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Judicious Choices

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On August 27, 2004
When I was in Montreal on Wednesday, two justices were appointed to the Canadian Supreme Court. Media coverage has focused on the fact that 1)the Canadian court now has an apparently unprecedented gender near balance, with 4 of the 9 justices being women, and 2)both justices have been strong advocates of constitutional gay marriage rights (and […]

The fog of war

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On August 23, 2004
Roy Edroso recently did a nice job skewering this silly argument, which Prof. InstaHack liked so much he repeated it again today. Said the sage of Knoxville: Lyndon Baines Johnson was another President with a silver star and a short combat career who seemed to feel that he had a lot to prove. Might Kerry’s […]

Conservative activism

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On August 16, 2004
Dahlia Lithwick–yet another guest columnist who would be a vast improvement over a majority of the current crew on the Times op-ed page–has a good column about “judicial activism.” She summarizes the conventional wisdom as follows: Together then: Liberal activist judges make law, as opposed to interpreting it. They ignore the plain meaning of texts to […]
More on the appalling O’Reilly/Russert interview from the typically brilliant Bob Somerby. I think the important point the Howler emphasizes is Russert’s culpability. To criticize O’Reilly for being a lying bully is, in a way, like criticizing the sky for being blue, although it bears more repeating. It’s what he is. It was Russert who prevented […]
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