As I Was Saying ...
[Memo to self: create all the verbiage you want late at night, but get your butt out of bed in the a. m. to post it while other night owls west of Appalachia still slumber.]
The other interesting piece you should look at is Ed Cohn's commentary at Gnostical Turpitude on the fiasco at Amazon.com's Canadian website which accidentally exposed the fact that John Lott is far from the only writer who has been posting good reviews of his own books under false names at Amazon. Cohn links to an interesting piece about the world of Amazon.com reviewing by Rick Perlstein and a hilarious collection of reviews at Amazon World.
Memo to long lines of Republican historians outside Unemployment Offices across the nation: Duke may not want you, but FIRE, the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, seeks to hire a President and, ten years after the position was terminated in controversy, the United States House of Representatives announces a search to hire a Historian. Like Duke (wink, wink, nudge), hiring authorities at both places are probably more interested in your skills than in your political affiliations.
Finally, I want to give a belated welcome to Scott McLemee, a prize winning writer for the Chronicle of Higher Education, to Cliopatria's blogroll. He is gathering a whole archive of his work at his website and it is already very rich. Scott reminds us of the official Valentine's Day slogan of the Freedom Road Socialist Organization:
Workers and Oppressed People, Unite to Make Comrade Valentine's Day a Joyous Holiday of Proletarian Class Love and Militant Struggle! Decisively Defeat the Sinister Schemes of the Bush/Cheney Gangster Clique to Thwart the Romantic Aspirations of the L/G/B/T/Q masses! Eternal Glory to Comrade Valentine!