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Las Marchas, Again

Monday, April 30th, 2007

Greetings from Seattle where Tuesday I will be attending the AFL-CIO Town Hall with John Edwards. Meanwhile, in numerous cities across the country there will be marches and demonstrations marking the first anniversary of the great wave of pro-immigrant rallies that shook the political establishment. It’s anybody’s guess how big or small they will be. […]

Monday, April 30th, 2007

I’m in transit Monday and won’t be blogging until late Monday night. I’m heading up to Seattle to watch John Edwards appear at an AFL-CIO town hall. Stay tuned.

Debating Democrats

Thursday, April 26th, 2007

What a non-event the first Democratic Presidential Debate turned out to be. Nothing happened. Little was said. Fringe candidate Mike Gravel stole the show. It was like a poker hand in which the other 7 players listlessly checked the flop and the one guy who you’d never seen before sitting on the button took down […]

“Deliberate and Calculated Lies”

Tuesday, April 24th, 2007

“Deliberate and calculated lies” is how U.S. Army Ranger Pat Tilman’s brother described what the Bush admistration said about the former football star’s death in Afghanistan. Also a former Army Ranger, Kevin Tilman told a House committee on Tuesday that the Pentagon version of his brother’s death was “utter fiction” — a crude attempt at […]

Bits and Pieces

Monday, April 23rd, 2007

Some short notes on current news: Bye-Bye Boris Yeltsin. And good riddance, as well.  One of the most over-rated world leaders of modern times passes into the great yonder. Celebrated now as a great democrat and dis-assembler of the Soviet Union, the frequently pickled former Russian President was a non-stop disaster. Yes, he dismantled the […]

Gimme Money

Sunday, April 22nd, 2007

Not a few observers have noted the Democratic silence on gun control issues in the wake of the Virginia Tech massacre. I saw Montana’s Dem Governor Brian Schweitzer on Bill Maher’s show over the weekend and he frankly made an ass of himself on the subject. All he could do was stammer about the glory […]

Losing Iraq

Thursday, April 19th, 2007

With an epidemic of public apologies sweeping the nation — Alberto Gonzales and Don Imus apologizing for themselves, CBS and NBC apologizing for Imus, and now NBC apologizing for running the Cho videos– let’s hope that Senator Majority Leader Harry Reid doesn’t decide to retract what he said earlier today. That the war in Iraq […]

Technopolitics

Wednesday, April 18th, 2007

Over at USC, which is one of the places I work, my friends at the Knight New Media Center are holding a four day conference on the Internet strategies of the ’08 political campaigns. As Knight director Vikki Porter says of the moment: “With more than 18 months until Election Day 2008, it is already […]

Working

Tuesday, April 17th, 2007

Back tonight.

A Virgina Tech Twice A Day Everyday

Monday, April 16th, 2007

When I got up this morning and switched on CNN (as part of my daily ritual to make sure the market hasn’t crashed) I saw the news about Virginia Tech and hid back under the covers. This sort of barbaric massacre makes me cringe to be a human being. The numbers are very difficult to […]

Crying Wolfowitz

Sunday, April 15th, 2007

This administration had produced a truly extraordinary cast of brigands and bullies. From the snarling, elusive and non-responsive Vice-President, to the thieving former majority leader Tom DeLay, to the horrible John Bolton, the intransigent and failed Don Rumsfeld, and now an encore performance from the execrable Paul Wolfowitz. I’d like to know from just where […]

A Penny For Your Slots

Saturday, April 14th, 2007

As some of you have figured out, I’m now writing an occasional series of pieces on Las Vegas gambling for the L.A. Times. Here’s my latest in this Sunday’s edition: I wasn’t three minutes into one of the slot tournaments that can be found throughout this city when I swear that the woman competing next […]

Imus: A Different View

Thursday, April 12th, 2007

I saw columnist Jason Whitlock on TV Thursday night and loved the way he cut through all of the pious Imus trashing. So I looked up his latest column on the matter and I loved it. So, fire me…

Compare and Contrast

Thursday, April 12th, 2007

The Don Imus saga has now become a national farce. We will now all sup on his flesh and feel oh so very satisfied about ourselves. He is bad. We are good. Imus has been fired by NBC and CBS who still employ, nationwide, a brigade of local talk radio racists, homophobes and nativists. The […]

Cause and Effect

Wednesday, April 11th, 2007

No, of course not. No way the Bush administration policies are stretching thin the U.S. military. The Pentagon is adding three months to the basic year-long combat deployment for active duty G.I.’s because…because? Certainly not by popular demand of the troops or their families. But because this is the only way to maintain the current […]

Imus II: Et Tu?

Tuesday, April 10th, 2007

Though I plinked yesterday at CBS/NBC’s hypocrisy in the Don Imus affair, I spent all of Tuesday rather conflicted about the whole mess.  While I think that Imus is a horse’s ass for what he said, I didn’t figure on him being converted into the mass national expiation figure he has become overnight. I mean […]

Exit Strategies

Tuesday, April 10th, 2007

It would be uplifting if the Democrats were as decisive about pulling us out of Iraq as they are about withdrawing from a debate on Fox News. As I’m still in physical recovery mode and the doctor has told me to keep my blood pressure down, I really had to think twice, three times about […]

McCaca

Sunday, April 8th, 2007

One of the more intriguing sub-plots I’m following this political season is the ongoing crash of one John McCain. As Dick Cavett asked the other day about the Arizona senator and GOP presidential candidate, “What was he thinking?” Immediately after Sunday evening’s wonderful debut of the first of the last nine episodes of The Sopranos […]

Resurrection

Sunday, April 8th, 2007

Having spent a fews days in the hospital this past week, I couldn’t bring myself to re-watch Season 6 of The Sopranos as I had planned for Sunday.  Just too much of the last season centers on Tony strapped to his own hospital bed, fighting for his life. No thanks. That doesn’t mean that the […]

ICU – You See Mee

Saturday, April 7th, 2007

My recent intensive reporting into America’s health care system landed me in a 3 day stay in my own local Intensive Care Unit. Some scary moments but all is very well. Back in the fray this week. Thanks to all who have sent regards.