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It’s Friday the 13th, an unlucky day if you’re prone to superstition. Of course, things go wrong every day – accidents, foreclosures, health coverage denied – but still some people are extra vigilant on this day. You could argue that a week ending in Friday the 13th could be an unlucky week. Certainly it was for Katie Couric and John McCain; Katy slaps a staffer on the arm and John knocks a staffer or two off the payroll and makes an unfortunate call from the cloakroom and boom! word is they are suffering massive reversals of fortune. Of course these are well-paid, well-connected people but the media can be a cruel mistress and they are taking a public licking for sure. There was some glimmer of real talent on “America’s Got Talent” (yeah, I watched; it’s a slow summer, okay?) but some of those going on to the finals seem more lucky than gifted. Personally, I think David Hasselhoff is lucky to have a gig as a judge but who am I to hassle the Hoff? Harry doesn’t seem to be having much luck in the new Potter movie; he’s simultaneously struggling with teen angst and a world inattentive to imminent danger. Along those same lines, He-Whose-Mind-Will-Not-Be-Changed insists we “stay the course” in Iraq until September or until he doesn’t feel like it any more. Meanwhile, at least thirteen plans for staying/going/securing or something else are floating around Congress. Call me superstitious but I don’t see a fortuitous outcome.

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I read today that Pakistan’s parliament voted to condemn Great Britain’s decision to present author Salman Rushdie with a knighthood. Governments and their parliamentary bodies often vote to condemn acts of other governments they deem immoral or unjust and Rushdie, author of “The Satanic Verses” is seen as having insulted Muslim icons in his writing. But I continue to have trouble wrapping my mind around the concept of taking it further, i.e issuing a fatwah in 1989 calling for Rushdie’s death and learning now that Pakistan’s religious affairs minister has said publically Britain’s decision to honor the author justified a suicide attack. An article in the June 10th New York Times, chillingly titled “The Guidebook for Taking a Life,” tried to shed some light on how those bent on violence use their religion to support their decisions and actions. It reminds me once again that it is man, not any Supreme Being, who decides not only what to believe but how to believe it.

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I read pretty voraciously but I admit I enjoy sitting in front of the tube, usually while doing something else like reading. I tend to like the traditional dramas or “dramadies” as they’re now called. There are a few shows I watch regularly but nothing has inspired me to become a long-term fan like I used to be. This year’s season finales have really annoyed me for some reason. I guess that’s okay. I won’t need to make the effort next season to be home on Thursday (or Wednesday or Sunday) evening. I’ll read more or get out more. Still, I can’t help but feel disappointed, as if an old friend has let me down. Maybe I should look into premium cable.

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