hangin’ on tour

i’ve been on tour in the midwest for the past week or so. it’s been a great trip….awesome shows, good weather (for the most part) and some great hang out sessions.

first was tony jones in minneapolis. we hung out for a bit before the show. he gave me a tour of solomon’s porch church which was really great. we also got some food/beers and had some great conversation. he blogged about it here in more detail so check it out.

in chicago i met up with rob and kristen bell along with some friends of theirs. it’s always great catching up with friends on the road. we also had some great conversation and I ended up stumping both Rob and his colleague Kent Dobson with a question about Genesis. My question is who was Cain so afraid of being harmed by after he had killed Abel? Was he afraid of his own parents? He would have to be because as far as the story goes, after Abel was killed, there’s no one else there. Who are all these people that Cain was worried about and where did they come from?

if you have a theory, hit me with it.

It’s easy to support a war when you’re not the one having to fight…..

the young neocons of the future show us, with straight faces, how easy it is…..

I love the bit where one of the kids suggests that America “can’t stomach” the war in Iraq…then he fumbles to find any kind of reason why he hasn’t enlisted. Priceless.

In some ways I can’t really blame these kids. They are simply walking the same path as their leaders, our president and vice president who were able to avoid the messiness of actually taking part in active duty during war time. It’s easy to see how the success and influence of their political heroes would rub off on the young ones.

And is it me, or has Tom Delay completely lost his mind?


If this movie is playing anywhere remotely in your area, it is a must see. If you are at all interested in creativity, love, and music (and who isn’t at least interested in one of those?) than this movie will move you in a very real way. I saw the movie last night at a very small art house theater in Omaha. It was truly amazing. The best thing about the movie is listening to the soundtrack afterwards and you’ll find yourself reliving the scenes in the movie through the music. The first scene where the two main characters play a new song together in the music store killed me….so good.

Not only will this more than likely be my favorite movie of the year, but it will easily be one of my favorite musical release as well.

Bring ‘Em Home

A reader of Andrew Sullivan’s blog passed along to Sullivan a letter from his nephew who is a soldier stationed in Iraq:

Yup, still in Baghdad. I fuckin’ hate this sweaty, shit-hole country. At least i got satellite internet hooked up now. About 18 of us chipped in and bought – yeah we frickin’ bought a satellite dish about 5 foot in diameter – stored it in one of the cans we live in until the English-speaking towel-head connected everyone’s cable. So life is pretty peachy for Iraq.

As for Julie, we met at Ft. Rich. She was supposed to greet and welcome the unit that was returning to Ft. Rich. except they got extended 3 months during the flight back home. Yeah, I fuckin’ know. They literally turned the plane around and dropped them off back in Kuwait. Good thing they take all yur ammo away when it’s time for the flight home. Shit, maybe that’s the reason why, cuz id shoot myself too … you know, just in the leg or something so i could go home for good. I’ll just claim it was an accidental discharge (a.d.). All I’d get is an article 15, and right now that doesn’t look like that bad of a trade. Good to hear from you. Take it easy.

(I’ll gladly say good-bye to my PG rating after this post.)

A National Disgrace

“As a longtime attorney at the U.S. Department of Justice, I can honestly say that I have never been as ashamed of the department and government that I serve as I am at this time.

The public record now plainly demonstrates that both the DOJ and the government as a whole have been thoroughly politicized in a manner that is inappropriate, unethical and indeed unlawful. The unconscionable commutation of I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby’s sentence, the misuse of warrantless investigative powers under the Patriot Act and the deplorable treatment of U.S. attorneys all point to an unmistakable pattern of abuse.

In the course of its tenure since the Sept. 11 attacks, the Bush administration has turned the entire government (and the DOJ in particular) into a veritable Augean stable on issues such as civil rights, civil liberties, international law and basic human rights, as well as criminal prosecution and federal employment and contracting practices. It has systematically undermined the rule of law in the name of fighting terrorism, and it has sought to insulate its actions from legislative or judicial scrutiny and accountability by invoking national security at every turn, engaging in persistent fearmongering, routinely impugning the integrity and/or patriotism of its critics, and protecting its own lawbreakers. This is neither normal government conduct nor “politics as usual,” but a national disgrace of a magnitude unseen since the days of Watergate — which, in fact, I believe it eclipses.”

— an excerpt from John S. Koppel’s recent op-ed in the Denver Post. Koppel is a current employee of the DOJ as a civil appellate attorney. He’s been with the DOJ since the Reagan administration.

Will Samson also some good thoughts on this subject.