Quotes

You Think So?

This was one of Louisiana's two senators last week, dropping some knowledge on Chuck Todd of NBC News: I'll be very, very honest with you. The South has not always been the friendliest place for African-Americans. —Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.),…


CIA Admits It Spied on Senate Investigation of CIA

Dianne Feinstein, Chair of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence (SSCI), Mar. 11, 2014: [I have] grave concerns that the CIA's search [of Senate computers] … may have undermined the constitutional framework essential to effective congressional oversight of intelligence activities…


“Doctor.”

Posted by Kathleen's son, Conor, along with a touching post about his mom.


Call for Transcripts

Last month the New York Times did a fantastic video reenactment of some truly ridiculous deposition testimony. See "What Is a Photocopier? (Deposition, Dramatized)," Lowering the Bar (Apr. 28, 2014) (direct link here). They are looking for more of that kind of thing,…


A Zinger From 1877

It is doubtful if by strict search through the files of the various courts of this state a judgment was ever before rendered in favor of a party upon a document, called “petition,” that would begin to compare in worthlessness…


Correction of the Day (A Few Days Ago)

From the Feb. 9 edition of the Newark Star-Ledger: An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated [Gov. Christie's spokesman Michael] Drewniak referred to the Port Authority's executive director as a "piece of crap." While Drewniak did call him a "piece…



If They Violate Your Privacy in the Woods, Do You Make a Sound?

Not if you don't know about it, according to Rep. Mike Rogers, who, incredibly, is the chair of the House Intelligence Committee. Mike Masnick writes at techdirt about an amazing exchange between Rogers and Prof. Stephen Vladeck, a law professor at…


Judge: “Tell Congress to Go to Hell”

This is one of those judges who's appointed for life, but my guess is he'd say what he wants to say regardless. On his blog Hercules and the Umpire, U.S. District Judge Richard Kopf (D. Neb.) explained a couple of weeks…


Why the Devil Quit Bothering Pigs, According to Justice Scalia

From an interview with Justice Scalia, published Sunday in New York magazine: Q: You believe in heaven and hell?A: Oh, of course I do. Don't you believe in heaven and hell?  No. Oh, my. Does that mean I'm not going?[Laughing.] Unfortunately…