The LPA convention was held last weekend. The business as usual faction put up an opposition slate at the last minute and won the field; since the rebel slates supporters had assumed (despite our warnings!) that we would be running unopposed, most of them didnt show up to vote. (The entrenched establishment is largely located in Birmingham, where the convention was held; our supporters were mostly located elsewhere in the state.) We did get one member of our slate, Matthew Givens, elected (his opponent having failed to show up), plus I was chosen as the Regional Representative for the Selma-Montgomery-Auburn tier. Well, you win some, you lose some.
This was my first visit to Birmingham in years, so it was nice to see the art museum again. Though I have to grump about some dubious labeling in the Asian Art section; for example, bodhisattvas are not Buddhist deities (unless St. Francis is a Catholic deity). I initially thought the translation of lingam as pillar was another such error (or more likely censorship), but apparently theres controversy as to whether lingam actually means phallus after all.
In other news, Olbermanns at it again. Either last night or the night before, I saw him lambasting Joe the Plumber for saying that Americas founders had rejected socialism and communism. The concepts of socialism and communism, Olbermann explained, werent formulated until about 50 years after the American founding, so the founders couldnt have rejected them. Now Joe the Plumber deserves lambasting for a good many things, but this isnt one of them. The founders were well aware of the debate between Plato and Aristotle on the subject of communism, and took Aristotles side; see the Jefferson-Adams correspondence, for example.
I also saw an odd headline: Sanford Mistress Breaks Silence, Says Nothing. Did she belch?