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old new lefty

old new lefty
Location
alienation, discontent
Birthday
September 16
Title
CEO
Company
Making trouble whenever possible
Bio
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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JULY 18, 2011 7:07AM

As big as Watergate?

The spectacle of Rupert Murdoch's News Corporation being rapidly engulfed in scandal is almost like an eclipse of the sun.  You don't see things like this very often, but when you do, they're absolutely amazing.

The interesting thing about the whole scandal is that everyone in the world has know… Read full post »

A major war in the Middle East between Israel and Iran may be in the cards for September.  It is highly possible that Israel will launch a pre-emptive military strike  against Iranian nuclear facilities.  And if Iran is attacked, it is highly likely to target Saudi oil refineries, ship… Read full post »

JULY 11, 2011 8:42AM

That Old Imperial Game*

There's an air of anxiety and defeatism in America lately.  You can practically smell it.  Even the right wing is getting in on the game in talking about American decline.  To be up front with you, there've been plenty of predictions about the decline and fall of the American Empire in… Read full post »

JULY 6, 2011 12:18AM

THE CON GAME, THE STING

DEBT LIMITATION CRISIS CONTINUES! WORLD ENDS AUGUST 2ND! DC DITHERS AS ECONOMY BURNS!

One of the oldest tricks in the book is for the 24 hour news media to spin out some mindless drivel to capture the eyeballs of the stupid, slack-jawed rubes watching and reading them for the sake of… Read full post »

JULY 4, 2011 9:31AM

SYRIA: Is the bomb ticking?

In looking at the state of things in Syria these days, there is serious cause for concern about the Middle East.  Basher Assad, not very much loved dictator of Syria is having some serious problems, and I do mean serious.  Every week it looks like another engine goes out on the… Read full post »

JULY 1, 2011 3:25AM

Television is so 20th Century

American society is pretty polarized lately, and it's not just politically polarized -- it's economically and socially polarized.  Class resentment abounds, and anger is lurking  just below the surface of what the public opinion polls usually ask questions about. And it seems to me that in… Read full post »

JUNE 27, 2011 4:15PM

In defense of Barack Obama

Trust me, I'm not giving the POTUS any slack.  I'm still boycotting the love fest by not spending one minute of my time or one dollar of my money for campaign contributions for the Giant  Presidential Mud Wrestling Marathon of 2012. However, I think given what's just broken over the wires,… Read full post »

JUNE 21, 2011 4:08AM

THAT MARXIST CRAP

First, I have a confession to make.  I consider myself a socialist, and I'm proud of it.  So if you want to, you can hate me as much as you want. Not only that, but I've read a lot of Karl Marx (Das Kapital) and a whole bunch of his other… Read full post »

You gotta love conservative outrage.  ACORN likes pimps and hos!  Welfare queens drive Cadillacs!  The welfare mother who paid for a candy bar with a $20 food stamp, and then bought cigarettes and booze with the change!  It sure is wonderful that they spend so much time ferreting… Read full post »

Note to all:  I've been travelling from Mexico, and my internet service provider  (Qwest) was no doubt at that five day convention in the Bahamas, and was too busy to get me connected to the internet by TELEPHONE! I hate Qwest. In any event, I've had time to ponder a few… Read full post »

JUNE 1, 2011 2:08AM

Am I commiting treason?

In foreign as well as domestic affairs, there appears to be a major contradiction between the practical and the legal.  We've heard a wide variety of people challenge Obama's actions in Abbottabad on the grounds of violating  both the Constitution and international law.  Similarly, it… Read full post »

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 »