Showing posts from November, 2005

Lest we forget

I told you so

John Bolton is awesome:
What has confounded John Bolton's abundant detractors, both American and foreign, is how little he has lived up to their caricature of him as the fire-breathing, unilateralist, neo-conservative pit bull during his first four months as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations."He's an intelligent person," says Ambassador Munir Akram of Pakistan, a Bolton opponent on any number of issues, most critically now over U.N. management reform. "He's articulate, and he's a tough negotiator. As far as I'm concerned, he's quite okay."Mr. Akram then pays Mr. Bolton the greatest compliment possible from within the ranks of diplomats deeply suspicious of his motives for wanting the U.N. job in the first place. "I have no reason to believe he's here to destroy the institution," the Pakistani envoy says. "I can work with him."That said, Mr. Akram and others remain far from viewing Mr. Bolton as their salvation, tho…

It's time to ban individual ownership of knives

Just weeks after San Francisco voters passed a soon-to-be-overturned ban on personal ownership of handguns, a man was stabbed to death in a troubled neighborhood.

A neighbor commented on the weapons of choice:

"There are never any guns involved," she said. "They use knives." After we get rid of the knife epidemic, we're coming after blunt instruments. Is being able to play baseball really worth the risk of someone being beaten to death with a baseball bat? Are home repairs really worth the risk of someone's skull being smashed in with a hammer?

The left side of your radio dial

Is it just me, or is Communist Radio not so Communist any more? I've noticed recently that I can occasionally listen twenty or thirty minutes at a time and not hear a single left-wing lie or distortion. I may be desensitized from living in San Francisco, but I think NPR is also changing. In the latest issue of Vanity Fair, James Wolcott laments the demise of taxpayer-funded left-wing propaganda at NPR and PBS.

In other left-wing radio news, Marc Maron said this morning on Air America's Morning Sedition radio show that the show was being cancelled. I don't know what they are going to replace it with. I do know that during the breaks, they were airing a lot of public service announcements, a sign that they aren't selling enough ads.

UPDATE: I take it back about Communist Radio not being so communist any more. They did a story about the Minuteman Project at the border, and introduced it saying, "While some people say the Minutemen are racist...." I can't r…

Where would we be without studies?

Study: Abused women at greater risk for health issues

Stop beating your wife. You're just going to have to pay for more doctor visits.

Not kill animals? Perish the thought!

Little Meggy Gurdon is traumatized by pro-vegetarian Thanksgiving children's books at OpinionJournal.

Padilla indicted

This is great news.

The Bush administration has backed down from one of its most unconstitutional actions: the indefinite detention of an American citizen without due process.

Three years after the Bush administration labeled U.S. citizen Jose Padilla an enemy combatant and denied him normal access to the courts, he's facing criminal charges that he trained as a terrorist in preparation to fight a jihad.

An indictment unsealed in Miami on Tuesday accuses Padilla and four other men of being part of a North American terror cell that sent money and recruits overseas to "murder, maim and kidnap." If convicted, Padilla could face life in prison. Two others charges, providing material support to terrorists and conspiracy, carry maximum prison terms of 15 years each.

The spectacular allegations that led President Bush to classify Padilla an "enemy combatant" in 2002 — that the former Chicago gang member sought to blow up U.S. hotels and apartment buildings and planned an …

Tookie the role model

Stanley "Tookie" Williams is about to do some bad drugs. Williams will take his final medicine on December 13 for his gruesome murders of a family at the motel he robbed and the clerk at the 7-11 he robbed.

The Hollywood set wants to spare "Tookie" because he's had a death row conversion, and is now publicly opposed to murder. How convenient! Tookie even writes children's books, and is said to have prevented hundreds of thousands of children from becoming gang members.

If he's such a good role model, why is his own son on the run from a charge of raping a 13-year-old girl at gunpoint, and why is another son serving 16 years for second-degree murder?

And what irony: two brothers were shot, one fatally, returning from the "Save Tookie" rally.

If you're going to be against capital punishment on principle (as I am), that's fine. But don't hold up this piece of garbage as your poster child.

CNN shows its true feelings

CNN flashes a big black X over Dick Cheney's face during his speech.

An honest mistake? Maybe, but it fits a pattern at CNN (thanks to Hugh Hewitt for that one).

Pete du Pont on the corrupt and incompetent U.N.

The corrupt and incompetent U.N. still wants to take over the Internet.

If you can't see why that might be a bad idea, Pete du Pont explains it in an op-ed in OpinionJournal:
Paul Volcker's recent report on the United Nations Oil for Food scandal taught us a great deal about how the U.N. works. Ten billion dollars worth of Iraqi oil was illegally smuggled to adjacent nations. Saddam Hussein collected $229 million in bribes from 139 of 248 companies involved in the oil business and $1.5 billion in kickbacks and illegal payments from 2,253 firms out of 3,614 providing humanitarian goods under the U.N. program. The U.N., which supervised and controlled the Oil for Food program, did nothing about any of it. Mr. Volcker concluded that the "Secretariat, the Security Council and U.N. contractors failed most grievously in their responsibilities to monitor the integrity of the program." Secretary-General Kofi Annan's reaction was that the report was helpful, but he has take…

The greatest band you've never heard of

I just got back from an Old 97's show. I've listened to this band's recorded music for three or four years now, and finally got to see them live. It was worth the wait.

The Old 97's are cowboy rock. The closest well-known band I could compare them to is the Rolling Stones on their country-most songs, like Sweet Virginia and Dead Flowers.

The show was at the Independent on Divisadero Street, pretty much San Francisco's smallest music venue that's bigger than pub-size. Catch this band now, while they are still playing venues this small. They have been playing for more than 10 years, but they are going to get some big exposure in a Hollywood film next summer.

Check out some Old 97's tunes online. Try Barrier Reef, Victoria, and West Texas Teardrops for a start. Then go buy the albums. And if they come to your town, see them live.

Extra crispy

Rumors are flying that the chief Evil Al, Al Zarqawi, AKA Ali Z was among the terrorists roasted to a crisp recently in Mosul.

Thanks to the Anti-Idiotarian Rottweiler for the tip.

Krauthammer: France is doomed

The isolated, unemployed underclass will soon outnumber the coddled and complacent "old French."

Reminds me of a bit of Dylan:

Come gather 'round bathophobes
Wherever you roam
And admit that the waters
Around you have grown
And accept it that soon
You'll be drenched to the bone.
If your time to you
Is worth savin'
Then you better start swimmin'
Or you'll sink like a stone
For the times they are a-changin'.


Come socialists, bureaucrats
Please heed the call
Don't stand in the doorway
Don't block up the hall
For he that gets hurt
Will be he who has stalled
There's a battle outside
And it is ragin'.
It'll soon shake your windows
And rattle your walls
For the times they are a-changin'.

Krauthammer's prescription: France should be more like America, and integrate its immigrants and poor into mainstream society. Sacre bleu!

The pension accounting scam

I've posted about the pension accounting scam before.

Bill Fleckenstein explains it excellently here (same link as last post, but worth reading twice!).

A modest proposal

If Democrats who know nothing about economics propose a windfall tax on energy companies, why not a windfall tax on homebuilders?

Homes are far more overpriced than gasoline.

What's more, this greedy corporate behavior is destroying the American Dream of homeownership. Affordability measures are at all time lows, meaning that in many areas an average-income family can't afford to buy an average house.

Why attack energy companies? The American Dream is not commuting 60 miles each way in an S.U.V.

So while average families either can't afford a home, or are pushed into suicidal variable-rate and interest-only mortgages, the fatcat homebuilders are lining their pockets with billions of dollars in ill-gotten gains. Here's how a typical homebuilder has done compared to ExxonMobil and the S&P 500:

Where's the outrage?

Cry me a river

Awwww..... there's trouble in Johnny Depp's socialist paradise.

Will he come crawling back to "dumb" America?

P.S. And if America is a big, dumb puppy, what's France? A retarded and arthritic old cat?


I've been very pro-Alito since the nomination.

Here's a great TV ad supporting Alito.

Thanks, Polipundit.

Whatever happened to the Phase 2 Probe?

IP Freely asks, "Where's the report?"

On the Democrats' closed-door Senate stunt:
After Reid made his motion for a closed session Tuesday afternoon, the Senate reopened about two hours later after members agreed to appoint a bipartisan group of senators to assess the progress of the intelligence committee's investigation, the office of Majority Leader Bill Frist said.

The three Republicans and three Democrats are to report back to Senate leaders by November 14.
By my watch, we're past November 14. After seeing their own rabidly pro-war quotes come back to haunt them, maybe the Democrats just want to bury this issue.


Former FBI Director Louis Freeh goes off on the 9/11 Commission:

It was interesting to hear from the 9/11 Commission again on Tuesday. This self-perpetuating and privately funded group of lobbyists and lawyers has recently opined on hurricanes, nuclear weapons, the Baltimore Harbor Tunnel and even the New York subway system. Now it offers yet another "report card" on the progress of the FBI and CIA in the war against terrorism, along with its "back-seat" take and some further unsolicited narrative about how things ought to be on the "front lines."Yet this is also a good time for the country to make some assessments of the 9/11 Commission itself. Recent revelations from the military intelligence operation code-named "Able Danger" have cast light on a missed opportunity that could have potentially prevented 9/11. Specifically, Able Danger concluded in February 2000 that military experts had identified Mohamed Atta by name (and maybe photograph) as …

George Bush does not care about white people

Deadly tornados are hitting the midwest, killing dozens of people.

Where's George? Traveling around Asia! Flying in luxury aboard Air Force One! Hobnobbing with the rich and powerful at elegant state dinners every night!

The UN still wants to take over the Internet, Part Deux

From OpinionJournal:
If Paul Revere were alive today, he'd have his midnight work cut out for him. Most likely he'd be spreading the alarm not on horseback, but by Internet: The U.N. is coming! The U.N. is coming!

The United Nations' so-called World Summit on the Information Society opens today in Tunis, Tunisia, proposing to set up U.N. sway over the Internet under the slogan of bridging the "digital divide." But that's the wrong metaphor. This three-day jamboree is a U.N. turf grab: the latest case of the U.N. misinterpreting its noble mandate to promote peace as a license to take a piece of anything it can get.

For anyone who cares about the vast freedoms and opportunities afforded by the Internet--for pajama-clad bloggers, for journalists, for businessmen and especially for people in the poorest countries--it is time for a call to arms. Sen. Norm Coleman, whose investigations into U.N. corruption have provided him with more insight than most into the cracks …

Evil Sony backs down

Sony is recalling all of its Trojan-horse music CDs. That's gotta be an expensive lesson in Don't Screw Over Your Customers 101.

Will they also retract their "Screw the Customers" Customer Agreement?

Evil Sony update

Last week, I posted about malicious secret code on Sony CDs that can damage your computer.

This week, Sony announced it will stop putting this particular code on its CDs.

But they aren't retracting their "Screw the Customer" Customer Agreement, which reserves their right to install spyware on your computer:

Sony's misplaced zeal to protect its intellectual property suggests that the company sees its customers not as kings but as captives. The Electronic Frontier Foundation yesterday dissected the Sony-BMG end-user license agreement (EULA) that accompanies Sony-BMG CDs and detailed the terms of imprisonment.As the EFF explains, the EULA says that 1) if your house gets burgled, you have to delete all your music from your laptop when you get home; 2) you can't keep your music on any computers at work; 3) if you move out of the country, you have to delete all your music; 4) you must install any and all updates, or else lose the music on your computer; 5) Sony-BMG can in…

White Power at Huffington Post

Arianna Huffington has taken some flack for censoring comments on the Huffington Post. It violates the spirit of blogging to censor posts for offering contrary opinions, so long as the posts are not abusive or offensive.

Well, the censorship policy seems to have changed. Imagine my surprise to see comments like this on a Huffington Post story about the French riots:

I'm glad to see these bastards finally getting what they deserve. They are such cowards that they won't even stand up and defend themselves from a horde of turban wearing teenagers.
This is the one and only time that I'm rooting for the Muslims!
Posted by: WhiteNRight on November 13, 2005 at 12:04am

Then, a comment recommending, and linking to, the National Vanguard ("an intelligent and responsible organization that stands up for the interests of White people") web site.

This is not your father's Huffington Post.

France's Willie Sutton

The SF Chronicle reports on why they burn cars in France.

One rioter's answer:

"What else are you going to burn?"
Interestingly, though, car burning is very routine in France. It's just that the numbers are higher these past couple weeks:

No other country in Europe immolates cars with the gusto and single-minded efficiency of France. Even during tranquil periods, an average of 80 vehicles per day are set alight somewhere in the country."Burning cars is rather typically French," said Michel Wieviorka, a French sociologist who has studied the phenomenon. "The last two weeks have been unusual, but it is more common than people realize."The practice, he said, goes back to the late 1970s, when the suburbs began to seethe. Parked cars made an inviting target for gangs of young men nursing a grudge and hungry for attention.

Heck, it's the national pastime! Those immigrants are just displaying patriotic fervor for their adopted homeland!

Or maybe they just …

France update

Those Energizer Bunny rioters just keep going, and going, and going...

Japanese phone company can control your brain

This is pretty cool:

Just imagine being rendered the rough equivalent of a radio-controlled toy car.

Nippon Telegraph & Telephone, Japan's top telephone company, says it is developing the technology to perhaps make video games more realistic. But more sinister applications also come to mind.

I can envision it being added to a military's arsenals of so-called "non-lethal'' weapons.

A special headset was placed on my cranium by my hosts during a recent demonstration at an NTT research center. It sent a very low voltage electric current from the back of my ears through my head -- either from left to right or right to left, depending on which way the joystick on a remote-control was moved.

Looking Presidential

Rearranging the deck chairs

France's answer to immigrant poverty and lack of employment prospects:

Redecorate the slums!

One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

Deranged leftist and disgraced former CBS news producer Mary Mapes is out with a new book, blaming everyone but herself and her pal Dan Rather for running a hit piece on President Bush using badly forged documents.

Anti-Idiotarian Rottweiler has fun with the story.

UPDATE: More news and video of Mapes gone wild here.

Thank you, America

Heartfelt thanks from the Kurds for stopping Saddam from killing them:

Video here.

Web site here:

Thanks, GatewayPundit.

Tom DeLay's big night

The big winner of last night might be Tom DeLay.

Ohio rejected electoral reform that certainly would have led to more Democratic seats in Congress, and California rejected Proposition 77 which would have given the Democrats a chance to pick up seats in California.

The odds of another Republican Congress just went way up.

DiMaggio bounces back!

California voters: unbelievable morons

California voters voted today to allow incumbents to continue designing their own districts so that they can never be thrown out.

It doesn't matter how upset voters are with their representatives. Custom-drawn districts prevent incumbents from ever losing.

That's democracy? Well, California's retarded voters just voted for it.

Democrats, are you gloating because of the rebuke to Schwarzenegger? Don't. You just gave Tom DeLay an early Christmas present. The Democrats could have capitalized on the current anti-Republican mood and taken over Congress. Now, no matter how voters are feeling next year, the Democrats won't be able to pick up any California seats because there are no competitive districts. Without being able to pick up any California seats, it makes it much more difficult to pick up enough seats nationwide. Nice work, morons!

Did we hurt France's feelings?

The French are upset about media coverage of the riots.

Couldn't have happened to a nicer country.

Election results

California election results here.

Thanks to Polipundit for the tip.

Sony spyware

Sony has malicious spyware on its CDs that can damage your computer.

Don't buy Sony music, and certainly don't put any Sony CDs in your computer.

And teach these evil greedheads a lesson -- don't buy any Sony products at all.

Condi update

Last night on Communist Radio, I heard a discussion of life inside the State Department. The State Department's Foreign Service workers have a reputation of living in walled compounds in the countries where they work, and not interacting with the locals. Condoleezza Rice is trying to change all that. She's working to get Foreign Service workers more engaged with the people in the communities where they work.

Dr. Rice is also raising the priority of fostering democracy around the world. Instead of the defensive, security-focused State Department of the past, Dr. Rice wants a proactive State Department working to create a better world. It's not just the principled thing to do. It's also pragmatically the best direction, to improve the image of the US abroad while creating more stability around the world.

Meanwhile, the Draft Condi campaign goes on at full steam. Condi is focused on her current assignment and won't talk about the Presidency, but there's a lo…

Where have you gone, Joe DiMaggio?

France's developed-world record riot streak may be coming to an end.

The twelfth night was a weak grounder to a fat and lazy third baseman, but the streak is still alive for now.

OpinionJournal tells us why there's nothing better for immigrant youth to do in France than riot:
Since the '70s, America has created 57 million new jobs, compared with just four million in Europe (with most of those jobs in government). In France and much of Western Europe, the economic system is weighted toward the already employed (the overwhelming majority native-born whites) and the growing mass of retirees. Those ensconced in state and corporate employment enjoy short weeks, early and well-funded retirement and first dibs on the public purse. So although the retirement of large numbers of workers should be opening up new job opportunities, unemployment among the young has been rising: In France, joblessness among workers in their 20s exceeds 20%, twice the overall national rate. In immigrant ba…

Great Moments in Journalism

RALPH D. RUSSO, AP Sports Writer: "One loss by either of the three clears up all the potential controversy and sets up a perfect Rose Bowl matchup."

Forget Paris

Battle map from the UK Telegraph, thanks to the Anti-Idiotarian Rottweiler.

One for the record books

An 11th straight night of rioting in France.

These guys are the Joe DiMaggio of riots.

Watts riots, 1965: six days.

Brixton riots, 1981: three days.

Oldham riots, 1991: one day.

LA riots, 1992: four or five days.

France, not often at the top of the record books, finally has something to be proud of.

Brady Campaign: lying scumbags

The Brady Campaign can't win on reason or facts, so why not resort to lies?

Steyn's mailbag on France

Mark Steyn has a mailbag on the French intifada here.

My favorite:The Lord giveth:
The liberal media finally gets what it's been clamouring for for years, ie the Arab street going berserk.

And He taketh away:
They can't pin it on Bush

Tough luck, suckers.

Matt Lake
UPDATE: And here is Steyn's much-anticipated column on the new French Resistance:''French youths,'' huh? You mean Pierre and Jacques and Marcel and Alphonse? Granted that most of the "youths" are technically citizens of the French Republic, it doesn't take much time in les banlieus of Paris to discover that the rioters do not think of their primary identity as ''French'': They're young men from North Africa growing ever more estranged from the broader community with each passing year and wedded ever more intensely to an assertive Muslim identity more implacable than anything you're likely to find in the Middle East. After four somnolent years, it turns out finally t…

Tough questions

It's a failed occupation. The insurgents can't be stopped.

Is it time to withdraw?

Vote Yes on the San Francisco handgun ban!

San Francisco voters will probably overwhelmingly vote yes on Proposition H, to ban ownership of handguns by individuals.

I'm supporting this measure. Why? Because I want to give our new and improved Supreme Court the opportunity to explain to these idiots the meaning of the Second Amendment!

The UN still wants to take over the Internet

In the Orwellian-titled column The U.N. Isn't a Threat to the Net, thoroughly corrupt and incompetent United Nations General Secretary Kofi Annan writes:
The United States deserves our thanks for having developed the Internet and made it available to the world. For historical reasons, the United States has the ultimate authority over some of the Internet's core resources. It is an authority that many say should be shared with the international community. The United States, which has exercised its oversight responsibilities fairly and honorably, recognizes that other governments have legitimate public policy and sovereignty concerns, and that efforts to make the governance arrangements more international should continue.
Why not let the U.N. control the Internet? They do such agreatjoboffulfillingtheirexistingmission!


France is so screwed. Angry Muslims have been rioting for a week. But this is just a preview of things to come. The immigrant Muslim underclass is unemployed, unassimilated, and growing, while France's overall population stagnates.

France has a history of appeasing Islamic fascists around the world. Most recently, they supported the quasi-Islamic but extremely fascist Saddam Hussein and protected him from enforcement of UN resolutions. Now the Islamic fascist issue is hitting a bit close to home. I'm sure France will be as accomodating to this wave of fascists as they were to those visitors in the 1940's.

The French speak condescendingly of American capitalism, while the stagnation and unemployment caused by France's socialist economic policies is creating not only poverty but violence.

At least you have to give them credit for self-awareness. Even before the riots, two out of three French people agreed that France sucks.

This is a terrible thing, especially for the victim…

What First Amendment?

The apple doesn't fall far from the tree

Several months ago, I noted Oakland's vicious eminent domain policy: bulldozing Mom and Pop shops to make way for greedy developers.

Councilman Ignacio de la Fuente, now running for mayor, is one of the leaders of Oakland's forced "redevelopment."

And now, according to prosecutors, while de la Fuente has been figuratively raping the people of Oakland, his son has been literally raping them.

Scooter Libby: bad writer and pervert

Newt Gingrich caught a bit of flack for some steamy (and some would say poorly written) scenes in a spy novel he wrote.

Scooter Libby absolutely blows Newt Gingrich away.

From the New York Daily News, on Libby's 1996 novel "The Apprentice":

Luckily, in the latest New Yorker, Lauren Collins summarizes the novel's sex scenes.

"The main female character, Yukiko, draws hair on the 'mound' of a little girl," Collins reports. "The brothers of a dead samurai have sex with his daughter."

Meanwhile, "certain passages can better be described as reminiscent of Penthouse Forum," Collins writes. "Other sex scenes are less conventional."

Collins quotes from the indicted aide's novel: "At age 10 the madam put the child in a cage with a bear trained to couple with young girls so the girls would be frigid and not fall in love with their patrons. They fed her through the bars and aroused the bear with a stick when it seemed to lose in…

Alito on civil rights

This WaPo story may be what Old Zeke is talking about when he portrays Alito as anti-civil rights in his picture in the previous post:
In civil rights cases, Alito has agreed with the court's majority most of the time, The Post's review found. When he disagrees, he is not prone to inflammatory language or frontal challenges to Supreme Court precedent. Still, when he has taken a dissenting stance, Alito repeatedly has set a higher bar than his fellow judges for plaintiffs to prove that they were discriminated
against -- and sometimes even to get a trial.

Alito has written six major dissents, including Bray [v. Marriott] , on cases involving employment discrimination, siding squarely with the employee one of those times. Given the large volume of cases, the review focused largely on instances in which Alito differed with the other dozen members of the Philadelphia-based 3rd Circuit, generally regarded as a comparatively moderate appeals court, rather than his entire body of writing…

Alito On Scene to Verify End of Parks Era


Brokeback Galaxy

Inspired by the new gay cowboy movie, "Brokeback Mountain," iFilm brings us "Romance of the Jedi."

From Ace.

Stupid ads? Blame the Japanese...

Converse, the recently-bankrupt shoemaker now owned by Nike, has launched a campaign centered around Miami Heat star Dwyane (yes, Dwyane) Wade. In one TV spot, we see consecutive clips of Wade getting knocked to the floor during assorted high school, college, and professional basketball games.

The closing tagline, printed across a black screen: "Fall seven times, stand up eight."

Leaving aside for a moment the unorthodox (dare I say retarded) spelling of Wade's first name, for which Converse surely cannot be held responsible, what exactly is that tagline supposed to mean?

It's hard to fault the idea that when knocked down, the admirable thing to do is get back up again. But the mind becomes fevered trying to figure out how to stand up eight times after falling seven.

If I fall down, I'm limited to a single, miserable episode of standing up. I guess that's why Dwyane is in the NBA making millions, and I play softball with fat guys and make somewhat less than that.…

Joe Wilson

Joe Wilson, just your ordinary, dutiful public servant.


Like Scalia, but pro-First Amendment

The more I read, the more I like. Scalia's views against freedom of speech and free exercise of religion are some of his worst aspects.

Law professor Jonathan Adler says Alito gets that stuff right:

A Justice Alito may vote with Justice Scalia on many issues, but they would hardly march in lockstep--and when they disagree we would be treated to an intellectual debate of the highest order. One area we may expect to see differences between the two is on the First Amendment. Judge Alito's record suggests that he is more sympathetic to religious liberty claims, and more willing to hold that purportedly neutral government regulations unnecessarily impede upon the right to live in accord with one's religious ideals. He has ruled favorably in challenges by Muslims and Native Americans who argued that local laws impermissibly burdened the exercise of their faiths. There are also indications a Justice Alito could take a more expansive view of constitutional protection for free speech…

That's what I'm talking about!

Sam Alito supports free speech, according to the First Amendment Center:

A preliminary examination of his First Amendment opinions suggests that Alito is: (1) quite protective of several categories of expression, including religious and commercial expression; (2) far less protective of First Amendment claims raised by prisoners; (3) guardedly protective of First Amendment rights in defamation cases, and (4) generally concerned about prior restraints on expression.

Overall, his opinions suggest he is scholarly in his approach to deciding such cases, and sensitive to precedent but nonetheless capable of working around it when he deems necessary.

The article goes on to cite Alito smacking down school speech codes, college newspaper ad bans, anti-Muslim-beard police department rules, school censorship of a kindergartner's religious drawing, and police department gag orders.

It ain't exactly John Roberts and the hapless toad, but it's solid.

Thanks to TalkLeft.