Saturday, December 15, 2007

Tony Blankley, Oh My God

I'm not sure I can listen to Left, Right and Center anymore. I never agree with anything Tony Blankley says, but at least I can usually listen to him; he speaks well and never becomes outraged and hateful like so many other conservative commentators. But a couple of days ago he went on NPR and did an editorial where he said that the CIA throwing away the tapes of waterboarding of prisoners, a clearly illegal act, was exactly the right thing to do because if those tapes ever got out they would make our lies about waterboarding less plausible to the Islamic world.

He also said this on Left, Right and Center, and followed it up by stating that the national interest clearly outweighed the law in cases like this.

I wish there was a nice Facisistic state Tony could go and live in, rather than trying to destroy mine.

Monday, October 15, 2007


Listening to random songs in my car. First up: "Larks Tongues in Aspic Pt. II" by King Crimson (live version by the "double trio"). The power, masculinity, intellect and sheer fun of the music makes me pound my steering wheel with my fists as I wait at a light.

Next up: "Polegnala E Todora (Love Song)" by Le Mystere Des Voix Bulgare, to me pretty much the epitome of the beauty, gentleness and (since I don't know the language) mystery of femininity.

Whipsawed by humanity, I cried a little. Sue me.

Monday, September 10, 2007

iPhone, good God

I played with one over the weekend, and it is perhaps the most beautiful and intuitive piece of tech I have ever seen. Too many downsides for me to switch now, though: no tethering (using the phone as a modem for my laptop), no ebooks, no 3G, no overseas use. And iTunes is too limited for the various music file formats I want to use, as well as video formats.

Apple has really screwed up doing the exclusivity contract with AT&T, though. Stuff like this:
$4800 iPhone Bill

iPhone Bill Surprisingly Huge

is inexcusable, and really does damage to the brand.

Friday, May 18, 2007

Why a War "Czar"?

There has been a lot of speculation as to why the President wants to appoint someone to be in charge of prosecuting the war in Iraq (the so-called "War Czar"). As many have suggested, doesn't the Commander in Chief already hold that position?

I don't actually mean this as a "snark", or sarcastic comment, and I don't really even mean it in a cynical way, but I think this might actually be close to the truth: the President is sick of dealing with Iraq, and probably overrode Karl Rove (despite the political problems such a move would cause) to make this happen. He has a history of getting into business situations and failing at them, and then either bailing or getting someone (like his father or his father's friends) to fix the situation for him. This is just true; read anything you like about the history of Bush's business dealings.

Isn't this the most likely reason for such an odd and politically risky move?

Thursday, May 17, 2007

The new Plasmabat album is now available!

The new Plasmabat album is now available!

It is an album of mostly delicate guitar instrumentals, all composed and performed by me (with a little help from my friends Lynda and Serge)

I hope you like it! I've also updated the Plasmabat Myspace page:

If you feel like it, do me a big favor and review it!


Tuesday, April 03, 2007

Hooray for the New Congress

This is the first time since I've been old enough to know that I have been proud of my Congress. I don't care about the pork, I don't care about the fact that the Prez promised to veto the war spending bill before they even drafted it.

This Congress took a principled stand on the most important issue of the day, and used all the tools they had to make it happen. I'm proud of them.

I am, however, confused about the reaction of the mainstream press. Every story I've read or heard about regarding the bill seems to make the assumption that the President's anticipated veto is not only inevitable but is somehow the Congress' responsibility. That somehow they should have crafted a bill that would both satisfy the public that elected them and the President, without any kind of compromise on his part.

But as far as I remember, the Legislative and the Executive branch are equals, so why doesn't the President have to compromise and the Congress does? The entire country (no, the entire world) know that the President was wrong in his execution of the supposed "war", and yet when the Congress finally expresses the will of the people of the United States, as they should, they are excoriated by our own press.

This is the main stream media that went along with the personal destruction of President Clinton by his political enemies, and the one that allowed George Bush to push his reactionary and constitution-weakening agenda without fear of criticism.

I'm damn sick of it.