Possible caption for photo: "You can squeeze tighter, but you'll never get me to talk!"
The Spectacle Blog
In case you haven't heard about Madison County, Illinois, you should. In recent years it has become infamous as a destination for trial lawyers. Judges and juries were remarkably friendly to nearly any class action lawsuit, leading the American Tort Reform Association to dub it the number one "legal hellhole" in 2003 and 2004 (in 2005 it dropped to merely number four). How bad is it? Between 2003 and 2004, judges certified more than 200 class action lawsuits, more than any jurisdiction in the country.
The trend may be over. The most touted of Madison County's egregious lawsuits, a $10 billion verdict against Philip Morris for claiming "light" cigarettes are less harmful, was thrown out yesterday by the Illinois Supreme Court. Now let's see some federal tort reform.
You've a sharp eye, Wlad. If body language determines victory or defeat, the President seems the victor. However, if this is a win, I'm quickly getting tired of them.
I disagree, Dave. The president is clearly seated higher than the senator. He's looking down on the latter as they shake hands. Plus McCain looks tired, bushed if you will.
HASC chairman Duncan Hunter (R-Ca) said he won't agree to the conference report including the McCain amendment unless he's assured it won't degrade our ability to gather intelligence from terrorist detainees. Hunter is the last hope to stop this horrifically vague and dangerous legislation. Let's hope he sticks to his guns. No bill is worth this. And just why is the president caving in to McCain? Again?
From the earliest reports, voting in Iraq is going very well, and turnout is heavy. This clip is from a release by the MNF in Baghdad:
"With tight rings of security circling the city, Iraqi citizens took to the streets the morning of Dec. 15 to vote for the first full-term government since the fall of Saddam Hussein. Iraqi Police are providing close-in protection at polling stations; Iraqi public Order Battalions and Iraqi Army Soldiers are providing the next level of protection; and more Iraqi Soldiers and Coalition Forces are in a third ring of troops. They will also provide a quick-reaction force if needed.
"Shortly after polling sites opened in
I'm at a loss -- if the Catholic Church was behind the Industrial Revolution, did England lead the way because of what were essentially copyright violations? I'm willing to accept that Catholicism played a large part in preparing people intellectually for great achievements -- repudiating the charge that it was a burden is important -- but the spread of literacy and the cultural implications of memorizing psalms as Weber describes is valid enough to consider. Brooks starts to head down the road of the argument that "the Catholics really did it, not the Protestants."