Monthly Archives: December 2009

The Worst Decade, Part 5: The Year 2004

It was the year we’d been waiting for, the year we’d finally get rid of the embarrassing buffoon we hadn’t really elected; the guy who walked with his hands stuck out to make himself look bigger; the guy who couldn’t … Continue reading

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The Worst Decade, Part 4: The Year 2003

It’s unbelievable, but you forget about these things. The space shuttle blowing up. SARS. The power blackout. And, of course… My most vivid memory from that terrible year: I’m sitting in a restaurant with my soon-to-be-former business partner. It’s March, … Continue reading

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The Worst Decade, Part 3: The Year 2002

The Iraqi regime has plotted to develop anthrax and nerve gas and nuclear weapons for over a decade. This is a regime that has already used poison gas to murder thousands of its own citizens, leaving the bodies of mothers … Continue reading

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The Worst Decade, Part 2: The Year 2001

We were like stuffed geese that year, fat and unhappy with right wing values, environmental destruction, and massive tax cuts forced down our throats. Little did we know how much worse things could get. Little did we know that the … Continue reading

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The Worst Decade, Part 1: The Year 2000

I started this blog on January 6 of this waning year, a good day to begin if you’ve just had an epiphany about starting a blog. In ten days we’ll be back around there again, and I can write something … Continue reading

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Jasper Schuringa is about to get a lot more friends

He heard a popping sound, saw flames, and somehow knew he needed to throw himself across the aisle and tackle the guy. He pulled the burning thing from in between the guy’s legs and extinguished it with his hands, pulled … Continue reading

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Christus Sol Invictus

We always knew some people think in pictures, and others in words, and now we learn some people (who are probably really smart) think in “unsymbolized thinking,” though the example they give: “Should I have the ham sandwich or the … Continue reading

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Christmas Eve

There was a window halfway up the stairs, facing our driveway. On Christmas Eve I’d sit by that window, waiting for my father to get home so we could decorate the tree. One year we ran out of hooks. He … Continue reading

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Olly olly in free

And while we Democrats are arguing about whether or not to support the healthcare reform bill, and whether or not Obama is living up to his campaign promises, and whether or not his administration is continuing the executive privileges of … Continue reading

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Shut up, Jane

A long time ago there was a sweet little blog called firedoglake. Jane Hamsher started it; I think she called it that to conjure up the things that comfort her. Every day she’d have a picture, and go on to … Continue reading

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