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Entries from April 2004

Low Slung Brains, or The Fashion Police

April 23rd, 2004 · No Comments

I was going to log this under “social issues,” but then decided that it rightly belongs under “stupidity.” A Jefferson Parish lawmaker wants to put people in jail for six months (or fine them $500) if they wear pants that are low-slung and expose “too much” skin or “intimate garments” below the waist. Personally, I […]

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Tags: Stupidity

The War President, Redux

April 23rd, 2004 · No Comments

This may surprise you, but this post is not actually about the war in Iraq. Sure, it might end up containing a sentence or two touching on the war in Iraq, but it isn’t about that. This post is about the war on the economy — both that of the United States, and that of […]

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Tags: The U.S. & The World

The Edge of Freedom

April 22nd, 2004 · 7 Comments

Is America in its waning years? Many successful empires have come and gone through the ages. Could America be the next England (or France)? Thomas Friedman notes in an op-ed piece today in the New York Times that offshoring is occurring not just because labor is cheaper, but because, well, labor is cheaper. Of course, […]

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Tags: Social Issues

Weekends Only

April 22nd, 2004 · No Comments

Well, PC Connection has apparently made it official. Employees are only off on weekends; during the week, your company owns you. The current issue of “PCCONNECTION” — their (new to me) “premiere business publication…designed to provide state-of-the-art information” (there’s such a thing as state-of-the-art information???) — states: [P]ersonal blogs should never be allowed on company […]

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Tags: Social Issues

You Thought Heinz Was Slow?

April 21st, 2004 · No Comments

If you thought Heinz ketchup was slow, you really should take a look at the Barking Moonbat. Their tagline says “Your brain is the part of your body that allows you to know things. So if your brain is broken then you have no way of knowing it is broken. Therefore, you are a Barking […]

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Tags: Politics-In-General

SBA Election Report

April 20th, 2004 · 3 Comments

Well, I lost the election for Student Bar Association President at San Joaquin College of Law. Before I say anything else, I want to give a hearty “Thank you!” to those who voted for me. I’m aware that some of you read my blog. Last week, one of my friends and regular readers asked me […]

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Tags: Law School

The Meaning of Life

April 20th, 2004 · No Comments

I posted this over on Scalzi’s Whatever and then thought it would be a good conversation-starter (I hope) on my blog here. Since I’ve already used it as a comment to the conversation over there, I won’t do a trackback. (That seems like overkill.) So if you came here from Whatever, well…whatever! The discussion concerned […]

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Tags: Philosophy

Oil the Way to November?

April 20th, 2004 · No Comments

There’s a pretty simple way to figure out whether Woodward’s recent claims about Bush’s supposed secret deal with the Saudis is true or not. Let’s wait to see what happens in the run-up to the election. If he’s smart, and there was such a deal, the President will make a new one: Make sure the […]

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Tags: Oil & The Presidency

Why Iraq?

April 19th, 2004 · 3 Comments

This is the part I don’t get. With Osama and the top leadership of Al Qaeda still at large, and with the U.S. still gripped by the trauma of Sept. 11, the president turned his attention to Iraq. Could it be true, as Paul O’Neill and Richard Clarke have indicated, that the President never really […]

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Tags: The War President

Will the Real Thomas Jefferson, Please Stand Up!

April 17th, 2004 · 3 Comments

Over at De Novo, there’s a discussion about the impact of the Internet on culture. It started with an online symposium De Novo held (great idea, that) on the topic of Internet, Law, & Culture. And Jeremy Blachman, one of the site’s founders, then writes an article titled, “Would Thomas Jefferson Have Surfed Porn Sites: […]

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Tags: Philosophy