@robdelaney This made me feel #moist, with a slight stirring in my #beefbustle. #bigdinklage
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Has any movie pushed us to like the wrong protagonist more than Ferris Bueller’s Day Off? Ferris is the guy with his name on a water tower and Wrigley Field and everybody’s lips. He’s far from needing saving. As we’ve argued before, Cameron is the real hero of the movie and the one in need of help to make the most of his newfound lack of depression. That’s why this design from Daniel F. celebrates the guy who isn’t a smug magic asshole for 102 minutes, and who’s turned his own life upside down due to the ageless charms of a manic Matthew Broderick. [GET IT HERE]
Jeffrey Toobin on Clarence Thomas's Silence -
As of this Saturday, February 22nd, eight years will have passed since Clarence Thomas last asked a question during a Supreme Court oral argument. His behavior on the bench has gone from curious to bizarre to downright embarrassing, for himself and for the institution he represents.
There’s a reason the phrase “your day in court” resonates. It is an indispensable part of the legal system.
But the process works only if the Justices engage. The current Supreme Court is almost too ready to do so, and sometimes lawyers have a hard time getting a word in edgewise. In question-and-answer sessions at law schools, Thomas has said that his colleagues talk too much, that he wants to let the lawyers say their piece, and that the briefs tell him all he needs to know. But this—as his colleagues’ ability to provoke revealing exchanges demonstrates—is nonsense. Thomas is simply not doing his job.
By refusing to acknowledge the advocates or his fellow-Justices, Thomas treats them all with disrespect. It would be one thing if Thomas’s petulance reflected badly only on himself, which it did for the first few years of his ludicrous behavior. But at this point, eight years on, Thomas is demeaning the Court. Imagine, for a moment, if all nine Justices behaved as Thomas does on the bench. The public would rightly, and immediately, lose all faith in the Supreme Court. Instead, the public has lost, and should lose, any confidence it might have in Clarence Thomas.