Blawg Review #15 a success; now even Supreme Court Justices blog!

Anonymous Blawg Review Editor writes:

As a measure of the success of your Blawg Review #15, the favorable comments about it are echoing in the blogosphere, especially those of your peers.

I include the following links, not (only) as a tribute to Blogger George’s victory over those other two guys (and over sleep), but because they may point you to another blog you’d like to explore. These blogs are all excellent, and the Georges are all humbled and gratified Blogger George’s work is mentioned therein.

One point I meant to make, but omitted, in Blawg Review #15 is that the mind-blowing experience of preparing it really opened up my eyes to the quality of blawgs out there; the dedication of so many blawgers to our craft, putting in tons of nonbillable hours; and the fact that so many of the blawgers are top-notch, highly experienced, and extremely thoughtful lawyers and legal scholars. Blawg Review is the best way to get a quick concentrated weekly dose of this wonderful medicine.

So read on for the links, and the hot news on Supreme Court Justices blogging.

Likelihood of Confusion by Ron Coleman says: “Blogadelic,” observing that it “will blow your mind.” I’ll take it as a compliment.

Infamy or Praise comments: “Blawg Review 15: Just Four Faces Short of Dr. Lao.” Who’s Dr. Lao? Find out.

Jottings By An Employer’s Lawyer sez: “Blawg Review #15 – Ready for Perusal,” heaping it on thick and heavy: “You have to not only love, but stand in awe at the wit and energy behind Blawg Review #15.”

Jottings is part of the Legal Blog Watch network, where the above comment is republished under the title: “Read. This. Now.”

This week, Carnival of the Vanities, the progenitor and most widely-read of all blog carnivals, features a series by a number of Supreme Court Justices. Blawg Review #15 is mentioned by Justice Souter, who is introduced as the Justice who “wrote the majority opinion in the recent Ten Commandments case that said you can’t display them at the courthouse. No, not the one that said you can display them outside the courthouse, the other one.”

That reminds me, when I saw the paper the day those cases were announced, it had two photos, one of the heavy stone tablets, which were held permissible, and the other of framed copies of the Commandments hanging behind the desk in a judge’s chambers.

Intuitively, without even reading the opinions, I brilliantly grasped the rule: if it’s so big it would take a machine to remove it, it’s OK; but if you can easily pull it down, you must do so. Kind of a balancing of the burdens, if you will. Actually, the real lesson of those cases is this: if you want to push the limits on church-state issues, expect legal challenges, because the law is still so murky. If you want to stay out of litigation, act conservatively. At times this necessarily has a chilling effect, as when Boy Scouts decide they can’t be sponsored by public schools any more because they talk (briefly) about God.

Anyway, speaking of Carnival of the Vanities, I went hunting for a few other examples of it, just for fun. I quickly found this one from Signal+Noise, which shows beyond a doubt that I was spot on in my approach to Blawg Review #15, juxtaposing images and unlikely text (i.e., song titles and lyrics) with the blawg posts. Check it out for insight into yet another wacked-out blogger’s mind.

Now, I promise, no more on Blawg Review #15; I’ll return promptly to posting on what my readers expect. And thank you, Michael, for keeping that content flowing whilst I’ve been preoccupied.

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