culture, politics, commentary, criticism

Tuesday, November 30, 2004
Infantile America. One of my wife's pet bugaboos is the wildly overzealous demand for child safety. "How we did we manage to get to adulthood without baby monitors and bike helmets and safety seats with extra-large cupholders?" What she sees is a healthy impulse for child well-being that has tipped over into a grotesque, market-driven coddling that encourages the passivity and obesity of youth.

My own variation on this theme is disdain for what people claim as intellectual safety for children. Here's a letter that appears in the November 29, 2004, edition of The New Yorker (not online):
The photograph of the naked ACT UP members in Richard Avedon's photoessay was one of the last works by a great master of photography (Portfolio, November 1). But that doesn't justify your decision to print it in a mass-circulation magazine that children can see in school libraries and medical offices and on their parents' coffee tables. Conservative readers look forward to your thoughtful editorial content, only to be offended by such "art." As the Election Night mandates clearly showed, conservative values are still alive and well in America. The inclusion of the photograph illustrates how out of touch you are with the values of many of your readers.

Frank Laird
San Diego, California
In response, let's skip the "mandate" rhetoric and get right to the issue of the naked people.

The New Yorker is, in the best senses of both words, an adult magazine. That means it covers the widest range of subjects of interest to the adult mind as unpredictably as the unfolding of current and cultural events. Unlike Hustler Magazine, or Cat Fancy for that matter, where you pretty much know what you're getting into when you pick it up, The New Yorker is the kind of thing you want to read when you don't know what you want to read. This requires a level of intellectual openness of which Frank Laird is evidently incapable, because he wants to make the world safe for hypothetical children in doctors' offices.

Here's a tip, Frank: try a different magazine. Why should the discourse of American adults stoop to your perception of what the lowest common denominator ought to be? Surely within the vast sea of periodicals in this country there must be at least a thousand magazines that meet your standards. Why must this one, a continent's distance away from you, adhere to your "values"?

I was in southern California recently, in Orange County near where you live, and as far as I could tell the emphasis was on real estate development, automotive culture, shopping, and a bland, narcissistic athleticism that may be more in line with your vision of what constitutes a worthy publication. Why not start your own magazine, Frank? Call it, I don't know, how about The San Diegan, and let it be as docile and imbecilic and you and your children. Leave The New Yorker and its nudity to us — we can handle it. After all, we're adults.

The problem with the Frank Lairds of the world is, like unwelcome guests, they don't know when to join the conversation and when to shut up. Frank's complaints about nudity reveal a complete lack of worldliness in the most political sense of the word.

We don't remember hearing any howls of outrage from your anti-nudity faction, Frank, when The New Yorker first showed the world the photographs of the abuses at
Abu Ghraib. And that's why we're not listening to your threadbare sanctimony now.

UPDATE: Here's the controversial Avedon photo, courtesy of Fans of the New Yorker Livejournal.
Wednesday, November 24, 2004
When do we get to tear down his statue? Clear Channel is actively transforming George W Bush into Saddam Hussein, thanks to giant public displays of the face of the "leader," according to
Blue Lemur.

Wake up, municipalities! This one's simple. Outlaw any unpaid outdoor political advertising originating with the advertising distributor. Or just ban billboards outright. That's what rich communities do!

You gave Clear Channel this pulpit, and you can take it away.
Happy Thanksgiving! Prediction: Dubya won't be flying around the world with his Halliburton turkey
this year:
FALLUJAH, Iraq -- The first time Jose Ramirez saw a human body ripped apart by a rocket, it took hours for him to regain his composure. Nothing in his training as a Navy medical corpsman had prepared him for the sight of the dead Marine brought in September to the military field hospital outside Fallujah.

"I walked around in shock," said Ramirez, 26, of San Antonio, a Navy petty officer third class attached to Bravo Surgical Company. "I've seen people die before on the emergency room table. But what I was trying not to do, what I was trained not to do, is look at the patient with tunnel vision. It reminded me that I had to get prepared."

Two months later, when the first wounded American and Iraqi troops arrived at the hospital after storming Fallujah, Ramirez had braced for the worst.

"It doesn't hit me when I'm working on a patient. But after we're cleaning up, and I see the blood on the floor or I see someone bagging a piece of arm or leg, I know it's going to be in my mind for the rest of my life," Ramirez said.

Fifty-one U.S. troops have been killed and 425 wounded since the ground assault on this insurgent stronghold began on Nov. 8.
Happy Thanksgiving to our troops, from everyone in the Bush administration, Republican congressional leaders, Halliburton, Antonin Scalia, and those 31 Red States!
Tuesday, November 23, 2004
Hey Darleen! Two questions for your superiors: (1) Why does Dragon Lady Darleen Druyun get off with such a light sentence relative to
Martha Stewart? And (2), will you take Bush officials Air Force Secretary James Roche, Robin Cleveland, associate director at the Office of Management and Budget, and Air Force Assistant Secretary for Acquisitions, Marvin Sambur, down with you?

(And a big shout-out to our many friends and visitors from Lockheed Martin, who are obviously looking to spin this story to their advantage.)
Bush the murderer. It's odd that when a kid wears a t-shirt comparing Bush to a terrorist he gets in big trouble, but when Fred Barnes compares Bush to an insurgent, he gets published in the
Wall Street Journal:
The scheming in Washington as President Bush prepares for his second term is easily explained. It's the insurgents versus the Washington establishment, and the insurgents are winning.

Mr. Bush finds himself in the unusual position -- for a president, anyway -- as leader of the insurgents. Unlike other presidents who came to Washington with bold plans, Mr. Bush has not been housebroken by establishment forces. Even Ronald Reagan made peace with Washington. Mr. Bush hasn't. He wants to impose a breathtakingly conservative agenda in his second term, one that has prompted cries of protest from establishment figures like David Gergen, aide to four presidents, and the voice of the Beltway, the Washington Post.


If Mr. Bush is anxious his insurgency might fail, he hasn't let on. On the contrary, he exudes confidence that, despite the establishment, he'll succeed in his second term. Mr. Bush did make one bow to the establishment last week. He showed up in a tuxedo at the British embassy for a party honoring Ms. Rice. "One tux a term," a White House official said. "That's our idea of outreach to the Washington community."
The title of the article is "Bush the Insurgent." As far as cute pundit metaphors are concerned, Barnes laid a big rotten egg.

Is this the way conservatives support our troops — by comparing their commander-in-chief favorably to their enemy?
Monday, November 22, 2004
The devil inside. Christian shorts are in a bunch, not only because of the lewdness of Western society, but also because of the
right-wing purveyor of all that juicy lewdness:
Conservative Christian groups across the country are protesting a film about the life of sex researcher Alfred C. Kinsey, calling it a Hollywood whitewash of the man they hold largely responsible for the sexual revolution and a panoply of related ills, from high divorce rates to AIDS and child abuse.


"For those who think of people of faith as poor, uneducated and easy to command, I'm sure it would be amusing to see people praying outside of theaters," said Focus on the Family* spokeswoman Kristi Hamrick. "But we want to have a serious intellectual conversation about who Kinsey was and what he did."


[Robert] Knight [director of the conservative Culture and Family Institute in Washington] acknowledged, however, that some opponents of the Kinsey film may be reluctant to try to punish its distributor, Fox Searchlight, owned by conservative media mogul Rupert Murdoch.

"Fox has a schizophrenic personality. Conservatives appreciate Fox news channel for bringing balance, but the Fox entertainment network, on the other hand, has clearly been the leader in driving TV into the sewer with its non-stop sexual emphasis," he said.
Fox isn't the only one with the schizophrenic personality. If Christians consider Murdoch's combination of pro-Bush messaging for political power and pro-sex messaging for commercial power to be "balance," then they will have even more difficulty with the word "integrity."

If you want to "have a serious intellectual conversation about who Kinsey was and what he did," consider speaking with someone other than these folks.

*"Focus on the Family, the Colorado-based broadcasting empire of psychologist James Dobson, has been working for nearly two years -- ever since it learned that director Bill Condon was planning to make the film -- to enlist scholars outside the evangelical Christian community to help 'debunk' Kinsey's research, Hamrick said."
Friday, November 19, 2004
Republicans want to apply their mania for secrecy to the origins of
what you eat.
Images of the
anti-Bush protest in Santiago.
me-first president.
Malarial madness. In the post-Vioxx age of pharmaceutical industry and FDA mistrust, perhaps we should take a harder look at
Chinese herbal medicines that are actually effective against malaria, in contrast with the officially sanctioned drug Lariam, which is notable for its role in a string of murder-suicides among military personnel and their families.

All drugs have a risk-benefit profile, but if the risk is murder-suicide, it more than defeats the therapeutic purpose of the drug, wouldn't you say?

Unless of course the therapeutic purpose of Lariam is just an illusion overshadowed by the profit motive of those who enforce its use by the troops. Pushing a profitable drug over an effective drug makes loads of sense to those making the profit.

And it's timely too: profitability over reality is the same hidden motivation that appears behind lots of catastrophic decisions nowadays.
Thursday, November 18, 2004
From UC Berkeley: "The
study shows an unexplained discrepancy between votes for President Bush in [Florida] counties where electronic voting machines were used versus counties using traditional voting methods. Discrepancies this large or larger rarely arise by chance -- the probability is less than 0.1 percent."

Via American Samizdat.
"Who killed Margaret Hassan?" asks Robert Fisk. After all, her death means more to those who feel they must prove they are fighting "evil" than to those who are the supposedly evil ones.
Is Jesus anti-environment? You can expect a certain amount of handwringing over abortion or gay rights from politicized Christians. But environmentalism? How does that fit in? Forget procreation for the moment — isn't Creation a great enough thing to want to protect?

Theocracy Watch:
Do you know these people?

United States Senate Republican Leadership

Bill Frist, TN
Mitch McConnell, KY
Rick Santorum, PA
Bob Bennet, UT
Kay Bailey Hutchinson, TX
Jon Kyl, AZ
George Allen, VA
They are the seven highest ranking Republican Senators in the U.S. Senate.

Every one of them received a scorecard of 100% from Christian Coalition. That means they voted with Christian Coalition 100% of the time.

They all received scores of 0 to 8% from the League of Conservation Voters -- a consortium of environmental groups.
This is the part I don't understand — why does Christianity presume anti-environmentalism?
Wednesday, November 17, 2004
Drinking liberally. Now you can wash your democratic sorrows down in
more cities.

The Chicago location for Drinking Liberally is the Red Lion Pub, but did you know it's haunted?
A gay Republican is like a Jewish Nazi... pathologically conflicted at best. Take a look at this article on GOP's Ken Mehlman and the terrific commenting going on at
Blue Lemur.
Tuesday, November 16, 2004
How to steal $50,000 from a widow. I wrote about Wells Real Estate, a crypto-Christian real estate investment trust company
before: "Leo Wells, a huckster who characterizes America's faith-based elite, oversees one of the largest real estate portfolios in America, yet has never fully repaid investors in any of his funds over the last 20 years."

For most of us, white-collar crime in the name of Jesus Christ is just an abstraction, a few lines unceremoniously noted in the Wall Street Journal or Forbes, until you receive (as I did) the following email from a woman named Sandy Tucker who gave me permission to share it with you:
This is my story…

I was widowed in 1984 and my accountant/financial planner invested $50,000 into Wells Real Estate Fund I as a B Investor. According to Wells Real Estate personnel, today my $50,000 is not worth a cent.

For many years, I communicated with Mr. Wells, both verbally and in writing, to determine what the outcome of my investment might be, but the lies always overshadowed any honesty, and therefore I never knew the real truth of my Fund I investment as a “B” investor.

During these past 20 years, I never received one cent of return on my money. I truly believe that he thought his investors would die before he had to answer to them, and I am sure that many have.

I will be 61 years old in November and still hanging in there, working two jobs to make a living, and fighting to the end to bring resolve to this situation before I die.
Fifty thousand dollars may not mean much to Leo Wells, or Ken Lay, or Neil Bush, or any of those who have profited handsomely from the Christianization of American politics, but it means an enormous sum of money to one 61-year-old Christian widow.

In her lengthy email, Ms. Tucker also included detailed descriptions of Wells's funny business with prospectuses as well as the class action lawsuit that resulted. All to no effect. Her money is all gone, and the "Christian" businessman who has yet to be publicly disgraced (let alone prosecuted) for his actions has not answered for it.

But the heart of the matter is this, in her words: "Any man, whether an individual or a business owner, who professes to be a Christian and puts God in control would never do to anyone, including widows, what he has done to me and hundreds of other investors."

For twenty years she has borne this burden alone.

Investing and religion are a difficult mix at best, partially because the timeframes are at odds. Ms. Tucker brought up the Wellsian concept of an investment afterlife, which of course does not exist: "I truly believe that [Leo Wells] thought his investors would die before he had to answer to them, and I am sure that many have." Bad investments like those held by Leo Wells's investors are the real "death tax."

The ultimate problem with government and business leaders invoking the name of Jesus Christ, as Leo Wells and George W. Bush do with great regularity, is that unsuspecting Christian voters and investors assume that their beliefs are shared. This assumption is a fatal mistake.

Although I am not a Christian, I do know of at least one Commandment that bears repeating: "Thou shalt not steal." But American faith-based elites are more concerned with publicly displaying the Ten Commandments than with actually following them.

Unfortunately, for all Americans who are also Christians as well as for the rest of us, expecting justice from self-anointed dispensers of "morality" is too much to ask.

If there is indeed an afterlife, Leo Wells will burn in it.

If you want to go after white-collar crime carried out by hypocrites, you need to find someone who has already been successful in such investigations. Some like John Kerry.
Farewell, morality. When there is more public outrage over
a soldier photographed smoking a cigarette than there is over a Marine shooting a wounded Iraqi in the head (in a mosque, no less), you know that morality has left American soil, flying away on the Orwellian wings of corporate media and their master manipulators.
Monday, November 15, 2004
Thank you, Red States.
Fallujah in Pictures.
Darleen Druyun, enemy of taxpayers. For those of you seeking more information about Boeing's double-dealing ex-Air Force procurement officer, start with
today's Washington Post, which contains a photo of Dragon Lady that I had not seen before, as well as invaluable Skimble coverage from the past year (1, 2, 3, 4, 5 — this last one is the hilarious story of Michael Sears, Boeing's disgraced CFO, having written a business self-help book called Soaring through Turbulence).

Darleen Druyun never showed the taxpayers who employed her anything like appreciation, let alone love. Maybe we can get Druyun's priest brother Edward Lofton to help pray for return of the billions of tax dollars squandered by his sister and her daughter Heather. After all, he gives radio lectures on what "love" is.
Let Visa and MasterCard handle the vote. Somehow, no matter where I am in the country (or the world, for that matter), Visa and MasterCard know that I and not someone else "voted" for a sweatshirt at Target, or gasoline on I-80, or a chair at Ikea.

Barring outright identity theft, for which there is more recourse, why do we not worry about the authenticity of these trivial financial transactions but are collectively unsure about our civic transactions?

Shouldn't the
38 soldiers who have died in the curiously-timed offensive in Falluja since Election Day say something about the importance of our civic transactions as voters?
Friday, November 12, 2004
"American zygotes are worth more than Iraqi children." That's the Bush platform in a nutshell, according to my wife.
Thursday, November 11, 2004
What I hate. As a Blue Stater, I am sick of being told how negative I am and that I hate Christians, or the American South, or heartland states, or gun owners, or people less educated than me, or families, or rural culture.

I don't hate any of that.

I hate incompetence. I hate unchecked greed. I hate secrecy in public institutions. I hate discrimination. I hate the distortion of public discourse by giving common words coded meanings. I hate coercion. I hate disproportionality in prosecution and sentencing. I hate the theft of public property for private gain. I hate having my privacy violated, especially in medical and financial matters. I hate that members of this administration avoided military service but abuse veterans and send soldiers and reservists to their deaths — and still pretend to recognize Veterans Day.

All of these things reduce the choices available to our citizens. All of these things contradict compassion. All of these things reduce freedom. The bullshit versions of compassion and freedom exclude the real things from our lives.

That's what I hate.
Tuesday, November 09, 2004
Pig-terrorist-devil wants his trial moved. What? No justice in his
home state?
Former Enron CEO Jeff Skilling wants his trial moved out of Houston because one-third of area residents polled associated his name with negatives like "pig," "snake," "economic terrorist" and the "financial equivalent of an ax murderer."


Skilling's co-defendants — ex-Chairman Ken Lay and former chief accounting officer Rick Causey — joined in the request. It argues there is pervasive anti-Enron prejudice in the Houston area, in part because of the stake this community had in Enron's fortunes and in part because of prejudicial publicity.

The filings showed that 31.8 percent of Houston area survey respondents used negative descriptions when asked about Skilling. That was about three times the percentage of people in Atlanta, Denver and Phoenix who came up with negative responses when asked about Skilling.

"He is the devil," said one Houston-area respondent.

"Jeff Skilling is an arrogant, conniving, pompous, brilliant crook," said another Texan surveyed by Philip K. Anthony's DecisionQuest firm.
There was also this amazing coincidence: "The filings showed that 31.8 percent of Houston area survey respondents used negative descriptions when asked about Skilling" and "...Houston-area respondents were at least twice as likely to know someone who has been harmed by Enron's fall. About 33 percent of the Houston respondents knew someone affected."

Could there be a correlation? Does personal knowledge of victims have anything to do with the public's perception of culpability?

And what's wrong with the other non-negative 68 percent? Why aren't they paying attention to their neighbors' misfortunes?
The lingering aromas of Ohio and Florida. Keith Olbermann of MSNBC takes a good, long look at
voting irregularities:
...52 counties tallied their votes using paper ballots that were then optically scanned by machines produced by Diebold, Sequoia, or Election Systems and Software. 29 of those Florida counties had large Democratic majorities among registered voters (as high a ratio as Liberty County— Bristol, Florida and environs— where it’s 88 percent Democrats, 8 percent Republicans) but produced landslides for President Bush. On Countdown, we cited the five biggest surprises (Liberty ended Bush: 1,927; Kerry: 1,070), but did not mention the other 24.

Those protesting e-mailers pointed out that four of the five counties we mentioned also went for Bush in 2000, and were in Florida’s panhandle or near the Georgia border. Many of them have long “Dixiecrat” histories and the swing to Bush, while remarkably large, isn’t of itself suggestive of voting fraud.

That the other 24 counties were scattered across the state, and that they had nothing in common except the optical scanning method, I didn’t mention. My bad. I used the most eye-popping numbers, and should have used a better regional mix instead.

Interestingly, none of the complaining emailers took issue with the remarkable results out of Cuyahoga County, Ohio. In 29 precincts there, the County’s website shows, we had the most unexpected results in years: more votes than voters.

I’ll repeat that: more votes than voters. 93,000 more votes than voters.


Talk about successful get-out-the-vote campaigns! What a triumph for democracy in Fairview Park, twelve miles west of downtown Cleveland. Only 13,342 registered voters there, but they cast 18,472 votes.
None of this passes the smell test.
Friday, November 05, 2004
Progress is born of agitation. "Do you know, my friends, it is so easy to agree with the ignorant majority. It is so easy to make the people applaud an empty platitude. It takes some courage to face that beast called the Majority, and tell him the truth to his teeth! Some men do so and accept the consequences of their acts as becomes men, and they live in history - every one of them. I have said so often, and I wish to repeat it on this occasion, that mankind have always crowned their oppressors, and they have as uniformity crucified their saviors." [10]

"Progress is born of agitation. It is agitation or stagnation. I have taken my choice." [43]

"All of the slave catchers and holders, all of the oppressors of man, all of the enemies of the human race, all of the rulers of Siberia, where a large part of this earth's surface has been transformed into a hell — all have spoken in the name of the Great God and in the name of the Holy Bible." [54]

Eugene Debs, "The Issue,"
23 May 1908

Via wood s lot.
Thursday, November 04, 2004
The five percent solution. "EVERY STATE that has EVoting but no paper trails has an unexplained advantage for Bush of around +5% when comparing exit polls to actual results." On the other hand, "In EVERY STATE that has paper audit trails on their EVoting, the exit poll results match the actual results reported within the margin of error." As quoted in

No paper trail equals no legitimacy. I'm beginning to think Ohio wasn't the new Florida: Florida was the new Florida.
Bye bye money. When "more of the same" means "more pain" (
In the next four years, drug makers, health-care companies and financial-service concerns expect to benefit from Bush efforts to rein in legal costs and extend dividend and capital-gains tax cuts. Wall Street companies are looking for a flood of new investment if Mr. Bush succeeds in opening the Social Security system to privately owned accounts. Fast-food chains are less worried about a higher minimum wage and auto makers about tighter fuel-economy standards -- both areas where a Kerry administration planned to make changes.

Many industries invested heavily in the Bush campaign as much to avert a victory by Sen. John Kerry as to help ensure four more years for Mr. Bush. Health-care and drug companies contributed $26 million to Mr. Bush and the Republican Party, knowing the Massachusetts Democrat planned to have the federal government bargain directly with drug makers on Medicare prices and allow drug imports from Canada.

While Congressional Democrats will probably continue their push for such measures, Mr. Bush's victory, along with Republican gains in the House and Senate, greatly diminish the Democrats' chances. Another Kerry proposal, to change the way pharmacy-benefit managers do business, seems unlikely to go forward.

The election news pushed shares up, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average posting a gain of 101.32, or 1%. Drug, oil and defense stocks -- all anticipated beneficiaries in a second Bush term -- posted sharp gains.
In other words: Your retirement money will mysteriously vanish when CEOs like Enron's Ken Lay decide they'd rather tank the stock and invest in Aspen real estate. Your paycheck will not even remotely keep up with the cost of oil and natural gas. Your expensive-to-fuel car will pollute more. Your medicines and health care — when you can get them at all — will be dramatically more costly.

Health care and drug companies paid only $26 million to loot billions from consumers and the US Treasury. The Bush administration is truly the bargain of the millennium — if you're a big business.
Bewildered at Ground Zero. I am a New Yorker not by geography but by
sympathy. The people at the receiving end of 9-11-01 voted four-to-one against the candidate that exploited the deaths of their neighbors and friends and family members in order to provoke the needless deaths of soldiers' neighbors and friends and family members.

And the pundits continue not to challenge the Republican abuse of the word "values," as if there were no other definition of what it really means.
Red counties are thirsty counties. Notice on
this map how the Kerry people cluster around the coasts, the Great Lakes, and the Mississippi River.

The Wal-Mart theocrats will be coming for our water soon enough.
Wednesday, November 03, 2004
"The problem is that there are more of those who don't know what Bush has actually been doing than there are of 'us' who pay attention to what's going on."
Avedon Carol
Tuesday, November 02, 2004
Four more hours!

Greatest Hits · Alternatives to First Command Financial Planning · First Command, last resort, Part 3 · Part 2 · Part 1 · Stealing $50K from a widow: Wells Real Estate · Leo Wells, REITs and divine wealth · Sex-crazed Red State teenagers · What I hate: a manifesto · Spawn of Darleen Druyun · All-American high school sex party · Why is Ken Lay smiling? · Poppy's Enron birthday party · The Saudi money laundry and the president's uncle · The sentence of Enron's John Forney · The holiness of Neil Bush's marriage · The Silence of Cheney: a poem · South Park Christians · Capitalist against Bush: Warren Buffett · Fastow childen vs. Enron children · Give your prescription money to your old boss · Neil Bush, hard-working matchmaker · Republicans against fetuses and pregnant women · Emboldened Ken Lay · Faith-based jails · Please die for me so I can skip your funeral · A brief illustrated history of the Republican Party · Nancy Victory · Soldiers become accountants · Beware the Merrill Lynch mob · Darleen Druyun's $5.7 billion surprise · First responder funding · Hoovering the country · First Command fifty percent load · Ken Lay and the Atkins diet · Halliburton WMD · Leave no CEO behind · August in Crawford · Elaine Pagels · Profitable slave labor at Halliburton · Tom Hanks + Mujahideen · Sharon & Neilsie Bush · One weekend a month, or eternity · Is the US pumping Iraqi oil to Kuwait? · Cheney's war · Seth Glickenhaus: Capitalist against Bush · Martha's blow job · Mark Belnick: Tyco Catholic nut · Cheney's deferred Halliburton compensation · Jeb sucks sugar cane · Poindexter & LifeLog · American Family Association panic · Riley Bechtel and the crony economy · The Book of Sharon (Bush) · The Art of Enron · Plunder convention · Waiting in Kuwait: Jay Garner · What's an Army private worth? · Barbara Bodine, Queen of Baghdad · Sneaky bastards at Halliburton · Golf course and barbecue military strategy · Enron at large · Recent astroturf · Cracker Chic 2 · No business like war business · Big Brother · Martha Stewart vs. Thomas White · Roger Kimball, disappointed Republican poetry fan · Cheney, Lay, Afghanistan · Terry Lynn Barton, crimes of burning · Feasting at the Cheney trough · Who would Jesus indict? · Return of the Carlyle Group · Duct tape is for little people · GOP and bad medicine · Sears Tower vs Mt Rushmore · Scared Christians · Crooked playing field · John O'Neill: The man who knew · Back to the top

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