Wednesday, October 09, 2002

What, no Tony Stark?

Forbes has a list of the 15 richest fictional characters. (Thanks to Dr. Elmo)
Eldridge v Ashcroft roundup

I'll try to keep this list of links to knowledgeable reports on the arguments up to date as best I can today.

We'll start with Lawrence Lessig , Ernie the Attorney, and 1715.

Looks like this is the definitive eyewitness account.

Wednesday, October 02, 2002

And so, the ruling...
Here.

The ugliest bits:

...the Court being of the view that [it] is in the public interest and the general intent of the election laws to preserve the two-party system...

(At least as far as the public interest is concerned, the court is dead wrong.)

UPDATE:It occurs to me that the Libertarian, Green, and/or Constitution parties should have ample grounds for an Equal Protection suit due to this line...

And


And the Court having concluded that the central question before it is whether the dual interests of full voter choice and the orderly administration of an election can be effectuated if the relief requested by plaintiffs were to be granted

Those are the two interests the court considered. Preserving the rule of law over the rule of men didn't even enter their minds, apparently.
More on Post-Torch

Of course, now that it's Lautenberg as the new candidate, the whole scenario becomes silly. Toricelli probably only droped out of the race under assurance that it wouldn't be Lautenberg; it'd be a cold day in Hell before he resigns the Senate to facilitate a Lautenberg candidacy...

Tuesday, October 01, 2002

Does Heisod know what he's arguing for?

Over here, that is. Where he compares the hypothetical appointment of a two-year replacement senator for Toricelli and the cancellation of this November's election, should the Torch resign the Senate, to Jean Carnahan. The salient difference, of course, is that Carhanan actually stood an election (by proxy), and beat Ashcroft there. In the scenario that Kopel dismisses but Heisod appears to delight in, there would be no election now, and thus, by extension, he's arguing that a Governor and two stooges can hold any Senate seat indefinately without ever holding elections for it...

Monday, September 30, 2002

Frist in '08!

...Because you just have to admire the man's style:

“The law in New Jersey is very clear: an individual may not pull his or her name from the ballot less than 51 days from the election. The National Republican Senatorial Committee will participate in any challenge to the effort by the Democratic Party to replace Senator Robert Torricelli on the general election ballot. If there were to be exceptions to the law, it is highly unlikely that fear of losing an election would be one of them.”


Thursday, September 26, 2002

Educating Hesiod

Hesiod Theogeny (sic) contemplates why we're negotiating with North Korea, and, predictably, gets it completely backwards:

Is it because Iraq posesses weapons of mass destruction and North Korea doesn't? No. North Korea may have as many as three NUCLEAR devices, according to U.S. intelligence, so that can't be it.

No, it's because North Korea does have those nukes, and those nukes deter us from taking a more forceful, direct approach with them so long as they exist and we don't have sufficient countermeasures to their delivery systems. The nuclear deterrent works in both directions, after all.

So, in the case of Iraq, allowing them to acquire Nuclear weapons is deadly dangerous not only because Saddam may allow those weapons to be directly used on us or our allies through third party groups if he can delude himself into believing that he has plausible deniability enough to weasel out of a counterstrike, but because our own actions against him should he choose to re-invade Kuwait, or Saudi Arabia, or Jordan or Syria would be sharply limited by his deterant capability.

Wednesday, September 25, 2002

Can someone explain to me...


...why the members of This group aren'tin jail by now? I mean, isn't making death threats against the law in Britain?

Monday, September 23, 2002

Al Gore's Speech
Now online.