August 17th, 2008



First and foremost, happy birthday to mscongeniality!

Battle report from last night's Horrorclix games here, for the two or three of you that would be interested in such a thing.

Came home from the tourney to a surprise houseguest, always welcome. Afterwards, M. and I stayed up watching Sliding Doors, which was mostly decent, but, well, flawed. It turns out I'm a sucker for John Hannah, though.

No Z. until this evening, which is good, as last night we found out a.) our main cable box is busted, somehow, and b.) the gato needs a bath. Grr. Quiet day at home has rapidly become busy day of housework. But after I sit on the phone with Verizon for an hour. Good times.

Quiet week ahead, followed by a busy weekend. This is the new pattern, it seems.


Sunday reading

"What we haven't had is a deep exploration of problems here at home that are threatening the very vibrancy of the nation, including: the dismal employment picture (there are many more Americans out of work than the official statistics show); the terrible toll that the housing and mortgage crisis is taking on families from one coast to the other; the tens of millions of Americans who are without health insurance coverage; the stunning high school dropout numbers; and a demoralizing problem with violent crime in several parts of the country."

"The Justice Department has proposed a new domestic spying measure that would make it easier for state and local police to collect intelligence about Americans, share the sensitive data with federal agencies and retain it for at least 10 years."

"A serious investigation would have focused on the senior figures responsible for this program. So what is the penalty for such a systematic violation of the law? Well, according to Mukasey, there isn't one. Those involved have already suffered enough. Yes, they suffer because their misdeeds are now known... But in fact, the Justice Department didn't willingly lay this bare. It had to be dragged kicking and screaming to the truth. Its instincts throughout the entire process were to cover up and lie about what was being done — as the inspector general documented in excruciating detail. And while Michael Mukasey praises the career professionals around him, the facts are that he has surrounded himself with political flacks who were deeply enmeshed in the cover up."

"Though this spot is the program's mocking sendup of itself and the news media's mania for self-promotion, it inadvertently gets at one very real truth: the emergence of The Daily Show as a genuine cultural and political force. When Americans were asked in a 2007 poll by the Pew Research Center for the People and the Press to name the journalist they most admired, Mr. Stewart, the fake news anchor, came in at No. 4, tied with the real news anchors Brian Williams and Tom Brokaw of NBC, Dan Rather of CBS and Anderson Cooper of CNN. And a study this year from the center's Project for Excellence in Journalism concluded that 'The Daily Show is clearly impacting American dialogue" and "getting people to think critically about the public square.'"