Look: I am eager to learn stuff I don't know--which requires actively courting and posting smart disagreement.

But as you will understand, I don't like to post things that mischaracterize and are aimed to mislead.

-- Brad Delong

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Sunday, May 31, 2009

RedWings Playoff Blogging - Finals, Game 1


But we love the way Osgood almost stared Malkin down, staying upright as long as possible and not giving in. That's a sign of a confident goalie.
'Nuff said.

Sunday Music Blogging


Thursday, May 28, 2009

Judge Sotomayor

This nomination shouldn't be controversial. Judge Sotomayor is clearly highly intelligent and capable. She is a personal and political reflection of Obama - one with a compelling personal story, and a practical, centrist-conservative outlook.

Politically, the choice might be brilliant, not only for the obvious reasons, but also because the scorpions on the right* will have revealed themselves for what they are: "nattering nabobs of negativity."**

Imagine a slightly alternate universe, where John McCain won the presedential election of '08, but everything else is the same. Suppose President McCain nominates Judge Sotomayor for the SCOTUS. What response would you get from Rush, Newt, and Ann?

Difficult to say for sure, but I suspect they would be falling all over themselves to sing her praises. This crowd, and their followers, have neither integrity nor a coherent political ideology. They will oppose Obama wth the same mindless partisanship that they opposed Clinton. They will do everything they can imagine to obstruct and deter.

After all - what is important to the richfluegel is that Obama fails.

That is all they have. It is all they are. Maybe, as the confirmation process moves forward, another 1 or 2% of the population will come to realize that. Wouldn't a filibuster be a magnificent demonstration of their mindless obstructionism?

Johnathon Turley weighs in on the Sotomayor selection here. His critique is balanced and restrained. Does he damn her with faint praise, or praise her with faint damnation?

Judge Sotomayor is likely to be a disappointment to Liberals, since she is not one of them.

Greenwald gives some background, and casts the idiocy of reichfluegel objections into bold relief.

Because of her background, ethnicity and gender, hordes of people who know nothing about her and haven't bothered to examine what she's actually done as a judge instantaneously believe this caricature, while the media keeps repeating these accusations without, as usual, any critical scrutiny.

As happens virtually always, the facts are now starting to be examined and they reveal just how deliberately false are these right-wing smears. They just make things up without having any idea if they're true. Not only is that caricature of Sotomayor false, the opposite is true: if anything, Sotomayor's flaw is that she is excessively legalistic in her approach.

My, my. Ed Rollins tells the Republican party (and assorted right wing nut jobs) to shut up and go home, more or less. He also burps out a few partisan bubbles, but we'll give him that, since most of his article is sensible, and all of it appears to be well-intentioned.

From The Whitehouse:
If confirmed, Sotomayor would bring more federal judicial experience to the Supreme Court than any justice in 100 years, and more overall judicial experience than anyone confirmed for the Court in the past 70 years.
But who cares about that kind of trivia?

Scott Lemieux previews the upcoming battle.

From Urbino.

Matt Yglesias on Identity Politics.
* (UPDATE 3) Twit Gingrich, frex.
** I never expected to quote Spiro Agnew, but, hey -- isn't life full of surprises?!?

Sunday, May 24, 2009

A Different View of Cheney

John Sherffius
May 14, 2009

Sunday Music Blogging*

There are many renditions of Sumer is Icumin In on Youtube. This is my favorite, since it faithfully retains all of it's striking characteristics.

This is a remarkable song in many respects. Dating from the mid 13th century, it is clearly in a major key, perhaps the earliest known example of tonal music. It also features an ostenato base line, doubled in canon, and melody in canon - also possible firsts.** In all there are six distinct voices. Probably a first for that as well.*** This song anticipates later musical developments (ostenato, canon, tonality, multi-voice texture) by hundreds of years.

Wow. Really. Just -- WOW!

Here are the lyrics, per Wikipedia:

Middle English

Sumer is icumen in,
Lhude sing cuccu!
Groweþ sed and bloweþ med
And springþ þe wde nu,
Sing cuccu!
Awe bleteþ after lomb,
Lhouþ after calue cu.
Bulluc sterteþ, bucke uerteþ,
Murie sing cuccu!
Cuccu, cuccu, wel singes þu cuccu;
Ne swik þu nauer nu.
Sing cuccu nu. Sing cuccu.
Sing cuccu. Sing cuccu nu!

Modern English translation

Summer is a-coming in,
Loudly sing, Cuckoo!
The seed grows and the meadow blooms
And the wood springs anew,
Sing, Cuckoo!
The ewe bleats after the lamb
The cow lows after the calf.
The bullock stirs, the stag farts,
Merrily sing, Cuckoo!
Cuckoo, cuckoo, well you sing, cuckoo;
Don't you ever stop now,

Sing cuckoo now. Sing, Cuckoo.
Sing Cuckoo. Sing cuckoo now!
Given the cuckoo's symbolism for infidelity, I think there may be a bawdy subtext*** that the modern translation misses.

* Manuscript image from this source.
** All true, according to this source.
*** Verified at this source.
*** Explored here: Roscow, G. H. 'What is "Sumer is icumen in"? Review of English Studies 50 (1999), 188-95, according to this.

Friday, May 22, 2009

Dear Mr. Cheney

Would you please just STFU?

Your lies and delusions are an embarrassment to your party (such as it is) your country (whose most basic principles you have betrayed) and yourself (not that you matter any more, you evil insane blight on the human race.)

Also, what Keith said.

Also, what The Anonymous Liberal said.

5/25 Update:
Also, what Matthew Alexander said.

This stinks!

Infotainment or Infomercial?

You decide.

More on conservatism

In comment #10 to Krugman's May 19th Blog Post, we find:

I never meant to say that the Conservatives are generally stupid. I meant to say that stupid people are generally Conservative. I believe that is so obviously and universally admitted a principle that I hardly think any gentleman will deny it. — John Stuart Mill

“The modern conservative is engaged in one of man’s oldest exercises in moral philosophy; that is, the search for a superior moral justification for selfishness.” –John Kenneth Galbraith

Obviously there is no golden age of conservative “intellectualism.”

— Richard Sattler

Same as it ever was.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

“Boy,” he shook his head, “Oh dear.”

Niall Ferguson, speaking for Neocon Economics, thinks that Obama's (overly timid in my view) Keynesian approach to the nation's economic woes is "the Soviet model."

DeLong points out Keynes' view of the Soviet model, in this excerpt (ellipses his) from Keynes' A Short View of Russia.

Vis: "I sympathize with those who seek for something good in Soviet Russia. But when we come to the actual thing what is one to say? For me... Red Russia holds too much which is detestable.... How can I admire a policy which finds a characteristic expression in spending millions to suborn spies in every family and group at home?... How can I accept a doctrine which sets up as its bible, above and beyond criticism, an obsolete text-book [Marx]"
Interpolated 5/21 Update: One ignorant right-wing meme is that federal spending - a la the stimulus plan - crowds out private sector investment. Krugman explains the reality.
Those who now call themselves "Conservatives" have nothing. No ethics, no correct (or even sensible) position on any issue, and no knowledge of history or any other aspect of the real world. They do not even have anything that approaches valid conservatism.

Update (5/20/09 11:11 pm) It's actually "worse than I thought." Other than 4th grade level profanity*, I'm speechless.
* Nope. Not gonna do it.

Low Moment

"Roberts’s service on the Court, which is, of course, likely to continue for decades, offers an enduring and faithful reflection of the Bush Presidency."

What more scathing indictment of Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr. could be offered than this simple sentence?

Quote extracted from this article by Jeffrey Toobin.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Band Saw

Wish I could attribute this picture, but I have no idea where it originated. Presumably a design by the MSU School of Sparty Engineering.

Tip of the hat to Kelvin and Dave.

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Sunday Music Blogging*

Some kick-ass trombonerization on Harold Arlen's Paper Moon.

* With a tip of the hat to Phila for the Sunday Music Blogging concept, which I shamelessly pilfered.

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Sunday Music Blogging

The late Carl Fontana plays Emily.

Nobody but Fontana could ever sound like Fontana.

Sunday, May 3, 2009

Sunday Music Blogging

Now, this is very cool!

Credit to Urbino.

Friday, May 1, 2009

MAY DAY, May Day

Oh.  Sorry.

Was suddenly overcome by a fit of socialism.