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SOMETHING THAT UPSETS ME

There are people in the world who actually justify their refusal to vote by claiming that franchise is an opiate for the masses. That's so sad and frustrating I want to retch.

SOMETHING THAT I FIND BITTERSWEET

"Coma Girl", by Joe Strummer and the Mescaleros, is damn near everything a rock 'n roll song should be. The Towson college station has it in furious rotation, and this fact confirms my notion that said station kicks ass. It is barely an exaggeration to say that I can't get enough of that song, because it makes me fucking giddy.

Of course, this giddiness is tempered by the knowledge that Joe Strummer (like Johnny Cash, Warren Zevon, and a frightening number of Ramones) is dead. As I've said before, I hope some of these folks enjoy a posthumous career as lucrative as Tupac's; Strummer seems off to a solid start, at least.

SOMETHING I THINK IS AWESOME BECAUSE I'M A TOTAL FUCKING GEEK

I went by the comic shop today after work, and came home with JLA/Avengers #2 and Superman/Batman: Worlds' Finest #3. Both lived up to my expectations in a big way. The former demonstrates why Kurt Busiek is amazing: it's filled with interactions among characters, ranging from the obscure to the iconic, that display a deep knowledge and love of said characters -- while also making for a great story. It also manages to find some surprises in among the familiar: folks expect the Batman/Captain America and Superman/Thor showdowns to be fun, and they are; but the issue almost gets stolen by Wonder Woman/Hercules.

The latter title is generally more predictable, but still manages to throw a few curveballs. But really, the draw for this one is the interaction between Bats and Supes, and it doesn't disappoint. Again, I'm really pleased when I read comics written by folks who love and understand the characters. (Of course, I use a very odd definition of "understanding" in this case -- some of my favorite depictions of these characters utterly contradict each other. I suppose I just dig on authors that find one aspect of the characters that they can relate to, and produce powerful and consistent renditions of the character in that light. I could start rambling about mythological parallels and modern-day demigods and what not, but I feel that I've probably geeked out enough for this post.)

THINGS THAT MAKE ME BEAM WITH DELIGHT

Our weekend has begun in earnest. We're getting a Margaret visit next weekend, and a Trevor visit sometime this month. My dad and I are trading book recommendations. We're going to see my family for Thanksgiving. There are amazing movies out right now, and more to come. My boss is more than willing to shift schedules around to get me more time in front of classes and/or trainees. Nina and I get to sleep in tomorrow, and get an extra hour of it at that. Samson is willing to be used as a pillow, for short naps at least. And did I mention that I get to spend a weekend with Nina? I think I might've. :-)
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OK, folks, I'll try to put in a longer update later tonight. But first I must share my RAGE.

Check out this article:

http://www.philly.com/mld/philly/news/special_packages/iraq/6918170.htm

Feel the burn.
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Well, my posting has been erratic at best recently. I'll try to do better, because I believe in my heart of hearts that you people care.

I'll lay partial blame for my silence on the upcoming LSAT. While I'm not taking the thing myself, the October exam's frightening popularity means that I'm at least partially responsible for the preparation of about a score of folks who are. Add on the dozen kids in my SAT class, and it's been a busy couple of weeks.

Regarding those SAT kids: I've come to the conclusion that I can't deal with teaching SAT anymore. I don't have the patience to deal with seventeen-year-olds who are being forced to give up their nights and weekends for extra school. It doesn't pay any more than teaching the folks who choose to prepare for graduate school entrance exams, and it's a hell of a lot more aggravating. Luckily, my next two teaching assignments are a GRE and a GMAT class.

Of course, I've got to teach them tomorrow morning, which pleases me not a whit. But then I get to hang out with my brother-in-law, which is something I've been able to do far too little of these past few months.

Since I find it reasonable to assume that anyone reading this is literate, I have no qualms about making a universal recommendation for S.M. Stirling's The Peshawar Lancers. It buckles all the swashes and alternates the histories, and is a damned good yarn all 'round.

Of course, if you still haven't read George R.R. Martin's The Song of Ice and Fire, then I must assume you've given up books for some kind of ascetic reasons anyway, and so to hell with you. Go read A Game of Thrones, dammit. Enlightenment can wait.

Two agenda items upon which comments are most welcome:
1. Figuring out whether I like General Clark for what he believes, in addition to what he is.
2. Figuring out what the hell to do with my life.

Depending on the answers to the above, I may consider volunteering in a political campaign. As I said, comments are welcome.
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POTENTIALLY GOOD

The first part of a four part JLA/Avengers crossover was recently released. I haven't seen it yet, but it's being written by Kurt Busiek of Astro City fame, and the geekbuzz is generally pleased.

POTENTIALLY BAD

Joe Lieberman seemed to score a few points off of Howard Dean during the recent televised debate in Albuquerque. I'm still not 100% Deanite, and he's still leading the pack... but anything good happening for Lieberman's campaign is potentially awful for America.

I'm still waiting to see if Gen. Wesley Clark will run. I must admit I'm intrigued by the idea of the Democrats running a goddammed general against a hawkish president who used his dad's influence to score a gig in the National Guard, and then skipped out on his term of service.

POTENTIALLY REALLY FUCKING UGLY

White Wolf, publishers of the RPGs Vampire: the Masquerade and Werewolf: the Apocalypse, are suing Sony over the new movie Underworld. A press release regarding the suit can be found at http://www.white-wolf.com/News/underworldrelease.html

Politics

Aug. 27th, 2003 05:26 pm
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I've got a couple of degrees in this stuff, so I might as well shoot my mouth off, eh?

Here’s my opinion of the moment: the Bush Administration is a lot more worried about Howard Dean that they want folks to believe. How do I know this? Because of Karl Rove.

Remember a few months back, when Rove made a show of "support" for the Deanites at a public function? How he made it clear that he wanted Dean to get the nomination?

Well, Rove may be evil, but he's never struck me as stupid. I just can't see him showing his hand like that. Why tell folks on the other side of the aisle that you want a guy to win the nomination?

Because, naturally, you don't want him to win the nomination.

Rove was aiming for two targets for his little performance: Democrats and swing moderates. And what he was firing was a meme salvo of "Dean is too liberal to win."

Rove wants the Democrats to worry about putting the "liberal" Dean on the ballot, and the swing moderates to worry about putting him in the White House. He has to resort to this kind of trick because, frankly, an actual examination of Dean's record shows him to be far less liberal than you might think. Check his stance on gun control recently?

Now, who would the Administration want to get the Democratic nod? How about Joe Lieberman, the candidate who epitomizes the "we do everything the Republicans do, only later that day" politicking that got the Democratic Party demolished in 2002? Joey L.'s out there every day positioning himself as a mini-Bush, and begging the Democrats to shoot themselves in the foot. Again.

I bet Karl’s just drooling with anticipation.

Now, I'll be honest. I haven't thrown my support behind Doc Dean, yet. But it seems clear that the current Administration is more worried about him than they're letting on.
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