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Bum Rap

Friday, September 29th, 2006

I’m definitely taking this weekend off — at least from blogging. But before pushing aside the mouse, let me take a moment to lament the political demise of Florida Republican Rep. Mark Foley. Okay, I know. So he had a penchant for teenage boys. Whatcha gonna do? But lost in the hub-bub over his resignation […]

Oh Say Can You See

Thursday, September 28th, 2006

This picture is from a torture musem in the Cambodian capital of Phnom Penh. It’s a device that was used by the Khmer Rouge, perpetrators of one of the great genocides of modern times. In the nightmare on earth known as Cambodia, it was called a waterboard. But the U.S Congress voted on Thursday to […]

Sullivan on Torture

Tuesday, September 26th, 2006

I can disagree with Andrew Sullivan on many subjects. But he’s become an outstanding voice against legalizing torture: “How do I put this in words as clearly as possible. If the U.S. government decides, for reasons of its own, that you are an “illegal enemy combatant,” i.e. that you are someone who “has engaged in […]

The War a “Cause Celebre” — In Iraq…and in California

Tuesday, September 26th, 2006

Thanks to all who have sent good wishes for my father. He’s stabilized for the moment but still in precarious condition. While I have a few free moments, some comments on the news: The Bush administration took a calculated gamble Tuesday in releasing a tiny portion of the now notorious classified National Intelligence Estimate on […]

Pitching Hillary

Monday, September 25th, 2006

This is going to be ultra-short. My Dad’s in the hospital and that will be taking up my time for the moment. In the meanwhile, I point you to Chris Nolan’s spot-on post of a few days ago in which she beat me to the punch in analyzing the current Clinton Blitz.

Billpuckey

Sunday, September 24th, 2006

When you get to be my age the mind plays tricks. Was it deja vu all over again or was it a harrowing visualization of the future? Or maybe it was something I actually saw on cable TV this past weekend. Doesn’t make much difference because the end result was the same: I kept bumping […]

“The Obvious”

Saturday, September 23rd, 2006

Bad news for conservatives…and for America.  After completing their takeover of The Media, appeasement liberals have now apparently commandeered control of  U.S. intelligence agencies. The anti-Bush propaganda now flows freely not only from CNN and CBS but even from within the inner chambers of the U.S. government. The pro-Saddam Washington Post reveals the full details: […]

All Couped Up

Friday, September 22nd, 2006

I’ve been vaguely following the comments threads on this blog about the recent coup in Thailand and I find them, frankly, quite alarming. With what dispatch some who enjoy all the comforts and privileges of “bourgeois democracy” are willing to dispense with them for others! I think there’s a pretty simple and self-evident rule of […]

Shut The Border Election Strategy Failing in Arizona

Friday, September 22nd, 2006

I’ve been in Tucson covering one of the top five races for control of the House: the battle to replace retiring moderate Republican Jim Kolbe. I’ll have a lot more to say about it in the days to come. But looks like my presence brought some bad luck to the Republican candidate Randy Graf. The […]

The Chavez Show

Wednesday, September 20th, 2006

Blogging from Tucson, Arizona…. I guess if the Leader of the Free World can be a rather laughable character like George W. Bush it is only fitting that the man who pretends to be his global antagonist is himself a cartoon character. If one ever had doubts that Hugo Chavez is at best an intellectual […]

Dean Baquet’s Alamo

Tuesday, September 19th, 2006

Blogging from the passenger terminal at LAX: Some have called it an “Alamo strategy.” The editor of the L.A. Times, Dean Baquet, has boldly drawn a line in the sand against his own employers, saying he refuses to make $10 million in cuts being demanded by the Tribune Company. The general public may shrug it […]

We Love Syria

Monday, September 18th, 2006

Those good-for-nothing Syrians.  Supporters of the Iraqi insurgents. Funders of Hamas. Backers of Hezbollah. So despicable that we refuse to have anything to do with them. Won’t even talk to them. Unless, that is, we want them to torture somebody for us. We’ve known about “extraordinary rendition” — the outsourcing of torture  by the Bush […]

Iraq: The 2% Truth

Sunday, September 17th, 2006

Beyond the fulminations and whimpers of the Bushies over a biased media, it seems that if anything the American press has been too polite in describing the catastophe underway in Iraq. Check out this hair-raising piece  in Editor and Publisher based on a talk by veteran NYTimes war reporter Dexter Filkins who says that the […]

Glitches

Saturday, September 16th, 2006

Yup.. I know about the current blog glitches. We’re making some alterations and transfers and things may be weird for a couple of days. Sorry.

Who is America?

Friday, September 15th, 2006

“This whole issue is going to send a signal about who America is in 2006.” Good for Republican Senator Lindsay Graham who said these words Thursday in underlining his opposition to the Bush Administration’s proposed scrapping of the Geneva Conventions outlawing torture. I’ve always liked Graham, finding him to be one of the quirkiest and […]

Family News

Thursday, September 14th, 2006

Kudos to my daughter, Natasha, who can take credit for successfully helping to lead a union campaign at five California hospitals owned by the Frist family’s HCA. After months of organizing, an overhwhelming strike vote, and fifteen days of non-stop bargaining, the union won a breakthrough contract this week — as much as a 40% […]

Stackin’ Em Up

Thursday, September 14th, 2006

The raspy-tongued former Democratic Governor (1991-1994) of Texas, Ann Richards, has died at age 73. I suppose Richards will forever be remembered for her sassy public razzing of Bush 41 at the 1988 Democratic National Convention when she said:”Poor George, he can’t help it … He was born with a silver foot in his mouth.” […]

Pat to Al: ‘Run, Al, Run!’

Tuesday, September 12th, 2006

Pat Buchanan is arguing that if Al Gore would only enter the Democratic primaries, he would crush Hillary Clinton. I dunno about that. There’s seems to be some congenital debilities among Dems, given that Ms. Clinton swept 86% of the NY Senate primary vote Tuesday nite even though there was a bona fide, liberal anti-war […]

The Restive Dead

Tuesday, September 12th, 2006

The putrid stink of death hung all over the PR-electoral pronouncements of the Bush administration of the last few days. No escaping the pungent, throat-cloying odor of a White House mired in its own political and moral rot. And add to that the stench of the 3000 cadavers of 9/11 once again excavated and flayed […]

September Elevenths

Sunday, September 10th, 2006

Too many empty words are being spilled over this fifth anniversary of the attacks on the Twin Towers. So I will try not to significantly deepen the void. The photo you see was also taken on the morning of September 11th — 1973. Chilean President Salvador Allende and some of his bodyguards are readying to […]