29 Jan 2009

The Terrorist at My Bus Stop

Every morning, my neighbor and her six-year-old daughter share a bus stop with a terrorist – or a member of a terrorist organization, at least. That’s distressing enough, because my son rides the same school bus. But I recently discovered that the terrorist at my son’s bus stop is me;

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27 Jan 2009

Bush’s Final Message

You know that tradition that started with Reagan, where the outgoing president leaves a note for the incoming president, in his desk drawer? Well The Progressive has an exclusive of Bush’s note to Obama.

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21 Jan 2009

America’s Mountaintop Moment

“Well, I don’t know what will happen now. We’ve got some difficult days ahead. But it doesn’t matter with me now. Because I’ve been to the mountaintop. And I don’t mind. Like anybody, I would like to live a long life. Longevity has its place. But I’m not concerned about

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16 Jan 2009

The “I Got It Made” Grin

Todd Gitlin over at TPM Cafe has an interesting post up about Bernie Madoff’s smile. Take a look at the NYT photo of Bernard Madoff arriving at court to hear a Federal judge uphold a lower-court decision that he may stay in his splendid apartment while out on $10 million

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08 Jan 2009

Porn: Too Big To Fail

“Too big too fail.” It’s one of the most overworked phrases in this bailout bonanza. But I’ve always thought that it sounded more like the title of a porn movie. (“See Dirk Rambo in To Big To Fail,” an advertisement might read.) Speaking of bailouts and porn, I’m afraid I’m

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06 Jan 2009

Prosecute Them I

Ed. Note: Trigger warning: Video after the jump includes images and descriptions of violence and torture. Ed. Note: This is part of a series of videos I got an idea for over the holidays, and spent that time putting together from images and video clips available from sites like YouTube,

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22 Dec 2008

Who Needs Pardon?

[TRIGGER WARNING: GRAPHIC IMAGES BELOW THE FOLD.] As I write this, I’m watching president George W. Bush grant pardon to Stars and Stripes in 2003, on a television show about turkey. At the same time, I’m reading about another who seeks something like a pardon from president Bush, and pondering

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20 Dec 2008

Up With Downward Mobility

Every once in a while, an idea gels in my head and I dismiss it, thinking to myself “Nah. I gotta be missing something. It can’t be that. And then I hear someone who probably knows a lot more than I do about the subject at hand say pretty much

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20 Dec 2008

This Can’t Really Be the Economy

I’m not an economist. I’ve never studied economics, beyond reading The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Economics about a year ago. I’ve read about derivatives, and had my mind blown by the concept of securitization and the idea that people not only sell debt, but chop it up into little pieces,

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10 Dec 2008

Drop Dead Conservatism, Part Two

See Part One. There’s a literary reference that comes to mind when I consider “Drop Dead” conservatism. (My English Lit. degree occasionally comes in handy.) It’s a Shakespearean reference, actually, to a character from one of his lesser known plays. Timon of Athens made an impression on me in high

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