To read the discussions of Israel's retaliation against Hamas in Gaza is to experience something akin to the feeling one has on arriving late at a movie and trying to understand the sequence of events unfolding on screen. The film's been running for awhile, let's say, and a guy who needs a shave walks into a seedy bar, pulls a gun and shoots another guy sitting on a stool apparently minding his own business, who turns in the last instant to face his assailant and registers surprise at seeing him.
January 02, 2009
December 31, 2008
It is that time of year when columnists, pundits, movie critics and even bloggers tend to write "Best" lists for the preceding 12 months. This particular New Year's Eve we stand at the juncture of a truly great event, the End of the Bush Era in American Life. Perhaps then it is fitting to reflect on some of the singular accomplishments of the Bushian National Nightmare not only of this past year, but of the preceding seven as well.
December 30, 2008
As I begin writing this, Bush has 20 days and 9 hours left. While he has been preoccupied over the last month or so with environmental destruction of a truly deranged character (opening wilderness up to mining, for example, and Endangering Species already listed as Endangered Species under the Endangered Species Act), I suspect that the last 3 weeks or so are going to be devoted to business of a more personal nature. To wit, undertaking necessary measures to ensure his own freedom from incarceration over the balance of his life.