The Rambo Coalition
26 September 2004
"One of the wonders of recent American politics has been the ability of Mr. Bush and his supporters to wrap their partisanship in the flag. Through innuendo and direct attacks by surrogates, men who assiduously avoided service in Vietnam, like Dick Cheney (five deferments), John Ashcroft (seven deferments) and George Bush (a comfy spot in the National Guard, and a mysterious gap in his records), have questioned the patriotism of men who risked their lives and suffered for their country: John McCain, Max Cleland and now John Kerry."
How do they get away with it? The answer runs deep in contemporary American culture, as Paul Krugman explains.
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Black Rock City, Almost Gone
12 September 2004
With endless thanks to my friend Brian (and his four-seat airplane), I had the amazing experience yesterday of seeing Nevada's Black Rock Desert from the air. Here are some photos I took of what remains less than a week after Burning Man's Black Rock City officially ceased to exist there, having disappeared again until next year. I was surprised to find the absence of the city so striking, its afterimage so intense.
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