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Austerity will not save Greece (or the Euro)

Austerity will not save Greece (or the Euro)

May 16, 2012

Like Brett Favre, and Madagascar sequels, the Greek Debt Crisis just keeps coming back. I thought the beast hath been slayed with Greek acceptance of a bailout-for-austerity package late last year, but I was mistaken. Not only is the Greek debt crisis back, but its scarier than ever. Last week, the Greeks went to the polls to elect a new government to carry...

Rick Santorum: the sweater vest that could

Rick Santorum: the sweater vest that could

Mar 19, 2012

The unthinkable has happened: the sweater vest has returned. Now, I emptied my closet of sweater vests with my farewell to Chandler Bing after the Friends finale. But like fedoras, and Superman reboots, the past is the future. The sweater vest has returned, personified by the latest last-hope of the conservative wing of the GOP, Rick Santorum. Now I’ve...

Ron & Me, Part II: My Republican Disenchantment

Ron & Me, Part II: My Republican Disenchantment

Feb 20, 2012

Last Thursday, on another globally-warmed winter night in NYC, I went for a walk.  Now I go for a walk every night, and Thursday differed only with the question that occupied my mind: why am I no longer a Republican?   On one hand, I knew that my feelings towards the Republican party were shaped by a few core principles, but I struggled to isolate them from...

Mikhail Gorbachev: The birthmark the world forgot

Mikhail Gorbachev: The birthmark the world forgot

Feb 8, 2012

History is written by the victors. Don’t believe me? Break out that 100 ruble stamp, and write a letter to Mikhail Gorbachev, he’ll tell you. 20 years after the Cold War, you’d think only guys named Ronald played parts in its closing act. Sure, Reagan and McDonald had speaking roles, but Mikhail Gorbachev is the tragic hero in the Cold...

Ron and Me: Part I

Ron and Me: Part I

Jan 24, 2012

I want to tell a story. I want to tell you about Ronald Reagan and me. No, we never knew each other, and we shared no Earthly bond beyond him being my first President (ok, Brian Mulroney should be more relevant, but he’s a muppet). Its hard to hate on Grandpa Ron, especially when he’d don the bright cardigan, sit in front of the TV, and whisper to...

Juche: It’s what Kim Jong-un eats for dinner

Juche: It’s what Kim Jong-un eats for dinner

Dec 20, 2011

Tonight, stomachs across North Korea rumble in mourning. It is not food that they cry out for, but rather it is for their beloved, and now deceased, leader Kim Jong Il.  On Sunday, North Korean state television revealed to the world that Kim Jong Il, the sole remaining member of the ‘Bat Shit Crazy Dictators Club’, passed away at the relatively...