Ten years ago this week the Dixie Chicks controversy erupted: I’m still not ready to back down

To announce that there must be no criticism of the President, or that we are to stand by the President, right or wrong, is not only unpatriotic and servile, but is morally treasonable to the American public. ― Theodore Roosevelt On … Continue reading Ten years ago this week the Dixie Chicks controversy erupted: I’m still not ready to back down

The lesson that bin Laden learned from Reagan

There is a particular narrative about Ronald Reagan and the end of the Cold War that has always struck me as compelling. I bought the argument at the time and I think I still do, to some extent, even though I’m hardly a Reagan fan.

The story goes like this: Reagan was able to finally win the Cold War and drive a stake through the heart of the Evil Empire because he realized that the Soviet economy was already badly overextended trying to prop up the war machine. All he had to do was accelerate the arms race, dramatically increasing military spending (while also amping up the sabre-rattling rhetoric) and that would force the Russkis to bankrupt themselves trying to compete. Continue reading “The lesson that bin Laden learned from Reagan”

America and its presidents: what the fuck is wrong with you people?

Let’s begin with a brief Q&A with America.

Q: Let’s say you’re sick with a potentially deadly disease. Who do you want for a doctor?
A: The smartest, most experienced and highly qualified expert in the field.

Q: You’re looking to invest your life savings. Who do you trust to handle your money?
A: The brightest, most agile financial mind I can find.

Q: You’ve been selected to participate in a “private citizens in space” program. Who do you want in charge of building the rocket? Continue reading “America and its presidents: what the fuck is wrong with you people?”

Dicktator-for-Life: Nixon, Cheney and Constitutional Calvinball über alles

dicksIn 1977, former president Richard Nixon offered up some interesting thoughts on the concept of legality.

FROST: So what in a sense, you’re saying is that there are certain situations, and the Huston Plan or that part of it was one of them, where the president can decide that it’s in the best interests of the nation or something, and do something illegal.

NIXON: Well, when the president does it that means that it is not illegal.

FROST: By definition. Continue reading “Dicktator-for-Life: Nixon, Cheney and Constitutional Calvinball über alles”

BREAKING: Tent State marching on Pepsi Center

This just in from Jack, who’s on the scene with the Tent State crowd: Tent State is about to march from the Coliseum down Brighton and Broadway to the DNC. Rage is walking with them. Looks like 4,000 people or more. This could be fun. Stay tuned. UPDATE: A group of police in riot gear just offloaded near Blake and Broadway, which is in the anticipated path of the marchers. Continue reading BREAKING: Tent State marching on Pepsi Center