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Slackie Onassis

Slackie Onassis
Chicago, Illinois, US
April 16
University of Chicago
Graceless under pressure, unfashionably late, the Anti-Jackie, Jackie Oh No, the Slackitudinous One, neither best nor brightest, favoring the pillbox over the pillbox hat, punk before pink, and swine before pearls.


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SEPTEMBER 2, 2010 10:19AM

Fiction Blog: Bountiful Voices

Wow, I haven't been on here in awhile. There's been such a cavalcade of catastrophe the past couple of years, it's been hard to keep up.

I started a fiction blog that has some of my various short stories on it, B-sides and fragments -- unpublished short stories that have been… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 14, 2008 10:06AM

Stimulation Nation

In the face of the apparent sputtering of the $700 billion bailout, I keep thinking about how at least two-thirds of the American economy is fueled by consumer spending, and how we're caught in this vicious cycle of consumers tightening their belts and not spending, which then causes more economic wo… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 5, 2008 10:28AM

21st Century Man

I've long thought that decades and centuries don't always begin when the calendar rolls over -- for example, I don't think the 90s really begun until about 1991, when Nirvana broke big. Before then, it was still the 80s, regardless of what the calendar said. It was present in the attitudes… Read full post »

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NOVEMBER 1, 2008 6:19AM

The Gray Gloved Hand

The Gray Gloved Hand

I’m afraid to go in because of the Gray Gloved Hand. Big, fat sausage fingers grasping from above and beyond the coat hangers, seeking me. It’s not my fault that it’s there; it just is. I went in for a railroad toy train and saw it reachingRead full post »

OCTOBER 21, 2008 1:35PM

Everything, Something, and Nothing

Barring declaration of martial law by President Bush or Co-President Cheney, some national emergency, an October Surprise, or massive voter fraud on the part of the Republican Party, it's looking like the Democrats are going to win big in a couple of weeks, and the Republicans are going to be out… Read full post »

OCTOBER 9, 2008 8:51PM

The Great Repression

So, more dismal news from the Dow, as markets lunge and stagger. People freaking out, the system quaking, bloodletting, all of that stuff. I refuse to be dismayed by it. I don't really feel anything about it, to be honest.

American workers have been getting reamed by the American economy… Read full post »

OCTOBER 8, 2008 6:48AM

Antisocial Insecurity

Watching the ongoing crisis of confidence on Wall Street, I thought back to GW Bush's (and the Republican Party's) long-held dream of privatizing Social Security, of creating individual retirement accounts as the final solution to the Social Security problem (of course, in the wake of the $700 billio… Read full post »

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OCTOBER 7, 2008 6:44AM

The Unreal America

I saw the following in a SLATE article,  something I'd been thinking about a great deal...

Why is Alaska authentically American when Hawaii is not? At bottom, of course, it's a silly question. Both states, while disconnected geographically from the continental United States, are populated withRead full post »

OCTOBER 2, 2008 6:32AM

The Beast Bites Back

I'm curious about the backlash against Kathleen Parker, who expressed a desire for Palin to be dropped from the McCain ticket...

Columnist Kathleen Parker is feeling the heat for suggesting that Sarah Palin get out of the race.

"Allow me to introduce myself,'' theRead full post »

SEPTEMBER 29, 2008 9:43PM

Kucinich kicks some ass

Dennis Kucinich rocks. 

This, from THE NATION... 

On the floor of House Sunday, Kucinich declared that:


The $700 billion bailout for Wall Street, is driven by fear not fact. This is too much money in too a short a time going to too few people while too many… Read full post »
SEPTEMBER 20, 2008 5:46AM

The Business Party

I don't think anything more clearly demonstrates the limitations of the current two-party system as the financial crisis -- the old line about the two parties really being wings of the Business Party is all too true.

Of course, there'll be a wave of bipartisanship (e.g., going along with whatever tro… Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 19, 2008 9:27AM

Bad Assets

Amazing news continues in the finance sector, with the government (e.g., the big, bad government of Republican infamy) bailing out the rotten apples piled high in Wall Street, at taxpayer expense, of course.

The American-style free market at work, once again. Risk is for losers; risk is for those who… Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 17, 2008 10:58PM

Courting Disaster

I just read Adam Liptak's article in today's New York Times about the waning influence of the Supreme Court in foreign courts ("Supreme Court's Global Influence is Waning", NYT 17 September 2008).

Of course, the NYT has to kiss the ass of the status quo, lightly pointing out why the… Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 17, 2008 10:09AM

Is Bigger Always Better?

Okay, so we're treated to yet another bailout on Wall Street with the AIG $85 billion government buyout (I mean, that's what it is, right? With the government taking upwards of 80% of AIG in the process with the two-year loan?)

Capitalism, American-style, with a safety net in place for the… Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 15, 2008 9:42PM

Cover Your Assets

Judging from the 500-point plunge at Wall Street, the bloodletting's not over, yet. I'm sure Bush et al. will go into hardcore damage control mode, now, trying to soothe investors, to keep everything grinding along. But clearly, the whole asleep-at-the-switch mode of oversight heralded by Bush/Cheney… Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 15, 2008 1:11PM

Banking on bankruptcy?

So, is there anyone on Wall Street who hasn't drunk the Kool-Aid or what? Seems like the rot within America's finance sector is widespread and deep.

And while I see this Lehman Brothers bankruptcy take effect, I keep wondering if the "too big to fail" mindset that otherwise afflicts our… Read full post »

Editor’s Pick
SEPTEMBER 14, 2008 7:13AM

David Foster Wallace, R.I.P.

Wow, I just saw that David Foster Wallace1 died.2 Apparently he hanged himself at the age of 46 years. That took me by surprise this morning. He's certainly one of the bright lights of contemporary3 literature. I wasn't a fan4 of his style of writing, although I am curious what demons… Read full post »

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SEPTEMBER 13, 2008 9:48AM

Sunshine on a rainy day

I watched Danny Boyle's "Sunshine" again on DVD, and am so frustrated by it. It makes me want to run that movie through some film production programs and re-edit it. Because part of the movie is so good, and then it's completely spoiled. Speaking of spoilage, spoilers are below, so if… Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 9, 2008 11:47AM

McCain't Win?

It's hard to know what's spin and what's media-fueled horse-racing, but I'm a little worried at the state of the campaigns at the moment. For now, I'm taking solace in polls hopefully skewing favorably toward McCain/Palin because of the demographics of poll participants, versus it being representativ… Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 8, 2008 2:33PM

Beyond the Palindrome

In the absence of any other Sarah Palin media appearances, I saw this clip (below) of Sarah Palin talking up her corporate Christianity at this church (?) in Alaska. It's pretty horrifying to see that mix of commerce and Christianity thrown out without irony or hesitation. Truly, the moneylenders are… Read full post »

Keith Moon in front of one of his typical drum kits. Keith Moon died 30 years ago today, at the age of 32 years. It's appropriate that Moon, the mischievous id of the Who, was the first to fall, the only one to literally die before he got old. Although his days were surely numbered the moment he was born,… Read full post »

APRIL 19, 2008 8:28PM


Looks like the Clintonite Kool-Aid drinkers are in full effect on the comment boards. Sigh.

APRIL 18, 2008 4:22PM


Not sure if this is working. The pop-up window was having problems with my Firefox, like tiling the dialogue box wrongfully, so hopefully I was able to log on. Hopefully nobody already poached my screen name. Fingers crossed?


SO  Read full post »