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December 2010


One of the pleasures of the run up to New Year’s Eve is reading the list of celebrities who’ve died during the past year. You can gloat over the demise of people you always hated who’ve been taking up space in the world that you require for other purposes, and then enjoy fuming over the obligatory media tributes to those horrible creeps. I still remember fondly the death of Ingmar Bergman in 2007. That miserable old git! What a kick that was, I thought he’d never die! I bet he didn’t feel so pompous about God’s absence when he was choking on his last breath!

Of course, occasionally somebody good dies, and then you feel a little bad, especially if they never got their just due in the world. So, like a lot of pleasures, Celebrity Death Revelry can backfire.


December 31st, 2010 | Comments (42)

The War Nerd: Market Lessons from the Pashtun

“You know, win or lose, I gotta say I love my day job”: The Pashtun positive work ethic I’ve been watching the news out of Afg—I like it spelled that way, “Afg”; kinda gets the spirit of the thing. The…

December 30th, 2010 | Comments (92)

True Grit: Forget That John Wayne Stuff

True Grit is a big hit for the Coen brothers, giving them their best opening weekend ever. Their growing popularity cues two inevitable reactions: 1) the claim that they’re improving as filmmakers, finally learning how to do it right, “it”…

December 28th, 2010 | Comments (44)

The War Nerd: XM25: Gee Whiz, How Can We Be Losing with Such Cool Stuff?

This article was first published by AlterNet. If you didn’t know better, you’d get all excited reading about the Army’s new shoulder-fired cannon, the XM-25. It’s being hyped as a “game-changing” weapon that will literally blow the Taliban out of…

December 20th, 2010 | Comments (68)

Dude, Where's My Mortgage? How a Corrupt Outfit Called MERS Is Destroying Our System of Property Rights

This article was first published by AlterNet *** “For the first time in the nation’s history, there is no longer an authoritative, public record of who owns land in each county.” — University of Utah law professor Christopher Peterson There…

December 16th, 2010 | Comments (27)

Enough Appeasement: Why We Need Media Criticism Delivered In A Cruise Missile

This article was first published in the New York Press on February 8, 2005. Thank God for the Iraqi insurgency. If it weren’t for the resistance tying us down, we would have already moved against far more serious foes like…

December 14th, 2010 | Comments (23)

How Putin's World Cup Victory Over Hapless Britain Is Another Sign Of Anglo-America's Decline

eXiled Online Special UK Correspondent LONDON–As you’ve perhaps completely failed to notice, Russia recently won the prize of hosting the 2018 World Cup finals. Any ignorance about this on your part is understandable since a) you’re likely to be American…

December 12th, 2010 | Comments (31)

The Warrior's Way Challenge: Can You Stand It?

There’s a new movie out called The Warrior’s Way, and it’s flopping like a doomed fish. It was so unpublicized I wouldn’t have known it existed, except I was hunting through the movie openings for the week in my dogged way….

December 8th, 2010 | Comments (17)

WikiLeaks Founder Julian Assange Drops Wiki-Bomb On Australia's Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd...Or Does He?

From The eXiled’s Special Australasia Correspondent PERTH, AUSTRALIA–A few hours ago (as of writing this), Julian Assange released his first US Embassy cable regarding Australian politics. It’s still too early for me to make my mind up, but it’s never…

December 6th, 2010 | Comments (47)

Mugged By Mediocrity: Dr. Dolan Schools Neocon Imbecile John Agresto In The Art Of Character Assassination

Meet John Agresto, the corrupt neocon labeled a “mediocrity” by 16 academic organizations The slime just keeps spewing from the blubbery lips of my former employer, John Agresto, Provost of the American University of Iraq-Suleimaniya (AUI-S). As those who’ve read…

December 1st, 2010 | Comments (62)