Wednesday, August 31, 2005

Nobody Sucks Like Timothy Dwight

I happened upon this charming snippet from one of Yale's founding fathers, via Hitchens' latest (which is very good):
"If God had decreed from all eternity that a certain person should die of smallpox, it would be a frightful sin to avoid and annul that decree by the trick of vaccination." So said Timothy Dwight, President of Yale University. He was President of Yale from 1795 to 1817, and spoke passionately against the new medical invention developed by Edward Jenner called vaccination.

Nero Fiddled

While the firmament is unleashed on the Gulf Coast, it seems that---oh fuck it.

Monday, August 22, 2005

On Mushroom Clouds

The link is to a transcript of the CNN documentary on the "intelligence failure" that led to the war in Iraq. It's an actual piece of journalism.

Sunday, August 21, 2005

Fear Graduation

Fear it.

UPDATE: Well at least the Berger boys are doing well. The fat one is anyhow---although the other is a receptionist or something.

And Finally...

I'm with the boss on this one, even if he cheers for a team whose name is an embarrassment to at least two cities.

And One Other Thing

In the outrageous Ann Althouse post that was referenced in the link to Jim Henley in the post below, Ann updated by accusing her detractors of being ranters because they can't appreciate the distinction between 1) saying that the good that comes of police assassinating an innocent man outweighs the evil of the act and 2) saying that that good might not justify the act, but is still worth recognizing as a good.

Ann's brave stand against presumption of innocence seems to run hand in hand with her not at all pompous conception of her opponents as children to be tutored and corrected:
There's a sad lack of rationality here, and it's become pointless to try to reason with the ranters. I'm a law professor and I always assume that some of commenters are my students, so I try to talk to everyone in the comments as if you were my students. But office hours are over for me on this post.
Um, fuck you.

Saturday, August 20, 2005

Right Article, Wrong Line

I know I'm not supposed to be doing this...and I swear I'm still on break, but:

Jesse Taylor rounds up what he calls "Stupid Statements In ID Today...This Morning...Between 9 And 1," and it's true that he found some real howlers. Among them is this excellent bit of deduction from Les Kinsolving of the prestigious World Net Daily:
On the other hand, the alternative to believing in intelligent design is the plausibility of an explosion in a printing press resulting in several miles of paper forming Webster's Unabridged Dictionary.
As Jim Henley would say, I --- look. Fuck it.

However, Kinsolving outdid himself in the conclusion of his "essay." To wit:
And from Massachusetts, Democratic Rep. Barney Frank offered the following:

"It is, of course, further indication that a fundamentalist right has really taken over much of the Republican Party. People might cite George Bush as proof that you can be totally impervious to the effects of Harvard and Yale education."

Which, considering Congressman Frank's membership in Harvard's Class of 1962, suggests the question: Does he believe that President Bush and the majority of U.S. voters are pervious to sodomy?
If you're wondering what this gay-bashing non sequitur is doing in a column about intelligent design, then 1) you're a faggot, and 2) you must be impervious to realizing that fags (like Darwin) are pushing evolution as part of their campaign to recruit my Christian children.

Thought For The Day

The quick blue jaguar jumps over the lazy red mustang.

Tuesday, August 16, 2005

The Fertile Crescent

That Rumsfeld is full of surprises.

Thursday, August 11, 2005

Never Fear

While deeply saddened to hear of Finnegan's well-deserved break from blogging, I take this oppurtunity to preview a few topics that I, who have been marvelously negligent in posting this summer, will be broaching soon.

Attack on Western liberalism's dogmatic conception and valorisation of free speech

Critique of the Administration's rhetoric of no-Iraq pull-out just yet, balanced by critique of the demand for pull-out as a political or ethical victory when it will only ensure civil war and probably genocide (I call this the "Every-Way-You're-Fucked theorem); additional lambasting of any use of the term "peace with honor" as well as the conception of national honor more generally

Resumed critique, deferred since mid-last year, of analytic philosophy on political, historicist, and scientific grounds

Indiscriminate rooting out of fascisms and micro-fascisms wherever they may be found

Countless allusions to simplistic french cultural theory

etc.

Entropy

Better make this official. Lots of people take August vacations. I didn't get to. However, as you can obviously see, things around here are grinding to a halt. And I'm exhausted. So I'll be taking a leave of absence for a couple of months, at least, say, until the upcoming semester is halfway through. I may poke my nose in here and there, and Jeremy, of course, may be posting his dispatches, but basically, after more than a year of almost daily blogging, I need a f'n break.

Monday, August 08, 2005

Casual Accusations Of Treason

Okey-doke. This taxonomy of the "conservative" side of the blogosphere---I think that's the wrong word for it, but whatever---got a bunch of attention last week. And it's pretty funny. E.g.:
Calling Glenn Reynolds intellectually lazy would be to praise him. He doesn't write, he grunts. Has gained prominence by posting a lot and never making his audience think; has done those things by never thinking too much himself. Never met a Democrat he couldn't casually accuse of treason.
Which is all objectively true.

Now then, this cat, who is magnanimous enough to proclaim
I've aspired to be more of a "thinker" than a "linker."
was not amused. Of the stuff on Glenn Reynolds, he writes:
No sense citing an example; everyone KNOWS it's true.
Well not EVERYBODY knows it's true. For those who don't, take a look here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, or here.

UPDATE: On the subject of casualness, I was so focused on the Instapundit stuff that I didn't pay much attention to Mithras's attack on Michelle Malkin. Volokher David Bernstein is right; attack Malkin because she's a vile apologist for racism, not because she's a woman or because she's Asian.

Friday, August 05, 2005

Since Everybody's Talking About It...

Here it is.

But seriously, Novak became really boring a long time ago.

Thursday, August 04, 2005

O'Reilly In Godwinland

Wonkette, watching the Factor so you don't have to, caught Big Bill in a real rhetorical stinker:
O'REILLY: But what the argument is is that nothing about intelligent design should be introduced. And I think that's fascism.
Through the magic of Nexis, she compiled a partial list of other things O'Reilly thinks are fascist:
The tactics of the ACLU
Not letting city halls have a nativity display
Prohibiting schools from calling winter break "Christmas holidays"
Laws that ban discrimination against people with piercings
The Virginia Military Institute not allowing time for voluntary prayer
A flat tax on the wealthy
Really, the tactics of the ACLU
The Justice Department not answering his questions
Crowds who shout down Arnold Schwarznegger
Seriously, the ACLU is bad
Liberal 527 groups
Exposing kids to racy images is "libertine fascism," and we're just going to let that lie.
What sets O'Reilly apart from your run-of-the-mill slanderers, what marks him out as unhinged, and what makes me love him so much---those are all the same thing, really---is that he doesn't feel the slightest shame or need to qualify himself when tossing around Godwin missiles. Unlike, e.g., Roger L. Simon, who only calls his opponents "objectively pro-fascist (as Orwell put it)" over and over and over and over.

And no, this isn't what I wanted to say about fascism.

Return Of The Hitch

It's been a while since he's written something this good.

Wednesday, August 03, 2005

'Merica The Beautiful

Scanning Hit & Run today---which you really ought to do---I can't help but notice what a fucked up country this is.

Monday, August 01, 2005

Thought For The Day II

A voice just said he's not for real,
But it's just his game,
And he carries no shame.
Still he done nobody wrong,
He knew he didn't belong,
But he went along.
Lookin' to see if there's somebody
Else he'd like to be.
---The Band, "Ferdinand the Impostor"

Thought For The Day I

There was a man whom Sorrow named his Friend,
And he, of his high comrade Sorrow dreaming,
Went walking with slow steps along the gleaming
And humming Sands, where windy surges wend:
And he called loudly to the stars to bend
From their pale thrones and comfort him, but they
Among themselves laugh on and sing alway:
And then the man whom Sorrow named his friend
Cried out, Dim sea, hear my most piteous story!
The sea swept on and cried her old cry still,
Rolling along in dreams from hill to hill.
He fled the persecution of her glory
And, in a far-off, gentle valley stopping,
Cried all his story to the dewdrops glistening.
But naught they heard, for they are always listening,
The dewdrops, for the sound of their own dropping.
And then the man whom Sorrow named his friend
Sought once again the shore, and found a shell,
And thought, I will my heavy story tell
Till my own words, re-echoing, shall send
Their sadness through a hollow, pearly heart;
And my own tale again for me shall sing,
And my own whispering words be comforting,
And lo! my ancient burden may depart.
Then he sang softly nigh the pearly rim;
But the sad dweller by the sea-ways lone
Changed all he sang to inarticulate moan
Among her wildering whirls, forgetting him.
---W.B. Yeats, "The Sad Shepherd"

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