Why the Right to Counsel is Not Enough

I’ve written many times about the pathetic excuse for a public defender system we have in this country, one in which justice is not even hypothetically possible, much less real on a practical level. The New Jersey Supreme Court has now said that as long as there is a warm-blooded person standing at the attorney’s table, that’s enough for justice to be done.
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Should You Court Your Friends?

Ann Friedman has a fascinating article in New York magazine about why it’s smart to court your friends, to make a deliberate effort to “woo” the right kind of people — which will change for each of us, of course — into being our friends just as we would a romantic interest. Speaking of a friend who courted her in this sense, she says:
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FTB Now Has an Ad-Free Option

Thanks to Jason Thibeault and his programming acumen, we now have an ad-free option here at FTB. We’ve tried to keep the prices reasonable: $3 for 30 days, $8 for 90 days or $30 for an entire year. You can enjoy your favorite bloggers with no annoying ads in the way. You can sign up here. And if you detect any bugs or encounter any problems, you can report them here.

FRC Tells Fake George Washington Story

The Family Research Council is absolutely furious that the Air Force Academy would make the phrase “so help me God” optional in the oath cadets have to take. Ken Blackwell is making a ridiculous argument that includes passing on a fake story about George Washington that was debunked long ago.
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Loudon: Obamacare Already Causing Suicide!

Worldnetdaily columnist Gina Loudon offers up this inane screed about Obamacare, claiming that it’s already causing suicides (with no evidence whatsoever, of course). And she seems to think that there’s some huge risk that someone’s private medical information will be released under the new law, which is simply absurd.
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Report: Judicial Elections Undermine Justice

The Center for American Progress has a new report on the unprecedented amount of money being spent in state judicial elections, especially by third party corporate groups. The unsurprising conclusion is that the influence of that money undermines justice for criminal defendants and civil plaintiffs.
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Rubio’s Bizarre Dance on Immigration Reform

Remember when Marco Rubio was seen as a rising star in the GOP and a serious 2016 presidential contender? Part of the reason he’s no longer taken seriously is how he has handled the issue on which he staked his entire political appeal, immigration reform. ThinkProgres has a rundown of how he has flipped and flopped and now opposes the very bill he advocated:
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WSJ Publishes Suzanne Somers Column on Health Care

The Wall Street Journal printed a column by Suzanne Somers, presenting her as an “expert” on health care, criticizing Obamacare. Because I know when I’m looking for accurate information about out health care system, I always turn to Chrissy from Three’s Company. I mean seriously, she endorsed the Thighmaster. She has to know her stuff, right? She calls Obamacare a “socialist Ponzi scheme,” showing that she has no idea what either of those terms mean.
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Sen. David Barton? Yikes

Warren Throckmorton is blogging at Patheos now, which is pretty cool for them. He notes that an effort is now being undertaken to draft David Barton to run for the Senate against Sen. John Cornyn in Texas. There’s a Facebook group with hundreds of members trying to get Barton to run. Remember, John Cornyn was rated as the 2nd most conservative member of the Senate in 2012. And even he isn’t far right enough for these people.