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2008 Indie Hype and Hope

Wednesday, May 31st, 2006

My blogfather and all-around Good Guy, Micah Sifry, has written a smart response to a WaPo posting on an emerging effort to field a bi-partisan “unity” ticket in the 2008 presidential elections. “Unity 08,” as it calls, itself aims at using the Web to channel voter disgruntlement into drafting a presidential ticket made up of […]

Iraq Burning

Tuesday, May 30th, 2006

A new spate of armed attacks and car bombs have killed dozens throughout Iraq, including two reporters for CBS News. The murderous outburst only further serves to question the pablum spooned out last week by Bush and Blair about the milestone progress supposedly being made in the war. Will the first reader who can actually […]

Random Musings

Monday, May 29th, 2006

Some random notes I’ve collected over this holiday weekend: The Jefferson Case: Is it just me? Or do you also find it rather odd that a bi-partisan consensus on Capitol Hill is willing to make the FBI raid on Congressman Jefferson’s office but not General Hayden’s NSA phone spying scheme a constitutional crisis? Even within […]

Immigration Reform: On the 40 Yard Line

Thursday, May 25th, 2006

The immigration reform bill finally passed by the Senate, even with its flaws, moves the ball on this issue significantly forward. Somewhere around our own 40 yard line is where I’d make the call. The advance is significant because for two entire decades, all forward movement had been stalled. During the 1990′s, the Clinton Administration fumbled […]

That Clinton Couple

Wednesday, May 24th, 2006

I’m currently spending a few days in a remote, undisclosed location trying to catch up wih some writing I owe. So, I’m running a half-day or so behind the Official News Cycle. It wasn’t until Tuesday evening, then, that I finally got around to reading the NYTimes front pager on the Clinton marriage. Some folks […]

Four More Years

Tuesday, May 23rd, 2006

What a great and cynical shell game we are watching now in Iraq. We are to celebrate the formation of a new government in Baghdad as one of those rare moments of “good news” for the White House. Yet, the new Iraqi government which faces insurgency and war has neither a Minister of Interior nor of Defense.  […]

Stupid Is As Stupid Does

Monday, May 22nd, 2006

This is a point I’ve been trying to repeatedly make for the two years I’ve been blogging. Glad to see there’s some growing recognition of what seems to be an obvious truth. Though with his chief client now down to a 29% approval rating and with his party split and on the verge of losing […]

What NYT Sez

Sunday, May 21st, 2006

It’s a rare occasion when I find myself so wholeheartedly agreeing with what are the standard sort of “blazing straddle” nostrums that pass for unsigned editorials in the New York Times. But I have to say, I can’t disagree with a single line in this one: May 21, 2006 Editorial An Immigration Bottom Line This […]

General Hayden’s Pot Odds

Thursday, May 18th, 2006

I tuned in just long enough to catch this beaut of a line from NSA boss General Hayden’s Senate confirmation hearings Thursday as new CIA chief: “The math was pretty straightforward,” Hayden said. “I could not not do this.” I almost burst out laughing to hear the General use this phrase to describe his decision in […]

Hari and Hugo

Thursday, May 18th, 2006

OK, OK, I know. I’ve been pretty tough on Venezuelan President and international lefty heart-throb Hugo Chavez. So, in a once-in-a-lifetime, albeit minor, concession to my critics, I’m posting this more sympathetic piece on Chavez from lefty Brit journo Johann Hari. Note, I say it is a minor gesture on my part as Hari also […]

Reach Out And Touch…Everyone

Wednesday, May 17th, 2006

It’s now impossible to escape the sensation that, so far, we’ve only seen the tiny tip of the iceberg when it comes to the government’s phone-spying activities. Those who claim that the NSA’s scanning of numbers –supposedly disconnected from names and ID’s– is harmless and non-intrusive take the cake for disingenuousness. Anyone web-literate enough to find and read this blog […]

Buruma on Guilty Groupies

Wednesday, May 17th, 2006

The gifted writer Ian Buruma had an excellent piece in last Sunday’s London Times scratching away furiously at one of my favorite little rashes: those angst and guilt-ridden “intellectuals” and “artists” of the West who are always ready to worship tin-pot authoritarians (as long as they are anti-American). Move over Cynthia Plaster-Caster and make room […]

The Great “But My Granny Was Legal” Myth

Tuesday, May 16th, 2006

One of the more amusing (and sometimes equally depressing) aspects of the current immigration debate is to watch so many grand-children and great grand-children of immigrants beat their chests and self-righteously proclaim that their families were “legal” rather than “illegals.”  There are, you see, the worthy immigrants (those already ceritified as being here) and the unworthy, those […]

Reaction To Bush Immigration Speech

Tuesday, May 16th, 2006

Let’s get a couple of things straight about the immigration speech President George W. Bush unreeled Monday night from the Oval Office. His address had nothing to do with actual border policy and everything to do with domestic electoral politics. The real mission of the 6,000 National Guard troops he has called out is to […]

Bush Bull: Troops on the Border

Sunday, May 14th, 2006

After George W. Bush makes his first major nationwide prime time TV broadcast in five years Monday night, there’s going to be a lot of blood on the floor to mop up. While simultaneously trying to appease his own Right and pushing a comprehensive reform program right over their heads, Bush is going to tear that immigration baby right into two. While the […]

The LAPD Blogs: “Just The Facts, Ma’am”

Friday, May 12th, 2006

Roll over, Jack Webb. The LAPD has started a blog. What a great idea. From the pleistocene era to the new world in just about a decade. The blog’s only a few days old and still a bit stiff. A message from Chief Bill Bratton and even some responses to recent editorials in the local […]

Immigration Deal

Friday, May 12th, 2006

I’m still waiting to see that much-predicted but still hard-to-see backlash against the recent upsurge of the pro-immigrant movement.  Yeah, a couple of hundred Minutemen are putting on bullet-proof vests and getting inordinate amount of  publicity for their tiny numbers… Meanwhile, word comes that the U.S. Senate has reached an agreement to pass a compromise, […]

From Havana to Cairo

Thursday, May 11th, 2006

While we’re on the subject of crackdowns by authoritarian governments on emailers and bloggers, let me join in on the budding web campaign to Free Alaa. Alaa Abd El-Fatah is a prominent Egyptian blogger who was arrested last weekend by Hosni Mubarak’s friendly security forces after he participated in a demo protesting the corrupted national […]

Farinas’ Story

Tuesday, May 9th, 2006

I was perusing the schedule of next week’s 2006 Personal Democracy Forum that my pal and blogfather Micah Sifry is helping to put together next week in New York when I stumbled upon this piece by Nancy Scola on the PDF site.  It’s a couple of weeks old but the problem it describes has been […]

The Trouble With Nancy

Monday, May 8th, 2006

I was busy writing (for money) on Sunday and, as usual then, didn’t catch Meet The Press — which this week featured House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi. For some odd reason — probably insomnia– I did hear the show last night as a podcast on my trusty Nano.  I found Pelosi’s whole schtick so irritating that […]