COSTUMED VIGILANTES: an exchange between me and Jason Spak. He gets the last word.Me: Here.Jason: What you wrote about Dahlia Lithwick pleased me. Like you, I get annoyed when lefty commentators "give[] us nothing other than personal policy-outcome preferences as a guideline for how judges should interpret the law." I read the other blog entries you linked to, and concluded that if you're on crack, one wouldn't know it from reading your thoughts on constitutional interpretation.Do … [Read more...]

"SHIP COMES IN": AND THE DOORS SWING BACK AND FORWARD, FROM THE PAST INTO THE PRESENT. The next section of the Norse myths story. More domestic fighting--and Loki's murder trial.A few points and questions: 1) Yes, I know, I keep saying "Aesir" when I mean Aesir and Vanir. I'm going to fix that in the revised version.2) I also know the flashbacks-within-flashbacks are hard to follow. Please email me if you have comments about that; it's something I'll definitely be fixing in the revised … [Read more...]

LINK ROUND-UP: "The Struggle Over the Torture Memos": "At its annual meeting in Atlanta last week, the American Bar Association called for a bipartisan investigation into the Bush administration's internal deliberations about interrogation and detention that may have led to the torture of prisoners in Iraq."At the same time, 180 prominent lawyers, judges and law professors signed a statement calling for the administration to release any remaining confidential memos relating to the treatment of … [Read more...]

"The Nyima hail their god of war as a bringer of civilization. This doesn't make sense unless you consider that the Greek god of wine and drunkenness was also considered a god of civilization." --Carla Speed McNeil, Finder: Mystery Date, endnotes … [Read more...]

"SHIP COMES IN": THIS NEVER WAS ONE OF THE GREAT ROMANCES. Next section of the Norse myths story. In which Michael defends the marital bed and takes more photographs. Lots of cussing, for those who care. Click here for story so far, here for the newest section. Oh, and we meet Balder the Beautiful... who, as you probably know, is a significant figure in our tale.All the angry words that passed between us... … [Read more...]

OK , ON FURTHER READING, that Post piece on "Washingtonienne" is a must-read. Seriously. Click and you will see. Walker Percy couldn't have come up with this, though he would have tried. … [Read more...]

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