Day: June 23, 2006

Well, Knock Me Over With a Feather

CIA-Treasury program to monitor bank records to “search for terrorist activity” expands Bush’s power. You know, again. A secret CIA-Treasury program to track financial records of millions of Americans is the latest installment in an expansion of executive authority in…

Was He Wearing a Fez?

Man on mini-motorcycle leads police on chase. Like a Shriner parade, with Tasers. I always regret not buying the Shriner fez I found in an antique store in Dutchess County.

Try me.

Scott Eric Kaufman asked this in one of the comments threads: The real issue here, I think, is how to ask such a question in the first place. How does one scale that first wall which prevents the ignorant from…

The Person My Dog Thinks I Am

Ballastexistenz has a post up about the difference between content and style, as it were: (You should go read the whole thing; I’m quoting chapters in isolation out of a long post.) At any rate, one of the false overlays…

One Man, One Woman

Eteraz posted this essay on muslim polygamy in America a while ago: Now, some of you may be thinking: I want to be such a man. If you do, good for you. Frankly speaking, I have no interest in a…

Awright!

The Supreme Court unanimously upholds a worker’s right to sue for retaliation when the worker complains about bias, even when that retaliation does not take an ultimate form such as firing or denial of promotion. Reassignment to a less attractive…

Killing. Machines.

We had a deal, alligators. You can stay in Florida and Louisiana and Texas, with people who understand you. With people who take it in stride when you attack little old ladies or knock on their doors. But when you…

Forgot one!

I neglected to mention one of my biggest pet peeves. Lack of paragraph breaks in page-long passages of text: reliable indication of megalomania, or simple rudeness? Discuss.

Crazy Is as Crazy Does

And crazy knows no religious bounds, as nutjobs of all stripes look up at God and yell, “Bring it on!” For thousands of years, prophets have predicted the end of the world. Today, various religious groups, using the latest technology,…