Politics & Law

No more bad news

August 4, 2002

In case you hadn’t noticed, I’ve been posting a lot fewer political items here. It’s not because I think things are looking up, but because I think they’re looking worse and worse. I decided that trying to keep up would (a) be a lost cause, and (b) make this blog terribly boring (not that it isn’t anyway).

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What’s that crash I hear…?

June 28, 2002

About 45 years tardy, one of our nation’s courts ruled that adding “under God” to the Pledge of Allegiance turns it into a state-sponsored (or -mandated) prayer, and therefore makes it un-Constitutional. The fact is, any time Congress is voting to add the word “God” to anything, it’s probably a violation of the separation of church and state.

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More naked people

May 25, 2002

I have a sure-fire way to end all this suicide bombing. Israel could be the first nation to legally require that all residents go nude, all the time, in public.

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Make ’em pay

May 21, 2002

I’m convinced that only a structural remedy can successfully address Microsoft’s unrepentant behavior and resolve the guilty verdict in the Microsoft antitrust trial. Dave Winer wondered if bloggers could come up with ideas. I have one: make them pay a shareholder dividend. A biiiiiig dividend.

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F.-I.W.

May 11, 2002

Not all of the concepts in this classic story scale well to a larger society, but the most powerful one — F.-I.W. — is essential (in measured amounts), even if Dumbya and John Ashcroft would tell us otherwise.

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No consumer harm?

May 11, 2002

A CNet article covers customer resistance to Microsoft licensing changes that result in substantial price increases, which drives home how consumers really are harmed by Microsoft’s illegal exercise of their monopoly power.

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Where will it end

May 11, 2002

“Given the lack of public outcry about these shameful laws and rulings, I’m beginning to wonder if very many of you care about your rights. Do you?”

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Habeas corpus

May 1, 2002

“Why suspend the habeas corpus in insurrections and rebellions? Examine the history of England…”

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Due process

April 29, 2002

“It is fundamental that the great powers of Congress to conduct war and to regulate the Nation’s foreign relations are subject to the constitutional requirements of due process.”

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Truth is scarier than fiction

April 27, 2002

In less than three weeks, we’ll start going to the theaters to watch the latest Star Wars movie. We will see bad things happen. And then we’ll go home, and let similar bad things happen in real life.

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Lying styles of the rich and famous

April 24, 2002

“[T]here are no honest administrations. But each presidency does bring its own unique style to the task of deceiving the citizenry.”

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Dark victory

April 22, 2002

I wonder if the next Star Wars movie is going to be serendipitously subversive. In a Time interview George Lucas says “All democracies turn into dictatorships — but not by coup. The people give their democracy to a dictator.”

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