Eavesdropping on a historic moment of opinion-making.
Last week a three-judge panel on the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled a Tex-Mex restaurant chain must pay hundreds of thousands of dollars in damages for violating the American with Disabilities Act.
The appeals court said Chipotle Restaurants violated the disabilities act because a wheelchair-bound customer could not see his food being prepared above a 45-inch-high counter and therefore was denied the complete “Chipotle Experience.”
As an empathetic person, I tried to put myself, if not in the judges’ shoes, then at least in a closet in the eminent jurists’ chambers, thereby eavesdropping on an historic moment of opinion-making:
(Judges return to their chambers, take off robes, loosen ties, unbutton pants, kick off shoes and recline with feet on desks.)
JUDGE REINHARDT: So, how do you want to play this one?
JUDGE FRIEDMAN (Digs into dish of M&Ms. Pops several into mouth. Chews): Another damn fast food restaurant. Enough already.
JUDGE REINHARDT: They’re everywhere.
JUDGE FRIEDMAN: Like weeds.
JUDGE REINHARDT: I was going to say cockroaches.
JUDGE FRIEDMAN: Them too. We used to have this nice strip over on Hillcrest. Very chic. Mediterranean, sushi, a nice kosher deli. Then some Neanderthal builds a garage mahal and lets all these damn chains move in. Bloopies, Harbys, Jimmy Jones.
JUDGE REINHARDT: Taco Bill.
JUDGE FRIEDMAN: They’re the worst. Such commercials.
JUDGE REINHARDT: Yeah. The fish love that crap.
JUDGE FRIEDMAN: Next thing you know, half the haute cuisine joints are gone, out of business.
JUDGE REINHARDT: Of course they are. They can’t compete with the swill them chains dish out. I mean, how much does a tub of pig fat cost?
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?