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Benghazi, the non-coverup

Benghazi, the non-coverup

May 15, 2013 By Michael N. Escobar

In 2004, Spain held national elections. The government at that time was led by José María Aznar, of the Popular Party, a right-wing conservative group. Many members of the PP are in fact descended from members of the fascist dictatorship led by Francisco Franco. Spain had sent a contingent of soldiers to Iraq as part

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Jurassic Park 3D: Spare no expense and go see i...

April 7, 2013 By admin

Go see this movie, in IMAX if you can swing the 18 dollar tickets. The difference between IMAX and RealD is supposedly that IMAX 3D jumps closer to your head, out of the screen, whereas RealD is contained within the screen–although the benefit of RealD is apparently that you can move your head around more

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Jurassic Park 3D: Spare no expense and go see it now
Bergoglio, the last gasp of revanchism

Bergoglio, the last gasp of revanchism

March 14, 2013 By Michael N. Escobar

The most common reaction to news of the new Pope seems to be “great! The first from outside Europe!” For anyone who knows anything about the Church, the next thought is “Great! The first Jesuit Pope!” For my part, when I saw the new Pope’s regnal name, my first association was with the TV series

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A new rail line in L.A.

May 7, 2012 By Michael N. Escobar

The new Expo Line has opened in Los Angeles. The MTA website says it takes the new train 8 minutes to get from USC to the 7th St Metro Center station. By contrast, it takes 10-13 minutes to get from USC to downtown via bus line 81. To get to the Vermont/Sunset red line station

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A new rail line in L.A.

Yes, Frank Viviano, let us now all blame the de...

October 11, 2011 By admin

Those who revise history doom the rest of us to repeat it. Frank Viviano has penned an extraordinarily ahistorical piece on Salon (via New America Media) that opens with the shameless “A low progressive turnout in 2010 got us into this mess…” and races downhill from there. Setting aside the fact that Viviano’s understanding of

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H.M.S. Royal Snark

April 27, 2011 By Michael N. Escobar

During the Revolutionary War, this country melted down a statue of George III in order to make bullets with which to shoot his soldiers. I’m proud to be a democrat and republican (of the lower-case “d” and “r” types), for which reason I have to confess that our media establishment’s persistent coverage of the British

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On boycotts and the political economy of the Ar...

April 28, 2010 By Michael N. Escobar

I’m curiously conflicted about the recent calls for boycotts of Arizona. Lately I’ve favored certain boycotts: divestment from Israel, for example. But in the past I have dismissed others. When I was in junior college, there was a campaign by Florida tomato workers to boycott Taco Bell, and I went along with it for a

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