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the personal ruminations of william e. elston

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Obedience

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“Historically, the most terrible things – war, genocide and slavery – have resulted from obedience, not disobedience.”

Howard Zinn

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The Worm Eats Itself Then Burps

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Perhaps you’ve read about Scott Bloch, U.S. Special Counsel in charge of enforcing the Hatch act, among other things. He spouted some bluster awhile back about investigating Rove’s office in the wake of the Laurita Doan hearings, after it was disclosed that Ms. Doan had hosted a PowerPoint presentation intended to outline areas where the General Services Administration could be of use in advancing single party (Repuglican) rule for the next thousand years. At the time it was said by Washington insiders that Bloch was trying to belatedly raise his profile in the wake of investigations of his own office.

In an article posted today at TPM Muckraker (check it) by Paul Kiel, it is reported that they are now investigating Bloch for hiring Geeks on Call to do a military grade, level 7 wipe of his and two other employees’ OSC computers, ostensibly to rid them of some virus. I suppose this passes the smell test, if you’re testing for bullshit. It’s not the first time that we’ve discovered the investigators investigating the investigators in the Bush administration. But it is a measure of the sad state of affairs that we’ve arrived at, as we watch the grand edifice of this sorry presidency collapse in upon itself.

Another revelation involves the voting section chief of the DOJ Civil Rights Division. Seems he’s been taking holiday trips on the taxpayer’s dime. Don’t strain your ears listening for sounds of outrage and protest from those Repuglicans and pundits that roundly criticized Joe Wilson’s African “junket”. What you may hear is the low hum of the White House shredders being revved up in preparation for the upcoming transfer of power in ’08, or the whispered plotting of the long list of pre-emptive pardons that will constitute the Thug-In-Chief’s final acts in office.

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Hidden Power

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“It is said, a Shaolin can walk through walls,” said Wu.

“It was not a Shaolin who said that,” said Kwai Chang.

From KUNG FU, THE MOVIE,
(ABC Studios, 1987)

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Where’s The Champagne?

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This is the inaugural post of my personal weblog. Here is where I get to talk about the things that are eating me, as well as the things that I’m eating. I’ll explore my many interests, and try to find some coherent connections between them. I’ll highlight discussions with my friends, and forcibly coerce some of them to post here as well. If any reader has accidentally stumbled upon this blog, here are a few things that you should know. I’m a 58 year old white male, single, politically leftist, an artist/painter/teacher, a martial artist with a 2nd degree black belt in Seido Juku Karate, a lover of music, good literature, poetry, film, and culture in general. I live in the Pacific Northwest, like to travel, like to stay at home. I was a Haight-Ashbury hippy, married, divorced, married, divorced, married, divorced, could somebody jiggle the needle PLEASE! I’m obsessed with sex, which means I’m a lot like you. I think we should get the FUCK out of Iraq and cart the entire Bush admin off to the Hague where they can be tried and punished for their crimes. People should be treated with the respect and dignity that they deserve. I love Japanese food, Indian food, Mexican food, Iranian food, Thai food, Chinese food, Armenian food, Greek food and food food. My favorite blogs are Talking Points Memo, Huffington Post, Firedoglake, Political Animal, Informed Comment, The Washington Note, Daily Kos, Bradblog, Eschaton and Consortium News. I use a Mac G5 tower desktop, and a MacBook Pro laptop. I do website design, database design, graphic art and other computer related jobs on the side. I love gadgets. I love road trips. I love New York, Tokyo and Chicago. I’m not a Canadian nor am I a jellyfish. There’s two things in this world that I don’t want to run into, mister, and both of them are zombies.

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William E. Elston is a professional artist and teacher living in the Pacific Northwest. He has exhibited for over 40 years, and has works in numerous public and private collections, both in the region and internationally. He is best known for urban and rural landscape images. He is also a founding member of the Northwest Figurative Artists' Alliance.

Aside from teaching painting, Mr. Elston also teaches karate, and has yondan rank in the World Seido Karate Organization.