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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, December 27, 2008

Fading Fast

It would seem that GOP committee members have the "good humor and good sense" to be tone deaf racist bigots:
The chairman of the Republican National Committee said Saturday he was "shocked and appalled" that one of his potential successors had sent committee members a CD this Christmas featuring a 2007 song called "Barack the Magic Negro."
Hmm. I think that the current Republican party is busily turning itself into an historical footnote of insignificance.


Yeah. Right.

Today's attacks on Gaza are horrible, gruesome, and likely to increase---and it was entirely avoidable, if Hamas weren't intent on playing poker with the lives of their own people and those of the Israelis as well. And the US expresses "hope that civilian casualties can be kept to a minimum."

Thank goodness that whole Annapolis thing is completely set in stone and perpetually driving all this.


Wednesday, December 24, 2008


The radio silence of the last few days is not due to lack of rants available, nor of interest: it appears that I've blown out a disk in my lower back, and that has complicated even the most basic of activities in my daily routine. The blogging has had to take a backseat to icepacks and chiropractic visits. But, in the spirit of the holiday season, here's a little amuse from the BBC to help shatter any stereotypes of the Muslim middle east and sexual mores that might be lingering in the corners of your mind:
Sexy secrets of the Syrian souk
Happy Holidays, one and all!