First off this weekend was downtime.
I spent most of Saturday re-reading Casino Royale, which I hadn't read in years. I had forgotten just how good the book was. I know a lot of people probably wouldn't care for Ian Fleming's style but I like it. Its sparse and almost brutal, but still very descriptive. One of the things is there isn't unnecessary content. Sometimes I think writers put in scenes just to make a more well rounded character, I am not a big fan of that.
Sunday we had dinner at my brother's. His wife probably hates me now because I was entertaining my nephew with farting monkey youtube videos. We laughed and laughed:
On the web side of things - Ace of Spades was picked as one of Time's top blogs. Since I am a member of the Army of Morons I am hoping some of that rubs off on me.
On the news front - It appears the effort to break the Mehdi Army continues. Prime Minister Maliki has called for Sadr to disband his Militia, and al_Sadr has responded that he will if Shiite clerics tell him too.
On Monday, Mr. Maliki said Mr. Sadr’s political movement would be banned from the coming provincial elections unless he disbanded its armed wing.
“They no longer have a right to participate in the political process or take part in the upcoming elections unless they end the Mahdi Army,” he told CNN. Until now Mr. Maliki has spoken generally about focusing on criminals, gangs and smugglers instead of singling out the Mahdi Army by name.
Mr. Sadr’s aides swiftly countered by saying he would refer the issue to Shiite religious authorities, including Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani and senior clergy members in Iran.
“If they order the Mahdi Army to disband, Moktada al-Sadr and the Sadr movement will obey the orders of the religious leaders,” one Sadr aide, Hassan Zargani, told Reuters.
I have the feeling that this is a face saving move on both sides, but progress is progress.
Anyway I am back and I hopefully will be able to make some more time for the blog despite my bosses unreasonable demands that I do the work they pay me for.