Monthly Archives: September 2008

Stepping Back

News junkies and policy wonks – if you are reading these words you just might be one of them – know the dead time. Between the big events you know are coming, given the big events that just happened, lies … Continue reading

Posted in American Empire, Bailout Agreement, Credit Freeze, Economic Meltdown, Financial Meltdown, House Republicans Object, Jeremiah Wright, McCain, Obama, Objections to the Bailout, Palin Unqualified, Sarah Palin, The 700 Billion Bailout, The Bailout Fails, The Bailout: Second Try, The Big Bailout, The Death of the GOP | 1 Comment

The Grateful Dead Republicans

Somebody has to do something, and it’s just incredibly pathetic that it has to be us. ~ Jerry Garcia   Jerry Garcia and his buddies called the band the Grateful Dead in a flourish of stoner irony – it was … Continue reading

Posted in Dead-Cat Bounce, Economic Crisis, Economic Meltdown, Financial Meltdown, For the Common Good, House Republicans Object, Like the Great Depression, McCain, McCain Sabotages the Bailout, McCain Suspends His Campaign, McCain Traps Himself, Obama, Obama as the Grown-Up, Pelosi Hurt Our Feelings!, Stock Market Crash, Sub-Prime Crisis, The Bailout Fails, The Big Bailout, The Financial System | 2 Comments

Maybe It Was Always Too Late

Everyone learns the lesson. Get old enough – make it through all the decades and come out the other end, the kids grown and gone and the daily grind of striving and climbing, something you now vaguely recall glancing at … Continue reading

Posted in A New RTC, Bailout Agreement, Conservative Thought, Economic Crisis, Economic Meltdown, Financial Meltdown, House Republicans Object, Like the Great Depression, Market Cycles, MArket Reaction to Bailout Agreement, Market Regulation, McCain Sabotages the Bailout, Regulation of the Markets, Stock Market Crash, The 700 Billion Bailout, Wall Street Insider | Leave a comment

Charging McCain with Contempt

It is often said that when Nixon debated Kennedy in late September, 1960, those who heard the debate on the radio thought Nixon had wiped the floor with Kennedy and had pretty much won the election that night, while those … Continue reading

Posted in Charging McCain with Contempt, First Presidential Debate, MaCain the Bully, McCain, McCain Condescending, McCain's Anger Problem, McCain: Hot-Head, Obama, Obama and JFK, Obama as the Grown-Up | Leave a comment

The Second-Rate First Presidential Debate

One of the advantages to living way out here on the West Coast is that everything important happens when it’s late elsewhere. Being three time zones away from the real world – the centers of importance, New York and Washington … Continue reading

Posted in First Presidential Debate, McCain, McCain Condescending, McCain the Warrior, McCain's Recklessness, McCain: Hot-Head, Obama, Obama as the Grown-Up, Obama Wins the First Debate, Political Posturing, Sarah Palin in Swimsuit, Selling Thoughtfulness | 2 Comments

Governance by Farce

You can read all about Georges Feydeau here – the master of the farce, although obscure to most Americans. He passed away in 1921 – a major French playwright of La Belle Époque, and a very clever fellow, even if … Continue reading

Posted in McCain Sabotages the Bailout, Palin: Couric Interview, The Bailout Stopped, Washington Mutual Failure | Leave a comment

Desperate Times and Desperate Measures

Etiology is the study of causation – a word used in medical and philosophical theories where you’re trying to figure out why things occur, or the reasons behind the way that things act the way they act. So doctors – … Continue reading

Posted in Letterman Rips McCain, McCain Blindsides Obama, McCain Suspends His Campaign, McCain Wants Debate Rescheduled, McCain's Recklessness, Obama as the Grown-Up | Leave a comment