AS THE SUN SETS SLOWLY IN THE WEST
- alienation, discontent
- September 16
- Making trouble whenever possible
- virgin novelist, middle school teacher for the morally handicapped, government bureaucrat, most famous unknown photographer in LA, PhD dropout, coat hanger sorter, presidential campaign worker, sewer worker, and retired guy -- but not in that order.
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March 09, 2014 08:20AM
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about this -- big time!
February 21, 2014 12:26AM
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February 13, 2014 09:05AM
- The internet is such a
wonderful thing to make
February 06, 2014 06:25AM
- NEWS UPDATE: On the homeless
controversy in Eugene, OR
January 31, 2014 04:59PM
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- “I do Spanish
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It's about time I sat down and wrote you this letter. Your relationship with me is on thin ice. I've been watching, and I'm having a major change of heart. If I was a loner, and I was writing to you on crayon with a grocery bag, the Secret Service might… Read full post »
I'll bet it would be big time fun going to Vegas with Dr. Evil, I mean Kim Jong Il. I mean, after all there'd be an unlimited bank account to do high rolling. I could play in a million dollar baccarat game, and I'd get all the high class hot and… Read full post »
Paul Krugman has a very short squib on his blog that refers you to a 6100+ word essay by Bradford De Long, an economics professor at Berkeley. The piece is pretty technical, laying out the failures of the Obama administration to effectively deal with the calamities of the Great Recession in… Read full post »
I have to give credit to the little woman. KA came up with this idea by reading a very good biography of Elizabeth I. I immediately bit on it, and I phoned about ten people on my rolodex. Thanks to some good atmospherics, we had a meeting of about forty… Read full post »
There's really only one word to describe the whole, sad situation. Maybe this is President Obama's version of what Bill Clinton did with Don't Ask Don't Tell when he was first elected in 1993. In other words, maybe it's some campaign promise that he made to a special interest group to… Read full post »
I sure hope he isn't dead. The last time something like this happened, it was my grandmother. I suppose it didn't turn out so good for her, but you never know. She told me everything was all right in a dream the moment she died in Ohio.
And I want to… Read full post »
No, I'm not talking about The 700 Club. I'm talking about a roughly two hour video just put out on the net by The Economist at its Buttonwood Gathering, and I'm a computer dummy so Google fiscal crisis simulation: faking failure. It just shows five really bigtime Washington, DC bigshots sitting… Read full post »
Once upon a time, a very long time ago, old new lefty was very young old new lefty. To tell you a deep, dark secret that I've never ever revealed to you before -- old new lefty actually started out as a Young Republican. This happened so long ago that it… Read full post »
Frank Rich of the New York Times has spilled the beans as to why the Ds should welcome with open arms some of the loonier tunesters of the Tea Party. The dirty little secret is -- that Rand Paul and Sharron Angle might actually help the left wing of the Democratic… Read full post »
It's time to put on my wizard hat and make some predictions about what could happen in the next two years, or even next week. Knowing the way the future works, I'll probably be wrong. And you can come back after a while and point out how foolish I've been, but… Read full post »
My Fellow Americans,
I owe the Tea Party a great debt of gratitude. I really mean it. I'd like to thank that Neanderthal throwback Sharron Angle for alerting me to this, as well as her even more stupid and bizarre cousin, Christine O'Donnell. And of course, I can't forget The Mother… Read full post »
I had a very detailed dream last night, and unfortunately parts of it were probably true. But I want to start by talking about method acting. From what I know, method actors must first immerse themselves in the character and situation that they're portraying, and if this means getting int… Read full post »
I learned a lot about spying through my father-in-law of Wife #1. Amos Sentman came from a struggling group of German speaking farmers in Southern Illinois, and he enlisted in the Army at a very early age in the 1920s. His first overseas posting was in the Gobi Desert of Mongolia,… Read full post »
Things did not start out well. I held a fundraiser at my house for Pat Riggs-Henson, a candiate from Springfield for Lane County, Oregon Commissioner. My wife (who's really the organizer) was in charge of notifying people, but the college kids moved in and in the process, they reduced our… Read full post »
In Bob Woodward's book on the war, Barack Obama is quoted saying something to the effect that we're really involved in Afghanistan to fight the cancer in Pakistan. All over the world last night, the big news was that yet another NATO fuel convoy had been attacked and burned. Suspicions ar… Read full post »
I'm lying about the names and places, but everything else was real.
Living in Chicago or any other big city can wear you down to a fine grey powder by the end of the week, and this week was no exception. The little woman reminded me that we had a party… Read full post »
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's speech before the UN General Assembly was a doozy.
In a sparsely attended hall, the President of Iran began his speech, but when he started going on about the 9/11 conspiracy theories of how the US government stage managed the crash of the airplanes into the World Trade… Read full post »
As if Glenn Beck and the Tea Party didn't have enough to worry about, what with the youth vote activated by Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert, now they have new worries with the activation of the gay and Hispanic communities, thanks to the GOP rejection of the military appropriations act that… Read full post »
Sometimes those very obscure, not very exciting and technically dry things have a very profound effect on our country and our lives. Look at the US acceptance of NAFTA and the World Trade Organization under the Bush I and Clinton years. Both had a profound effect in promoting the deindustrializ… Read full post »
Simoleon Sense's most recent post on OS is an absolutely must see. He hotlinks you to a TED.com talk given this summer in Cannes, France by Nicholas Christakis, who talks about the structure of social relations for all human beings. Whether we realize it or not, we all weave a web… Read full post »
From Eugene, OR to Washington, DC the reaction was the same this weekend. The once hyped and sometimes feared Tea Party is beginning to show signs of fatigue and disillusionment as November 2nd gets closer. Although it continues to receive huge quantities of money from the infamous Koch b… Read full post »
The late summer and fall of 2010 certainly seems to be a ripe time for various forms of psychopathology. We've all just come off of the Glenn Beck "I Have a Scheme" rally in DC, and immediately we're subjected to the outright wackiness of the so-called Rev. Terry Jones and his… Read full post »
I will not wax profoundly on America today. I will only tell you about how I spent my Labor Day.
It began this morning when I woke up, got my coffee, and went to my computer. I turned on the Huffington Post, and the headline read "Heads or Tails?" It turns… Read full post »
I've been holding back, and holding back, and holding back. There has been a thing that I haven't written about for a long time because it's been bugging me, and it's Israel. Israel is a problem. But then the Arabs are a problem, and this damn problem has been the microscopic… Read full post »
It's crunch time. The fourth quarter is here. It's make or break. Roll up your sleeves and get to work. I only want to see elbows and assholes around here. The margin is razor thin. All of the above.
I can't emphasize strongly enough these words and phrases politic… Read full post »
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