Dispatches from the Creation Wars

Adam Packer on Court Watchers

This is hilarious. I posted my essay on whether the Ten Commandments decisions are overblown on In The Agora and Adam Packer, one of the other contributors there, diagnosed people like us perfectly:

We’re just dorks. We can’t resist getting all hot and bothered about every con law case that comes down the pike. Now where’s new info on the latest white girl to get kidnapped or latest Brad Pitt development???

That truly did make me laugh out loud at the screen. It reminds of the story in The Onion about the high school kid who was obsessed with the Supreme Court and his parents staged an intervention to break the brainwashing.

Comments

  1. #1 Dan
    June 28, 2005

    It reminds of the story in The Onion about the high school kid who was obsessed with the Supreme Court and his parents staged an intervention to break the brainwashing.

    I think my wife might try the same thing soon. She didn’t seem too amused yesterday morning when I cut her off in the middle of a phone conversation so I could download McCreary. No sense of humor at all.

  2. #2 Ed Brayton
    June 28, 2005

    Dan wrote:

    I think my wife might try the same thing soon. She didn’t seem too amused yesterday morning when I cut her off in the middle of a phone conversation so I could download McCreary. No sense of humor at all.

    And she calls herself a law student! A real law student would have been disappointed that you got to it first!

  3. #3 Dan
    June 28, 2005

    And she calls herself a law student! A real law student would have been disappointed that you got to it first!

    LOL. She’s still in the wide-eyed, overwhelmed, 1L state of mind. Once she gets past that, she’ll run circles around me. Of course, our 10-year old runs circles around me, so that might not be the best yardstick…

  4. #4 Adam Packer
    June 28, 2005

    Why are the funniest things the ones that are SO true??

  5. #5 Ed Brayton
    June 28, 2005

    Adam wrote:

    Why are the funniest things the ones that are SO true??

    You know, it really is true. I think one of the reasons why I’m so incredibly disappointed in both the Raich and Kelo decisions is because I really love the court. The court is the last bastion – the only bastion – of intellectuals in government. Elected officials are almost uniformly non-intellectual (which is not the same thing as non-intelligent) because what intellectual could tolerate the dishonesty inherent in electoral politics? Only on the court can you find men and women of genuine intellectual curiosity and great learning. Only on the court can you do your job without pandering to the ignorant and the credulous, with genuine concern for what is right rather than what is expedient or popular. That’s why I love the judiciary and am so fascinated by them – and why I’m so disappointed when they get something so obviously wrong.

  6. #6 raj
    June 29, 2005

    I liken it to people who have to scratch every itch. Sometimes an itch needs to be scratched. But one can scratch an itch until it bleeds. It doesn’t need to be overdone. But it does no harm in the meantime.

    The different decisions in 10C cases are interesting.

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