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Bush League

Friday, April 29th, 2005

Did anyone notice that George W. Bush made his big pitch on social security privatization on a day that the Dow-Jones average plummeted 128 points? After a solid month or two of similar plunges? Little wonder Dubya put the emphasis of his prime time appearance on some mumbo-jumbo about tilting a reformed system toward low-income […]

Wynning America

Thursday, April 28th, 2005

Every historical era in America has a city that bests symbolizes its spirit. Boston was the veritable capital in the ferment of the Revolutionary War. Chicago embodied Industrial America of 19th century. New York stood as monument to the waves of immigrants that poured through Ellis Island in the early 20th Century. For an historical […]

LaLaLand Showdown

Tuesday, April 26th, 2005

Barely three weeks to go in the L.A. Mayoral run off between incumbent Jimmy Hahn and Antonio Villaraigosa and it is — excuse the cliche– a real yawner. Both guys are promising the moon when — in fact– thepost of  Mayor of Los Angeles is a weak one. The real clout is in the City […]

“Nattering Nabobs of Nostalgia”

Monday, April 25th, 2005

Tim Porter, my friend and colleague at the USC Annenberg Institute for Justice and Journalism, has fired off a roaring post on the current decaying state of American journalism He’s let the flea-bitten cat come ripping right out of the bag: the demoralization among American journalists is now just about universal. Tim puts a fabulous […]


Monday, April 25th, 2005

While I’m gearing up to start posting again, thought I’d link to a few of the other things I’ve been dabbling with these past few days. Like this. And this.

Party Pause

Monday, April 25th, 2005

Been tied up all weekend with the L.A. Times Book Festival. And am teaching final class of semester Monday at USC. Back to regulur blogging  Tuesday.

Martini Weenie?

Friday, April 22nd, 2005

I have been a good boy, for the most part, and have used this blog to attack only public figures (in spite of my more base instincts). So for one day only, I’m going to broaden the definition of public to include a fellow blogger —Joseph Mailander at Martini Republic. Attack is maybe the wrong […]

Powell Enters The Fray: Adios Bolton

Thursday, April 21st, 2005

Talk about leaking oil. UN Ambassador nominee John Bolton’s vital juices are spritzing all over the White House leading President Bush to some pretty desperate moves. Speaking to one of his key constituencies today — insurance industry executives””Bush implicitly blamed   the Democrats for Bolton’s confirmation stall-out: "John’s distinguished career and service to our nation demonstrates that […]

Pope Posted

Thursday, April 21st, 2005

Just Out: my latest L.A. Weekly column, on the Stalinist Pope.

Fish Story

Wednesday, April 20th, 2005

Just yesterday Kevin Roderick at L.A. Observed wondered out loud: “What is it with media types and fish?”  He noted that yours truly “always sounds happiest” when I’m blogging about fishing. And then Roderick pointed to a special edition of Tuesday’s Outdoors section of the L.A. Times that focused on fishing and featured a first […]

Holdin’ Bolton: “A Thin-Skinned Creep”

Wednesday, April 20th, 2005

Perhaps the worst thing about Tuesday’s selection of Cardinal Rottweiler — as he’s affectionately called””as the New Pope isn’t that he was once a member of the Hitlerjungen (he was). Much more serious is that the non-stop media gangbang on the Vatican hocus-pocus show blotted out yesterday’s real top new story: The surprise demise of […]


Tuesday, April 19th, 2005

I now formally recant my recent denunciation of the uber-coverage of the Popes — the Dead One and the Next One. The entire, sordid spectacle is turning out to be almost as amusing as The Sopranos (which I’m told won’t be re-appearing next until 2006). So move over Tony and Paulie and make room for […]

Brown Blogs the Dems

Sunday, April 17th, 2005

Cool. Former Governor and past presidential candidate Jerry Brown is blogging live from this weekend’s California Democratic Party Convention in L.A. ( Brown’s also actively running for State Attroney General). You can read his first dispatch here.  And his second note here.  Brown is his own force of nature and always makes great copy. He’s […]

DeLayed Boomerang

Friday, April 15th, 2005

It’s payback time for Tom DeLay. As I had so sagely forecast a few weeks ago during the Terry Schiavo feeding frenzy: DeLay’s naked exploitation of that issue was bound to backfire. DeLay made himself a household name and drew a whole lot of attention to himself at precisely the moment he should be hiding […]

A Tale of Two Johns

Wednesday, April 13th, 2005

Last week I wrote  of the death of a great American, former U.S. Ambassador to Chile, John O’Leary.   John was a wonderful man who used his position to clarify long-standing cases of human rights abuse, even if the implicated former U.S. officials. Now, In my just-posted L.A. Weekly column , I contrast O’Leary’s career with […]

Our Terrorists

Wednesday, April 13th, 2005

One of “our” international terrorists has come back home. Luis Posada Carriles has announced he has covertly entered the United States and is now officially seeking political asylum from the Bush administration. For those of you who do not closely follow Latin American politics Posada Carriles is a long-time anti-Castro militant who has been involved […]

Blunt “Instrument”

Tuesday, April 12th, 2005

I had the misfortune Monday of spending a lot of time in the car listening to the Senate confirmation hearings of John Bolton as the Bush administration’s new ambassador to the U.N. Talk about distasteful experiences. Even the most cursory glance at Bolton’s record tells you he’s about the worst nominee possible. Indeed, his nomination […]

Gone Fishin’

Sunday, April 10th, 2005

Sunday is for fishing that great expanse between Santa Monica and Malibu. Back on Monday. Maybe.

He Came Too Late. He Stayed Too Long.

Saturday, April 9th, 2005

If the Dead Pope coverage goes on any longer, I might actually get cured of my TV-watching habit. Thanks to all the saints that someone has finally boxed up Mr. Wojtyla and once and for all buried him. Perhaps we can now get nine days of relief before we are doused with one more obsessive […]


Thursday, April 7th, 2005

You might say my good pal and Nation magazine colleague David Corn, has been corn-holed by some unbelievably cowardly and retrograde administrators at a southern state college. David had decided to do a favor for the mostly-ignored Mountain Home campus of the two-year Arkansas State University by agreeing to give a speech for a fee […]