"Africa is, indeed, coming into fashion." - Horace Walpole (1774)

4.02.2009

this & that

  • Omar al-Bashir's tour de Middle East continues.
  • Virgil's on Facebook.
  • Obama's Kenyan aunt gets to stay in the U.S. at least until next year, pending her asylum hearing.
  • Huh.
  • Here's an extensive explanation of one of the most vexing problems facing the Obama administration: what to do with innocent people who are still detained at Gitmo.
  • Rwanda's "successful" February operation in Congo has set off a huge wave of attacks by the FDLR, which has thus far displaced about 250,000 people, according to Oxfam. And Congolese soldiers, who haven't been paid in three months, are attacking civilians. Way to go.
  • Some things never change at Baylor.
  • Speaking of Baylor, one of my college classmates is a radio DJ here in Austin. She made a bet with Ahmad Brooks, who's a former Longhorn football player, concerning their NCAA brackets. And she won. Which meant that Mr. Brooks had to go to work wearing her Baylor Line class of 2000 jersey. Which reads "Foxy Roxy" on the back.
  • Speaking of brackets, this year was a little rough in the first few rounds. Something about finishing the dissertation ended my intense focus, I don't know. Anyway, all is now well. I'm winning the department pool and am thisclose to taking down Keith, the kid who had piano lessons right before me for most of our childhoods, in the Cool People Care bracket group. I'm nowhere near as cool as Kat, however, who's beating several hundred people in the BooMama pool.
  • You've gotta admire a guy who "counts being burned in effigy among his career highlights." Even if he has no soul.

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