Monthly Archives: March 2008

Simultaneous End Games

If March comes in like a lion, it goes out like a lamb – as the useless bit of folk wisdom goes. The opposite is supposed to be equally true. This seems to have something to do with weather in … Continue reading

Posted in Complexity, Couldn't Be So, Florida Primary, Hillary Clinton, HUD, Iran, Iraq, Iraq Civil War, Michigan Primary, Muqtada al-Sadr, Nouri al-Maliki, Obama, Power Struggles, Presidential Hopefuls, Shiite versus Shiite, The Sixth Year of the War, The War, Wiretapping | 1 Comment

Armchair Psychoanalysis

It’s hard for a left-leaning child of the sixties to spend a Sunday with the pro-Bush, pro-war, cut-taxes-and-end-all-regulation-of-everything, governments-should-enforce-morality family down south. Leave Hollywood, drive south, cross the county line into Orange Country and things change. Orange Country is the … Continue reading

Posted in Obama, Republicans, Hillary Clinton, Attack Politics, Character, Obama's Speech, The Problem with Democrats | 2 Comments


No Sunday column – off to a family birthday party way south of Hollywood.  But for those addicted to politics, here’s your political fix for the day – a George W. Bush doll on a chain link fence at the … Continue reading

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The New War for Something or Other

Saturday, March 29, and the news out of Iraq, via the Associated Press, was not good: Anti-American Shiite militia leader Muqtada al-Sadr ordered his followers Saturday to defy government orders to surrender their weapons, as U.S. jets struck Shiite extremists … Continue reading

Posted in Bush, Iraq Civil War, McCain, Muqtada al-Sadr, Nouri al-Maliki, Power Struggles, Shiite versus Shiite, The Sixth Year of the War, The War | Leave a comment

Opportunity Cost

Opportunity cost is the cost incurred (sacrifice) by choosing one option over the next best alternative (which may be equally desired). Thus, opportunity cost is the cost of pursuing one choice instead of another. Every action has an opportunity cost. … Continue reading

Posted in Bush, Character, Conservatism, Conservative Thought, Economic Issues, Foreign Policy, Hillary Clinton, McCain, Obama, Recession, The Economy, The Financial System, The Power of Narrative | Leave a comment

The Artificially Calamitous and the Actually Disastrous

Oh, do come along for the ride.  No talk of Hillary and Barack – it seems obvious to many of us that she will soon declare Obama unfit for office and demand the nomination, as all that primary voting and … Continue reading

Posted in Bush, Complexity, Iran, Iraq, Iraq Civil War, Power Struggles, Shiite versus Shiite, The Sixth Year of the War, The War | 1 Comment

No Party Is Any Fun Unless Seasoned With Folly

When Erasmus commented that no party is any fun unless it is seasoned with folly, you do have to assume he was not speaking of political parties. He died in July of 1536 – they didn’t have such things back … Continue reading

Posted in Attack Politics, Bill Clinton, Hardball Politics, Hillary and Bill, Hillary Clinton, Nasty Politics, Obama, Power Struggles, The Uses of History | Leave a comment