Archive: Hot Off The Presses

Going All In, Or Emerson In Tahrir Square (February 8, 2011)

I wrote last Friday that the uprising in Egypt appeared to be heading for a moment of decision, with protesters’ calls for that to be President Hosni Mubarak’s “day of departure” set to collide with Mubarak’s gradually increasing use of force to try to back them down. It didn’t turn out that way.  The protesters […]

When The Revolution Comes (February 4, 2011)

… you’re never ready. But that doesn’t stop it from coming

Buckle Up (January 22, 2008)

Is the bottom about to fall out?

The Coming War With Iran (February 1, 2007)

In the distance, you can hear the drums beating already

What Not to Do This Summer (August 3, 2006)

Jeez louise

Passages: A. Scott Crossfield (April 21, 2006)

An aviation pioneer is lost

Free Speech, and Its Discontents (February 6, 2006)

When liberal institutions meet illiberal constituencies

Bush to McCain and Congress: Blow Me (January 8, 2006)

On torture, that is

Where Is America? (December 22, 2005)

By now you’ve probably heard that President Bush authorized the use of the National Security Agency to eavesdrop on American citizens, despite laws clearly prohibiting that.  Not to mention its obvious contravention of the 4th Amendment to the Constitution. The President justified it thus: To fight the war on terror, I am using authority vested […]

Punk’d (October 3, 2005)

The Miers nomination

The End of New Orleans: So Much for Mike Brown (September 9, 2005)

Na na na na, hey hey hey, go-oo-oo-d-bye…

The End of New Orleans: “Three Days” (September 9, 2005)

Just how bad is the toxic soup that has drowned New Orleans? From the Shifting Baselines blog: Three days. That’s as long as a pair of rubber boots last in New Orleans. The waters are so contaminated with hydrocarbons. This is the word from a friend of mine working with the Red Cross in Houston.

The End of New Orleans: And The Buck-Passing Begins (September 4, 2005)

Even as thousands remained to be evacuated from the sodden ruins of New Orleans, even as gun battles continued to rage in the streets, even as corpses rotted in untold numbers of houses and cars and out in plain view — even as all the weight of the disaster began to settle in around the […]

The End of New Orleans: “They Don’t Have a Clue” (September 2, 2005)

Mayor Nagin, on the response so far

The End of New Orleans: Diaspora Begins (September 1, 2005)

Update from the disaster area

The End of New Orleans: I Spoke Too Soon (August 31, 2005)

On Monday, when it became clear that Hurricane Katrina was going to jog to the east and avoid a direct hit on the city of New Orleans — which would have resulted in catastrophic flooding and, probably, the end of that city as we know it — I said that the worst case scenario had […]

The End of New Orleans? (August 28, 2005)


“Minor” Blasts Shut Down London Underground (July 21, 2005)

No casualties this time, thankfully

Not With a Whimper (February 21, 2005)

Doctor Raoul Duke (aka Hunter S. Thompson) leaves this two-bit dimension behind for good

Escalation (February 10, 2005)

North Korea is da bomb. No, wait. Make that North Korea *has* The Bomb

Fox News Meltdown (January 20, 2005)

Vanity Fair editor gets the smackdown from FNC for daring to express own opinion: film at 11

Tragedy and Hope (December 27, 2004)

Two stories from the wires

North Korea Rattling the Saber (December 14, 2004)

How many ways can you interpret “maximum physical damage”, do you think?

Ukraine to Re-Run Election (December 6, 2004)

Progress toward a fair election