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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.

Saturday, May 06, 2006

Russian Mail Order Bride Spam Of The Day

This came through on one of the happy social networking sites that comprise the Great New World of so-called Web 2.0:
I have read your structure, and you me admit fairly, are very interesting. I with the great pleasure would like get acquainted with you closer.
My name is Natasha, me of 26 years. I very sociable, interesting, the girl. I very much want get acquainted with interesting, cheerful, vigorous kind and clever the man. I think, that it will be interesting us find out each other. I leave you the electronic address: xxxxxxxxx@gawab.com
With impatience I wait for your letter."
Everything that's old is new again. Someday, the translation programs will get better though, and this stuff will be less amusing...

Friday, May 05, 2006


So Goss resigns, effective immediately. Could be a move from Bolten. Could be the aftermath of the Pulitzers. Or it could be the current hookergate scandal that Josh Marshall has been following.


CIA Director Porter Goss Resigns.

Thursday, May 04, 2006

Pot Calls Kettle Black Alert!
"Vice President Dick Cheney, in remarks that caused a stir in neighboring Russia, accused President Vladimir Putin Thursday of restricting the rights of citizens."
Oh my. Of all the spokespeople to choose. Oh my oh my.

On the other hand, I sorta agree with him. Read it here: Cheney Lectures Russia About Reform.

Monday, May 01, 2006

The Quieter Voice
"'They are demonstrating that they really are not immigrants. They don't act like immigrants. They don't behave like immigrants. Immigrants are those who come here legally, and those who remain here legally. Immigrants refuse and reject the maltreatment, the corruption, the poverty and crime of their dead-end countries. Immigrants are proud and grateful to be here, and eager to learn English, eager to assimilate and acculturate. Real immigrants will embrace and obey the laws of America and work hard with realistic hopes of achieving the best life and the American dream.'"
That's from a legal, employed immigrant from Peru. I have to say I pretty much agree. I am not really excited about seeing a discussion or even a protest about the issues surrounding illegal immigration, turn into a popular uprising against "the criminalization of immigrants."

We have a huge problem in this country; we now rely on the economic benefits of the illegals, and have sustained the growth of the more than 11 million living here now. At the same time, this should be about how to handle the relationship with Mexico, and our border, and how to effectively manage a burgeoning population of---yes, criminals, sorry, if you're here without papers, you're breaking the law---undocumented illegals. I'm all for a comprehensive solution that mixes significant enforcement with carrots to allow those who are here and contributing to find a way to get into the legal stream, but at the same time to not penalize those who do play by the rules. A sort of traffic school for immigrants. So far nothing proposed at the federal level comes even close to being reasonable; either it's racist and offensive (Sensenbrenner), or short-sighted and lacking in balance (Bush).

If you drive too fast, you take a risk. If you're caught you get a ticket. Why can't we take the same approach here?

1,500 march in Oakland immigration rights protest / Thousands take to streets nationwide.