0f course, the working-classes should be represented

I'm a little late with this story as June 16 was the 102nd Bloomsday, THE INJUSTICE COLLECTOR Is James Joyce’s grandson suppressing scholarship?

Over the years, the relationship between Stephen Joyce and the Joyceans has gone from awkwardly symbiotic to plainly dysfunctional. In 1988, he took offense at the epilogue to Brenda Maddox’s “Nora,” a biography of Joyce’s wife, which described the decades that Joyce’s schizophrenic daughter, Lucia, spent in a mental asylum. Although the book had already been printed in galleys, Maddox, fearing a legal battle, offered to delete the section; the agreement she signed with Stephen also enjoined her descendants from publishing the material. Shortly afterward, at a Bloomsday symposium in Venice, Stephen announced that he had destroyed all the letters that his aunt Lucia had written to him and his wife. He added that he had done the same with postcards and a telegram sent to Lucia by Samuel Beckett, with whom she had pursued a relationship in the late nineteen-twenties.

“I have not destroyed any papers or letters in my grandfather’s hand, yet,” Stephen wrote at the time. But in the early nineties he persuaded the National Library of Ireland to give him some Joyce family correspondence that was scheduled to be unsealed. Scholars worry that these documents, too, have been destroyed. He has blocked or discouraged countless public readings of “Ulysses,” and once tried unsuccessfully to halt a Web audiocast of the book.

Amazing article and lets just say that Stephen is not exactly pro Commons when it comes to copyright law. I thought the original twenty-eight years was plenty of time to make personal profit, but as it is now, anything with a traditional copyright will likely not become available without restriction in your lifetime. And this is sad, I had thought that Ireland had considered Joyce a source of pride,

And then there were the Irish. If he ever had the energy, he said, he would write a book on “the shitty treatment my grandmother and grandfather got from their country of origin.” Nora had contemplated reburying Joyce’s body on native soil—he had been buried in Zurich during the Second World War—but Irish officials rebuffed the idea. Worse, when Joyce died, Ireland did not send a representative to his funeral. Stephen had been almost nine, and he saw the family’s dismay. “I will never forgive that,” he said.

I sympathize to some degree, and I mean only some with Stephen Joyce's antipathy toward those that would dissect his grandfather's work down to the bone, sometimes infusing it more with their own flights of imagination that what the work actually was intended to mean, but Stephen should understand that whether it is allowed now or later, whatever analysis the academic world or avid fans of Joyce's work want to do will be done. You can't stop people from discussing literary work, interpreting it or misinterpreting it. Maybe Stephen should realize that the more they're discussing his grandfather's work the more that work becomes part of our culture. I would think that a more fitting tribute to his grandfather.

Why people did what they did or didn't do in history is sometimes open to interpretation, but what they did is sometimes so well documented that interpreting certain events or twisting them to one's ideological ends just makes you look less then bright; Tony Snow is fitting right in with the right-wing conservative's weekly attempts to twist history.Bush's Abuse of History, Snow's Battle of Bilge

SNOW: "The president understands people's impatience — not impatience but how a war can wear on a nation. He understands that. If somebody had taken a poll in the Battle of the Bulge, I dare say people would have said, wow, my goodness, what are we doing here?

Tony would best serve the nation by "dare say" something that resembles the truth,

So let me get this straight. The NYT editorial says, "This state of affairs calls not merely for watchfulness on the part of the allies but also for the recovery of the general control of strategy as soon as possible."

So Tony Snow thinks a poll would have shown that the US public was shaking in its booties at the Battle of the Bulge? He thinks the New York liberal press was calling for an abandonment of the war? What a steaming crock!

I dare say that Tony and George bite their toe nails and its the toughest job that've ever tackled and they probably can't do that right either.

AP Enterprise: 9/11 Thefts Not Prosecuted

A disaster relief company that took supplies that were supposed to go to Sept. 11 rescuers at the World Trade Center escaped punishment after the government discovered its own employees had stolen artifacts from ground zero, once-secret federal documents show.

Kieger Enterprises (KEI) of Lino Lakes, Minn., managed a Long Island warehouse for the government that was filled with supplies donated by Americans for the rescue workers.

The FBI developed evidence from whistleblowers that the company had dispatched trucks to the warehouse and loaded hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of donated bottled water, clothes, tools and generators to be moved to Minnesota in a plot to sell some for profit, the records show.

Dan L'Allier, a Kieger supervisor at the time, told The Associated Press he witnessed 45 tons of the New York loot being unloaded in Minnesota at his company's headquarters. He and a colleague, Chris Christopherson, complained to a company executive but were ordered to keep quiet.

They went instead to the FBI. The two whistleblowers eventually lost their jobs, received death threats and were blackballed in the disaster relief industry. But they remained convinced their sacrifice was worth it to make sure justice was done.

Let's see a company steals, isn't prosecuted for that, and the people that reported the crimes received death threats and are blackballed. Gosh, who or what kind of people would do such things. People with values? People that are patriots? People that care about their country? People with high moral standards? No, the conservative culture of corruption and cowardice. Edward Kieger of Kieger Enterprises is listed on Political Money Line as a Republican Party contributor. Maybe Ed and company thought that stealing those supplies had something to do with the Battle of the Bulge. That may sound ridiculous to the average person, but then the average American doesn't think like a conservative. I wouldn't suggest trying to think like a conservative, the ritual from what I understand involves killing quite a few brain cells, lots of kool-aid, and some kind of deal with the underworld. Or maybe it just seems like that's the case.

"It is because Colgan's a working — man you say that? What's the difference between a good honest bricklayer and a publican — eh? Hasn't the working-man as good a right to be in the Corporation as anyone else — ay, and a better right than those shoneens that are always hat in hand before any fellow with a handle to his name? Isn't that so, Mat?" said Mr. Hynes, addressing Mr. O'Connor.

"I think you're right," said Mr. O'Connor.

"One man is a plain honest man with no hunker-sliding about him. He goes in to represent the labour classes. This fellow you're working for only wants to get some job or other."

"0f course, the working-classes should be represented," said the old man.

"The working-man," said Mr. Hynes, "gets all kicks and no halfpence. But it's labour produces everything. The workingman is not looking for fat jobs for his sons and nephews and cousins. The working-man is not going to drag the honour of Dublin in the mud to please a German monarch."

from Ivy Day In The Committee Room by James Joyce