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A Reader’s Report: Deeper into the Lancet Numbers

Saturday, October 30th, 2004

Thousand of articles and blog-postings worldwide have already been generated in response to the so-called “Lancet Report” which suggests 100,000 Iraqi war deaths. Let’s add one more. One of our most intrepid and industrious blog commenters — none other than the now infamous GMroper — who stirred it up here last week with his profiling […]

How Many Dead In Iraq?

Friday, October 29th, 2004

Don’t ask me how the new Osama Bin Laden tape is going to affect the Bush and Kerry campaigns. I haven’t a clue. I do know how it ought to affect the rest of us. OBL’s non-chalant manner of justifying and vowing more mass death ought to chill us. Equally chilling is the report coming […]

Bush: In Deep Caca Over Al QaQaa

Friday, October 29th, 2004

The Bush administration is in Deep Caca over Al Qaqaa. Minnesota TV station KSTP has produced what seems to be the smoking gun video”¦ or to use Condi’s phraseology, the mushroom cloud video. Turns out that the station’s embedded reporters arrived at Al Qaqaa on April 18 2003, nine days after the fall of Baghdad. […]

Did Dubya Kill Off American Conservativism?

Thursday, October 28th, 2004

Are we watching the death agony of American Conservativism — even if Bush wins on Tuesday? Mark Schmitt, over at The Decembrist is convinced of it. His polemic caught my attention last week and I’ve been meaning to post on it and have just gotten around to it. Make sure you read his entire essay […]

Bananas in Havana: Fidel Tightens the Screws

Tuesday, October 26th, 2004

Cuba’s Fidel Castro announced today that the U.S. dollar — which has been legal tender in Cuba for the last decade– will no longer be accepted for consumer purchases. Cubans will now have to trade their dollars for funny money scrip issued by the state. The exchange is one to one MINUS A 10% “fee.” […]

Deconstructing Kerry and Bush

Tuesday, October 26th, 2004

After I posted an analysis of John Kerry’s larded speech style by Slate’s Chris Suellentroplast week, one of our regular blog commenters, “GM” wrote a thoughtful profile of the Democratic candidate. He was then besieged by other readers to do a similar breakdown of George W. Bush and “GM” — a Bush supporter–willingly complied. I […]

‘Untidy’ News: Bushies Lose 3/4 Million Pounds of Iraqi Explosives [Updated]

Monday, October 25th, 2004

April 11, 2003. Donald Rumsfeld on the insignificance of looting in Iraq: “The task we’ve got ahead of us now is an awkward one … It’s untidy. And freedom’s untidy. And free people are free to make mistakes and commit crimes and do bad things. They’re also free to live their lives and do wonderful […]

Pop Quiz #2

Sunday, October 24th, 2004

Time to show off your brain power. Below find two passages of steamy fiction. Your task: Guess who wrote them: The women who embraced in the wagon were Adam and Eve crossing a dark cathedral stage — no, Eve and Eve, loving one another as they knew would not be able to once they ate […]

‘Poop Valhalla’ — Dogging Kerry and Bush

Saturday, October 23rd, 2004

The readers of this blog have been very very good. Now it’s time for your reward. If you thought Jon Stewart was great on Crossfire, then Triumph, The Insult Dog is FABULOUS! Click on the link below and prepare yourself for the funniest six minutes you’ll have this year. Triumph goes to Spin Alley after […]

Kerrying Water: Hitchens on the “Prisoners Dilemma”

Thursday, October 21st, 2004

Lo and behold, Christopher Hitchens returns to The Nation magazine in a one-week guest starring performance””sort of. This week’s issue of America’s oldest weekly journal of opinion carries a thousand word piece by Hitch on why he’s “slightly” for Bush come November 2nd. (David Corn has an excellent companion piece in the same issue, by […]

Kerry: Where’s The Populist Pivot?

Thursday, October 21st, 2004

I attended the PEN USA Literary Awards banquet tonight in Los Angeles and among the presenters was Susan Estrich. Watching her onstage brought back nightmarish flashbacks to the 1988 Michael Dukakis campaign of which she was the General Manager (something I would pay any price to have expunged from my official bio). But I did […]

Che’s Grandson: Fidel’s An “Aged Tyrant”

Tuesday, October 19th, 2004

There’s a fascinating story coming of Mexico today about the dissident grandson of Che Guevara — Canek Sanchez Guevara. He’s published an open letter from Mexico denouncing Fidel Castro as an “aged tyrant” and as “messianic” leader who persecutes trade unionists and poets alike. Some background: I first met Che’s grandson — Canek Sanchez- in […]

Grunts: Fraggin’ and Bloggin’

Monday, October 18th, 2004

One reason why Iraq is not like Vietnam is that there was no Internet back then. If soldiers then had some way to constructively blow off their discontent perhaps there would have been fewer fraggings”¦ and, more importantly, fewer cases of G.I.’s who came back home suffering from irreversible trauma. By contrast, American soldiers today […]

Split on The Dictator

Sunday, October 17th, 2004

The fate of former Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet still hangs in the balance. A thee-doctor panel selected two weeks ago to review his fitness for trial has come back with a split decision. The heroic investigative magistrate, Judge Juan Guzman, will decide most likely next week how or if to proceed with murder charges against […]

Sinclair Broadcasting: Chapter Two

Saturday, October 16th, 2004

A couple of postings down the blog you’ll find media critic Jay Rosen’s razor-sharp analysis of the Sinclair Broacasting to-do. Now, Rosen’s back with another must-read posting. Rosen argues that John kerry is making a mistake by dismissing Sinclair’s offer to have him on the air to somehow answer the pseudo-doc “Stolen Honor.” Sinclair is […]

The Cheneys’ Crocodile Tears

Friday, October 15th, 2004

I’m on record a few posts down saying that Kerry’s reference to Cheney’s Lesbian daughter in the last presidential debate was a low blow. It was a blatant act of political opportunism designed to drive a wedge between the VP and his most reactionary followers. It was NOT, however, an offensive comment. Let me repeat: […]

The Sinclair TV Stategy: A Political Machine

Thursday, October 14th, 2004

Lots of huffing and puffing going on about the decision by the Sinclair Broadcast Group — owner of 62 TV stations in 39 different markets–to order pre-emption of some of its prime time programming so that in the last few weeks of the campaign it can repeatedly air the crude anti-Kerry propaganda film Stolen Honor. […]

Debate Three: The Dim and The Dead

Wednesday, October 13th, 2004

John Kerry’s a stiff. Doing tonight’s final debate, he looked like he just came off the embalmer’s table. That’s the bad news — for George W. Bush. Simple fact is that Bush lost all three debates to this guy. Bush was certainly at his best tonight. But that ain’t very good. Not if you get […]

Third Debate Response

Wednesday, October 13th, 2004

Wed 10 PM PST Just got off a plane from Chicago and will see the debate delayed and TiVoed. For the moment: Whatever David Corn says.

Superman’s Greatest Moment: Defying Pinochet

Tuesday, October 12th, 2004

Christopher Reeve’s fight for stem cell research can certainly be termed heroic. though some cynics might argue that there was, after all, a self-serving aspect to it all. But Reeve was, indeed, a real hero. And a brave one. Those of us involved with Chile learned that almost 20 years ago. In 1987 when 77 […]