Patterico's Pontifications


Poll: 71 Percent of Americans Believe It Is Inappropriate to Build Mosque Near Ground Zero

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 4:55 pm

Or 72 percent, depending on whether you believe the chart or the story.


Judge: Hooters May Have to Hire Overweight Women

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 4:25 pm

Details at the WSJ Law Blog.

I have never been to a Hooters, but it is my understanding that the idea is that waitresses are supposed to be buxom and beautiful. Or at least female, nonugly — and nonoverweight.

Yet a Michigan judge now says that an overweight waitress can sue for … weight discrimination.

Don’t hate me because I’m not beautiful.

For what it’s worth, it appears that it’s actually not the judge’s fault. Some idiot Michigan lawmaker wrote a provision into an anti-discrimination law that permits such a lawsuit. Who knows if he would have intended to apply the law to a business like Hooters. Hell, he probably never even read the law.

Can’t He Just Finish His Waffle, Er, Shrimp?

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 1:43 pm

Tapper on Twitter:

Reporter shouts question on Iraq to POTUS, who’s ordering at restaurant. POTUS responds: “We’re buying shrimp, guys. Come on.”

Via Hot Air. Where else?

Another Reminder of Why “Intentionalism” Cannot Govern Statutory Interpretation

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 12:54 pm

Because the lawmakers don’t read their own bills:

Judy Matott asked Baucus if he would work to improve Libby’s image, and then asked him and Sebelius, “if either of you read the health care bill before it was passed and if not, that is the most despicable, irresponsible thing.”

Baucus replied that if Libby residents assembled an economic development plan, he would do what he could to help, and he took credit for “essentially” writing the health care bill that passed the Senate.

“I don’t think you want me to waste my time to read every page of the health care bill. You know why? It’s statutory language,” Baucus said. “We hire experts.”


Explain to me again why this guy’s subjective intent should count for anything in interpreting this bill?

Open Thread: Primary Edition

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 7:24 am

The Maverick is back!

(He’s not a “maverick,” by the way — and he never claimed he was. And his positions never change. Just so we’re clear.)


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