Tuesday, August 21, 2018


Historically minded readers will recall Becket refused to allow priests to be tried in normal courts, or be subject to normal laws.
We testify to the grace, the keen wit, and the intellectual commitment of Professor Ronell and ask that she be accorded the dignity rightly deserved by someone of her international standing and reputation.

Some are now backtracking, and citing in their defense we didn’t know all the facts. Oddly enough, that's the point Becket would have cited too: he didn’t need to know the facts, the priests deserved exemption. It's the the point I would cite too, since it’s a straightforward demand for special treatment. The facts aren’t what’s important here.

Saturday, August 18, 2018

No innocent explanation

CNN, Which has doxxed and hounded private citizens in the past, asked the judge in the Manafort trial for the jurors' names and addresses. The judge denied the request.

Thursday, August 9, 2018

Tweet as art

I loathe Twitter, and most tweets are a waste of bits, but sometimes ....

The last word on Jeong: bore

A splendid analysis of the NYT, Jeong, and why she is a bore.

Impeaching the entire state Supreme Court

In West Virginia the members of the supreme court seem to have misbehaved. So the legislature is impeaching all of them.

Oversight is a lot more useful than what legislatures usually do! 

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

TR phone home!

Which president broke up Standard Oil? TR. And it only took 2 years including the final appeal to the USSC. Standard Oil had less market share than Google does on searches, or Facebook or Twitter. TR phone home!

Some poems, unapologetically

Two by Anders Carlson-Wee.


Another one

and one from me

Advice To a Poet Seeking Publication In The Nation

Do it first, apologize, unasked but sought
The forelock, bend
The knee, bend
And never, ever