Monday, October 03, 2005

Bush To America: "Fuck You"

Never mind that Harriet Miers was never a judge. She is amply qualified to serve on the Supreme Court, in virtue of her service on the Dallas City Council and head of the Texas Lottery Commission.

I don't care if someone turns up a memo in which Miers favored abortion rights up to and including un-unborn fetuses in their 63rd trimester; this nomination must be defeated.

UPDATE: Since the Democrats undoubtedly would assume a supine posture if Miers turned out to be pro-choice, it's nice to see that the right is supremely pissed about this.


At 9:49 PM, Blogger Evan said...

Yes, indeed, very much. But I still want to know why you're learning Old Persian of all the things.

At 11:41 AM, Blogger Finnegan said...

Well, there's no knockdown reason. I'm interested enough in Persian culture---I'm in my second year of Farsi---and Zoroastrianism that this seemed like the next logical step.

At 5:59 PM, Blogger Evan said...

Funnily enough, I was just talking with one of my Indo-Europeanist colleagues this evening about Old Persian. He says it's quite easy, although the interest level of the extant literature is rather low. He did note that the official inscriptional account of Darius' rise to power exactly corresponds with Herodotus' account in (gosh, I think) Book 3, which is sort of interesting. (I'm in a Herodotus seminar this term, so I've been thinking lots of him.) Mostly material of the sort, "The Lydians rose against Darius. He smote them. They had acted the lie." I think Zoroastrian literature is all in Avestan, whose relationship to Old Persian I am not entirely clear on, similar to Vedic vis à vis one of the pakrits, I think. What do you know about that?


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