Saturday, October 15, 2005


Ooooh, Snaps.

I'm listening to past Supreme Court Oral Arguments on C-Span radio (Lawrence & Garner v Texas 2003) and one of the Justices asked if this was a state law in Texas in the 1830's. The lawyer responded, "I don't think Texas was a state in the 1830's." Texas became a state in 1845.

I love those little stabs during Supreme Court Oral Arguments. My favorite I used in a passage for a History of Women in America paper I wrote during college. During oral argument in the Roe case the Texas attorney stated that the woman makes her choice to have the child at the time of conception, which caused one Justice to respond "maybe she makes her choice when she decides to live in the state of Texas."

The girl I'm seeing doesn't find these exchanges that interesting so I'm relegated to sharing them with my small readership.



Hey all,

Here's an AP background story on Miers.

Here is a story on plans to turn Paradise Lost into a major Hollywood Motion Picture (supposedly staying true to Milton's vision).

Also, I haven't been able to find out who said it yet, but while listening to coverage of the anniversary of the million man march on C-Span radio yesterday, one speaker got up and said that blacks would never be free until ALL white's are "exterminated." Yes, that was the word he used. C-Span radio only mentions who is speaking sporadically and I missed the beginning of his speach, but if anyone else heard it and can give me a name I'd appreciate it. It had to be someone prominant to have gotten a speaker role which is part of why I'm disturbed that I haven't found any articles on the statement. I will say that the statement was met with only moderate applause, which I'm not really sure if I should be happy about or not, and that the speaker who followed him (I didn't catch the name or I'd give him some credit) immediately distanced himself from the comments, as did Tavis Smiley who spoke some time later.


Thursday, October 06, 2005


Josh's Relationship Tip of the Day

If you are walking down the street with the girl you are dating and she catches you checking out a jogger as she goes running by and asks you "did you just check her out?" the answer is no regardless of how obvious it was...and if she responds "but you are here with me" the correct response is NOT "but I already checked you out."

See, these are the kinds of pointers you just don't get from reading self help dating books.


I'm Jayne? Really?

You scored as Jayne Cobb. The Mercenary. You are in this for the money, plain as that. You like things simple that way, but mainly as anything else confuses you. You get the job done, and don't care what people think. Not as long as you get paid anyway.

Jayne Cobb


Hoban 'Wash' Washburne


Zoe Alleyne Washburne


The Operative


River Tam


Kaylee Frye


Simon Tam


Inara Serra


Shepherd Derrial Book


Capt. Mal Reynolds


Which Serenity character are you?
created with


Stolen Post

Since my readership is around 20 or 30 and Cafe Hayek's readership has got to be at least twice that (I kid because I love) I hope they won't mind me not merely linking back to this post, but also including it in it's entirety since so many of my friends have an aversion to actually clicking links to read what I am referencing. The post is short otherwise I'd try to steal only a small portion and make you all go back and read the rest, but unfortuneatly they are much to succint for me to cut much of anything. I will encourage everyone to check the blog out on a regular basis however for a good read that will make many of my classically liberal friends happy and my modern liberal friends outraged. Anyway, here is the post:

"I learned today, listening to this NPR interview of David Rakoff, that the U.S. Department of Justice asks people seeking to become citizens of the United States "What is the most important right granted to United States citizens?" (See also here.) The answer is "The right to vote."

Not the right to be free from arbitrary arrest and to the writ of habeas corpus; not the right to acquire, use, transfer, and be secure in the possession of property; not freedom of speech; not the right to a trial by jury – no. The right to vote. The right to yank a lever in a booth on intermittent occasions, along with thousands or millions of other people, the collective outcome of which is the election of a handful of power-mad, glib dissemblers who specialize in picking each of our pockets, transferring the booty to special-interest groups, and persuading us that we are strengthened, enriched, and raised to glory by it all.

Some right."

Wednesday, October 05, 2005


Miers nomination

Commentary over at Findlaw about the Mier nomination.

From his piece:

After all, the Supreme Court isn't simply an appellate court of last resort, it's a political institution. Justice Felix Frankfurter put it well in a 1957 law review article: "One is entitled to say without qualification that the correlation between prior judicial experience and fitness for the Supreme Court is zero."

Frankfurter, who was himself appointed to the Court without prior judicial experience, continued: "The significance of the greatest among the justices who had such experience, Holmes and Cardozo, derived not from that judicial experience but from the fact that they were Holmes and Cardozo. They were thinkers, and more particularly, legal philosophers."

Among the "great" Supreme Court justices who didn't have prior judicial experience were venerated Marbury v. Madison author John Marshall, the prolific Joseph Story, and other bright lights. They included Louis D. Brandeis, originator of the famously well-researched "Brandeis brief," Harlan Fiske Stone, William O. Douglas, Felix Frankfurter, and Earl Warren.

Brandeis and Frankfurter are credited with crafting landmark First Amendment decisions; Warren is responsible for setting the tone for the entire era that bears his name. So much for the claim that non-judges can't succeed on the Court . . .

Tuesday, October 04, 2005


Off the Record? I'm driving along listening to C-Span radio and a democrat from the House is giving a speech at some group (I missed the beginning so I don't know what the group was). He proceeds to say, "I was over in Iraq and I asked one of the Generals, off the record, what he thought about..." This congressman than proceeded to tell us what the General said. Now I don't really care one way or the other about the specific text of what was said, but I have to ask how someone can sit there with a straight face and tell you they asked someone something off the record and then proceed to tell you what they said without you standing up and calling them an idiot. If you are going to break your word that something is "off the record" then don't tell people when you are being broadcast that you were told it off the record. These are the people we have in office. Ugh.

A few links...

From Forbes:

"U.S. scientists and their supporters tend to assume biomedical research is threatened by know-nothings on religious crusades. But as the Canadian law illustrates, the long-term threat to genetic research comes less from the religious right than from the secular left. Canada's law forbids all sorts of genetic manipulations, many of them currently theoretical. It's a crime, for instance, to alter inheritable genes.

And the law has provisions the fabled religious right never even talks about. It's a crime to pay a surrogate mother or to make or accept payment for arranging a surrogate. It's a crime to pay egg or sperm donors anything more than "receipted expenses," like taxi fares. Since eggs are used not just in fertility treatments but in research, this prohibition stifles both."

Singing Dolphins from Hitchhiker's Guide better watch out.

I have to comment. I don't like the's new layout. I preferred the old one. Yeah I know...I'm a traditionalist.

Monday, October 03, 2005


Meat Loaf Lyrics

I have to say...if you go to a Meatloaf concert with a woman be careful. It's amazing how many Meatloaf "love songs" will get you in trouble if the girl identifies your singing them with her.

That being said, I had a good time at the concert. Turns out it was the Meat's birthday. Third year in a row he's been in Detroit on his birthday. He had surgery recently and the sound system was a little screwed up so you could tell he was having some vocal problems, but he still delivers quite a performance. He also played a new song from the new collaboration he is working on with Jim Steinman...Bat Out of Hell 3. It was a paranthesis title as they are so fond of. I believe the title is supposed to be "If it Ain't Broke (Break it)". Anyway, here are some of my favorite MeatLoaf Lines for all of you all.

Love her for both of us.
"But if you give me your girl, and then you give me your trust
And if you give me till the end of the night
I’m gonna love her for both of us"

More than You Deserve
"When I saw you hanging round the truck stop, shining like an angel in the night
And when I saw you crying like a baby, I knew you’d have to be my wife

Then I saw you making love to my best friend, I didn’t know whatever to say
I saw you making love to my best friend
So I looked him right in his eyes and I said - listen boy

Won’t you take some more, it’s what you came for
And don’t mind me, I won’t throw you no curves
Have yourself a ball with my good woman
Won’t you take some more boy, it’s more than you deserve"

Nowhere Fast
"You and me we’re goin’ nowhere slowly and we gotta get away from the past
There’s nothin’ wrong with goin’ nowhere baby
But we should be goin’ nowhere fast
Everybody’s goin’ nowhere slowly
They’re only fighting for the chance to be last
There’s nothin’ wrong with goin’ nowhere baby
But we should be goin’ nowhere fast"

Two Out of Three Ain't Bad

"There’s only one girl that I will ever love
And that was so many years ago
And though I know I’ll never get her out of my heart
She never loved me back
Ooh I know
I remember how she left me on a stormy night
She kissed me and got out of our bed
And though I pleaded and I begged her not to walk out that door
She packed her bags and turned right away

And she kept on telling me
She kept on telling me
She kept on telling me
I want you
I need you
But there ain’t no way I’m ever gonna love you
Now don’t be sad
’cause two out of three ain’t bad
I want you
I need you
But there ain’t no way I’m ever gonna love you
Now don’t be sad
’cause two out of three ain’t bad"

Bad Attitude

"Well there are winners and outlaws and leaders and lovers
Behind every man in the news
And one thing I know is behind everyone there’s a boy who had nothin’ to lose
Behind every man who has somethin’ to say
There’s a boy who had nothin’ to prove
An’ every hero was once, every villain was once just a boy with a bad attitude"

Hot Summer Nights

"You took the words right out of my mouth
it must have been while you were kissing me,
yeah you took the words right out of my mouth
cause I swear it's true
I was just about to say I love you"

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