Ringside at the Apocalypse

we're all helbound in a handbasket..but at least it's a fun ride
JANUARY 19, 2013 2:22PM

The Unexpected Flag

Everyone is someone’s child, not everyone is lucky enough to have a father.  Until two weeks ago, I was lucky enough to have one for over fifty years.  “Unconditional love” is a phrase that has been cheapened by overuse, but in this case it really does apply.… Read full post »
An essential subtext to the inevitable myth of American Exceptionalism is the notion of The Founding Fathers--the leaders of the generation of Americans that successfully broke with the British Empire-- as inerrant secular prophets, men inspired by God to lay down the framework of His second… Read full post »
At the end of August, a storm descended upon the sleepy Gulf city of Tampa.  Not Hurricane Isaac, which forced the Republican Party to recut its convention agenda to three days.  No, the storm was the convention-- and just as more and deadlier hurricanes reflect wider… Read full post »
"...as usual, the face of Emmanuel Goldstein, the Enemy of the People, had  flashed on to the screen. There were hisses here and there among the  audience.... Goldstein was the renegade who had engaged in counter­revolutionary  activities, had been condemned to death, and had mystRead full post »
JANUARY 30, 2011 8:02AM

Let's Have a Real Debate on Citizenship

There is a debate on citizenship that conservatives want to have.  There is another debate on citizenship that some progressives are trying to have--so far, typically, without much success.  There are arguments to be made, both good and bad, in both debates.  I say we should have… Read full post »
Soul Kitchen Film PosterLiving in a city that has all but done away with its non-mall-based cinema, I can be forgiven for only just now getting around to writing about the 2009 German film comedy Soul Kitchen.  I would be less forgiving of myself for not doing so.  It's a highly entertaining filmRead full post »
OCTOBER 2, 2010 11:28AM

Slouching Towards Irrelevance

I may have to give up on commenting on American politics.

I mean, really, what's the point?  Things have descended to the level where a major party is running a senatorial candidate who is incapable of distinguishing getting busy with a copy of Hustler from having an affair--andRead full post »

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AUGUST 19, 2010 6:44AM

Profiles in Cowardice

For awhile, over the weekend, it looked like we had our guy back.  By ‘we’ I mean those who had supported the presidential candidacy of Barack Obama. 'Our guy' had come out strongly and passionately in defense of Cordoba House/Park 51, the proposed Islamic community center and place… Read full post »
MARCH 27, 2010 3:45PM

What Now?

The passage of the recent "health care reform" legislation is more than a little reminiscent of the Democratic Primaries of 2008.


In both cases, a long and hard-fought battle was closely won--and in the process incorporated numerous compromises, repugnant to party Progressives, in order to wi

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DECEMBER 18, 2009 2:37PM

In Defense of Howard Dean

My most signature memory of working as a Dean Campaign volunteer in 2004 is certainly that of watching broadcast and network news outlets manufacture the infamous "Dean Scream" in a room where Dean himself could barely be heard.  But second to that is the recollection of being forced by DemocratRead full post »
OCTOBER 11, 2009 4:54PM

Obama's Nobel Litmus Test

The decision to award The Nobel Peace Prize to President Barack Obama says an awful lot about the Nobel Prize Committee and about The President.  The domestic reaction to the announcement says a great deal more about American Society.

The reaction from the political Right is utterly predictable,… Read full post »

OCTOBER 4, 2009 10:11AM

SGU = BSG = Don't Bother

I was just interested enough in the "Statgate Universe" series opener to watch it on Hulu--if not sufficiently interested to stay home for it on a Friday night.

Basically, this is "Star Trek Voyager" imported into the "Stargate: SG-1" universe with stylistic infusions from "Battlestar Galactica" (the… Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 20, 2009 12:18PM

If 'He Fails'...

It is perhaps time to ask what, exactly, Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck, et. al. are really hoping for when they advocate the failure of Barack Obama's presidency--particularly when their anti-advocacy has managed to gin up the most virulent right-wing paranoia and hysteria this country has seen since The… Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 6, 2009 11:04AM

Van Jones vs the 9/11 Witch Hunters

 In honor of Van Jones'  forced resignation, I've decided to reprint my recent contribution to a local alternative bi-monthly I write for, as well as provide a link to the earlier article (from 2007) the piece references.

For those of you joining this program in progress, Van Jones is an Ob… Read full post »

The President was both right and within his rights to describe the arrest of Harvard Professor Henry Louis Gates as "stupid" behavior on the part of the Cambridge Police Department.  By all accounts, Professor Gate's "crime" consisted of nothing more than trying to gain entry to a home that a wo… Read full post »

JULY 12, 2009 3:35PM

My Money's on an Investigation

Newsweek has reported that Attorney General Eric Holder 'may' go against the White House's stated preferences and appoint a special prosecutor to investigate Bush-Era abuses of power--in particular, the increasingly difficult to ignore allegations of officially-sanctioned torture of those detained by/…

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JULY 12, 2009 11:01AM

Chrome-plated Nonsense

Fact, Fiction, and the New Era of Computing

The most controversial product in Information Technology is one that doesn't even exist... yet.

On Tuesday July 7th, Google announced its long-suspected intention to develop an operating system product. The announcement was relatively short on specifics, simp…

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Sarah Palin is probably the single most polarizing figure in American political theater presently, and possibly the most polarizing such figure since the Civil War.  It isn't just that people either completely love her or completely hate her... it's that their reasons for loving or hating her ar… Read full post »

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FEBRUARY 28, 2009 2:23PM

Spackled w/Cylon Goo: the sad end of Battlestar Galactica

At this point the condition of the fictional vehicle 'Battlestar Galactica'--falling apart, patched together with magical Cylon goo-- is a pretty good metaphor for the series itself.  Last night's fourth from final episode was also a pretty good metaphor for the series' final season-- an initial… Read full post »