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Note to Andrew–You had your chance to establish the pronunciation of New Orleans in 1815, but Gen. Packenham bobbled it.

More On Lott



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The New York Sun on Trent Lott’s bizarre sense of history.
(Pssst…don’t tell anyone at the Post that I read the Sun!!!) ;-)

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Learn to Speak British...



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with the BBC. Has the added benefit of encouraging world peace by teaching anti-Americanism.

Web Briefing: July 22, 2014

Alas



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Lott of Issues



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I only just saw Rick’s observation about Justice Thomas. He’s exactly
right. But, the connection is even stronger. Take a look at who filed an
amicus brief on behalf of the
cross-burners….

Sounds Right



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Paul Begala just now: “My favorite Republican, Mike Bloomberg…”

Saddam & 9/11



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Names



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Jonah, when it comes to place names, you’re quite right about all this foreign spelling and, of course, pronunciation. From now on I shall revert to (British) English with pride – New Orleans not Noo Orleens, Maryland not Murrilund and so on…

Iron Rod



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All right, I admit it, I clicked on “Corner Mother Superior” to see who the
Corner Mother Superior is. I knew it wasn’t Sarah, she’s Episcopalian. I
kinda thought it might perhaps be… Oh, forgive me, Rod. Though, since
I’ve started down this path, I might as well confess that every time I read
one of your sterner pieces I hear the old Anglican hymn starting up in my
head
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This Just In



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Najee Ali, director of Project Islamic Hope, has announced that his group will boycott the NAACP “Image Awards” and picket the sponsor of the event (Nationwide Insurance). Has the NAACP suddenly come out in favor of profiling Muslims? No. Have they taken back their nasty words about Bush and the war on terrorism? No, again, of course. No, Mr. Ali is livid over the nomination of Cedric the Entertainer for his performance in Barbershop. In said movie, you will remember (don’t we all?!), he uttered the following delicious words: “F*** Jesse Jackson!”

Krauthammer: Why Lott Must Go



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Krauthammer, right as usual.

Good Point



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A lawyer-reader agrees with me:

Jonah,

You might add in your response to Mike Potemra that he’s not on Scalia’s side in this one, if the oral argument is any indication (and I think it was). Scalia repeatedly drew the obvious analogy of cross burning to waving a gun in the air (loaded or not) and screaming, “I hate blacks and will kill any of them that stick around here.” Nobody thinks its lawful to run around waving guns in the air and issuing such threats. All acts, at some level, are expressive and convey some idea. The act of cross burning is NOT, however, limited to merely expressing the idea that blacks should die. As several of Justices pointed out, Thomas most passionately, it is an act that is intended to terrorize blacks into leaving a community by making the consequences of staying quite clear. There is no similar “message” conveyed when stupid protesters burn a flag. Justice Scalia understood this as well as any of the Justices. And when the case is decided, perhaps 9-0 in favor of the cross-burning ban, I hope more First Amendment purists will understand it too.

Sigh



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Mike is demonstrating, once again, that he believes there’s no distinction between free expression and free speech. If the Klan wants to argue in favor of slavery, they have every right to do so. And if someone wants to advocate the lifting of child-molestation laws, he’s every right to do so. But I see nothing troubling whatsoever with a locality, say, the state of Virginia banning the public display of pictures depicting sodomized children and I see nothing wrong with the state of Virginia banning cross burning. I don’t think all speech or expression which fails to make Democracy richer or better should be banned, Mike. But that’s a red herring and you know it. I do think that some speech or expression can be banned or regulated if it causes demonstrable harm. Oh, and as some of the Justices noted, the Flag has unique status as a symbol of the government and therefor burning it counts specifically as political speech in a way that, say, cross-burning or kiddie porn do not.

Best Editing Note Ever



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This moved today on the newswires: “BC-POOPTHIEF-KILL:DA – wire, national editors (30 words) Knight-Ridder/Tribune News Service (KRT) EDITORS: Please kill POOPTHIEF:DA, (Roy Appleton), which moved earlier today. Source of story was not credible. — Distributed by Knight-Ridder/Tribune Information Services.”

Against Cross Burning



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I have been busy, so I apologize for responding rather late to Jonah’s comments earlier today on cross burning. Cross burning as a racial threat is morally evil; as a specific threat of violence, it may actually already be illegal, depending on what the law on harassment and incitement to violence is in various jurisdictions. So we need not use our common opposition to cross burning as an opportunity to poke holes in the First Amendment (I, for the record, am not eagerly searching out opportunities to do the latter). Jonah brings up the very helpful analogy of flag burning. Justice Antonin Scalia voted to protect the right to burn the flag, in the key vote in a 5-4 decision; Scalia knows that the mere fact that people find certain speech offensive does not prove that it lacks constitutional protection. I will also cheerfully agree that not all speech “makes democracy richer or better”; that doesn’t mean it’s OK to ban it. I’ll stick with Scalia on this one.

Hilarious



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Contains pixelated nudity and proof positive that men are not works of art. (Takes a while to load).

Cool Site On Music



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I urge everybody to check out today’s cool site. The AMG All Music Guide basically presents program notes for the whole universe of music-classical, rock, country, everything-and it does so absolutely free of charge.

Bush Denounces Lott



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Don’t Bother Using The Postal Service



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About Law



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The Pope is under no obligation to accept Cardinal Law’s resignation, but I find it hard to believe they would have leaked this story if Law’s exit weren’t already a fait accompli. Two questions: 1) will Rome appoint a coadjutor bishop, leaving Law in place as a presumptive figurehead; and if not, 2) will Law return from Rome to face the grand jury subpoena and possible criminal indictment, or will the Vatican require him to live inside the Vatican walls in exile, safe from state prosecutors, a la Archbishop Marcinkus?

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