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I got a robo call from Elmer, the local Tea Party candiate for the state legislature. He wanted to talk to people in my neighborhood. He was going to be at a local hangout of mine, and I couldn't resist.
Elmer has been running against a well established… Read full post »
the situation now
Afghanistan? Iraq? These are walks in the park compared to what potentially could go wrong with the current situation in Syria. First, it's worth re-reading my blog of July 25th, 2012 entitled SYRIA: A bad situation getting worse. Many of the the elements that… Read full post »
This has been an unusual week for me. I've been obsessing about a ceiling. Let me explain.
My wife gave me a to do list, which was to do some ceiling work around the house before we leave for Mexico. I live in a magnificient house with a magnificient… Read full post »
French philosophers talk about deep structure. In fact, there are deeper political structures -- structures that apply universally regardless of geography or culture. One of those deep structures is local government.
The national state may be weak or strong, close or distan… Read full post »
On September 21st, Hillary Clinton signed a finding that the MEK, Muhajadin E-Khalil, or Peoples Muhadejin of Iran was in the process of no longer being considered a terrorist group. You should know that MEK was only taken off of the US' terrorist list after years of… Read full post »
Open Salon is the new capitol of Annoying. Not only is OS annoying because of the wait, but it's annoying because of the people. old new lefty has enough seniority around here to remember the good old days, godammnit. And things ain't what they used to be with the people around… Read full post »
THIS IS WHAT THE GLOBAL ECONOMY LOOKS LIKE
The news flashed across the wires this morning giving the first clues that something substantial may actually be in the works for ameliorating the crisis of the euro. Up until now Mario Draghi, the head of the European Central… Read full post »
I know that many of us are now basking in the warm feelings emanating from the Democratic National Convention, but I'd like to throw some cold water on you so that I can reveal the very intelligent, completely rational plan that the GOP has for obtaining… Read full post »
Once upon a time there was a culture. Somewhere in the late 1950s and 1960s there were comfortable upper middle class lily white suburbs all over America where Daddy worked at the executive job, and Junior got a Camaro for a birthday present. Maybe the lifestyle and attitudes wer… Read full post »
I have to admit to have always having a certain point of view, and that is -- I am an American imperialist. I always have been because I realize exactly how privileged we all are in comparison to perhaps 90% of the rest of the world. Americans live in… Read full post »
My #2 son Bernie is a pip. He's straight out of being the hero in this movie whose name is Blackie. A half feral, half Mexican, half redneck, half mechanical genius who's a "collector," if you know what I mean.
Bernie is a mountain man. He… Read full post »
There certainly has been a reversal of fortune since last year. My predictions were that the world would be in a much worse financial soup than they are now. Europe and a potential Israeli attack on Iran still looms, but the Peoples Republic of China has to be… Read full post »
In the TV series M.A.S.H. Radar O'Reilly was the shortwave radio operator. He also had the rare gift of being able to hear things like helicopters filled with wounded soldiers and incoming artillery shells before anyone else did. One only wishes that there was a real Private… Read full post »
THE SCENE: An aerial view of a 50,000 square foot mansion along the beach in the Hamptons. There are a dozen helicopters parked on the grounds.
NEXT SHOT: We close in on two guys (Al and Frank) in tennis whites. They're in the doorway of the sports… Read full post »
Is this a great title, or what?
CIA has done it for decades, and now thanks to the internet -- you can too. Read full post »
Events in Syria have taken quite a dramatic turn in July. First, was the reported massacre of Palestinians aligned with the PLO in the capital of Damascus. This was a flag that Assad and the Baath Party were weak, as the PLO had taken a neutral position rega… Read full post »
Nobody can say that Kim Jong Un isn't making waves. The most recent news has him sacking his mentor, Gen. Ri Yong Ho, who has supposedly resigned for "health" reasons. In his place Kim has appointed General Hyon Yong Choi, a relative unknown. Widely seen as a way… Read full post »
I know the Chicago political machine quite well. I was born and raised in it. The politicians of Chicago think differently from many places in the United States. Boston is a close cousin, as is New York City. And regionally, these areas are quite different geogr… Read full post »
Yasir Arafat has been dead for almost eight years, and yet his ghost is threatening to start a third intifada on Israel's West Bank. A recent Al Jazeera investigation into Arafat's death in November, 2004 has revealed that significant traces of poloniu… Read full post »
I realize that I may not have been as open and descriptive of what I've been up to lately, but you could say that I've come into a position of being in huge political power in my state. Thanks to a lefty political group that shall not be named, I… Read full post »
What's with this 4th of July crap? I hate fireworks. Fireworks have sulphur oxide, and I'm allergic to that. And then I have to slave all day in the kitchen so I can serve an 'Merkan meal of BBQ spareribs, German potato salad, jalepeno cole slaw, and banana splits,… Read full post »
A lot of people have political power. They just don't realize that they have it. Power means you have to have a lot of education about the issue that you're deeply interested in. Power means that you have to exercise leadership, a rare elusive quality. You have to be a catalyst,… Read full post »
Brad Pitt, when asked why he would never run for Mayor of New Orleans replied, "I would never be elected. The voters would hate everything I stood for." Brat Pitt is a sissy compared to my politics. I love gay whales, treehuggers, Woodrow Wilson Progress… Read full post »
The 5-4 decision by the Supreme Court to uphold the Affordable Care Act was a total surprise to just about everyone. Certainly if you had listened to the oral arguments of the justices as they heard the case argued, you would have been sure that Obamacare was a goner. J… Read full post »
I've collected a little grab bag of American political campaign secrets that they don't want you to know, and I've spilled the beans. Little folks like you shouldn't know garbage like this.
We'll start out with one of the jokes of the week. Bill Maher made a funny about the possibility… Read full post »
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