IRAQ: "New Details of Prison Abuse Emerge": "Previously secret sworn statements by detainees at the Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq describe in raw detail abuse that goes well beyond what has been made public, adding allegations of prisoners being ridden like animals, sexually fondled by female soldiers and forced to retrieve their food from toilets. [This sentence, believe it or not, significantly prettifies the allegations.--Eve] ..."'Do you believe in anything?' he said the soldier asked. 'I … [Read more...]

"THERE'S ROOM AT THE CROSS FOR YOU": Christianity Today has this article about Waco's Church Under the Bridge. Excerpts:Lugging backpacks and Hefty bags on Sunday at sunrise, they trickle in to the expanse of dirt and gravel under Interstate 35. Littering this city block between 4th and 5th streets in Waco, Texas are taillight shards, pigeon feathers, and at least one dead bat. The men sit mostly in solitude at the base of support columns, waiting for something to happen.More than a … [Read more...]

She took me to her parents' for a Sunday meal; Her blogwatch took one look at me and he began to squeal...I'm on the road. Be afraid--I may be near YOU!Another (Je est un autre) is a blog exploring depression and literature. When I am not completely exhausted and brain-fried, I will read it more deeply, because it looks really interesting (despite kind of cutesy italics in title). Via Mixolydian Mode, of which more in a moment.Sometime after sleep, I will add Mixolydian Mode to the … [Read more...]

"Everybody was a baby once, Arthur. Oh, sure, maybe not today, or even yesterday. But once! Babies, chum: tiny, dimpled, fleshy mirrors of our us-ness, that we parents hurl into the future, like leathery footballs of hope! And you've got to get a good spiral on that baby, or evil will make an interception!" --"The Tick." Man, I love The Tick.Via Mark Shea. … [Read more...]

NOT EXACTLY NATURAL; STUNNING, NONETHELESS: Someone sent an email to me, in my capacity as editor of Marriage Debate, that read, in its entirety (as best I can remember), "What is homosexuality?"And to be honest, I don't think I know.Homosexuality has gone from an adjective applied to acts to an adjective applied to people--from a tendency to an identity. But that identity shivers out of your hands when you try to grasp it.Some define it as a lack: an incapacity for sexual and/or romantic … [Read more...]

THE INTERNET MUSEUM OF FLEXI/CARDBOARD/ODDITY RECORDS. I only have one of these, I think--"Billy and the Boingers Bootleg" from Bloom County, featuring... let me think... "U Make Me Sick (But I Love U)" and something I can't remember on the B-side. But yeah... this is a treasure trove of the bizarre.You make me sick! way-oh, way-oh, way-oh, You really stink, girl... … [Read more...]

BRIEF IRAQI BLOGWATCH: New blog! (New to me, anyway.) Suha in Iraq, blogging at Suhax.Raed has an alternatingly harsh and sweet post in which his emotional, rational, and political selves battle for dominance. Reminds me of the famous Lee Miller photo from the Blitz, "One Night of Love."And Ali from Iraq the Model harasses a complaining cab driver and finds a kindred spirit from Sadr City. I didn't know that Ali used to work at a hospital in Sadr City. This post is fascinating and, like the … [Read more...]