Shabbat in Portland was wet and quiet. Wet, as is usual for the Northwest at this time of year, and quiet, because it was also Christmas day.

I had an enjoyable Friday night dinner - and some very stimulating conversation - with some friends from shul. Saturday I stayed home, reading and resting up. Today I'm going to try to get a little more fresh air and AFK time, and expect to return to regular blogging tomorrow.

Meanwhile, many thanks - as always - to regular, new, and visiting readers. Please take a moment to view these links if you haven't yet:

Important sites:
Democracy for the Middle East
Iraq the Model
Armies of Liberation
The Belmont Club
Blog Iran
Winds of Change

Important posts at Dreams Into Lightning:
Doctorow and the Unfeeling Left
Disengagement: The Messy Divorce
State vs. Defense
Thanksgiving Day Post: Freedom and Responsibility
The Kabbalah