Poirot on Fish Paste

This will be one of those posts in which only I have any interest whatsoever. Sorry. I adore David Suchet's portrayals of Agatha Christie's Belgian detective for British satellite television. Suchet has filmed nearly every Poirot story and hopes to finish them out before retiring. Most of the short stories…

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Snyder v. Phelps

One who would defend the [Constitution] must share his foxhole with scoundrels of every sort, but to abandon the post because of the poor company is to sell freedom cheaply. It is a fair summary of history to say that the safeguards of liberty have often been forged in controversies…

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Late to the ATTN Party

These are really quite clever. Apparently they've been around for a while. httpvp://www.youtube.com/viewplaylist?p=17A3376FB96B7D4C…

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Rand's Razor v. Gay Marriage

I talk about gay marriage a lot because I believe that it has interesting features and consequences beyond those commonly subject to discussion. For example, in my Law Review article, "Same-Sex Marriage and the Federal Spousal Privileges," I argue that variations in state laws dealing with gay marriage create a…

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Census 2010

As if my Monday wasn't already sucking hard enough on its own, I received this letter today: Dear Resident: About one week from now, you will receive a 2010 Census form in the mail. When you receive your form, please fill it out and mail it in promptly. Your response…

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Lawyers are Good People

Via Paul Hsieh at Geekpress, "16 Things Your Lawyer Won't Tell You", a piece purporting to arm consumers of legal services the better to keep tabs on their lawyers, but which ultimately severely misrepresents the profession. The overall problem with the article is that it assumes that it is immoral…

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Diving Sign Fail

Via FAIL Blog, this Orange County sign: The references are to the Orange County Codified Ordinances. The ordinances read: Sec. 2-5-49. - Diving/jumping. No person shall dive or jump into any body of water in park, beach or any recreational area from any pier, bridge, rock or precipice other…

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How I Roll

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Garmin's Christmas Adverts

I really enjoy Garmin's Christmas adverts. They're clever and make me want to buy a Garmin. I already have a Garmin, though, and I love it. I'm taking it on my trip to Italy. Which reminds me I need to buy the maps for Italy for it before I go…

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Christmas

It's that time of year again. So it's snowing here at WoPSR.net and the Magic Special Buy Me Stuff for Christmas Happy Funtime Wow Wishlist Hatâ„¢ is back. I also moved the links from the right side to the left side and added a Flickr widget to the right…

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Goldwater on Limited Nuclear Test Ban Treaty

Remarks of Sen. Goldwater on the Limited Test Ban Treaty before the U.S. Senate, September 19, 1963. Mr. President, after reviewing the remarks made in this Chamber, and the testimony regarding the proposed limited nuclear test ban treaty, I am impressed by three arguments--one in its favor, two in…

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Slaughterhouse

Attorney Alan Gura, with whom I had the pleasure of dining just before he argued District of Columbia v. Heller to the United States Supreme Court, is now challenging Chicago's handgun regulations. The Court granted certiorari last month. The case, McDonald v. Chicago, goes further than Heller did because the…

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Miss Manners on American Obeisance

[Royal personages] do not have the right to receive physical obeisance from American citizens. Miss Manners has had to issue the decree many times now that American ladies should not curtsy [ed: nor should American gentlemen bow] to royalty, and there are still those who do so at every available…

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FCC Ready to Kill Internet

According to Reuters, FCC commissioners voted 5-0 today to proceed with crafting a "net neutrality" rule, sending the current language (which would strip telecom companies of the right to control how they use their own property) to the printing office for public comment. Comments will be accepted until January 14th…

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Photo of Movie Pirate on Drudge?

I'm looking forward to James Cameron's Avatar just like everyone else. But when I saw this photo on a Drudge Report headline about the film, I got a little upset. Photo by John Shearer, Getty Images, 2009 Is that person in the aisle seat of the second row videotaping the…

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British Official Knows Nothing About First Amendment

Via Prawfsblawg, a story from Reuters India reports that a British official has asked California Governor Schwarzenegger to shut down a Website that she says encourages prostitution in the UK. Prostitution is legal in the UK. Quoth the official, Surely it can't be too difficult for "The Terminator" to terminate…

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Zombieland, Paranormal Activity, & The Informant!

Being unemployed, I can go to the cinema on a Tuesday morning and see three pictures in a row. This is precisely what I did this week. I saw three films. The theater was also playing Michael Moore's latest barf-fest, but I decided that I've had nothing to say about…

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On Polanski's Capture

Just remembered I forgot to comment on the recent capture in Switzerland of notorious international fugitive and child rapist Roman Polanski, who apparently also has directed a number of quite good movie-films. Lessons Polanski should learn from this affair: Don't rape children. Don't skip bail. Don't plead guilty if you…

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De Minimis Establishment Clause Violations?

I just saw this ad on telly: httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jzCe80RYxD8 The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, in conjunction with the Ad Council (both organizations about which I have nothing positive to say), has funded and produced an advertisement featuring religious figures endorsing and…

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PA Town Cancels Halloween

A town in PA has decided that trick-or-treating, something children look forward to all year, is too unsafe for children. KDKA, via Popehat, via Overlawyered. The Popehat article title sums up my thoughts precisely: "To Save Childhood, It Is Necessary To Destroy It."…

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