Found Rebus:

Eric Berlin writes:

I know you have at least a passing interest in wordplay and puzzles, so you may be amused by a discovery made by [David Shukan,] one of my co-members in the National Puzzlers' League.

A drop of background: The NPL's monthly newsletter, The Enigma, is filled with puzzles. Some of these are rebuses. In a rebus, you are given a symbol or a series of symbols, and must decode their meaning. For instance, given the symbol


you might arrive at the answer "abalone" — "a b, alone." (You are also given a verse with a word removed, so you can use the context of the verse to help guide you to the answer.)

The discovery made by my colleague is this: Your blog post here can be used as a rebus symbol in the same way as the B above. The answer to this rebus is shown in the very first comment to that post: "Probably judicial immunity from suit is better than the alternative, but man, I can't help wishing for 1983/Bivens liability for such solutionly out-of-line judges."

What is the solution, which both fits the comment and describes my post? No fair peeking.

9.14.2006 8:40pm
DosPeros (mail) (www):
Oh boy...somebody needs a date BAD. I'll admit, though, not only did I have to peek, I then had to think about it to put it together.
9.14.2006 11:06pm
PatHMV (mail) (www):
What a banner day for bombast!
9.14.2006 11:17pm
bornyesterday (mail) (www):
Oh that hurts me deep in my soul
9.14.2006 11:35pm
Tinhorn (mail):
Confessing that the culprit was I. (EV, you know me better as Dave Shukan.)

Thanks to EB for forwarding my little observation to a larger audience.
9.14.2006 11:39pm
xcosray (mail):
flag rant ly
9.15.2006 1:45am
Eugene Volokh (www):
David: Well done! I've updated the post to note your name.
9.15.2006 2:39am
fishbane (mail):
Wow, I didn't know these had a name. I've been playing this game for years with a few people.

Here's one: eə

In case that doesn't work in other charsets, that's "e", followed by the "Schwa".
9.15.2006 5:14am
just me:
I suggest we segue into Tom Swifties.

My favorite:

"Oh, no, I've dropped my toothpaste," said Tom, crestfallen.
9.15.2006 10:19am
Eh Nonymous (mail) (www):
just me: that's not a Tom Swifty in the sense that it should be of the form:

"Oh no, the wave broke," said Tom crestfallenly.

"But that angle is more than 90 degrees," Tom said obtusely.

"I still think that woman is really a dude," Tom said intransigently.
9.15.2006 11:58am
Paul Johnson (mail):
"I just lost a game of Russian roulette," Tom said absentmindedly.
9.15.2006 1:11pm
WxWax (mail):
9.15.2006 2:14pm
KenB (mail):
My favorites (warning -- PG13):

"I just don't know what to think about homosexuality," said Tom, half in earnest.

"Necrophilia, however, suits me fine," said Tom, in dead earnest.
9.15.2006 3:37pm