Posts Tagged ‘Iraq War’

Andrew Sullivan Loves Hippies, Belatedly

I’ve always had a particular loathing for Andrew Sullivan, at least partly because he reminded me, with everything he said,  of all the self-hating gay Republicans (and they were shockingly and disappointingly numerous) I met and summarily dumped during my peak tart years.  I’ve heard each such drearily unthinking arguments countless times before from someone [...]

What Are the Chances?

There seem to be two types of GOP/Fox News lies: outright ones, which can be pretty much immediately disproved, but nonetheless Fox watchers will still believe anyway, and conjectural ones, which rely on scary predictions that don’t ever have to come true to accomplish the goal of the moment, due to the mass-Alzheimer’s that afflicts [...]

Except for the Bellbottoms, That Is

As a kid growing up in the 1960′s and 70′s, I really believed that America was rapidly becoming a better place, and the future looked bright.  In first grade and kindergarten, I attended a school in a nearby “ghetto” neighborhood, where the “War on Poverty” lured privileged white kids like myself by offering gym classes, [...]

Thanks, Captain Obvious*

*Admittedly, David Petraeus is a General, but Captain sounded better…  CH Today General David Petraeus had another statement, among the many he has made in his current 9/12 Media Blitz, that was about as enlightening as, say, coming out and declaring water to be wet, but the media nonetheless slavishly typed it up as though [...]

Oil and Trouble

I remember being startled to read in a science fiction novel that, in its imagined future, oil long since had been abandoned as an energy source because of the unacceptable risks involved with its extraction, transport, and burning.  Just like that.  Too bad such irrefutable logic escapes us still (the book was written in the [...]

Hollywood Wars and American Military “Heroes”

Many attempts have been made by movie writers/directors/producers to tell the truth about the tragic, unnecessary Iraq War while making it a financial box office success. Making significant dollars means large numbers will see the movies and hear the important truth messages. The two latest, Oscar winning The Hurt Locker and the just released Green [...]

And The Wars Go On

Jack Murtha, the longtime Democratic representative from Pennsylvania, died today, after having lived long enough to see the wars he wanted to end continued indefinitely, but satisfied in knowing history would prove him right.  I guess these days if you want to try to stop a war in this country, you should get started when [...]

Getting Things Done

Back in the days when Hitler comparisons were verboten, that is, when we had a far-right President whose social, military, and civil liberties policies looked a lot like Der Fuhrer, I often got a laugh out of them.  Hitler, after all, in addition to making the trains run on time, hosted a successful Olympics, built [...]

The Wars Come Home

It was inevitable, really. After nearly ten years of a dominant and domineering political party governing with an iron fist, unfailingly promoting the most violent, punishing, and ruthless answers to every question, Americans have become very skeptical and cheap about doing anything other than hurting people, even themselves.  Cynical ploys to convert inchoate resentments into [...]

What a Long Strange Trip

  As one gets older, chunks of time once thought epochal become mere blips; one may start out to say, “But I just…” and then suddenly realizing, add, “well, ten years ago.”  Oops.  Yesterday that definitely wasn’t, it only seemed like it.  Without clear markers, as we settle into middle age we see, and generally [...]