Category: Rants

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Secondhand on a Plane

I’m in Phoenix this weekend, where my wife is attending a work function. She and I arrived by car after traveling throughout Arizona during the week, but we heard a funny bit of conversation from one of her co-workers. President Bush was in Phoenix briefly yesterday, and so Kim’s co-worker’s plane was forced to circle ...

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Today’s Required Reading

Gitmo’ Better Blues – The folly of the new Guantanamo trials. By Neal Katyal (Slate.com). This is my fear, one that seems all too likely to happen: at some point in the future, probably the near future, it will come out that the military detentions at Guantanamo Bay, the ones controlled by the President and ...

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In Vegas

I’m in Las Vegas on a quasi vacation while my wife has business here. We’re staying at the Venetian, which is probably best described as Disneyland for those who wish to part with their money. (Not that Disneyland is a cheap day, but this is a different scale.) Yes, there are canals (much smaller than ...

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Martha’s TV Show Yanked

Now that Martha Stewart has been convicted, the fallout is starting to drop. Salon reports that her TV show Martha Stewart Living has been cut from CBS and UPN, leading me to believe that it’s probably doomed in other markets too (if it’s even shown in others; I don’t know). I wouldn’t be surprised if ...

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Hey, I Am “the People”!

I’m seeing Republicans talk about being uniters, but their words are betraying them. One thing being repeated by congresscritters and the President is that the proposed Constitutional amendment “defining” marriage as between a man and a woman is important because it’s the will of “the people.” Bush said in his press conference: “On a matter ...

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Gay Marriage vs Civil Unions

Bush made a call for a constitutional amendment barring gay marriage today, cementing the fact that our President is not only a warmonger, but a bigot, too. I’m surprised that the administration is taking this up as a big issue, but then again, it’s an easy way to mobilize their right-wing Christian base during an ...

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Fearsomely Effective

As a writer, I appreciate a good turn of phrase, and I’ve found a gem this week written by Rupert Goodwin in a ZDNet UK Diary where Rupert talks about using a webcam on a Wi-Fi train trip from London to Scotland: The four and a half hour journey slips by in a caffeinated haze: ...

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I’ll Skip the New 24

The new season of 24 is about to start, and it sounds like it suffers from the same malady that caused me to lose interest about a third into season two: Jack Bauer’s daughter, Kim. The New York Times review, Countering Terrorists, and a Dense Daughter, sums it up exactly: The bad news is that ...

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The Machines Are Aware

For no good overarching reason, I’ve been making lots of tech changes recently – and so far, the machines are aware and are rebelling. First it was the PowerBook G4, which I’ve been using as my main machine for a little over three years. The day before new PowerBooks were announced, my baby decided to ...

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I Love Londoners

The New York Times writes about illusionist/publicity whore David Blaine in Disillusionment Over the Thames. I don’t pay much attention to Blaine, but I like the fact that folks in London aren’t automatically wowed by his latest endurance feat: living in a plexiglass box for 44 days suspended over the Thames. Since Sept. 5, he’s ...