Archive for May 2012

Unforced Errors

UPDATED BELOW: Today Obama spokesman Jay Carney got understandably mixed up as to whether the Administration had bothered to endorse anybody in the historic gubernatorial recall in that state, what do you call it, where they make cheese.  Those of us who follow politics, of course, know that the Koch Bros. rollout for taking over [...]

The Seinfeld Candidate

An article in Politico today, ostensibly about Romney’s conspicuous lack of the “vision thing,” inadvertently revealed the Republican playbook dating back at least to Nixon.  Reagan flack Ken Khachigian put it pretty bluntly as he dismissed the whinings of dreamy idealists like Ken Blackwell and Mark McKinnon, who both thought Romney ought to try to, [...]

Face Plant

Is anyone besides me completely unsurprised that Facebook’s absurdly over-hyped IPO ended in predictable disaster?  As the investigations and lawsuits roll in, I think it’s useful to consider that everyone involved appears to be afflicted with Alzheimers.  Nostalgia for the heady days of HomeGrocer.com and the latest (now defunct) telecom continues to addle the minds [...]

Sunday Garden Blogging

When I first moved to CHNN World headquarters ten years ago, I knew I wouldn’t have space for most of my garden, so with a heavy heart, I gave away my Mexican Fan Palms (Washingtonia Robusta), my Windmill palm (Trachycarpus Fortunei), my Pygmy Date Palms, (Phoenix Roebelenii), several yuccas, and two cycads.  I kept only [...]

Mountaintop Removal

I thought about li’l Bobby Jindal, potential VP pick, this morning when I realized that it was 32 years ago today that I personally benefited from “something called volcano monitoring.”  For a year or more, Mt. St. Helens, our other mountain, had been bloated and gassy, lately alarmingly so.  Armies of those big gummint whatchamacallits [...]

Almost?

JPMorgan’s toxically self-regarding CEO, Jamie Dimon, walked into David Gregory’s Petting Zoo, i.e. “Meet the Press,” bravely facing America’s toughest interviewer to talk about his $2 billion boo-boo last week.  You can pretty much imagine how that went.  He admitted, with trademark puppy dog eyes, that what he arrogantly dismisses last month as a “tempest [...]

The Missing Link

UPDATED BELOW: Evidently President Obama’s position did a little “evolving” today; one day after the noxious anti-gay Amendment One passed in North Carolina, he decided to finally take a step into the 21st century by supporting same-sex marriage, but in the lamest possible way, natch.  Although Bill Clinton campaigned against the God-botherers in NC, the [...]

G-Rated John Waters

I went back to my old high school last night, for the first time in thirty years, to see my nephews in “Hairspray,” the Grant High School spring musical this year.  Having only ever seen, of the John Waters’ repertoire, “Pink Flamingos,” I was understandably surprised at the choice.  Wasn’t Divine in that?  Back in [...]