Null set

Is jury nullification a responsible formula for policymaking?

I don’t think so!

I love pans!

Not the cooking kind.  The “cooked” kind!

Josh Levin in Slate:

This was the worst movie I’ve ever seen, so bad that I hesitate to label it a “movie” and thus reflect shame upon the entire medium of film.

Well, that should make you want to read the rest of the review, no?!   It does for me!

Tell Jack how you really feel

Blogs from CNN.com — dateline, January 29th:

FROM CNN’s Jack Cafferty:He hasn’t won anything yet, and his showing in some cases has been dismal. But John Edwards is showing no signs of getting out the race. Maybe he doesn’t have anything else to do. His campaign says that Edwards will stay in it until the Democratic Party convention, and they’re hopeful that we can still win it.

Real life:

Democrat John Edwards bowed out of the race for the White House on Wednesday, saying it was time to step aside “so that history can blaze its path” in a campaign now left to Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Obama. “With our convictions and a little backbone we will take back the White House in November,” said Edwards, ending his second campaign in a hurricane-ravaged section of New Orleans where he began it more than a year ago.

Maybe Jack should spent less time on feelings, actually.

The disposable Jews

To me Rudy Giuliani was about salvation from the New York that David Dinkins allowed to happen — the New York typified by the pogrom in the Crown Heights neighborhood of Brooklyn, and which drove my family out of the City.

How ironic, then, on the day that sees the sun rise on the end of his campaign for President, that Jews — politically unpopular, or at least awkward — in Crown Heights are once again “in season,” and New York’s nominally Jewish mayor and the rest of the liberal establishment once again could not care less. As David Kelsey says,

If Jews were being attacked by skinheads or Muslims in Brookyln, you would be hearing a lot more about it. But strangely, when it comes to black on Chassidic violence, the J-blogosphere is suddenly quiet outside of Crown Heights/Chabad community members. No hippies….no Zionists…no hipsters.

It doesn’t help that, religiously and ideologically, the particular hasidim in Crown Heights have made themselves largely loathsome to many. But it hardly matters. Nor is it surprising, for the same Upper West Side Jews who do not care now are the ones who overwhelmingly in shockingly high numbers voted to keep Dinkins in office after Crown Heights, rather than vote for law and order as personified by the “fascist” Giuliani. They are the heirs of the don’t-make-waves Jews who sat silently in this country during the Holocaust. This is no Holocaust, but it is shameful nonetheless.

Yes, the weather is still miserable in New York.

Edgar Allan Poe:

Yet if hope has flown away
In a night, or in a day,
In a vision, or in none,
Is it therefore the less gone?
All that we see or seem
Is but a dream within a dream.

I have never thought, not for a second, that “life is a but a dream.” There’s nothing dreamy about it to me. I can tell the furshlugginer difference! But I like what Poe says here, and I wish the last two lines of this half-stanza had been the first two, so that he would conclude with the same sentiment J.K. Rowling does when, in the seventh Harry Potter book, Harry has a dialogue with the dead Professor Dumbledore. It is profoundly resolving — almost too good, Harry believes, to be true. And, after all, his mentor is dead.

Haryry asks him, then, is this moment real? Or is it all in his head? To which Dumbledore replies — of course it is all in your head, Harry. But that does not mean it isn’t real.

UPDATE:  The sun is out!  And it’s not just in my head.  (In fact it’s still rather dusky in there.)

You lose some

That would be my boy Rudy Giuliani. As the Man who Could Beat Hillary, perhaps his luster wore off when the patina of her inevitability did. Nothing really done right there, though. Is he in play for vice president? An intriguing possibility, but the combination of Rudy and McCain is not going to excite the right-right.

And you win some. Edwards’s withdrawal today actually almost makes up for it, seeing as how while I like Rudy I was never particularly emotionally invested in his candidacy. Whereas I had a visceral dislike for the Shaggy Pony. As Glenn says, “HE’LL BE GOING BACK TO ONE OF THE TWO AMERICAS — the fancier one!” Enjoy it and stay out of our faces, please!

UPDATE: Regarding Edwards, Mary Catherine Ham says, “I imagine the sudden change of heart means he’ll soon be completing Obama’s endorsement sweep of prominent class-warrior Democrats who fight for the working man from the decks of their yachts.”

Attorney Ronald D. Coleman