Monday, May 09, 2005

Hey, kids! Hope everyone had a good weekend. Mine was good, but it went by too fast.
Friday night we had a Crack practice and barbecue, both of which met with moderate success (we burned the ribs and had some difficulty locking in on grooves during the first part of our rehearsal). Nonetheless, we perservered, and when Weedo showed up later in the evening, we invited him to sit in and jam with us, and everything fell back into place and the world was right again. I guess that sometimes just mixing things up with new friends can help keep the ball rolling. Saturday I ran some errands, hung out with Eric and listened to the Mono E's newest mixes for awhile, and then had dinner with Da Wilsons plus Mandy's mother and sister at Suzi's Chinese Kitchen. I learned a fair amount about Hot Springs, Arkansas, during dinner and got a look at Kelly's new tattoo. Saturday night we tried to watch Taxi with Jimmy Fallon and Queen Latifah, and it was so bad that we actually turned it off (and Steanso is, in general, not afraid to watch a crappy movie, kids).
Sunday I saw Kung Fu Hustle with Crackbass and Andy F. It was really fun, and I would recommend it to fans of the kung fu movies. Then we had band practice for the Mono E, and after that I watched the Spurs game with Weedo and Griego. Somewhere in there I squeezed in a Mother's Day phone call to me mum to thank her for having me and whatnot.

Here's something different:
http://www.nytimes.com/2005/05/09/national/09exile.html?hp&ex=1115697600&en=6d59e05bb7bfc462&ei=5094&partner=homepage
Posada Carriles, an anti-Castro Cuban radical and suspected terrorist, snuck into Florida last week to seek political asylum. Carriles is suspected of having been involved in a plot that blew up a Cuban airliner in 1976 and an attack that killed an Italian tourist. Now, although he has acted in a manner entirely consistent with being a terrorist, he is seeking political asylum in America because his anti-Castro political beliefs comport with those of th U.S. Meanwhile, apparently both Cuba and Venezuela want Carriles extradicted for his crimes against their citizens. Further complicating matters is the fact that many anti-Castro Cuban Americans (particularly former refugees in Florida) will be infuriated if the U.S. hands Carriles back over to the Cuban authorities. In this camp, Carriles is seen as a freedom fighter by many.
Nonetheless, the fact remains that Carriles was heavily involved in the destruction of an airliner that resulted in the deaths of over 70 civilians.
Posada Carriles is a terrorist and should be punished as such, but will the Bush administration stay true to its purported principles and see that he is brought to justice, or will they overlook what is clearly terrorist action when its end result furthers their own political agenda? Kind of an interesting dilemna.

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