Archive for June 10th, 2011
One reason that Bush was so determined to try suspected terrorists before military commissions is that—to put it simply—it’s much easier to procure “guilty” convictions for innocent defendant: the rules are looser and the defendant has fewer rights than in a civilian court.
And if you are innocent and get convicted, and have a very solid basis for appeal, you can spend nine years in the brig before the appeals court gets around to acting on the appeal. Michael Doyle of McClatchy explains:
Marine Corps Gunnery Sgt. Brian W. Foster served nearly a decade in Leavenworth for a crime he didn’t commit.
Foster is now free and serving his country once more. The military appeals system that failed him, meanwhile, is still trying to right itself.
“It’s a terrible system,” Foster said. “The judges and attorneys who had the opportunity to stand up and say ‘this isn’t right,’ they didn’t do that.”
The court that finally freed Foster in 2009 called him a victim of “judicial negligence” and “intolerable” errors. The nine-year delay between conviction and appeal was “unacceptable,” the U.S. Navy-Marine Corps Court of Criminal Appeals acknowledged. . .
My prediction: There will be zero accountability for this. As seems to be true in today’s military, no officer will be subject to any sanctions or punishment. One or two enlisted personnel might possibly get punished, but those responsible (i.e., officers) will suffer not at all.
Dean Baker carefully makes the case that we are header for another Great Depression if we do not change course—something that Washington (Congress and the Obama Administration) cannot seem to do.
The problem, of course, is that the person being refuted is psychologically incapable of following the argument. Still, it’s sort of interesting to see, in a train-wreck sort of way. Here it is.
I had to go again with La Toja soap and aftershave: the soap is quite good and I love using that bowl, and the aftershave deserved a second hit. I used a new Vie-Long horsehair brush—again, the not-unpleasant horsey smell from the wet brush. I got a good lather, but not quite the full-out Creamy Lather, probably because (a) my skill is still shaky; (b) the brush is brand new and might require a little break-in; and (c) the lathering space in the La Toja bowl is somewhat limited (though I doubt that this is a significant factor).
But note the razor: this is (so far as I know) the unveiling of the new iKon OSS asymmetric razor: one side an open-comb, the other a straight bar. Some shavers have found that, given that different razors have different shaving characteristics, a razor that does an aggressively efficient job at first-pass stubble reduction might not be your first choice for the third-pass against-the-grain polishing. Thus some use two or three razors in the course of a shave—easily done if the razors in current use are already loaded with a blade and ready to go: you just rinse the razor after a pass, as you normally do, then put it down and pick up the razor you like for the next pass.
What Gregory Kahn has done has made the two sides of the head suitable for two stages of the shave: the open-comb side for first-pass stubble removal, the straight-bar side for polishing.
On this first shave, I used the open-comb for the first WTG pass and the straight bar for XTG and ATG. As with the other iKon razors I have, the shave is noticeably comfortable. I was worried that the straight-bar side might be excessively mild (like a Gillette Tech, say, or a Weishi), but in fact it is comfortably assertive: no need for any special caution, but it is quite efficient—possibly because it was designed for the task (i.e., the task of polishing once the stubble has been reduced by the first pass).
Both sides seemed quite good, but now I want to shave more so I can compare—for example, I’d like to try the straight-bar side as the first-pass stubble whacker just to see how it performs. And I want to try the open-comb side in a side-by-side (as it were) comparison with the iKon Bulldog open comb.
All in all: an innovative, efficient, comfortable new razor. Here’s another shot of the head, from the top. This is an engineering prototype, so the finish is probably not what will be on the final production version:
As readers with sharp eyes will note, I used a Shark Chrome blade (at a commenter’s suggestion). It seems like a fine blade for me, though of course YMMV. But the Shark is welcome to a place in my rotation.