PROTECT MARRIAGE PETITION: From Bronwen McShea. I can vouch that this is real and she will in fact be sending this along--it's not one of those fakey email petitions. --------------------------------------------------------------------Hello all:As you may know, the U.S. Senate will debate and vote on a Federal Marriage Amendment on July 12. According to Senate aides, many senators (including many Democrats) are still on the fence and are gauging their constitutents' degree of support and … [Read more...]

C'MON, RIP HER TO SHREDS: FEMINISM AND READERS' SYMPATHIES. I recently read a little article on women and girls in the Harry Potter books. A lot of it struck me as wrongheaded just on basic character-analysis grounds--why characters did what they did--but there was one really interesting wrong turn the piece made that I thought might be worth discussing in more depth. (I'm not linking to the piece because I forgot where I found it. Sorry....)The article's author figured that there were two … [Read more...]

MANGA AND SUPERMANGA: (Sorry.) Two quick reviews.Junji Ito, Gyo, vol. 2: The conclusion of a horror story about these... well... they're fish and sharks and suchlike, mounted on metal frameworks that allow them to walk about terrorizing people. The frameworks seem to have minds of their own: They capture helpless humans and infect them with a virus that makes them produce the flatulence that powers the frameworks.Right. This was very much Not My Thing. I would have been able to ignore the … [Read more...]

THAT STORY: Roundup."How Far Can a Government Lawyer Go?": Adam LiptakA CLIENT asks his lawyer a question: During an interrogation of a suspected terrorist, how much pain can I legally inflict?The lawyer should:a) Explore every legal avenue available for his client, including all possible defenses should criminal charges be filed.b) Give legal guidance but add advice on the wisdom and morality of what the client is considering.c) Tell the client to take a walk.The … [Read more...]

Stay in bed. Watch my blogs. Stay in bed. Watch my blogs. Warm Coke in the morning-- Lights pass on the ceiling-- Stay in bed.Yale Free Press: Scroll down for Prof. Cass Sunstein's reply to Gene Vilensky on property rights and natural rights. Diana Feygin chips in here on the "rubber band of rights-talk." Really interesting exchange.Last lines of poems. Neat! Via Unqualified Offerings.And the consistently-interesting Jonetta Rose Barras writes, "This statistic in a magazine article … [Read more...]

MORE CAMPAIGN-FINANCE IDIOCY: From The Hill:Michael Moore may be prevented from advertising his controversial new movie, "Fahrenheit 9/11," on television or radio after July 30 if the Federal Election Commission (FEC) today accepts the legal advice of its general counsel.At the same time, a Republican-allied 527 soft-money group is preparing to file a complaint against Moore's film with the FEC for violating campaign-finance law.In a draft advisory opinion placed on the FEC's agenda for … [Read more...]

Under the spreading chestnut tree I sold you and you sold me: There lie they, and here lie we Under the spreading chestnut tree. --1984 … [Read more...]