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Sodomy Laws



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I’ve gotten a lot of thoughtful email about this whole Santorum thing. I’ve been surprised by how many people think I’ve walked into some sort of quagmire in my support for repealing sodomy laws. The email below isn’t the most thoughtful by any stretch, but it does summarize succinctly my problem with the pro-sodomy law argument.
I wrote, “I’m against sodomy laws simply because homosexuals are citizens, human beings, taxpayers etc. I don’t have to dig everything they do to recognize this fact.” In response, this guy sarcastically writes:

I’m against murder laws simply because murderers are citizens, human beings, taxpayers etc. I don’t have to dig everything they do to recognize this fact.

I’m against theft laws simply because thieves are citizens, human beings, taxpayers etc. I don’t have to dig everything they do to recognize this fact.

I’m against child molestation laws simply because child molesters are citizens, human beings, taxpayers etc. I don’t have to dig everything they do to recognize this fact.

Now, I hope everyone can see the glaring logical flaw here. Thieves, child molesters and murderers do things to other people they don’t want done. That’s why we call them “victims” of theft, murder and child abuse. If you are a non-consensual victim of sodomy, you’ve been raped. If you gave consent, you may or may not be making a mistake, but that’s your business. We don’t need sodomy laws to protect us from rape, we’ve got rape laws for that. Meanwhile if you are a consensual victim of theft, you haven’t been robbed, you’ve merely shared your property. We don’t need the State to teach us how to share, we need our parents to do that. In other words, consent changes everything in the equation. Except, of course, with children because they have a special status which does not allow them to give consent.

Note (Delayed Reaction)



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Truly Good News



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This report is truly good news for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. Both Judge Allyson Duncan and the as-yet-unnamed other nominee will be good judges. It speaks well of Senator Edwards that he will let these nominations go through — at least, it speaks well of him if he lets them through, as this report suggests he might. It would speak even better of him were Edwards to allow the confirmation of Judge Boyle as well.

Web Briefing: July 31, 2014

The Ruckus



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Everyone should think of it this way: Justice O’Connor retiring would be a source of heartburn. Sinead O’Connor retiring is a cause for joy (unless your reaction was “Retire? Didn’t she do that a long time ago?”).

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Further Proof That J. Adler Started a Minor Ruckus



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Another reader:

I didn’t load the link and went to lunch with a bunch of fellow attorneys telling them O’Connor was retiring. We spent the entire lunch talking about likely candidates. Number One on the list was Ted Olson. Thanks again for the minor panic attack worrying about confirmation hearings before the election!

Carl Bernstein Won’t Be Guest Lecturing At The U of Illinois



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Creationism Vs. Evolution



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Still chewing through the e-mail mountain. Thanks to all who took the trouble to write. Considering the amount of heat this subject generates, surprisingly few e-mails are ill-tempered. Lots of book recommendations. Lots of readers want to know if I’m familiar with Intelligent Design, and if so why I didn’t mention it. [Answers: (1) Yes. (2) You can't mention everything.] Thanks again to everyone. I reserve the right to post one or two blanket responses to frequently raised points here in The Corner… but first I am going to take my kids bike-riding. It’s a superb spring day here on Long Island, much too nice to spend at the keyboard. Oh, and Prime Obsession just got nicely reviewed in Scientific American. May the Lord forgive me for all the rude things I have said and written about SA. Heck, why shouldn’t a pop-science magazine be Politically Correct?

Re: Is Math Necessary?



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Link not working. Readers demand to know math jokes. Joke 1: Q–Why did
the chicken cross the Moebius strip? A–To get to the same side. Joke 2:
Werner Heisenberg (of Uncertainty Principle fame) is pulled over by a
traffic cop. Cop–”Do you know how fast you were going?” WH–”No, but I
know exactly where I am.”

Galloway Observations



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From Lexis-Nexis Guy:

Did a quick Nexis on “George Galloway” in the “Transcripts” file. I see no mention this week on ABC, CBS, NBC, not even any CNN. No NPR. No Jim Lehrer. A blackout so far.

Yes to hits of some sort on Fox and MSNBC.

NYT seems more up to date than the WPost, who hit it just once, on Tuesday.


A Friend in Need



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When the UN and International Community-worshipping canucks get in trouble with the World Health Organization, who do they come running to? The CDC down south. No links, just an observation.

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Proof you’re a Corner junkie: Someone reports that O’Connor is about to retire, and you immediately assume it’s Sandra Dee, oops, Sandra Day.

The Corner Inbox This Morning



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How do you throw tomatoes at someone in The Corner? My mind started racing
when I saw O’Connor was going to retire wondering how Bush was going to get
a US Supreme Court judge when he can’t get his others.

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Subject: Adler, you a**!
I’d told three or four people that Sandra Day was retiring in the time it took the CNN link to load!

Catching On



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In an important post, Eugene Volokh argues that there may indeed be a slippery slope leading from gay marriage to polygamy.

Names, Names, Names



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Jonah: Tespassing there, buddy. **I** am the Onomastics Guy. You want
names? I got names. Did you know that Picasso’s birth certificate shows
him as “Pablo Diego José Francisco de Paula Juan Nepomuceno María de los
Remedios Cipriano de la Santísima Trinidad Picasso”? Oddly, his baptismal
certificate shows a variant form: “Pablo Diego José Francisco de Paula Juan
Nepomuceno María de los Remedios Crispiniano de la Santísima Trinidad
Picasso”–a source of much vexation to biographers (among whom, by the way,
is numbered Patrick O’Brian of Aubrey-Maturin fame ).

Re: Is Math Necessary?



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Also from the Telegraph: the first British military funeral in the Republic of Ireland since Partition (i.e. 1922)

Is Math Necessary?



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As a school subject, that is. A faction in the British teachers union says
no. Check out Rachel Simhon’s OpEd in today’s London Telegraph
It includes two good math
jokes (though one is really a physics joke).

Names, Names, Names



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Can we just decide to call the Palestinian Authority’s new Prime Minister Abu Mazen or Mohammed Abas? This “sometimes known as Abu Mazen” thing is driving me nuts. Even worse is Mrs. Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s name. She, too, like Mohammed Abbas (sometimes, [grumble], known as Abu Mazen), should be given 48 hours to drop at least two of the components of her name or else we discontinue relations with her. The NYT invariably uses here full name in first reference and after that does us the favor of dropping the “Daw,” which apparently is her first name and refers to her as Mrs. Aung San Suu Kyi. I strongly recommend that she shorten her name to Daw Kyi. After all, in a country where U Nu got by with a headline writer’s dream name, why can’t Daw Aung San Suu Kyi make this slight accommodation? I’m sure the Prince of Liechstenstein could trot out a dozen middle names but he gets by in public and the press with, simply, “Hans-Adam.” Ditto Queen Elizabeth, etc.

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Greens Target Sutton



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Not content with piling on Priscilla Owen and Miguel Estrada, environmental activists attack Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals nominee Jeffrey Sutton. (I dissected their claims against Owen here.)

What a Terrible Morning



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I missed an appointment to talk with students attending a meeting of the Council for National Policy. I’ve never missed anything like this before. It’s rude and unprofessional and inexcusable. My apologies to the CNP and to any and all attendees who expected me. I’m so sorry. I’ve promised to do whatever I can in the future to make up for it.

While I don’t have an excuse, my explanation is that the missus had emergency root canal this AM and I’m on Mr. Mom duty. (I’m typing this one handed while I hold lil’ Lucy with the other). I completely spaced the appointment and diidn’t check my calendar. I also just found out my IRS check bounced (I failed to move money into my checking account). So this may be the last time you hear from me for 1-5 years.

Anyway, to everyone at CNP, I’m so sorry.

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