Java Zen:Thinking Out Loud Saturday, 2017.12.16
We may not like doctors, but at least they doctor. Bankers are not ever popular
but at least they bank. Policeman police and undertakers take under. But lawyers
do not give us law. We receive not the gladsome light of jurisprudence, but
rather precedents, objections, appeals, stays, filings and forms, motions and
counter-motions, all at $250 an hour.

		Nolo News, summer 1989

2007.09.12

Politics As Sports

From the OpinionJournal:

The NFL is investigating charges that a New England Patriots employee videotaped the New York Jets’ signals over the weekend, potentially tainting the Pats’ 38-14 opening-day victory. And MSNBC.com’s Bob Cook sees an analogy:

Even though [Patriots coach Bill] Belichick is far from being found culpable . . ., the coach’s long history of poor sportsmanship means it hardly stretches the imagination to see him being Dick Cheney in the NFL’s version of warrantless wiretapping.

It’s just like wiretapping! Well, except that the war with al Qaeda isn’t a game, and the other side adheres to no rules whatever.

Neither are they held accountable. It does seem a significant portion of our politicians (and presumably their constituents) would rather just send al Qaeda to their room for a time-out and let the whole thing blow over.


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