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Monday, September 30, 2002

 
Not in Our Name -- If you're as disgusted as I am by the political opportunism and transparent, war-mongering machinations of President-Select Bush and his junta of thugs and drunks, please take a moment to consider signing on to the Not in Our Name project.

The project statement is a powerful call to action by U.S. residents who have, in the majority, done nothing while their government stripped some of its citizens of their rights and waged war that has to date killed thousands of innocents abroad:

We believe that people of conscience must take responsibility for what their own governments do -- we must first of all oppose the injustice that is done in our own name. Thus we call on all Americans to RESIST the war and repression that has been loosed on the world by the Bush administration. It is unjust, immoral, and illegitimate. We choose to make common cause with the people of the world.

...and there's much more. Stop by Not in Our Name's web site, read the document, and if it reflects your beliefs about the current state of disastrous U.S. policies by the illegal, unelected Bush junta, sign on and make a contribution if you can.

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Saturday, September 28, 2002

 
Ketchup -- I read Warren Ellis and Darick Robertson's final Transmet this week, and you know, they wrapped that up nicely. The resonance with the first issue set the proper tone, and the surprise ending was both hilarious and touching -- a fitting reward for readers who've hung in for all these years. I can't say I'm not glad it's over -- but the ending really summed up nicely the overriding themes of the series.

I got through about half of the second episode of Firefly, and gave up. The series is a dead-in-the-water stinker, with no hope of salvation. The core idea is very, very bad, and it doesn't get any better anywhere else along the way.

My wife finally got her car back yesterday after a week in the shop, preceeded by just five or six hours of ownership. I have serious doubts that it won't break down again; I'm a big believer in the law of averages and when a car breaks down twice in the first 6 hours you have it, well, that does not bode well for the future. But she has it back and in fact is out there driving around even as I type these words. She has a CD player in her car; I have a cassette deck that doesn't work. In this regard, at least, yes, I am a bit jealous.

Mark Millar is to be applauded for his disturbing new interview with Mark Alessi. CrossGen's publisher appears to bluntly answer most of Millar's questions, but I'll tell you, if you're old enough to understand a bit about life and business and how they interact and should be kept seperate, there's some scary, scary shit in what Alessi has to say. Millar's definitely trying to make a point with his interview, obviously knows a bit more than he's saying, and the whole thing kind of scares the hell out of me. Check it out.

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Saturday, September 21, 2002

 
Out of Focus -- It's been a busy 24 hours. My wife decided to trade in her old car (a great idea, since it's nearly ten years old and who knows how much longer it would have kept going), and she had a really easy time at the car dealership, calling me just after I left work to tell me that she had made a deal and would be getting her "new" used car in a couple of hours.

She brought it home around dinnertime, and decided to take us out to dinner to celebrate. We had a nice dinner and afterward she decided she wanted to get some mats to keep the floor nice. You know how somebody is when they've just bought a car.

As the premiere of Firefly began, the phone rang. She was stuck at the store and the car wouldn't start.

So today will be lost to forcing the dealer to fix the damned car, whatever's wrong with it.

Bah.

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