Archive for November, 2008

Jack Handey is funny

November 23, 2008

From his New Yorker article, “The Plan”:

“If somebody runs out of the bank and yells, “Help! The bank is being robbed!,” he must be a neighborhood crazy person who people just laugh at.”


New Treasury secretary might actually be smart

November 22, 2008

Is Geithner the anti-Paulson? Here is a prescient comment he made in March ’08:

“The current episode has a basic dynamic in common with all past crises. As market participants have moved to reduce exposure to further losses, to step on the brake, the brake became the accelerator, amplifying the shock.”


Detroit’s fall

November 21, 2008

“For all the Pinto’s infamy, perhaps no car better captured America’s decade-long haplessness than the pug-ugly AMC Gremlin, which debuted in 1970 and died — mercifully — in 1980. The Gremlin’s shape, fittingly, was first sketched out by an American Motors designer on the back of a Northwest Airlines air-sickness bag.” -Paul Ingrassia in his WSJ story “How Detroit Drove into a Ditch”


Texas, part VIII

November 14, 2008

I’ve spent three nights in El Paso and am going to exit Texas in a matter of an hour or so. It was a great trip, but I am looking forward to home.

Gallery Ocho: El Paso

Texas, part VII

November 12, 2008

I camped alone in the middle of nowhere (a.k.a. near the Solitario in Big Bend Ranch State Park) for two nights, didn’t see anyone for 36+ hours, hiked a bunch, met some nice mini-frogs, and then drove into El Paso for dinner at the Tap last night.

Gallery Siete: The Solitario and vicinity

Texas, part VI

November 8, 2008

Yesterday I went to Wink, Roy Orbison’s hometown. It’s about 50 miles northwest of Odessa. This post is dedicated to Roy.

Gallery Seis: Wink:

Texas, part V

November 5, 2008

I have been hanging out at the Villa Del Rio working on a book about the U.S.-Mexico border with my co-author Jay. He owns the Villa.

Gallery Cinco: San Antonio and Poteet

Best. Election. Ever.

November 4, 2008

Cautiously optimistic…

November 4, 2008

…that the harsh and ugly veil of Republican rule will at last be lifted by night’s end.

Goodbye fascist clowns.


Texas, part IV

November 2, 2008

I arrived in Del Rio a few hours ago, taking a roundabout route from San Antonio.

Gallery Cuatro: Austin and San Antonio: