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The term "bully pulpit" stems from President Theodore Roosevelt's reference to the White House as a "bully pulpit," meaning a terrific platform from which to persuasively advocate an agenda. Roosevelt often used the word "bully" as an adjective meaning superb/wonderful. The Bully Pulpit features news, reasoned discourse, opinion and some humor.

Thursday, March 23, 2006

RE: Court Limits Police Access

The following makes my earlier post from The Onion a bit funnier (well, sadder, actually), just in case you didn't hear about it first.

You've lost me on this one, Strother. I'm assuming you mean the "Onion" piece on revisiting women's suffrage. I'm not sure what this ruling has to do with that, hopefully you can clarify.

The AP report seems to make a big deal about the battered woman aspect of Roberts' dissent, but that is purely sensationalistic since Roberts' only used battered women as one example of a situation in which this odd ruling would hamper police. In fact, Scalia addressed the issue of the negative effect of this ruling on women moreso than did Roberts. The fact that the AP neglected to mention that shouldn't be shocking to anyone, though.


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