The Other McCain

"One should either write ruthlessly what one believes to be the truth, or else shut up." — Arthur Koestler

VIDEO: Hey, the Economy Sucks

In this Bloomberg TV interview, Mark Vitner, senior economist at Wells Fargo Securities, doesn’t really have any good news and says he expects housing prices to decline another 7% in the next year: By the way, I’m not a big fan of using “consumer confidence” as an economic indicator, as if mere mood were a […]

‘A More Perfect Union’?

“To attempt to abstract from the Preamble to the Constitution a lever for transforming it into an instrumental document is . . . to invent powers that do not exist. And it is also a transparent attempt to import the second paragraph of the Declaration — as a mandate for national self-creation, refounding — into […]

LIVE AT FIVE – 06.29.11

TOP NEWS Ten Civilians Dead In Kabul Hotel Attack Death toll doesn’t include six splodeydopes killed by security forces or autodarwinated Bank Of America Near $8.5 Billion Settlement MBS holders sue over toxic assets;  other suits likely New Mexico Fires Threaten Los Alamos Nuclear Weapons Lab – Again Second fire in eleven years to affect […]

On the Bright Side, I Doubt the Navy Would Put Smitty in a Luxury Hotel

While I haven’t heard anything today from our fearless Admiral of the Afghan Seas, I presume he’s in some relatively safe and non-luxury billet, while Taliban terrorists are holed up at the best hotel in Kabul: Taliban gunmen and suicide bombers attacked Kabul’s Hotel Inter-Continental in a carefully orchestrated attack that began Tuesday night and […]

Republican Media Slut Tells All

When I was covering the 2006 GOP primary campaign for Georgia lieutenant governor, I was dumbfounded by the decision of Ralph Reed to hire Lisa Baron as his press secretary. Baron had a notoriously bad reputation among Republican operatives, and why Reed would hire her — in a state where social conservatives dominated the GOP […]

VIDEO: Violent Riots Break Out in Athens as Greek Parliament Faces Key Debt Vote

Here is raw video of today’s riots in Athens: Greece has no alternative to passing the austerity plan if it wishes to prevent default on its debt, Reuters reports: Anti-austerity protests turned violent in Athens on Tuesday as the European Union warned Greek lawmakers the country faces immediate default unless they back an unpopular economic […]

Did Obama’s Campaign Manager Help Spin Repeal of ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’?

A friend tipped me to a news story by Fresno’s KMJ-AM: Survey Skewed To Repeal Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell Based on a 30-page report prepared by the Pentagon inspector general, the story points out that President Obama’s 2012 campaign director (and former White House deputy chief of staff) Jim Messina was identified as one of five administration officials at […]

Other People’s Children

One of the easiest things in the world to do is to tell other people how to raise their children. This is especially easy if you have no children of your own. Looking for blog-fodder at Google News, I saw an interesting headline under the “Spotlight” feature: How to Talk to Little Girls I went […]

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