Category Archives: Great Recession

Terrible humans hire terrible humans


File this one under “It takes one to know one” : President Trump has named Mick Mulvaney, the director of the Office of Management and Budget, as acting White House chief of staff. In response to the announcement, Mulvaney tweeted: “This … Continue reading

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Britain’s PM seeks to ‘steady’ the Titanic


Here’s David Cameron using an unfortunate nautical metaphor to announce his resignation after a majority of Brits voted this week for the Brexit: I will do everything I can as Prime Minister to steady the ship over the coming weeks … Continue reading

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Friday the 13th begets Valentine’s Day


The early morning sun glared through leafless trees and into my shack, urging me to action. “Go out and slay dragons,” Swamp Rabbit said. He was hungry and out of bourbon, and not getting along with his girlfriend. At such times, … Continue reading

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Jon Stewart, the Rodney King of TV pundits


Elias Isquith on Jon Stewart: It’s the shallowness of Stewart’s politics that leads to his other notable weakness as a political pundit… his tendency to fall prey to the trap of blaming “both sides.” Exactly. Stewart will end his run … Continue reading

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‘Deflategate’ a bigger story than state of union


I was on the porch at the shack with Swamp Rabbit, critiquing Barack Obama’s sixth State of the Union address. Obama was the embodiment of magical thinking for American liberals, an icon of hope because he was an articulate outsider. … Continue reading

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‘Abundance without attachment’ is right-wing doubletalk


Swamp Rabbit and I huddled next to the wood stove and pored over a cheery Christmas article by economist Arthur C. Brooks, who wants people to make an attitude adjustment regarding possessions. He urges readers to “collect experiences, not things,” … Continue reading

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Damn lies and statistics in the NY Times


Swamp Rabbit and I were jawing about a NY Times report on the high unemployment rate in France. The story seemed to imply that those left-leaning Frenchies had turned their country into an economic basket case by not scrapping a … Continue reading

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