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1 CuriousLurker  Aug 27, 2014 2:23:45pm

You might want to correct the date: 28 August 2014 is tomorrow.

2 StephenMeansMe  Aug 27, 2014 3:17:37pm

re: #1 CuriousLurker

Thanks. At squinty-sleepy-o’-clock, eights look like sixes on my keyboard.

3 majii  Aug 27, 2014 7:47:35pm

It was satisfying for me to read what Judge Posner, a Reagan appointee, had to say to the defendants. Wow! It’s about time someone in the GOPTP revealed what’s really behind much of the anti-gay BS we hear coming out of the GOP. He called it just right. I truly believe that it is hate that largely motivates their opposition to gay Americans exercising the same rights that they have. Plus, they’re authoritarian b*stards who think they have a right to tell everyone else what to do while claiming they’re for small government.

4 HappyWarrior  Aug 28, 2014 6:59:43am

Posner’s words are the best. Most blunt. I’m with majii here though. I too believe that is motivated by hate.

5 Aelfric  Aug 28, 2014 7:39:15am

Posner is a Reagan appointee, it’s true, but he’s always been a super smart guy—he basically invented (or at least popularized) the legal field known as “law and economics.” His intellect leads him to some odd places sometimes (as in when he recommended a free market for adoptable children), but he is not afraid to follow where the evidence leads. He stands as quite the GOP heretic these days, after having admitted that Republican thinking over the last decade has “deteriorated” and become “goofy.” npr.org

He is also famed for his long-running judicial contretemps with Justice Antonin Scalia—you can read his criticism of Scalia’s book here: newrepublic.com
and then simply google to find the many back-and-forth articles between the two (and Bryan Garner, Scalia’s co-author).

I think many here would agree with me that it’s not Posner who has changed, but the Republican party abandoning many of the principles which even its opponents could at least respect.

6 wrenchwench  Aug 28, 2014 8:13:12am

re: #5 Aelfric

Welcome, hatchling.

7 HappyWarrior  Aug 28, 2014 11:32:54am

re: #5 Aelfric

Posner is a Reagan appointee, it’s true, but he’s always been a super smart guy—he basically invented (or at least popularized) the legal field known as “law and economics.” His intellect leads him to some odd places sometimes (as in when he recommended a free market for adoptable children), but he is not afraid to follow where the evidence leads. He stands as quite the GOP heretic these days, after having admitted that Republican thinking over the last decade has “deteriorated” and become “goofy.” npr.org

He is also famed for his long-running judicial contretemps with Justice Antonin Scalia—you can read his criticism of Scalia’s book here: newrepublic.com
and then simply google to find the many back-and-forth articles between the two (and Bryan Garner, Scalia’s co-author).

I think many here would agree with me that it’s not Posner who has changed, but the Republican party abandoning many of the principles which even its opponents could at least respect.

oh absolutely. Judge Walker who decided the Prop-8 case was a Reagan nominee too. The Republican Party has been in some serious devolution in recent years.


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