Archive for March 2011

Hippies Seize “The Economist”

As though hearing the dependably buffoonish Newt Gingrich suddenly smoke the peace bong while all the most (formerly) warmongering congressional Republicans waxed foreboding about the “open-ended” costs (!) of our third (or so) war in Libya wasn’t enough, yesterday I came across a copy of The Economist, which appears to be a surprising new member [...]

Well, They Still Have Maureen Dowd

UPDATED BELOW: (Saturday)   Having had a somewhat longer commute than usual the past few weeks, I have once again become a daily New York Times reader, often to my considerable chagrin.  For the last 15 years or so, as my local newspaper, the Oregonian, got thinner and thinner, I readily coughed up the extra [...]

Low Voter Turnout, Explained

As I’ve written so tirelessly, and perhaps even tiresomely, in the Era of Hope and Change, Obama has turned out to be our first post-partisan President, after all.  Meaning, he has well and truly gotten rid of any party principles that used to make people OF HIS OWN PARTY, I might add, actually vote, rather [...]

Getting Our War On, Again

UPDATED BELOW:  (Sunday)   Well, it seems that those danged Libyans are perhaps already the next grateful recipients of America’s Love Bombs, as we’ve brusquely pushed aside the momentarily dominant cheese-eating surrender monkeys themselves, the French, within a few hours, to “take the lead” in the latest attack on perennial enemy of all that is [...]

The Rich Are Different

“That’s one of the nice things. I mean, part of the beauty of me is that I’m very rich. So if I need $600 million, I can put $600 million myself,” he said. –Donald Trump, in an interview with Ashleigh Banfield, wherein he also announced that something about President’ Obama’s birth and past is a [...]

One Nuclear Meltdown Can Ruin a Plutocrat’s Whole Day

Out here in the Northwest, nuclear power has a long history of being dismissed as the kooky, plutocratic boondoggle it is, even while we have been spared the worst of the fears it understandably creates.  Back in the 70′s, when our local utility, Portland General Electric, built the Trojan nuclear power plant, its remote location [...]

Pour Yourself a Little Something, Jan Brewer

Brewer Has Another Lengthy Pause During Speech: As I’ve often said, I can’t help but be in favor of having more Cocktailhags like myself in positions of authority, but honestly, this Jan Brewer person gives us all a bad name.  (Well, she and Andrea Mitchell, Jane Harman, Peggy Noonan, Maureen Dowd, and on and [...]

Book Saloon: Jonathan Franzen’s “Freedom”

Posting was light over the last few days because I was working in Seattle, but the attendant train rides finally gave me time to read the latest from one of my favorite authors, Jonathan Franzen.  While it may sound a tad cliche and as such not entirely believable, I discovered Franzen long before Oprah did, [...]

Little Caesars

What seems to define modern Republicanism as we approach the 2012 elections is a firm, Randian belief that the only acceptable model for governance be that of a particularly ruthless and avaricious corporation beset by a self-interested and narcissistic CEO bent on looting it.  Like their corporate sponsors, Republicans have abandoned any sense of creating [...]

Sharia Law at the WaPoo

In a more than usually desperate excuse for a column, even for the WaPoo, chickenhawk David Ignatius thinks he’s come up with a genius idea for resolving the simmering dispute between the oft-allied military dictatorships of Pakistan and the US over the sticky wicket of mercenary Raymond Davis, whose “diplomatic immunity” led him to think [...]