Category Archives: Boumediene v. Bush and Al Odah v. United States

The Sermon on Good Intentions

If you’re really old, as some of us are, you might remember something that predated Monty Python – Beyond the Fringe, a British comedy revue written and performed by Peter Cook, Dudley Moore, Alan Bennett, and Jonathan Miller. Most remember … Continue reading

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Everything Old is New Again, Unfortunately

Everyone in Hollywood knows sequels and remakes are tricky. You had the original Poseidon Adventure (1972) – pure schlock, but diverting – and then you got Poseidon (2006) – Wolfgang Petersen making the original more intense, gritty and suspenseful and … Continue reading

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No Reconciliation, Ever

Those of us who have been divorced a few times know all about those two words – irreconcilable differences. Those two words turn out to be quite handy. You can end the marriage without having to prove that the other … Continue reading

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Dealing With the Keystone Cops

The Keystone Cops are now obscure, at least the original Keystone Cops – the totally incompetent cluster of policemen in that series of silent film comedies produced by Mack Sennett for his Keystone Film Company between 1912 and 1917 – … Continue reading

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Preliminary Notes on a Unified Theory of Everything

The setting was odd – the evening of Friday the 13th – a second-rate seafood dive on the water, down in the Marina, meeting up, finally, with old friends from forty years ago. Since college in the sixties we’d gone … Continue reading

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Six Years Late

Yes, it doesn’t much matter now, but it happened again:     In a stinging rebuke to President Bush’s anti-terror policies, a deeply divided Supreme Court ruled Thursday that foreign detainees held for years at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba have the … Continue reading

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