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Failure Sucks

I’ve experienced a fair chunk of failure lately. I left academia a little while ago after failing to get tenure, and while I might toss up some smoke about something being wrong with the university system and blah, blah, blah, the truth is that I was given enough support to succeed but didn’t publish enough. […]

Three Failed Progressive Demonstrations at the Inauguration

Three demonstrations by progressives were planned for Inauguration Day, 2009. Three of them failed.

The first, planned by me, grew out of the simple desire back in October of 2008 to be able to stand on the Inaugural Parade route in January, no matter who was elected President, and hold a sign reminding the new […]

$700 Billion Bailout: Monumental Failure in Record Time

Have we ever had so much money shoveled around so widely in a plan that is so quickly called such a failure?

McCain Brags About Passing Bill That Didn't Pass

How desirable was the bailout bill that was voted down in Congress yesterday? Set that question aside for the moment and recall John McCain’s stunt last week of “suspending” his campaign and declaring he just didn’t have time to debate his opponent, because he had to dash to Washington to save the nation, heal our […]

What Cox, Killmer and Serotta Got Wrong at Jan. 11 DC Anti-Torture Protest

With a few days’ distance, I’d like to offer a couple of thoughts on what Larry Cox, Richard Killmer and Gerald Serotta got wrong when they spoke at the January 11, 2008 protest against indefinite detention and torture by the United States. Don’t get me wrong: I agree with the protest and when I was […]