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Armchair theorist, poet, and occasional IT manager, Sascha B. is equipped with a Master's Degree in Middle Eastern Studies from the University of Texas, and is not afraid to use it. His work has been published by the University Press of America, Edwin Mellen Press, University of Texas Press, and a variety of small journals nationwide. He is also the proprietor and baker for 3141 Pie, of which you should eat many.

The Deal

I stopped blogging in 2013, when life overtook me. My father became ill and died shortly thereafter, and my mother was left with increasing dementia. I became the primary caregiver, and now orchestrate my mother's care and our family estate.

Now, I am coming up for air again.

Looking for the next book to read. All suggestions welcome.

My reading list is over here.

Wednesday, June 22, 2005

Here's A Question

Considering the outcomes of the investigation at the Air Force Academy into religious intolerance, here's something to ponder: do you think that evangelical Christianity, in its current American incarnation, is compatible with a democratic, open society? If so, how do you reconcile the democratic goal of acceptance with its basic view of the non-believer as doomed to hell? And if not, how do you reconcile the American concept of inclusion with the thought of excluding a particular religious ---and Christian---philosophy?

Aw, shit: don't these guys have real work to do?: House to Vote on Flag Burning Amendment

Tuesday, June 21, 2005

Unable To Write Coherently

...primarily because the news as a whole today is politics. And not just about politics: it is politics. Bill Frist twists in the White House wind over John Bolton and the senate vote. Dick Durbin apologizes for stating the truth in the face of controversy. George Bush retreats tactically on dismantling social security, but still announces his support for the dropped plans. The white house rebuffs a suggestion that an independent inquiry into Guantánamo would help dispel the anti-american fomentation that the prisoner abuse scandal has fed. And so on and so on. Another anti-Syria voice in Lebanon is assassinated. The summit between Sharon and Abbas ends in failure.

Thank the lord for summer sunshine, because otherwise this would start feeling like a pretty crappy day.
Best News Yet

Michael and "Madonna"???: BBC NEWS | Entertainment | Jackson's face 'appears on toast'

Monday, June 20, 2005