Religion and Politics

I heard a couple things this weekend about the Middle East that I thought were worth thinking about:

1) Jimmy Carter reminded us on CNN that the PLO, whom we currently consider the rational political party in Palestine used to be a terrorist organization that held as a prime tenant that Israel should be pushed back into the sea.

2) A commentator, whom I could not pick out of a line-up, on some random PBS show Friday mentioned an experience he had at a Foreign Affairs conference recently where everyone was trying to analyze the Middle East using game theory and other rational actor style analysis.



Interesting observations about the disappearance of places that teens can hang-out as an explanation for the growth of MySpace.

Boing Boing Post

Racism or Profiling?

Police will tell you that profiling is an effective crime-fighting technique. Civil libertarians and innocent African Americans who get stopped for no other reason on America's roads will tell you that profiling is racism. Now we are moving on to international profiling or Arabs.


Ashton Youboty

... Best name that could be called in the first round of the NFL draft. (CB, Ohio State).

Obviously we are entering the short dark time between the Super Bowl and NFL Draft. That proceedes the long dark time between the Draft a summer training camps.

I think I'm getting the shakes.

Next Trend in Personal E-mail

I believe Steve has hit on the next trend in personal e-mail: legal disclaimers. Organizations have been doing it for a while now as prompted by legal departments who figured that e-mail could end up being used against them some how.

With the NSA's current terrorism fighting plan centerpiece being read everyone's e-mail and hope we get lucky, its time we private individuals get into the act as well.

Steve offers the following as a beginning.

To the Federal Agents reading this email: I am in no way suggesting or implying that myself or the my communicant are involved with or are pleased with blowing anything up either domestically or in England.

I'm sure there is more we should cover. Suggestions requested.

Why Men Love Lingerie

I periodically hear some women poo-poo lingerie. Why would they wear it? It's uncomfortable to sleep in and, if sleep isn't your goal, it comes off so quickly why bother?

Why? Because, if you're into men, to men lingerie is part of foreplay.


iPod Ownership as Political Activism

Count me among those who are at least moderatly concerned about the record and movie industries attempting to create Intellectual Property rights by suing the pants off grandpas and daughters across the country. But what to do?

Here's an interesting idea... give your Senator an iPod stuffed with creative commons materials. Probably doesn't trump the money that Hollywood can raise for a political donation, but I throw it out there for your consideration.

Your Senator Needs an iPod

"Old" Music

One of the joys of loading old music on to an iPod (865 songs so far... ) is going through entire CD collection and digging up the old stuff you had long forgotten about.

Laugh all you want but GnR actually had more good stuff then I remembered. And why do I not listen to Liquid Tension Experiment more often? (Anyone who has any idea who that last band is other then Clay and Steve get a cookie. Google searches do not count.)


This, apparently unsupported blog tool, is unable to filter comments in any way other then by having me periodically spend 10 minute deleting all the spam.

Since, I obviously have that much free time on my hands to blog anyways... I'll give you all a choice. I turn off comments or we all live with it until some unknown future date when my host switches over to a new tool.

In all fairness to my host, who is otherwise a very competant host, I am complaining about a free tool.

I Told You So

Way back in October I declared the football season over due to the obvious linkage between Michael's jersey wearing habits and the White Sox World Series victory. [ White Sox Victory = Steelers Super Bowl ]

Seriously, both teams played pretty sloppy football. I think the big difference was discipline (or lack of it) that resulted in big plays and mistakes.

Seattle had some chances on offense but always seemed to be a step out of bounds or a holding call away. And their special teams really did not play well. They had 2 or 3 chances to pin the Steelers down deep in the first quarter alone and for one reason or another the ball always ended up in the end zone.

The Seattle defense did well against Pittsburgh, except for three plays. All three touchdowns came as a direct result of big plays, the last two due to missed assignments. First the 3rd down scramble/hail mary to Ward on the 2. Then Parker's big run -- did Seattle have all 11 men on the line of scrimmage? That play was over after he got through the hole. Then the reverse-option pass. The, admittedly back-up, safety bit hard on the reverse there. That's all about discipline and preparation.

A lot of football is about making fewer mistakes then your opponent. The Steelers turned the ball over too many times for my liking and really kept Seattle in the game in the second half, but Seattle's mistakes were more frequent if more subtle.

Congratulations to Seattle, they're a good football team. But, I think the better team won.

ps. I'll begin taking bids for Michael's jersey wearing skills for this year's sporting calendar at this time.

pps. Other football teams need not apply.