June 28th, 2004

Scorpion

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"U.S. administrator L. Paul Bremer has issued a raft of edicts revising Iraq's legal code and has appointed at least two dozen Iraqis to government jobs with multi-year terms in an attempt to promote his concepts of governance long after the planned handover of political authority on Wednesday."

Good analysis of how the Iraq occupation is eroding the central concepts of Bush's doctrine.

Magnificent: Fahrenheit 9/11 breaks a couple records on its way to number one for the weekend. (In related news, both Disney and White Chicks can go screw themselves.)

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Avi Arad, the genius behind the Marvel comics movie explosion.
"If I paid attention to the Internet, I'd have a short life." -Avi Arad
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Detainees, Combatants Can Challenge Detentions
Supreme Court Limits Scope of Presidential Wartime Powers

"In two crucial decisions today on the scope of presidential wartime powers, the Supreme Court rejected the Bush administration's claim that it can hold suspected terrorists or 'enemy combatants' on American soil without giving them a day in court."

[Padilla has to refile on a technicality, though.]

...and...

Transfer of authority in Iraq comes early! Great way to show your confidence in the face of those few insurgents, by doing the transition in the cover of night and all.

Oh, and what's going to actually change for the people of Iraq? Not much.
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Pics of the new Star Wars miniatures coming out (courtesy Magistrate.)

Unfortunately, like the D&D minis that came out last year, they will be collectible (i.e., you get a random 8 or so in a booster pack.) That's sort of good news if, like me, you buy a lot second-hand through eBay stores and the like, meaning it'll be easy to get, say a horde of Stormtroopers. Yes, it means getting the fancy version of Luke or Chewie might be a bit more expensive, but that's the way capitalism works these days.

Anyways. Excited by this!
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Hmmm, well out of date here. Let's start slow.

Tonight was book club, always a treat. Bebe was, well, sort of behaved. She showed off her tantrums for our friends for a bit. Next month, we're reading The Last Unicorn.

Sunday's canasta disasta was big fun. For example, I learned to play canasta, which isn't as complex as it seemed at first. I meant to steal the cheat sheet that we were using during the game, listing all the point values for what, but ah well. And tasty grillin'! Got to see the Canadian-going crew before their big trip this week as well. All in all, a fine evening.

Thursday, tze clubbe was a treat as well. Birthday wishes were passed on, many people were seen and chatted with. The music was relatively good, but the conversation was better, and kept me from dancing as much as I usually do. Considering it didn't cost me that much either, it may have to repeat soon.

Aaaannnddd, the other big news is about RQ';s job, or current lack thereof. I will just redirect to her LiveJournal for the details. But hey, that's a little more free time now! Right, with the job searchin' and all.