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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.

Tuesday, May 16, 2006

The Cornered Cries Uncle

OK. I am surprised, pleased, a bit stunned, and utterly skeptical as yet of this. But it is hugely encouraging. If this is what a 29% approval rating does, let's hope it stays that low. I think this means that he really, really wants the Hayden hearings to be approved. And that he really, really knows that if he doesn't start opening up, he might not last until January '09 with even a modicum of legacy left.

Bush agrees to full NSA oversight by Congress.

Monday, May 15, 2006

Big Brother

Josh Marshall has pointed to this ABC blog article, and I think everyone should be aware. I agree with him on this: the current administration has not provided any reason to be trusted with the pushing of constitutional boundaries. And I would say that trakcing the phone calls of the press is definitely in that category. First journalists, next, who knows? We're all a threat if the threat is political, rather than to the body politic.

Like Herbert Hoover said, "Absolute freedom of the press to discuss public questions is a foundation stone of American liberty." Consider that next to what the current president has said: "What we are doing is legal."

Read more: The Blotter

So we are restoring full ties with Ghaddafi. I wonder if this is part of any larger plan, in exchange for further information/cooperation toward nailing down the WMD/nuke black market, or whether it's just a sop to him for being a good boy.

BBC NEWS: US to renew full ties with Libya

Sunday, May 14, 2006