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8 Jun 2004

My Up and Coming Internet Nirvana

Michael J. Totten's blog One of my local alt-weeklies Willamette Week tells us why if you’re a tech geek (or a blogger who makes his living as a telecommuting writer who relies on constant Internet access) there are some serious bennies to living in ...

6 Jun 2004

The Film-Watching Habits of Josef Stalin

Michael J. Totten's blog Josef Stalin’s personal papers were recently made available to the public. It’s already well-known that Uncle Joe loved the movies, even those made in the decadent bourgeois West. Now the Daily Telegraph tells us Stalin sent ...

5 Jun 2004

A Liberal Empire?

Michael J. Totten's blog I hate the word empire when used to describe the United States. If the US is an empire, it sure is empire-lite. We are not expanding the borders. It’s hard to have colonies when you don’t have any colonists. Aside from Iraq ...

2 Jun 2004

Tenet “Quits”

Michael J. Totten's blog So George Tenet was fired . WASHINGTON – CIA Director George Tenet, buffeted by controversies over intelligence lapses about suspected weapons of mass destruction in Iraq and the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, has resigned. ...

Interview with Roger L. Simon

Michael J. Totten's blog Roger L. Simon is one of my favorite bloggers. One reason is because he’s a friend, and another is because he probably agrees with me more than anyone else. So okay, I’m biased. But there you have it. He says he’s the only ...

1 Jun 2004

Tilting at Science

Michael J. Totten's blog Michael Crowly writes in The New Republic about how America is rapidly falling behind the curve in a key sector of biotechnology. Last month, The Boston Globe published a science article, datelined from far away Brno, Czech ...

31 May 2004

Spirit of America

Michael J. Totten's blog Winds of Change blogger Armed Liberal finally came out of psuedoanonymity – his real name is Marc Danziger – because he’s the new C.O.O. of Sprit of America . I’m teaming up with Marc, Jeff Jarvis , Roger L. Simon , and some ...

27 May 2004

Fisking Pat Buchanan

Michael J. Totten's blog Pat Buchanan is being an ass again. Fisking him may be, as Gerard Van der Leun likes to put it, one of those Fish. Barrel. Bang! type of deals. But still it’s something that needs to be done every couple of months to reduce ...

23 May 2004

Winds of Change

Michael J. Totten's blog Tossing Saddam in the slammer keeps yielding intended benefits . TUNIS (Reuters) – Arab governments, responding to a U.S. campaign for Arab democracy, have promised to carry out political and social reforms in an oil-rich ...

21 May 2004

A Very Bad Day?

Michael J. Totten's blog According to this article in The New York Times , most of the serious abuses at Abu Ghraib prison occurred on a single day in November. The day of abuse — a Saturday — capped what had been the worst week for U.S. troops in ...

15 May 2004

Operation Copper Green

Michael J. Totten's blog Seymour Hersh dropped another bomb , so to speak, on the Pentagon this weekend in The New Yorker . He has plenty of (unnamed) sources who claim the prisoner abuse at Abu Ghraib in Iraq was given before-the-fact authorization ...

12 May 2004

The Snuff Film Reality Check

Michael J. Totten's blog Marc Cooper says the prisoner abuse in Abu Ghraib pales next to the barbarism in the Nick Berg snuff film. No kidding. But he’s mercilessly heckled in the comments by the usual suspects. The only thing a certain kind of ...

8 May 2004

What Damage They Have Wrought

Michael J. Totten's blog My disgust at the soldiers who abused Iraqi prisoners seems to be bottomless. Somehow it manages to get deeper every day. The Terror War has two fronts. One is a war of bullets and bombs. The other is a war of ideas, a war of ...

This is Not Justice

Michael J. Totten's blog In some states you can go to jail for years if you’re caught selling dope. You can get kicked out of the military if they find out you’re gay. But it you torture Iraqis in Abu Ghraib prison you might only get one year in ...

1 May 2004

We Are Winning

Michael J. Totten's blog If you own Al Qaeda stock, I suggest you sell it . WASHINGTON (CNN) — International acts of terror in 2003 were the fewest in more than 30 years, according to the U.S. State Department’s annual terrorism report released ...

Fallujah and the Fog of War

Michael J. Totten's blog I don’t know what on earth is happening in Fallujah. I get the impression, and so does Andrew Sullivan , that the folks in Washington don’t know what’s happening either. And they know a lot more than I do. It’s tempting to ...

28 Apr 2004

A Good Anti-war Blog

Michael J. Totten's blog If you’re a hawk like me you may have a tough time finding contrary points of view that don’t make you cringe. I know I do. It isn’t easy to find smart people with substantive criticisms of American foreign policy who don’t ...

23 Apr 2004

Our Saudi “Allies”

Michael J. Totten's blog I’d like to see the corrupt and reactionary House of Saud strung up on lamposts as long as they aren’t replaced with an Al Qaeda regime. The Bush Administration’s coziness with the princes is and has been troubling, but this ...

19 Apr 2004

Happy Anniversary to us

Michael J. Totten's blog Today (Tuesday) is Shelly’s and my second wedding anniversary. So you get nothin’! Enjoy the fine blogs to your left. See you again shortly. North America US ...

18 Apr 2004

Paranoid Blowhard

Michael J. Totten's blog So Rush Limbaugh thinks Hillary Clinton might murder John Kerry and dump his body in a park. That’s what happens when you spend your entire life in a dittohead partisan echo chamber. Gary Farber explains . I’m sure plenty of ...

15 Apr 2004

Directing Traffic

Michael J. Totten's blog I understand why so many people still don’t know what a blog is, and I understand why they wouldn’t care if they did. Most of my friends are only vaguely aware I even have a Web site in the first place, and they certainly don ...

12 Apr 2004

Tripoli and Fallujah

Michael J. Totten's blog In three months my wife and I are going to Italy to visit some friends in Milan. While we’re in the neighborhood we figure we’ll hop on over the Mediterranean and bum around Tunisia for a week. (Why Tunisia? Read this .) It ...

9 Apr 2004

Fear

Michael J. Totten's blog I should confess that what’s happening in Iraq is a bit scarier to me than I’ve let on the past few days. I have a good reason, though, for resisting the temptation to wring my hands in public. We need to keep in mind, always ...

8 Apr 2004

Iranian Proxy War

Michael J. Totten's blog It looks like Iran might be in a hot proxy war with the United States. Via Roger L. Simon comes this report at Project Free Iran by Alireza Jafarzadeh, president of Strategic Policy Consulting and Fox News analyst. For months ...

7 Apr 2004

The Iraqi Insurgency

Michael J. Totten's blog Alaa, an Iraqi Shi’ite blogging from (where else?) Iraq, makes a lot more sense to me than most Western media analysts when trying to figure out what, exactly, is to be done about the insurgency in Iraq. Here are some ...

6 Apr 2004

Fighting Dirty

Michael J. Totten's blog US Marines were attacked by insurgents hiding in a mosque in Fallujah. So they called in an airstrike and took out the mosque’s outer wall. (I don’t know what “outer wall” means. Did the bombs penetrate the mosque? Or did ...

5 Apr 2004

The Id of the Right

Michael J. Totten's blog The insurgency in Iraq is getting nasty . Baathists killed 12 US Marines in Ramadi. And Shi’ite fanatics took over Najaf. These people are idiots. They are minority factions disliked by the majority. Now they’re going to get ...

4 Apr 2004

The Trouble with Fallujah

Michael J. Totten's blog What happened in Fallujah was a barbaric horror show. Mark Bowden, author of Black Hawk Down explains in the Wall Street Journal (free registration required) why it needs to be answered with force. It is a mistake to conclude ...

31 Mar 2004

Who Are We At War With?

Michael J. Totten's blog Keith Berry emailed me and 18 other bloggers and asked what should be a simple question. Who are we at war with? He wanted a one-sentence answer. Before 9/11 such a question would more easily yield a one-sentence, even a one ...

30 Mar 2004

The Rise of the Suicide Bomber

Michael J. Totten's blog The suicide-bombing death cult is a disease. And it’s catching . LA PAZ, Bolivia – A suicide bomber detonated his explosive vest in a hallway of the Bolivian congress Tuesday, killing himself and wounding two police, ...

28 Mar 2004

Real Terrorism in Uzbekistan

Michael J. Totten's blog Two female suicide bombers killed at least 19 people in Uzbekistan. Here’s how Reuters reported it . TASHKENT, Uzbekistan (Reuters) – At least 19 people were killed in a series of explosions and shoot-outs in Uzbekistan in ...

27 Mar 2004

Why Clarke Annoys

Michael J. Totten's blog Mark Steyn zeroes in on exactly what it is about Richard Clarke that bugs me. No, it’s not because he’s criticizing pre-911 anti-terrorism failures. That’s what he’s supposed to do. Obviously there’s plenty of blame to go ...

21 Mar 2004

Pas Comme Les Autres

Michael J. Totten's blog I don’t have time to write much tonight. But I would like to point you to a guest piece by Gabriel Gonzalez at Winds of Change . Gabriel is a frequent contributer to my comments section, so some of you will recognize his name ...

19 Mar 2004

Name-Brand Socialism

Michael J. Totten's blog Socialism is dead. Really. Oh, sure, its rotting corpse hasn’t fallen over yet in Cuba. ¡Socialismo o muerte! is still Fidel Castro’s bumper sticker after all these years. It’s as old as the cars in Havana. Someone should ...

15 Mar 2004

The Price of Appeasement

Michael J. Totten's blog Lee Harris suggests a thought experiment in Tech Central Station . Suppose that last week’s attack had not been the work of terrorists, but the work of the United States. Suppose American jets had flown over Madrid on ...

14 Mar 2004

Yes, It Was Appeasement

Michael J. Totten's blog It looks like terrorism works, at least in Spain . MADRID, Spain (AP) — The leader of Spain’s victorious Socialists said Monday he will withdraw his nation’s support for the U.S.-led occupation of Iraq, restating a campaign ...

8 Mar 2004

From Iraq to Haiti

Michael J. Totten's blog Those who care about both human rights and consensus in the international community owe it to themselves to read Carroll Andrew Morse’s piece in Tech Central Station : The Bias Towards Brutality and Totalitarianism . North ...

4 Mar 2004

Comeback for Baby Doc?

Michael J. Totten's blog In my last Tech Central Station column I argued that Saddam Hussein should be executed because former dictators are potentially dangerous as long as they are alive. This is what I’m talking about . Baby Doc Duvalier wants to ...

3 Mar 2004

Hitch on Gay Marriage

Michael J. Totten's blog Dennis Prager sees the fight for gay marriage as a war of “secular extremism” against Western Civilization, and he compares those of us who support gay rights to Al Qaeda. (Thanks, Dennis. You’re a pal.) Christopher Hitchens ...

28 Feb 2004

Dean is Nader

Michael J. Totten's blog Roger L. Simon speculated a while back that Howard Dean never really wanted to be president. I found Roger’s psychoanalysis intriguing but also a bit much. It was just a gut feeling sort of thing, impossible to back up with ...

25 Feb 2004

Digging Holes

Michael J. Totten's blog Rep. Corrine Brown (D-Florida) dug one heckuva hole . She ripped into Bush’s policy on Haiti and called it “racist” (for some inexplicable reason) and said his administration is “a bunch of white men.” Last I checked, Colin ...

23 Feb 2004

Bush and Gay Marriage

Michael J. Totten's blog Well, he did it. George W. Bush decided it’s a good idea to use the U.S. Consitution to deny freedom to American citizens. I wish I had time to write about this in detail tonight, but I don’t. So let me send you over to ...

19 Feb 2004

The Passion of Hutton Gibson

Michael J. Totten's blog I’ve always enjoyed Mel Gibson’s acting, and I’ll withhold judgement from his controversial new movie The Passion until after I’ve seen it. Sadly, it seems his father, Hutton Gibson, is an anti-Semitic lunatic who thinks the ...

11 Feb 2004

No Sleaze, Please (Updated)

Michael J. Totten's blog Andrew Sullivan is plenty peeved about the Kerry story. If the Republicans are behind this, they deserve to be trashed. This is absolutely not something that deserves to be a factor in our current debate. Same goes for any ...

7 Feb 2004

Reviewing the Democrats

Michael J. Totten's blog Christopher Hitchens in Slate on party-mindedness : I know many people who are much more intelligent than George Bush (even if they do keep saying so themselves) and whom I have heard, over the past decades, talk with perfect ...

5 Feb 2004

Schroeder is Out

Michael J. Totten's blog Anti-American blowhard Gerhard Schroeder is stepping down in Germany. Buh-bye! Take a look at this photo . Check out his feet… UPDATE: Just to clarify, Schroeder is stepping down as the leader of his party. He’s still in ...

3 Feb 2004

Road Trip Photo Gallery

Michael J. Totten's blog Last weekend I went on a whirlwind road trip through the American West with my friend and Portland blogger Sean LaFreniere . Here are some photos from Sean’s digital camera. A mountain lodge at the foot of the Cascades just ...

28 Jan 2004

Retiring Deanophobia (Updated)

Michael J. Totten's blog A few days ago I said Howard Dean is probably toast. Then I felt foolish. Who says? Me? The heck do I know? I don’t think anyone predicted the primary race so far. The silent majority of the Democratic Party gave the media ...

26 Jan 2004

A Threat

Michael J. Totten's blog Iraq war opponents of the Bush lied! variety like to cite weapons detective David Kay to bolster their case. His post-invasion report doesn’t ratify what the Bush Administration said before the war. Here he is in an interview ...

Jihad

Michael J. Totten's blog Islamist thugs are murdering Buddhist monks in Thailand. It’s not because Buddhist monks are “colonialist oppressors,” nor is it because Buddhists drive the engine of corporate globalization. And it’s not because Thailand is ...

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