Sokolski Gives the Game Away

My letter to BuzzFlash got printed today, a brief, not too articulate post about a debate on North Korea seen on MacNeil/Lehrer NewsHour. This was pretty shocking stuff, as you’ll see.

BuzzFlash Mailbag – January 13, 2003
Uh, United States…your slip is showing.
Hi there folks,
If anyone watched last night’s (Friday’s) MacNeil-Lehrer Newshour on PBS there was this slightly whitebread discussion on North Korea hosted by Ray Suarez, talking to Joel Wit (ex-State Department) and Henry Sokolski (ex-first Bush administration, and senior military legislative aide to Sen. Dan Quayle).
It was the usual stuff, but then Sokolski answered this question and stumbled. His face showed that he had got into the sentence halfway and then realized he was giving the game away. The sentence is here in the last paragraph below:
> RAY SUAREZ: Well, the Senate is going to be out of session for a little while,
> but the two senators from Arizona, John Kyle and John McCain, are proposing a
> bill now that would impose sanctions on North Korea. Is that the way to go?
> HENRY SOKOLSKI: Well, I think at a minimum — the short answer is yes. But at
> a minimum, we should at least cut off the further construction of two nuclear
> plants, each of which could make 50 bombs’ worth of weapons grade material in
> the first two months of operation.
> RAY SUAREZ: Cut off how, though?
> HENRY SOKOLSKI: End it. And particularly the United States is critical in the
> completion of those reactors. Only U.S. parts are — U.S. parts — excuse me
> — are critical to complete the plant. We should simply say that we are not
> going to send those to a known violator of the NPT.
Suarez just let him continue as if the guy hadn’t admitted we could stop the whole North Korea reactor crises if WE DIDN’T GIVE THEM THE PARTS!!! So who makes the parts? What parts? Is the government still going to send them to N. Korea? It was a breathtaking goof up, but Sokolski should not have worried–he was on American TV.
Oh, for a Jeremy Paxman-style interviewer.

Scenes from inside Karl Rove’s Head

Scenes from inside Karl Rove’s head.
Photo from X-Entertainment

Is it some sort of coincidence that following on from finding that clown-and-angry-child-driver record cover, I then run across this vying for the last crumbs of my sanity? Here’s a review of the straight to video atrocity, Rainbow Brite at the San Diego Zoo! for which no amount of drugs will make your viewing experience enjoyable.
This Web page keeps playing this scary, Psycho-esque music while you read. Turns out this is not the theme tune from Rainbow Brite, but the web ad for the Signs DVD at the end of the page. Brrr.
Linked from Time Enough at Last

Goleta Valley Land Trust, Narc, and Gangs of New York

Spent today writing an article on the Goleta Valley Land Trust, which is a local organization awarding grants to organizations that want to preserve our open space. The president, feisty 79-year-old Harriet Philips, has a long history of politics and volunteer work, and you’ll have to wait till next week to read my profile on her.
Jessica and I also went to see Narc, which featured Jason Patric and Ray Liotta yelling at various people in the first two-thirds of the film, only to end up yelling at each other. Again, you can read my review later.
In the meantime, here’s a review that got published last month of Gangs of New York under my nom de plume. UPDATE: That review can be found here.

Garry South Throws Down

Here’s encouraging news as posted on Make Them Accountable and blogged on Interesting Times

By David Podvin
For Democrats who are exasperated that their party is unwilling to go on the offensive, the following words are a welcome declaration of resolve:
“George W. Bush is the first president of my lifetime I don’t have an ounce of respect for. I’m going to bash him. My goal is to beat the bejesus out of him.”
With that bold and inspiring pronouncement, consultant Garry South confirmed that he will no longer be guiding the fortunes of California Governor Gray Davis, and that his new vocation is the political destruction of the trespasser in the White House.

Floating In Sequence

Otherwise known as my dream comic. This lasted through various incarnations as it went from something I was doing on the side to something I was trying to sell (to whom? for what?). The earlier strips feature no captions or titles, which was a bit of a challenge. As a few people got interested I had to format the idea into a strip of some kind. I also started focusing on my dreams that featured celebrities, hoping that would sell. ("Who’s the main character?" one editor kept asking me. "Me!" I would say. "Yes, but who else?" "Depends on what I dream.")
The longer story "Tsukuba Dream" was drawn for the third issue of OnLimits (see here), but I think they ran out of money and the magazine folded. This was drawn without the dialog, flipped on computer, and a Japanese translation added. This is the pre-flip American version.
I’d still be up for doing more dream comix as long as 1) I have somewhere to publish them! and 2) someone to ink them! Props to Jim Woodring and Rick Veitch for showin’ da way.
"You Killed Julia Croke!"
"Yes, and we still all wear the same clothes!" (feat. Ernest Borgnine)
Long Distance
Blue Shades (feat. Elvis Costello)
Caught at Customs
Dream Peanuts
Dream Peanuts (revised)
Soft Machine
Beatles Time Machine
Michael J. Fox’s First Day of College!
Tsukuba Dream: Page One | Page Two | Page Three | Page Four | Page Five