Vote Kafka!

The U.S. Department of Justice has asked an appellate court to keep its arguments secret for a case in which privacy advocate John Gilmore is challenging federal requirements to show identification before boarding an airplane.

"We're dealing with the government's review of a secret law that now they want a secret judicial review for," one of Gilmore's attorneys, James Harrison, said in a phone interview Sunday. "This administration's use of a secret law is more dangerous to the security of the nation than any external threat."

"How are people supposed to follow laws if they don't know what they are?" Harrison said.

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the tools are fine, it's the body, the body's all wrong

President Bush offered an unexpected reason on Monday for cracking down on frivolous medical lawsuits: "Too many OB-GYNs aren't able to practice their love with women all across this country."

The Scweam!

The Scweam:

Linda Jones and Craig Kausen, daughter and grandson of fabled animation director and artist, Chuck Jones, have donated the Chuck Jones lithograph, The Scweam, to the Munch Museum in Oslo Norway in response to the recent theft of Edvard Munch's The Scream this past week.

In a letter to the museum's curators, Craig Kausen wrote, "When we heard of the tragic theft of The Scream we were heartbroken to think that your patrons, visitors, and Munch admirers would be unable to enjoy this masterpiece while the despots and fiends are tracked down and this work of genius is returned."

Continued Kausen, "Although nothing will replace Mr. Munch's masterpiece work, we are offering Mr. Jones' rendition to hang in its stead during its, hopefully, brief absence."

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