Tuesday, November 22, 2005

I'm off!

Look for a little (sporadic) Detroit blogging this weekend.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Monday, November 21, 2005

Newdow Sues Again

As expected, Michael Newdow is back. This time, he is suing to have the national motto removed from the nation's coins. There is not much I can say at this point about him without bursting a blood vessel in my brain, so I'll be brief.

  • His complaint is 162 pages long. How arrogant can someone with such tenuous claims be?
  • Having lost on standing before, he decides that his golden ticket into court is that he has been a coin collector since he was a small child and, each of the several times per day he looks at the coins in his pocket, he gets offended. Apparently, someone forgot to tell Mike that taking offense is not much of an injury-in-fact to keep your case in court.
  • In his affidavit, he claims that his religion, the First Amendmist Church of True Science (yes, the acronym is "FACTS"; no, I am not making this up) has three suggestions, but notes in a footnotes that it is not so "arrogant" as to have "commandments." How arrogant is he, then?
  • Well, for one, in the caption on the lawsuit, he calls himself "the Rev. Dr. Michael Newdow," since he is an ordained minister who holds a doctorate. In medicine, not theology. As the kids say, WTF?
I get that he is representing himself, but he's not the typical pro se plaintiff. He got into Michigan Law School. He graduated from Michigan Law School. He passed the California Bar Exam, arguably the toughest in the country. Why, in God's name, can't he file a lawsuit that at least looks somewhat professional?