Supreme Court Justice Scalia surrounded by books.

Too Many Words: the Burden of Supreme Court Justice Scalia

Pages and pages of civilazation's intentions.

Does this look sleep inducing to you? It does to me. But I'm not an attorney. If this picture causes you anxiety and you're a lawyer, that's like a surgeon who would rather not see blood in the operating room.

[reading is fundamental]
In his questions on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (lovingly called “Obamacare”), Supreme Court Justice Scalia remarked

You really want us to go through these 2,700 pages? And do you really expect the court to do that? Or do you expect us to give this function to our law clerks? Is this not totally unrealistic?

This has gotten a lot of play in the press.  Let’s be honest, who wants to read a bunch of legalese?

Except when it’s your job to do so?

Justice Scalia’s remark reminded me of this scene in Amadeus:

2700 pages sounds like a lot until you actually look at the text.  From the “too many pages” comments in the news, it’s clear that few have. Like most laws, this one is written with very wide margins and only a few lines on each page.  Same technique we used in school to stretch out a single paragraph into a 10 page term paper.

Take a look at House Resolution H.R. 3590 and see for yourself.

See?  Wide margins!  Few lines!

Why do legislators do this?  Well, it’s not to give plenty of room to red ink the bill or make notes on it.  Rather, it gives the document a massive tome-like feel, so you can wave this really thick binder about – like what Justice Scalia Continue Reading

Fox News thugs Geraldo Rivera and Bill O'Reilly in a hoodie

Guns don’t kill people, hoodies kill people: Geraldo Rivera gets it

Fox News thugs Geraldo Rivera and Bill O'Reilly in a hoodie

Put Fox News reporters Bill O’Reilly and Geraldo Rivera in hoodies and you can see just how dangerous they are to the American way of life.

[in the hoodie]
Geraldo Rivera has recently commented on the Trayvon Martin killing at the hands of George Zimmerman saying that the victim bore some of the responsibility for his own death because he wore a hoodie.  There’s been an outcry from some over both the killing and the “stand-your-ground” law that enabled it but I’m betting that most of those people hadn’t had a chance to see Geraldo’s full argument.  So before I comment, let’s take a look at what he actually said:

Sober minds will immediately realize that Geraldo is correct. Absolutely correct, in fact.

Muhammad Ali in a hoodie in solidarity with slain youth Trayvon Martin

Here’s a black man in a hoodie. Scared? I know I am. This is Muhammad Ali and he has been known to knock men out with just his fists. As Geraldo Rivera stated this week, “You can’t rehabilitate the hoodie.” This picture shows why.

“Hoodie”, of course, derives from the word “hood” and “hood” is a truncation of the word “hoodlum”.  So, it stands to reason, that by wearing a hoodie, you are pretty much announcing to the world you are a hoodlum.  Many people believe that Trayvon’s killer, George Zimmerman, was part of a neighborhood watch.  In fact, the media got it wrong.  Zimmerman was part of a neighbor hoodie watch.  And watch for neighbors’ hoodies, he did.

Geraldo knows this.

He clearly points out (quoting a Johnny Cash song): “Don’t take your gun to town, son, leave your gun at home…” Geraldo correctly applies this lyric to Tayvon Martin’s hoodie and not George Zimmerman’s gun.  (Don’t be Continue Reading

The Lorax needs to speak for Dr. Suess about this film remake

How Dr. Seuss goes green in Hollywood

The Lorax needs to speak for Dr. Suess about this film remake

The Lorax spoke for the trees but who will speak for the arts?

[unless]

The Lorax, the movie – did it need to be made?
Was the studio poor?
Did it need to be paid?

Are the Once-lers behind it, this money-grab ruse?
Recycle for Earth
But don’t redo Seuss!

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