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Creative Differences

Sunday, September 30th, 2007

Perhaps the entire manner in which critics of the war in Iraq has just been plain off beam. Maybe even overwrought and overthougt — what with all the fancy tap dancing about “phased redeployment,” “benchmarks,” “drawdown,” and “dates certain.” Maybe we should have gone Hollywood instead and insisted that our aid agreement with Iraq carry […]

A Democratic Philanthocracy?

Thursday, September 27th, 2007

My very good friend and official blogfather, Micah Sifry, has posted one of his trademark very good pieces on something he’s calling a new Democratic Philantocracy. These are the 100 so wealthy liberals of the Democracy Alliance who have pledged a million bucks or so each to fund “progressive” think tanks and advocacy groups. Problem […]

Clintonsomething

Wednesday, September 26th, 2007

I’ve found one good use for the Democrats. No more than 5 minutes into last night’s 437th presidential debate/forum, this one in New Hampshire, I was soundly dozing. The answer to the first question posed by moderator Tim Russert, whether each candidate would really get all American troops out of Iraq by (are you ready?) […]

Sick. Very Sick.

Tuesday, September 25th, 2007

The House has passed an expansion of the children’s health insurance program. The Senate will do the same in the next few days. The measure would reduce the number of America’s uninsured children by 1/3, providing an additional 3 million with medical coverage. And then the President of the United States will veto the bill. […]

Big Trouble for John Edwards

Tuesday, September 25th, 2007

The third-running John Edwards campaign may have hit a definitive speed bump last nite when the much-coveted endorsement of Big Labor’s biggest union seemed to slip one notch closer toward never happening. Once again the top council of the SEIU met and once again it failed to endorse anybody. Might not seem like much to […]

Moving On Please

Sunday, September 23rd, 2007

I have allowed a decent interval to pass before finally commenting on last week’s MoveOn kerfuffle — one that apparently now has a new and unfortunate twist. Let’s start backwards. The vote last week by the Senate to condemn the Petraeus/Betray Us ad was a definite new low point for what has demonstrated itself to […]

Looking At You

Sunday, September 23rd, 2007

My Brilliant Daughter finally reveals herself in all of her natural born glory:

Friday, September 21st, 2007

In light of announcement below, I’m busy doing transitional things. See you Monday.

Beep Beep

Thursday, September 20th, 2007

As Captain Willard said in Apocalypse Now: “For my sins, I have been given a mission.” Here’s a new announcement about your genial host. Here’s a longer version. Maybe we can recruit you?    MARC COOPER JOINS OFFTHEBUS.NET AS EDITORIAL COORDINATOR Veteran Political Journalist to Direct Coverage of 2008 Presidential Campaign and National Politics, and […]

O.J. OK! — MSM Vs. MSM

Tuesday, September 18th, 2007

Pinch me! Tell me I’m dreaming… O.J. is back and covering the tube. Hallelujah! In my just-posted L.A. Weekly column I write: It was wonderful to see OJ in handcuffs, getting hauled off to the cooler by the rough and tumble boys of Vegas Metro. Not so much because a lying, conniving double slash-murderer was […]

Loves’ Labors

Monday, September 17th, 2007

John Edwards’ stalled presidential campaign might be on the verge of a major breakthrough. Or it might not. Edwards gave a rousing speech Monday before a political convention of the 1.9 million member Service Employees International Union (SEIU) where he has long been favored for its endorsement.  But so did several other of his Democratic […]

Mukasey: Don’t Get “Hysterical”

Monday, September 17th, 2007

Michael Mukasey? He’s going to be the next Attorney General? Filling those dainty little slippers left behind by “Fredo” Gonzalez? Who is this guy, anyway? Apparently someone the fierce Democratic opposition has already given the wink and nod to and against whom they promise no real resistance. Maybe hit him on the snout a couple […]

My Little Pony

Thursday, September 13th, 2007

General David Petraeus was the trick pony. George W. Bush was the wonder dog. What a show. I watched the former for a couple of hours earlier this week. I missed the latter when he came out barking Thursday night on national TV. I was stuck in a meeting during the President’s speech but probably […]

Snow Storm

Wednesday, September 12th, 2007

I had the misfortune of catching Tony Snow’s final White House press briefing (transcript here) yesterday and let me count the ways I found it so depressingly sad. Sad because, as disagreeable and abhorrent as Snow might be, I couldn’t help but feel deep sympathy for a fellow human being in such troubled straits. His […]

Unpacking Petraeus

Wednesday, September 12th, 2007

Like you, I’m still floating in the backwash of reaction to the second day Petraeus/Crocker testimony, this time before the Senate. The moment that jumped out at me was the General’s refusal to say whether be believed the war in Iraq was making America safer — something, he said, he had not yet focussed on.  […]

Petrae-ified

Monday, September 10th, 2007

A 12 hour workday, plus 3 hrs of freeway commuting all peppered with fragments of Monday’s congressional hearings on the Iraq reports have left me rather bone-tired petrified. I’m pretty much gonna take the night off from blogging other than to state the obvious: The Bush Administration has failed to halt the creation of its […]

Siesta Fiesta

Sunday, September 9th, 2007

America’s first-ever Spanish language presidential debate was real siesta fiesta — a snoozer in any language. My full report on the HuffPost.

David H. Jesus Petraeus

Sunday, September 9th, 2007

One thing we know for sure, history will be considerably less kinder to General Petraeus than is the current American political class. You will remember that when he was named commander of our forces in Iraq, there was nary a murmur of skepticism –even from Democrats– even though by then the war was clearly collapsing. […]

Sunday Lite

Sunday, September 9th, 2007

A few non-political items on this Sunday. First off, my latest piece in the Los Angeles Times Travel section which answers this burning question: Just how close can you get to Margaritaville on a half a tank of gas? Then there’s the vexing issue of what’s better: An iPhone or a Blackberry? Duh. But for […]

Needled, Poked, and Tubed

Thursday, September 6th, 2007

My post earlier this week on the racket of hospital/insurance billing got a huge response and rush of readers thanks to many incoming links. And thanks, but no thanks, to the rather universal negative experience in this category shared by the American public.  I got some great privately emailed responses on this subject as well. […]