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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.

Thursday, December 22, 2005

Holiday Presence

It seems that in the last few days, Congress has found some teeth. Small, dull, grey, poorly enameled milk teeth, to be sure. But still, a few bites here and there are better than nothing.

Beyond that, as we head hurriedly into the fray of the holiday season, with a warmish rain dumping down on all of San Francisco, I am going to hibernate for the weekend, I believe: harboring fond wishes for all of you to have a favorable and entertaining time roundabout christmas and hanukah and hurtling madly toward the death of this year and the birth of the new....

Tuesday, December 20, 2005

It's The Time Of The Season

He's a bastard, a liar, a mongerer, and a belligerent bellicose drunk. But boy oh boy, can Christopher Hitchens write a piece when he feels like it. If I could be 1/10 as good as he is on his worst days, I'd be pretty damn happy.
Lordy Lord

Well, this offensive and disingenuous commentary by the VP explains a lot: Cheney misses the Nixon years.

This is about the consolidation of overt power in the executive, and nothing else. Don't be fooled.

Monday, December 19, 2005

Been Meaning To Mention This

A small but amusing freudian slip: each time I go to the gym and turn on the TV at the treadmill (I watch without headphones, reading the subtitles), I turn on CNN, and since the timing of things dictates what I see, the last few weeks it has been Wolf Blitzer and his show, The Situation Room. Only each time they run the intro, with the branded logo on the screen, I see it as The Saturation Room. Which (I think) says worlds about my opinion on TV news in general, and our politically obsessed and divided country and culture.

And the fact that as of this writing, the domestic spying issue has all but obscured the more significant issues of the day (elections in Iraq, the passage of the defense spending bill with the add-on of ANWR drilling, deaths, etc. etc. etc.), and that the president and Condi Rice appear to be on a nonstop marketing blitz for sovereign executive power in wartime---well, I don't know. It just is wild. I do give the Prez some credit for being (at least) more articulate and direct in his speeches and Q&A than I have ever heard him before. I don't like what I'm hearing, and I don't agree with much, but at least he is slightly sort of stating an opinion and a stand. And that, from him, is a sea change.

On the other hand, I've lost nearly all of the little respect I ever had for Dr. Rice. She is a shill, and she knows it, and appears to be too cynical and self-absorbed to give a damn. Sad.