Nov. 13th, 2003

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Apparently Professor Reynolds has a little of the ol' Oedipal hostility conflict going on (or so, at least, is my understanding of his psychological processes based on his opinions about the war in Iraq, because, well, that's what we bloggers do).

Somebody just sent me a “but Bush said the war was over!” bit of snarkmail. Uh, no, he didn’t. Bush actually said that major combat was over in Iraq. The war on terror - really the war on fundamentalist Islamic terrorists, and those who back them - is nowhere near over. Bush knows that, and he’s said it repeatedly.

I actually got several variations on this theme, from antiwar types who always seem glad when people die in Iraq, so long as they’re Americans or our allies. They’re usually the same people who puff up if you “question their patriotism.”

I don’t question it. They’ve put its existence beyond question by wishing for America to lose.

As you may or may not have heard, the good Professor's dad opposes the current unpleasantness.

Presumably he would now say that it's only the bloggers he doesn't know personally whose psyches he has this insight into.

Since I don't know him, I know better.

via The Greenehouse Effect
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Scalia made me laugh.

I'm askeerd.

H. Bartow Farr III represents Hanson's widow, and as he starts to speak, Scalia hijacks him with a hypo in which a man "hurls himself into the sea, intending to commit suicide," while nearby there is a dock with 30 people, each with a life preserver at his feet, all of whom refuse to throw a life preserver to the drowning guy. "I don't know," he adds. "Maybe they're 30 libertarians."

heh. indeed.

You might want to read this article before you consider flying Olympic Airways.

via Riba Rambles
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You answered "yes" to 40 of 100 questions, making you 60.0% nerd pure (40.0% nerd corrupt); that is, you are 60.0% pure in the nerd domain (you have 40.0% nerd in you).
Your Weirdness Factor (AKA Uniqueness Factor) is 33%, based on a comparison of your test results with 378675 other submissions for this test.

The average purity for this test is 73.7%.
The first submission for this test was received June 17, 1994.

This test.

I'm not within miles of being the biggest geek I know.

This is such an honor.
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Chief Justice Roy Moore was removed from office Thursday for refusing to obey a federal court order to move his Ten Commandments monument from the rotunda of the state courthouse.

The Alabama Court of the Judiciary unanimously imposed the harshest penalty possible after a one-day trial in which Moore said his refusal was a moral and lawful acknowledgment of God. Prosecutors said Moore's defiance, left unchecked, would harm the judicial system.

Moore, a champion of religious conservatives, had been suspended since August but allowed to collect his $170,000 annual salary. He was halfway through his six-year term.

Presiding Judge William Thompson said the nine-member court had no choice but to give the harshest punishment after Moore willfully and publicly ignored the federal court order. "The chief justice placed himself above the law," Thompson said.

A federal judge had ruled the monument was an unconstitutional promotion of religion by the government. A federal appeals court upheld the ruling, and the U.S. Supreme Court refused to hear Moore's appeal. The monument eventually was rolled to a storage room on instructions from the eight associate justices.

Greg Sealy, head of the Sitting at His Feet Fellowship in Montgomery, an inner-city mission, said he moved to the United States from Barbados 23 years ago and that this is the "darkest day" he has seen in America in that time.

"The stole my vote. The judiciary stole my vote. I voted for Roy Moore," he said.

I feel your pain, brother.

Sucks when the judiciary does that.

but wait... there's, uh, Moore:

Among other things, he said that he had no regrets and that it was time to stop "judges who place their hands on the Bible to take office and then say that no one can acknowledge God." He also promised that next week he would make an announcement that, "could alter our country." He did not elaborate on what that announcement would be.

Answering questions from reporters, Moore said that he understands the meaning of the will of God. He also said he was asked three times during the hearing if he would deny God and three times he said he would not. He reminded the media that he was elected by a large majority of the voters of Alabama and felt that his removal was not in compliance with the constitution of the State of Alabama.

You know, I wonder what the good justice would have done if someone had come into his court ripped on peyote and told him they were acknowledging God.
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via Body and Soul, the Time Magazine cover for the week I was born

awww

Nov. 13th, 2003 09:49 pm
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Neal Pollack is back.

yay.

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