random quotes ... to amuse, inspire, enrage:
  The doctrine of the double motion of the earth about its axis and about the sun is false, and entirely contrary to Holy Scripture.

tagged: science, religion, astronomy, Catholicism, nutjob
  —Catholic Church , Catholic Church, Congregation of the Index (of Prohibited Books), 161, under Pope Paul V.

linda greenhouse leaving NYT

Saturday, March 1st, 2008

Sadly, Linda Greenhouse is leaving the NYT. I hope she enjoys her retirement, and I hope the NYT manages to get another legal reporter who’s as good as Greenhouse. And, dare I say it, another high-profile woman on staff.

carl malamud, freeing the law

Monday, February 25th, 2008

Go Carl Malamud, freeing the law! The same Carl Malamud that pushed SEC’s EDGAR database to be open has now published 1.8 million United States court opinions. The project was announced in November, and just three months later, it’s online. The opinions are at Malamud’s main website, resource.org, and there is now a special website […]

of penumbral emanations and scholarly trends

Thursday, February 21st, 2008

Speaking of penumbra yet again (1, 2) , I had previously blogged about a Circuit split on laws banning sex toys — it was Valentine’s Day, and I was feeling a bit whimsical, so I wished for a “penumbra” that would strike down stupid laws. LawPundit “ha[s] an opinion” on my wish for a penumbra […]

some off-the-cuff remarks on the Bush Admin’s nominations

Monday, October 31st, 2005

I know other folks have observed this, but, really, isn’t it completely clear that Bush has implemented a religious test for office? Isn’t his pattern of practice completely obvious? Not just in his three Supreme Court nominees, but lower court nominees and executive appointments have all been filled with conservative Christians. Seriously, I challenge anyone […]

alito on copyright, first amendment, cyberlaw

Monday, October 31st, 2005

… DRAFT: a work in progress; will be updated as I review more cases (or find typos) … Well, according to NPR, Judge Sam Alito from the Third Circuit is nominated. I’m sure that everyone will be all over his record on every conceivable issue in no time at all, but I’m looking at his […]

separation of powers? checks & balances?

Saturday, November 6th, 2004

Walter Dellinger, “Why Americans Hate Democrats — A Dialogue: Maybe It’s Not As Bad As We Think”, Slate, 2004-11-05: [T]here seems to be a flaw in how our governing system is working that is turning narrow victories into unearned dominance. By (at best) narrowly prevailing in two elections in which the nation was split down […]

thomas doesn’t always mind judicial “intervention”

Tuesday, November 2nd, 2004

By JOHN HANNA Associated Press Writer LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) – U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas said Thursday he would prefer not to face another election-related lawsuit, but defended the high court’s decision to get involved in the contentious dispute over the 2000 presidential vote in Florida. “What are you supposed to do when somebody […]


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