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Another Update In an update of his own, Instapundit references an article by a former student, Jennifer Niles Coffin, that discusses the mall free speech issue in great detail. For example, There is no consistent rationale behind the decisions that grant free speech protections to the visitors of shopping malls. The Colorado Supreme Court found […]

Are Malls Public Places? If so, then the Crossgates Mall was clearly in error. Instapundit, (Glenn Reynolds, who of course is an actual law professor, so I’m treading on dangerous ground) says this: A reader wonders if he’s [the shirt-wearer] got a First Amendment lawsuit. The answer is no, because the mall is a private […]

In the category… of things that make me angry: NEW YORK (Reuters) — A lawyer was arrested late Monday and charged with trespassing at a public mall in the state of New York after refusing to take off a T-shirt advocating peace that he had just purchased at the mall. What did these outrageous shirts […]

Medicare Reform I’d like to talk about the President’s new Medicare plan, but (from CNN) there’s little in the way of details. In a major concession to congressional Republicans, Bush did not propose a specific [Medicare Reform] bill, but instead left the details to Congress. Republicans had warned the White House that to commit to […]

Random Thoughts * Eric Boehlert’s has an interesting piece on Powell in Salon today, worth watching an ad or subscribing. * Max Sawicky has a letter to the New York Times by Prof. Gregory Mankiw (incoming CEA chair). * CalPundit’s has some funny quotes from House Republicans on Bush blaming them for the budget that […]

HBO I caught my first episode of Bill Maher’s new HBO show, Real Time with Bill Maher. It was pretty funny, and Maher did a nice job of making the opportunistic winger David Horowitz look like a fool. I’m not a big fan of having Coulter on (though she is high on entertainment value if […]

Rawls, Bailey, Alterman, Progressive Taxation, and the Veil of Ignorance I gave three takes on Rawls’ Veil of Ignorance here. The concept actually takes thinkers pretty far in terms of evaluating a number of social issues. Is Slavery moral? Circa 1860, if you were going to be placed into a random position in society, you […]

Slow Post Day I’m still working on my Rawls follow-up, but in the meantime I do have one thing to point out to my readers: Michael Savage is a jackass. I guess that makes the decision-makers at MSNBC objectively pro-jackass. AB

Cranky Physicist Robert Park, a Physicist at the University of Maryland, posts/emails on Fridays. Here’s his take on the plans to eliminated the testing requirements for missile defense: MISSILE DEFENSE: PENTAGON SEEKS WAIVER FROM REQUIRED TESTING. In April 2000, the APS Council stated: “The United States should not make a deployment decision relative to the […]

More Mankiw Earlier, I gave a piece of advice to Greg Mankiw, incoming chair of the Council of Economic Advisors: Note: Mankiw has also written a few books, including a Macroeconomics textbook. I advise keeping public pronouncements consistent with theories in the latest editions of those books. Atrios has the goods on Mankiw’s Principles of […]