Last week I wrote that the Obama campaign should serve as a master class in winning elections for Democrats, but, unfortunately, not enough California Democrats are playing attention to the Obama campaign’s most important lessons.

These Obama inspired lessons are:
1. Blame Republicans an… Read full post »

FEBRUARY 19, 2009 4:20PM

End California's Hostage Crisis


On this morning’s radio talk shows, following the early morning passage of California’s budget, Democratic legislators have finally taken up the political fight against the Republicans and are urging revision of the state’s dysfunctional budget process.

In addition, Secretar… Read full post »

FEBRUARY 17, 2009 12:56PM

Let California Fail

I’ve received several emails today asking me to call Republican legislators and beg them to vote for the currently proposed California budget. 




But since the proposed budget is bad (too many cuts in the wrong places, plus regressive tax increases), why should I… Read full post »

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FEBRUARY 13, 2009 3:40PM

Gunfight at the OC Corral

There’s a gunfight brewing in Orange County, California, that would make a great John Wayne movie.


But the plot of the movie depends on your political perspective and your view on gun control.

Here’s plot number one:

In a corrupt town run by a few rich families, a crooked sheriff… Read full post »

Much has been made of Barack Obama’s identification with Abraham Lincoln.  Obama choose a line from Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address – "A New Birth of Freedom" -- as the theme for his own inauguration speech.  He took his oath of office on Lincoln’s personal bible.

And l… Read full post »

“To everything (turn, turn, turn)
To everything (turn, turn, turn)
There is a season (turn, turn, turn)
And a time for every purpose, under heaven
A time to gain, a time to lose
A time to rend, a time to sew
A time to love, a time to hate
A time for peace, I swear its not

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FEBRUARY 6, 2009 1:38PM

Who's the Girlie-Man Now?

Back in July 2004, when the California legislature was 17 days late in voting on the state budget, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger mocked Democratic legislators by calling them“girlie-men.”

The Democrats, Schwarzenegger said, were “part of a bureaucracy that is out of shape, that is

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FEBRUARY 5, 2009 4:48PM

Happy National Weatherman's Day!

Happy National Weatherman's Day!

According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) “February 5 is National Weatherman's Day, commemorating the birth of John Jeffries in 1744. Jeffries, one of America's first weather observers, began taking daily weather observations in Bos… Read full post »

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FEBRUARY 4, 2009 1:32PM

As Economy Crashes, We're Killing Our Pets

As Americans are being forced to choose between buying food for their children or keeping their pets, or between paying for pet food or for their utilities bills, the economic crisis means death for thousands -- perhaps millions -- of abandoned dogs and cats

And as the foreclosure crisis spreads and… Read full post »

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FEBRUARY 3, 2009 5:01PM

The Gang That Couldn't Appoint Straight

During the presidential election campaign, even Barack Obama’s most severe detractors conceded that he was smart, politically savvy, and had put together a team of brilliant advisors and managers. 

Everyone expected that President Obama would carry the cool professionalism and political ac… Read full post »

The Obama campaign should serve as a master class in winning elections for Democrats. 

Unfortunately, not enough California Democrats are playing attention to the Obama campaign’s most important lessons.

As the effects of the state’s budget crisis and the nation’s economic mel

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I've had fun listening to Rush Limbaugh’s tantrums since Barack Obama’s inauguration.

The right-wing radio windbag has practically exploded with rage and frustration — not only at Obama and the Democrats, but also at Republicans who might try to find areas of agreement wi… Read full post »

JANUARY 26, 2009 11:01AM

THE SHOT of Barack Obama's Inauguration

Millions of photographs were taken of Barack Obama’s inauguration, but there is no question which is THE SHOT of the historic moment.

That honor belongs to David Bergman’s panorama.

Actually, it is not one shot, but 220 separate shots, stitched together with a machine called a Gigapan Im

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JANUARY 25, 2009 11:47AM

A Mom in the Senate? Oh My!

You wouldn’t expect to find anti-working mom bias in a column written by the first woman to become the editorial page editor of the New York Times.

That is, until you read Gail Collins’ snarky and demeaning Op-Ed column titled “The New Hillary” on Senator Kirsten Gillibr

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JANUARY 22, 2009 4:42PM

My Vote for Senator Kirsten Gillibrand

It appears that New York Governor David Paterson is going to select Kirsten Gillibrand, a second term member of Congress from the 20th Congressional District, to take Hillary Clinton’s place in the U.S. Senate.

If he does so, it’ll be a great choice.

Gillibrand is young (born in December… Read full post »

The inaugural festivities are over and the new Obama administration is in place, but California’s Republican Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and the state’s Democratic legislative leadership are sticking around Washington to  lobby for federal aid for the financially starved and poli

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Haartez, Israel’s leading center-left mass circulation newspaper and its oldest daily, has published an editorial today calling for an immediate end to Israel’s military operation in Gaza.

The editorial, entitled “Stop the Operation,” argues that Israel has now achieved whatev… Read full post »

JANUARY 13, 2009 4:37PM

Those Stubborn Jews and Arabs

My comment to the sarcastically titled post “Philo-Semitism on Open Salon” was deleted.  In this post, the blogger complains that OS has spent too much blogging energy on the “unimportant topic” of anti-Semitism.

My deleted comment was not directed at the origin… Read full post »

Eighteen days and a thousand Palestinian deaths into its massive Gaza campaign, Israel has yet to suffer a single significant geopolitical casualty.

In fact, despite the international outcry in the press and in the streets against its military offensive, Israel has scored a stunning geopolitical vict… Read full post »

The New York Times reports today on the death of William Zantzinger, whose murder of a black barmaid named Hattie Carroll inspired one of Bob Dylan's most haunting and politically acute ballads.


On February 9, 1963, Zantzinger, the 24 year old son of a wealthy and politically well connected… Read full post »

When the Israeli bombing campaign against Gaza began, Iranian student groups asked their government to authorize volunteers to carry out suicide bombings in Israel. 

Suicide bombers were recruited and more than 70,000 people volunteered.

In an open letter to Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadineja… Read full post »

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JANUARY 6, 2009 5:25PM

Progressive Radio Host Goes Racist on Sanjay Gupta

Today on Los Angeles’ progressive talk radio station KTLA 1150, substitute host Johnny Wendell blasted Barack Obama’s selection of Dr. Sanjay Gupta as Surgeon General of the United States.  In the course of his rant, which included attacking Dr. Gupta for his presence on CNN and for… Read full post »

California’s state government has been vandalized and those responsible for the damage are not difficult to identify.

The culprits are Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and his Republican colleagues in the state legislature.

Nobel Prize economist Paul Krugman wrote recently in the New York Times

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Several commentators have suggested that the Senate cannot constitutionally refuse to seat Roland Burris, Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich’s choice for Barack Obama’s vacant Senate seat. 

I disagree.

The belief that the Senate cannot constitutionally refuse to seat Roland Burris i

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Many Americans think that there is a single Israeli or Zionist position on how to deal with Hamas and the continuing rocket attacks from Gaza on Israeli civilians.  Most Americans also assume that this position is that of the Israeli government.

This belief could not be further from the truth.

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