Early morning linkage

Hopefully a non-linkage post will follow later in the day.
•Several good points about regulation on Slacktivist.
•FAIR catches the New York Times complaining there’s no single spokeswoman for all of feminism and points out that feminism really doesn’t need one (but having one would make reporting on women’s rights easier for the NYT). It reminds me of an observation by Echidne (I don’t have the link) about how much NYT reporting on the women’s movement goes in the “Style” section or discusses personalities of prominent leaders (or better yet, their feuds!) rather than issues. Another writer points out that the NYT’s ethics columnist feels fine setting up a panel entirely composed of white males to judge a contest.
•A feminist blogger on the insanity of our current abortion/sex policies and the enthusiasm of some right-wingers’ to value the rights of a fetus, but not the mother. Digby reports on one woman’s experience with laws that won’t let her abort, even though her baby can’t live (it died after 15 minutes). And while Nebraska supports fetal rights, it’s governor refuses to provide prenatal care for illegal aliens. Of course, lack of care harms those fetuses the state is so concerned about protecting … but I guess that protection only matters when it lets the state control the mother.
•Astonishingly, lawyers evaluating judges are influenced by the judge’s race and gender.
Lawyers, Guns and Money on the constitutionality of the Obama health-care law.
•Federal challenges to the Texas voter-ID law are met by Texas declaring that what legislators said when coming up with the law is a state secret. In Pennsylvania, most college ID cards don’t meet the voter ID law.
Censorship in Arizona and in Thailand.
•Conservative SC Governor Nikki Haley assures TV viewers that the issue in the current contraceptive mandate is that women don’t want government mandating they use birth control. Which is, of course, not the issue as government isn’t mandating any such thing.
•Police dogs make mistakes because they want to make their handlers happy.
•David Atkins reminds us that partisanship isn’t necessarily a sign of dysfunctional government, it’s a sign of political disagreement, and centrism is not a miracle cure.
•The Catholic hierarchy likes to claim that it’s been cracking down on pedophile priests since the scandal broke. Not so much.
•David Brooks defends Paul Ryan’s budget plan. Charles Pierce eviscerates David Brooks. (While I don’t have the link handy, I’ll mention the best description of Ryan, from Hullabaloo: “In his heart he’s a 14 year old boy hoping for a Penthouse forum moment with Dagny Taggart.”) Another critique of Brooks’ math, here.


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