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Wednesday, December 15, 2004

Speakers Again 

I know, I know. I'm going way overboard. I took out that last one because the files were too big, so now it's new and improved Speakers pics -- smaller files and a weirder napping position:

First the closeup:



Then the smaller file, wide-angle shot:





Tuesday, December 14, 2004

Ukraine 

There's a lot going on over there right now. The poisoning thing is scary -- way too Cold War II for my taste.

But on the bright side, the "Orange Revolution" is going to make a serious go at keeping the country together and behind the democratic reform movement.

A pleasant periferal side effect of all this? It gives the left and the right in this country a little island in the foreign policy debate where I think we can all agree (except perhaps crazies on either side).


Just don't go, Asshole. 

These moralists really are retarded. The "The American Society for the Defense of Tradition, Family and Property" is trying to get Universities (particularly Catholic schools apparently) to disallow productions of The Vagina Monologues. That way, people who unsuspectingly walk into a play on campus called "The Vagina Monologues" (!) will no longer go through the shock of discovering that the play is about female sexuality (?!?).

Just don't go, Asshole.

Get him Ronnie! 

Somebody's finally singing in the DeLay case. Looks like ol' Ronnie might get his man this time afterall -- I'd written off the whole investigation a while ago.
A company accused in the campaign-finance investigation that has implicated associates of U.S. House Majority Leader Tom DeLay agreed to aid prosecutors in exchange for having charges against it dropped, court papers showed.
The company is a California corporation called "Diversified Collection Services" that has offices in San Angelo. Okay...this is starting to sound too much like a law school exam question.

The point is, I kept saying the only way they'd get DeLay is if somebody squealed and then this comes out with a major announcement. Man I hope Earle nails that slimy son of a bitch.


Speakers Returns 

Removed because pics too big. New cat pictures at top...this is fun



Monday, December 13, 2004

Medipot Oral Argument Transcript 

For those following this case like it's covered in gravy, here's the newest goods on Raich.

Official transcripts of the oral arguments are out. Click here to download the .pdf.

UPDATE: My favorite part so far:
Justice Breyer: . . . You know, he grows heroin, cocaine, tomatoes that are going to have genomes in them that could, at some point, lead to tomato children that will eventually affect Boston.
Tomato children?

UPDATE 2: Souter knows too much.
Justice Souter: And if I'm a sick person, I'm going to say, "Look, if theyre not prosecuting every kid who buys, what, a nickel bag or whatever you call a small quantity today . . .."
I wish I had been in the room. I bet it was more like "a nickel bag [pause - face flushes slightly - then dismissively] or whatever you call a small quantity today".

UPDATE 3: Barnett was shaky from the start, but kicks it into gear later on. This bit is great:
Justice Stevens: If you reduce demand, you reduce prices? Are you sure?

Mr. Barnett: Yes.

[Laughter.]

Justice Stevens: Oh, you're right. You're right. Okay. Yeah. Yeah.
I hope that laughter was long enough to cover Stevens' furious scribbling of a supply and demand curve on his copy of the brief.

He gets even better here - hammering home the economic/non-economic dividing line:
Mr. Barnett: . . . prostitution is an economic activity. Marital relations is not an economic activity. We could be talking about virtually the smae act. And there is a market overhang for -- from private sexual relations to prostitution, but we don't say that because there is a market for prostitution, that, therefore, everything that is not in that market is economic. We look at the activities . . .
Posner would disagree. "Marital relations" (which I assume to mean banging your spouse) is clearly economic activity...right?


Burn Out 

I officially don't give a flying fuck how I do on my last two exams.

I've been sitting here staring at materials for my test tomorrow morning for going on 6 hours and I think I've managed to learn something, but I have no idea what it is.

I don't give a shit anymore. This semester was over the minute a will and an estate beat the living shit out of me on Friday. Since then, I've just been coasting in this netherworld of distant stress and a total lack of initiative.

I've checked out.

Sunday, December 12, 2004

Why Pandagon Kicks Ass 

Because they have posts like this - simple and sharp.
The reason Social Security privatization will pass: the media is always willing to assume that the truth must always be somewhere between what happened and what some crazy motherfucker is saying .
Nicely.

New Link 

Added Kevin to my blogroll under friends. I'm sure clicking over to him will add a lot to my commentary on religion, law, and politics, so don't sleep.

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