Peace is not the absence of war but the presence of justice

I was reading this post over at Notes from Evil Bender and Phyllis Schlafly’s contention among others that English departments on our nation’s campuses have become so radicalized that they actually lead people to commit murder. As per The Official Republican Cookbook of Unhinged Hyperbole, Schlafly offers not one ounce of supporting data. It is the usual open mouth, let the weirdness fly school of discourse. It would be one thing if their screeds were 95% based on reality with a few partisan zingers thrown in, but most of the time the reverse is true. Phyllis should be proud she managed to suck up all the weirdness that should be allowed Republicans on any given day. She almost makes Justice Clarence Thomas seem less insane by comparison, Justice Thomas: Liberals Scarier Than Ku Klux Klan

“I’d grown up fearing the lynch mobs of the Ku Klux Klan; as an adult, I was starting to wonder if I’d been afraid of the wrong white people all along. My worst fears had come to pass not in Georgia but in Washington, D.C., where I was being pursued not by bigots in white robes but by left-wing zealots draped in flowing sanctimony.”

Left-zealots? We can only assume that he is referring to Democrats. Strange accusation since Thomas is not just implying but directly accusing many African-Americans of being like the KKK. In 2000 Al Gore won 90% of the black vote. Was Anita Hill ( who went on to be a professor at that well known bastion of liberalism Oral Roberts University) a left-wing zealot? Then why did he hire her to work for him, not once, but twice. Why did Thomas and his supporters have a clear opportunity to clear away at least one accusation and go out of their way not to ( Hint: hiding something?). Clarence lied during his confirmation hearing. maybe his sexual harassment of Hill wasn’t enough to keep him off the bench, but lying to Congress under oath surely was. Yet there he sits, collecting a very nice salary and health-care benefits made possible by his lying and obfuscation plus a nice 1.5 million dollar check from right-wing sugar daddy Rupert Murdoch. First Phyllis and then Clarence; Republicans don’t just whine more then polite society allows they do so as they cash fat checks for writing hollow tomes devoid of character or content.

Iraqis to Pay China $100 Million for Weapons for Police

Iraq has ordered $100 million worth of light military equipment from China for its police force, contending that the United States was unable to provide the materiel and is too slow to deliver arms shipments, Iraqi President Jalal Talabani said yesterday.

The China deal, not previously made public, has alarmed military analysts who note that Iraq’s security forces already are unable to account for more than 190,000 weapons supplied by the United States, many of which are believed to be in the hands of Shiite and Sunni militias, insurgents and other forces seeking to destabilize Iraq and target U.S. troops.

There is probably little cause for concern since the weapons are from China they’re probably made out of plastic coated with lead paint. On the other hand as Professor Cole points out,

Some observers are afraid that these arms will actually end up in the hands of sectarian militiamen or anti-government guerrillas, through graft or theft or because much of the Iraqi police and army is made up of militiamen.

“Peace is not the absence of war but the presence of justice.” ~ H. Ford