Monthly Archives: July 2008

The World is Worried

Friday evening, July 25, in Hollywood – the sun drops away and the half-light is failing, and a light fog is inching in off the Pacific, and they say we’ll be socked in at dawn. It’s a damned film noir … Continue reading

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Goodbye Columbus

No, no, no – this is not about that famous collection of stories from Phillip Roth, Goodbye Columbus, or about the film made from the title story, the one with the extraordinarily forgettable Richard Benjamin. No, on Thursday, July 24, … Continue reading

Posted in Anti-European, Citizen of the World, Distrust of Foreigners, McCain, Obama, Obama's Berlin Speech, Ohio, Presumptuous Obama, Xenophobia | Leave a comment

The Ambiguous Right Stuff

The Right Stuff was that 1979 book by Tom Wolfe – the one about the test pilots flying the postwar experimental rocket-powered, high-speed aircraft out at Edwards, a few hours’ drive out in the desert from here. That would be … Continue reading

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Self-Definition as Destiny

Sometimes you wonder how anyone made it through the late seventies in America, with all the pop-culture self-actualization crap in the air. Part of that was the late-disco multi-layered and massively overproduced sound of the group Earth, Wind & Fire … Continue reading

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The Trap Closes

By Monday, July 21, is was clear that the McCain folks should have never taunted the Obama folks – saying Obama knew nothing about anything and he really ought to get his ass over to Afghanistan and Iraq and see … Continue reading

Posted in Attacks on Obama, Iraq, Maliki Shoots Down McCain, McCain, McCain Traps Himself, Obama, Obama's Foreign Trip, The McCain Brand | Leave a comment

McCain’s Press Pass Now Crucial

A quiet Sunday evening here in Hollywood – long shadows in the Hollywood Hills outside the window, a light breeze off the distant Pacific, the just-past-full moon about to edge up into the darkening sky, and only one police helicopter … Continue reading

Posted in Chris Matthews, Foreign Policy, Iraq, Journalism, Maliki Shoots Down McCain, McCain, McCain and the Press, McCain's Free Pass, Nouri al-Maliki, Obama, Press Notes, Timelines for Withdrawal, Withdrawal From Iraq | Leave a comment

McCain Shot Out of the Sky Over Iraq

Nothing earthshaking is supposed to happen on a Saturday or Sunday – the television news stars, if that’s what they are, take the weekend off, and the earnest second-stringers read the wire copy badly. Some of the cable news channels … Continue reading

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