Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Busy Day Roundup

Some had busier days than I did, but mine was busy enough.

A violent protest by left-wing students literally forced ex-Rep. Tom Tancredo (R-CO) to flee the stage during a speech he was scheduled to give at UNC. The Vice President of UNC's Hispanic society, who supported Tancredo's right to speak at the university, said afterward that "Ironically, the people that are trying to get our voices heard silenced us." (via).

Ah yes, Avigdor Lieberman sure knows how to talk to Arabs.

The progress on the Durban II draft resolution had made it a close call whether the US would participate or not. "Fortunately", it seems like the decision is going to get easier soon, as the latest drafts appear to be regressing.

Hamas is cracking down on Gaza's beggars, whom it accuses of being spies for Israel.

I really wonder if the NY GOP's challenge of Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY)'s ballot in the NY-26 special election will signal the turning point in the public perception of the GOP's voter suppression tactics. This was a high profile move, and Sen. Gillibrand is wildly popular in her old district. She is also not happy.

Matt Yglesias throws in the towel -- if Texas wants to secede, let 'em go.

Dana Goldstein reflects on her Jewish education (have I got a link for her!)

Can somebody Catholic explain to me why I'm supposed to find these nuns distressing? As best I can tell, it's because they don't wear habits and do get educations (the part where one reveals she just got a Ph.D. is in bold).

Southern Appeal also lists its top 10 worst Supreme Court decisions of all time. Dred Scott clocks in at 4th; needless to say, they consider Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey to be worse. At 10th is Plessy v. Ferguson "One of only two decisions from the 19th Century, when the Supreme Court generally had a clue as to what it was doing." Clearly so, given that virtually all their race-related jurisprudence this side of Strauder v. West Virginia was legal-flavored White supremacy. Oh, and Korematsu doesn't make the list.


Barry Deutsch said...

David, do you know of anyplace where I could read the text of the most recent Durban II draft?

No biggie, I was just looking and didn't have any luck, and thought maybe you'd know of somewhere it's posted.

David Schraub said...

Haven't seen it -- I don't know if it's been publicly distributed yet.

Patton said...

Eh, I'm not Catholic, but my mom grew up Catholic, and her aunt is a nun working out in LA. I'd be willing to bet that it's one of the things from the reform of the Catholic Church (aka "dragging them kicking and screaming into the 21st Century"). As a side note, one of my mom's former coworkers at the microbiology lab where she works was once a nun. And she just got married a year or two ago.

PG said...

One of the big guys in Fed Soc at my law school was a Catholic priest. I think he generally wore his collar, but just over his regular clothes (he wasn't a T-shirt kinda guy). He got his JD while still preaching sermons every Sunday. He clerked for a 9th Cir. judge and is currently working in BigLaw though I think he's someday supposed to go back and teach at a Catholic law school.

But hey, life in the outside world is for dudes!

chingona said...

Wow. Some of the comments at that Catholic blog are really charming. Not very ... dare I say it? ... Christian of them.

Of course, there's a long history of hating on the educated and intellectually curious nuns. Habit or no.