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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MAY 30, 2011 9:07AM

The Reception: And it ain't funny

The first thing that I said to the bride and groom at the reception was, "Congratulations for making it this far."  Having survived the tortuous wedding ceremony, it was now on to the reception.  A thing you have to understand about Mexico is the concept of fiestas.  Fiestas are not li… Read full post »

I was going to write something meaningful like how strict constructionism sucks, or Port Wars, or What About Marxism? or something like that, and then I got sucked into attending a wedding at the Eiffel Church in Santa Rosalia.  And immediately I started producing my movie with the Coen Brothers… Read full post »

Ha, I fooled you!  You probably thought I'd lost my marbles and gone out and predicted that Tim Pawlenty will beat Barack Obama in 2012.  Wrong!  Tim Pawlenty is a lot like my brother Clyde, a Christian fundamentalist that manages the bad but neat trick of being boring and weird at… Read full post »

On a slow news day, the absolutely most gripping item is Gabriel Sherman's article in the latest issue of New York magazine entitled The Elephant in the Green Room.   It's absolutely required reading for anyone who wants to know more about the dilemmas that Fox News and the GOP are currentl… Read full post »

MAY 20, 2011 6:24PM

A Mexican Unfair Advantage

Not too many years ago, Ejido Wonderful  (EW) was seen a bunch of stupid bumpkins by the sophisticates living in the city of Cachania down the road.  They, after all, were the economic and commercial (not to mention cultural) center of a circle with a hundred mile radius.  EW was just… Read full post »

Yesterday was one of those days where my #1 project was getting ready for dinner.  Occassionally we host people in a grand style at our house, and it was time to host Jim, a well known conservative who lives down the road.  The bottles of Oregon wine we had on hand… Read full post »

MAY 13, 2011 2:48PM

Are the Republicans melting?

There's crazy, there's batshit crazy, and then there's the current crop of Republicans infesting Congress.  We can all marvel at the religious fundamentalism of the Taliban in Pakistan and Afghanistan.  They and the late great Osama Bin Laden applied the religious principles of peace and en… Read full post »

MAY 9, 2011 1:33AM

ISRAEL: More and more problems

The Egyptian military's brokering of a reconcilliation between Hamas and Fatah in Palestine was a surprise to just about everyone. For years, the two factions of the PLO have just about been at war with each other, and Ariel Sharon's splitting up of the Palestinian question gave room for Hamas to… Read full post »

MAY 6, 2011 4:01AM

The Next Ten Years

When the future history of the United States is written, there will be a separate chapter written for the period between September 11,2001 and this week when Osama Bin Laden was shot.  Ladies and gentlemen, whether we like it or not, we are all present here at an entirely new chapter… Read full post »

Old new lefty was an internet pioneer yesterday when I was the first person to say that the Pakistani government had to be up to its eyeballs in sheltering Osama Bin Laden.  Monitoring what I can in Mexico, this line appears to be common currency now.  But the question with the… Read full post »

MAY 2, 2011 12:04AM

Background on Bin Laden Death

Having just listened to the President's official announcement, it's obvious to me that the most important thing besides finding Bin Laden is actually dead, is that Pakistan no longer felt a need to harbor the man.  Pakistan has played both sides of the road ever since it was forced to choose… Read full post »

MAY 1, 2011 1:08PM

Political Potpouri

It's one of those times when I don't have a single  big thing to write about, but there's lots of  little but important things going on that need your attention.

 Barack Obama   From the video of the San Francisco fundraiser where the protesters paid $76,000 to sing a song defendi… Read full post »

Recent reports that Syrian dictator Basher Assad has increased repression in that country by firing on demonstrators across the country with live ammunition, in many cases where people were protesting at funerals cannot be happy news for the Jasmine Revolution.  In many respects, Syria is absolu… Read full post »

The open call for memoirs on peoples' experiences with the Bay of Pigs incident is very curious if examined only in isolation.  However, if we think of history as a vast collection of cycles, with roughly equivalent hills and valleys over time, then perhaps, the time has come.  Perhaps 1962… Read full post »

APRIL 19, 2011 9:57AM


The first thing I said to myself today was that writing this column would be like shooting fish in a barrel.  If there's anything today that's contributing more to our collective ruination as a species -- it is  all that hot money sloshing around in the world.  We survived the Crash… Read full post »

APRIL 13, 2011 8:31PM

Da Boyz Pay a Visit

I sure do wish that I was a fly on that wall today.  Perptually orange John Boehner was paid a visit today from representatives of the financial houses in Wall Street. Speaker of the House Boner asked the reps how long the Congress could hold out in negotiating on the national… Read full post »

Up until recently, I've deliberately avoided paying any attention to the follies taking place in Washington, DC with the current session of Congress, what with the House dominated by Republicans and Tea Party fanatics.  However a recent interview given by Randall Ray, a distinguished economics p… Read full post »

APRIL 9, 2011 4:43AM

These are the good old days?

I was watching a TED. com presentation on China and I went to bed.  At 2:30 I woke up, and something came to me.  You know how it is.  For I don't know how long, I've been looking at the future  -- what lies ahead.  Usually I'm wrong, but sometimes I… Read full post »

APRIL 1, 2011 1:38AM


When we look at the TV, and see the latest news from the Middle East we can think that there's been accurate reporting on the goings on of the Jasmine Revolution.  And yet you should hardly need a reminding that the more you watch TV, the less you know.  Right now,… Read full post »

MARCH 27, 2011 1:35PM

Dear David Axelrod:

Hey Ax,

How's the weather in Chicago?  Sure hope you're getting as much of the good stuff as I am in Baja, but I doubt it.  You just gotta be patient and it'll happen.  But that's not why I'm writing.  I know that you might have done some freelancing for Mayor… Read full post »

MARCH 15, 2011 3:30PM

No Longer A US Finger Puppet

If General Electric and the Defense Department had their way, Egypt would be well on its way towards transforming itself into  yet another Pakistan.  Under bad  old US imperatives, the new big dog in charge would be Field Marshall Mohammed Hussein Tanami, the next Hosni Mubarak. … Read full post »

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MARCH 10, 2011 6:22PM

March 11th: Is Saudi Arabia in Play?

When the future history of Saudi Arabia is written, perhaps a significant chapter will start with the date of March 11, 2011.  That is the date that  Facebook and Twitter users have called for demonstrations in the capital city of Riyadh and other places to demand changes in the governmenta… Read full post »

MARCH 4, 2011 2:33PM

The Insanity of It All, and Why

Reading Obama's Wars by Bob Woodward made me want to tear out my hair.  I kept saying the same things over and over again.  "This is crazy."  , " Jesus H. Christ!", and stuff like that.  I've read other books by Woodward, and they really give you that fly on the… Read full post »

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FEBRUARY 23, 2011 7:49AM

Some Books for a Wisconsin Revolution

Who would have thought that a government grant from the W Administration  would have such legs and inspire Tunisia, Egypt, Madison, and Libya?  But it did.  In 2002 the US Institute for Peace funded a 189 page book by a 30 year US Army veteran for the Albert Einstein Institute. &n… Read full post »

FEBRUARY 17, 2011 10:36PM

A Very Disturbing Book

To some extent, the conservatives are right.  The 1950s can be seen as a more innocent time, and certainly part of the reason for nostalgia for those years was that it was before 1963 when everything changed.  Anyone in my age cohort has to be interested in the events surrounding Dallas… Read full post »