Archive for the ‘Politics’ Category

Shorting Reform

Wednesday, June 2nd, 2010

Michael Lewis submitted this satiracal op-ed piece to the NY Times.

Shockingly, the Senate version of the bill more or less would require us to cease to trade derivatives entirely. This unpleasant idea was introduced by Senator Blanche Lincoln of Arkansas, and it leads me to a point that is worth underscoring: We do not have a problem with the American people, we have a problem with American women. Elizabeth Warren, our TARP supervisor, continues to ask questions about what we did with our government money; Mary Schapiro has used her authority at the S.E.C. to sue Goldman Sachs. Of the four Republican senators who crossed over to vote with the Democrats, two were women — and one of the guys posed naked for Cosmopolitan magazine.

Commie Ball

Sunday, June 1st, 2008

Vanity Fair (July 2008)

Some of the greatest baseball players the world has never seen are in Cuba, where their talent is government property, and their only chance of turning pro is the risky boat ride to Florida. Gus Dominguez, an L.A. sports agent, has done more than anyone to help escaped players join major-league U.S. teams, but now he sits in a California jail, convicted of smuggling athletes. The author flies to Havana for an unprecedented scouting of the island’s stars as he reports on the twisted dynamics behind the Dominguez case.

via Commie Ball: A Journey to the End of a Revolution – Vanity Fair

The Great McCain Story You've Probably Forgotten

Wednesday, April 9th, 2008

Slate.com (April 9, 2008) reprint from 1997 New York Times Magazine profile of McCain, “The Subversive”

A nurse entered and seemed surprised to find anyone there, and it wasn’t long before I found out why: Almost no one visits anymore. In his time, which was not very long ago, Mo Udall was one of the most-sought-after men in the Democratic Party. Yet as he dies in a veterans hospital a few miles from the Capitol, he is visited regularly only by a single old political friend, John McCain. “He’s not going to wake up this time,” McCain said.

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Reluctant Warrior

Sunday, November 26th, 2006

New York Times (November 26, 2006)

A few years later, when Colin Powell, an otherwise aimless freshman at City College in New York, enrolled in the R.O.T.C. program, those who knew him best would conclude that he was less interested in serving his country than in the spit and the shine. “What attracted him more than anything else was their uniforms,” Karen DeYoung writes in her account of Powell’s life. “The young cadets looked sharp in their dark brown shirts and ties and gleaming brass buckles. Compared to his solitary, stumbling progress through college, they seemed to belong to something and to know where they were going.” The young Colin Powell seems to have been a character in search of a role, who sensed that it would be easier to play if it came with a costume.

via Reluctant Warrior – Books – Review – New York Times