Monthly Archives: January 2008

Three Men and a Banquet

It sound like the beginning of a joke…

Bill Clinton, Canadian mining financier Frank Giustra, and Kazakhstan’s president, Nursultan A. Nazarbayev, are sitting down to a banquet…

except until the New York Times broke the story this morning, Mssrs. Giustra and Nazarbayev had not been familiar enough to support a joke’s setup. Continue reading


Bush Legacy — How Long the Hangover?

Why am I not surprised at this?

Four months after announcing troop reductions in Iraq, President Bush is now sending signals that the cuts may not continue past this summer, a development likely to infuriate Democrats and renew concerns among military planners about strains on the force. Continue reading

The Generation Gap Exposes Itself in NY

A dozen years or so ago I was talking to an old school radical about my favorable opinion of Todd Gitlin’s call to lay aside identity politics for the greater good of the country. We were at a three day conference, and it was my bad luck to bring this up at dinner of day one. For the rest of the conference, this old school fellow spat the name “Todd Gitlin” with contempt. At every opportunity. Continue reading

Eyes Slammed Shut

There’s an old preacher’s joke about the time Mabel finally dragged her ornery husband Harry to church. When the time for the sermon approached, Mabel was worried that Harry probably would start snoring, which would embarrass her and annoy the parishioners. But a few minutes into the sermon — dealing with the Ten Commandments — Harry broke into a grin, which remained throughout the rest of the service. On the way out of church Harry was heard saying to Mabel: “You see? At least I haven’t made any graven images.”  Continue reading

FISA Ain’t Over ‘Til It’s Over

Your House member will need to hear from you. Soon. Like, today. Find his or her contact information here. Continue reading

Because ICE Does THIS, That’s Why!

When Governor Spitzer proposed allowing undocumented sojourners to get driver’s licenses, I supported it. People are here in the United States for any number of reasons and the revival of 19th Century arguments about furriners a-stealin’ our jobs was unfairly simplistic.  Continue reading

Talking Points Under Attack!

Time to compare and contrast — Continue reading