DISHONOR AT GUANTANAMO: Jendi Reiter[Parts of this are overstated. But the bits I'm quoting are powerful and right. --Eve]...A culture that treats the body as a mere machine for pleasure will produce the perfect recruits for the machinery of pain. The breakdown of ethical restraints in our military prisons has been made possible by the liberal idolatry of the self, whose will to power cannot tolerate the restraints of chastity or religious obligation. ......The greatest blasphemy is using … [Read more...]


"LET ALL MORTAL FLESH KEEP SILENT": COLD AND RAW THE NORTH DID BLOW. Irina might be in trouble. She talks with her supervisor, and remembers V-Day. There's champagne and cognac, and Irina learns what month it is. This section is g-rated, but as I've said before, the rest of the story very much isn't. This is definitely the story that has most disturbed me in the writing of it, so, you know, forewarned. Anyway, story so far is here; newest scene is here. There are maybe two more segments. … [Read more...]

I AM BOURBON, HEAR ME ROAR: Congratulations! You're 116 proof, with specific scores in beer (60), wine (66), and liquor (78). Screw all that namby-pamby chick stuff, you're going straight for the bottle and a shot glass! It'll take more than a few shots of Wild Turkey or 99 Bananas before you start seeing pink elephants. You know how to handle your alcohol, and yourself at parties. Test your Alcohol Knowledge here. Old O, if you get less than the highest score, I will never respect … [Read more...]

SOME DO IT WITH A SIX-GUN, SOME WITH A FOUNTAIN PEN: MLY writes: "Your political art post made me think of Hugo's Last Day of a Condemned Man and the movie 'Dead Man Walking.' Is the former better than the latter, according to your criteria? Do they both succeed? Might be interesting to give examples of successful and failed political art."Unfortunately, I haven't read the Hugo nor seen DMW. And it's hard to think of examples of successful political art--in part because it is, you know, very … [Read more...]

DEPORTATION CASE FOCUSES ON DEFINITION OF TORTURE: From the NY Times: ...No one disputes that for ex-convicts like Mr. Auguste, 28, who completed a 10-month jail sentence for the attempted sale of cocaine, deportation to Haiti is a grim prospect. Under Haitian policy, federal and immigration courts have found, deportees with a criminal record are placed in indefinite preventive detention, without food, water or toilets, in cells so crowded that they cannot lie down; prisoners are subjected to … [Read more...]

TODAY IS A GOOD DAY FOR SOMEBODY ELSE TO DIE. Funny Discworld quiz that makes me want to read the books. … [Read more...]