Single Word Frees Child Pornographer

The New York Times <A HREF=”http://www.nytimes.com/2004/12/07/nyregion/07appeal.html?oref=login”>reports that a child pornographer’s ten-year prison sentence was thrown out because of a single word in the law: The law said that defendants like Mr. ...

Specter & Staff

The power a Chairman Arlen Specter would have to staff the Senate Judiciary Committee deserves more concern from Senate Republicans than it has received to date. Personnel is policy. ...

Which Laws, Senator Kerry?

Kerry wants judges who will “interpret the Constitution according to the law.” Which laws? International law? European Union law? The law as liberal law professors ...

On Liberals, Conservatives, and Debates

William F. Buckley, Jr., “The Debater,” Up From Liberalism (Bantam, 1968): A second marked characteristic of the liberal-in-debate-with-the-conservative is the tacit premise that debate is ridiculous because there is nothing whatever to debate about. ...
Politics & Policy

Lost in Translation

Readers of the New York Times learned this week that “more than 120,000 hours of potentially valuable terrorism-related recordings have not yet been translated by linguists at the Federal Bureau ...

Tower of Babel Tuesday

Congressman Mike Honda, <A HREF=”http://www.house.gov/honda/biography.html”>a Japanese American, exhorted convention delegates in Spanish this evening. Our national anthem was sung in “the traditional Tohono O’odham language.” This is not a parody. During ...

Language Lunacy

So much for Senator Kerry running to the right of President Bush on language issues. John Edwards has the most specifically anti-English record of any of Kerry’s possible running ...

Kerry Running to Bush’s Right On Language and Immigration?

John Kerry bravely <A HREF=”http://www.boston.com/news/politics/president/kerry/articles/2004/07/01/kerry_position_on_licenses_irks_latino_activists/”>told the Spanish-language network Telemundo that he opposes state laws which give driver’s licenses to illegal aliens: “I think that driver’s licenses are part of ...