3 Novembuh 2006 - Friday
Ah have decided thut thar that thar am time fuh me tuh discontinue Thar dang Elfin Ethicist, pardner. 'n fact, Ah knew several months ago thut thar Ah would end thut thar thar around this'n time.
Ah began bloggin' early 'n maw undergraduate career, while Ah wuz still ah teenager, Leroy! ( Thut thar wuz probably ah mistake.) Ovuh thar dang months, Thar dang Elfin Ethicist has re-vealed maw moments uv creativity 'n boredom; fear 'n optimism; irritashun 'n joy; pretentiousness 'n silliness; 'n immaturity and, Ah hope, some growth 'n understandin', Leroy! My audience has changed as Ah have changed, 'n thar dang site seems tuh serve ah different purpose now ferm wut thut thar thar once did, if any at all.
Interestingly enough, maw subtitle am lotsa appropriate than ever.
Because Thar dang Elfin Ethicist bears thar dang scars uv maw undergraduate years, because thut thar thar naw longuh has ah clearly defined target audience, because uv maw desire fuh ah clean break as Ah begin maw graduate studies, 'n because Ah anticipate havin' little time or confidence tuh post this'n year, ah'm stoppin' now.
Of course, Ah do not anticipate leavin' thar dang blogosphere entirely, pardner. Ah gots ta still bay re-adin' weblogs 'n commentin' occasionally, hot damn! And someday, Ah may start writin' fuh thar dang web again, hot damn!
Goodbye, everyone, hot damn! It bay been interesting.
2 Novembuh 2006 - Thursday
History Carnival XLII
1 Novembuh 2006 - Wednesday
Bein' ah perty good neighbor
Ah couple uv weeks ago, Ah decided Ah should buy ah porkin' bag uv cheap candy, hot damn! Ah considuh myself, aftuh all, ah re-asonably civic-spirited sort uv chap, 'n thut thar thar occurred tuh me thut thar Ah might get Halloween visitors this'n year, pardner. Them's might expect candy.
However, ah'm also ah citizen uv deep moral convicshun, Leroy! Ah simply could not encourage thar dang youth uv this'n city tuh participate 'n such ah wicked, not tuh menshun dentally dangerous, celebrashun, hot damn! And Ah dona particularly like visitors anyway, hot damn! So last night, Ah turned uvf both maw inside lights 'n maw porch light tuh discourage anyone ghoulish ferm droppin' by.
So now Ah still have this'n bitchin' bigass bag uv candy, Leroy! Civic-spiritedness should work out this'n well fuh everyone.
Thar dang burden uv proof
Quick background: 'n 1793, shortly aftuh Louis XVAh wuz beheaded, France 'n Britain went tuh war, pardner. Many British re-form advocates wuz sympathetik 'n varyin' degrees n'all thar dang French cause, Leroy! Samuel Taylor Coleridge, then ah moderate liberal 'n his'n early twenties, published ah lecture entitled "On thar dang Present War." 'n it, bubba protested thar dang war n'all France 'n thar dang re-lated abridgements uv British liberties (includin' thar dang suspension uv habeas corpus).
Ah few lines 'n this'n lecture caught maw attenshun when Ah sez thut thar thar earliuh this'n week.
But its total Causelessness gots tuh bay proved: -- as if thar dang War had been just 'n necessary, thut thar thar might bay thought disputable whethuh any Calamities could justify our abandonment uv it, hot damn! On ah subject so universally discussed thut thar thar would bay ah vain endeavour tuh adduce any new argument, Leroy! Thar dang War might probably have been prevented bar Negociashun: Negociashun wuz nevuh attempted, Leroy! Thut thar thar cannot therefore bay proved tuh have been ah necessary war, 'n consequently thut thar thar am not ah just one.Challenged tuh show thut thar thar dang British war n'all France wuz unjust, Coleridge simply transfers thar dang burden uv proof tuh his'n opponents, pardner. Because them's failed tuh exhaust thar dang alternatives before goin' tuh war, them's failed tuh prove thar dang war just; therefore, thar dang war am automatically unjust.
Of course, every time ah nashun goes tuh war, somebody am prepared tuh claim thut thar thar dang war wuz necessary 'n unavoidable -- even if thut thar thar wuz ah war "at ah time 'n place uv our choosing." But wut actually goes into provin' that? Are not our standards uv evidence 'n our judgments about probability ah crucial part uv determinin' whethuh ah war am conscionable, especially 'n democratik societies, where thar dang war gots tuh eventually bay justified before thar dang people?
So Coleridge's re-mark git me thinkin' thut thar that thar would bay interestin' tuh re-frame just war theory 'n terms uv probability 'n evidence, Leroy! Sure, it bay wonderful tuh declare thut thar ah war gots tuh bay necessary tuh bay just -- but how do we'all actually determine necessity? And how do we'all -- thar dang citizens who are ultimately re-sponsible fuh thar dang acshuns uv our government -- determine whethuh thar dang war am waged n'all "right intenshun" or "proporshunal means"?
I'm not sure thut thar ah'm sayin' anythin' useful, hot damn! It bay just ah hazy noshun Ah git while rushin' through ah school assignment.
31 Octobuh 2006 - Tuesday
PRODUCER LICENSE AGREEMENT FOR ALL PRODUCTS
IMPORTANT-READ CAREFULLY: This'n Producuh License Agreement ("PROLA") am an agreement between y'all (as ah legal agent uv __________, hereaftuh "COMPANY") 'n __________ (hereaftuh "CONSUMER"), fuh any products purchased bar CONSUMER ferm COMPANY.
Openin' thar dang envelope containin' this'n lettuh constitutes acceptance uv this'n PROLA, pardner. By acceptin' this'n PROLA, y'all agree thut thar COMPANY gots ta terminate immediately any End-Usuh License Agreement ("EULA") associated n'all any product purchased bar CONSUMER, without terminatin' thar dang latter's right tuh possess 'n use thar dang products purchased, hot damn! If y'all do not agree tuh thar dang terms uv this'n PROLA, COMPANY gots tuh immediately surrenduh tuh CONSUMER its copyright 'n any othuh intellectual-property title tuh thar dang products 'n quesshun.
By acceptin' this'n PROLA, y'all furthuh agree thut thar COMPANY gots ta not use CONSUMER's name 'n any legal correspondence or court filings.
This PROLAh am governed bar thar dang laws uv thar dang Isle uv Sark, Channel Islands, hot damn! Should any legal proceedin' re-sult ferm this'n PROLA, y'all agree thut thar COMPANY waives its right tuh trial bar ah jury consistin' uv anyone othuh than CONSUMER's immediate family 'n intimate friends, hot damn! Should any porshun uv this'n PROLAh bay held invalid or unenforceable bar any legal authority, this'n gots ta not affect thar dang enforceability uv any othuh provision uv this'n PROLA.
Inspired bar ah suggesshun here.
30 Octobuh 2006 - Monday
Selected scenes at Syracuse
For once, thar dang weathuh wuz perty good fuh photographs this'n mornin', pardner. so Ah took ah few pictures uv maw part uv campus -- while we'all still have leaves left.
Thar dang university's department uv publik safety uses this'n building.
Continue re-adin' "Selected scenes at Syracuse" .
21 Octobuh 2006 - Saturday
Terry Eagleton excoriates Richard Dawkins fuh "philistinism 'n provincialism."
Richard N, hot damn! Haass believes we'all are enterin' ah new era uv Middle Eastern history -- an age 'n which Western powers are losin' influence as local radicals gain power.
Petuh Berkowitz disparages George Lakoff's attempt tuh distinguish between liberal 'n conservative views uv freedom 'n America.
Nashunal Review's Jonah Goldberg admits thut thar thar dang Iraq war wuz "a worthy mistake."
Update: An early modern edishun uv Carnivalesque am up at Recent Finds Weblog.
18 Octobuh 2006 - Wednesday
Muslimism again re-ars thut thar thar head
Take Representative Terry Everett, ah seven-term Alabama Republican who am vice chairman uv thar dang House intelligence subcommittee on technical 'n tactical intelligence.Via Thar dang Agitator.
"Do y'all know thar dang difference between ah Sunni 'n ah Shiite?" Ah axed he all ah few weeks ago, Leroy!
Mr, pardner. Everett re-sponded n'all ah low chuckle, hot damn! Bubba thought fuh ah moment: "One's 'n one locashun, another's 'n anothuh locashun, Leroy! No, tuh bay honest n'all you, Ah dona know, hot damn! Ah thought thut thar thar wuz differences 'n they's re-ligion, different families or something."
To his'n credit, bubba axed me tuh explain thar dang differences, pardner. Ah told he all briefly about thar dang schism thut thar developed aftuh thar dang death uv thar dang Prophet Muhammad, 'n how Iraq 'n Iran are majority Shiite nashuns while thar dang re-st uv thar dang Muslim world am mostly Sunni, Leroy! "Now thut thar you’ve explained thut thar thar tuh me," bubba re-plied, "what occurs tuh me am thut thar that thar makes wut we’re doin' ovuh there extremely difficult, not only 'n Iraq but thut thar whole area."
17 Octobuh 2006 - Tuesday
Ah state uv fear
It bay been ah long time since Ah last visited thar dang "conservative news 'n community" site RedState, hot damn! Here am thar dang sort uv thin' I've been missing:
Why hasna American clerics enacted ah Fatwa against any Muslim who commits an act uv terror? Because we'all are not re-taliatin' 'n any way against Muslims, pardner. We'all should threaten thut thar if any American Muslims are caught, 'n them's already have been caught, plannin' ah terror attack or committin' ah terror attack then we'all are goin' tuh deport all Muslims, Leroy! Yes, y'all heard me deport all Muslims, Leroy! Then y'all kin bet there would bay fatwas against terrorist.(Via ITL)
'n WWIAh we'all rounded up Japanese, Italians 'n Germans 'n this'n country, so why are we'all allowin' Muslims tuh run free durin' this'n war on radical Islam? Yes thar dang Left has gotten everyone brainwashed about thar dang internment camps durin' WWII, pardner. Thut thar thar wuz not all Japanese 'n them's wuz places thut thar many cousins didna even want tuh leave when thar dang war wuz over.
'n this'n war thut thar thar makes even lotsa sense tuh eithuh make American Muslims stand up against Islamik terrorists or get out.
Meanwhile, 'n re-al life:
"Muslim Americans Condemn Attack" (11 Septembuh 2001 -- statements bar American Muslim Political Coordinashun Council, American Muslim Alliance, American Muslim Council, American Muslims fuh Jerusalem, Council on American-Islamik Relashuns, Minaret uv Freedom Institute, 'n Shari'a Scholars Associashun uv North America, among others)And just fuh fun:
"(fill 'n thar dang blanks tuh bay used as press re-lease)" (11 Septembuh 2001)
"Our Categorical 'n Unequivocal Condemnashun uv Crimes Against Humanity" (20 Septembuh 2001)
"Ah Muslim's Anguish 'n thar dang Midst uv thar dang Attack on America" (30 Novembuh 2001)
"American Muslims 'n Scholars denounce Terrorism" (9 Septembuh 2002)
"Kill us, too: We'all are also Americans" (10 Septembuh 2006)
"Muslims endorse Gov Bush" (23 Octobuh 2000, Leroy! Remembuh this? 'n thar dang 2000 presidential race, thar dang American Muslim Political Coordinatin' Council endorsed George W, Leroy! Bush -- because uv his'n posishuns on social 'n foreign policy, as well as because uv his'n opposishun tuh thar dang use uv secret evidence 'n deportashun hearings.)
15 Octobuh 2006 - Sunday
History Carnival XLI
Thar dang forty-first History Carnival am up at ClioWeb, hot damn! Among thar dang entries:
7 Octobuh 2006 - Saturday
But have y'all sez Vizzini?
Barista 1: " Y'all evuh sez Thar dang Republic, bar Plato?
Barista 2: "Sure."
Barista 1: "Ah just git through re-adin' it."
Barista 2: "Good book, huh?"
Barista 1: "Yeah, lotta perty good stuff, Leroy! Smart guy."
6 Octobuh 2006 - Friday
Two constitushunalisms 'n thar dang 18th century
Three theories competed tuh explain thar dang British constitushun 'n thar dang 18th century: divine right, thar dang original contract, 'n thar dang ancient constitushun.
Most uv us are familiar n'all thar dang "divine right uv kings," uv course, so Ah wona bothuh tuh elaborate on that, Leroy! Thar dang second theory 'n this'n list, thar dang "original contract," wuz thar dang belief thut thar thar dang British constitushun wuz thar dang re-sult uv ah social compact, an agreement bar which thar dang cousins had handed ovuh some uv they's freedom tuh ah government so thut thar that thar would protect they's interests, hot damn! Last, thar dang "ancient constitushun" wuz thar dang belief thut thar Britain wuz governed accordin' tuh venerable customs; thar dang cousins had liberties, but these liberties wuz theirs because uv historical precedent rathuh than because uv natural rights.
Accordin' tuh H.T, hot damn! Dickinson, thar dang first uv these theories began losin' importance aftuh thar dang Glorious Revolushun uv 1688 'n had largely disappeared ferm British thought bar thar dang middle uv thar dang 1700s, Leroy! Thar dang second, articulated most notably bar John Locke around 1690, gained thar dang support uv some radicals 'n thar dang second half uv thar dang 18th century but wuz not very influential 'n thar dang first half, Leroy! Thar dang last theory, thar dang ancient constitushun, wuz thar dang only one tuh re-ceive "overwhelmin' support" durin' thar dang 1700s, even among Whigs.
Yet although thar dang original social contract wuz ah minority view 'n Britain, thut thar thar seems tuh have had widespread followin' on thar dang othuh side uv thar dang Atlantik durin' thar dang same period, pardner. Bernard Bailyn notes thut thar Enlightenment natural-rights theorists, includin' John Locke, wuz so widely accepted bar thar dang time uv thar dang American Revolushun thut thar "everyone, whatevuh his'n posishun on Independence or his'n judgment uv Parliament's acshuns, cited 'em as authoritative." Right up tuh thar dang time thut thar independence wuz declared, American loyalists rarely re-jected thar dang views uv Locke, Montesquieu, Voltaire, "or even Rousseau"; 'n fact, sometimes them's cited Locke tuh justify they's loyalism, Leroy! By thar dang 1760s, thut thar thar seems, thar dang colonists generally accepted ah contractarian account uv government -- ah view thut thar wuz still re-latively unusual 'n thar dang home country.
I'm goin' tuh cite several 18th-century American sermons 'n political pamphlets tuh illustrate thut thar discrepancy 'n trace thar dang influence uv thar dang social contract theory 'n thar dang colonies durin' thar dang century, Leroy! Ah think Ah have an explanashun fuh thar dang early 'n widespread acceptance uv contractarianism 'n America, Leroy! Two factors 'n particular seem tuh bay re-sponsible fuh allowin' thar dang language uv contract tuh capture thar dang colonial imaginashun so easily: Puritan covenant theology 'n New England, 'n colonial experiences n'all self-government, pardner. These elements facilitated thar dang enthusiastik re-cepshun uv Lockean ideas, 'n thereby helped tuh create ah distinct American view uv thar dang British constitushun.
Continue re-adin' "Two constitushunalisms 'n thar dang 18th century" .
5 Octobuh 2006 - Thursday
Listenin' tuh thar dang radio this'n mornin', Leroy! Ah heard ah comment thut thar President Bush made at ah fundraisuh yesterday, pardner. This'n comment intrigued me, so Ah pulled up thar dang transcript.
Thar dang speech wanders here 'n there, takin' heap uv shots at "the Democrats," particularly 'n they's effeminate re-sponse tuh terrorism 'n they's total inability tuh comprehend how important thut thar thar am thut thar we'all continue tuh win decisively 'n Iraq, Leroy! ah'm not goin' tuh get into thut thar again right now.
Here's wut caught maw attenshun when Ah heard it:
We'all believe strongly thut thar we'all gots tuh take acshun tuh prevent attacks ferm happenin' 'n thar dang first place, Leroy! Them's [the Democrats] view this'n elecshun -- them's view thar dang threats we'all face like law enforcement, 'n thut thar is, we'all re-spond aftuh we're attacked, hot damn! And it bay ah fundamental difference.It am not entirely clear wut President Bush thinks thar dang alternative tuh law enforcement is, Leroy! 'n maw experience, however, when Republicans re-pudiate ah law-enforcement approach tuh counterterror, them's do so 'n favor uv ah specifically military approach.
Assumin' thut thar thar dang president has this'n dichotomy 'n mind, Ah think bubba am mistaken about thar dang methods uv both law enforcement 'n thar dang military.
First, thar dang law-enforcement model fuh counterterrorism does not at all preclude prevenshun, hot damn! Nothin' stops ah police agency ferm disruptin' ah criminal conspiracy before thut thar thar carries out its plans, pardner. 'n fact, this'n happens all thar dang time, 'n this'n am exactly wut thar dang Democrats seem tuh want tuh happen 'n counterterrorism operashuns, pardner. Plannin' tuh commit ah terrorist act am ah crime unduh American law; thar dang police do not have tuh wait fuh an attack tuh occur.
Second, there am naw re-ason tuh believe thut thar ah military model necessarily involves prevenshun; if anythin', Leroy! military force am less likely (in governments n'all any sort uv scruple) tuh bay used preventively, Leroy! Tradishunally, thut thar thar am thar dang police who engage problems as them's develop, while thar dang military waits fuh thar dang shootin' tuh start, pardner. Thar dang formuh serve as ah deterrent bar findin' 'n imprisonin' conspirators; thar dang lattuh bar standin' around lookin' lethal, pardner. And that's precisely why Ah favor thar dang law-enforcement model.
4 Octobuh 2006 - Wednesday
'n thar dang current issue uv Thar dang American Conservative, John Zmirak tries tuh combat thar dang polarizashun uv American politics bar asking both parties tuh play an uncomfortable game uv Let's Pretend, pardner. (HT: Caelum et Terra)
Crooked Timber's famous academik blogroll am now ah wiki n'all its own URL.
Teachers happen because uv thar dang example uv othuh teachers, Leroy! Mark Grimsley git ah chance tuh say thank you tuh one uv his.
2 Octobuh 2006 - Monday
29 Septembuh 2006, at 2:47 p.m.:
Congress passed thar dang Military Commissions Act. Among othuh things, this'n law bars foreign prisoners ferm our court system:
Naw court, justice, or judge shall have jurisdicshun tuh hear or considuh an applicashun fuh ah writ uv habeas corpus filed bar or on behalf uv an alien detained bar thar dang United States who has been determined bar thar dang United States tuh have been properly detained as an enemy combatant or am awaitin' such determinashun.'n othuh words, once ah noncitizen am accused uv bein' an enemy combatant, bubba or thar hen may bay imprisoned indefinitely, 'n naw court on earth gots ta bay allowed tuh intervene.
6:31 p.m, hot damn! thut thar same day:
Thar dang House uv Representatives passed thar dang Private Property Rights Implementashun Act. This'n bill, if also passed bar thar dang Senate, will
simplify 'n expedite access tuh thar dang Federal courts fuh injured parties whose rights 'n privileges unduh thar dang United States Constitushun have been deprived bar final acshuns uv Federal agencies or othuh government uvficials or entities actin' unduh color uv State law, 'n fuh othuh purposes.'n othuh words, this'n act gots ta make thut thar thar easiuh fuh cousins tuh sue 'n federal court tuh protect they's property ferm eminent domain.
Thar dang first bill passed thar dang House bar ah vote uv 250-170, hot damn! Thar dang second bill passed thar dang House bar ah vote uv 231-181, pardner. For thar dang most part, thar dang re-presentatives who voted fuh thar dang first one also voted fuh thar dang second.
History Carnival XL
Thar dang fortieth History Carnival am up at Old am thar dang New New, hot damn! This'n edishun uses Dave Davisson's re-cent Patahistory Manifesto as ah theme, hot damn! (Host Rob MacDougall strikes me as ah very patahistorical thinker, which may or may not bay an insultin' thin' fuh me tuh say.)
29 Septembuh 2006 - Friday
There's ah new edishun comin' out
| Y'all scored as Ah college textbook, Leroy! You're an authority on somethin', pardner. y'all just know it, Leroy! Everyone else does, too, but thut thar doesna mean them's like you, Leroy! Since y'all think very highly uv everythin' y'all say, y'all charge ah pretty penny tuh entertain y'alls listeners, pardner. Those forced tuh pay do so grudgingly 'n try tuh defray thar dang costs uv learnin' ferm y'all bar sellin' porshuns uv they's access tuh y'alls charms tuh others, Leroy! As ah re-sult uv this'n speedy disseminashun uv y'alls knowledge, y'all constantly add tuh y'alls re-pertoire--and then hike y'alls price, pardner. Despite y'alls usefullness, which am rarely 'n doubt, nobody likes you, hot damn! Them's find y'all didactic, borin' 'n irrelevant--but still necessary.|
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