Saturday, January 21, 2006

A Fun New Game 

Via Kevin Drum.

It's "Republicans...or the Mafia."

That picture of Abramoff in the trench and hat is just too much...who wears that? Seriously.

Friday, January 20, 2006

Volokh and the ACLU 

I read the Volokh Conspiracy. Daily. It's one of those group blogs where there's one blogger with whom I usually agree (Orin Kerr) and then there's everyone else. Part of the fun over there is reading the comments from the primarily conservative commenters when they tear into Orin for saying something that may tip over into liberal territory.

Well, I can't remember when it started, but at some point, the commenters tore into the ACLU, too. What happened next was pretty interesting. Eugene Volokh began defending the ACLU - while carefully explaining where he disagrees with them on individual issues - as a principled organization truly devoted to civil liberties. One example is this series of posts - the list at the bottom has the whole series. Click here for another example where Eugene responds to another blogger.

The top post is about the ACLU of Texas here in Austin, where I clerked after my first year in law school. Some may find it difficult to believe that the ACLU would support broader gun rights, but that's one place where my time in law school has changed my mind to some degree. If you read Scott Henson's take on the issue, you'll get the ACLUTX line. These days I tend to agree with the ACLU's position, if not the NRA's. A confluence of events led me to change my mind on this issue, but I should tip my hat to my favorite Libertarian Mormon, Mr. Probative. It was a series of conversations with him that first got me thinking about the issue more seriously, and questioning the liberal dogma on the topic.

Anywho...this started out as a post about Volokh defending the ACLU and ended up about gun rights, but that's just how the cookie crumbles. At least I'm back posting about actual issues again...if that's a good thing, anyway.

Thursday, January 19, 2006

Tanzania Blogging 

Though I'm sure most of the people who will see this know about it already, I thought I'd pass it on to everyone else.

My buddy Divisadero (see the blogroll under "friends") is spending his last semester of law school in Tanzania doing work for the an international tribunal trying the perpetrators of the genocide in Rowanda. Should make for some good blogging.

Check it out here.

Wednesday, January 18, 2006

The Billable Hour Watch 

Tired of trying to track time in increments of 1/10 of an hour?

Try the billable hour watch.

That's fucking priceless, and would actually be somewhat helpful to me, I'm sad to admit.

Tuesday, January 17, 2006

ACLU on the Case 

It was forever a when, not an if. But that when is now. The ACLU is suing the government over the NSA warrantless spying program.

Hopefully they will succeed and shed some light on this whole mess in the process.

Go get 'em, boys.

Sunday, January 15, 2006

R.I.P. Dorothy Kelley 

My trip to Peru turned into a trip to Florida to see my grandmother who was very sick. The trip to Florida turned into a trip to my grandmother's visitation and funeral who died on Friday morning while I was in the car travelling to see her. The family that was with her at the end say it's best that I remember her from when I saw her at Thanksgiving, because that was the last time she really felt herself. I suppose sometimes being late can be a blessing.

We called my grandmother Grannydot. She was an amazing woman. Her skills in the kitchen were unmatched - the best damn fried okra, white peas, and collard greens you've ever put in your mouth, and that's just mentioning a few favorites. She was a woman capable of a depth of empathy I try to emulate, but I think only comes with age and wisdom.

She and her husband, my grandfather Emory who survives her, were the children of sharecroppers in Alabama. My mother's childhood was spent with the two owning their own grocery store in the small town of Chipley in the panhandle of Florida, just south of their native Alabama. They had come a long way. Grannydot was known as the perfect homemaker. Friends at her funeral recounted tales of her skills as a mother and wife. She dealt with hardship in her life, but she dealt with it demonstrating a strength that uplifted those around her. She showed that strength of character until the end.

She will be missed by all. Rest in peace, Grannydot. I love you.

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