AS THE SUN SETS SLOWLY IN THE WEST
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I learned a lot about spying through my father-in-law of Wife #1. Amos Sentman came from a struggling group of German speaking farmers in Southern Illinois, and he enlisted in the Army at a very early age in the 1920s. His first overseas posting was in the Gobi Desert of Mongolia,… Read full post »
Things did not start out well. I held a fundraiser at my house for Pat Riggs-Henson, a candiate from Springfield for Lane County, Oregon Commissioner. My wife (who's really the organizer) was in charge of notifying people, but the college kids moved in and in the process, they reduced our… Read full post »
In Bob Woodward's book on the war, Barack Obama is quoted saying something to the effect that we're really involved in Afghanistan to fight the cancer in Pakistan. All over the world last night, the big news was that yet another NATO fuel convoy had been attacked and burned. Suspicions ar… Read full post »
I'm lying about the names and places, but everything else was real.
Living in Chicago or any other big city can wear you down to a fine grey powder by the end of the week, and this week was no exception. The little woman reminded me that we had a party… Read full post »
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's speech before the UN General Assembly was a doozy.
In a sparsely attended hall, the President of Iran began his speech, but when he started going on about the 9/11 conspiracy theories of how the US government stage managed the crash of the airplanes into the World Trade… Read full post »
As if Glenn Beck and the Tea Party didn't have enough to worry about, what with the youth vote activated by Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert, now they have new worries with the activation of the gay and Hispanic communities, thanks to the GOP rejection of the military appropriations act that… Read full post »
Sometimes those very obscure, not very exciting and technically dry things have a very profound effect on our country and our lives. Look at the US acceptance of NAFTA and the World Trade Organization under the Bush I and Clinton years. Both had a profound effect in promoting the deindustrializ… Read full post »
Simoleon Sense's most recent post on OS is an absolutely must see. He hotlinks you to a TED.com talk given this summer in Cannes, France by Nicholas Christakis, who talks about the structure of social relations for all human beings. Whether we realize it or not, we all weave a web… Read full post »
From Eugene, OR to Washington, DC the reaction was the same this weekend. The once hyped and sometimes feared Tea Party is beginning to show signs of fatigue and disillusionment as November 2nd gets closer. Although it continues to receive huge quantities of money from the infamous Koch b… Read full post »
The late summer and fall of 2010 certainly seems to be a ripe time for various forms of psychopathology. We've all just come off of the Glenn Beck "I Have a Scheme" rally in DC, and immediately we're subjected to the outright wackiness of the so-called Rev. Terry Jones and his… Read full post »
I will not wax profoundly on America today. I will only tell you about how I spent my Labor Day.
It began this morning when I woke up, got my coffee, and went to my computer. I turned on the Huffington Post, and the headline read "Heads or Tails?" It turns… Read full post »
I've been holding back, and holding back, and holding back. There has been a thing that I haven't written about for a long time because it's been bugging me, and it's Israel. Israel is a problem. But then the Arabs are a problem, and this damn problem has been the microscopic… Read full post »
It's crunch time. The fourth quarter is here. It's make or break. Roll up your sleeves and get to work. I only want to see elbows and assholes around here. The margin is razor thin. All of the above.
I can't emphasize strongly enough these words and phrases politic… Read full post »
Democrats right now are in something of a funk, and it's not just because the President gave a lackluster speech last night or that he's been less than stellar in dealing with the ills of the economy. And it's not just about Glenn Beck's quasi-religious rally on the Washington Mall, or… Read full post »
Once in a great blue moon, the unwashed peasants of America go on a rampage with burning spears and pitchforks in an effort to rid themselves and the world of imaginary monsters. We certainly appear to be in such a space now, what with the Karl Rove-inspired hate campaign against Park… Read full post »
I found it difficult to write about Part II, as it's always hard to top a good first shot. But I decided that instead of being serious, I should start off with a macabre joke. Let's make a game and call it
HOW BLEAK CAN YOU GET?
First, let's elect Sarah… Read full post »
I see dead people.
Cole Sear, The Sixth Sense
I had the most amazing revelation this morning, and it came to me from a very curious source. Republican candidate for Governor of Oregon, Chris Dudley posted a think piece that his experts cut and pasted for him so that he'd sound… Read full post »
There are a lot of questions that can be asked about our current state of affairs.
Why is it that idiots like Sarah Palin and Glenn Beck appear to have a stranglehold on political discourse? Why is it that there isn't any talk in a Democratically controlled government about g… Read full post »
Magical thinking afflicts all societies, regardless of history or educational attainment. Unfortunately in a nutshell, magical thinking is a major sign of stupidity. In America we've had a vertable outburst of magical thinking lately, and you can see it everywhere in our… Read full post »
Former California Governor Jerry Brown is campaigning for the seat again, but there's something of a mystery going on with his campaign . In that respect he appears to have the same problems as former Governor John Kitzhaber of Oregon who's running again after a long absence. And unfortun… Read full post »
Sometimes old new lefty's job is to do the dirty work for you. In this case, it's reading This Time Is Different: Eight Centuries of Financial Folly by Carmen M. Reinhart and Kenneth Rogoff. And this book shows all the reasons why you want to avoid economists at a cocktail party.… Read full post »
Up until now, Glenn Beck has been something of a mystery to me. How is that this guy can be a multimillionaire with millions of faithful fans? He has best sellers, and you can eat lunch with him for only $50,000. And yet, has he ever made even the tiniest scintilla… Read full post »
It's certainly been a bad week for the Obama administration what with the very premature firing of Shirley Sherrod because of Andrew Brietbart's slimy cut and paste job, and this is but one of many incidents where President Obama appears to be speaking softly and carrying a little stick. How ma… Read full post »
Many people might claim they're great fishermen, but how many have done commercial fishing by sailboat, ridden out a hurricane while fishing, or encountered a real life sea monster? Guillermo Castro Miranda is an old man now, but he has fished for over sixty years. And he has seen all of… Read full post »
I was driving into Eugene along the railroad yard and I saw them. It was about the scariest sight I've seen in a long time. Although I haven't seen the movie or read the book, it looked like a scence out of McCormack McCarthy's The Road.
There were about fifteen young… Read full post »
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