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Code Blue

Tuesday, September 30th, 2008

Thank God for the McCain-Palin circus. Let me watch that spectacle all day and night, throw in a loaf or bread and two, and I promise to pay no attention whatsoever to the collapse of the economy. Deal? It’s definitely Code Blue time for McCain. That, I think, is putting it politely. It’s more like: […]

Seven – Out

Monday, September 29th, 2008

Here’s the only tin-foil if not exactly the silver lining in today’s literally depressing economic news: next year’s bread lines will be administered by a Democratic, not a Republican, administration. You can bet on it. For personal reasons (like now I have to work till I’m 113) I’m not going to dwell on the monetary […]

Henry the Whore

Monday, September 29th, 2008

I think I’m gonna go along, at least 3/4 of the way, with this piece by Christopher Hitchens on Kissinger/Obama/McCain. Christopher might, indeed, have a broader agenda in raising this subject the way he has. But he cites an undeniable and rather uncomfortable truth: that there’s something particularly appalling in both major candidates rushing to […]

‘I Don’t Care ‘Bout Rain Nor Freezes….’

Saturday, September 27th, 2008

I’m not even gonna try to guess what my favorite moment is from the plethora of magnificent Paul Newman films. Way too many. But whether it’s this shot from The Hustler or the Plastic Jesus scene from Cool Hand Luke, they are all treasures. I only had the opportunity to interview Newman once, by phone […]


Friday, September 26th, 2008

What a shriveled tiny man John McCain turns out to be. And I don’t mean physically. I mean his soul. Chris Matthews characterized McCain on MSNBC as a “troll” who was “angry at the world.” No kidding. I am not the first to have noticed that in the first presidential debate, John McCain oozed contempt […]

The Debate

Friday, September 26th, 2008

My daughter is live blogging it here. Put on your shades and earplugs!


Thursday, September 25th, 2008

Adam Nagourney and Elizabeth Bumiller say all you need to hear: Senator John McCain had intended to ride back into Washington on Thursday as a leader who had put aside presidential politics to help broker a solution to the financial crisis. Instead he found himself in the midst of a remarkable partisan showdown, lacking a […]

Silverman: “Tell Your Racist Jewish Grandparents To Vote Obama”

Thursday, September 25th, 2008

Fabulous, boychick. The Great Schlep from The Great Schlep on Vimeo. Hat tip: Radar Online

A Friend Writes……….

Thursday, September 25th, 2008

This just in over the email transom: Dear American, I need to ask you to support an urgent secret business relationship with a transfer of funds of great magnitude. I am Ministry of the Treasury of the Republic of America. My country has had crisis that has caused the need for large transfer of funds […]

Finally Some Good News

Thursday, September 25th, 2008

Amidst all the economic doom and gloom, finally some great news. The luminous and wise Governor of Alaska warns that the U.S. might be nearing a “Great Depression.” By my read, we must now be totally out of the woods! Meanwhile, the best  bumpersticker of the week. Saw it this afternoon on the Hollywood Freeway:

Dear John: No Late Papers Accepted

Wednesday, September 24th, 2008

I’m writing this from my faculty office at USC so I’m in school-marm mode. One of the highlighted, bold-faced portions of each syllabus I issue reads something like “No Late Papers Accepted.” Didya hear that, John McCain? The ploy he has come up with this morning is simply ridiculous and –as usual– reeks with despair […]


Tuesday, September 23rd, 2008

For those who have been asking why on earth Barack Obama doesn’t have a ten point lead in this race it seems that the wait is finally over. The latest Washington Post-ABC News poll of likely voters shows Barack Obama now leading John Mcain 52-43% nationwide. This is a whopper, perhaps, definitive lead. Frankly, it’s […]

Five Conditions for Surrender

Tuesday, September 23rd, 2008

Before capitulating to the $700 billion blackmail of Dear Leader Bush, Chairman Bernanke and the Gang of Wall Street Socialists, former Labor Secretary Robert Reich lists five realistic demands that should be made by Congress. Realistic and as reasonable as they might be, something tells me they’re not gonna happen: 1. The government (i.e. taxpayers) […]

The New Republican Creed: Bushism-Leninism

Monday, September 22nd, 2008

Who knew that an election campaign could be quite this breathtaking? Not only is the race for the White House a nail-biter, but Washington D.C. is looking more and more like a set piece from an Eisentein flick. As that baby carriage of the national economy perilously bounces down the concrete steps, hordes of enraged […]


Sunday, September 21st, 2008

I was around a lot of gloomy Democrats today who are more or less convinced that McCain’s got this thing in the bag. They came to me looking to get cheered up because I’ve been writing columns to the contrary. In the end, of course, I don’t know. I can only guess. But one of […]

Hugo Again

Friday, September 19th, 2008

We take a momentary break from the American presidential campaign this weekend to refocus for a few moments on one one of the more colorful and worrisome among other presidents in the hemisphere — Venezuela’s Hugo Chavez. I probably wouldn’t bother to even blog this item if it weren’t for a moronic show I heard […]

The McCain in Spain Fails Mostly to Explain

Thursday, September 18th, 2008

I’m a bit surprised by how little coverage The Great McCain-Spain Gaffe has gotten (Well, not really that surprised given the relative insularity of the American media/political complex). But anyway you cut it, you’ve got to be alarmed. McCain’s campaign is now officially saying that in a phone interview earlier this week on a Miami […]


Wednesday, September 17th, 2008

Over the past handful of months I’ve taken a lot of incoming from readers who got antsy as I had consistently predicted an Obama victory in the primaries. And as I continue to predict he will become the next President of the United States. All of this criticism has come from Democrats, mind you. I […]

We’re All Socialists Now!

Tuesday, September 16th, 2008

Freddie and Fannie have already come under the control of  The People. Now George W. Bush nationalizes AIG. Long live George W. Bush!

Carly Who?

Tuesday, September 16th, 2008

I nearly lept right out of my tanning bed as soon as I heard the words tumble from the horrible Carly Fiorina’s mouth.  Here was John McCain’s chief surrogate on national TV insisting that neither he nor anybody else running for President or Vice-President is capable of being a big-time corporate CEO — like she […]