Posted by: bridget | 13 July 2007

Friday Frivolity

After Neil bashed this elephant’s current and home states (and then hinted that she might open a “can of Libertarian whoop-A on [him]“), she’s up for a little levity. 

Tomorrow, she will be celebrating Bastille Day in Temecula wine country – appropriate, considering that California vines and French vines are really the same thing. 

An Illinois man has sued his wife’s paramour for alienation of affection; the jury awarded him $4,802.  (Hat tip: Total Transformation.)

But Natalie Friedman, the woman at the center of it all, claims her husband asked her to have sex with other men and women – including Blinov – to spice up their relationship. She supposedly began having feelings for Blinov, prompting her husband to file the lawsuit…. “German was not a pirate of her affections,” attorney Enrico Mirabelli said. “Her affections were already adrift.”

You don’t say.

It brings to mind this highly entertaining discussion at Volokh

The San Diego Union-Tribune published an op-ed entitled “Things we can all do to stop global warming.”  It included this helpful hint:

Don’t listen to the naysayers who say global warming is unproven. It’s just not so. There has been a lot of misinformation spread by a tiny handful of people who love the limelight they get for being contrary. (Some of them love the money they’ve gotten from the fossil fuel industry, too.) But the vast majority of climate scientists have been in agreement for a decade or more about the reality of global warming and its human causes. Scientists have done their part; now it’s time for us to do something before things get worse.

Ad hominem attacks aren’t very sensible ways to justify the validity of a scientific position.  Ms. Oreskes acknowledges that not all climate scientists agree on the human cause of global warming; she also ignores the fact that climatologists once thought that the world would suffer from global cooling.  Now, last time this elephant checked, the earth’s temperature has shifted radically over time.  Most of this is due to solar flares.  So what can we really do to stop global warming?  Take out the sun?  Or, as Queen of Swords suggested, send people out into the Universe?  ;)


  1. As far as adulterers, I think death might be a little extreme. But I must admit (especially in the case of high school teachers and students) that sometimes I think we should revive the custom of tarring and feathering and riding them out of town on a rail.
    Might not be a bad idea with politicians once in a while too.

  2. You’d think that Illinois guy would have just cut his losses. Ick.

    Re. San Diego – sad to say that they are so gifted at ad hominems they don’t even realize they are doing it.

  3. P.S. “Just put the can down, Bridget, and everything will be OK . . .”

  4. Pachyderm,

    Quick personal question. What law school do you attend, if you don’t mind sharing online? I am a librarian at a law school in Northern California (I’ll give you a hint — it’s a Jesuit campus but it’s not in San Francisco). I’m curious. :)

  5. Thanks for the hat tip. Cruise on by my blog sometime soon. Your name came up during discussion. :-)

  6. SST,

    Death would be extreme. Ditto that regarding those who abuse positions of authority.


    Yeah, ick. I wonder how little dignity someone must have in order to allow all of that dirty laundry like that. Eh, to each his own.

    LOL re: the ad hominems. I love how they don’t even try to justify the line about funding from coal companies.

    I’ll save the can for another time and another blogger. ;)


    I’ll drop an email.

    TT – will do. :) Need I ask the context?

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