Hasbro Sues Scrabulous

July 25, 2008

It’s all here, LB.

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Transgressive Art

July 24, 2008

Well, not like sticking a crucifix in a jar of urine or anything, but a little transgressive, and much more beautiful. Lia Halloran skates at night in LA with a bike light on her wrist, and a friend takes long exposure photographs. Here’s an example:

Halloran Photo III

Here’s a link to more images.

My birthday is next Wednesday, and if anyone is wondering what to get me, now you know.

Or beer. Beer is a lovely present.

Mr. Rabbit


My best friend forever comes to see me again

July 16, 2008

Tomorrow, the Democratic party’s nominee-apparent comes back to my little neck of the woods to take part in a panel discussion on national security with, among others, Indiana Senator Evan Bayh (who had been rumored to be on Hillary Clinton’s VP short list).

Guess who’s got a ticket? 

So, Bob, I will be taking some time off work tomorrow. The event is at Purdue University’s Memorial Union at noon; doors open at 10; maybe I can take my laptop and some work (yeahrite!).  Probably no chance to ask him about the Supreme Court this time, you think?  But I bet you real money he’d still remember me if I did.  I promise this time I will ABSOLUTELY NOT FORGET TO MENTION THE AMERICAN BAR FOUNDATION . . .


Video of interrogations at Guantanamo

July 15, 2008

Well, have you watched it?  It is so painful to me that I can barely make it through the clip.  This BOY was 16 when he entered the prison and this is torture.  It is torture because you don’t get to interrogate someone for 5 years.  It is torture because he is rocking back and forth moaning, “Kill me. . . kill me. . . kill me . . . ”  I don’t know how you can be “patriotic” and think that holding a MINOR CHILD for 5 years without counsel or without demonstrating some evidence that the person has committed a crime is OK. But let’s talk about flag lapel pins.

I am at a loss — what are we going to do to end this? Where do we meet for the rally? When is the march on the White House?


Framing the Obamas: Where Satire ends and enabling the worst sort of discourse begins

July 14, 2008

I have finally been liberated from the land of alleged spammers (thank you, lb) but I still can’t post images. Perhaps it’s better that I am not able to reproduce here this week’s New Yorker cover art. It is supposed to be art, supposed to ridicule the right-wing’s attempt to frame the presumptive Democratic nominee and his wife as terrorists who secretly hate our country.  I don’t exactly know where to begin a discussion of this image.  I knew the campaign was going to turn ugly at some point; I guess I knew the secret Muslim-proto-terrorist-racism stuff was going to be the wedge that proved most effective against Obama, who is the most skilled Democratic politician the right-wing has had to deal with since (and perhaps even excluding) Bill Clinton.  Obama, after all, doesn’t seem to have a skirt-chasing problem.  But he is, after all, BLACK!  And his father was AFRICAN!!! and a MUSLIM!!!!  So that’s all they got.  And this is what they’re doing with it.  So I suppose it just sickens me that a publication I was thinking I ought to be reading regularly would permit itself to be the vehicle for this racist, offensive trash. 

Is the media lost to the dark side?  Is this the price we pay for an absolutist First Amendment?


Come Out, Come Out, Wherever You Are!!

July 11, 2008

WHERE has Karl Rove disappeared to on the day he was subpeonaed to testify before the House Judiciary Committee?

He says he does not have to testify because he is covered by executive privilege (that of course only applies if the executive is involved and President Bush has said he was not involved AT ALL in firing the AGs). Rove has made it clear he would not appear and now is “out of the country.” Today would be the day they could hold him in contempt for not showing up.

Some say it is a “long-planned vacation” and others call it fleeing the country.

I can’t get anything to embed but when I worked at the DA, our line was always, “a subpeona is not an invitation. It says: you are hereby ordered to appear.”

But if I will say kudos for not showing up and lying. **ducks before my readers pelt me with stuff** Showing up and telling the truth would be my preferred outcome, but showing up and lying is worse.


Proud to be an American Sailor

July 11, 2008

Hello again, folks.  My unit has moved from San Diego to Fort Dix, New Jersey.  We arrived at 0530 Sunday and were greet by some of the stickiest conditions I have felt since attending an August funeral  in Houston some years ago. So much has happened in those four days that it feels as though we have been here a month; more on that later. 

For now, at the risk of sounding too much like a mindless Bush crony who supports all things military all the time, I want to share a another story with you.  It moved me in such a way that I am unsure I can replicate on paper.  For the entire week in San Diego, we went through a long, tedious and seemingly endless evolution of processing.  It is handled by Navy Mobilization Processing Service (NMPS) – San Diego.  The staff at this place, made up of officers and enlisted personnel, perform this procedure every week with little if any in the way of positive recognition.  It is a vital but thankless job.  This staff just  keeps pushing ahead.  When sailors, weary from the mounds of paperwork, inoculations and endless waiting become terse, they remain respectful.  After an often tense and exhausting week (and remember, Friday was the 4th of July), they personally arrived on Saturday afternoon in full uniform to see that we made it from Naval Station San Diego at 32nd Street to the military air terminal at Coronado.  Busses and a cargo truck had been previously arranged and we were certainly capable of making the short trip without their help.  And yet, there they were; going that extra mile for many who had lashed out at them this past week in rash moments.    

We left on the busses at 1700 and arrived at Coronado about three hours before the scheduled departure.  Once again, the staff of NMPS followed us in vans and waited the entire three hours with us at the very Spartan air terminal.  Finally, before boarding our aircraft at 2030, they asked us to form a single file line.  Then, the Commanding Officer of NMPS, followed by her Executive Officer and two Chief Petty Officers went down the line and greeted each of the 111 members of our unit individually.  They stopped.  They shook our hands.  They thanked us for our service.  They told us to be safe.  Finally, they told us they expected to see each one of us a year from now and promised that we would enjoy the experience much more the second time through.  I could feel the sincerity in their handshakes and the genuine concern in their voices.  The whole thing choked me up a bit.  I appreciated the fact that fellow sailors recognized and respected our commitment and our service.

We boarded the plane and I took a seat near the aft starboard side in an aisle.  After about 25 minutes of waiting to take off, the shipmate to my right pointed through the window.  There, off about 200 yards in the distance, was the entire staff of NMPS standing in the opening of a hanger bay door, in formation and at attention, facing our plane.  They had been standing there since we boarded the aircraft.  If I wasn’t choked up before, I certainly was now.  As we at last began to taxi, we turned a full 180 degrees.  I made a point of looking across to the port windows, trying to catch another glimpse of the NMPS staff.  As we passed by their position, they snapped up a salute and held it as they passed from my sight.  Now I was struggling to hold back a tear.  I am fairly certain that only two of us on the plane even saw this event.  They rendered the highest of respect to their fellow shipmates as we began our deployment, keeping themselves deep in the background all the while.  I don’t believe I have ever been more proud than at that moment to serve my country.  It is because of people like that that I have continued in the Reserves all these years after my active duty tour.  They aren’t doing what they do for money or recognition; they are simply serving a cause bigger than themselves and are doing it with grace and honor.

I contemplated these thoughts at 41,000 feet as me and 110 other sailors crossed the entire country in the middle of the night.  These husbands, wives, mothers and fathers are all putting their personal lives on hold, heading into the unknown and serving something greater than themselves.  I love this country and I love these people.