I still remember where I was when we first started bombing Baghdad in 2003--at some concert with some chilanga at the late, great Key Club in Los Angeles, still just a freelancer for this infernal rag. Everyone at the Weekly opposed the Iraq War, because we knew it was unjust, would accomplish nothi ... More >>
A couple months ago, I almost blogged something that claimed regional airline pilots earn an average of $14,000 a year. Believing that to be a typo--pilots are rolling in it, right?--I moved on to something more important, like Octomom boxing an East Coast skank.However, the nonprofit investigati ... More >>
I've been hesitant to write the final blog post in the festival because doing so would acknowledge that it's over. But all things must pass. And if you gotta go out, go out with a blowout: the closing night party concluded with a massive electricity blackout at the Lido and surrounding area. Since t ... More >>
One of the most gruesome episodes in the U.S. war on Iraq began calmly enough as two SUVs with darkened windows negotiated the dense traffic of downtown Fallujah. It was the morning of March 31, 2004, and the vehicles—each containing two American civilians guarding kitchen supplies for the U.S. mi ... More >>
While it can't be called a sign of progress, it is a sign that at least one familiar aspect of American life is taking hold in Iraq. According to Paul Kiel at TPMmucker.com,
Not long after Republicans harrassed tens of thousands of Americans with automated phone messages in November's election, new ... More >>
A little reading as we wait for the Baker-Hamilton Iraq Study Group to unveil a new and improved Iraq policy.
The Associated Press reports:
Baghdad's morgues are full.
With no space to store bodies, some victims of the sectarian slaughter are not being kept for relatives to claim, but photographed ... More >>
Moe's Tavern, Baghdad, would have been an safer outpost for our R. Scott Moxley than the Hyatt Irvine bar a coupla minutes ago. Approaching him like a man on a mission was none other than Congressman Dana Rohrabacher (R-Huntington Beach), and boy was he pissed--pissed as in "pissed off" and not (as ... More >>
With the first anniversary of the nightmarish devastation of the Mississippi Gulf Coast and New Orleans by Hurricance Katerina (with the assistance of the Bush administration) looming, and the major news media already gearing up for their fifth anniversary of 9/11 extravaganzas, the UK newspaper The ... More >>
Since Ronald Reagan turned it into a bloodsport, most journalists in this country are routinely assumed to carry a liberal media bias ("Guilty!"). One place you'll often see that bandied about is in the Orange County Register--not directed at its own fleet of word monkeys, oh no, no, no, but journos ... More >>
Bad news for our favorite unintentional radio comedian, Hugh Hewitt. According to the latest Arbitrends, the audience for the lawyer/pundit/Nixon fetishist/blogger/moralizer/George W. Bush worshiper/professional Vermont boycotter is shrinking right along with Bush and Cheney's approval ratings. Pre ... More >>