Archive for July 2012

With Allies Like These

To no one’s surprise, Mitt Romney has capped off his hilariously disastrous British Invasion with an alarmingly toadying trip to Jerusalem, to fawn over the cuckoo leaders or our craziest ally.  Of course he all but promised a war with Iran.  Of course he did everything but polish Netanyahu’s shoes.  Of course he refused to [...]

Are We Safer Now?

I’ve been studiously avoiding writing about the Aurora Massacre, because it’s unfolded so predictably I can’t find a remotely funny angle to it.  Joking about such a tired subject is both tasteless and about as original as Henny Youngman.  Of course the NRA-addled right is going to say that the only answer is more guns, [...]

The Turd in The Punchbowl

Shortly after I got home yesterday, I received a message from the city of Portland that, until further notice, I and some 135,00o other westside Portlanders and suburbanites ought to boil our water before using it.  This being only the second time such an order has been issued here in our admittedly short history, I [...]

None of Your Beeswax

Earth to Mitt Romney:  When you’ve lost Bill Kristol, George Will, and Haley Barbour, you’ve lost America.  Admittedly, these aren’t admirable men, quite the opposite, but that’s precisely the point.  Each one would run over their grandmothers, ala Chuck Colson, to see that Socialist darky run out of office and a proper Republican installed in [...]

Stupid White People

It was obvious that Mitt Romney would face something of a hostile audience at the NAACP convention today,  given that Nixon’s comparatively subtle Southern Strategy has blossomed in the Obama era from coded dog whistles to 76 trombones blasting “Dixie,” but I’m a tad disappointed he only got booed the once.  His undoubtedly carefully crafted [...]

The Rich Are Different

The intertubes today are rightfully all abuzz about the clueless rich people in the Hamptons who blabbed to a Los Angeles Times reporter about how intolerable it was that the “common people,” in this case “nails ladies” (!) and other riffraff had the “right to vote,” since they’re so dumb and all. Sitting in a [...]

Two-Tiered Transit

As most readers of this blog know, I have been a car-free, dedicated transit user for over a decade, something that to the outside observer ought to be easy and natural in Portland, America’s supposed sustainability Mecca.  The truth, unfortunately, is a little more complicated in this new era of austerity.  Like all public amenities, [...]

Book Saloon: We Are Anonymous

In the opening chapter of Parmy Olson’s gripping new book, We Are Anonymous, the CEO of the now-defunct HBGary Federal assumes the role of an unwitting character in a horror movie, haunted by inchoate dread, but unable to see how awful his demise will be.  Due primarily to his own stupidity and overconfidence, a group [...]