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Saturday, June 26, 2004

Wednesday, June 23, 2004

Monday, June 14, 2004


So the problem with Civil Procedure, the course, is that all the cases are boring. Sure, some of them have interesting fact patterns, but you never get to see how the law applies to the fact pattern, because what you're reading is an appellate decision focused solely on the procedural aspects of the case. In Torts, you get to read
a case about a shatter-proof windshield that shatters, and you find out whether the manufacturer was liable, even though the plaintiff didn't buy directly from the manufacturer. In Civil Procedure, you get to read a case about a motorcycle tire that explodes, causing a collision which severely injures the rider and kills his passenger, and you get to find out whether the manufacturer of the faulty valve in the tire has sufficient contacts with the state of California to be sued there.

So it's not bad enough that I get to spend 7 weeks of my life reading these cases for school... Newdow lacks standing.


Friday, June 11, 2004

Thursday, June 10, 2004

Does anybody else have this problem? I don't have the energy to actually look for it, since no good search terms are coming to mind ("Your search - Firefox render shit ass ctchut7eohbyl - did not match any documents"), and I just pull up the offending pages in IE, but I'm wondering if this is something unique to my system, or what. Here's the offending page, but I get it with other pages, too.

Tuesday, June 08, 2004

You know, I read these stories about "authority to set aside the laws is inherent in the President," and it suddenly dawns on me how thankful I am that the current administration is so clumsy and stupid.

Well, I should qualify that. I'm open to the possibility that all this "getting caught" crap is part of the con game - that this is the "Golf? Yeah, I play a little." stage of the game, and we're going to find out just how cunning they really are once it's too late to lower the stakes. I would handle it differently, were I trying to take over the world, but I can see where this is an option.

That possibility aside, I can see two possibilities - either the administration is trying to take over the world, and it's really bad at it, or it's genuinely trying to do a good job, and doing it very, very badly. But looking at it from the "trying to take over the world" perspective - and understand, please, that this is just a hypothetical? I'm not saying they are, just "if they were..." - they have managed to get away with so much. Imagine what someone who was truly hell-bent on (say) postponing the 2004 Presidential election could have done. Not that I think it's too late for the present administration to try, assuming that's their kind of thing. I'm just reflecting on how much easier it would be with a President with a 60% approval rating and an administration that was able to avoid scandal entirely instead of merely being really good at shrugging it off.

Sunday, June 06, 2004

Thursday, June 03, 2004

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