Wednesday, September 22, 2004

Inspector Lohman: Co-optation, Radicals, Idealists, Realists, and Blogging

So I was wasting time waiting for my friend Tim P. to arrive in Lexington so that we could go out (actually I had just spent the last three hours grading essays and now I'm wasting time) and came across a coment at the Happy Tutor that led me to Inspector Lohman where he's got this great quote from Mark Twain (which is perfect because while discussing the book Homeland in my classes today we also wondered what are the root causes of what Twain is parodying here, our reference was the us/them, god/satan, good/evil dualistic worldview of Ashcroft, Bush, Osama, and Boykin):

O Lord our God, help us tear their soldiers to bloody shreds with our shells; help us to cover their smiling fields with the pale forms of their patriot dead; help us to drown the thunder of the guns with the shrieks of their wounded, writhing in pain; help us to lay waste their humble homes with a hurricane of fire; help us to wring the hearts of their unoffending widows with unavailing grief; help us to turn them out roofless with their little children to wander unfriended the wastes of their desolated land in rags and hunger and thirst, sports of the sun flames of summer and the icy winds of winter, broken in spirit, worn with travail, imploring Thee for the refuge of the grave and denied it...

— Mark Twain, "The War Prayer"

anyways back to Inspector Lohman, this was the first post I read at this site and I was impressed:

Co-optation, Radicals, Idealists, Realists, and Blogging

and because of this post, it looks like I will also have to keep an eye on the happenings at Ratical

Time to quit messing around and go get some beers!

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