Quote of the Day

Ursula LeGuin on the adaptation of her Earthsea books as an animated feature by Goro Miyazaki:

I get roundly scolded on my Web site by younger Japanese people for not understanding the movie. These people don’t know the books, so they’re not confused, as I was.

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Please, Guys, Let’s Not Make This All About Payback

It seems to me that I’m hearing and reading a fair amount of grumbling now that the Democratic leadership has announced that they aren’t going to impeach Bush and Cheney. Some are saying they figure or hope that this is a ploy on the part of the Democrats, that they’re hoping that investigations will bring to light enough evidence of corruption and illegal activity that the public mood will change and they can go after impeachment then.

But I actually agree that impeachment shouldn’t be on the Dems’ to-do list now. If investigations bring out clear evidence of impeachable offenses, that’s when to put it on the list. Our first job in this area, though, ought to be just finding out what’s been going on, not deciding beforehand who we’re going to pin it on.

I say that even though I think there’s every reason to figure that investigations will turn up impeachable offenses. We still shouldn’t go in with the mindset that what we are doing are looking for something to nail Bush and Cheney with. We should go in with the attitude that we are looking to find out what’s been going on, and only then will we decide what to do.

I want to know what the administration has been up to whether it leads to impeachment or not. There has beyond any reasonable doubt been lots of illegal activity and we need to bring it to light and see its true extent, where it isn’t as well as where it is, or we can’t correct it.

But if we going in with the attitude that our highest objective is to find something impeachable, we’re just proving that we never really thought Ken Starr was doing anything wrong, we just hated that it was their side doing it to us instead of vice versa.

Confessions of an Angry Hustler

Dave pointed me to this interesting interview with the man who outed Ted Haggard.

Are you sure he just wasn’t interested in saving your soul?
Yes, I am certain. We never discussed religion at all.

People who use crystal meth usually end up doing it on a daily basis. So it seems improbable that he only did it with you once a month.
I don’t know. All I can tell you is that once we were a year into the relationship, so to speak, he usually did it every time he saw me.

Do you think he was doing meth before you met him?
You know what’s interesting? He acted stupid when he first got it, like, “How should I do it? What do I do with it?” And I was like, jeesh. I would fall into the trap and show him, like he was this innocent guy who was curious. But you know he is not stupid. That’s the thing, he’s not a stupid man, he just screwed up.

And a bad actor?
Yeah. Definitely.

Funny line on The Daily Show last week to the effect that you know you’re in trouble when you’re ceding the moral high ground to a drug-dealing prostitute …

New Site, Same Old Blog

I’ve moved my blog to TextDrive, an ISP in San Francisco, because they’re offering a nice lifetime membership deal — I figure the company and I just both have to stay alive for a little less than two years for me to break even, once I finish the changeover and cancel my other ISPs.

At the same time I’m switching my blogging software from Movable Type to WordPress. I’m not altogether sure why I’m making the change of software — WordPress has a few features that I find very appealing, but on the other hand it does mean learning a new interface and I’m not convinced that the plusses are really outweighing the minuses as much as all that. Maybe I did it just to shake myself and this blog up a bit.

Of course the new software means creating a new set of templates, and of course that means taking some existing template and tweaking it to my liking. I think 98% of the blog templates out there are based on somebody else’s template. Even the template that I’ve tweaked to create this one is based on somebody else’s, I’m reasonably sure — the CSS contains some odd, unnecessary lines that don’t make sense except as the fossilized remains of a still earlier version.

Since I liked the old look just fine, a lot of the tweaking has been a matter of changing the fonts and color scheme and so on in the new template to match the old one, and then adapting the rest so that it seems to me to harmonize. Everything isn’t perfectly the way I want it yet, but it’s good enough for now, and I figure I can keep tweaking as I go.