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Even a blogger needs to eat. This blog is primarily Charles' hobby. But if he is intent on continuing to woo the Hooter's waitresses in Chatanooga he needs something that pays.... wings don't come free you know. Here's a link to his day job where he works the education beat and, assuming he can't annoy enough people that way, is sometimes allowed to write opinion pieces.

Need perspective? Watson offers readers all they could possibly eat. For a unique view on current events, namely how they look from orbit, here's Chuck's Real-Time(ish) Satellite Imagery of Areas of Interest. Whenever it strikes his fancy, and there's good telemetry, Chuck will process and post near real-time images of locations in the news. Eminently engrossing.

Wanna get into the head of a Japanese salaryman? Why, for Chis'sakes?! Well, assumin' you do, feel welcome to check out the on-line journal of Campbell's English class. Everyday, a group of disaffected salarymen are required to spill out their inner-most thoughts about life, the universe and everything in broken English. Amazingly prosaic.

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Saturday, March 26, 2005
Misunderstanding Their Base? I live and work in an area that's highly Republican (78% of all votes cast in the last general election were for the GOP), very anti-abortion and where the vast majority of the people are evangelical Protestants.

Terri Schiavo just wasn't an issue before congress stepped in. I don't recall any letters to the editor. I didn't hear it discussed in the cafes or on the street.

Since Congress stepped in, I've written a little about the issue, and I've kept my ears open for discussion of the case.

I haven't heard anyone who supports the move. Most people I've talked to think it was politically motivated.

And most people are just perplexed by the whole case. "Why won't they let that poor woman die?" is a something I've heard from just about everyone, but that's typically followed by, "If her parents want to keep her alive, why doesn't her husband just give her to them and walk away?"

Many of the people I've talked to have some personal acquaintance with end-of-life issues. I don't know how many people – Sunday school teachers, deacons, etc. – have told me that one of their biggest regrets was allowing a feeding tube to be put into their parent or spouse or child.

I don't get a sense, however, that the GOP is going to pay a big price for trying to stop Schiavo's death. Contrary to Peggy Noonan, no one I've talked to seems upset that the efforts to put the feeding tube back in have failed. And contrary to Andrew Sullivan, I don't get a sense that many people are outraged by Republican hypocrisy on federalism, the sanctity of marriage or other issues.

As I said earlier, confusion, not anger, is the dominant state of mind here.

posted by Charles at 12:39 PM

Saturday, March 12, 2005
A 51-Year-Old Grandmother Who Stands About 5 Ft. Tall. Many people, though seemingly none in Atlanta-area law enforcement, are asking how such a person came to be guarding a 6 ft. 1 in., 210-pound 33-year-old weightlifter and former college football player on trial for a very violent crime, especially after he was previously caught with shanks on him.

I've got to say it's a valid question.

posted by Charles at 6:03 PM

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