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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, September 15, 2006

The President's Dangerous Inadequacy
"Bush said the Geneva Convention's ban was 'very vague' and required clarification. 'What does that mean, 'outrages upon human dignity?' That's a statement that is wide open to interpretation.'"
If this president cannot, as a moral being and a self-professed Christian, identify what an outrage upon human dignity is, then any response at this point other than a complete alteration of the current state of affairs in his government is utterly useless.

AP: Bush fights GOP revolt over terror bill.
Baghdad Under Siege?
"Iraq's interior ministry has announced plans to increase security in Baghdad by digging trenches around the city, and surrounding it with checkpoints."
Dig a moat. That's the ticket. Good lord, how did we bring it all to this?

BBC: Trenches plan to secure Baghdad

Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Farewell, Governor Richards...

May you rest in good peace. You will be missed:

Ex-Texas Gov. Ann Richards dies.
Palestinians disunited over unity government

The quotes?
"Hamas does not and will not recognize the occupation and will not accept any government agenda that may imply a recognition of the occupation."
-Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri.

Under his deal with Hamas, a unity government "will respect the agreements (Israel) signed with the PLO."
-Mahmoud Abbas
I find this funny, in a terrible, sad way:

Hamas, Abbas in disharmony over unity policies

Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Another Black Eye

I don't have much love for the Governator, but I've even less for Angelides and the status quo ante type of Democrat he represents. This escapade simply strengthens my feeling that, in the governor's race, I won't be casting a vote with my party come election day...

Rival admits leaking Schwarzenegger tape.
Bastard Alert
"Cyclists who wear protective helmets are more likely to be knocked down by passing vehicles...The study found drivers tend to pass closer when overtaking cyclists wearing helmets than those who are bare-headed."
Read this, and then ponder your own driving habits...

BBC NEWS: Wearing helmets 'more dangerous'
The Day After 9/11

So we have al Qaeda offshoots storming the US embassy in Damascus, and HP Chair Dunn is stepping down. And I am off to the clinic for a rather unpleasant medical test. Sigh. What will you be up to today?

Sunday, September 10, 2006

Hewlett Packard Poke
"'When boards get fearful sometimes they do stupid things,'' he said.

'This is a sign of the times,'' Challenger said. 'Think of how Bush has been handling the leaks in his administration.'

'This sends an atrocious message to the company about business ethics at the top,'' he said. 'It should be taught in business school as something not to do.'"
I don't need to connect the dots, do I? Things other than wealth tend to trickle down...

The boardroom intrigue behind implosion at Hewlett-Packard