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Drowning Mukasey

Wednesday, October 31st, 2007

A sharp analytical piece appearing in the Wednesday New York Times explains why Attorney General nominee Michael Mukasey continues to risk drowning himself by continuing to confirm that waterboarding is a form of torture. While he’s called the practice “repugnant,” Mukasey is also acutely aware that if a U.S. Attorney General calls it illegal he […]

Debateless In Beverly Hills

Tuesday, October 30th, 2007

Unfortunately, I missed the Tuesday night Democratic debate as I was obligated, instead, to attend the ceremony at the Beverly Hills Hotel granting this year’s Courage in Journalism Awards to a number of international women reporters. The organizers of this event clearly had a subversive and rather transparent agenda — to besmirch the reputation and […]

NYTimes Clambers ON OffTheBus

Monday, October 29th, 2007

The reporting project I’m working on has just gotten some good ink from The New York Times. We’ll take it, thank you very much. An excerpt from what Kate Seelye writes: We’re taking a look today at two new Web ventures that could help change how politics is covered. One,, is all of three […]

The Hillary Wave

Sunday, October 28th, 2007

Got home from a wonderful rest in the California central coast mountain hot springs Sunday night just in time to make my flight and hotel reservations for the Iowa caucuses. As expected, the Iowa Democratic Party has advanced and confirmed the first vote in the nation for the unusually early date of January 3. That […]

What Dream?

Thursday, October 25th, 2007

I’m speaking on a panel about immigration on Friday so I’ve been thinking quite a bit about the issue. Mostly, I’ve been trying to find the words to express my sadness if not my revulsion over the latest chapter in Congressional fecklessness. Two days ago, the Senate killed off the last, agonizing chance of any […]


Wednesday, October 24th, 2007

For the next couple of days. Busy working here.

Burn Baby Burn

Monday, October 22nd, 2007

This blazing inferno must be the summer home of Osama Bin Laden. At least according to CNN big mouth Glenn Beck. Offering his grade-school bathroom level of wisdom to the outbreak of wildfires raging through California, Beck told his listeners: “I think there is a handful of people who hate America. Unfortunately for them, a […]

Drifting in the Darkness

Monday, October 22nd, 2007

It’s late Sunday night and just got back home after driving in from Las Vegas (yes, it was for work). It was a pretty spooky experience driving through the pitch black desert and listening to the radio about how the hills just a few clicks north of my home were ablaze. And how I was […]

10 Questions

Thursday, October 18th, 2007

How often do we gnaw our teeth and throw dinner against the wall when we hear how stupid some of the questions are that get posed to the presidential candidates? Or when a great question finally gets asked but the candidate is given a total of 30 seconds to respond? Now, here’s a little something […]

General Hillary

Wednesday, October 17th, 2007

Thanks to those who posted and privately emailed me their responses to my mulling over the possible suspension of the blog. No question that we restored a bit of order and with it an added degree of civility and, most importantly, readability. I am quite determined to keep it that way. No more Mister Nice […]


Tuesday, October 16th, 2007

The more avid readers out there will have noticed that in the previous post’s comment thread I pondered whether or not to shut down the comments section of this blog. I found the personal insults flying back and forth to be grossly disrepectful and stupendously boring.  Nor did I hesitate to openly pout that I […]

Two Steps Forward — One Step Back

Sunday, October 14th, 2007

On this Monday morning we’re going to talk a little about the future –and lack of future– in journalism. Our first item comes thanks to the veritable icon of brick-and-mortar journalism. The New York Times reports on the emergence of a non-profit group of investigative reporters that will be independently funded and that will provide, […]

Three On Hugo

Thursday, October 11th, 2007

Here’s my just-posted essay/review of the new trilogy of Hugo Chavez biographies.


Thursday, October 11th, 2007

The L.A. Times reports that CIA Director Michael Hayden has ordered an investigation into the work of his chief internal investigator, the CIA Inspector General. Says the Times: The probe is focused on the conduct of CIA Inspector General John L. Helgerson and his office. Officials said it is aimed in particular at evaluating whether […]

Ninety Nays

Thursday, October 11th, 2007

Greg Sargent is reporting that nearly ninety House Democrats have signed onto a letter pledging not to vote for any more funding for the war in Iraq. Heretofore they will approve only budget bills that fully fund U.S. troop withdrawal. Way to go. That means more than 1/3 of the Democratic caucus have now formally […]

Dead Fred

Tuesday, October 9th, 2007

When the Republican candidates “debate” the economy this afternoon in Michigan, I will be safely sealed off in a sound-proof class room at USC, thank you very much.  I’ll have to wait till later at night to catch the TiVo version (by the way, does TiVo yet offer a model that keeps in the commercials […]

Sunday, October 7th, 2007


Plant? Or Potted Plant?

Sunday, October 7th, 2007

This is quite a dandy news item coming Sunday nite from the fields of Iowa.  Just as latest polls show Hillary Clinton eeking out a small lead among Iowa Democrats, she seems to have gotten a bit pissy in public when asked why she — along with nearly all the Republican drones and way too […]

Sunday, October 7th, 2007


Che Day

Thursday, October 4th, 2007

Next week will mark 40 years since the death of Che Guevara. Among my many scrapbooks, I still have the yellowed headline clipping I cut from the L.A. Times the day after he was killed in Bolivia.  As a 16 year old at the time, I felt it a traumatic event. On my wall, I […]