A pair of readers with small love for Green [ Powell’s | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Borders ]: here and here — In the second case, at length. I firmly believe the story belongs to the reader, but I do sometimes wonder if readers have the story I wrote in their hands.
Perso-Arabic and Sinitic Literacy — Some cool stuff on Islam in China and writing systems, including this gem: This information is all the more stunning in light of the fact that Muslims in China developed a system of writing Sinitic languages […] in Perso-Arabic script.
Conservative Justices’ Strange Enthusiasm for the Punishment of the Innocent — A blog post about a recent Supreme Court decision forbidding a convicted felon from paying for his own DNA test to exonerate himself. The Roberts court found that alowing Osburne to prove his potential innocence risks “unnecessarily overthrowing the established system of criminal justice.” Compassionate conservativism my ass. Can someone explain to me why this isn’t pure batshit?
One of the Daily Kos diarists on Coburn and Ensign — This guys puts it in a nutshell: If Ensign and Coburn weren’t such outspoken crusaders for moral rectitude none of this would be anybody’s business except insofar as Ensign’s actions constituted sexual harassment or involved public resources. But both Ensign and Coburn have built a political career on passing moral judgment on others. There’s an expression about stones and glass houses that they might have considered before trying to foist their own hypocritical moral code on the rest of the country. One could ask the same question of the entire conservative movement, of course.
?otD: How easy it is being Green?
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride, 10 minutes of stretching and meditation
This morning’s weigh-in: 220.2
Currently reading: n/a (Finished The Human Disguise by James O’Neil yesterday)