Wednesday, October 05, 2005

Degrees of Absurd


So Bush has appointed yet another consigliere to the high court whose only qualifications are that she won the bootlicking toady competition, that she is a fundamentalist xian and that she is even more of an unknown unknown than Roberts. What little we do know is appalling. Molly Ivans argues, correctly, I'm afraid:
    "What the nomination means in larger terms for both law and society is the fifth vote on the court to overturn Roe v. Wade."
or as Brian Leiter more dryly puts it:
    "More worrisome is that Ms. Miers is, it is reported, an evangelical Christian, a fact which is unlikely to influence her judgment in ways that favor cosmopolitan and Enlightenment values."
[Aside: shrieking, screaming, wailing and gnashing of teeth].

And the fact that she thinks Bush is the most brilliant man she ever met ought to be disqualifcation enough for any job. What's next, appointing a horse a senator? It's a good thing he doesn't get to appoint airline pilots.

Meanwhile, Russia debates what to do with Lenin's body, but we can still find some revealing snapshots of our own downward spiral in Lenin's Tomb:Another Day in the Life of the Empire.

And then there is the real war on terra.

More seriously, Counago and Spaves note that the scripts to every episode of every Monty Python series colour-coded according to speaker are now on-line.

UPDATE: It is really unfair the proponents of the stork theory of reproduction that these loons keep grabing front page headlines in the New York Times. Pharyngula rants.

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