Friday, March 07, 2008

Part III: In Which the King of Jordan is Implicated

In the comments below Eli Perle (whose sole job seems to be promoting Eisenstadt's blog) writes:
Good research on your part, but it still leaves some unanswered questions. M. Thomas Eisenstadt just posted another blog that looks deeper into Callahan and found some intriguing connections between him and King Abdullah II of Jordan. Maybe you guys can find out what really happened at the Phi Delt house in '83-'84? The rabbit hole is getting deeper....

He then links to this post by Eisenstadt. Quite Frankly, this whole thing seems rather ridiculous to me. Point by Point:

  • Does Hart spell E R-H’s name right in the book? We’re still - at best - left with a Dartmouth English professor who neither cites his sources, nor even spells the name of his subject correctly. If an Ivy League English prof. can’t check the spelling of one of his esteemed colleague’s names correctly, it begs the question about the value of a Dartmouth education.
1. Yes, the name is spelled correctly in the book.
  • Was Hart actually a student of E R-H? (we know he taught at Dartmouth, but the DR [sic] says he and E R-H probably didn’t overlap). In and of itself, this doesn’t corroborate that the Citizen quote was widespread, only that Hart used it more than once. The trick is to find someone else who remembers the quote.
  • If he wasn’t a student, what’s his original source for the ‘96 quote? The DR [sic] can just ask him.
2/3. Yes, Hart was a student of Rosenstock's. TDR has an article here.
  • The DR [sic] now puts the blame squarely on Callahan and/or Birzin, suggesting that they copped from Hart. Fair enough, but then I ask again, why would the Callahan quote be such a personal one “from his father?” If a man lies so cavalierly about his own father, what else is he lying about? His own resume? His own trackrecord at Dartmouth? Do we really want this guy representing us at the State Department working in anti-terrorism? We’ve been asking around the National Security community, and indeed, Callahan has a stellar record protecting America (and yes, even contributing to Bush/Cheney in 2004). If Hollywood was to depict a handsome, daring, athletic, patriotic, articulate diplomat, they couldn’t do better than Callahan. To read the Birzin piece in particular, the guy is one part Tom Cruise and one part Matt Damon (minus, of course, the Sarah Silverman thing).
4. I'm not putting the blame on either Callahan or Birzin because I don't think there's anything blameworthy going on. Just because the guy wanted to verify the aphorism his father told him does not make him a plagiarizer. I don't understand why you were so nonchalant about Goeglein, and yet you're pressing this so hard. This is bordering on sophistry.
  • ….But, what happened at the Phi Delt house? The Birzin profile spends considerable time talking about Callahan’s experience cleaning up his frat, Phi Delta Alpha (not to be confused with Dartmouth’s Alpha Delta Phi [sic], the inspiration for the film Animal House):

    Just before he took the reins as president, Phi Delt was put on social probation by the administration for a series of behavioral incidents and infractions by its members. Callahan was faced with the difficult task of finding a way “to reconcile the house’s objectives with the legitimate concerns of the Administration.”

    What’s interesting is that the general dates of that time period coincide with Jordan’s then-Prince (now King) Abdullah hanging out at the frat:

    Royalty visited Phi Delt in the 1980s. Prince Abdullah of Jordan hung out at Phi Delt in 1983, while visiting close friend George ‘Gig’ Faux ’84.

    Best as we can tell, Callahan took over as Phi Delt president from Gig Faux the next year and had to clean up “the mess.” I have no reason to doubt Callahan’s loyalty to his country, but should a high-ranking State Department expert on counterterrorism be old frat buddies with the King of Jordan? As one of our strongest allies in the reason, maybe that’s a good thing. But it begs the further question of if the young Prince had anything to do with the “behavioral incidents” at the Phi Delt house and what exactly did Callahan do to “clean it up”?

5. A house being put on social probation is not uncommon. For instance, if a house has extra unregistered kegs at a party, then they'll be put on probation. There's probably a 50/50 chance that any given fraternity president would have to deal with his house being on probation. Also, I don't follow how Callahan followed Faux as president of Phi Delt since they were both '84s. Faux is currently the President of the Phi Delt Corporation, but that is different than being the student president of the fraternity.
  • Has anyone tracked down Birzin, Callahan or Hart to get to the bottom of this?
6. There is nothing to get to the bottom of here. To reiterate, I don't think anyone plagiarized or was plagiarized in this instance.

7 comments:

John Bruce, part deux? said...

Who the hell is this Eisenstedt fellow and why is he so hellbent on upholding Callahan (whom I've never heard of) and the white house chap as heros? And why does he claim to have any understanding of social dynamics at Dartmouth?

Anonymous said...

Amusingly enough, this post is already the #4 hit for "Eli Perle" on google.

Anonymous said...
This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.
Anonymous said...

Anfin, I'm already having second thoughts and suspecting that the above post is some kind of breach of the commenting policy or unwritten code of blog etiquette against name calling. Feel free to delete the above comment or remove the hyperlinks.

A. S. Erickson said...

Wow, Eli Perle is pretty annoying. The #4 link for Eli Perle, you say?

I've been barely paying attention as I read this stuff, but it seems like the plagiarism case is pretty weak.

E-R-H is fairly obscure, it appears that people know him chiefly for 1 or 2 things, and his first name is one letter off from a common first name.

For example, Dwyane Wade is one of the best basketball players in the NBA, yet his name is misspelled frequently. Not everyone who spells it "Dwayne" is in a plagiarism conspiracy together.

...or perhaps they are?!?! Mr. Eisenstadt should do some research and have Eli Perle inform us if he finds anything intriguing.

If Mr. Eisenstadt has ever used Microsoft Word, a copy editor, or a keyboard, he can probably appreciate that not all spelling errors are directly traceable to one's alma mater.

Anonymous March 07, 2008 7:05 PM

—7:26 is correct, I've copied the text of the post here but removed the hyper-links.

Anonymous said...

warhammer gold warhammer money warhammer accounts tibia money tibia gold tibia item runescape accounts buy runescape accounts runescape money runescape gold runescape gp runescape power leveling runescape powerleveling cheap rs2 powerleveling runescape equipment buy rs equipment runescape runes cheap rs2 runes runescape logs cheap rs2 logs runescape items buy runescape items runescape quest point rs2 quest point cheap runescape questpoint runescape gold runescape items runescape power leveling runescape money runescape gold buy runescape gold buy runescape money runescape items runescape accounts runescape gp runescape accounts runescape money runescape power leveling runescape powerleveling tibia gold dofus kamas buy dofus kamas wow power leveling wow powerleveling runescape questpoint rs2 questpoint Warcraft PowerLeveling Warcraft Power Leveling World of Warcraft PowerLeveling World of Warcraft Power Leveling Hellgate money Hellgate gold buy runescape logs buy rs2 items cheap runescape items Hellgate London gold Guild Wars Gold buy Guild Wars Gold runescape items rs2 accounts cheap rs2 equipments lotro gold buy lotro gold buy runescape money buy runescape gold buy runescape runes lotro gold buy lotro gold runescape money runescape gold cheap rs2 powerleveling eve isk eve online isk buy runescape power leveling rs2 power leveling tibia gold tibia item runescape accounts Fiesta Silver Fiesta Gold Scions of Fate Gold Hellgate Palladium Hellgate London Palladium SOF Gold Age Of Conan Gold AOC Gold ArchLord gold tibia money tibia gold runescape accounts runescape gold cheap rs2 powerleveling buy ArchLord gold DDO Plat Dungeons and Dragons Online Plat

willpoy said...

runescape money runescape gold runescape money buy runescape gold buy runescape money runescape money runescape gold wow power leveling wow powerleveling Warcraft Power Leveling Warcraft PowerLeveling buy runescape gold buy runescape money runescape itemsrunescape accounts runescape gp dofus kamas buy dofus kamas Guild Wars Gold buy Guild Wars Gold lotro gold buy lotro gold lotro gold buy lotro gold lotro gold buy lotro gold runescape money runescape power leveling runescape money runescape gold dofus kamas cheap runescape money cheap runescape gold Hellgate Palladium Hellgate London Palladium Hellgate money Tabula Rasa gold tabula rasa money Tabula Rasa Credit Tabula Rasa Credits Hellgate gold Hellgate London gold wow power leveling wow powerleveling Warcraft PowerLeveling Warcraft Power Leveling World of Warcraft PowerLeveling World of Warcraft Power Leveling runescape power leveling runescape powerleveling eve isk eve online isk eve isk eve online isk tibia gold Fiesta Silver Fiesta Gold
Age of Conan Gold
buy Age of Conan Gold
aoc gold

呼吸机
无创呼吸机
家用呼吸机
呼吸机
家用呼吸机
美国呼吸机
篮球培训
篮球培训班
篮球夏令营
china tour
beijing tour
beijing travel
china tour
tibet tour
tibet travel
computer monitoring software
employee monitoring