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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.

Friday, April 07, 2006

The American Genius In Action
"'I'd just as soon they shut (Congress) down for a few years...All they do is keep passing laws.'"

     -- Robert Hirsch, 72, a Republican-leaning voter in Chicago.

"The Congress shall assemble at least once in every year, and such meeting shall be on the first Monday in December, unless they shall by law appoint a different day."

"[Congress shall be empowered] To make all laws which shall be necessary and proper for carrying into execution the foregoing powers, and all other powers vested by this Constitution in the government of the United States, or in any department or officer thereof."

     --Constitution of the United States of America, Article I, sections 4-8
Thank goodness the average voter has a sense of how things work. Otherwise, by golly, I'd be worried about our future!

More here: Bush, GOP Approval Ratings Find New Lows.

Thursday, April 06, 2006


So now that we know Libby had explicit presidential approval for the leaks regarding WMD and the Niger yellowcake kerfuffle, we have an interesting problem of framing.

I don't really think there is anything of interest in the president and VP authorizing leaks; that has been going on since the time of George Washington. But what it also means is that Bush has been bald-facedly lying to the public regarding the Plame leak, as well as the WMD issues, since 2002. That is now confirmed.

So: what is the response of the public and the administration going to be? Anything? And will the press hammer this as they should? Will the NY Times recuse itself at last from all this, since the leak was specifically targeted to Judy Miller?

It ain't the leak, as we all know; it's the coverup and the lies that cause the real long term damage.

Libby said Bush cleared leak.

Tuesday, April 04, 2006

Political Primer

For anyone interested in the basic political structures of the Middle East, just how democratic institutions fit in there (or don't), and just what a congestion of absolute monarchies and dictatorships the region is, check out this BBC article. The political profiles of each country are concise, and easy to digest, and provide a good glimpse at why the neocons might want to try and democratize the region, as well as why it is such a quixotic enterprise to think that any such program might work.

BBC NEWS: How democratic is the Middle East?

Monday, April 03, 2006

DeLay Toast

It took months, but it looks like our predictions of a year ago are bearing fruit at last: DeLay to Resign From Congress.
Nothing Much

Not a lot to say today; been keeping myself busy during the rains with my guitar, and spring cleaning, and writing some new songs. Not much exciting me in the headlines, I must say. But I would keep an eye on the upcoming trial of Charles Taylor, if for nothing else than a contrast to the seemingly forgotten trial of Saddam Hussein.