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Archive for April, 2010
Here in Los Angeles, Tuesday’s memorial service for former LAPD Chief Daryl Gates got a whole lot of attention. And filled, unfortunately, with this sort of soft-ball treacle. Thank goodness, for the dispassionate, objective, impartial MSM which can’t help itself from swooning over Gate’s corpse as if he were FDR or something. You all might […]
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It’s taken a while, but Argentina’s last dictator, 82 year old Reynaldo Bignone, has just been sentenced to 25 years in prison for crimes he ordered almost three decades ago. It’s a nice reminder to torturers, everywhere, that these crimes are never, ever forgotten. Be advised. The Washington Post reports: The last leader of Argentina’s […]
With apologies to the late Phil Ochs, we can slightly modify some of his classic lyrics and say: Arizona, find yourself another country to be part of. Mind you, these bitter sentiments come from someone who truly loves Arizona and who spends a lot of time there. And will continue to. Nevertheless, thanks to the […]
We’ve reached quite a moment with Nevada Republican senate candidate Sue Lowden. She gave me a great idea to try out a few days ago and has now re-iterated its viability, but I’m having a little trouble implementing it. She’s arguing that we can solve the health care crisis by bartering with our doctors. Great. […]
I don’t know about you but I have been alive for 59 years and have celebrated July 4th, President’s Day, Memorial Day and even Flag Day. But I’ve never heard of anybody celebrating April 19 as national Patriot Day. Not until today when some dozens of paranoid gun freaks pretended to be doing so. Yes, […]
Your papers, please! Sound to you like a line from an old B-movie about the Gestapo? Well, no need for a German accent anymore. A simple peckerwood intonation will now do the trick. With absolutely NO hyperbole or polemical exaggeration this will now be the case in Arizona. Thanks to an outrageous law passed this […]
This is the purposefully fuzzy facebook photo of Canek Sanchez, grandson of Che Guevara, who now lives in Mexico (and who was and remains VERY critical of the Cuban regime). On my Reporter War Stories blog, my newest entry is about how I met Che’s grandson in Havana in 1991. There’s also a slideshow. Check […]
It’s a cliche I have used before and now will resurrect. The death of anyone diminishes us all Now, with that out of the way, I can honestly say I hope just-departed former LAPD Chief Daryl Gates roasts slowly, slowly in hell. If they run out of briquets down there, just let me know and […]
Here’s what really makes America great: the opportunities it offers for inequality! Or, perhaps, we could say the FREEDOM to fail, to be poor, homeless or without health care. Wise words from the Vice-Chair of the California Republican Party. Conservatives love to disparage our state as the land of fruits and nuts. Maybe they’re right. […]
The New York Times has a new important poll out today. It confirms that the earth revolves around the sun; that bears takes their dumps in the woods; and that Tea Party adherents are basically old, white, male, and well-off Republicans. Well, at least 89 percent white. Oh, yes, and they are also angry. Here […]
That nifty phrase was written by former L.A. Times metro editor and columnist Bill Boyarsky in his profile, of Neon Tommy – the USC-based digital publication I direct. It’s a very flattering piece as the veteran Boyarsky, as thecase with most veteran journos, is pretty damn skeptical about the future of news. I understand. But […]
The leader of America’s largest and most powerful union, Andy Stern of the 2.2 million member Service Employees International Union is resigning. And with him goes any illusion of a Great Labor Revival. Stern, dating back to the mid-90′s, embodied the best hope for labor’s renewal. He was the motor force behind the 1995 palace […]
So nowadays it’s easier to negotiate a nuclear arms reduction treaty with Vladimir Putin than it is with Mitch McConnell. Or with Joe Lieberman, for that matter. The Republicans (and that includes Holy Joe) are vowing to block the new START treaty proposed by Barack Obama unless the White House capitulates and agrees to a […]
And perhaps the stupidest headline to date (And the winner is The Washington Post): Vatican’s PR skills found lacking What on earth would we do without the cool objectivity of the MSM?
The Los Angeles Times has broken an important story suggesting that Henry Kissinger deliberately balked at obstructing a notorious South American terrorist network in the 1970′s. The story is based on a newly declassified government document that reveals that Kissinger pulled back a strong diplomatic warning to the governments of Chile, Uruguay and Argentina to […]
What is THIS? An Idiot Contest? Or just a national embarrassment? I can say this much: there sure a lot of little, tiny, insecure, frustrated man-boys out there with a lot of crapola in their heads. Some of them hold elected office. P.S. Alex Balk makes the political point.
I am absolutely sickened by the saccharine crocodile tears being shed over the “stoic people of West Virginia and their proud heritage of generations of coal mining.” The people of West Virginia are dirt poor and exploited. They have no more “chosen” to become coal miners than they would choose to swim to the moon. […]
Socialismo o Muerte! That’s the slogan of the Cuban regime but Guillermo Farinas might be inverting its meaning. Now entering the sixth week of his little noticed hunger strike against political repression, Farinas could be on the verge of becoming the second Cuban this year to starve himself to death as an act of protest. […]