Monday, October 30, 2006

"If you want to comment on Southern Appeal [link], you’re welcome to do so. But let’s add something to the discussion other than profanity and historically-ignorant remarks, shall we? When General Lee passed away, his death was mourned by those in both the North and the South. He was a man of profound character and integrity (something you would know if you had ever read something other than the Yankee propaganda you were spoon feed in high school). If you ever refer to the General in a disparaging manner again on my blog, you will be banned. Consider this your first and final warning on the matter."
Warmest regards, 
Stephen Louis A. Dillard
posted without comment

A couple of years later I got an email from Dillard asking me politely if I would be willing to remove this post from the blog. He was worried about future employment. I said I would. He was obviously nervous because after the exchange he emailed me again hours later and said it was still up. I'd emailed from my phone and couldn't do anything till later. When I got home reverted it to draft mode. I wasn't paying attention. I shouldn't have been so polite.
Judge Stephen Dillard, The Georgia Court of Appeals

The banner image across the top was drawing of a rebel soldier on horseback, head bowed, riding home in defeat. As always it was impressive how many people were blind to their own bigotry. I'm not talking about Dillard. His was obvious. And I'm not talking about Jonathan Adler

The Chicago Maroon, 2006, Southern Appeal shuts down
Adler at Volokh in 2009, Justice Freddie? 
I like Dillard — I guest-blogged for him on judicial nomination stuff several years back — as does Mike at Crime & Federalism. PFAW’s “Right Wing Watch,” on the other hand, dreads the prospect of Justice Dillard. I would be surprised if Dillard gets the nod. He’s the youngest on the list and some of the others have more traditional credentials for this sort of thing. I wish him luck.
Mike at Crime & Federalism is Mike Cernovich.

Click through his link to PFAW you get this  He did a good job erasing his past. Southern Appeal has been wiped from, but “Stare Decisis is fo’ Suckas!” is still up.

googling Stephen Dillard "Southern Appeal" finds more from Cernovich including link to a blog that's still up. is now private.
Cognitive dissonance and Tony Judt
more later

Sunday, October 29, 2006

How do you argue with a closeted homosexual who says to everyone else and to himself that he's not gay? How do you argue with a man who says, and may actually believe [who knows?] that he's not racist? What's the relationship of language to logic? What's the relation of abstract reason to politics? Same shit, different day.

Saturday, October 28, 2006

Just listen

I jumped in the river and what did I see?
black-eyed angels swimming with me
a moon full of stars and astral cars
all the figures i used to see
all my lovers were there with me
all my past and futures
and we all went to heaven in a little row boat

there was nothing to fear and nothing to doubt

I jumped in the river
black-eyed angels swimming with me
a moon full of stars and astral cars
all the figures i used to see
all my lovers were there with me
all my past and futures
and we all went to heaven in a little row boat

there was nothing to fear and nothing to doubt
there was nothing to fear and nothing to doubt

Thursday, October 26, 2006

Tuesday, October 24, 2006

PCHR Weekly Report: 12 - 18 October 2006 [new link]
28 Palestinians, 17 of whom including 2 children and a woman are civilians, were killed by IOF. Each of the two children was killed together with the father of each. 6 of the victims were extra-judicially executed by IOF in 3 separate attacks. 45 Palestinians, including 14 children and 4 women, were wounded. IOF have continued to launch air strikes on houses and civilian facilities in the Gaza Strip; 5 houses were destroyed and a number of others were severely damaged. IOF conducted 30 incursions into Palestinian communities in the West Bank, and 6 others into the Gaza Strip. IOF arrested 48 Palestinian civilians, including 7 children, in the West Bank, and 8 others in the Gaza Strip. IOF have continued to impose a total siege on the OPT; IOF arrested 3 Palestinian civilian at checkpoints in the West Bank IOF have continued to construct the Annexation Wall in the West Bank; Palestinian farmers have been denied access to their agricultural lands to cultivate olives.
Moral seriousness is not moral responsibility. Manners are not actions.

Monday, October 23, 2006

Eid Mubarak

Sunday, October 22, 2006

Reporters engage in the objective discussion of the opinions of the electorate and the success or failure of political strategies. Policy experts on the sidelines bemoan the failures of the press and engage in the objective discussion of policy. Neither are neutral, neither are objective. Both are passive, shallow, incurious, self-absorbed—their logic founded on if obscuring (only sometimes) a crude nationalism. My fondness for the American people as a whole, mixed always with horror, becomes little else when I look at their elites.

Monday, October 16, 2006

I thought they'd just erased my comment, but they removed the entire post. M.J. Rosenberg: "Stifling Israel Criticism: With Link To Tony Judt Piece That Caused Ban"

[The link above is to google cache and dead. The heading but not the body now at]

Rosenberg spends most of the time fighting idiots far worse than he is but he's still good for a laugh.
I want the occupation to end, which means negotiating an end to it with the Palestinians whether we like them or not, and thereby preserving a majority Jewish state called Israel forever
"Whether we like them or not." And on top of the same racial nationalism, straight out of Le Pen, Haider and Botha.

Here's a link to Helena Cobban and from her to Uri Avnery:
"IS IT possible to force a whole people to submit to foreign occupation by starving it?
That is, certainly, an interesting question. So interesting, indeed, that the governments of Israel and the United States, in close cooperation with Europe, are now engaged in a rigorous scientific experiment in order to obtain a definitive answer.

The laboratory for the experiment is the Gaza Strip, and the guinea pigs are the million and a quarter Palestinians living there...

Friday, October 13, 2006

To those of you here courtesy of Scott Lemieux, go back to Tapped.
If you want to understand what's wrong with the Democratic intellectual apparat you should begin there.

I had a little fun, but Lemieux is an idiot. He's not serious, politically or intellectually. He doesn't want to waste his time communicating with the irrational, though that's what politicians do for a living, and he isn't interested as an academic should be in understanding the roots of irrationality. I may say that Zionism is racism, and it is, but it would do no good to argue the point with a defender of the Jewish "right of return" without my first having an understanding of the events of 20th century Europe.

Read my comments at Tapped and see if someone with a clear head wouldn't see my arguments as anything but simple and direct.
I reread his post and caught the reference to rational action. If I'd read more carefully I would have caught it earlier.
Chicago School liberals.

Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Manu Chao - La rumba de Barcelona

Manu Chao - Desaparecido

MANA - Mariposa Traicionera

Monday, October 09, 2006

How are scientists, as technocrats, any less dangerous to a democratic form of government than generals? Mad scientists are as common in American popular mythology as mad Generals are in others'.

Scholasticism noun - the system of theology and philosophy taught in medieval European universities, based on Aristotelian logic and the writings of the early Church Fathers and having a strong emphasis on tradition and dogma. • narrow-minded insistence on traditional doctrine.

Technocracy noun - ( pl. -cies) the government or control of society or industry by an elite of technical experts. • an instance or application of this. • an elite of technical experts.
ORIGIN early 20th cent.: from Greek tekhne ‘art, craft’ + -cracy .

Republic noun - a state in which supreme power is held by the people and their elected representatives, and which has an elected or nominated president rather than a monarch. • archaic figurative a community or group with a certain equality between its members. ORIGIN late 16th cent.: from French république, from Latin respublica, from res ‘concern’ + publicus ‘of the people, public.’

The Weimarization of the political life of this country is held in check not by radicals or reformers, and not by academics, but by popular culture.

Tyler Cowen
"Shantytowns might well be more creative than a dead city core. Some of the best Brazilian music came from the favelas of Salvador and Rio. The slums of Kingston, Jamaica, bred reggae. New Orleans experienced its greatest cultural blossoming in the early 20th century, when it was full of shanties. Low rents make it possible to live on a shoestring, while the population density blends cultural influences. Cheap real estate could make the city a desirable place for struggling artists to live. The cultural heyday of New Orleans lies in the past. Katrina rebuilding gives the city a chance to become an innovator once again."

Friday, October 06, 2006

Hitler, ein Film aus Deutschland
Hitler, a Film from Germany

not very interesting article by a woman who became an un-ironic defender of Syberberg. Sontag was intent on separating the Fascist Kitsch of Weimer Germany from today's variety, but that's not really possible.

Wednesday, October 04, 2006

Crossman Gallery. University of Wisconsin Whitewater. October 19.