Defending My 1st Amendment “Privileges” From Marty Peretz

May Marty Peretz’ tongue cleave to the roof of his mouth.

What Mark said.

I will add, “May his tongue cleave to the roof of his mouth.”

Readers of any tribal persuasion are invited to join in.

Author: Jonathan Zasloff

Jonathan Zasloff teaches Torts, Land Use, Environmental Law, Comparative Urban Planning Law, Legal History, and Public Policy Clinic - Land Use, the Environment and Local Government. He grew up and still lives in the San Fernando Valley, about which he remains immensely proud (to the mystification of his friends and colleagues). After graduating from Yale Law School, and while clerking for a federal appeals court judge in Boston, he decided to return to Los Angeles shortly after the January 1994 Northridge earthquake, reasoning that he would gladly risk tremors in order to avoid the average New England wind chill temperature of negative 55 degrees. Professor Zasloff has a keen interest in world politics; he holds a PhD in the history of American foreign policy from Harvard and an M.Phil. in International Relations from Cambridge University. Much of his recent work concerns the influence of lawyers and legalism in US external relations, and has published articles on these subjects in the New York University Law Review and the Yale Law Journal. More generally, his recent interests focus on the response of public institutions to social problems, and the role of ideology in framing policy responses. Professor Zasloff has long been active in state and local politics and policy. He recently co-authored an article discussing the relationship of Proposition 13 (California's landmark tax limitation initiative) and school finance reform, and served for several years as a senior policy advisor to the Speaker of California Assembly. His practice background reflects these interests: for two years, he represented welfare recipients attempting to obtain child care benefits and microbusinesses in low income areas. He then practiced for two more years at one of Los Angeles' leading public interest environmental and land use firms, challenging poorly planned development and working to expand the network of the city's urban park system. He currently serves as a member of the boards of the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy (a state agency charged with purchasing and protecting open space), the Los Angeles Center for Law and Justice (the leading legal service firm for low-income clients in east Los Angeles), and Friends of Israel's Environment. Professor Zasloff's other major activity consists in explaining the Triangle Offense to his very patient wife, Kathy.

8 thoughts on “Defending My 1st Amendment “Privileges” From Marty Peretz”

  1. May he grow like an onion. With his head in the ground and his feet in the air.

    "A cholera soll ihn treffen."

  2. A choleryeh aft zein.

    Okay, it's pretty much what Bernard Yomtov said. But it was on my mind when I opened the comments box. So I'll add a hearty:

    Gain in drerd arein!

  3. The wish for another's tongue to cleave to the roof of his mouth has always puzzled me. An object that is cleft is split into two parts. Cleavage means separation. Separation between one's tongue and the roof of one's mouth is the ordinary state of affairs.

  4. Cleave is an auto-antonym. Like sanction.

    May he never remember what the heck he came into the kitchen to do.

  5. There are two distinct English words, both spelled "cleave" and pronounced identically. One means "split", and one means "join together".

    I say that they are distinct words because they have significantly different etymological histories–according to Merriam-Webster, at least:

    * one comes from "Middle English clevien, from Old English clifian; akin to Old High German kleben to stick",

    * the other comes from "Middle English cleven, from Old English clēofan; akin to Old Norse kljūfa to split, Latin glubere to peel, Greek glyphein to carve".

    Note the difference between "clifian" and "cleofan", but also note how they might tend to run together.

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