Archive for July 2011

Birthday Boy

Today, when I wasn’t really planning to write anything, I got an invitation to a birthday house party by the Obama campaign.  My first thought was, “Wait a minute, these guys know it’s my birthday?  That NSA spying has gotten really out of hand….”  Unfortunately, the truth is even worse: I’m invited to a “house” [...]

Armageddon And So Forth

Those were the words of Ronald Reagan, delivered casually and undoubtedly with a little dementia thrown in, when he was speaking in his inimitable style about the sort of nuclear annihilation his administration, at least initially, seemed determined to court.  For whatever reason, Republicans have, over the last thirty years or so (and longer if [...]

Fall Fellows?

I just got an email from a flunky named Sara who seems unaccountably excited about working for President Obama’s reelection.  Better yet, she had an attractive little offer: I’m the national training director at Obama for America. My job is to develop the programs and resources our staff and volunteers use to teach others how [...]

Pie-Eyed

  I was anxiously awaiting the Murdoch hearings in Parliament this morning, when another horrible rainy day kept me home longer than usual, so I popped into the Guardian, and saw this.  My heart leapt.  It seems that just minutes after ol’ Rupert denied all responsibility for the hacking scandal, repeatedly and often angrily, some [...]

FOX Phobia

Delighted as I am by the relentlessly cascading developments surrounding Rupert Murdoch’s beleaguered empire, I don’t share the optimism of worthies such as Eliot Spitzer who think  Foxworld ought to now be investigated by the DOJ under FCPA, the pretty straightforward Foreign Corrupt Practices Act that News Corp has evidently repeatedly violated.  For a lot [...]

Job Creators

Well, it looks as though ol’ Rupert Murdoch found a suitably Galtian solution to his little crime spree as it started to get hot: fire a whole bunch of random people, except, of course, those responsible.  On Sunday, the undoubtedly checkered 168-year history of The News of the World comes to an abrupt and ignominious [...]