Saturday, December 24, 2005

Catch-22!

In response to Anne Zook's entirely justifiable concern about these poor souls, I replied
Sad to say, I think the judge has it more or less right: what the administration has done, by its illegal actions, is create a situation which would be the pride and joy of a law school prof's hypothetical collection: there is no legal option. The judge, unlike the chief executive, is incapable of ordering actions which violate the law; only Congress can authorize exceptions (or the Executive, if it's regulatory instead of statutory); Judges can invalidate law, but the problem is that the executive has failed to follow perfectly reasonable laws.... Joseph Heller, eat your heart out.
We can add it to the impeachment list...

As Anne Zook says, Ho. Ho. Ho. (actually, that phrase has been ruined for me ever since I read Neil Gaiman's take on it.) Merry Christmas, anyway.

p.s. Does Santa Exist?

1 comment:

Alex said...

I'm noot going to read Gaiman's take on 'Ho, Ho, Ho' since I do still enjoy the phrase...thanks for the spoiler warning.

You could link to your family page, btw...enjoyed it, even if it won't be a regular feature.

-MAD