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My Multi-Media Offensive

Friday, September 30th, 2005

As part of my escalating plan to dominate all media, I have two items to which to draw  your attention. Once again on Friday, I will be guest hosting "Right, Left & Center" on public radio station KCRW in Santa Monica.  My panelists will be Arianna Huffington, Robert Scheer and John O’sullivan.If u live in […]

Max: ‘Why We March’

Thursday, September 29th, 2005

Max Sawicky over at MaxSpeak has written a strong response to criticisms of last weekend’s peace demonstration levelled by Daily Kos, David Corn and yours truly. Max is an official Good Guy in my eyes and I take everything he writes seriously, including this latest of his. You should read the post and reach your […]

Marching. Or Walking in Circles? [Updated]

Thursday, September 29th, 2005

Back to discussion about what, I think at least, is the directionless peace movement. Daily Kos , a darling of Liberal Democrats, has courageously gone way out there in critiquing last week’s big protest demos. Directly challenging his own vast and loyal constituencies, Markos questions if the protests were even worth it. Actually, he decides, […]

A Great American: Hammered

Wednesday, September 28th, 2005

What a bum rap for House Majority Leader Tom "The Hammer" DeLay. This fine American is plain getting hosed. Forget about Kansas. What’s the matter with Texas? They let Democrats be prosecutors down there? What kind of partisan horsepuckey is that? How’d that guy Ronnie Earle get to be a D.A. without first being a […]

Crapped Out

Wednesday, September 28th, 2005

Call me fearless. I’m finally ready to enter that burning debate that has consumed post-Katrina America: Under what conditions should the thirteen Mississippi casinos wiped out by the storm be allowed to rebuild? And you thought I’d never speak out! First, some background. Mississippi casino gambling was legalized in the early 90′s And to keep […]

Red Crossed

Tuesday, September 27th, 2005

In the immediate aftermath of Catastrophe Katrina, I urged my readers to contribute to my favorite relief organization, Operation USA. I am pleased that many of you did. Now, my old compadre and Op USA chief Richard Walden has been burning up the keyboards in exposing some of the more unseemly aspects of the Red Cross. […]

ANSWER Is Not The Answer Part II

Monday, September 26th, 2005

A few more straggler pieces have popped up analyzing last weekend’s anti-war demos and the disproportionate role exercised by delusional fringe groups like ANSWER. Dennis Perrin, with whom I have had some sharp political differences, offers a biting first-person account.  He quotes his anti-war daughter looking at the ANSWER robots up on the stage and […]

I Have A Dream [UPDATED]

Monday, September 26th, 2005

Thanks to C-SPAN, I watched at least some of this weekend’s anti-war demonstrations with a great measure of ambivalence and even wonderment. To be honest, I watched for about 20 minutes until I began to overdose on the shrill rhetoric from a bunch of shouting nobodies on the rostrum. Like it or not, they were […]

A Modest Proposal

Saturday, September 24th, 2005

NOTE: This is Andrew Gumbel signing off after five days of guest-blogging. It’s been real. Thanks, Marc. See y’all in cyberspace. Remember how, in the wake of 9/11, Clear Channel radio drew up a list of songs it no longer considered appropriate for airplay because they were unpatriotic, or offensive, or simply in bad taste? […]

Dying like animals… or worse?

Friday, September 23rd, 2005

NOTE: Still Andrew Gumbel guesting in the hotseat. With another hurricane blowing in, Human Rights Watch has an absolute horror story about the last one. Just before Katrina struck, the authorities at the New Orleans city jail facility known as Templeman III simply upped and left, abandoning hundreds of prisoners who were locked up without […]

Enraptured by Rita (2)

Thursday, September 22nd, 2005

Well the last one may have looked like a six-week-old fetus, but this one looks like… (click for full size) Whatever will the Christian right have to say about this??? (Via Crooks and Liars)

Enraptured by Rita

Thursday, September 22nd, 2005

NOTE: This is still Andrew Gumbel sitting in for Marc. It dawned on me, when I was visiting the hurricane-ravaged Mississippi coast last week, that the scene before me was not unlike the Christian fundamentalist vision of the Rapture — that moment when all righteous believers are transported to Heaven in an instant, and the […]

Election reform? What election reform? (2)

Wednesday, September 21st, 2005

NOTE: Another guest post by Andrew Gumbel It seems I may have under-estimated the impact of the Carter-Baker commission’s recommendation of a voter-verifiable paper audit trail on electronic voting machines. Already, two of the country’s toughest hold-outs against a paper trail, Cathy Cox of Georgia and Linda Lamone of Maryland, are caving and, at the […]

Election reform? What election reform?

Wednesday, September 21st, 2005

NOTE: This is Andrew Gumbel guest-blogging again. I thought I’d wait a day or so to see if anyone had much good to say about the major report co-chaired by Jimmy Carter and James Baker on the dire state of elections in this country and how to fix them. But it seems the work of […]

Re-engineering New Orleans

Tuesday, September 20th, 2005

NOTE: Andrew Gumbel here, sometimes known on this site as modestproposal. Thanks for the introduction, Marc. Welcome, gang. Feeling a little like the kid from the back row suddenly playing teacher. Don’t hold back your spitballs on my account. But, please, spit them nicely, wontcha? The Bush administration could use a really good engineer to […]

Guest Blogger: Andrew Gumbel

Monday, September 19th, 2005

I’m going to be tied up the next few days in Las Vegas. Tuesday night is the sneak preview of the PBS American Experience series on Sin City that I’ve had some hand in and I plan to be there. In my absence for the rest of the week, I’ve invited in world-class journo Andrew […]

Banned And Banished

Monday, September 19th, 2005

Journalist and writer Celeste Fremon — known as commenter "Rosedog" on this blog””has turned in yet one more of her moving, insightful feature stories on those who have fallen between the cracks of the modern American foundation. Writing in Sunday’s Los Angeles Times Magazine , she artfully tells the story of “Javier” — a thirty […]

Announcing “Democratiya”

Saturday, September 17th, 2005

I’m happy to join in announcing the official birth of "Democratiya" — a free bi-monthly online review of books. I’m even happier to be among the advisory editors who are united in a belief that an internationalist Left has a crucial role to play in a troubled world. Please take a read of this inaugural […]

Some Gallow(way) Humor

Friday, September 16th, 2005

On this lazy Friday afternoon I have nothing better to do than kick around one more time Gorgeous George Galloway and his gaggle of goofy fans. Seems like the backers of his anti-war pro-war, pro-Baathist militia tour have a blog of their own and they are not very happy about what I wrote a few days […]

Arnie Blarney

Friday, September 16th, 2005

Sometime on Friday — probably by the time you are reading this”” the California Governator will have announced that he’s running for re-election in 2006. Absolutely no surprise. But Arnold’s timing -— as George Skelton writes — tells you everything about the sorry predicament he’s put himself in. Less than two months from now on […]