Al Gore invented the Internet so it could elect him president. By Susie Madrak, aka Suburban Guerrilla, whose piece in the Huffington Post argues that Netroots could put the outsider in.
But Gore didn't work all the bugs out of the Web. Why else would an old piece by Philly blogger Mithras about a 2001 legal decision become, according to Blogpulse, the fifth most-linked post on the Internet today? Maybe getting a link on Metafilter helped. "Really? That's hilarious," responded Mithras by e-mail. It was news to him. So what was the post? A landmark in judicial temperament. Gavel2Gavel did this bit of snipping of the Bradshaw v Unity Marine opinion:
"Defendant begins the decent into Alice's Wonderland by submitting a Motion that relies upon only one legal authority ... Plaintiff responds to this deft, yet minimalist analytical wizardry with an equally gossamer wisp of an argument, ... naturally Plaintiff also neglects to provide any analysis whatsoever .... Instead, Plaintiff 'cites' to a single case from the Fourth Circuit. Plaintiff's citation, however, points to a nonexistent Volume '1886' of the Federal Reporter ... and neglects to provide a pinpoint citation for what, after being located, turned out to be a forty-page decision. (What the ...)?! The Court cannot even begin to comprehend why this case was selected for reference. It is almost as if Plaintiff's counsel chose the opinion by throwing long range darts at the Federal Reporter (remarkably enough hitting a nonexistent volume!) ... Despite the continued shortcomings of Plaintiff's supplemental submission, the Court commends Plaintiff for his vastly improved choice of crayon -- Brick Red is much easier on the eyes than Goldenrod, and stands out much better amidst the mustard splotched about Plaintiff's briefing ... "
After that, we need something lighter: The Vader sessions. A 10-minute YouTube creation, where someone with much free time and an encyclopedic knowledge of James Earl Jones roles, has put new dialog into Darth Vadar's scenes from Star Wars.
Quelle surprise: European papers blame Israel for its disproportionate response.