Postcards from Ecotopia

old new lefty

old new lefty
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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APRIL 13, 2011 8:31PM

Da Boyz Pay a Visit

I sure do wish that I was a fly on that wall today.  Perptually orange John Boehner was paid a visit today from representatives of the financial houses in Wall Street. Speaker of the House Boner asked the reps how long the Congress could hold out in negotiating on the national… Read full post »

Up until recently, I've deliberately avoided paying any attention to the follies taking place in Washington, DC with the current session of Congress, what with the House dominated by Republicans and Tea Party fanatics.  However a recent interview given by Randall Ray, a distinguished economics p… Read full post »

APRIL 9, 2011 4:43AM

These are the good old days?

I was watching a TED. com presentation on China and I went to bed.  At 2:30 I woke up, and something came to me.  You know how it is.  For I don't know how long, I've been looking at the future  -- what lies ahead.  Usually I'm wrong, but sometimes I… Read full post »

APRIL 1, 2011 1:38AM


When we look at the TV, and see the latest news from the Middle East we can think that there's been accurate reporting on the goings on of the Jasmine Revolution.  And yet you should hardly need a reminding that the more you watch TV, the less you know.  Right now,… Read full post »

MARCH 27, 2011 1:35PM

Dear David Axelrod:

Hey Ax,

How's the weather in Chicago?  Sure hope you're getting as much of the good stuff as I am in Baja, but I doubt it.  You just gotta be patient and it'll happen.  But that's not why I'm writing.  I know that you might have done some freelancing for Mayor… Read full post »

MARCH 15, 2011 3:30PM

No Longer A US Finger Puppet

If General Electric and the Defense Department had their way, Egypt would be well on its way towards transforming itself into  yet another Pakistan.  Under bad  old US imperatives, the new big dog in charge would be Field Marshall Mohammed Hussein Tanami, the next Hosni Mubarak. … Read full post »

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MARCH 10, 2011 6:22PM

March 11th: Is Saudi Arabia in Play?

When the future history of Saudi Arabia is written, perhaps a significant chapter will start with the date of March 11, 2011.  That is the date that  Facebook and Twitter users have called for demonstrations in the capital city of Riyadh and other places to demand changes in the governmenta… Read full post »

MARCH 4, 2011 2:33PM

The Insanity of It All, and Why

Reading Obama's Wars by Bob Woodward made me want to tear out my hair.  I kept saying the same things over and over again.  "This is crazy."  , " Jesus H. Christ!", and stuff like that.  I've read other books by Woodward, and they really give you that fly on the… Read full post »

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FEBRUARY 23, 2011 7:49AM

Some Books for a Wisconsin Revolution

Who would have thought that a government grant from the W Administration  would have such legs and inspire Tunisia, Egypt, Madison, and Libya?  But it did.  In 2002 the US Institute for Peace funded a 189 page book by a 30 year US Army veteran for the Albert Einstein Institute. &n… Read full post »

FEBRUARY 17, 2011 10:36PM

A Very Disturbing Book

To some extent, the conservatives are right.  The 1950s can be seen as a more innocent time, and certainly part of the reason for nostalgia for those years was that it was before 1963 when everything changed.  Anyone in my age cohort has to be interested in the events surrounding Dallas… Read full post »

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FEBRUARY 9, 2011 11:29PM

Friday: Crunch Time for Egypt!

The Guardian newspaper of London reported today that Vice President Omar Suleiman threatened that an enormous Egyptian protest march on the Presidential Palace on Friday could lead to a military coup if the protesters don't accept Suleiman's terms for a timetable on transitioning the government.

The… Read full post »

FEBRUARY 5, 2011 12:24AM

Egypt's future -- and Israel's


There's a lot of excitement to be sure, in the coverage of the events of Cairo.  And there's a lot of uncertainty as to what's going to happen next on the streets.  But curiously, the longer term vision of the Egyptian government is becoming clearer as it emerges from the… Read full post »

FEBRUARY 2, 2011 1:02AM


The dominoes are falling faster than anyone could have ever imagined.  First, there was Tunisia.  Now there's Egypt.  Jordan, Sudan, and Yemen are in the background, but one must assume that the temperature on the streets of Amman, Khartoum, and San'A are getting hotter every day. … Read full post »

JANUARY 30, 2011 12:45AM

Egypt: My Take

I see a lot of hope and fear from America when it looks at the citizens of Egypt taking to the streets to fight for freedom and democracy.  The people who see hope in the average Egyptian's struggles for a more just and open government are responding to their hopes for… Read full post »

The president's State of the Union speech was an attempt to make the best of a bad situation.  The Republicans are solidly in control of the House, and the Democrats are already waffling on their resolve to do something about the filibuster.  The 112th Congress is for all purposes an electi… Read full post »

JANUARY 23, 2011 2:32AM

Four Rules for Mexican Radicals

There's no limit as to how far a man can go if he doesn't care who gets the credit.

Ronald Reagan

I'm feeling as if I was Barack Obama today.  I dropped yet another pebble in the pond, and I think something wonderful will happen in a couple of years.  It… Read full post »

History doesn't repeat itself, but it rhymnes.

Mark Twain

If Jerod Loughner had walked into the Safeway and started shooting people instead, we'd be looking at an entirely different universe today.  His crime could have been equally horrific in terms of the body count, and the world would no do… Read full post »

JANUARY 9, 2011 4:46PM

What SHOULD be done after Tucson

Ghassan Elashi or Mohamed El-Mezain are not names that are associated with the Tucson, AZ shootings, but they should be.  These men and three others were prosecuted and convicted by the US District Court in Texas for aiding and abetting terrorism through their administration of the Holy Land Fou… Read full post »

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JANUARY 5, 2011 5:18AM

Fin de siecle, and then some!

For some time I've suffered from a case of writer's block, not the usual kind where you're just afraid to commit anything to paper or electrons.  No, I'm a political commentator, and my job as I see it is to give you the unvarnished truth from my perspective.  And in the… Read full post »

JANUARY 4, 2011 1:36AM

2011 (free verse) open call

The town is empty

The Marines are off fighting the wars.

The cast of fascist fools parades across the screen.

But not to worry.  We can change the channel.

There are no drugs.

 What else is there to do?



Happiness is elusive while we watch the football games.

Weimar… Read full post »

DECEMBER 29, 2010 12:29AM

Ejido Wonderful could be better.

Every year in Mexico is different, and this year's journey s has had  more twists than usual.  Not all of them were bad, but it's certainly  been a mixed bag.  Our journey south was one of the better ones we've made in some time, partly because we took more time in… Read full post »

DECEMBER 24, 2010 9:12AM

GOP Jiu-Jitsu (part II)

The GOP has significant cultural fractures within it that it's very successfully managed to override until now.  And the ability to compromise on some social issues (like DADT),  and truly bipartisan objectives in foreign policy  in no way negates the fact that the Grand Old Party will… Read full post »

DECEMBER 21, 2010 2:13PM

GOP Jiu-Jitsu

If I was a better poker player, I would have seen the tell.  Remember when I was absolutely furious at Barack Obama?  Well, I'm kinda mad at the POTUS, but I'm willing to admit that he's one smart cookie and that in his position he knows stuff that I don't know. … Read full post »

DECEMBER 19, 2010 2:14AM

Stinky, the Presidential Cat

Some day when I'm computer literate, this blog will be filled with wonderful pictures, and I'll get 10,ooo hits on this site.  But I'm not.  So I will have to tell you the story of Stinky the old fashioned way, without illustration.

In the beginning there was Catso Ratso, a big… Read full post »

DECEMBER 12, 2010 1:43AM

Greetings from Cayucos, CA

Things are a little weird, because usually people are happy enough to take us in, even when we have Stinky.  Stinky is the executive cat, the bon vivant of the cat set.  And the little woman has taken it upon herself to subject the animal shaped like a bear to cruel… Read full post »