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Coming back to Open Salon is like walking through a school you once attended that's burned down. You know where the rooms are that you used to frequent, and there's no one there except for ghosts. You might pick up some book or other item that hasn't burned and look at… Read full post »
You have to admire some of the conservatives on Open Salon. Not only do they faithfully parrot the party line, but they do such a wonderful job of embellishing what passes for reality in their neck of the woods.
Take Benghazi, for example. This scandal was manufactured… Read full post »
2011 was a bleak year for the left all over America. The Tea Party had gotten 60 new members of Congress elected nationally, and Citizens United was the law of the land. The power of big money was seen everywhere and liberals and leftists of all varieties were… Read full post »
Decommissioned mail boxes due to cutbacks in service to the US Postal Service
The US Postal Service was created in 1775 and it is mentioned in the US Constitution as a vital service. In 2006, FedEx and the United Parcel Service lobbied Congress to cripple… Read full post »
Elections are the entertainment division of the military-industrial complex
When you transform yourself into a Hollywood producer, carny worker, and snake oil salesman -- you know that the sharks are at their greatest intensity of feeding and the politic… Read full post »
The most widely read post I ever wrote was on Glenn Beck. By far, it was #1 on the number of eyeballs looking at it. I was reminded of that fact today when I saw (against my will) the last presidential debate. I'd rather not rehash the particulars of anything that… Read full post »
I got a robo call from Elmer, the local Tea Party candiate for the state legislature. He wanted to talk to people in my neighborhood. He was going to be at a local hangout of mine, and I couldn't resist.
Elmer has been running against a well established… Read full post »
the situation now
Afghanistan? Iraq? These are walks in the park compared to what potentially could go wrong with the current situation in Syria. First, it's worth re-reading my blog of July 25th, 2012 entitled SYRIA: A bad situation getting worse. Many of the the elements that… Read full post »
This has been an unusual week for me. I've been obsessing about a ceiling. Let me explain.
My wife gave me a to do list, which was to do some ceiling work around the house before we leave for Mexico. I live in a magnificient house with a magnificient… Read full post »
French philosophers talk about deep structure. In fact, there are deeper political structures -- structures that apply universally regardless of geography or culture. One of those deep structures is local government.
The national state may be weak or strong, close or distan… Read full post »
On September 21st, Hillary Clinton signed a finding that the MEK, Muhajadin E-Khalil, or Peoples Muhadejin of Iran was in the process of no longer being considered a terrorist group. You should know that MEK was only taken off of the US' terrorist list after years of… Read full post »
Open Salon is the new capitol of Annoying. Not only is OS annoying because of the wait, but it's annoying because of the people. old new lefty has enough seniority around here to remember the good old days, godammnit. And things ain't what they used to be with the people around… Read full post »
THIS IS WHAT THE GLOBAL ECONOMY LOOKS LIKE
The news flashed across the wires this morning giving the first clues that something substantial may actually be in the works for ameliorating the crisis of the euro. Up until now Mario Draghi, the head of the European Central… Read full post »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 sports… Read 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 »
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