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A federal grand jury has issued a subpoena for James Risen, New York Times reporter and author of State of War: The Secret History of the CIA and The Bush Administration. The order is calling for Mr. Risen to reveal his sources in the White House, the subpoena comes from where else? The White House. (more…)

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We cannot count on the humanities alone to create better human beings. Stanley Fish is correct on this account in the first two parts of “The Uses of the Humanities” in the New York Times: http://fish.blogs.nytimes.com. We certainly cannot expect the common reader to view the pre-lapsarian Eden and the ensuing downfall of humanity in Milton’s Paradise Lost and find the value of uncritical adherence to authority and the dangers of worldly temptation. Milton’s reader has interpretive power that lies beyond any sort of authorial intention that he may have had as to the moral and spiritual implications of the work. A reader may readily accept the arguments of Milton’s sexy and rational Satan as the true key to worldly wisdom in the text. Readers likewise might cast aside Milton to find moral virtue in The Turner Diaries or discover fascist themes in Ezra Pound’s Cantos. Literature contains a multitude of ideologies and comments extensively on the human condition but is ultimately ambivalent to simple notions of right and wrong. Thus constructing the humanities as a “civilizing,” or “morally enriching” enterprise is fruitless activity. (more…)

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We reported on Inherent Contempt in July when congress filed contempt charges against Josh Bolten and Harriet Meiers. Who refused to comply with the subpeonas issued to them on a claim of executive privledge so vast, we’re sure we are probably covered under it somewhere. The New York Times finally got around to discussing this issue – here. (more…)

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