Friday, March 31, 2006
Another Friday...Another Delacroix painting. This is a drawing by Delacroix during his trip to Morocco. The title of this drawing is called: The Jewish Bride of Tangier. This was drawn in 1832 and you can find it at the Louvre.
Tuesday, March 28, 2006
Andrew Card, White House Chief of Staff, is stepping down and being replaced by Joshua Bolton, formally of Office of Management and Budget [OMB] The last time a President had only two Chiefs of Staff during an administration (the average is 3), was during the Ford Administration.
I own a book called The White House Staff by Bradley Peterson, Jr. In it, he describes what the job entails:
- "A Chief of Staff needs to be familiar with the unique pressures and pitfalls of...Washington.
- "The Chief of Staff has comprehensive control over the activities of White House Staff...
- "None of the policy centers of the White House...can be allowed to work independently of the rest of the institution...
- "The Chief of Staff controls the President's schedule....[and] doorway.
- "The Chief of Staff cannot avoid dealing with Congress
- "The Chief of Staff must build bridges to the Cabinet."
(Abridged pgs 348 - 356)The equivalent out in Los Angeles is a Personal Assistant; However, no
personal assistants control hundreds of federal employees or billions of
taxpayer funds. The last time this switch occurred was during the
Reagan Administration when James Baker and Donald Regan switched jobs. Their switch helped create the Tax Reform Act of 1986 (Detailed in the book, Showdown at Gucci Gulch by Birnbaum and Murray).
The question is: with a GOP Congress and an OMB head turned Chief of Staff, what new watershed law will be done between 2006-2008?
Monday, March 27, 2006
Sunday, March 26, 2006
Friday, March 24, 2006
Thursday, March 23, 2006
Once I left the company to move back to L.A., we stayed in touched. He would always start the call, "Hey Joe F., this is Joe R. speaking." He had a big heart and he was a good guy. I didn't expect to say this again this week, but Godspeed.
If you want to do some good in his name, please donate today. Again, Godspeed, Joe.
Will the Valley of the Shadow move East? If a job opens up back there. If anyone has a job offering in Los Angeles, contact me. As you can see, I can do writing and research. If you have any q's, email me.
That's the first act. Welcome to Intermission.
Sunday, March 19, 2006
On Friday, I saw the movie V for Vendetta. Years ago, I also read the comic. If you read the hype, the movie was (another) slam against the Bush Administration. However, this being Hollywood (filmed in England but the Hollywood mentality remains), John Hurt as Adam Sutler is Bush personified.
In the comic, the Leader is much scarier then Hollywood's version. Most Leftists forget that George Orwell's, 1984 , the party was INGSOC, English Socialists. Throughout the comic, the Leader is able to run a state-controlled Nazi-like England (Think Richard III) using the Eye (cameras on the populace), the Ear (Listening posts), the Voice (the Propaganda machine) and Fate itself (a computer consolidating all the data). The comic's version of V's England is scarier because the enemies are not jumped-up stock characters, but bureaucrats with lives and beliefs who crush the populace slowly.
When V finally destroys the Eye and the Ear in book 3, he announces the England is now the Land of Do-as-you-please. In the movie, it seemed everyone was already there from the beginning.
So, how does square with modern politics? It doesn't.
If this was really a Fascist dictatorship, would Michael Moore still be able to make a movie? Would Tim Robbins still make plays and movies today? Kurt Vonnegut is still writing in Turtle Bay and the President will step down on January 20th, 2009. No fascism, no dictatorship. I hope the Republicans will use the arguments by the present-day Democrats when the situation reverses.
Remember, in one-party controlled Los Angeles, No Smoking is allowed, even if you do own the business. I don't smoke too often, but I don't begrudge those who do. Why should the State control every facet of our lives?
We do not live in The Land of Do As You Please, but that invites Chaos. A little order, a little chaos and you now have the free-market system. I only pray that the free market of ideas is just as vital.