Metternich at least had a brain,

but how do we explain the success of the engineers of our own age of repression? Bloggy argues they're even beyond satire. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia has banned the broadcast media from a ceremony in Cleveland today where he is to receive an award for supporting free speech. His hosts agreed to the censorship.

Metternich on the press: "The public cannot distinguish if news is true or false. False news has the air of being true if no one can he found to contradict it. . . ." The context of this quote was an 1808 argument for governments getting their message out through the press in order to counter the liberal pamphleteers, but our own leader doesn't have to worry. The government's message is basically the only one out there.

Last night, before Scalia's closed award ceremony in the same city, the Roman Catholic Supreme spoke at my own alma mater, John Carroll University, for which outrageous invitation that religious institution shall remain for me even more unmentionable than previously. There the little mind declared, with authority, that we're all acting like we have a lot more rights than we actually have, and he means to do something about it now that the war offers such wonderful opportunities for a correction.