28 February 2002

I am fond of, as they say, all ten amendments in the Bill of Rights. Check out what happens when a computer manufacturer gets attitudinal about the Second. (A computer manufacturer in Texas, no less — did 1 April come early this year?!)

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28 February 2002

26 February 2002

You’re not going to believe this, but the Weekly World News (those guys!) has a poll asking which of the Bill of Rights GW Bush is likely to abolish first. Meanwhile, it takes Aaron Sorkin to call NBC News on that big ol’ blowj^H^H^H valentine to Dubya they ran back in January (no, they did not show him too drunk to eat pretzels). You’re smart readers so I don’t have to lay out for you the implications when the joke newspapers and fiction writers are the only media members willing to cry foul, do I?

26 February 2002

26 February 2002

An excellent Michael Lewis piece on pirate television aimed into Iran. Note especially the minor point he brings up — when the owner of the satellite he was beaming toward didn’t like the flak they were getting, they cut him off. Freedom of the press is reserved to those who own one. Remember that as your government lifts laws that kept a very few people from owning all the television “printing presses.”

26 February 2002

24 February 2002

The whisper of the beginning of the move back to sanity? And from Salt Lake, no less?! Apparently, pointless and random security “arrangements” are no match for the power of beer. John Perry Barlow — a Utahn — said that Americans won’t stand to be inconvenienced by onerous security measures even post-911, and he seems to be correct. (Or, as Homer Simpson put it: Here’s to alcohol, cause of and solution to all the world’s problems.)

24 February 2002