It's a beautiful book, and there were some very good lines, but - and it pains me to say it -- DC handled the Death of Batman oh soWolverine is dead.
It's a beautiful book, and there were some very good lines, but - and it pains me to say it -- DC handled the Death of Batman oh so much better in Whatever Happened to the Caped Crusader, https://www.goodreads.com/review/show.... But maybe that's just because Wolverine is not that reflective of a character. Kitty Pryde (who I have to love because she helped to inspire Buffy the Vampire Slayer) says to him at one point "You always come to Madripoor when you get all reflective," which, DESPITE resting on the head of a dragon, is not chock full of wisdom.
He does head into the desert at the end, but that sure ain't to find wisdom.
Wolverine is dead.
(and wtf, he was married to Viper and had a son that ran Madripoor? Good grief, I've missed a lot of his story). ...more
This was a hard book to read. It is the heavily redacted diary of a man, Mohamedou Ould Slahi, whom the footnotes call MOS, we seized and tortured becThis was a hard book to read. It is the heavily redacted diary of a man, Mohamedou Ould Slahi, whom the footnotes call MOS, we seized and tortured because we thought he was involved in the September 11, 2001 attacks. The habeas judge found the government did not prove that. The appeals court sent it back. MOS is still detained, living in a cottage in Guantanamo tending a small garden. The internet makes me think he is no longer being tortured. Just detained.
I want to believe we’re better than this. That we really are dedicated to the proposition that everyone is equal and posses unalienable rights. That everyone has recourse to the law. That we don’t torture. That we don’t seize people based on rumor and other people’s bad acts. That we don’t hide them in off book sites. That we don’t torture them.
I want to believe we’re better than this.
I know we’re not.
And I’ve known that since I was a child. It was one of the things that made me decide to be a lawyer; on the naïve hope I could help make us better. Darn other people.
I get why we were interested in MOS. He knew a lot of folks who did attack us. He fought against the communists with a Qaeda in the early 1990s. He went to the same mosque in Montreal as the Millennium Bomber, Ahmed Ressam, though Mohamedou moved away before Ressam got there. In 1999, he gave a place to crash for a night and made a phone call at least one man, and maybe for three (depending on whether we credit his confession under the torture; the habeas judge didn’t) who were looking to join al Qaeda and were in the plan to hijack planes on September 11, 2001. MOS was the brother in law and cousin of a guy, Abu Hafs, who used to be on al Qaeda’s ruling council and was for a time Osama bin Laden’s spiritual advisor. Hafs called Slahi once from bin Laden’s satellite phone, though the habeas judge seemed skeptical of that claim too. https://ecf.dcd.uscourts.gov/cgi-bin/....
We were justified in interviewing him. But we were not justified in seizing him secretly or torturing him. The fact we did disgusts me. The fact a Chicago police officer who had gotten false confessions innocent people was brought in to help with the torture disgusts and nauseates and mystifies me. http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/20.... What possible legitimate use is a false confession? I get – and heartily deplore – the incentive structure that makes false confessions useful locally. But if the powers that be really believed this man was implicated in ongoing plots against our nature, why on earth waste him on eliciting false confessions? All that does is justify our own evil. I want to believe we elect better people than that, even the ones I don’t vote for.
I recognize he might be smart enough to manipulate people like me. If so, he often does a good job. Right in the beginning, he reports that his interrogator said to him “Wahrleit macht frie, the trust sets you free.” “When I heard him say that, I knew the truth wouldn’t set me free. “Arbeit didn’t set the Jews free. Hitler’s propaganda machinery used to lure Jewish detainees with the slogan, “arbeit macht frei,” Work sets you free. But work set nobody free.” (15)
That chills to the bone.
On the other hand, he has some pretty wacky ideas about Americans and sex, which did dim my sense of fellow feeling for him.
I am very glad I am a member of a profession who had members who stood up for this man, and very ashamed my country did this to him and so many others.
Good fun. Inspired me to make ginger beer, and man, that's good. So alive. So gingery. First time ever, I think I know why people like soda. The bookGood fun. Inspired me to make ginger beer, and man, that's good. So alive. So gingery. First time ever, I think I know why people like soda. The book is a little woo-woo at times, but given the author has survived HIV for so long, I soldiered on. ...more
Once upon a time, the Washington territory went war with the Nisqually tribe. After that war, we executed an enemy combatant, Chief Leschi, as a crimiOnce upon a time, the Washington territory went war with the Nisqually tribe. After that war, we executed an enemy combatant, Chief Leschi, as a criminal. We should not have done that. This book is about that.
I read this book a while ago. I took some notes for a review I don't seem to be able to bear to write, so for now, this placeholder. The copy I read, which I stumbled upon in the Washington State Law Library, is signed by the author who wrote in that it was inspired by a friend of mine. Other friends are mentioned in the text. It recounts a history I was partially present for. It quotes en banc memos I have read. It recounts the history I saw differently than I remember, albeit in mostly trivial ways. Then there was the other history; the history of my State when we were deciding what that meant. I was at Medicine Creek last week. I took this picture thinking of this book. https://www.flickr.com/photos/laura-k.... That creek is now renamed for the great grandfather of a man I worked for for 12 years.
Gorgeous and scary, but I rolled my eyes at the villain's motivation. Really? Your people have (view spoiler)[ survived on a diet of the dead and theGorgeous and scary, but I rolled my eyes at the villain's motivation. Really? Your people have (view spoiler)[ survived on a diet of the dead and the dying (hide spoiler)] for some time and only NOW does one of them (view spoiler)[ get a blow in (hide spoiler)]? And once one does, you declare war on (view spoiler)[ your (hide spoiler)] own food supply? Hopefully, that's an artifact of the fact we're hearing it through the memory of our Lord Baltimore, who I am TOTALLY prepared to believe is not a reliable witness. But that soured the story for me. ...more
In which we consider whether, when we try to bind Lovecraftian horrors to serve us, whether those Lovecraftian horrors bind us to serve them too. AlsoIn which we consider whether, when we try to bind Lovecraftian horrors to serve us, whether those Lovecraftian horrors bind us to serve them too. Also whether it's a good idea to turn nuclear bombs on Lovecraftian horrors. I think there might be something about Project Paperclip fruiting here.
Hey, there's Nazis in this one! Normally, I find Nazis off-putting in my graphic novels, but they go well with Lovecraftian Horrors and our complicityHey, there's Nazis in this one! Normally, I find Nazis off-putting in my graphic novels, but they go well with Lovecraftian Horrors and our complicity with the same. ...more
The BPRD continues without Hellboy. I miss Hellboy. Though I guess when you're righting a plagues of Lovecraftian Frogs, fire heroines are really whatThe BPRD continues without Hellboy. I miss Hellboy. Though I guess when you're righting a plagues of Lovecraftian Frogs, fire heroines are really what you need.
I saw Mike Mignola last weekend. He said he knows how Hellboy's story is going to end. I feel mixed about that. ...more
Stumbled on this book in the Temple of Justice’s library while I was looking for something else. It was a delight, and filled in a lot of recent histoStumbled on this book in the Temple of Justice’s library while I was looking for something else. It was a delight, and filled in a lot of recent history that I should have known about the relationship between my state and my court and the Native American Tribes who also live here from an attorney who did a lot of work for the tribes and tribal members. Wonderfully fortuitous.
I say it was wonderful, but the book was often hard to read. I want to believe my state and my court was progressive, open hearted, and humane. Books like this thrust front and center that it is not always thus.
Briefly, Ziontz was a lawyer from back east who came out to Seattle, once upon a time. Like my old boss Justice Tom Chambers, may he rest in peace, he was a pilot. He was on the ACLU board and took on police brutality in the Seattle Police Department. He also more or less stumbled into representing the tribes, and was part of one of the most profound opinions that have involved my State in generations: the Boalt decision and it’s progeny. This is the opinion that gave the tribes an enforceable right to take a salmon in common with the rest of us, not just whatever amount the State in its largess allowed. This went up to the United States Supreme Court multiple times before we finally acquiesced. People I know worked on that case.
He helped the Makah reclaim parts of their historical land that got taken more or less by accident. That plot ended up having one of the richest archeological sites in the US. He worked on the Frank’s Landing cases.
They weren’t all impact litigation type cases. He tells a wonderful, heartbreaking story about a client, Wanda Boswell. Boswell, 6 and a half months pregnant, had been arrested on some outstanding warrants. Her bail was set at $350. She started to cramp and bleed vaginally. The jail had no medical staff and the jailor refused to call an ambulance. Over many hours, Boswell begged to go to the hospital only to be told again and again that she had to make bail. Her family didn’t have the money and her husband was trying desperately to borrow it. When a police officer who had had EMT training stopped at the station for coffee, the jailor asked him to look at her; he did and immediately called an ambulance. She miscarried in the ambulance. Expert testimony suggested if she had brought in even 45 minutes earlier, the baby would have had an 87% chance of making it.
Plaintiff’s jury verdict. Gave me a shiver. Boswell v. Sherburne County, 849 F.2d 1117 (8th Cir. 1988).
He helped the Makah start whale hunting again. I have mixed feelings about that. Yeah, in the big picture, the good probably outweighs the bad. But I have the sneaking suspicion as a species we’re on the wrong side of that one.
Because of Ziontz, I have now read State v. Towessnute, 89 Wash. 478, 154 P. 805 (1916), an opinion in a book I have held in my hands that is part of a chain letter I have added some words to over the years. It discusses the tribes in language I would quote except I do not want google to associate those words with me. Very hard opinion to read. There’s a copy in my office bound in leather.
Good for a reading group book. There were scenes that were laugh out loud funny, but I found the lack of self awareness of the main characters a littlGood for a reading group book. There were scenes that were laugh out loud funny, but I found the lack of self awareness of the main characters a little wearying. ...more
Funny and well crafted, especially on the prosy level. A little disappointing based on the billing: I was told it was like unto Sir Terry Pratchett. TFunny and well crafted, especially on the prosy level. A little disappointing based on the billing: I was told it was like unto Sir Terry Pratchett. There were some similar surfaces, but if there was that little deeper level, I missed it. Did made me laugh out loud many times. ...more
Gaiman, once again, shows that he can really write creepy; crossroads deals get even creepier, and oh god, we did what with the folks from Innsmouth?Gaiman, once again, shows that he can really write creepy; crossroads deals get even creepier, and oh god, we did what with the folks from Innsmouth? We're gonna pay for that.
Definitely easier on the eyes than actual Lovecraft. ...more