All Our Institutions

Recently I was reading about the Spanish-American War and the disastrous aftermath of the American occupation of the Philippines. As I read, it was difficult not to keep thinking about Iraq.

Anyway, there was a great quote from an American anti-imperialist of the time: Dewey took Manila with the loss of one man – and all our institutions.

Maybe history does repeat itself, no?


Looking Out for the Big Guy

In all the destruction caused by the recent flooding in northern Indiana, and the massive clean-up costs for hundreds of thousands of Hoosiers, it’s at least good to know that the giant multi-national corporation which owns leases owns a huge section of state infrastructure won’t be inconvienenced. Warms my heart, it does.


Had a flat tire yesterday. In a rare moment of mechanical dexterity, I successfully removed said flat tire and put on my doughnut; I was marginally proud of myself.

Today I go to the Tire Place to buy a new, you know, tire. The guy tells me “whoever put those lug nuts on the doughnut put them on backwards.”

“What an idiot,” I reply.

While waiting in the shop (for 2 hours) I am subjected to Fox News. It has been a long time since I watched this much cable news for such a sustained period of time. It has been a long time since I watched this much TV for a such a sustainted period of time.

For two hours they argued about lipstick. Do they always get so bent out of shape when a politician resorts to cliche? Seriously Barack – stop the cliches! Be original!

But wait – they’re not outraged by the cliche! They think it was a serious and personal attack!

I would like to think better of America right now. But I just got done watching two hours of Fox News.


I traveled to Chicago last weekend and rather than shell out big bucks for gas and even more for overnight parking, I took the Megabus. It was cheap, on schedule, clean and stress-free. During the trip I read, napped and did the crossword – all things that are much more difficult when you’re behind the wheel of your own car.

So if looking for cheap passage for a weekend trip, I highly recommend Megabus.

The Union Forever

Among the many ‘issues’ revolving around Sarah Palin’s brief but already horrifying fascinating campaign for Presiding Officer of the Senate is her association with a political party that advocates Alaska’s seccesion from the Union.  Like Zach, this issue seems more humorous than others raised, but I got to thinking: wouldn’t support for the dissolution of the United States kinda, you know, disqualify one to be Vice-President or (God forbid) President?

Apparently not.

Just as Dick Cheney was not the first sitting VP to shoot another man, there is a proud fascinating history of Vice Presidents who have openly supported the dissolution of the Union, and Ezra Klein was resourceful enough to find it. But (and I could be wrong here) I think the list is too short; I’m almost certain that John C. Calhoun (Blowhard- South Carolina) advocated seccession nonsense, though not, perhaps, while he was Andrew Jackson’s VP.