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Posted 10 October 2010 by chrismmm in Uncategorized

Stupid. and a waste of money!   Leave a comment

No, Palin, there aren’t any “death panels” in the health-care bill, but, if you’re concerned, we do still have “death chambers” in the states, where masked executioners kill citizens under the auspices of the state.

California just updated its own in response to a judge’s concern that the existing facilities and protocols risked constituting “cruel and unusual” punishment.

So what’s the new place like? Well, it’s spacious. The Los Angeles Times explains:

At 200 square feet, the lethal injection chamber built with inmate labor and $853,000 in taxpayer money is more than four times the size of the old metal-walled gas chamber used for two executions by lethal gas and 11 by lethal injection since capital punishment was restored in 1977.

Vials of the three drugs used to execute the condemned are stored in a caged and locked refrigerator in the death chamber’s adjacent Infusion Control Room. Sodium thiopental would be pumped through first, to anesthetize the inmate, then pancurium bromide to paralyze him and, finally, potassium chloride to stop his heart. Two grommeted holes in the wall on either side of the gurney would be threaded with tubes to carry the lethal infusions from the masked execution team in the control room to the veins of the inmate. The inmate would be restrained by five black straps across the body and cuffs to steady his arms and ankles. Four tan wall phones with red warning lights stand ready to receive calls from the governor, the warden, the state attorney general and the U.S. Supreme Court, should a last-minute clemency be granted.

Grim stuff.

One of the big changes here is the separation of the press, the victim’s family, and the inmate’s family in the new design. The rationale for this decision is probably to eliminate awkward encounters in the viewing chamber between the people who presumably want the inmate to die and those who don’t.

I get that an execution is a sensitive and potentially explosive time. But let’s not lie to ourselves: Gathering to watch someone else’s relative get killed is an inherently awkward thing. Isn’t there an argument to be made for more transparency about what’s happening and how everyone feels about it?

In general, our criminal justice system pretends there’s nothing to be gained by bringing perpetrators and victims and families together, when it’s sometimes what everyone really wants.


Posted 29 September 2010 by chrismmm in Uncategorized

Cigar Review – Romeo y Julieta – Wide Churchills   Leave a comment


Shape: Montesco
Ring Gauge: 55
Diameter: 21,83 mm
Length: 130 mm

My review: This presentation was ordered and arrived in a  box of 10. Wide indeed! My son and enjoyed the first 2 of these on the deck of the house, small glass of poepke port for me.

The burn was uneven in the 1st third. That is the worst thing I have to say about this cigar.  The first and second third was lightly spicy, chocolately, smooth but it seemed to be burning hottier than usual. I truly enjoyed the cigar, the size and flavor. I am sure I will go after another box in the near future. Great buy and seems to be a great value.


Posted 15 September 2010 by chrismmm in Cigars

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Cigar Review – Vegas Robiana – Unicos   Leave a comment

Vegas Robaina Cigars Origin: Cuba Manufactured: Hand Made
Gauge: Thick Length: 156
Format: Piramide Ring: 52
Weight: 14,26 gr. Score: 8.3
Presentation: 2 Layers in a Box of 25

My review of the Unicos: Very nice well constructed pyramid style habanos. 1st third was very smooth and smokable. Nice gauge and length. Even burn. Hints of leather, earthiness, and refined cocoa. 2nd third was more even smoking that allow a longer pull and enjoyment. The richness of the cigar was able to present itself at this point. The last third was unremarkable, at this point, hard to improve on a perfect cigar. This is my first Rabaino and will look for more. I purchased this in a small box of 10 cigars and regret that i did not get the 25 box with the markings. Next time.

Chris M

Posted 14 September 2010 by chrismmm in Cigars, Uncategorized

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Colin Who?   Leave a comment

Mr. Colin
Powell, please go back to your plush retirement foxhole and shut up!

Although I agree with your premise I do not agree that we should
… accomodate a religion that is deliberately anti-infidel,
anti-christian, and fanatically anti-semitic.

Militant as well as moderate islam is a religion that DOES NOT
tol…erate religious freedom and supresses womens rights (education,
free will to work, voting, every day decision making).

you not notice that we have been in a holy war for a few decades here!

know you didnt really do a whole lot during the first Gulf War but
surely you remember NOT having the intestinal fortitude of a seasoned
and professional soldier to accomplish the implied missions! I’m
thinking of imperatives like:

remove saddam from power

CROSS the Euphrates and Tigris! and capture Baghdad

re-establish American influence in the middle east

mix of politics, pseudo military machismo, hesitation, and lack of
relevance is apparent proof of your unsuitability for any future public

BTW: When you choose to take a stand on something! Then take a stand!

from the beast today:”Gen. Colin Powell, the retired chairman of the
Joint Chiefs of Staff and secretary of state under President George W.
Bush, said Thursday that the Islamic community center and mosque planned
near Ground Zero in New York City should go forward. Powell made his
comments during an appearance on ABC’s “The View.””The terrorists win if
we become terrified and . . . change who we are and what we are,”
Powell said, as he argued that it is crucial for Americans to remain
true to the values that set the country apart from the rest of the
world. “

Posted 10 September 2010 by chrismmm in Uncategorized

The Dance of Dionysus: Musical Morality in Nietzsche’s On The Genealogy of Morals: Part 1   Leave a comment


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The three essays of Friedrich Nietzsche’s On the Genealogy of Morals[1] are not essays. They have an aesthetic quality that suggests a more musical genre. In Twilight of the Idols[2] Nietzsche wrote that “without music, life would be a mistake.”[3] This privileging of music has led Georges Liébert to note that for Nietzsche, “music is the metaphor of life itself,” and a “model for all discourse.”[4] But for Nietzsche, discourse had ceased to be an art. He criticized German authors for writing books that were like “swamps of sounds that do not sound like anything and rhythms that do not dance…”[5] Instead, he emphasized the art of sentences whose tempo was “rhythmically decisive” for understanding them.[6] Writing was a musical production that is better heard than read.

When we consider Nietzsche’s suggestion in Ecce Homo that his Thus Spoke Zarathustra[7] could be “reckoned as music” that engendered “a rebirth of the art of hearing,” or that he later referred to it as a “symphony,” it seems plausible to suggest that there may be more to Nietzsche’s prose than first thought. [8] In fact, Nietzsche makes it very clear that he intended his writings “to communicate a state, an inward tension of pathos, by means of signs, including the tempo of these signs.”[9] Indeed, his writings do have a tempo, a rhythm, and they require a “third ear” to hear them.[10] Those with a third ear are “those who, immediately related to music, have in it, as it were, their motherly womb, and are related to things almost exclusively through unconscious musical relations.”[11] The essays of the Genealogy are therefore best understood as musical scores to be heard and not read, danced to and not analyzed. In the Genealogy we are asked to listen to the sound of Nietzsche’s hammer as it swings into the idols of morality “as with a tuning fork” and to dance to its Dionysian rhythms.[12] Consequently, Nietzsche did not seek readers but rather hearers who would ruminate on the tempo of his prose and dance to its rhythms.[13] But how are we to understand Nietzsche’s writings as music and what does music have to do with morality? Additionally, what is the musical structure of the Genealogy, its rhythm, and what is more, can we dance to it?

In this series of posts I will examine each of the three essays in the Genealogy and argue that they are musical compositions that follow a specific structure and rhythm which contributes to their aim. Moreover, the musical structure and the rhythm of the Genealogy’s three essays are central to understanding Nietzsche’s critique of morality which parallels his critique of art in The Birth of Tragedy. In order to bring this thesis into relief  each essay will be treated as a separate movement within a single musical composition. The structure, rhythm, and dance of each movement will be explored in order to present Nietzsche’s critique of morality as a dance that navigates between philosophical and religious perspectives on morality towards what I will term an aesthetic morality.

[1] Hereafter Genealogy.

[2] Hereafter Twilight

[3] Nietzsche, Friedrich, Twilight of the Idols (hereafter TI) in The Anti-Christ, Ecce Homo, Twilight of the Idols and Other Writings, trans. Judith Norman (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2005), §33, 160.

[4] Liébert, Georges. Nietzsche and Music (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2004), 2, 3.

[5] Nietzsche, Friedrich, Beyond Good and Evil (hereafter BGE) in Basic Writings of Nietzsche, trans. Walter Kaufmann  (New York: The Modern Library, 2000), 8.246, 372.

[6] Ibid, 8.246, 372.

[7] Hereafter  Zarathustra.

[8] Nietzsche, Friedrich, Ecce Homo (hereafter EH) in Basic Writings of Nietzsche, trans. Walter Kaufmann (New York: The Modern Library, 2000), 751; Nietzsche, Friedrich, Sämtliche Werke: Kritische Studienausgabe (hereafter SWKS) eds. Giorgio Colli and Mazzino Montinari, Vol. 9 (Munich: Deutscher Taschenbuch, 1980),  9:519.

[9] Nietzsche, EH, 721.

[10] Nietzsche, BGE, 8.246, 372.

[11] Nietzsche, Friedrich, The Birth of Tragedy (herafter BT) in Basic Writings of Nietzsche,  trans. Walter Kaufmann (New York: The Modern Library, 2000), §21, 126.

[12] Nietzsche, TI, “Foreword,” 155.

[13] Nietzsche, EH, 751; Nietzsche, Friedriche, On the Genealogy of Morals (hereafter GM) in Basic Writings of Nietzsche,  trans. Walter Kaufmann (New York: The Modern Library, 2000), “Preface,” 459.

Posted 9 September 2010 by chrismmm in Uncategorized

To burn the Quran?   Leave a comment


The reverend here is a representative of his church. Im not sure I agree with his approach to his religious fervor and hatred for the quran. Especially in the name of God and under the pretense that he is his church’s spokesman for their cause and calling to worship. How will his organization respond? Almost every church has an organization that funds them and serves as their executive counsel. Does he really speak for his congregation? What lesson will be taught here? What is being said in sunday school? or adult ministries that leads to this? What else do they hate? Whom else do they despise?

Rev. Terry Jones gained infamy this week for his call to burn hundreds of Quran. Lynn Waddell on his obsession with Braveheart and accusations that he took money from his own church.

To most Gainesville, Florida locals, Rev. Terry Jones is a fringe extremist with a tiny congregation at the Dove World Outreach Center, a church whose existence they have long tried to ignore. But Jones’s latest widely publicized campaign to burn hundreds of copies of the Holy Quran on the anniversary of 9-11 has made that all but impossible—and elevated him from relative obscurity to international infamy.

“He felt that no one was speaking out about Islam. He was beginning to preach and speak out about that and that was not popular.”

The initially small “International Burn a Koran Day” event has sparked international outrage at a time when anti-Muslim rhetoric and conspiracy theories are at a high. News of Jones’s planned event reached Afghanistan, where hundreds took to the street in protest. In Gainesville, the fire department refused to give Jones’ a permit. General David Petraeus himself has asked Jones to stand down.

But Jones is sticking to his plan. “We must send a send a clear message to radical Islam,” Jones said to news cameras outside his church this week. “We will not be controlled by their fear, we will not be dominated. We feel it is time for America to be America.”

In response to the acid response his campaign has received, the lanky 58-year-old with a bushy, grey handlebar mustache now walks his 20-acre church campus with a pistol holstered to his hip. “We’ve gotten 100 or more death threats, some of them graphic,” Jones told the Tampa Tribune last week. “The latest one was from some people heading here, a group of three, armed with automatic weapons, armed with explosives. They said they were going to kill me and blow up the building.”

Jones, who would not make himself available for comment for this story, has long been a radical provocateur and successful in gathering a following, albeit a small one, of those willing to soak up his extremist messages. His fear of a Muslim takeover dates back long before 9-11, to when he ran a sister church in Cologne, Germany, said long-time parishioner Fran Ingram, who sometimes blogs on Jones’s church website. For 30 years, Jones led about 1,000 parishioners at the church in a poor German community. As the community grew with more Turkish immigrants who were predominately Muslim, his sharp message condemning their faith wasn’t well received, Ingram says. “At the time, political control by Islam was rising,” Ingram says. “He felt that no one was speaking out about Islam. He was beginning to preach and speak out about that and that was not popular.”

The Problem With Burning Korans by Tunku Varadarajan

History’s Greatest Book Burners by Judith MillerHis estranged daughter by his first wife has given a different take on why he and his second wife Sylvia left Cologne. In an interview last year with the Gainesville Sun Emma Jones claimed that her father left after church members questioned his frequent dips into the church kitty for personal luxuries and salaries for his eBay business. She called the church a “cult,” saying parishioners were persuaded to give up their belongings and work for his business, TS and Company.

Jones brought his anti-Islamic views and eBay business with him to the small charismatic mother church in Gainesville. Since taking over in 2008, he’s stored his merchandise of used furniture in a church building and listed the business’ home address there on state corporate filings. He also wasted little time initiating controversial evangelical campaigns.

Posted 9 September 2010 by chrismmm in Uncategorized

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