Author Archives: J@m3z Aitch

About J@m3z Aitch

J@m3z Aitch is a two-bit college professor who'd rather be canoeing.

Hanley Moves Yet Again

In case anyone strolls down this dusty ghost-town street looking for me, I can now be found at my new solo blog, The Bawdy House Provisions, http://bawdyhouse.wordpress.com/. Advertisements

Posted in Uncategorized | 2 Comments

In Which We Merge with the League of Ordinary Gentlemen

Jon Rowe, D.A. Ridgely, and I have accepted an invitation to merge with The League of Ordinary Gentlemen. I suppose that means we’ll all be part of The One Best League of Ordinary Gentlemen, but for simplicity, we’ll just keep … Continue reading

Posted in Administrative notices | 14 Comments

Goodbye, Dubai

Back home, after twenty hours of traveling. Modern jet travel or not, it’s still a big world.  Final thoughts from the trip. The hotel restaurant in Damascus offered a dish of “fried smashed meat.”  With marketing like that it’s no … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment

Greetings from Sharjah

Departed Syria yesterday, and am at the moment in the library of the American University in Sharjah, where, although it is a university built by a non-democratic Arab ruler, you can find Hannah Arendt on the shelves. I find myself … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | 5 Comments

On John Boehner and Agenda-Setting

On my post about right-wingers, my brother commented on John Boehner’s “The President sets the agenda” nonsense.” I’d like to add a correction, clarification, and agreement. Boehner’s comment is not entirely nonsense. Woodrow Wilson’s famous doctoral dissertation (albeit famous only … Continue reading

Posted in Public Policy | 7 Comments

Why I Hate the Religious and Teabagging Right

I noted in my last post that Beirut has an edgy vibe. After only one day here I’m obviously not an expert, but from what a few people have said, I think part of it may be the fear of … Continue reading

Posted in Manifestoes | 24 Comments

Greetings from Beirut

Random thoughts while traveling. Sunday in the fall is one of the better days to be in an American airport. At least they’re showing football instead of Fox News. Saturday, of course, would be even better. Dubai’s airport is basically … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | 4 Comments

In Which I Fail to Vote

Unlike most political scientists, I am not a fanatic about voting. I think the phrase “civic duty” is utterly hollow, a claim which once nearly earned me a punch in the nose from a fellow academic. But this year my … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment

On Political Science

Michael Heath asks my thoughts on this video mocking political science that Andrew Sullivan posted on his blog. Sullivan says; A lovely rip-off of the moronic quantification and irrelevance of what now passes for political science. It’s why I escaped … Continue reading

Posted in Political Theory | 52 Comments

Those are some big error bars

From CNN. Alaska’s untapped oil reserves estimate lowered 90 percent The U.S. Geological Survey says a revised estimate for the amount of conventional, undiscovered oil in the National Petroleum Reserve in Alaska is a fraction of a previous estimate. The … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | 8 Comments