Monthly Archives: October 2011

Don’t go near the wood-er, quack quack


One of those bizarre amphibious “duck boats,” jammed with tourists, cruised past me on South Street today. The tour guide, using a mic and amp system, was shouting, “Pay attention, I’ll tell you how to speak Philadelphian. One, two, three… … Continue reading

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Ain’t nothin’ I wouldn’t do, sugar…


The perfect Saturday night song if you’re looking to sit at a bar and drown your lust for someone, or to start a fight if you can’t drink enough to drown it. I don’t sit at bars anymore, but I … Continue reading

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Has America begun to ‘get’ Bernie Sanders?


To understand how right-wing the major political parties in America are, it helps to read the foreign press. This from The Guardian: … [Bernie Sanders'] beliefs… would fit comfortably in the middle left of Britain’s Labour party or Germany’s SPD. … Continue reading

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A word about our former torturer-in-chief


After posting about bringing Dick Cheney’s former ally and fellow war criminal to justice, I saw this item: A raucous group of protesters gathered outside a Surrey, [British Columbia], hotel Thursday, hoisting colourful cardboard placards, shouting into megaphones and looking … Continue reading

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Gaddafi nailed because he had no nukes


You may have read my bogus exclusive in August — a letter from Moammar Gaddafi to Dick Cheney, appealing for rescue from Libyan rebels who brought down Gaddafi’s government after British, French and American air forces, in classic colonialist fashion, … Continue reading

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NYT’s Keller wrong about Iraq, wrong about OWS


Many of us waited years for Bill Keller to own up to his key role in helping legitimize the disastrous Iraq War, but it never happened. So it’s no surprise that, instead of admitting he wrongly supported deregulation of the … Continue reading

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Fox balks, NPR fires somebody


It’s easy to joke about the level of self-censorship at NPR, as I did recently, but hard to exaggerate the uselessness of a news operation whose managers constantly bend to kiss the asses of the right-wingers aiming to kill government … Continue reading

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You’d get jail. NYC cop gets slap on wrist.


I know, it’s part of the code. Cops have each other’s backs, just like the Three Musketeers or members of a motorcycle gang. You mess with one, you mess with them all, and risk being shot or used for a … Continue reading

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On lies and the lying liars quoted in the NYT


I was going to post some comments on a New York Times story in which Wall Street types were asked to comment on the Occupy Wall Street movement. Thankfully, NYT columnist Paul Krugman beat me to it: On Saturday The … Continue reading

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Elected Dems to protesters — we’re with you, sort of


Chris Hedges, plainly stating why “liberal” has become a dirty word not only to right-wingers but to many thinkers and activists on the left: Tinkering with the corporate state will not work. We will either be plunged into neo-feudalism and … Continue reading

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