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Wednesday, August 31st, 2005

My latest L.A. Weekly column is now posted.

Thin Lines

Wednesday, August 31st, 2005

I don’t possess nearly enough talent to say much useful about the devastation left by Hurricane Katrina. The pictures and reports coming out of the Gulf Coast are no less than horrifying. I can only imagine the terror felt by the 30,000 people now more or less trapped inside the Superdome. Or those eeking it […]

Scoldings

Wednesday, August 31st, 2005

An intriguing factoid has come my way via a piece by Todd Gitlin this week. Back when the war in Vietnam was becoming really unpopular, so did the peace movement: "…Here’s the rub about 1969:  As the war became less popular, so did the anti-war movement.  It was hated, in fact””by the end of the […]

Summertime Blues

Tuesday, August 30th, 2005

This summer of our discontent over Iraq will be long remembered. The peace movement belives it has reached a "tipping point" in popular opposition to the war. Perhaps. But it seems to overlap ignition of an expanded civil war in Iraq, possibly a wider regional war. One that "intefaith healing circles" will hardly deter. Far […]

Better Mousetraps

Tuesday, August 30th, 2005

File these notes under Better Mouse Traps. Local L.A. political operative and blogger Matt Szabo  has come up with two absolutely brilliant suggestions for two completely different problems. First, those massive traffic jams caused by southerners evacuating Katrina?  Um… Matt wants to know if these cracker governors have ever heard of something called “reversible lanes?!?!?” […]

Take Jane and George (Please)

Monday, August 29th, 2005

If you live anywhere near Hollywood, as I do, and you spend any time among its screen nobility, as I do (for work reasons) it’s not long before you discover that the universal lowest common denominator among these folks is uncontrollable ego. Period. Take Jane Fonda (please). Now that she’s toured the country pitching her […]

Saturday, August 27th, 2005

The most recent podcast of my weekly Radio Nation show is now posted. Please copy this address into your RSS feeder or Itunes 4.9 : http://feeds.feedburner.com/RadionationPodcast If you want to listen over the web, go to the above address and click on the "Listen" button.   On this week’s show I spend the hour speaking […]

Dumsfeld

Friday, August 26th, 2005

When people start sucking their lips into their mouths, they’re probably lying or bluffing. That’s what I was taught this past weekend in a poker boot camp by former FBI counter-intelligence officer Joe Navarro. Joe was offering us campers a seminar on how to read body language. When it came to the lesson on lip-sucking, […]

Their Islamic Republic and Ours

Wednesday, August 24th, 2005

George W. Bush’s answer to when U.S. troops will leave Iraq is: “As the Iraqis stand up — we will stand down.” To achieve this goal, we have been told by various administration officials, the U.S. is “training up” Iraqi forces to eventually take over the fighting. Unfortunately, this is gibberish. Not that Iraqi soldiers […]

Exit Strategies [Updated]

Tuesday, August 23rd, 2005

Now that the dam of public opinion is bursting on the Bush Iraq policy, we opponents of the war have a greater burden than ever to pose viable — I repeat, viable – alternatives. When there was still a strong majority support for the war, I suppose it was enough for some to just say […]

Fear and Loathing Again

Saturday, August 20th, 2005

This post is really about the Democrats… But first: Totally by coincidence, but quite fortuitously, I find myself in Dr. Gonzo’s old haunting grounds in Las Vegas just as Hunter S. Thompson is to be shot into eternity. Indeed, I spent most of Friday inside the historic Binion’s Casino participating in a No Limit Texas […]

Just In Time

Wednesday, August 17th, 2005

Just when I thought I might be hallucinating when it comes to Cindy Sheehan, I found at least one other person who is having similar symptoms (see my self-diagnosis in the post below this one). Stand-alone journalist Chris Nolan at Politics From Left to Right yearns for the good old days when media circuses were […]

Cindy Sheehan

Tuesday, August 16th, 2005

I have been silent on the Cindy Sheehan story for the past ten days because it has been very difficult for me to sort it out. The conclusion I have reached is — to paraphrase Military Genius Don Rumsfeld– you have to go with the anti-war movement you’ve got, not the one you’d like to […]

Our Fault Again

Monday, August 15th, 2005

Quick, somebody get Scotland Yard on the phone. The British probe into the Islamo-fascist subway bombings of this summer are all on the wrong track.  The attacks were really our responisbility. It was all about American racism and about the failure of U.S. and British societies to be sufficiently multi-cultural! I learned all this from […]

Sour Grapes

Sunday, August 14th, 2005

I spent the last week of July in California’s Central Valley reporting on the lives of farm workers. While I was there two workers died from heat exposure. A third had expired a few days before I arrived. That’s all included in my feature-length report which has just been posted at L.A. Weekly. Please take […]

Killers AND Thieves

Wednesday, August 10th, 2005

Great news from Chile:SANTIAGO, Chile (Reuters) — The wife and youngest son of former dictator Augusto Pinochet were detained Wednesday after a Chilean judge charged them as accomplices in a tax fraud case, court sources and a family member said. Pinochet’s wife, Lucia Hiriart, was being held in a military hospital in Santiago. His son, […]

Dissent and Demonization

Tuesday, August 9th, 2005

Catching up on some of my reading I came across another good piece written last weekend by British journo Nick Cohen, a worthy exponent of the pro-war Left. Cohen can ably argue for himself so I am not going to recap the piece — you can read it through the above link. One graf that […]

In the Crossfire

Monday, August 8th, 2005

Still recovering from jet lag so I’m inclined to a bit more linking than writing. I do want to point you to an excellent piece of reporting from my long-time compadre, John Dinges. I know John from the old Chile days of the 70′s. After the Pinochet coup, John stayed behind in Santiago and later […]

The Party’s Over

Monday, August 8th, 2005

From Marc: I’m back, I’m ready to blog. And I’m grumpy. The warm and fuzzy sheen I acquired from 8 days of Hostaria crawling in Rome that I hoped would last at least four or five days after my return was rudely sheared off when Delta Airlines figured out a way to make it take […]

Last Dance

Saturday, August 6th, 2005

Okay, Marc’s coming back from Rome on Sunday (no doubt with lots of heartwarming personal anecdotes about the Pope), so this is the last post from your crazy-middle-aged-white-chic substitute blogger.  Thanks sincerely to everyone who has hung around here in Marc’s absence. Now—rather than come up with a new topic—with your permission, I’d rather leave […]