Wednesday, January 05, 2011

Mongol

I am tempted to learn the language based on nothing more than this poster.



Via the Volokh Conspiracy. (I totally know some guys who blog there.)

Protestant/Catholic Constitutionalism

Professors Randy Barnett and Sandy Levinson have an interesting daivlog about the Tea Party. Levinson brings up an interesting metaphor (reprising one of his earlier books) of a Protestant and Catholic approach to Constitutional law. The Protestant view is, just as everyone is fit to interpret the Scriptures, everyone is capable of interpreting the Constitution. The Catholic view is that only a particular elite is capable of interpreting the Constitution, represented by the Supreme Court.

That's not the focus by any means, but the discussion is interesting.

I often tell Catholic friends that, were I not an atheist, I'd be a Catholic. In fact, though the past is murky, from what I can tell my great great grandfather was a German Catholic. Prussian, in particular--a soldier for Bismarck, who wasn't exactly pro-Catholic, so maybe that's why he fled to religiously tolerant Pennsylvania.

You brood of vipers

Running Wilde canceled. J'accuse, America! (But please continue to watch Community, the League, and, yeah, Cougar Town. When does Parks and Recreation come back on, anyway?)

Tuesday, January 04, 2011

2010 Review

Dave Barry's look at 2010:

Let's put things into perspective: 2010 was not the worst year ever. There have been much worse years. For example, toward the end of the Cretaceous Period, the Earth was struck by an asteroid that wiped out 75 percent of all the species on the planet. Can we honestly say that we had a worse year than those species did? Yes, we can, because they were not exposed to "Jersey Shore."


Read the whole thing.

Monday, January 03, 2011

Send Me a Postcard from Pyongyang, Tovarishch

SCOTT: So what do you do?

CUTE POLISH GIRL: I work for Homeland Security.

SCOTT:
Ah. So what happens in a typical day?

GIRL:
Basically, I interview people about their requests for entrance into the country, and go down the checklist, asking if they've ever been members of Al-Qaeda, Nazis, Communists, etc.

SCOTT:
Whoa! We still don't let people in for being Communists?

GIRL:
Yep.

SCOTT:
That's awesome!

GIRL:
Glad you approve.

SCOTT:
Say... if I give you a list of law professors from Georgetown that are Communists... could you get them kicked out of the country?

GIRL:
Sure!

SCOTT:
I'm so glad we met.