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Sunday, May 29th, 2005

I’ll leave any comment on the voting in France and Lebanon, the revoltin’ Bolton, and the war in Iraq for after Monday. I continue in holiday mode and reserve the right to be frivolous. Anyway, this weekend is the precise 19th anniversary of the drunkest I ever got. The story even has a celebrity news […]

A Liberal McCarthyism?

Saturday, May 28th, 2005

Over this Memorial Day break, allow me to direct you to one down-and-dirty purse-swinging, albeit, grossly uneven, online duel bloodying up the front page of The Huffington Post. In one corner, Max Blumenthal, a featherweight tyro and designated puncher for enraged but impotent Democrats. In the other, heavyweight contrarian pummeler Christopher Hitchens known for his […]

Getting Real About Immigration

Friday, May 27th, 2005

With the Bolton debate sucking up all the oxygen on Capitol Hill, it went almost un-noticed that a Senate judiciary subcommittee opened hearings this past week on comprehensive immigration reform. For the first time since 9/11, some definitive rewriting of the totally broken immigration/border policy is now inching toward reality. The bad news is that […]

Post Bi-Partisan Depression

Wednesday, May 25th, 2005

My latest L.A. Weekly column:I confess to a certain disappointment that the Senate didn’t get all the way to DEFCON 1 this week and let loose that damned nuclear option. Listening to the esteemed colleagues on C-SPAN radio all day Monday, I got so steamed up and anxious for Dear Leader Frist to finally push […]

Radio Nation Podcast

Wednesday, May 25th, 2005

The newest podcast of my weekly Radio Nation show has now been posted at: You can simply copy the above URL into your RSS reader for automatic download of this and coming Radio Nation programs (or you can go to, scroll down to Radio Nation and listen over the web in mp3 format). […]

Humdinger in Havana

Monday, May 23rd, 2005

Having visited and reported from Cuba maybe a dozen times over the years, I find the news coming out of Havana this past weekend to be no less than remarkable. For the first time in the 46 years since Fidel Castro has been in power, a coalition of opposition dissidents were allowed to assemble publicly […]

Pondering Paper

Saturday, May 21st, 2005

Here’s a thought I’ve been mulling tonight. It now costs about $600 a year to subscribe to home delivery of The New York Times, at least if you live in Southern California.Recently, the base line price of a laptop computer dropped below $600 (and most of them last a lot longer than a year). This […]

Latest Radio Nation Podcast

Friday, May 20th, 2005

The latest podcast of my weekly Radio Nation show is now posted at: You can simply copy the above URL into ur RSS reader for automatic download of this and coming Radio Nation programs. On this edition I speak with with Peter Kornbluh about Luis Posada, architect Peter Eisenmann on the Berlin Holocaust Museum, […]

Getting It Right

Thursday, May 19th, 2005

Did anyone accurately predict L.A. Mayor-elect Antonio Villaraigosa’s 18 point landslide he achieved Tuesday night? Most pre-election analysts were giving Antonio no more than a 3-7 point edge. Yet, veteran Republican consultant Allan Hoffenblum (publisher of the non-partisan California Target Book) nailed it perfectly a week before election day. Back on May 9, Hoffenblum heard […]

Villaraigosa Takes L.A.

Wednesday, May 18th, 2005

Antonio Villaraigosa pummeled L.A.’s incumbent Mayor Jimmy Hahn out of office Tuesday night by what appears to be a rather spectacular 17 or 18 point margin. The landslide election of a Spanish-speaking liberal Latino to preside over America’s second largest city carries huge political symbolism especially at a time when the national immigration debate is […]


Tuesday, May 17th, 2005

Quote of the day month year. Referring to Newsweek’s retraction of its Koran-down-the crapper story: "People lost their lives, people are dead and that’s unfortunate”¦People need to be very careful about what they say, just as they need to be careful about what they do."                              […]

Hanging Up On Hahn

Sunday, May 15th, 2005

I got a phone call from L.A. Mayor Jimmy Hahn today. Or at least from one of his surrogates — a well-spoken woman with a perky voice. I’m not surprised by the personal call. After all, I live in an upper middle-class burb of Los Angeles in the West San Fernando Valley, among the few […]

Happy Birthday, Baby

Friday, May 13th, 2005

My first entry on the Huffington Post:  Las Vegas turns a saucy 100 yrs. old this weekend.

And Now It Can Be Told…

Friday, May 13th, 2005

Now it can finally be told”¦ an anecdote I’ve kept secret for the last half year. It’s about one of my real heroes, Chilean Judge Juan Guzman who, after a three decades-long career, retired last week. Judge Guzman changed Chilean history in 2001 when he charged former dictator Augusto Pinochet with murder and kidnapping. He […]

Latest Radio Nation Podcast

Wednesday, May 11th, 2005

The latest podcast of my weekly Radio Nation show has just been posted. Or you can listen over the web by heading to The Nation website, scrolling down to the Radio Nation section and clicking on the mp3 file.

Huff, Puff and Poof!

Tuesday, May 10th, 2005

Little mice tell me that Arianna’s Huffington Post (to which I am so far still a theoretical contributor) got something like 8 million hits during its inaugural 24 hour debut. Eight million here, eight million there — soon you’re talking about some real traffic. A river of blogosphere reviews has also been pouring forward. Among […]

Huffington Post-ing

Monday, May 9th, 2005

Arianna Huffington– my pal and co-conspirator in many mad projects–has got her new meta-Huffington Post up and running as of midnight Sunday. I’ll be doing some posting there probably in another day or two. What’s your initial impression of the page?

IRAQ: To Leave or Not To Leave

Monday, May 9th, 2005

There’s a new trend developing among what’s loosely called the American peace-movement: attack those closest to you and blame them for the failure of the anti-war cause to get much traction. The problem is, we’re told, not enough people on the left will simply take a "Troops Out Now" position. And that reticence, we’re told, […]

Come to Jesus

Sunday, May 8th, 2005

Purely as an oversight, I have not done a dedicated posting on the Pajamas blog-media effort that I have a toe into (as alluded to now and then by some sniping commenters). Allow me to link you to the definitive posting on this matter by Roger L. Simon. As some commenters have noted, this compendium […]

A Hit. And A Miss.

Sunday, May 8th, 2005

On The Nation magazine’s new website you can find a loosely knit compendium of just-published pieces on “progressive radio.” I had no hand in this venture, happy to say, as I find too many of the pieces to be acritical cheerleading instead of serious analysis. The one outstanding piece in the package, however, comes from […]