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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 27, 2006

Slight Dyslexia Of Sorts

I admit, I did a double take: when I first glanced at this headline, I could have sworn it said
Iron Chef Eclipses Clerics.
Now I know that is just not right. But it would have made a much better news item.

NYT: Iran Chief Eclipses Clerics as He Consolidates Power.
Odometer Thoughts

Once again, I ask forgiveness at the sparcity of posts here; you see, tomorrow is my 40th birthday, and aside from getting a dinner organized with a half dozen friends, I am spending a good deal of time pondering the sensation of turning a significant (albeit artificial) corner in life.

Today, I am a thirtysomething. Tomorrow, I'm just old.

It's an odd sensation. I know simultaneously that it means very little, and that it also carries tremendous baggage. Perhaps this is incipient midlife crisis. Perhaps it's just what we all go through when our age-odometer flips over another "0". I don't know. But it has certainly made me less inclined to rant about what is going on in the world around me. It's election season, and my phone is ringing constantly with solicitations, and my mailbox is full of glossy voting slates, and all I can think is "damn: I'm almost 40! Why on earth don't I have a date on Saturday night?"

Any thoughts or interjections are most welcome. Have a great long weekend.

Thursday, May 25, 2006

The Sacrificial Lambs

Looks like we know how to let justice take revenge:

The New York Times - Breaking News, World News & Multimedia: "Breaking News 12:04 PM ET: Enron Verdict Announcements Begin: Lay Is Guilty on All 6 Counts; Skilling Is Guilty of Conspiracy"

Tuesday, May 23, 2006

Dumber Than Dumb

So DiFi thinks her immigration plan is better than the senate proposal. Fine. But in both cases they hinge on the creation and promulgation of ID cards (a menacing thought) and hefty fines and fees:
"Step Two: Submit full application for an orange card in person by providing the necessary documents...pay back taxes and a $2,000 fine...The orange card would signify the right to work and travel legally."

"Step Three: Annual submission of documentation proving that the individual is working, paying taxes, and has committed no felonies or misdemeanors, accompanied by a $50 fee."

But why should illegals want to bother with that, when you can get a fake Green Card for about $100?

Read more: THE IMMIGRATION DEBATE / Feinstein offers plan to legalize immigrants / SENATOR’S ALTERNATIVE: Three steps would put illegal workers on path to green card.

Monday, May 22, 2006

Back Again

It remarkable how much can happen is just a few days. I have been AWOL since wednesday last week, helping my friends to celebrate their wedding on saturday---which meant, for me, a bachelor party thursday, prep work and running a rehearsal on friday, more prep on saturday morning, being a groomsman and performing the ceremony that afternoon, and then of course flirting with all the brides lovely friends for the remainder of the evening. Hard work, let me tell you!

But really, coming back and trying to make of all the news is a bit overwhelming. It's going to take me a few days to get through all the updates on Iran and Iraq and Gaza and Montenegro and the continuing slide of the market and the latest scandals in Washington and on and on and on. So please forgive me if there are no brilliant insights here for the next day or two. I'm trying, really I am. But I am also sleep-deprived, and so moving just a tad slow.

In the meanwhile, this is an interesting and pretty cool development: AP--Pills Rendering Menstrual Period Optional