Chutzpah!

The burning question in Tennessee: “Why are we eating more shrimp?”

Hm. What you mean, “we,” kemosabe?img00120.jpg

And here we are, Rosh Hashana less than two weeks away!

The Nazi mascot

Ynetnews:

Over 60 years after WWII, the secret past of a young Jewish boy adopted by SS, forced to hide his Jewish identity and used as Nazi mascot in propaganda videos is told in newly published book, ‘The Mascot’

Over 50-years after the Second World War came to an end, Alex Kurzem of Australia revealed to his family that he was a Jew who survived the war by being adopted by the SS at the age of five and becoming a Nazi mascot.

Kurzem, 70, revealed his story to his wife and two children in 1997, and now, 10 years later, a book entitled The Mascot and written by Kurzem’s son Mark, has been published in London.

“Who would have believed such a story?” Kurzem told Yedioth Ahronoth newspaper over the phone Thursday night.

If true, this is pretty impressive.  Not that anyone but specialists have ever heard of “the youngest Nazi,” but it demonstrates how little even the wicked “experts” on racial characteristics could tell when choosing their ideal Aryan.

The monstrous side of social networking

Monster.com is in a world of trouble, as are millions of the employment website’s users.  The site was hacked big time and the bad guys are already working their scams with the data they’ve mined.  It’s a catastrophe for Web 2.0, in theory, but for Monster in practice.

The good news?  Contingency fees all around!  Write me when the first class action is filed.

Class war bites back hard

I said the hypocrisy thing would be harsh on John Edwards, not because almost everyone isn’t a hypocrite, but because hypocrisy mixes very poorly with class envy as a premise for a campaign. Looks like I was right, eh? He’s driving off a political cliff. Not that anyone, really, cares. This campaign is a vanity project all the way.

Find that right

Concurring Opinions, via Instapundit, writes in favor of Net Neutrality — a key issue, and one that affects the ability of everyone in the world to get his thoughts on the Internet, as well as for everyone else to read them. But, of course, someone has to pay for everything. Some of the ones paying are inclined not to provide quite so much free-riding on the system as is available to you and me right now. As Frank Pasquale notes, considering Lawrence Tribe’s recent pronouncements on the subject:

Many First Amendment absolutists [such as Tribe] would like to see it eviscerate the public’s rights to privacy and cultural self-determination.

Now, I get the point: Tribe says, if the First Amendment says that, say, a parade organizer has the right to decide who marches in his parade, why doesn’t a broadband owner have a right to govern which electrons march in his? The analogy is pretty lame; if a parade is indeed protected speech, a copper wire certainly isn’t. (In other words it has no message of its own; it is only a medium.) But that sentence was troubling. I wrote in the comments:

Notwithstanding the characterization (“eviscerate”), this sentence names three competing “rights”: Free speech, privacy and cultural self-determination. For 20 points, how many of those rights are in the Constitution?

I count one. Now, I love Net Neutrality. And I am not an expert on the competing constitutional interests at stake — which, let’s face it, are already far-fetched analogies to anything the framers of the Constitution could ever have contemplated regarding free speech. But we’ll have to do a lot better preserving it than positing either a right to privacy, itself only the product of those famous emanations, or “cultural self-determination,” as worthy of offsetting what may or may not be legitimate First Amendment rights.

UPDATE:    A lot of this going around.

Mite makes right

The New York Times explains how scientists are deducing the history of continental drift (did you know that geologists say the land masses didn’t just drift outward, but also crashed into each other?) by studying bugs. There are some very smart people out there!

Attorney Ronald D. Coleman