Gene Lewis Perry

If life were like fairy tales, I'd have been devoured by trolls already.

thoughts on the Dems

By popular request (ok, it was only Tiara, but by the standards of this blog that is popular), here are my thoughts on the Democratic primary race. My early favorite was Edwards. I voted for him in the 2004 primaries, and he continues to take the lead with ambitious, detailed policy proposals that, if implemented, […]

spy games

This is a week old, but there’s a long article in my hometown paper about reactions to the bill to sever relations with the Cherokee Nation that has serious problems. It quotes a lot of people involved but does little to make the issue any clearer, and in some ways even adds confusion. According to […]

riddle me this

Take a look at this quote and try to guess where it comes from: Doing the Lord’s work is a thread that’s run through our politics since the very beginning. And it puts the lie to the notion that the separation of church and state in America — a principle we all must uphold and […]

Freedmen update

There have been several recent developments on the Cherokee Freedmen. Chad Smith won reelection this weekend, beating Stacy Leeds, the former chief justice of the Cherokee Supreme Court, with 59% of the vote. Both candidates said they supported the tribes’ right to determine its own members, but Leeds had written the original decision that revoked […]

who is an Indian

A recent Time Magazine article comes out strongly in favor of the Cherokee Freedmen. This point deserves reemphasizing: When Cherokee voters decided to strip the Freedmen of their full membership they were essentially legitimizing the one-drop rule. At the turn of the 19th century, the U.S. government relied on that racist tool, originally used to […]

if only!

On the Plymouth Belvedere recently unearthed in Tulsa as part of a 50-year time capsule: the car was interred with 10 gallons of gasoline, in case fuel would be obsolete in 2007

gold farming and the ‘smiley curve’

One point that has always puzzled me about the rise of China, and the flight of manufacturing jobs overseas in general, is this: what do Americans actually do anymore? Certainly the United States has suffered in certain areas because of outsourcing, but taken as a whole, it is still the largest economy in the world […]

You can’t scare me, I’m sticking to the union. But which one?

In a recent episode of Open Source Radio, Ezra Klein outlined the main groups contesting the immigration bill. While restrictionists on the right did the most to bring it down in the Senate, Klein also touched on an interesting dynamic on the left. Unions were divided between the older AFL-CIO, which opposed the bill, and […]

by any other name

One of the most irritating recent tendencies in American politics is the rise of PR-tested catchphrases meant to twist language for partisan ends (“death tax” being the nonpareil example). Now you don’t even need to live in Washington DC to play that game. Witness this statement on the Cherokee Freedmen by Principal Chief Chad Smith: […]


The human tragedy of Iraq continues every day. I see the headlines telling of bombs exploded, soldiers and civilians dead, but I only give them passing notice. I know that every story, while horrific for the loved ones of those killed, will be the same to me, so far removed from the events as I […]

more on O’Dorney

This is a bit of (okay, a lot of) a rant, but Idyllopus is right.  If being “properly socialized” means attacking a 13-year-old genius who did nothing worse than be a little awkward on TV, then I’d rather not be.

in defense of fluff

I will not join the Paris Hilton naysayers already lamenting the media coverage of her travails. Sure, it’s mostly fluff, but the classic storyline of the spoiled debutante finally getting her comeuppance is too good to resist. Besides, there are real issues involved. Wealthy, white people, never mind celebrities, get preferential treatment from the justice […]

hooray for nerds

Check out this wonderful video of Evan O’Dorney, the recent national spelling bee champ, on CNN. The spelling bee is one of the few, if not the only, popular national competitions that rewards something besides looks and made-for-TV social skills, and it is priceless seeing the anchorwoman try to handle this brilliant, yet hopelessly awkward, […]

Freedmen again

Indian Country Today gives a brief history of the struggle between Cherokee abolitionists and slaveholders during the Civil War, and how that influences today’s crisis over the Cherokee Freedmen. It shows that both competing definitions of native citizenship have deep roots within the Cherokee people. It is false to say the freedmen and others were […]

assault rifles, keyboards, and trains

The AK-47: an open source assault rifle? Andrew Leonard also mentions the QWERTY keyboard, which really has a remarkable story behind it. It just popped up in my reading of Guns, Germs, and Steel (highly recommended, and I’m sure to have more to say about it later): Unbelievable as it may now sound, that keyboard […]

Phoenix on Freedmen

The Muskogee Phoenix is brief, direct, and totally right about the Cherokee Freedmen and constitution.

the bees

The mystery behind disappearing honeybees have gotten a lot of press coverage, some of it misleading and overblown (hint: it wasn’t the cellphones).  But up at Salon is an excellent dialogue between four scientists and farmers that does a great job of putting in perspective and fleshing out the many factors that may be involved.  In precis: bees […]

bug blogging

The week in DC was followed by the week of weddings, hence the blogging hiatus. But now I’m back, and ready to talk about bugs! Pictured here are some Colorado potato beetle larvae, currently in the process of eating my potatoes. I’ve always wondered where these things come from. They only ever show up on […]

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