Archive for May, 2006

An Inexcusable Slur

I don’t want anyone here to say that I’m on “The Lunatic Fringe.”

On Blob’s Blog I am right in the CENTER of the lunatics.




Joe sez:

“Might as well fess up, Bob. Those Stormfront guys knows it’s what you don’t say that makes you a neoconservative. Not what you say. What you don’t say. That’s how they caught you. Them Stormfront boys is got a lot on the cap. If’n they say it, it’s gospel. Can’t fool a Stormfront guy. Can’t fool Kevin. Couldn’t a fooled Bill P. Some things just show up and you can’t miss it. It ain’t just oil. It’s a whole lot of other things. That’s what they told me. I take it as gospel. I trust these boys. ”

Comment by joe rorke

You got me!

Since you state this in the academic language I was raised with, I can’t squirm out of it.

Anonowitz and I have come clean.

We are kikes.

As Brian put it in Monty Python’s Life of Brian after Brian was informed his father was a Roman, “I am a kike, a Hebe, a hook-nose, and I’m PROUD of it!”

Just don’t tell anybody.



The Yellow Peril

Somebody asked me about the China Threat once again

This makes excellent sense, since when I talked about Britain and Russia having military teeth, I left out China.

But I have discussed it at length.

Here we go again:

I discussed China before at length, but I am not sure anybody understood what I was talking about because Stormfronters do not think racially.

You may want to look it up and you may understand it. All I ever get out of it is more revelations about the Middle East.

My basic point was that the Chinese have all of the constructive ability for organization and teamwork that ants do.

They also have the fatal weakness that ants have when you kill the Queen.

But let’s forget that and noticed something even easier:

China is enormously vulnerable militarily.

To START with, and there is MORE, China consists largely of two rivers, the Whang Ho and the Yang Tse. A serious nuclear attack on the mouths of these two rivers would put China into a desperate position, and it isn’t easy to find a subsitute feeding ground for half a billion people who depend directly on the paddies there.

China faces a United States that is NOT vulnerable inthat way. YOu can bomb the hell out of hte Middle West corn belt and we will still eat very well.

This is the kind of thing other people don’t think about, but that keeps Chinese planners awake at night.

An American president who KNOWS about this will keep China from being too much of a threat.



An Important Quibble

I went back to grad school for a semester in 1992, just to check things out.

I took the full load and went in as a PhD candidate.

One thing I noticed was that students would say, “Professor X is teaching a seminar course in …”

The last time I was in grad school over a quarter of a century before, nobody TAUGHT a seminar.

You LEAD a seminar. I didn’t even mention this because no one would in grad school with me would understand the difference.

A COURSE is a COURSE. You are taking students through a course of study.


The difference between TEACHING a seminar and LEADING a seminar is exactly the same as the difference between a Soviet Assembly and a real representative government.

In representative government the leadership uses every dirty trick in the book to get a majority for its policies, which does not smack of Fairy Tale Fairness.

In a Communist “Parliament” there are no dirty tricks. All votes are unanimous.

I may be the last professor who thinks of himself as LEADING a seminar.

The minute I start TEACHING a seminar somebody like Mark or Peter jumps down my throat.

Can you imagine trying to explain that difference to a modern, hoop-jumping person who has made it to grad school?


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Paragraph Structure

Someone wrote me:

“I really like your posts. Could you please use paragraph structure though? Thanks.”

Since the entry qualification for Bob’s Blog is that you have outgrown your college education, whether you had one or not, I am stuck with a lot EDUCATED people here.

So a lot of you may have noticed that my paragraph structure is pure anarchy.

So let me assure you there is a reason for this. I am open to disagreement.

Here was my reply to, “Could you please use paragraph structure though? Thanks.”



Richard Viguerie made a fortune on direct mail before everybody else ( See my 1982 book) copied him.

He did statistical tests, and found that long paragraph structure does not WORK.

Not from the critical point of view, but from the plebian point of view of getting people to READ it.

Correct paragraph structure is technically correct according to those who make the rules.

But back on Planet Earth people find it BORING.

Hemingway was also criticized for his unscientific paragraphs, but he never gave them up and his stuff sold pretty well.