Friday, February 23, 2007

"I love sweaty basketball players"

Star Trek's Mr. Sulu discusses homophobia in the NBA: from the News Blog

Sunni or Shiite? Ass or Elbow?

Take this quick quiz: Sunni or Shiite?

Bush can't distinguish his ass from his elbow, so how could he understand the different sects of Islam? I scored a perfect on the first one but only 57% on Ass or elbow?, so I perhaps I can't criticize.

Disclaimer: I'm not trying to compare sects of Islam to various body parts. But I do feel that all fundamentalists are asses.

Tuesday, January 16, 2007

"Hadn't the hippies tried to tell my generation?"

Here's an interesting post by Glenn Greenwald, wherein he quotes a conservative coming to terms with what his party is all about: self-serving power. The quote:

I had a heretical thought for a conservative - that I have got to teach my kids that they must never, ever take Presidents and Generals at their word - that their government will send them to kill and die for noble-sounding rot - that they have to question authority.

On the walk to the parking garage, it hit me. Hadn't the hippies tried to tell my generation that? Why had we scorned them so blithely?
I'd much rather be a passive and pensive hippie than a strong-and-dumb warmonger. But scorn my kind at your own peril.

Monday, January 01, 2007

Back on the East Coast

I'm back on the East Coast, this time for vacation. You may have noticed an increase in my posting - it's something I genuinely enjoy doing, but I haven't had much time for that recently. One of the things that has been occupying my thoughts is the increasing likelihood is that I will have the opportunity to move up here sooner than I expected. Anything you might claim is bad about the region is something I'd prefer to weather now instead of when I'm older, for the sake of the things are simply fantastic about this area and for the memories I will make. I could move back to Austin in the not-so-distant future, and I genuinely love everything (even the torching summers) about living there; but now may be the best time for a small change. Of course I won't miss news stories about the "Texas-stupid," but there are many counter-examples and I suspect that I'll find not an escape from the negatives but a different bag of positives.

So, my former and present resident Texan readers, what should I keep in mind when making a decision such as this? BTW Steve Gilliard, you'd better stop bitching about red states if you can't understand why others must use your beloved city as a learning experience. My comments from this past summer are still in his blog.

Update: Ugh, this could get nasty. I'm going to write my Texas Congresscritters.

I'm still battling with this

From Digby:

In the early days of the war you'll recall that there were a spate of beheadings in Iraq which were videotaped and circulated on the internet. I stupidly watched one of them and wrote:
I watched the video of Berg's beheading and it literally made me sick to my stomach. Do not watch it. It's a barbaric, horrible display of inhumanity. I wish I hadn't seen it. I'll never forget it.
Ditto, and I'm still battling that replay in my head years later. I can't imagine the waking horror that stalks the lives of our country's servicemen. Steve Gilliard found this apropos personal story; Steve's keen eye for others' voiced perspectives is one of his best talents, and I recommend you subscribe to his feed.

Update: It looks like the implications of the Saddam snuff making its way around are more striking than expected:
Saddam Hussein is the the man I would have thought was least likely to be turned into a martyr, but damned if they didn't manage to do it. Bush's Law. And here's the great thing about it --- the US, which claims rather unconvincingly that it had no say in this because Iraq is a sovereign country, gets blamed for this right along with the Shi'a government and Moqtada al Sadr. Terrific. Lose, lose for us --- as usual. Heckuva job, Bushie.
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It looks to me as if the "government" of Iraq has finally been exposed as a simple factional tool of the Shi'a. Good to know. Too bad for us that we are backing such a government since it gives the vast majority of Muslims around the world another reason to hate our guts.

In case anyone's wondering what the implications of the US taking sides might be:



To the Muslims in the light green portion of the map we seem to be siding with the Muslims in the dark green portion --- while at the same time making them hate us too. Excellent plan. Winning those hearts and minds one snuff film at a time.
That's an amazing map to contemplate.

Bush spends quality time with the troops

I appreciate the irony in this Firedoglake post:

[an] image of Bush spending the day with the troops:

bush with the troops

Sunday, December 31, 2006

Glad I'm not the only one...

Jane Hamsher voices the disgust that some of us have - not over Saddam's execution but over America's reaction. In particular, I find it interesting what he was specifically tried and executed for.

Saddam's life certainly brought me no joy, but the celebration of his death seemed gruesome and barbaric. An eye for an eye reveals the animal in man. I don't believe in Biblical Hell as many do, so to me this was no simple shortcut to a guaranteed destination for a damned soul. I'd have rather have seen him locked away in solitary to rot in a living hell and die of natural causes.

Meanwhile as wingnuts cream their pants over this "victory in the war on terror", I've got to ask: where the fuck is Osama, and why did we cut and run from Afghanistan to start another war?

Happy New Year.

Thursday, December 28, 2006

Easy

I've been quite busy lately (and for the forseeable future), so I've been waiting for a post that practically writes itself. Here you go:

President Bush worked nearly three hours at his Texas ranch on Thursday to design a new U.S. policy in Iraq, then emerged to say that he and his advisers need more time to craft the plan he'll announce in the new year.

Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Google Finance

I love geeks with a sense of humor! This animated overview of new features for Google Finance is great, with lots of little easter eggs strewn about, including a hidden jab at Yahoo.

Sunday, December 17, 2006

what Google is good for...

I haven't been happy with Google search performance for the past few years, but it still excells at helping me find random crap. Accidentally searching for "google sets" using the Google Image Search gave me this cool/geeky image, which I tracked back to this Wikipedia entry.

Sadly though Google Sets didn't turn up what I hoped it would with "Mullet, Volvo."

Go Texas!

Sometimes Texas gets a bad rap. So does New Jersey, right? But I had a great time while I lived there briefly, and it really went to show that interstate trash talk is as much a part of the American tradition as sports team rivalries. I was also suprised to see so many NJ plates on huge pickup trucks driven by people with mullets (though mullet-wearing volvo drivers didn't surprise me). Stereotypes are easily misplaced.

Still, things like this bother me about Texas, because the average outsider assumes it is commonplace. I was told many times in New Jersey that I didn't seem like I was from Texas at all, and they meant it as a compliment.

(linked from PinkDome)