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Jul 24 Ancient Sumerian commented on Meet Frank Montoya, Jr., New Special Agent in Charge of the FBI's Seattle Division.
@3++. @10++. This guy sounds like a total asshole.
Jul 16 Ancient Sumerian commented on Andrew Sullivan on Israel and Gaza.
"@2 - People who can learn and admit their own past mistakes are not people to be slammed...Sullivan has been wrong about a lot of things - not least some of his previous foreign policy positions - but he's at least learning and cluing in."

Maybe such people are not to be slammed, but when someone is so consistently wrong about so very many things, they are people NOT TO BE LISTENED TO ever again.

As for Sullivan specifically, people seem to forget - all the time they forget - how he more or less advocated nuking Iraq after the anthrax scare. From October 17, 2001:

At this point, it seems to me that a refusal to extend the war to Iraq is not even an option. We have to extend it to Iraq, which is by far the most likely source of this anthrax; Saddam is clearly willing to use such weapons in the future; and no war against terrorism of this kind can be won without dealing decisively with the Iraqi threat. We no longer have any choice in the matter. Slowly, incrementally, a Rubicon has been crossed. The terrorists have launched a biological weapon against the United States. They have therefore made biological warfare thinkable and thus repeatable. We once had a doctrine that such a Rubicon would be answered with a nuclear response. We backed down on that threat in the Gulf War but Saddam didn’t dare use biological weapons then. Someone has dared to use them now. Our response must be as grave as this new threat.

Not that Sullivan will never say anything smart again - not that he's necessarily wrong about this, I'm not taking a position on it - but that he should be ignored as a public figure forever, because he has had more than enough chances. He advocated for nuking the Iraqi people based on no evidence: I'm supposed to listen to him seriously on ANYTHING ever again? Really? Why?

And if I'm supposed to take him seriously after his long and miserable history of errors, what is your standard for when I can stop? How wrong would he have to be for it to be ok for me to stop listening to him?
Jun 18 Ancient Sumerian commented on Mike Daisey Announces New Show Titled Yes All Women.
Either way, it's a p.r. mess. But I'm holding my breath—and any critiques—until I've actually seen the damn show. I figure he's owed at least that much.

Fuck that. Your time is zero-sum, and he's. a. liar. Why does a willful liar deserve a second chance?

He has never, is not, and never will be a journalist. The whole TAL thing is ridiculous.

Except that his explicit understanding with TAL was that he was doing journalism, which is why he had a fact-checker. Who he lied to. Fuck him.
May 27 Ancient Sumerian commented on Four Dead in a Murder-Suicide in Orange County.
What a fucking asshole post, Frizzelle.
May 6 Ancient Sumerian commented on Elizabeth Warren Is Still Awesome....
The fact that this is somehow a contentious issue, in any way shape or form, is evidence of just how fucked this country's priorities are.
May 6 Ancient Sumerian commented on Porn Websites or Religious Websites—Where Are You Likelier to Pick Up a Computer Virus?.
Well of course! Abstinence-only education, friends.
Apr 28 Ancient Sumerian commented on Woman Who Ran Over Three Teenage Cyclists, Killing One, Now Experiencing Episodes of "Irritability".
@25, you have no constitutional right (the "right" I was discussing - the only right worth discussing in this context, in my opinion) to a lawyer in the US system for a generic civil suit - only for quasi-criminal civil cases. Or: show me the US constitutional law decisions entitling me to a court-appointed lawyer in order to sue someone for damages? It may be different in Canada - good point! - but since you appear to have gotten the US wrong, I'll wait for you to provide cited evidence on the Canadian system before taking your word for it. (But are you really arguing that the state is obligated to provide me a lawyer to sue whoever I want to, at any time, for any reason?)

As for this - "A lawyer is simply a professional who represents his or her client's side." - this is only true if the lawyer is court-appointed. Which I very much doubt that this horrible person's lawyer was, in this case, and is essentially never true in the US.

So if the work is voluntary, then yeah - you get ethically judged for the clients you take on. To be perfectly clear, by "ethically suspect" I do not mean to imply that they should be hauled before their state bars and chastised. I agree that would be a problem, and I can see where I was not clear. What I'm saying is the lawyers who choose to work with scumbags are, absent any constitutional necessity or benefit to that work (as in a criminal proceeding), themselves scumbags.
Apr 28 Ancient Sumerian commented on Woman Who Ran Over Three Teenage Cyclists, Killing One, Now Experiencing Episodes of "Irritability".
@10 + @20, you are making an oversimplified argument.

The idea that "we should not block off access to attorneys to those with unpopular causes" is only ethically defensible to the extent that her civil rights are at stake. This is not criminal defense - so her *right* to access an attorney to launch a civil suit against these people is pretty suspect. More to the point, the idea that the lawyer (who was NOT OBLIGATED to take this case on the way lawyers sometimes are in public criminal defense) has no ethical obligation here? To not support reprehensible people? Is bullshit.

Criminal defense is very, very different than civil litigation in terms of the ethics of defending possibly reprehensible people. In particular, because in criminal defense one is defending not just the client, but the entire system of criminal justice and the constitutional guarantees of due process for everyone.

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