McCain’s Gang; Tax Games

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Last week, I watched McCain, who’s seeking the Republican presidential nomination, work a reporters’ lunch that two weeks earlier had hosted Sen. Dianne Feinstein, the California Democrat. An hour with McCain is actually entertaining. As soon as he sat down before these journalists—most of whom represent media based in California—McCain declared his “intense dislike” of California. The state, he said jocularly, [&hellip
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The Anti-Meanness Movement; The Reform Party’s Future

Written by Taki on . Posted in Breaking News, Posts

The King of Mean A couple of years ago I happened to see an article in the Utne Reader that listed the 10 most “progressive” cities in the United States. One of the cities making the cut was Portland, ME. This gladdened my heart. I was about to move to Portland part-time, and, as an LBJ Democrat, I thought [&hellip
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Is cinema dying?; Hooray for Amy and Seipp.

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I could keep going on, but anyway I can’t wait to hear more from Cheshire. I can’t wait to laugh myself silly. Oh yeah—and as for An Ideal Husband‘s over-saturated look, that was intentional: videophiles know only that contrasty, pastelly, porno-video look. They know nothing about lighting and film stock. The Film Academy down on Union Square offers a great intro to [&hellip
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Burn Woodstock, Burn; Dr. Laura’s Obscene

Written by Andrey Slivka on . Posted in Breaking News, Posts

Or perhaps the now-famous Mercedes that was flipped over and destroyed could have exploded under the stress, eliminating some of the thick-necked, shorn-headed middle-class thugs who create the contexts for America’s Columbines. Or else the swine could have just beaten each other with fence posts into ineffectual stupors. Even North Jersey wiggers in ballcaps can’t rape adolescent girls if they—the wiggers—happen [&hellip
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Midsummer Doldrums; Ted Rall Takes on Art Spiegelman

Written by Russ Smith on . Posted in Breaking News, Posts

Sweet Dreams, Little Old Rat I’m going to hop all over the map in this column—more than usual—in deference to my colleagues here at 333, half of whom are on vacation. Maybe it’s not a fulltime job, but surely next summer publisher Mike O’Hara needs someone to schedule the time slots available to leave New York and traipse off to [&hellip
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Taki’s Wrong on Reds; JFK Jr.’s Preferential Treatment

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What I don’t understand is why he vehemently defends people whom he’d consider war criminals if it weren’t for the fact that they’re of the same political mind as he is—Henry Kissinger being one of them. Now it’s Pinochet’s turn to be beatified while the world awaits his extradition to Spain where justice will be [&hellip
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The Seniors Tennis Circuit; Worshipping Mammon

Written by Taki on . Posted in Breaking News, Posts

  Tennis Balls Along with “The Girls in their Summer Dresses,” “The Eighty-Yard Run” is my favorite Irwin Shaw short story. Christian Darling’s memory of his broken-field run as he walks along the grass where he played 15 years earlier is a magical moment in fiction. Although Darling’s run was only in practice, all the [&hellip
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Detroit Pastoral: Growing Up at Tiger Stadium

Written by Bill McGraw on . Posted in Breaking News, Posts

The definitive high-energy moment of my high school years took place at Tiger Stadium on Sept. 17, 1968. That was the night the Tigers clinched the pennant. I went to the game with friends. We parked one of our fathers’ cars on Perry St., next to Jimmy Hoffa’s home local, knowing no one would mess with it there. We [&hellip
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Stuffed and Baked: A Mediterranean Vacation Diary

Written by Joe Conason on . Posted in Breaking News, Posts

For reasons that would be of little interest to anyone except our creditors, Elizabeth and I began our French-Italian vacation on a baggage-class British Airways night flight that required a stopover in London on the way to Rome. Early the next morning we found ourselves at Gatwick, one of the world’s less prepossessing airports, wanting breakfast and not liking the [&hellip
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