Monthly Archives: November 2007

Christmas Time is Here

I know it seems early, but officially Christmas time is here. That means I can start annoying the hell out of everyone! Yet for some reason, this morning I opted for John Coltrane over my Christmas favorites. I guess I still don’t quite have the full Christmas feeling. Continue reading


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Amnesty International Video

Nice video, but I doubt their conclusion.


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A Turkey Sandwich on Turkey Day

Today is my eighth consecutive Thanksgiving that I spend without my parents. As a matter of fact, until 2000, I had never missed a single Thanksgiving (during my lifetime) with my parents, whereas my parents’ other two children have missed the event on numerous occassions. In the past few years, I have had the occassional Thanksgiving with friends, but we’ve never actually celebrated it on Thanksgiving Thursday — it’s always been on the weekend. Plus it’s just not the same having turkey away from home.

Today for lunch, I subsconsciously celebrated Turkey Day by ordering a Turkey sandwich. Turkey or not, I am actually much more excited about mañana than I am a sad for missing Thanksgiving. That’s right, tomorrow I get to begin my nausciously and painfully annoying assault on humanity’s collective ear drum with loads and loads of Christmas music and Christmas Specials!

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Beyond the Veil


I have already expressed my views on what almost became a controversy in Spain with respect to Muslim girls sporting the veil at public schools. Now I just came across an article by Laila Lalami in The Nation, entitled “Beyond the Veil” on the prohibition of the veil in France. Laila Lalami is a Moroccan born writer who lives in the U.S. and writes in English. Although I have not read her novel (and therefore don’t have an opinion on her writing), I do often check out her blog to learn about the other novelists she features.

In any event, if you are interested in the politics of the veil, I do recommend you read her article.

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Spain and Kyoto

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Everytime the U.S. decides to NOT sign an international treaty, I take a lot of crap here in Spain from my friends and co-workers. Without having to enter into the merits of whether the treaty in question should or should not be signed, I always make the following statement: The U.S. is a country of lawyers. If we sign a treaty, we’ll have lawyers making sure that that treaty will be enforced. It is easy for a country like Spain to sign treaties when they know they will never comply with it.

For example, today there was an article in the El Mundo newspaper on how Spain was the E.U. country with the worst Kyoto Protocol compliance record in 2005. Ironically, the same newspaper article says that the world’s biggest non-compliers were the U.S. and Australia, but how do you fail to comply with an agreement you never signed?


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Recycled Post of the Week: En Español para Hysidro

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Today my friend and co-worker, Hysidro, told me that he would read Grave Error more often if I wrote more frequently in Spanish. I still recall having asked him for his advice. Nevertheless, I decided to throw the dawg a bone, and for this Recycled Post of the Week, I am giving you one in Spanish from September 2006, called “No sé si estoy enamorado de Natalia Verbeke.”

I think it is actually one of my better posts, so much so that later in March 2007, I tried to write a similar post in English but with much less succes. I suppose you can’t recycle everything.

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In general, I don’t consider myself a selfish man. I try to be generous and kind. But there are times when I have to draw the line, and that line is often drawn with palmeritas. Why should I share my palmeritas? I often think that my co-workers want one of my palmeritas simply because they see how much I enjoy them. It’s pure envy. The unselfish thing would be for them to stop coveting my palmeritas and to cease expecting me to be unnecessarily unselfish.


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