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Heart of the Matter 01/27/10

If the Hippocratic Oath Applied to Intelligence I’m just about done with Tim Weiner’s phenomenal Legacy of Ashes: The History of the CIA. Two themes are at the heart of the book. First, the Agency has been incompetent from its inception. The roster of incompetence includes subversion operations that cost the lives of hundreds of … Continue reading

Heart of the Matter 01/26/10

The Best Lack All Conviction If you want a pristine example of why people view Democrats as feckless wimps, here’s Obama’s statement from yesterday on what the Dems should do about health care reform following Brown’s Massachusetts victory: “Here’s one thing I know and I just want to make sure that this is off the … Continue reading

The Great Grief Experiment: Part 1

Anytime you view a film, be it a new one or an old favorite, your current situation/place in the world/outlook is going to color that film to some degree. Sometimes it totally rearranges your perception of the film in question. I can think of nothing that alters your perception or attitude like a break-up though. … Continue reading

Gettin’ Kreuk’d up

Back in the 90’s when I played Street Fighter II, my friends would so-du-ken the shit out of me with Ken and Ryu, as I played with Chun-Li and her spinning bird kick. She is one of my favorite characters from the Capcom series. So when I had the opportunity to DVR Street Fighter: Legend … Continue reading

Joe Hill – Horns

Last week I was given an advance reader copy of Joe Hill’s new book HORNS. I’ve had more than a few folks recommending TWENTIETH CENTURY GHOSTS and HEARTSHAPED BOX to me for a while now. However, as usual the pile is near-ceiling height and my response to even his most impassioned enthusiasts (and there are … Continue reading

The Lovely Bones

When did Peter Jackson go from the director who made movies with rats singing about sodomy, to the director who models his films after The Notebook? He started getting cheesy about midway through The Two Towers, and he’s reached his Spielberg-ian peak with this film. I don’t think it’s a bad film, mind you. It’s … Continue reading