February 28, 2005
— Ace AoSHQ contributor Dianna has penned an essay about Churchill's dishonest studies in non-history over at PirateBallerina. I'm particularly happy to hear he's a serial plagiarist:
.... LaVelle demonstrates for the reader the number of scholars whose work is distorted in Churchills work Patricia Nelson Limerick, Russell Thornton, Janet A. McDonnell and George M. Frederickson, to name only a few and lays out for side by side comparison a passage written by Churchill and one by Rebecca L. Robbins..... This is clear evidence of plagiarism, particularly since the passage in Churchill is not in quotes, and there is, furthermore, no citation of Robbins.
Go get 'im, Dianna!
Top Ten Quotations from Ward Churchill's "Original Writings"
10. "The tree of liberty must be refreshed with the blood of tyrants and patriots." -- Ward Churchill p. 13 of From a Native Son
9. "Are we not men? We are Devo." -- Ward Churchill, p. 44 of Since Predator Came
8. "" It puts the lotion on its skin or it gets the hose!" -- Ward Churchill, p. 31, Indians Are Us?
7. "That bitch set me up!" -- Ward Churchill, footnote 23 of Sketches of My Plainsmen Ancestors
6. "And I would have gotten away with it, too, if it weren't for these meddling kids." -- Ward Churchill, citing Columbus' "secret diary," p. 122, Deconstructing the Columbus Myth
5. "And then we're going to Idaho! And then we're going to Wisconsin! And then we're going to Washington! Yeeeaaaaaiiiigghhh! -- Ward Churchill, p. 44, Struggle for the Land
4. "I'm too sexy for my shirt, too sexy for my shirt, too sexy it hurts..." -- Ward Churchill, p. 94, The Arapahoe and Chocktaw Tribes: A Comparative Ethnography
3. "I'm a cowboy, on a steel horse I ride, and I'm wanted (want-ed...!) dead or alive..." -- Ward Churchill, p. 88, The European Exterminators
2. "Jules, y'know, honey... this isn't real. You know what it is? It's St. Elmo's Fire. Electric flashes of light that appear in dark skies out of nowhere. Sailors would guide entire journeys by it, but the joke was on them... there was no fire. There wasn't even a St. Elmo. They made it up. They made it up because they thought they needed it to keep them going when times got tough, just like you're making up all of this. We're all going through this. It's our time at the edge." -- Ward Churchill, p. 72 of A Little Matter of Genocide
...and the Number One Quotation From Ward Chuchill's "Original Writings"...
1. "And when I move, I slice like a fuckin' hammer. That's just. The Fuckin'. Way. It is." -- Ward Churchill, introduction to Noam Chomsky's Corporate Media Deceptions: Don't Make a Fuckin' Maniac Out of Me
Credit: #8 thanks to RCL.
— Ace Well. I've been meaning to do that for ages.
Look, I didn't link a lot of you before because I was sure you were on the blogroll. Secure Liberty, Memento Moron, Wardrobe Door, Cranky Neocon, Nerf-Coated World, Winds of Change... I tend to think that if I'm linking you or reading you, you must be on the blogroll.
But a lot of you just weren't.
I've gotten rid of the "Not Necessarily Political Bloggers" category and simply folded up all those blogs into the main list. Where a blog isn't mainly (or at least largely) political, I provide a little parenthetical explanation about its main sort of content.
And I've gotten rid of the "New Blogger Showcase." All the new entries are put right into the main list.
Because I've added so many blogs, I didn't want to list them all in this post. So all blogs which are newly added have an asterisk next to them, to draw attention. I'll keep the asterisk on for a few weeks. Oh, who am I kidding. I am never chaning that bloglist again. Congrats, you've got an asterisk for eternity.
No, just kidding. I will drop the asterisks eventually.
Also, I've put asterisks next to blogs which have been moved from their former places, so that you can find them more easily.
And I've corrected my often jaw-droppingly poor skills at alphabetization... I think. I've probably added new errors.
And... I've probably missed a few of you who asked, or who should be on the blogroll. If I missed you, ask again. It was an oversight; I just decided to add anyone who asked.
If you should be on the blogroll-- i.e., you're a regular commenter here, I've linked you a couple of times before, and/or you throw me a lot of links -- let me know that I should have you blogrolled.
And if I deleted you-- well, that's just an oversight and a mistake; let me know. I didn't mean to delete anyone. Eventually I'll have to check to see if any of the blogs on the roll are out of service and maybe I'll trim the list a bit. But I didn't mean to do so this time, and if you're suddenly missing, there's probably just some sort of tag open somewhere making your name invisible.
— Ace Pictures from the Freedom Rally in Beirut.
— Ace This new cat The Therapist is a pretty funny guy.
— Ace But I don't think the audience is going to like his new stuff much better than the old stuff:
Actually, I think women are actually much better than men at many things. For one thing, they look better naked. A lot better. Well, maybe not if you're gay. But I'm not. I like women. A lot. No offense to the Tinkerbells out there.
Not that I've actually seen a lot of guys naked. Well, I had gym class when I was in school, and there were a lot of naked guys in the showers, and I guess a lot of them walked around the locker room without a towel on, so of course I did see them. Not that I was actually looking, they were just there. I mean, I wasn't looking away or covering my eyes or anything, I just wasn't ogling them.
— Ace That's the good news. The bad news is he wants Zarqawi to hit America instead.
Still: This would seem to indicate that bin Ladin himself has determined that Iraq is lost to the jihadis.
Dampened Optimism Update: Of course, a suicide bomber killing 122 National Guard recruits in Hilla, Iraq does tend to underscore the point that while they cannot win, they can continue to murder and maim.\
Thanks to the most excellent digest Memeorandum.
— Ace Dave From Garfield Ridge watched more of the Oscars than I did (or at least he's willing to admit watching more), and he runs down his observations.
More interesting to me are his and his friend's quite-understandable feelings about Kate Winslet.
And he also finds fault with the Chris Rock's and Frank Pearson's empty stock-phrases of "support" for our troops:
It was nice to hear him praise the troops, but I must take issue with the generic "pray for the swift and safe return of our soldiers" line. Not because it's incorrect; everyone (well, *almost* everyone) can agree with it. It's just that it's an incomplete sentiment that reveals how low our definition of patriotism has sunk.
How come you never hear anyone in Hollywood, or anywhere in non-political public life, ever pray for the swift, safe, AND victorious return of our troops? Would such sentiment in favor of actually winning be too jingo for the crowd, too full of insensitive, ignorant bloodlust?
I can only imagine Gary Cooper at the 1941 Academy Awards praising "the troops," but never mentioning the hope that before they return home they might grab a few Nazi and Jap scalps on the way back.
I'm not sure when rooting for an American victory in a time of war became an obscenely controversial position, but apparently it now is.
Looks Like a "Linky" Kinda Day Update: I'm tired, burned out, and I have nothing much to say myself.
Plus, I'm finishing up the Haiku awards. So pardon me if I can only manage some linking today without much original content.
— Ace The media herd's group think continues, but now it's at least stampeding in an agreeable direction:
Popular Protests Spur Changes From Autocrats
By Jackson Diehl
As thousands of Arabs demonstrated for freedom and democracy in Beirut and Cairo last week, and the desperate dictators of Syria and Egypt squirmed under domestic and international pressure, it was hard not to wonder whether the regional transformation that the Bush administration hoped would be touched off by its invasion of Iraq is, however tentatively, beginning to happen.
Those who have declared the war an irretrievable catastrophe have been gloating for at least a year over the supposed puncturing of what they portray as President Bush's fanciful illusion that democracy would take root in Iraq and spread through the region.
Virtually no one in Washington expected such a snowballing of events following Iraq's elections.
No one? This calls to mind Pauline Kael's infamous quote that "No one I know voted for Nixon."
Obviously, some in Washington believed this possible. To name one obscure figure: the President of the United States, for example.
Not many yet believe that they will lead to real democracy in Egypt, Lebanon or Syria anytime soon. But it is a fact of history that the collapse of a rotted political order usually happens quickly, and takes most of the experts by surprise.
Still, less than two years after Saddam Hussein was deposed, the fact is that Arabs are marching for freedom and shouting slogans against tyrants in the streets of Beirut and Cairo -- and regimes that have endured for decades are visibly tottering. Those who claimed that U.S. intervention could never produce such events have reason to reconsider.
It seems to be the story of the week.
But don't get too hopeful. Sheep get bored pretty easily.
— Ace ...in Germany.
I don't know. If I were the French, I'd start to get a little anxious when a bunch of Germans find themselves unemployed and looking for something -- let's say a "party" of some sort -- to belong to.
— Ace Riehlworldview writes a funny High Noon parody involving Ted Rall as the dangerous -- or at least annoying -- villain:
"Draw, Mister," the boy confronted Rall, his two pure white little hands each clasping the butt end of a shiny new holstered toy revolver strapped tight to his leg. With reflexes as fast as death's breathe itself Rall reached, pulled out a scribble pad and a beaten up old pen. In a flash, Rall, The Artist had drawn two panels that no young man with a cap gun should have to face down. Bobbie just stood there seemingly mesmerized staring point blank into Rall's double barrel with talking balloons the likes of which he had never before seen.
"You draw people like a retard," said Bobbie, turning and running back to the safety of his Mother's waiting arms.
"Don't mind the boy," she said, looking up in Rall's direction. "Sometimes he's just a right too full of himself, Mister."
But Rall didn't mind - he knew he had talent. He knew it ever since the day when, as a young man he had gotten back a letter from the Draw This Deer Matchbook Company. Dear Mrs. Rall, read the letter. We are pleased to inform you that, YES, after careful review by our experienced panel we have determined that your son Theodore displays all the markings of a serious artistic talent. Kindly remit check or money order in the sum of $17.50 and we will promptly send out his drawing implements, free sketchpad, first customized lesson and special bonus eraser. After all these years, Rall still carried the letter with him, even though his Mama couldn't actually afford the send away course at the time.
"Ahh beer!" Kerry said in apparent recognition of the word. Yet his gaze remained warily fixated on the 12oz container, as if half-expecting it to suddenly throttle him.... "What does it do?
"It doesn't do anything," [Kerry's instructor] frowned briefly. He had to give it to the Senator, his questions were nuanced. "Well, actually it does. You see it..."
"Provides a source of cheap, low emission, renewable energy?" the presidential hopeful suggested eagerly.
The same weisenheimer decided to add some Howard Dean guest-vocals to the theme from Ultra-Man.
Why? I have no idea. But it's pretty silly.
— Ace Donated hundreds of thousands of dollars to oil-for-palaces scandal bigs; transactions being scrutinized by law enforcement.
I have to say I doubt very much that Jimmy Carter and/or his wife were involved in any sort of criminal way (except, perhaps, in the sense of criminal naivete, which alas you can't be charged for, else Tim Robbins would be in and out of jail more frequently that Robert Downey Jr.).
But this is so illustrative of the left-wing mindset that no NGO and no developing-world cause can possibly be less than scrupulous and noble.
Sort of like the observation of one juror in one of Sideshow Bob's numerous trials: "No one who speaks German could be a bad man."
But not in quite the way our reporters expected... or wanted.
Lebanon's Prime Minister Omar Karami has announced he and his government are resigning, two weeks after the murder of former PM Rafik Hariri.
The move came as crowds protested in Beirut, calling for Syrian troops to leave the country.
The Lebanese parliament was also debating an opposition-sponsored motion of no-confidence in the government.
"I am keen the government will not be a hurdle in front of those who want the good for this country," Mr Karami said.
"I declare the resignation of the government that I had the honour to head. May God preserve Lebanon."
His announcement came after a break in the parliamentary debate, which was being televised live.
A cheer went up among more than 10,000 protesters who had gathered in Martyrs Square to demand the resignation of the government and the withdrawal of Syrian troops.
They had defied a ban on demonstrations, which Interior Minister Suleiman Franjieh said had been made on the grounds of "supreme national interests".
I remain skeptical, but... what if it actually works?
What if the elections of 30 January actually spark a demand for democracy, and a Middle East more concerned about improving its own future than blaming its failures on the "Zionist entity" and "US foreign policy"?
Update-- Chris Hitchens Wonders Why No One Uses the Term "the Arab Street" Anymore: Except, perhaps, ironically:
The return of politics to Iraq has had many blissful secondary consequences, one of them apparently minor but nonetheless, I think, important. When was the last time you heard some glib pundit employing the phrase "The Arab Street"? I haven't actually done a Nexis search on this, but my strong impression is that the term has been, without any formal interment, laid to rest. And not a minute too soon, either.
In retrospect, it's difficult to decide precisely when this annoying expression began to expire, if only from diminishing returns. There was, first, the complete failure of the said "street" to detonate with rage when coalition forces first crossed the border of Iraq, as had been predicted (and one suspects privately hoped) by so many "experts." But one still continued to hear from commentators who conferred street-level potency on passing "insurgents." (I remember being aggressively assured by an interviewer on Al Franken's quasi-comedic Air America that Muqtada Sadr's "Mahdi Army" in Najaf was just the beginning of a new "Tet Offensive.") Mr. Sadr duly got a couple of seats in the recent Iraqi elections. And it was most obviously those elections that discredited the idea of ventriloquizing the Arab or Muslim populace or of conferring axiomatic authenticity on the loudest or hoarsest voice.
The London-based newspaper Al Quds al-Arabi, which has for some time been a surrogate voice for "insurgent" talk in the Arab diaspora, polled its readers after the Iraqi elections and had the grace to print the result. About 90 percent had been favorably impressed by the sight of Iraqi and Kurdish voters waiting their turn to have a say in their own future. This is a somewhat more accurate use of the demotic thermometer than the promiscuous one to which we have let ourselves become accustomed. Meanwhile, the streets of, say, Beirut have been filled with demonstrators who are entirely fed up with having their lives and opinions taken for granted by parasitic oligarchies.
Per Capita Update: Taking the protests to be of about 25,000 people, as some have reported, Ray Midge calculates that, proportionante to the US population, that would be about 1,350,000 people protesting here in America.*
Which would be quite a protest.
Heck-- as CNN considers it headline news when 60 people gather to protest the war (no word yet on whether or not they'll begin providing major coverage when 80 people gather to drink at a bar and watch sports), one would imagine they'll be quite vigorous in reporting this story and its ramifications.
* Are his numbers accurate? No idea. I was assured there would be no math required on this blog.
— Ace Eh, pretty good.
— Ace Funny little prank about attempting to recruit four tough fugitive mercenaries with hearts of gold:
Provoking funny responses, including this one:
Jeff G.? Surely... not... our Jeff G.?
Thanks to Qu'ran Pundit.
Update: This one is cluelessly funny:
A joke? Heaven forfend. What on earth would make you think that trying to re-unite the cast of a 1980's action series was a joke?
It's on Craigslist, baby. That's the gold standard for authentic mercenary-recruitments.
February 27, 2005
— Ace The old joke was that you had to be a racist to oppose Martin Luther King Jr. Day, because who else but a racist would turn down an extra holiday?
As Toht (or was it Dietrich?) would say: "I am not comfortable with this... Jewish ritual."
— Ace "Forgive my compromised sense of humor, but to answer our host's question about the chicken: the chicken is among our most talented, gifted, and generous of all domesticated fowl, and everyone in Hollywood appreciates his tremendous contributions to the performing arts."*
* Apologies to Jeff Goldstein. This is his sort of his schtick.
Okay, So I Watched a Bit of the Oscars Update: Hey, there's not a damn thing on.
It doesn't make me Scandanavian.
All of Hollywood Is Afraid of Clint Eastwood Update: Now, of course I'm a big fan of Clint Eastwood's, particularly of his earlier, funnier films, like High Plains Drifter.
But this is getting ridiculous. Clint Eastwood wins like four Oscars every other year.
Are all of these f'n' Hollywood pussies so afraid of Clint Eastwood they can't finally give Scorcese his damn Oscar already?
— Ace I used to post quite a bit in The Perfect World. One of my favorite past-times there was to insult Europeans and Canadians.
If you'll indulge me, I wrote this not at all fair-and-balanced reply to a European correspondent whining about American power and unilateralism:
Europe is safe because you are a weak-willed, disarmed, defeated people who have are in the strange position of not needing a military only because America has served as your defacto army for 50 years.
You have the childish idea that your freedom and safety come through your "enlightened views" and "diplomacy" and "mutually-reassuring treaties." Nope. Your freedom and security derive from the United States.
You think that your fairy-land solutions can work for us. No, they can't work for us. We are not born appeasers like you are; we have not been emasculated by living for 50 years as client states. You gave up your sovereignty and nationhood long ago; we held on to ours, and we intend to keep it.
Canada, like Europe, puts great faith in being a "soft power." A "soft power" is dependent on the power and strength of America for its freedom and security; and it also doesn't have enough military force (or economic force, for that matter) to make a difference in the world. Hence, Canada is safe. Who would think of attacking Canada?
Who, for that matter, would notice if Canada were attacked?
We do not have the luxury, as you do, of being not-worth-attacking. We ARE worth attacking (as was rather demonstrably proven through the nineties, culminatinat on 9/11), and our thinking must of course be shaped by this reality.
Our reality. Our reality in which we are the First and Last Targets of Terrorism.
Not your pitiful, wretched, ultrafeminized reality, in which no one would bother attacking you at all, because frankly, you don't stand for anything at all. Destroying you would advance no cause, for you neither champion nor thwart any cause.
You simply continue to live in your socialist, America-subsidized dream-world. And that's fine.
But do me a favor. Stop telling Americans to join you in that dream-world. We don't have the fucking luxury.
Edit: I thought better of reposting something else. Funny, yeah, but bound to be taken the wrong way by some.
— Ace They say it's an expression of "goodwill."
Now, perhaps if that "goodwill" would extend to not assisting mass-murderers making war against Iraq.
Perhaps Syria is coming to understand that the assassination of Harrari was an outrage too far.
— Ace Great article from Prospect Magazine excerpted by Normblog:
January 30th turned out to be a better day for Iraqis than it was for reporters.
The failure of "hotel journalism" might be forgivable if it were truly about prudence or even laziness. But there has been something wilful about the bad reporting of this story. It is weirdly personal: Iraq must fail. It is in fact the press that failed, on a scale for which I cannot think of a precedent. Will the big media outlets demand the same accountability of themselves that they demand of everyone else? They should, for the success of these elections was not so surprising to those who dug below the surface of Iraq.
Thanks to JimW for tipping me to the story; more thoughts at Instapundit.
An Oldie But A Baddie: One of the clearest admissions of leftie reporters rooting for our enemies came from Gary Kamiya, an executive editor at Salon.com, writing shortly after the fall of Baghdad:
I have a confession to make. I have at times, as the war unfolded, secretly wished for things to go wrong. Wished for the Arab world to rise up in rage. Wished for all the things we feared would happen.
I'm not alone more casualties would have been a preferred alternative to the larger moral negative of a victory.... Wishing for things to go wrong is the logical corollary of the postulate that the better things go for Bush, the worse they will go for America and the rest of the world.
When this hateful confession appeared, letters poured in from Salon readers congratulating Kamiya on his bravery and honesty, and admitting, too, that others had shared the same hopes for American failure.
Rooting for more casulaties? For the Arab world to "rise up"?
Can it be doubed that Kamiya is quite right that he is "not alone" in these wishes, and that this hope for American deaths and humiliation permeates much of the media's reporting on Iraq and Afghanistan (and Abu Ghraib and Guantanamo)?
He wasn't alone, as The Nation proved:
Or take Jonathan Schell, writing in the Sept. 22 issue of the Nation: "[Democratic Senator Joe] Biden says we must win the war. This is precisely wrong. The United States must learn to lose this war a harder task, in many ways, than winning, for it requires admitting mistakes and relinquishing attractive fantasies. This is the true moral mission of our time."
Conservatives are sometimes criticized, fairly I think, for wanting things to go right and letting that hope color their analyses of the situations in Iraq, Afghanistan, Europe, and the world at large.
But, as Kamiya "bravely" admitted, there are others who have quite the opposite hopes and desires. And they don't all work for Al Jazeera. (Or, let us say, they don't draw a paycheck from Al Jazeera.)
Letting hopes for American victory cloud a dispassionate analysis of the facts is dangerous.
But letting hopes for an American tragedy do the same is vicious, hateful, and, yes, fundamentally, and inarguably, un-American.
— Ace I'm starting to think that maybe this really is a paradigm shift:
Academics and members of the appointed consultative council in the United Arab Emirates came out in favor of elections in the Persian Gulf state, arguing that it could not stay out of the regional trend toward elected bodies.
When millions of Arabs in Palestine, Iraq and Saudi Arabia have gone to the polls, the UAE cannot continue to lag behind, Professor Abdul Khaleq Abdullah of the UAE University told the English-language daily Khaleej Times.
Atiq Daka, a professor of political science at the UAE University, told AFP: "Our country is now the only member of the Persian Gulf Cooperation Council (PGCC) which has yet to catch up with the political opening up under way in the Arab world. Even countries we thought incapable of political change, such as Saudi Arabia, are now ahead of us."
"We are certainly ahead (of other countries in the region) at the economic and trade levels. But we should also lead the way on the political front," Daka said.
"How come that we encouraged Iraqis to take part in elections and hosted Iraqi elections on our soil while even officials of sports clubs in our country are appointed?" Daka asked.
"We need not just municipal and legislative elections, but also transparency in terms of freedom of expression and total independence of the judiciary," said Abdullah Shamsi, also a political science professor.
"Political institutions must be given real powers ... if elections are not to be worthless," he told AFP.
Geeze... what if it works?
Thanks to JimW and Protein Wisdom for the tip.
And Now Egypt: Via Insty:
In a surprise announcement Saturday, Egypt's long-ruling president, Hosni Mubarak, ordered constitutional changes that would open the door for the first-ever multiparty presidential elections in the world's most populous Arab country. The move is the latest indication of a cautious democratic shift under way in the Arab world.
This is starting to get crazy.
I have to say that at the beginning of this effort, I harbored hopes that Iraqi democracy would spark a wildfire of pro-democratic reforms throughout the Middle East. Since then, I've become far less sanguine.
But maybe... maybe.
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