Supreme Court decisions and Bob Dylan don’t often end up in the same sentence, but it happens, as shown in a delightful article in the New York Times.
Justice Antonin Scalia, who died earlier this month, was known as an opera buff, but quoted Dylan in a 2010 dissent disagreeing with the majority opinion that fast-moving technology meant they didn’t have to answer key questions in the case. He wrote, “The-times-they-are-a-changin’ is a feeble excuse for disregard of duty.”
A 2008 dissent from Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. raised hackles among the singer’s staunch fans when he did not render a line from “Like a Rolling Stone” as Dylan sang it: “When you ain’t got nothing, you got nothing to lose.”
We’re inclined to give the chief justice a break. After all, this subject is just blowin’ in the wind.
Republican presidential candidate and retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson promised not to whine if he wasn’t called on to answer any questions during the GOP presidential debate in Houston Thursday night.
He did get asked how he would go about selecting a Supreme Court nominee, and he promised a deep dig into a potential nominee’s background. Or, as he memorably put it, “The fruit salad of their life is what I will look at.”
But mostly he had real trouble finding air time as front-runner Donald J. Trump and Sens. Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz mixed it up.
Carson, again feeling left out, got desperate in the middle of a verbal scrum and asked, somewhat pathetically: “Can somebody attack me please?”
There were lots of empty desks around Western New York Friday morning, and lots of hoarse voices among those who managed to get to work. Blame The Boss.
Rocker Bruce Springsteen was in town Thursday night, playing one of his patented 3½-hour shows at a sold-out First Niagara Center. He ventured into the crowd, at one point crowd surfing back to the stage. He was in perpetual motion, including dancing with a woman from the audience. A couple of hours in he was still hopping happily in place.
While his fans may not have the staying power they did when they first heard “Born to Run” more than 40 years ago, Springsteen, at 66, remains an inspiration. Long may he run.