originally from Missouri, Nash moved out of the heartland to New York to pursue his musical ambitions. There he released his first record Barn Doors and Concrete Floors to critical praise. Now in the the Texas Hill Country, Israel Nash’s sound has taken a turn reflecting his deep appreciation of the ‘endless Texas skies.’

You can hear three more songs from the performance at the KUTX website.

Etsy, the online crafters’ marketplace, will no longer accept items for sale which include the racist name or logo of the Washington’s NFL team.

The online purveyor of whimsical crafts and repurposed socks announced today that items containing the Washington football team’s and logo will be banned from the site.

‘We understand that fans wish to support their favorite football team, and we do not believe that fans who are attached to the mascot have any racist feeling or intent,’ Bonnie Broeren, Etsy’s policy manager, said in a blog post. ‘We also understand that some fans view the name and mascot as an homage to Native Americans, and we do not doubt their noble intent, but the fact remains that Native Americans themselves find the term unacceptable.’

Broeren cites the decision by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to cancel the team’s trademarks in her reasoning. ‘Like the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, we at Etsy find the opinion of the minority group itself to carry most weight in determining whether the mascot is disparaging,’ she said. ‘In no uncertain terms, Native American groups have consistently advocated and litigated that the term … is disparaging and damaging to Native Americans. Therefore, it will no longer be permitted in our marketplace.’

Bonus: “I Think I’ll Just Stay In Texas (But Bring Me Back A Bagel)” from Rising Tide North America

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Kit OConnell

Kit OConnell

Kit O’Connell is a gonzo journalist and radical troublemaker from Austin, Texas. He is the Associate Editor and Community Manager of Shadowproof. Kit's investigative journalism has appeared in Truthout, MintPress News and Occupy.com.