Thursday, May 31, 2007

THE MOTOR CITY The Detroit run of LAPSES starts tonight. More here.

Friday, May 25, 2007


I'M WITH KRUGMAN To adopt a guest worker program is to court moral disaster.

And we've got plenty of moral disasters to deal with already.

Wednesday, May 23, 2007

THE RIGHT OF RETURN Chagos Islanders--displaced by the US base at Diego Garcia--win the right to go home in a British appeals court:
The families--ordered from the islands by the British government--packed the court of appeal to hear the ruling, which condemned government tactics preventing their return as unlawful and an abuse of power.

The court ruled that thousands of people who were tricked, starved and even terrorised from their homes could return immediately, with the decision likely to draw a line under what is widely seen as one of the most shameful episodes in British colonial history
The British secretly leased the island to the US in 1966.

Friday, May 18, 2007


THE RON PAUL PHENOMENON It's been fascinating to watch the anxious reception Rep. Ron Paul's (R-TX) candidacy has received from the Republican establishment. (Watch Paul in action here.)

The problem with Paul is that his very presence in the race draws attention to some ugly realities about the GOP in the Bush era: That the post-9/11 national security and foreign policy consensus among so-called conservatives is out of sync with the party's history; that it consists chiefly of vacuous bumper sticker phrases; and that its central tenets (e.g. "fight them over there so we don't have to fight them here") don't hold up under real scrutiny.

Paul didn't get the memo that Republicans are supposed to close their mouths and clap louder. And it appears that there may be a constituency in the party for someone who has the foreign policy views (extreme versions of them, admittedly) of a pre-9/11 Republican.

It could be an interesting few months.

(For even more on Paul, read this post from June, 2005.)

Friday, May 11, 2007

FRIDAY FUN A new feature.

Thursday, May 10, 2007

WHITE HOUSE INVOLVEMENT Except for a brief, incomplete reference in this article, a crucial moment in today's House Judiciary Committee hearing appears to have gone completely unnoticed.

Rep. Bobby Scott (D-VA) asked Attorney General Alberto Gonzales: "Did the White House ask you to seek the removal of any US Attorney?"

Gonzales responded with neither a denial nor a variation on "I do not recall." Instead, he provided a long-winded answer which included the phrase "it's conceivable that in those meeting there was some discussion about someone leaving..." before Scott (alas) cut him off.

This seems like a significant concession from Gonzales. For the first time, he appears to be granting that the White House may have been involved in the firing of US Attorneys. Which is a lawyerly way of going on the record with a hedge--in case evidence proving White House involvement emerges soon.

What am I missing?

Monday, May 07, 2007

DeLILLO DISSENT In the issue currently on newstands, New York Magazine publishes a "Guide to the Don DeLillo Oeuvre ".

In it, WHITE NOISE is filed under "classic" while the novella THE BODY ARTIST and the stage play THE DAY ROOM are both labelled "avoid."

Each of the latter works are challenging, but for what it's worth, I'd recommend them both. Dare I say that they're two of the more compelling works of fiction I've read during the last five years?

CONTRAPOSITIVE is edited by Dan Aibel. Dan's a playwright. He lives in New York City.