Archive for April, 2010

No Post Today (Again)


April 29th, 2010 Posted 9:27 am

“How did the panel go?”

“I snuck in the one-review story.”

“For God’s sake.”


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No Post Today


April 28th, 2010 Posted 11:36 am

Tomorrow – either back to Colonel Bob, or maybe a quiz. Or what about the cover art for To Fetch A Thief? Bloody Mary recipes?

Bernie’s been watching the Goldman Sachs dudes. “There are two kinds of real smart guys,” he says. “One kind lets you know from the expression on their faces that they think they’re smarter than you. The other kind – the kind that wouldn’t have ended up getting grilled on TV – doesn’t.”


Springing Eternal


April 27th, 2010 Posted 8:04 am

“How did the talk go in Norwell last night?” Admin says.

“No one threw anything,” says Spence.

“You told the Amazon story?”


“God Almighty. Not the pre-school story, too?”


“The one review thing?”


“The drowning?”

“No,” says Spence, “not the drowning this time.”

“Then maybe there’s hope,” says Admin.

Of course there’s hope!

Sirius/XM Radio, 3:30 PM ET today, PA on Cover to Cover, Channel 163


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United States Vs. Stevens, 08-769


April 26th, 2010 Posted 10:09 am

JUSTICE ALITO, dissenting.

“The Court strikes down in its entirety a valuable statute, 18 U. S. C. §48, that was enacted not to suppress speech, but to prevent horrific acts of animal cruelty—in particular, the creation and commercial exploitation of “crush videos,” a form of depraved entertainment that has no social value.”

“The First Amendment protects freedom of speech, but it most certainly does not protect violent criminal conduct, even if engaged in for expressive purposes. Crush videos present a highly unusual free speech issue because they are so closely linked with violent criminal conduct.  The videos record the commission of violent criminal acts, and it appears that these crimes are committed for the sole purpose of creating the videos.  In addition, as noted above, Congress was presented with compelling evidence that the only way of preventing these crimes was to target the sale of the videos. Under these circumstances, I cannot believe that the First Amendment commands Congress to step aside and allow the underlying crimes to continue. “

The Alitos have a springer spaniel named Zeus. We’re guessing Zeus gets treated properly.

Tonight at 7, Norwell (MA) Reads: Spencer Quinn (at the library).


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