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Talking Bomber

Sunday, July 31st, 2005

One of the London wannabe bombers captured in Rome on Friday has started talking a lot about method and motive, according to today’s Guardian.  Here’re two of the money “˜graphs: “In a remarkable insight into the motives behind the alleged would-be bombers, Hussain Osman, arrested in Rome on Friday, has revealed how the suspects watched […]

Death Penalty Roulette

Sunday, July 31st, 2005

While Senate Dems continue to battle for the release of Supreme Court Nominee John Roberts’ papers from his time working for the DOJ under Bush Sr., a somewhat weird memo can be found in the three-story high document dump the White House has already released. According to Saturday’s  New York Times, a 1983 memo (written […]

The REAL Meaning of the Karl and Judy Show

Saturday, July 30th, 2005

With all the talk about the unfolding political scandal that is Plamegate, there is far too little discussion about the journalistic scandal that undergirds it—namely the unholy deals that Washington reporters make in order to receive leaked information from high level government sources.  The WaPo touched on the issue briefly in a column by Mark […]

Subbing for Cooper: ROSEDOG

Friday, July 29th, 2005

Oh, you lucky dogs! Your grumpy Der Webmeister has decided to blow out of town for a week. I figure in this current heat wave, why not cool off in, say, Rome? That’s where I and my wunderfamily will be until August 8th. And the really, really good news is that in my absence our […]

Funny Math: The Joke Is On Us

Thursday, July 28th, 2005

Apparently the job-killing effects from the 1994 NAFTA shafting wasn’t enough. On Wednesday night, the House of Representatives narrowly approved the Bush-backed Central American Free Trade Agreement, CAFTA. This will now make it that much easier for American workers to compete with Honduran and Salvadoran sweat-shop workers and should help allay Pope Alan Greenspan’s expressed fears […]

Divorce: Union Style

Wednesday, July 27th, 2005

My latest L.A. Weekly column is now posted. All journalism is derivative, they say. This particular column is derived from a blog posting this past week. The latest podcast edition of my weekly radio show, Radio Nation, is now also available for dowloading. Copy this address into your favorite RSS reader or into Itunes […]

Fill of Hill

Wednesday, July 27th, 2005

Good pal Mickey Kaus gets right to the point about Candidate Hillary: “Her substance quotient hovers close to zero”¦[her] biteless rhetoric is almost totally uninspiring.”Here’s Hill’s speech the other day to the conservative Democratic Leadership Council. I dare anyone to actually read through the whole thing without starting to yearn for the feisty speechmaking of Lt. […]

Kinsley Kiboshed

Tuesday, July 26th, 2005

You heard it here first…sort of. A few days ago when I was commenting on the departure of L.A. Times Editor John Carroll, I speculated that the next to go might very well be the paper’s editorial and opinion director Mike Kinsley. So today it’s official. After barely a year into his tenure, Kinsley is […]

Revolution and Repression

Tuesday, July 26th, 2005

It was 52 years ago today that the first shots of the Cuban Revolution were fired as Fidel Castro led the attack on the Moncada Barracks. The date of the attack, 26 de Julio, was adopted by Castro as the name of his movement which came to power on January 1, 1959. Do the math […]

Breaking Away [Updated]

Monday, July 25th, 2005

The break within organized labor is just about official. On Sunday afternoon, press reports said that the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) and the Teamsters would — on Monday””announce their official departure from the AFL-CIO. [UPDATE: the break is now official]. Two other dissident unions, the Hotel Workers and the Food Workers may immediately follow […]


Monday, July 25th, 2005

I’m honestly trying to figure out what is in the mind of Democrat activists and the more I ponder the question the more baffled I become. On this past Saturday, 350 meetings and rallies were held across the U.S. in which — it seems– Democrats closed themselves off in auditoriums, read from the now sacred […]

Flash: Mass Murder in Africa! Andrea Mitchell Hit Hardest!

Friday, July 22nd, 2005

Let the Sudanese government be warned: In the view of the U.S. government, killing 200,000 people in Darfur and displacing another 2 million or so is one thing. But roughing up NBC’s Andrea Mitchell?  Well, that is quite another! Especially when Secretary of State Condi Rice watches the abuse of Mitchell live and in person. […]

Mr. Bush and Mr. Roberts: The Big Suck-Out

Wednesday, July 20th, 2005

My latest L.A. Weekly column is now posted. A teaser: George W. Bush may, indeed, be a lousy President but he’s turning out to be one helluva poker player. When Dubya retires he might consider partnering up with fellowTexan and legendary card player Doyle Brunson who was last seen trying to buy up the World […]

Blogged and Logged

Tuesday, July 19th, 2005

I continue reporting in the triple digit heat of California’s Central Valley. Meanwhile… The National Journal’s Hotline Blogometer has posted it’s interview with me as a featured blogger.  Be nice and look at it. Make sure to bookmark the site at as it provides a nitid daily review of the political blogosphere. Also, my […]

109 In the Shade

Tuesday, July 19th, 2005

That’s what the thermometer read in Fresno on Monday afternoon. I’m here in the heart of California’s central valley doing some reporting on farm workers. You can imagine (or can you?) what it must feel like to work 8 hours in that heat picking grapes… for $6.75 an hour. Know any red-blooded Americans ready to […]

Reporters as Celibates… or Robots?

Saturday, July 16th, 2005

The American news media industry — especially the daily newspaper branch “” is often described (by people like me) as a Priesthood. Just as in the administrative levels of the Catholic Church, the practioners are instructed to deny their humanity, their individuality, their driving passions and instincts and are commanded, instead, to be the infallible […]

Cooper Reviewed

Thursday, July 14th, 2005

Nice it was to (via unexpectedly bump into quite a positive review of my book "The Last Honest Place in America: Paradise and Perdition in the New Las Vegas." The Surly Librarian , who I don’t know, posted a quite positive review, thank you very much —favorably comparing my book with the latest by […]

Summer Schadenfreude

Thursday, July 14th, 2005

My latest L.A. Weekly column is now posted. Here’s a tickler graph:If Rove resigns or gets fired “” the former much more likely than the latter “” it will make little difference in our national politics. His services to Bush will still be readily available; indeed, as a private citizen he will be subject to […]

Rove Rage

Wednesday, July 13th, 2005

I very much like what Juan Cole has to say about Karl Rove. He deftly cuts to the core issue, pushing aside all the temporizing we now hear from the die-hard apologists of All Things Bush. Here are the money graphs:Plame was undercover as an employee of a phony energy company. She was actually investigating […]

Roasting McClellan

Tuesday, July 12th, 2005

OK, let’s put one myth to bed: that the MSM as a whole is completely in the tank for the administration. A re-assuring fantasy for those who can find no other plausible explanation as to why the deluded masses don’t follow them. But far from the truth. Monday was no less than a Gold Star […]