the excellent Michael J. Totten,, whose collection of dispatches from Iraq "In the Wake of the Surge" I recommend, alerts us to the award, by the city of Frankfurt, of a prize worth 50,000 euros to an academic, American I believe, named Judith Butler. He doesn't say why she is getting this award. I had never heard of her before today, but it seems she is quite well known, and is a strong supporter of Hamas and Hezbollah. But she can't be being rewarded for that, can she? Search me. She describes those two organisations as "left". Well, I dispute that. Murder of homosexuals and Jews, destruction of the state of Israel (and there's no nice way to do that) - what's left-wing about that stuff?