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|I Am Running for President
Why, you may well ask. Very good question. After all, I’m now actively leading that life one of the gurus from my seminary days, Joseph Campbell, described ...
|Lyrics in the Key of Life
Recently I had cause to once again quote my favorite Springsteen line: "But it’s a sad man, my friend, who’s livin’ in his own skin and can’t stand the company". I realized that there are a ...
|A Whiter Shade of White, Part II
Larry Coburn and Hugh Thompson, two members of three-man helicopter crew who received medals for rescuing Vietnamese civilians and reporting US Army atrocities at Mai Lai. (Glenn Andreotta, third ...
|You Just Don't Get It
In Julian Barnes' novel Sense of an Ending , there are two key women in the life of Tony Webster, the narrator, who at that critical late-life reflective stage offer him two possible epitaphs. ...
|The Greatest Story Ever Told
Sorry, Jesus, I know it's your season, but your birthday was just the sequel. Adam's story is humankind’s Godfather I . Think of it, in just about 2,000 Hemingwayesque words Genesis provides ...
Thank you, Heavenly Father, for the narcissism necessary to look upon this bounty of food spread out before us and believe it’s your blessing upon us while countless, faceless others go hungry. ...
|A Walk on the Wild Side
How about another 1000 unsolicited words on the video of the woman walking around New York City streets for 10 hours collecting catcalls for social research and community uplift? Do I really have ...
|V-O-T-E 4 R-E-S-P-E-C-T
…a Fox News reporter had ignited a social-media furor by mocking...“Beyoncé voters” — for the entertainer’s hit song “Single Ladies” — who depend on the government since they lack ...
|50 Shades of Nuance
The release of the movie trailer for Fifty Shades of of Grey puts me in want of a spanking, and with that I commence another diary... Chrissie Hynde, one of the foremost female rock ‘n rollers ...
|Noblesse Oblige? Merci beaucoup!
Some say doubling down; I say potato. It’s appropriate, I guess, that the expression noblesse oblige should be resurrected in my mind by a man immodestly known as King James. When I read ...
|A Straight White Man's Mea Culpa
I spent much of my youth reciting this prayer on a fairly regular basis: I confess to almighty God and to you, my brothers and sisters,* that I have greatly sinned in my thoughts and in my words,
|The War Against Straight White Men
Gregory Peck as Atticus Finch in To Kill a Mockingbord Before I find myself having to clean the spittle of outrage off my monitor, let me quickly say that I use the expression “war on straight ...
|The 11th Commandment
Sorry, Ronald Reagan, it was not “Thou shalt not speak ill of another Republican,” though people who believe in their hearts that God is a Republican may think otherwise. The 11th commandment was�
"We're not having much this Christmas, but at least we have our health." I don't know for sure if my mom was the first ever to utter those words, but she certainly repeated them enough to claim ...
|Pope Goes After the Weasels
The first Pope in my lifetime was Pius XII, a man whose picture could be used in the dictionary to illustrate the word “austere” (also, perhaps, could be used to illustrate the adverse effects ...
|What I Won't Be Giving Thanks For
Due to recent exposure to the transmogrifying work methodology known as lean , I feel compelled to eliminate the waste from my list of things to be grateful for this Thanksgiving. So by implementing ...
|The Big Gooey Center
My comrades on the bleeding heart left have been having conniption fits about the results of a comprehensive, bipartisan poll conducted for Esquire magazine and NBC News that defines what it calls ...
|Republicans Breaking Bad
Whether the creators of Breaking Bad intended Walter White to be a portrait of the mental condition known to the therapeutic community as narcissistic personality disorder (NPD), I do not know. In ...
|Workers of the World...etc.
Labor Day weekend is now upon us. Establishment of the holiday was an olive branch the US extended in 1894 to honor American workers after the government’s brutal crackdown on the Pullman strikers.
|My Damn Three Sons
Let me indulge in a little role-playing here. I’m Fred McMurray (aka Steve Douglas). I have three sons—Mike, Robbie, and Chip. They’re a handful. Last spring I had to go to the East Coast on ...
|It's Gotta Good Beat and You Can Weep to It
Once in another lifetime, one of toil and blood… Stop the music! It wasn’t that bad. In fact I had the sweet pleasure back then of teaching three high school courses based on lyrics of rock ‘...
|A Lenten Message for Certain Liberals
One of the more positive episodes in modern history was the South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission of the 1990s where blacks and whites from both sides of the apartheid divide stepped ...
|The Anger Gap
Some years ago when grandchildren first reared their darling little heads in my life, I started to wonder what would become of such children who were nurtured in a loving, pacifying environment as ...
|Recipe for Thanksgiving Tranquility
To the very long list of reasons we have to give thanks that the election of 2012 has mercifully concluded we can add the holiday that’s coming up, which has become famous for throwing together ...
|Mitt's Game Changer
In the recent film, Perfect Sense , imperfect lovers Susan and Michael, played by Eva Green and Ewan McGregor, play a game she calls "Make Me Special." The object of the game, she explains, is to ...
|Mom vs. City Hall
Spoke to Mom on Wednesday as usual. She’s 85 and lives in senior housing in Springfield, Mass. We usually talk politics, and since she gets her news from CSPAN and MSNBC our conversations are ...
|Randy Paul Ryan Needs a Woody
With the recent addition of Paul Ryan as Mitt Romney’s running mate, attention has pivoted from the default Republican Party position of trumpeting its toughness to the odd spectacle of the Party ...
I was very much taken this week by the story out of Moscow about the all-girl punk band Pussy Riot going on trial for hooliganism. The pretense of the prosecution is that in storming the altar of ...
|No New is Good News
Charles Pierce is the bag of chips of bloggers in that I can’t eat just one of his palate partying posts without wanting more. And Charlie’s prolific. Some days he’ll run off half-a-dozen well-...
|Of Bloggers, Bards, Boomers...Ka-Boom!
October marks the 50th anniversary of the Cuban missile crisis, and to celebrate a generation’s escape from nuclear annihilation here comes The Virgin Missile Crisis , my comic novel that revisits ...
|A Prayer for Dick Cheney (What Are They Thinking? Part II)
The recent mania over the Mega Lottery reminded me of this comedy bit (I paraphrase) Moe: I’ve gotta buy a lottery ticket this week. The jackpot’s up to $637 million. Joe: What was it last week? ...
|Lonesome Death of Trayvon Martin
(with apologies to Bob Dylan) George M. Zimmerman killed poor Trayvon Martin With a gun that he twirled around his fat trigger finger On a Florida street in broad fucking daylight And the cops were ...
|The Bugs Bunny Contract with America
A few weeks ago I suggested that Democrats act less like the scared rabbits they've been since about the day Jimmy Carter was actually scared by a rabbit, and become more like the one rabbit who ...
|What's Up, Doc?
Deception is the great white shark of human ethical dilemmas. It’s a compelling, scary, and misunderstood force of human nature. Though, ironically, the great white may be one of Mother nature's ...
|Capriccio's Desert Island Ditties
This past week I played that old desert island game with some friends. You know how it goes, like “what 10 albums would you take with you to a desert island” (you can tell the demographic of the ...
|Is There No Success Like Failure?
I don’t use the word fatuous often when referring to the lyrics of the poet Laureate of The Nobby Works , ...
|Heroes as Villains
Two of my heroes are in the spotlight these days. Dylan is there because Amnesty International is celebrating 50 years of doing some damned good in this ...
|Hitchens in Heaven--A Dispatch
I’m awake. The pain is gone. I can breathe freely again. But I don’t have to. My body seems imbued with oxygen. Or opium. Something very blissful. A figure is approaching. Floating in on what ...
|Reflections on a Resolution
It was exactly a year ago that I made my New Year’s resolution for 2011 to stop teasing myself about writing a ...
|A Child's Christmas Bewailed
I was introduced to A Child’s Christmas in Wales , Dylan Thomas’s nostalgia-rich reflection on what we now euphemistically refer to as “the holidays,” by my Jewish roommate in college.
I’ve blogged in the past about Wife Lorna’s magical effect on the fortunes of my team , the New ...
|Who Ya Gonna Thank?
Thanksgiving marks the opening of Saying Grace Season , and our custom is to play by Major League Baseball rules as ...
|I Was a Child
Ever since I chased a pickpocket in Paris to a quickly departing train two months ago, I’ve been wondering what ...
As of the first of this month, citizens of Wisconsin maintain second amendment rights to bear arms in their statehouse. But they do not maintain first amendment rights to express themselves with ...
|Book of Jobs
From excerpts and interviews I’m gathering that Walter Isaacson has managed to turn out a biography equal to his subject in Steve Jobs. I love the fact that Isaacson reports that Dylan was the ...
|Yankee Doodle Turkeys
I know there’s probably a pithy patriotic statement from Jefferson or Lincoln or Arthur Schlesinger Jr. for me to pivot off here, but in sympathy with vacation minds this holiday I’ll keep it ...
|Ironies in Blossom
"The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance" contains one of the great movie lines: “This is the West, sir. When the legend becomes fact, print the legend.” I love that line even though it stands a core ...
|The Wicked Messenger, Redux
Bob Dylan turns 70 tomorrow. I recently found myself pondering the more important factor in life, time or space. Dylan's birthday has helped clarify the question for me. They’ve seen Dylan in ...
|"I am you as you are me," etc.
Within days of the dramatic killing of Osama bin Laden, the nation was back to its default position—bickering: Was the killing legal? Did torture make it possible? Should George W. Bush get as ...
|One Flew Over the Crucifix
Contrary to what Roger Rosenblatt famously wrote in Time magazine after 9/11, irony is not dead; in fact it’s never been more abundant. And one of the most peculiar manifestations of it is the way ...
|Who Do YOU Want to Send Away
With George W. Bush rearing his ugly little head again on the public airwaves, I realize that sometimes it's not so much who we add to the mix that matters so much as who we subtract from the mix. ...
|With apologies to MLK
I say to you today, my friends, that in spite of the difficulties and frustrations of the moment, I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream. I have a dream that one ...
|The Man on the White Horse
A Political Play in One Act Time: Morning in America, Take II, January 20, 2011 Place: A Day’s Inn just outside Washington, DC Four prominent Progressive Bloggers occupy a room with the ...
|The Limbaugh Line
The National Football League now seems to have its equivalent of baseball's Mendoza Line. For the uninitiated, a major league baseball player's level of competence is deemed to have reached bottom ...
|Let's Be Harry Smith
This may have been a moment that passed by Media Matters' attention during the Kennedy funeral mass coverage this morning because they may have thought the media would be on their best behavior. But ...
|Medicare for All
Just watched a fascinating health care discussion with the always astute Lawrence O'Donnell on Hardball. He told Haynes Johnson and Jacob Hacker that after 24 frustrating meetings of the finance ...
|Happy B'day, Barack
Born down in Hawaiian town The first step I took was on Pearl Harbor ground You end up like an eagle that’s seen too much Wanna spend all your life just fixin’ it up Born in the U.S.A. ...
|We Are All Iranians Now Poll
Che, Fidel, Lenin, Trotsky, Tom Paine, Jefferson, Washington, Robespierre, Marat, Mel Gibson...we all have an image of what it takes to make a revolutionary personality. Who among us has the cojones ...
|Wingnut Wet Dreams
It’s true, they still have three more days to find that ever elusive “game changer,” and this morning’s Bush-assisted revelation about the possibly illegal terrorist ...
I recall singing a slightly different version of this during our anti-Vietnam war marches in the 60s. Seems like the perfect time for a revival. Maybe they could get Bruce to sing it during the TV ...
|The Debate: Apocalypse Now
Kurtz: Did they say why, Willard, why they want to terminate my command? Willard: I was sent on a classified mission, sir. Kurtz: It's no longer classified, is it? Did they tell you? ...
|John McCain is a Prisoner...
The coach of my very successful football team believes that you win by taking away your opponent’s greatest strength. His is the football equivalent of the Rove philosophy of running against ...
|Where Have You Gone, John McCain?
(If I were Barack Obama, I would approve this ad.) Senator McCain, from the beginning of this campaign we have made a point of honoring your service to this country. We have done so for two ...
First, full disclosure: I was raised as Catholic boy and spent four years in a seminary where I earned my masters in religion. Still, if I were running for president of these United States in this ...
|How Hillary Wins by Losing
The math has been clear on this for weeks. Hillary cannot win the Democratic nomination. The incessant chatter over the possibility that she will win is nothing more than content for TV and ...
Ever since the South Carolina primary, race has been hovering over the Democrats like Poe’s Raven, cawing “Evermore.” It has become especially an unnerving sound this past week ...
|Analyze This, Halperin
"These people guide the way citizens perceive politics even if the citizens don't know it. It's hard for me to see how anything can truly change until this is dealt with." Digby 2/27/08 As Digby ...
|Running it Up
In case you haven't heard, there will be a very big professional football game this weekend, which some, such as Iraq War Chorus Soloist Gregg Easterbrook, are framing as yet another battle of Good ...
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|Fourth of July Ceasefire||Capriccio||05/08/2006||-||-||1||1|
|V for Violence||Capriccio||03/19/2006||13||16||1||-|
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