random quotes ... to amuse, inspire, enrage:
  People had always aspired to more than the traditional system of law could offer. Billy was right: the law was an ass. And a big reason was, legislators are forced by the nature of codified rules to try to anticipate every situation that can arise in human affairs. This is plainly impossible. And, recognizing the imperfectibility of human affairs, the law had to give a big edge to the accused if it was to avoid injustice to the innocent. Both of these things resulted in injustices, even travesties of the law. Couldn't there be a better way?

tagged: law, justice
  —Sparky Valentine (fictional character), John Varley, The Golden Globe, p.484.

Archive for October, 2006

it’s not FCC “fair use”

Tuesday, October 31st, 2006

(It’s the anthem for fccfu.com … and, relatedly, you all know about Eric Idle’s ‘The FCC Song’, right?)

Boys read boys, NYT Editorial Board edition

Tuesday, October 31st, 2006

Good going, NYT — on their new “http://midtermmadness.blogs.nytimes.com/”, which offers an array of commentators, professors, and pundits to comment on the 2006 elections … they’ve given us six (6) men, all apparently white, and dare I guess their class backgrounds? Way to seek a diversity of opinion.       

Requiem for habeas corpus

Monday, October 30th, 2006

Sometimes one despairs and relies on others to speak truth to power. Many have done so with respect to with respect to the “Military Commissions Act of 2006″, but Kent Keith Olbermann‘s was particularly eloquent. update: Ahem. Apparently that’s Keith Olbermann, and Kent Brockman. Another sign of aging, because I would never ordinarily confuse the […]

good fair use news for collage artists

Monday, October 30th, 2006

A great decision from the 2d Circuit in another case about Jeff Koons. Collage artists haven’t had a lot of caselaw to work with before Blanch v. Koons, and it’s reassuring to get a positive spin on transformative artistic uses. More analysis coming.

getting my atheist on

Saturday, October 28th, 2006

Last week, I was told that I have a “god-shaped hole in my heart.” … I think I’d prefer to phrase it as he has a god-shaped figment jammed crosswise in his brain. P.Z. Myers, Pharyngula, 2006/10/27, “A godless ramble against the ditherings of theologians“ The last couple of years I’ve been pleased to see […]

NJ SSM decision

Wednesday, October 25th, 2006

The NJ Supreme Court is releasing its SSM decision today @ 3pm. [available at NJSC website] Will they help us out but energize the Republicans and lead to queers being blamed if the Dems don’t take the House or Senate? or will they fuck us over leaving everyone, but us, happy? (And if I’m writing […]

reflections on the demise of Tower Records

Sunday, October 22nd, 2006

“We’re going to have discounts for consumers to enjoy as they’ve never been seen before in the history of Tower Records,” said Andy Gumaer, president of Great American Group, a Los Angeles-based firm that won the auction …. [LAT 10/7] Yeah, right. Last night I stopped by Tower Records to see if I could pick […]

Who doesn’t care about political hypocrisy

Saturday, October 21st, 2006

Joe Conason at Salon explains why the leaders of the religious right don’t care that Republican Christian nationalists are hypocrites, and predicts that they’ll be ba-a-ack: The leaders of the religious right don’t care whether White House hacks love them or laugh at them, because they see themselves as the users, not the used. Winning […]


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