Yes We Can

February 5th, 2008

resized It's important to be open to possibility in life, and certainly in politics. Moreover, two parties a democracy does not make. So I'm a registered Independent. This choice means that today, in New York, I can't vote.

Which is kind of bogus, but it's the rule.

And so I will sit patiently in my office, vetting the efforts of MTV citizen journalists (Street Team '08), managing the production of our Super Duper Tuesday coverage, and waiting -- like the rest of the world -- to see what the day brings. Which isn't to say I'm divested from ...

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January 15th, 2008

resizedAll weekend long, my Blackberry was abuzz with Breaking News Alerts from President Bush's Middle East Trip.

Friday, January 11, 2008, 11:18 PM PST
CAMP ARIFJAN, Kuwait -- (AP) President Bush says no decision yet on sending more troops home from Iraq, and reduced force levels will depend on conditions on the ground.

Saturday, January 12, 2008, 10:28 PM PST
MANAMA, Bahrain (AP) -- A naval commander told President Bush on Sunday that he is taking the recent confrontation between Iranian and U.S. navy forces in the Persian Gulf "deadly ...

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(The Angels Want To Wear My) Red Shoes

January 8th, 2008

resizedA colleague with whom I've been corresponding a fair amount of late has an oddly thought provoking email signature.

Email signatures are odd little birds in their own right. In the age of digital aesthetic homogeny (I mean, let's be honest: all we really have to distinguish ourselves within email is fontography), the signature is one of few opportunities for self expression.

My email signature is simply my name, title, address and phone numbers (yes, I give my mobile number out to co-workers), though it is in eight point, black Ariel ...

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Fitter, Happier

March 19th, 2007

Democracy should spread on its own accord, by choice. But I guess President Bush made it clear in the 2000 elections individual choice -- votes -- a democracy do not make.

Sound familiar? I wrote that sentence exactly four years ago today, in the hours just subsequent to Rumsfeld's beloved "shock and awe." The post concluded:

And so, here we go. Godspeed the 19-year-olds in harms way. And God bless the 24 million Iraqis soon to feel the might of our "liberation."

Four years later, The Washington Post reports that, while


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Schlock & Awe

January 11th, 2007

I said it on November 7, 2000, September 11, 2001, and on March 20, 2003, and I'll say it again (and again and again).

The Bush Administration is the most dangerously inept group of politicians in the history of this country. I've been clear from the outset that I don't think the guy's smart, or imaginative, and he's certainly not experienced enough to lead the country (or, for that matter, the world, though I bristle at the notion that the president is, by default, the "Leader of the Free World"). His administration, and our times, are


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