1. Has the Jefferson statehood movement stalled?

    OSS Jefferson State 2

    That was the narrative coming off this series of votes, which saw a union-backed opposition defeat the referendum in Del Norte County, even though the one in Tehama County passed.

    The Shasta County supervisors voted down a Jefferson proposal last month too, but according to this letter in the Redding Record-Searchlight, the room wasn’t happy about it:

    I went to the Shasta County Board of…

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  2. Buzzfeed and the War Party

    My latest at TheDC:

    Ben Smith appears to have been convinced by one of the neoconservatives’ top operators that neoconservative is no longer a useful label, and has now endorsed that person’s replacement term. Quite a trick, isn’t it? Imagine Lila Rose convincing the Associated Press to start using “pro-life” again and you’ll get a sense of the journalistic malfeasance at work.

    Jamie Weinstein,…

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  3. "The ‘return’ to the lost, the excluded, the failed or destroyed, is not an option for the saint, but the very heart of saintliness. And we might think not only of Jesus’s parable of the shepherd, but of the great theological myth of the Descent into Hell, in which God’s presence in the world in Jesus is seen as his journey into the furthest deserts of despair and alienation. It is the supreme image of his freedom, to go where he is denied and forgotten; he shows his inexhaustible mercy for all by identifying even with the lost."
    — Rowan Williams, The Truce of God (via ayjay)

  4. Nationalism


    Let us not speak badly of nationalism.
    Without the virulence of nationalism, Europe and the world would already be ruled by a technical, rational, uniform empire.
    Let us give credit to nationalism for two centuries, at least, of spiritual spontaneity, of free expression of the national soul, of rich historical diversity.
    Nationalism was the last spasm of the individual before the gray death awaiting it.

    - Nicolas Gomez Davila


  5. Eat your vegetables, Kyler.

  6. Jefferson Davis’s grave (at Hollywood Cemetery)

  7. Morning in Richmond. (at Hollywood Cemetery)


  8. Two cheers for exit-as-threat, or dialectical lumpenconservatism


    I sure hope Elias Isquith is right about this:

    … the Tea Party’s philosophy of government (again, as understood by Salam) has embedded within it an aversion to basic democratic principles that goes far beyond a typical contempt for Washington, politicians and pundits. … He’s describing a childish and essentially anti-political belief that a return to an Articles of Confederation-style U.S. order…

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  10. "I myself have always been for a good stout Despotism — for governing Ireland like India."
    — J.S. Mill