Forever Virgins

The Paper of Record, February 5, 2011:

But some scholars are already wondering how much damage, if any, a party-line ruling striking down the [healthcare] law would do to the court’s prestige, authority and legitimacy.

Is that a caterpillar on the ceiling, or did our eyebrows just fly off?

There is nothing novel, of course, about 5-4 decisions that split according to judicial ideology. But the current court represents something the nation has not seen in more than half a century: a seemingly perfect alignment between justices’ partisan affiliations and their ideological predispositions.

Please, not everybody at once.

Neither Bush v. Gore nor last year’s 5-4 decision in Citizens United, which allowed unlimited corporate spending in elections, appears to have seriously harmed the court’s reputation.

Time required for Americans to become virgins again after being fucked: Ten years, one month, twenty-four days.

Doing the Judicial Math on Health Care [NYT, via Political Wire]

“appears to have seriously harmed the court’s reputation.”


I remember watching the Thomas hearings and losing all hope – and that was before I went to law school. The conservative movement exists to limit your rights – period. Just ask the Koch brothers.

its to early for head/desk. I will ignore this.

Times notices news. Chimpanze types Hamlet.

I think most people long ago abandoned any notion ot hope that the Supreme Court justices represented an island of reasoned, scholarly impartiality in an government otherwise goverened by the edicts of pure, unrpincipled, partisan demagoguery.

The decline and fall probably began once Conservatives decided to focus the energy of their attacks on the institution in the wake of Brown v. Board of Education.

@Serolf Divad: Verdad. Palabra. And Roe v. Wade took the attacks to 11.

@Serolf Divad:
one of the things that jumped out at me from the State of the Union was the completely partisan display by the Supremes. well, except for the chief justice. and I dont think he was there because he wanted to be but only saw what a horrible picture it would be without him.

@Snorri Haraldsson: Scalia was no doubt exhausted from doing his Con Law 101 tutorial for Michele Bachman and the rest of the Tea Bag Caucus earlier in the day.

some things just make you smile

(Reuters) – Former U.S. President George W. Bush has cancelled a visit to Switzerland, where he was to address a Jewish charity gala, due to the risk of legal action against him for alleged torture, rights groups said on Saturday.


@Capt Howdy:

Does Shrub still get the benefit of the “alleged” weasel word? The fucker’s gone on TV and ADMITTED he authorized torture…

I had actually already seen that video. wonderful.

I call the following threadjack “Today in Get Off My Lawn”

This morning I led a group of 8th graders around the courthouse where they got to watch part of a criminal trial. One of girls was wearing an extremely low cut black blouse with a lace back, from which you could tell she was probably not providing any support to her C cup size ladyfriends. I’m guessing from her immaculately coiffed bridesmaid hairstyle that her mom had some inkling where she was going and what she was wearing when she left the house.

The worst part? She was flirting with the defense attorney who was old enough to be her grandfather.

@TJ/ Jamie Sommers /TJ: So she won’t be forever a virgin, is that what you’re saying?

@Dodgerblue: That and that she’ll have to snag herself a defense attorney before she’s 18 and has to fling her boobs over her shoulder to keep from stepping on them when she walks.

there are probably a lot of people around this country saying something like “I thought I understood X”

@TJ/ Jamie Sommers /TJ: She should raise her standards. Most criminal defense attorneys don’t make much money.

TJ: (Perhaps this is more appropriate on the AOL-HuffPo thread)
Gawker changes its format (on a Monday morning, no less), chaos ensues as the commenters freak.

Best comment to date:

Meanwhile, Denton peels out in his Edsel, en route to Lakehurst, where he plans to flee to safety on the Hindenburg.

@SanFranLefty: There’s been a beta preview for months, and they rolled it out for (I think) io9 and some other site a week or two back. I only look at Gawker on the rare occasion that a story leads me there, but from what I’ve seen of the preview, Denton forgot that repeat visitors — i.e., the core audience — likes to know what’s new, which is what a blog format serves best.

And there are many alternatives available if he wants to keep a major story highlighted. Most blogs offer a “sticky post” function if you wanna keep something at the top of the stack, but a “feature sidebar” would also have done the trick. Plus, if Gawker didn’t introduce above-the-banner highlight boxes, they certainly ran with them.

My user’s view from spending a week with it on io9 is that you lose a lot of the flow. Instead of just scrolling down, you do a lot more clicking.

I’m not a fan, but I can navigate it.

@SanFranLefty: Click the “blog view” and all is well in the world. rolled it out last week or so.

@Dodgerblue: I know a couple of dudes who combo’d that with civil rights and plaintiffs’ work and made a ton of money. These cats, including a guy I retained when I got sued by a sleazy developer, have not gone for the jail bait and have been married to their wives for a while now. One of my partners married someone just out of college when he was in his 40s, but that was about 20 years ago. Jamie’s little friend would be out of luck with the Santa Fe lawyer crowd (at least that portion that I know), it seems.

@SanFranLefty: I wanted to like it, if only because the font is bigger and I am old. But the comments are so fucked up, it’s really starting to get on my nerves.

@Dodgerblue: Oh, for sure. Of course, for all I know, she trying to get someone to represent her methhead mother for free.

@redmanlaw: The civil attorney I used to work for (before I decided a year and a half of unemployment was a better idea) was always on the lookout for that one jackpot plaintiff’s case. I always assumed it was because he had four kids (including triplets) rapidly approaching college age.

And Denton wins the Oscar for Outstanding Trash Talk:

I’m disappointed in the Huffington Post. I thought Arianna Huffington and Kenny Lerer were reinventing news, rather than simply flipping to a flailing conglomerate…

AOL has gathered so many of our rivals — Huffington Post, Engadget, Techcrunch — in one place. The question: Is this a fearsome Internet conglomerate or simply a roach motel for once lively websites?

This, by the way, is a huge story in geekdom, the denizens of which are more familiar with AOL’s recent moves than the general public. AOL is becoming the equivalent of a magazine publisher, although most of their revenue still comes from dial-up accounts whose owners have either died or don’t realize they don’t need it.

@nojo: Did you see the New Yorker article about AOL from a few weeks ago? Interesting gamble they’re taking, who knows if they’ll pull it off.

@TJ/ Jamie Sommers /TJ: How to Spot a Meth Lab, courtesy of Willie Nelson.

@SanFranLefty: Yup. Everyone’s been chattering about the dial-up revenue since then.

Also, last week, an internal document leaked about how AOL plans to (burp) monetize its sites through SEO-whoring — which is precisely what Sunday afternoon’s HuffPo post was about. Basically you see what search terms are trending, then write some dreck that includes those terms. The quality of the post doesn’t matter — you just wanna register that click to bilk your advertisers.

This is also known as search-engine spam.

Looks like Gizmodo switched today as well:

How to use the new design

If you have to write that, you’re doing it wrong.

Lest we forget, it was part of the 1980 Republican Party platform to screen federal judges on ideological grounds. Reagan’s administration set up a Special Committee on Federal Judicial Selection that met every Thursday in the White House Roosevelt Room.

Back in 1979, Grover Rees III wrote a cover-story article in the National Review titled, “The True Confessions of One One-issue Voter.” Guess what his issue was. By 1985, Rees was in charge of judicial candidate selection, and a member of the Thursday committee.

It has truly been downhill from there. Thanks, Ronnie!

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