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Craig’s Lisp

Tuesday, August 28th, 2007

“I am not Gay,” protested part-time convict, full time U.S. Senator Larry Craig (R-Idaho.) Uh-huh. And Dick Nixon wasn’t a crook. (And we might add the war in Iraq is neither a new Vietnam nor a civil war). Senator Craig’s remarks brought back to me a conversation I had about 25 years ago in a […]

The Great Maliki Gang Bang

Sunday, August 26th, 2007

Well, we never did find the WMD. But at least we’ve now discovered the source of all our problems in Iraq: the Prime Minister we helped install, Nuri al-Maliki.  Poor guy, now Senator John Warner has joined the anti-Maliki gang-bang, clearing the path for countless others. Personally, I don’t care much either way about the […]

Hail Titus

Friday, August 24th, 2007

Some more good family news over the weekend. The Brilliant Daughter racks up yet one more glowing review of the play she is currently directing. Nothing like solid DNA. Frankly, when the world sucks as voraciously as is the present case, it’s downright wonderful to have so much delight to bask in so close to […]

Wowie Allawi

Thursday, August 23rd, 2007

I was sort of joking yesterday when I said that current Iraqi Prime Minister Maliki might be having nightmares that he will end up like former South Vietnamese President Ngo Dinh Diem — the poor boob was summarily bumped off when his Washington allies thought him an impediment to “progress” in the Vietnam war (see […]

How About “Diem” Apples?

Wednesday, August 22nd, 2007

The really scary thing about President Bush’s speech on Wednesday, comparing the war in Iraq to that of Vietnam, is that he just might be inadvertently, unwittingly and mistakenly correct! By implication, the President argued that we should have (presumbably) never left Vietnam because by doing so millions of Southeast Asians “paid the price,” referring […]

Go!

Monday, August 20th, 2007

Time out from the boring debate on how awful Hillary Clinton is for something of real importance: If you live anywhere in or near Southern California, I now command you to go see My Brilliant Daughter’s staging of Shakespeare’s Titus Andronicus (playing weekends in North Hollwood thru September 9th). That’s right, when The Kid isn’t […]

Debateless in Des Moines

Sunday, August 19th, 2007

Sunday’s Democratic debate in Des Moines was the first one of the season I completely missed. I guess that puts me in the company of, say, about 299 million other Americans. Judging from published news reports, it looks like I didn’t miss much. The L.A. Times called it among the “tamest” to date of the […]

Arendt V. Chavez [Updated]

Saturday, August 18th, 2007

As a two-story high inflatable statue of himself was rolled out for the occasion, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez unveiled plans that would allow his perpetual re-election. This seems to be the one glaring flaw in the Castro-Chavez model: you build a society full of the New Socialist Man but then you find among the millions […]

Working

Thursday, August 16th, 2007

Out in the Real World working. See you in a day or two.

Record Border Body Count

Tuesday, August 14th, 2007

The failure to enact sensible, pragmatic immigration reform, just like the war in Iraq, also  racks it up its ongoing death toll. And once again, thanks to the Clinton-Bush border policy of funneling migrants through the most brutal terrain we’re on our way once again to setting a new record for those who died while […]

Karl Goes Kaput

Monday, August 13th, 2007

I’m going to boast just a wee bit here by making the claim that I was presciently dismissive of Karl Rove to the soon-to-be former top advisor to George W. Bush.  Josh Marshall duly notes that Rove’s exit elicits much more of a whisper than a crash-bang. No surprise. At least two years ago I […]

Mike Who-abee?

Sunday, August 12th, 2007

For those of us who spent some time in Iowa before this past weekend’s GOP Straw Poll, the second place finish by the formerly obscure Mike Huckabee wasn’t much of a surprise. The former Arkansas Governor had been earnestly working the grass roots and had already created a buzz far disproportionate to the relatively small […]

Straw Men

Saturday, August 11th, 2007

** Update: As of  8 pm Central, the Iowa Republican Party confirms a voting machine glitch. About 1500 ballots have to be hand-counted and, as usual, there’s no “timetable.” ** Update: 8:25 pm Central, the results are now in.  Romney wins with less than 1/3 of the vote. Huckabee comes in second by nosing out […]

GOP Healthcare DOA

Friday, August 10th, 2007

Des Moines, Iowa With both the heat and the humidity in the 90′s on Friday, I felt like one of those infamous pork-chops-on-a-stick trudging through the Iowa State Fair (or was it more like one of the ever popular fried Twinkies on sale all around me?). I got precious little relief when I finally stumbled […]

Meeting Mitt

Thursday, August 9th, 2007

Des Moines, Iowa I drove 227 miles on Thursday to get from Council Bluffs to the hamlet of Hampton in order to catch an “Ask Mitt Anything” meet and greet with Mitt Romney. In a flyspeck of a northern Iowa town where the only two eateries were a Hardee’s and a Subway, Romney drew a […]

For My Sins

Wednesday, August 8th, 2007

For my sins I have been given a mission: Just got to Iowa from where I will be covering Saturday’s GOP Straw Poll. Spending Thursday tagging behind Mitt Romney. That’s all you get from me for now.

Laboring

Tuesday, August 7th, 2007

Before a crowd of 15,000 union members  at Chicago’s Soldiers Field Tuesday eve, the field of Democratic presidential candidates jabbed and sparred at an AFL-CIO sponsored forum, but no knockouts were delivered.  Both Barack Obama and John Edwards took some rhetorical swings at front-runner Hillary Clinton, chiding her for being too much of an insider […]

Titanic Radio

Tuesday, August 7th, 2007

Time to suit up. Pull your hip boots snugly up as far as they will go. Adjust your goggles and breathing equipment. Don’t forget the asbestos gloves. We’re gonna take one more quick dip into the bubbling toxic cesspool known as “people-powered” Pacifica Radio! Tuesday’s L.A. Times carries a report on the latest rebellion at […]

Tail Chasing

Monday, August 6th, 2007

Better that this time around the Democratic presidential candidates packed off to Chicago and pandered to the more liberal bloggers of the YearlyKos than the usual routine of kissing the heinies of the more conservative DLC. But just who’s got who by the tail? I don’t think there is currently any definitive answer, but showing […]

Ritter V. Sheehan

Wednesday, August 1st, 2007

Though I don’t always agree with him, I give former UN weapons inspector Scott Ritter a lot of credit. As a veritable hero of the American anti-war movement he could simply bask in the adulation offered up by its adherents and play to his admiring audience. Instead, Ritter continues to rely on that scarce faculty […]