It’s a free range chicken kinda day.
Prepare to giggle.
Gonzo, assorted chickens and Strauss. What could be more perfect for a Friday?
All signs point to yes. Paul Mirengoff at Powerline has been the point man for the Federalist Society talking points on Johnsen’s nomination. And he recently went with the inaccurate hyperventilation technique here: …Dawn Johnsen, President Obama’s aggressively radical nominee… Note that for Paul, John Yoo and David Addington are jim dandy, and a government which willfully lies to you about violating the laws and your civil rights is a-okay. But Dawn Johnsen? She’s “aggressively radical.”
We’re having a new air conditioner unit installed this morning, as well as some updates to our system in the whole house. Beginning at the crack o’ dawn. *YAWN* Happily, it will be a more energy efficient system overall once they are done, which makes me really happy.
What do you get when you cross political hacks, rules and regs that aren’t respected and a disregarded sense of ethics and the rule of law? A big fat continuing headache at the DOJ, that’s what…
So, health care is being held up by a coalition of dastardly forces known as Blue Dogs, AHIP-sters, golden parachuted profit-sharing millionaire lobbyist-wielders. And six self-important ginormous ego goobers in the Senate, including the ever-charming Chuck Grassley. All of whom who apparently feast on chocolate covered potato chips on the public’s time.
Jeebus, talk about a Super Size Me nightmare in the making.
But something Sen.
Feeling a little run aground today? Join the club. Here’s a round-up of the legal news that’s catching my eyes at this point: Missed this somehow: ABA had a reporter’s shield law discussion at their annual convention, featuring Pat Fitzgerald and Reggie Walton among others on a panel discussion. Interesting back and forth. Here’s a report from the local ABA branch on the proceedings. And a write-up from Legal Times. Dick Armey pulls out the Popeye defense: “I yam what I yam.”
Several days ago, counsel for five Uighur detainees filed a motion to stay a recent Circuit Court decision which upheld broad governmental powers in transferring detainees without third party review by the courts.
The stay is requested pending their appeal of that order to the SCOTUS. SCOTUSblog has helpfully posted the full brief in PDF form.
On Friday at Netroots Nation, Digby, Marcy and I had lunch at a restaurant near the convention center. At one point, we were laughing so loudly at our table that I was certain we’d end up as someone’s “drunken bloggers” tweet from the restaurant (although we were having iced tea and water to drink because we had panels to contend with later). What set off the laughter? We were reminiscing about the media freak show absurdities the last time around during the Clinton years. And talking about the current circus side show atmosphere of the moment….
As a kid, I was fascinated by science fiction shows.
I loved the original Star Trek series a lot, especially City on the Edge of Forever, just superb writing in that one. (Even though Harlan Ellison still maintains his script got mangled.)
But my big love back then was Dr.