(The Return of) Ignatz, by Sam Heldman

Monday, May 19, 2003

home again
Back home again, after 2300 miles of driving (thank you, Screamin' Jay Hawkins, for your help). Bourbon Street still smells like urine, in case you were wondering. Catching up on what I have meant to blog:

* You can download a free Wilco EP, by going to the band's site and following where it says "click here for free EP" or something like that. Actually, you can download it IF (a) you have a copy of Yankee Hotel Foxtrot (the band's last record) and (b) are patient (because the servers are overloaded).

* Plenty of people beyond myself are speaking out about Bill Pryor's nomination to the Eleventh Circuit. Unsurprisingly, his brief in Texas v. Lawrence is a main reason. Here is a fascinating article about the origins of that brief. And here is a NYT editorial.

* Expect some Supreme Court decisions today, and maybe even some interesting ones. Marty Lederman explains at SCOTUSblog.

* Law Prof. Lawrence Solum's exchange with Prof. Balkin et al. (see here for Solum's latest and here for Balkin's) is an interesting debate over Solum's effort to find some neutral principles of "how to do constitutional law" that would assertedly take the politics out of the enterprise. Returning to Screamin' Jay Hawkins, I reply cynically "yeah, when pumpkins look like pickles" (Jay's better version of "when pigs fly") -- there has never been a time when Constitutional Law was done that way, and I don't think that there ever will. Nonetheless, it is useful and informative to think about why or why not, and about what alternatives there might be.

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