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Thursday, May 05, 2005

Preemptive Friday Cat Blogging 

I'll be taking a final and then relaxing tomorrow.

So here's your Friday Cat Blogging: Death Match Edition



Speakers getting punked by his older step brother, Lenny.

Checkin' out 'til Saturday. As ol' Greasysnacks&Potatojuice says, "see you on the other side."

Thursday Me Blogging 

A little exercise in vanity to further my procrastination - behold!



Note the "Funk" hat - found that in my dad's closet. It's an actual hat handed out by Cooper Industries (since merged and has some other name) in the '70s. Not sure why it says "Funk" on it, but it's pretty fuckin' dope.

Note also the John Deere tie, courtesy of my lovely girlfriend Jessie's dad, Steve - one badass dude.

"Militant Secularists" - Give me a fucking break 

Brooks gets to talking about "militant secularists."

There's a lot of problems with militancy these days, but very little of it coming from secularists. You might argue that North Korea are, in some strange way, militant secularists - but they're also completely insane. In context, however, Brooks is clearly speaking of domestic "militant secularists" - none of whom I can think of at the moment.

Militant religious zealots blow shit up, like abortion clinics, with frightening regularity.

Where are the "militant secularists?" Is that just an inartful way of saying "intense secularists?" Does that mean I'm a "militant secularist" even though I wouldn't harm a fly? Are all the people fighting Islamo-fascism somehow "militant secularists?" What if they're devoutly religious, just not Muslim?

What the fuck is Brooks talking about?

(Written off the cuff in the middle of a BA review session, so please excuse all the blubbering and lack of content)

UPDATE: Link fixed, and did some more reading.

Brooks defines "militant secularist" in an interview here:
Militant secularists are genuinely hostile toward religion and think it is a form of primitive irrationalism. When you suggest that it is not going into the ash heap of history, they get quite angry. That was a belief system I thought was petering out but apparently not. And I would say soft secularists are people who just go through their average day without really much thought to either God or the transcendent and just live in a world that is aloof from talk of religion.
So I guess it's just bad nomenclature for a straw man (classic Brooks) - and since few people are likely to find this obscure interview, misleading nomenclature as well. What he's really perceiving could be fairly neatly (and more intelligently) described by understanding the difference between Athiests and Agnostics - with a few caveats.

But "militant secularists" sure makes some non-violent people seem scary, doesn't it? At the cost of blurring the definition of "militant" - a word that now, more than ever, deserves clarity.

Delay and the Media 

Poor guy...

Wednesday, May 04, 2005

Footnotes 

Here's one from United States v. Murphy (.pdf file):
The trial transcript quotes Ms. Hayden as saying Murphy called her a snitch bitch "hoe." A "hoe," of course, is a tool used for weeding and gardening. We think the court reporter, unfamiliar with rap music (perhaps thankfully so), misunderstood Hayden's response. We have taken the liberty of changing "hoe" to "ho," a staple of rap music vernacular as, for example, when Ludacris raps "You doin' ho activities with ho tendencies."
It's a 7th Cir. opinion released today, so sorry for the lack of a citation (dorks).

Social Security 

I haven't posted on Social Security for a few reasons. First, I refuse to respond to people who lie. George Bush, CATO, Heritage, et. al. do not want to "maintain the solvency" of Social Security. They want to destroy it. They always have and they always will, it's just that Bush actually has the balls (and lack of brains) to try to pull it off.

So I'm not going to play their game and defend Social Security because the vast (and I mean vast) majority of Americans, when they figure out what the Republicans are really up to with this whole thing, are going to vote the fuckers right out onto the their asses. Social Security will then live on in blissful solvency with a modest hike in payroll taxes, probably on really rich people. That's a good thing in my book, so you won't hear me defend the program - it defends itself. They don't call it the "third rail" for nothin' - and you'd think a yankee like Bush would have been around enough trains to know why you don't grab it.

But here's a modest proposal. Let's take all the money we spend each year locking up people for low-level marijuana charges and throw it in the trust fund. Hell...if the tokers manage to get jobs, they'll be helping out even more.

Now wasn't that easy?

UPDATE:

Another take on Social Security over at Drilling Alaska.

Tuesday, May 03, 2005

Finals 

Blabbity blabbity RRRRRRAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAARRRRRRRRRRGGGGGGGGHHHHHHH!

I hate finals.

I went by the library today and I think I caught ISS.

For those who don't know, ISS is "Irrationally Stressed Syndrome" and is a conversation-borne illness frequently contracted by law students and passed to their peers by such statements as "I've been at the library since six this morning."

Though scientists have yet to understand how or why, it can also be transmitted through visual contact with ridiculous study aids, like massive flow charts or 3-D models of statutory regimes. Just the sight of sucha contraption crafted by an infected 1L or 2L can lead to immediate onset of ISS.

There is no cure for ISS. The only treatment is to stop giving a fuck.

Sunday, May 01, 2005

Mmmm...Sacrilicious 

Tee hee.

Gotta love the Fafblog.

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