Monday, March 27, 2006


The First Annual Board-in-the-Eye Awards!

While reading the comments thread attached to this Eschaton post concerning yet another do-as-I-say-not-as-I-do moment from Antonin Scalia, I ran across this gem from Holden Caulfield:

So, does Scalia know Jack Abramoff? Jack says everyone who is anyone knows him.
In a word: Yup. I also ran across this little tidbit:
One of Fat Tony's best buddies is a professor named Ralph Rossum. A real right wing slimeball, this guy. Has written all sorts of neo-fascist books. Always going on about parental responsibility, etc. Well, Professor Rossum's daughter, Kristin, is in serving in prison for killing her husband. She was a meth addict since she was a teenager. Worked in the Medical Examiner's office after college, which was like a candy store for her. Was having an affair with a co-worker. Stole meth, and stole the fentanyl she used to kill her husband. Greg deVilliers. A couple of books written about the case. Ah, those Repug Family Values.
Indeed. Kristin Rossum's crime is dealt with here; the fact that her parents are notorious right-wing moral scolds was left out of the storyline. However, the fact that he's tied in with the Federalist Society and employed by Claremont should definitely indicate that he'll never be confused with Louis Brandeis. Let's see, now: Terry Dolan. (Hell, pretty much anyone who's ever been a member of the CNP.) Newt Gingrich. William Bennett. Laura Schlessinger (with pictures). Rush Limbaugh. Matt Glavin. And that's just off the top of my head. Are there any prominent right-wing nutjobs who aren't whited sepulchres? I think not. To wit, I'd like to ask the countless dozens of y'all that read this blog to help publicize this by sending in nominations for The First Annual Board-in-the-Eye Awards! The award will honor the most breathtaking act of hypocrisy committed during the past year by a person whose career is based on lecturing others about their morals. The name, as befits and award for which so many of what Mark Twain called "Professional Christians" are in the running, is taken from New Testament Scripture -- Chapter 6, verse 41 of the Book of Luke, to be exact: "And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother's eye, but perceivest not the beam that is in thine own eye?"

Speaking of which, guess who apparently hasn't been disciplined for filing false statements with a court:

Dean's Message

Pepperdine University School of Law is committed to the "highest standards of academic excellence and Christian values, where students are strengthened for lives of purpose, service, and leadership." These words from our mission statement capture the essence of this school - an extraordinary place where great things are being done, with even greater contributions to the law and to the country just around the corner.

Here's a hint:

On Sunday, Morales' lawyers withdrew all the declarations and said they would conduct their own investigation. It was a blow to whatever hopes Morales had for leniency from Schwarzenegger, who has denied clemency in all four cases he has considered.
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