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Monthly Archives: March 2003

The Secret Police Strike Again

‘On Thursday, March 20, 2003, our friend and colleague Maher (Mike) Hawash was arrested (”detained”) as a “material witness” by the FBI and the Joint Terrorism Task Force in the parking lot of Intel Corp’s Hawthorne Farms parking lot. Simultaneously, FBI agents in bulletproof vests and carrying assault rifles awoke Mike’s wife Lisa and [...]

Safe As Houses

I’ve been wondering about one of the nicer houses in our neighborhood. I drive by it daily on my morning commute. Last week I noticed some digging had been done in the yard. A tree uprooted. And something was happening with the windows. It sort of looked like there may have been a fire. [...]

The People On The Corner

We have no exciting plans to report for this weekend…save for some tentative plans to hang out with friends and family. And I’m half-considering dragging the little man to the Eleni Mandell in-store appearance at Treehouse Records on Sunday. But next weekend, dang, it’s gonna be action-packed. First off, on Friday “Cowboy Bepop: The [...]

Your Emotions Are Nothing But Politics

I’m not going to say Merlin Mann’s recent post put me in my place, but it did give me pause. “Given the din of enthusiastic bloggers who have switched from being experts on cheese sandwiches and kitty cats to full-on public policy wonks, you’d have to infer that there’s a whole lot of ravenous [...]

Distraction Vs. Destruction

Protest / Escapism. Finding myself switching off from one to the other. If I pay attention too closely to the brutality of this obscene and unjust war I’m prone to panic attacks. But as powerless as I think I am, it still feels good to speak out against it…to and with friends and co-workers…by [...]

And The Pictures To Prove It

Your Friends And Neighbors

It was an interesting weekend. The weather was the best we’ve had in a long time. And was partially responsible for me staying awake Friday night, long enough to see “Punch-drunk Love” at the dollar theater. And Saturday was a beautiful, almost balmy day for hanging out at the coffee shop, playing at the [...]

There’s A Village In Texas…

On my way back from lunch I drove past these posters. They reminded me of a story I’d recently heard. A work friend had been out with one of his sons. As they’d driven past a similar sign, declaring baby Bush to be a moron, my friend chuckled and asked his twelve year-old what [...]

This Little Light Of Mine

So, to reiterate…Clarinex=bad. For me, anyhow. I’ll be taking it the next time I want to simulate a hangover, replete with the dry-heaves and spinning rooms. Which is to say, never. I am feeling better now. And I managed to muddle through an evening alone with the little man, as J had gone to [...]

The Clash Of Civilizations

Was just looking at the blog of an Iraqi citizen, and noticed this great quote: “the West won the world not by the superiority of its ideas or values or religion but rather by its superiority in applying organized violence. Westerners often forget this fact, non-Westerners never do.” — Samuel Huntington
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