Friday, August 05, 2005

Greetings from Columbia, MD

Today's edition of Eye of the Storm comes from scenic Columbia, MD, in the heart of the DC/Baltimore suburbs. Those of you who know me are aware of my utter disdain for suburban planning. Very few things are as alienating as a field of concrete, an evironment that blesses us at Columbia Crossing.

However, I must admit there is some merit to a lifestyle that encourages people to drive everywhere. Some of you might also know that I don't handle heat very well. To get around in the city, walking is required. After about 20 minutes of this, I feel like I need a shower. But in Columbia, I'm able to exit an air-conditioned environment, walk 30 seconds in the stifling heat, get into an air-conditioned car, drive to a parking lot, walk 30 seconds in the stifling heat, and enter another air-conditioned environment.

So whenver any of you hear me criticizing the 'burbs again, just remind me of this.

Wednesday, August 03, 2005

Not the American way

How's this for non-sappiness? The following comes from a piece in today's Washington Post:
Iraqi Maj. Gen. Abed Hamed Mowhoush was being stubborn with his American captors, and a series of intense beatings and creative interrogation tactics were not enough to break his will. On the morning of Nov. 26, 2003, a U.S. Army interrogator and a military guard grabbed a green sleeping bag, stuffed Mowhoush inside, wrapped him in an electrical cord, laid him on the floor and began to go to work. Again.

It was inside the sleeping bag that the 56-year-old detainee took his last breath through broken ribs, lying on the floor beneath a U.S. soldier in Interrogation Room 6 in the western Iraqi desert. Two days before, a secret CIA-sponsored group of Iraqi paramilitaries, working with Army interrogators, had beaten Mowhoush nearly senseless, using fists, a club and a rubber hose, according to classified documents.

Monday, August 01, 2005

This Huey Lewis believes

Each Monday, NPR airs a new entry in its series called This I Believe. Today's addition is an excellent piece about the power of love.