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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SEPTEMBER 5, 2012 9:44PM

REVEALED:The Republican Plan for Victory




 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 »

SEPTEMBER 4, 2012 1:43AM

THE BEACH BOYS: Republican America

beach boys

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 »

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AUGUST 22, 2012 12:54PM

In defense of American imperialism

  US Capitol

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 »

AUGUST 17, 2012 5:13AM

Bernie Builds His Dream House



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 »

AUGUST 15, 2012 8:02AM

USA: The Winners & The Losers

the price is right  

 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 »

AUGUST 4, 2012 11:39AM



 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 »

AUGUST 1, 2012 6:07AM

The NY Yankees TV ad I'd like to see


 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 sportsRead 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 »

JULY 5, 2012 2:20AM

A Fourth of July Rant


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 »

JULY 3, 2012 9:54AM

The Nature of Political Power

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 »

JUNE 24, 2012 8:26AM

Political Campaign Secrets

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 »


 Last year things seemed to be going so well for the democratic and popular movements in the Middle East known as the Arab Spring.  The self-immolation of the Tunisian fruit seller started a revolutionary blaze that extended from the Western Sahara to Turkmenistan.  Tunisian a… Read full post »

JUNE 14, 2012 3:36AM



 As it's covered in the media, free trade policy is somewhere below pit bull breeding as an interest to the American public. When I say the words free trade, I can hear people say, "That's nice" before their eyes begin to glaze over and they fall asleep.  And… Read full post »


 I have no proof of anything that I'm blogging about because if I did, I'd probably be dead already.  But it all makes horrible common sense.

 One of the mysteries of the 21st Century is why America continues to do battle on the war on drugs.  When the European… Read full post »


 Preliminary results of the Wisconsin recall election indicate a 55%-44% win for Scott Walker. By any stretch of the imagination, this represents a major setback for progressive forces all over the United States. And just as the Spanish Civil War of 1938 was a dress rehearsal for World W… Read full post »

JUNE 1, 2012 2:50AM

GREECE: How Soon the Abyss?


When most people think of the Great Depression, they think of the year 1929 when the stock market crashed.  However, if us oldsters actually talked to our parents or grandparents, we'd find that people somehow managed to survive the 1929-31 period more or less well. The year 1931 was… Read full post »


 This blog is not about Rahm Emanuel. It's about his spirit that I channeled almost immediately when I got back from Mexico.  I'd been in town only a few hours, when a neighbor gave me an invite to a local art center where one of my favorite photographers was holding… Read full post »

MAY 10, 2012 5:46AM

Odds & Ends

Nothing much big happening this week.  Just piddly little stuff.  So, I'm going to draw some numbers out of the hat and give you their run down.


Surprise, surprise, surprise.  The current period is entering a little late, but more or less exactly where I thought it would be… Read full post »