31 December 2007

30 December 2007

28 December 2007

obama, yesterday in iowa

the 50 most loathsome people in america

9. You
Charges: You believe in freedom of speech, until someone says something that offends you. You suddenly give a damn about border integrity, because the automated voice system at your pharmacy asked you to press 9 for Spanish. You cling to every scrap of bullshit you can find to support your ludicrous belief system, and reject all empirical evidence to the contrary. You know the difference between patriotism and nationalism -- it's nationalism when foreigners do it. You hate anyone who seems smarter than you. You care more about zygotes than actual people. You love to blame people for their misfortunes, even if it means screwing yourself over. You still think Republicans favor limited government. Your knowledge of politics and government are dwarfed by your concern for Britney Spears' children. You think buying Chinese goods stimulates our economy. You think you're going to get universal health care. You tolerate the phrase "enhanced interrogation techniques." You think the government is actually trying to improve education. You think watching CNN makes you smarter. You think two parties is enough. You can't spell. You think $9 trillion in debt is manageable. You believe in an afterlife for the sole reason that you don't want to die. You think lowering taxes raises revenue. You think the economy's doing well. You're an idiot.

Exhibit A: You couldn't get enough Anna Nicole Smith coverage.
Sentence: A gradual decline into abject poverty as you continue to vote against your own self-interest. Death by an easily treated disorder that your health insurance doesn't cover. You deserve it, chump.

26 December 2007


today is boxing day in the british commonwealth

---it's name relates to boxes of food or other gifts or the contents of the church's poor box, depending on who you ask----it's also the feast of st. stephen, when good king wencelas was doing his thing---and, of course, it's a big day for american shoppers----even if we are not out giving gifts to our servants, at least we aren't stoning people---

24 December 2007


metropolis christmas

industrial architecture

this is great: a bus terminal in a suburb of paris---

14 December 2007


huckabee: the republican's mcgovern and the end of our long national nightmare---

This, to me, is the critical distinction between a Christianist and a mere Christian. One wants to infuse politics with religion; the other wants to respect both, separately, and to keep religion private. I should add I do not want to banish the word "God" from the public square. But I do want that invocation to be as thin and as empty and as formal as the Founders intended. The current Republican party has reinvented itself as a force on opposite grounds. The party of Huckabee and Romney, the party of Hewitt and Dobson, the party of Ponnuru and Neuhaus is emphatically not a secular party.

And that is why part of me, I confess, wants Huckabee to win. So he can lose. So the GOP can lose - as spectacularly and humiliatingly as possible. If we are to rid conservatism of this theocratic cancer, we need to start over. Maybe it has to get worse before it can get better. But it is certainly too late for fellow-traveling Christianists like Lowry and Krauthammer to start whining now. This is their party. And they asked for every last bit of it.


The Republicans will have a very hard time attacking Obama on racial grounds without seeming to be overtly racist. So they will smear him as treasonous and use the religion card, however fallaciously. This meme is out there - disgracefully abetted by those now in power. The only way past it is through it. And the only mistake is fearing it. Don't under-estimate it, but don't fear it. And defeat it. Clinton simply cannot do that. But Obama has a chance.

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a recruitment ad for the ukranian army---

08 December 2007

cathi's domicile

fair park, dallas


oklahoma actually has some nice scenery, especially if you like big sky

02 December 2007

collapsing markets

seven construction cranes in midtown between 12th and 14th----two of those are related to a hotel/retail building----the rest are condos----

01 December 2007

grandpa and the baby

andrew had his first birthday thursday----he can't quite walk yet, but he can play a harmonica----that's his best trick to date----

the kitten

main street

as of this weekend, the two upstairs apartments are occupied-----angela and robert are making the insides purty----