Mann Suit Update

A large number of media organizations, as well as the ACLU, have filed amicus briefs supporting our right to a speedy appeal in the mistaken denial of our motions to dismiss the suit against me, Mark Steyn, CEI and National Review. Note that they are not expressing opinions on the underlying merits of the suit, but simply preventing the DC anti-SLAPP law from being undermined.

[Update Friday morning]

More thoughts from Mark Steyn.

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Bi-Lingual Brain Benefits

I’ve always regretted not being bi-lingual. I took Latin in high school, which has been enormously beneficial, but I never spoke it, and I’m really only monolingual. That’s sort of a natural advantage that kids of immigrants have. I don’t know if my half-Iraqi nephew and niece are fluent (they probably just know some words), but I’m sure they’re getting some benefit from hanging out with their mother’s family.

I’d also note, on the education bubble front, that eliminating the requirement of a language for a college degree was an early sign of it.

Tea Party Racism

More commentary on Richard Cohen’s asininity:

within the conservative movement, we’re not unusual at all. Interracial adoption is so common within the Evangelical community, it’s triggered a bizarre backlash from the Left. In my own (quite conservative) church, adoption has transformed a historically-white congregation into a veritable rainbow coalition.

What about the response from the left? Well, we were audited (along with roughly 70 percent of other adoptive families) by the Obama administration’s radical IRS, and we’ve been subjected to vile comments online, hateful private messages, and crazy in-person statements from self-described progressives who believe that white Christians can’t be trusted to raise a black child.

When the Left calls us racists, as with most of their epithets, it’s projection.

Schadenfreudarama

Some might think that Jonah Goldberg is enjoying the Democrats’ melt down too much, but I think it’s just the right amount:

In the wake of Hurricane Katrina, it took about five minutes for liberals to cast the chaos and confusion of the disaster as a searing indictment of not just the Bush administration but of conservatism itself. Whatever the merits of that argument (and there are not many), Katrina was at least a surprise. The October 1 deadline for Obamacare was set by Obama’s own administration years ago — and it caught them completely off guard. The president may now claim that he knew nothing, but he must have wondered why Henry Chao, Healthcare.gov’s chief project manager, set the bar of success at sea level last March: “Let’s just make sure it’s not a Third World experience.” At this point, it could only be more of a Third World experience if Healthcare.gov required enrollees to pay with chickens.

Go forth, and share in his joy.

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