- Savannah, Georgia, USA
- I've done everything from recycling to teaching in a pre-school. Most recently I was for 10 years an acting and theater teacher as well as a pallet builder. I read a lot and I'm an old man who remembers the distant past with somewhat more clarity than this morning's breakfast.
I've been blogging for a decade and I don't do "light". If you're looking for recipes, self-promoting displays of items made for sale, titillating stories about how I was a pimp for an afternoon, or the beauties of toasters, you've come to the wrong place. Check the Front Page.
MY RECENT POSTS
- Dog Bites Man Dept: David
Brooks Misses the Point
February 27, 2014 11:45AM
- Odds & Ends
February 26, 2014 09:33PM
- Privatizing the PO
February 01, 2014 06:02PM
- Giving Thanks to the SEC
November 30, 2013 06:36PM
- Hope Dies Last
November 23, 2013 06:54PM
MY RECENT COMMENTS
- “Actually, Doc, I'm cynic
enough to believe he means it,
really thinks like
March 01, 2014 06:08PM
- “Actually, the working
class turned on itself
starting in the
February 28, 2014 03:12AM
- “No wonder we don't know
anything. The people paid to
us are idiots.
February 27, 2014 11:47AM
- “It's been a stellar week
for the NYT's
February 26, 2014 09:42PM
- “I come from NH where
they believe in taxing "sin"
February 01, 2014 07:07PM
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The NYT’s block of editorial blockheads have had quite a week for themselves. First Tom Friedman embarrasses himself by writing about economics as if he knew what the word meant, and now David Brooks notices the country isn’t in very good shape after years of the austerity… Read full post »
1) Thomas Friedman isn’t just an idiot, he’s ignorant too. But then he’s an ideologue and ideologues are professional morons.
2) The 1% can justify every single policy in their (financial) favor…but only if they lie their asses off.
While slamming Democrats, [American Postal Workers Union president Mark] Dimondstein reserved special condemnation for Issa, the Republicans’ leading voice on postal reform. Noting that Issa had proposed e/… Read full post »
The Securities and Exchange Commission, which is the govt “watchdog” that’s supposed to bark at corporate wrong-doing, has a gift for us this Thanksgiving. Well, that is, not us exactly. More like for lobbyists.
As the Project on Government Oversight report/… Read full post »
Eliseo Medina, a long time union activist who used to march with Cesar Chavez, is in deep shit.
So there Mr. Medina was on Friday, now 67 years old, in a white tent just below the Capitol on the National Mall in the 11th day of a water-only fast he hopes will… Read full post »
The sterling-silver New York Times took a break from its long series of tear-stained stories covering the tragic consequences on the rich of our economic disintegration to notice – briefly – how destructive our attitudes toward the unemployed have become.
Ms. Barringt… Read full post »
Recently Ted “My hair has a life of its own and it’s better than mine” Cruz took a tentative step outside the Conservative Bubble inside which he has spent most of his life in order to address a group of *gasp!!* ordinary people.
It didn’t go too well. They…well,&n… Read full post »
Three women in Virginia have started a consulting firm to help the Republican Party appeal to women voters, which seems like it will be a real challenge since the Republican Party is terrible on the issues that many women care about.
Actually, it’s not a “challenge”… Read full post »
Chicken contaminated with chicken manure is one likely result to come from the ag department’s dangerous and ridiculous determination to privatize poultry inspection in some 200 processing plants across the country. Currently, government inspectors – who&rsqu… Read full post »
A lot of well-meaning but thoughtless people have been supporting the modern GOP because they believed, despite all evidence to the contrary, in the right-wing myth of corporate efficiency and competence. What all these people refused to acknowledge was that the reality beneath the appearance of corp… Read full post »
In the course of discussing Fox’s penchant for insisting that there’s a race war…against whites, naturally…Ellen Brodsky asks the kind of question I keep hearing from the left, a querulous confusion suffused by puzzlement.
Given Fox’s symbiosis with the Republican… Read full post »
Salon’s Jos Truitt complains that tv’s female characters are 2-dimensional. My response is, “Well, at least it’s 2 occasionally. It was only 1 for a few decades and it’s still mostly just 1.”
Look, Jos, it’s no good saying, “Men have it better on tv&rdq… Read full post »
Apparently it’s finally dawning on Republicans that redistricting to win seats has its limitations. There comes a point when even your supporters have had enough destruction and death.
Their problems are threefold and intertwined. First, the GOP has become effectively agenda-less, advocat… Read full post »
The Houston Chronicle is reporting that British Petroleum, fresh from their sterling response to their destruction of the Gulf of Mexico by pumping oil all into it – and over it and under it and next to it and… – namely, “God did it, not us, so how come we have to p/… Read full post »
Twenty years ago, Michael Moore started asking, “If corporations won’t pay employees enough to live on, who do they think’s going to buy all the shit they make?”
The answer, when it came, was, basically, “The Chinese”. They thought “emerging markets” we… Read full post »
Depending how you define it, success sometimes isn’t. In the wake of a narrowly-defined success, you can easily overlook the seeds of failure caused by all the factors you left out to create your “success”. Dr Frankenstein “created” life – a success – but utt… Read full post »
FauxNews “critical thinker” Steve Toback (don’t take his self-description too seriously, this is Fox after all) has it all figured out. The economy sucks and we’re all broke because we spend all our money on – and this is his word, too – “crap&rdquo/… Read full post »
Magicians use misdirection to pull off most of their tricks. While you're watching the hand they're waving, the other hand is hiding the goodies. American news media used to pride itself on seeing through the distractions to the truth underneath, but that was in the days before Richard Viguerie, Roge… Read full post »
Step right up, folks, and take your chances in the Amazing New American Workplace. Constantly high unemployment! Low wages always! No employee bargaining power! A corporate paradise!
Indeed. They’ve got what they wanted: a paucity of jobs against a glut of workers makin… Read full post »
I wish I could say it feels good seeing everybody finally catching up with me after a decade or so, but it doesn't. I predicted Obama's corporate sell-out and got kicked off a Democrat group blog. I predicted his continued support of the Bush attack on privacy rights, and even that… Read full post »
A few years ago a sugar refinery owned by Imperial Sugar of Savannah, Georgia, exploded. Fifteen people were killed and dozens were injured, some severely. The explosion was the direct result of a corporate refusal to obey safety rules designed to avoid just this kind of event. OSHA, over a single… Read full post »
People aren't used to thinking of the Papacy as political but like most things people aren't used to thinking this is truer than whatever they do think. The Papacy has been political practically since its inception, and this is one of the most political pontiffs we've had in recent generati/… Read full post »
You know that it’s all unraveling when even Maureen Dowd is figuring out that the Democrats are just Republicans with less money.
W.’s administration played up Al Qaeda ties, exploiting 9/11 to invade Iraq, which the neocons had wanted to do all along. The Obama administration s… Read full post »
OK, so you probably think that at least if you’re a dedicated cheerleader they won’t throw you under the bus even if you’re not their first priority. But you’re being naive.
Regardless of who wins the presidential election in November or what compromises Congress strikes in… Read full post »
One of the easiest adjustments to make as we re-work our psyches to fit the pre- and misconceptions of the New American Oligarchy is the one where we have to re-write history. This has become such a common tactic of the corporate media that it almost goes without… Read full post »