Saturday, July 23, 2005

Odds & Ends from the 'Net

Phrases from my childhood that I don't hear any more: "Well, it's a free country." And it used to be, too. Mostly. And now we have this: "NYC Begins Bag Searches On Subway" Solution? Sorry. Haven't got one.

Found on Jerry Pournelle's site: " Peter Brimelow has observed how often a "racist" turns out to be someone who is winning an argument with a liberal."

The L.A. Times has found the fatal flaw in W's choice for the Supreme Court vacancy: A Roman Catholic like her husband, Jane Roberts has been deeply involved in the antiabortion movement." ShockHorror, as the English tabloids like to phrase it. Not one, but two "Roman Catholics" in the same family. And not proper Roman Catholics, either, like, say, the senior senator from Massachusetts, but the dreadful pro-life kind. (And so can we say that W was indeed lying about a pro-life conviction not being a "litmus test" for the Supreme Court nomination? Not exactly. Disingenuous, perhaps. Happily so.)

Another supreme court related comment, this nicely phrased one again from Jerry Pournelle: "I note that Senator Charles Schumer, Senior Senator from New York, has appointed himself the Grand Inquisitor of the United States, and insists that anyone appointed to the Supreme Court must answer his ideological questions and conform to some grand ideological scheme that Schumer -- and perhaps the Junior Senator from New York -- understand and which they intend to impose for the good of the people of the United States.

It will be interesting to see how this plays out. Perhaps an opera can be made from it..."