Monthly Archives: April 2009

The Big Mo

Any American male who watches football – or baseball or basketball – knows all about it. The problem is you just cannot define it, and you cannot quantify it – it’s nothing specific. You just know it’s shifted. It’s that … Continue reading

Posted in Political Momentum, Populist Outrage, Republicans in the Wilderness, Republicans Weird and Desperate, Torture, War Crimes | Leave a comment

Kant’s Birthday

Wednesday, April 22 – Earth Day, and the birthday of both Vladimir Lenin and Immanuel Kant (different years of course) – was pleasant enough. But it was one of those news days when all hell broke loose. And keeping it … Continue reading

Posted in Condoleezza Rice, Congressional Hearings, Conservative Values, Defending or Dismissing Torture, Levin Torture Report, Thinking Too Much, Torture, War Crimes, Western Values | Leave a comment

Special People

In this country it seems there are those with a sense of personal responsibility – the doers, who ask nothing of anyone and get everything done – and those who just take and expect more. And you didn’t pay your … Continue reading

Posted in Doers versus Takers, Fighter Pilots of Capitalism, Healthcare, The End of Capitalism, Wall Street Salaries | Leave a comment

The End of Attitude as Policy

People are always making sweeping distinctions, saying things like there are only two kinds of people in the world. They usually mean you’re either a sucker, always falling for someone’s line of nonsense, or you’re a go-getter who knows how … Continue reading

Posted in America Grows Up, American Exceptionalism, Attitude as Policy, Chavez Handshake Scandal, Cuba Trade Embargo, Diplomacy, Obama Hates America | Leave a comment

Public Policy and the Word of God

It could be argued that the second President Bush was a transformative president – for better or worse. You could make a list of things that changed – the end of being assured there was such a thing as habeas … Continue reading

Posted in Bush –- Transformative President, Conservative Values, Gathering Storm Ad, Gay Marriage, Homophobia, Public Policy and the Word of God, Religion and Politics, Republican Power Vacuum, Republican War on Science, Republicans in the Wilderness, The Faith of George W. Bush | Leave a comment

This Modern World

Yeah, it was that old guy on Sunday night when you watched CBS’s 60 Minutes – Andy Rooney. He still may be there, but after years of his stuff you tend to find other things to watch, or other things … Continue reading

Posted in American Exceptionalism, Andy Rooney, Entitlement, Healthcare, Healthcare Reform, Subclinical Narcissism, Twitter and Alienation | Leave a comment

The Day after Humiliation

It’s an odd thing. Concerned people – loved ones and family – will see your despair or panic and tell you things will look different in the morning – get some sleep. Things won’t seem so bad in the morning. … Continue reading

Posted in Dealing with National Humiliation, Obama Releases Bush Era Torture Memos, Rationalizing Torture, Torture, Torture Memo, War Crimes | 1 Comment