Saturday, January 24, 2009
...the torturous memory of years under Cheney, Bush et al.
EXECUTIVE ORDER -- ENSURING LAWFUL INTERROGATIONS
By the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, in order to improve the effectiveness of human intelligence gathering, to promote the safe, lawful, and humane treatment of individuals in United States custody and of United States personnel who are detained in armed conflicts, to ensure compliance with the treaty obligations of the United States, including the Geneva Conventions, and to take care that the laws of the United States are faithfully executed, I hereby order as follows:
Section 1. Revocation. Executive Order 13440 of July 20, 2007, is revoked. All executive directives, orders, and regulations inconsistent with this order, including but not limited to those issued to or by the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) from September 11, 2001, to January 20, 2009, concerning detention or the interrogation of detained individuals, are revoked to the extent of their inconsistency with this order. Heads of departments and agencies shall take all necessary steps to ensure that all directives, orders, and regulations of their respective departments or agencies are consistent with this order. Upon request, the Attorney General shall provide guidance about which directives, orders, and regulations are inconsistent with this order....
THE WHITE HOUSE,
January 22, 2009
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
My Spring 2009 class at SDSU promises to be a pretty cool experiment; I am excited about teaching in the mornings again as I used to do for years. That and the subject matter of the class promise to keep things interesting during the Spring 2009 term!
One of the inspirations for this class!? Confession time: a memorable New Order show I attended in Austin, Texas back in the 1980s; in their honor, "Bizarre Love Triangle":
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
Monday, January 19, 2009
A couple of weeks back, Gustavo Arellano had me on his KPFK radio show and the streaming re-broadcast just went live--if you use iTunes, use this link. Prefer using your RSS feed reader? Go here and hit the January 6, 2009 episode; there's a great sequence on LA's Taco Truck wars first and you can hear my dulcet tones, along with Gustavo's sweet guttural utterances, around the 20 minute mark!
E.S. chimes in with an SNL skit below--though the joke here is more on Spanish 101 classes than mindless rebroadcast of Latino/a stereotypes!