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Thursday, December 29, 2005

More December: Cabin Fever

Gabriel camping out in front of the stove.Johan and Daniel have been roughhousing since they were 6 and 5 respectively. Now they are 21 and 20, both Army Rangers, and both nationally ranked MMA shootfighters. I figured the couch was doomed. This is called "small joint lock", by the way.
I made this sandwich. Daniel ate it.
Maritha with her birthday presents.

Monday, December 26, 2005

Images from the End of December

Daniel on leave.

The Fortress at Dusk

Maritha puts out julkärve.

Sunlight on the back porch.

Johan, Daniel and Micke

Johan, Daniel and Micke

Thursday, December 15, 2005

Monday, December 12, 2005

Sunday, December 11, 2005

Saturday, December 10, 2005

Images of the Day

New cobblestones in the Fortress.
A storefront church opens on Kärlekstingen.
C-130 and Rangers.

Vanäs Fyr at 1.30 PM.
Reporter on the job at Mölltorps Hembyggsförenings Julmarknad.

Saturday, December 03, 2005

A Letter to Maureen Dowd

Ms. Dowd -

First rate column, again.

The neo-liberal adventure in Iraq (there's nothing conservative about it) is destroying lives, homes, money, democracy, respect for the truth and the good name of the United States. It's a hideous monster brought into the world by ignorance and deceit and it's wrecking much that is precious.

What to do?

First, get ahold of people who know something about the Middle East. That will be a huge first step because right now they aren't anywhere to be seen in the corridors of power.

Second, get real - not make-believe - help from Moslem allies to stabilize Iraq or get out.

The current "coalition of the willing" doesn't have a 1 in a 100 chance of turning Iraq around. They are despised by all sides in the conflict - including their Iraqi "allies" - and don't have the on the ground intelligence to do a tenth of what they have to do.

Why is this happening? Simple: The United States has throughout its history had fantastic, God-given luck with leadership in times of crisis. That luck ran out on September 11th, 2001.

Thursday, December 01, 2005

Way down in Nubiya

Myself and Muhammad al-Nubiye at tea in Aswan, January 2005.

Good thing they stuffed that crocodile.