Monthly Archives: November 2006

Goldengrove

Gore Vidal was on Tavis Smiley the other night. He was as sharp and funny as always, especially on matters political and historical. True to his stage in life, though, a good chunk of the conversation danced with the notion—no, not the notion, the fact—of mortality. At one point Vidal quoted the last two lines […]

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Blame

It looks like Phase I of our new Iraq exit strategy is going full bore. The US foreign policy poobahs are now singing a new choral tune: “It’s All the Iraqis’ Fault.” It’s the 2006 version of the smash hit that topped the charts in January 1973, “Peace with Honor.” With even less honor.

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Close

… but no cigar. You don’t like to see this in the New York Times. From an otherwise excellent article on the definition of “civil war” and who gets to say whether there is one in Iraq: Large swaths of Iraq have little violence, but those areas are relatively homogenous and have few people. [emphasis […]

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Walden

Now that things have settled down a bit, I thought I’d post a few photos from our recent trip to Boston. We found time to poke around Concord and, specifically, Walden Pond. Here’s Laura foraging for stones to bring back for friends (I got one from a different section of the shore—it sits on my […]

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20/20

Apropos Rummy’s departure, a pundit had this to say (among other things): Indeed, Rumsfeld’s dominance of the cabinet and the Bush administration may have guaranteed that America chose the entirely wrong paradigm for the past five years. Notwithstanding the spectacular violence of the Sept. 11 attacks, America might have done better had it not chosen […]

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Better

So far, so good. The House falls from the GOP’s grip. The Senate may end up with 49 Republicans. Fingers crossed for Jon Tester in Montana. Fingers crossed less tightly for Jim Webb in Virginia—it looks like he’s also headed for a recount, but his numbers look better than Tester’s. Also, he’s probably the most […]

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Epiphany

It is finally November 7, 2006. C’mon, America! Show the world we’re not as dumb as we look!

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Bleen

I have been holding my breath this past month, not wanting to jinx the long-overdue electoral retribution awaiting George W. Bush and his gang of miscreants. To kill time, I’ll write some more irrelevant garbage. Today it concerns my 1990 Volvo 240 DL. I used to be bothered by the fact that I couldn’t decide […]

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  • Proverbs for Paranoids, 3: If they can get you asking the wrong questions, they don't have to worry about answers.
    Gravity’s Rainbow

    ‘Is it about a bicycle?’ he asked.
    The Third Policeman