Atheism is a crutch for those who cannot bear the reality of God.
--Tom Stoppard
Religion is a crutch for the weak-minded.
--Jesse Ventura

  Froggi's update  

Thoughts and observations on the world at large, but mostly the parts of it that revolve around me.

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How Appealing
Lileks at Newhouse News
Rebeccafrog LiveJournal
The Volokh Conspiracy

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I think I am going to experiment with my livejournal for a bit, and see how I like it. I made it so I could stop being anonymous when I replied to Dori's posts. I will have to do something about the colors. They are close, but not quite right.

  posted by Rebecca Comments-[ comments.] @ 13:08

Wednesday, January 26, 2005  

Professor Becker makes the case for racial profiling as a means of efficient crime deterrence. Judge Posner responds. Good reads, both. And in case you're not paying attention, these are both on the Becker-Posner blog, so Judge Posner's reply is right under Professor Becker's article.

  posted by Rebecca Comments-[ comments.] @ 13:02

Tuesday, January 25, 2005  

This is what I get for not saving my work. I wrote a thoughtful blurb on each of two recently decided cases (actually thought about saving it partway through, but didn't), hit the "Publish Post" button, and got an error message. I haven't had Blogger eat a post in a long time.

Anyway, not up to reconstructing the post just now, so the short-short version: Go to Bashman's site (link below), where you will find links to lots and lots of articles about the two cases decided yesterday:

1. The Supreme Court of the United States has declined to hear the petition to overturn Florida's Supreme Court decision to overturn "Terri's Law." Terri Schiavo's parents lack any further legal recourse to prevent her husband from removing her feeding tube. Terri has been in a vegetative coma since 1991, and had explicitly told her husband that she didn't want to be kept alive hooked up to machines and tubes.

2. SCOTUS ruled that a dog-sniff is not a search that triggers Fourth Amendment protections and restrictions, even pursuant to a non-drug-related traffic stop where the was no cause to think the guy might have 270 pounds of pot in his trunk.

  posted by Rebecca Comments-[ comments.] @ 11:26

A very readable analysis of the Virginia Supreme Court decision striking down that state's fornication law. The court pretty much said that fornication laws can't pass Constitutional muster in the wake of Lawrence v. Texas.

(First link from the good Mr. Bashman.)

  posted by Rebecca Comments-[ comments.] @ 10:45

James Lileks is cranky at Bath and Body Works for discontinuing his shampoo. As always when Lileks is cranky, he's frickin' hilarious.

A sample, to encourage you to go read the whole rant:

For a year I have enjoyed your “Aromatherapy” line of soaps and shampoos. It has nothing to do with the purported therapeutic benefits of the various scents, and we both know that there is no empirical evidence to suggest that slathering myself with these emollients will alter my emotional state in any way. If I find myself tense, coating myself in a thick paste of Orange Ginger moisturizer has no noticeable effect on my life, other than to make me feel unduly damp, and emit squishing sounds when I sit. But the aromas are nonetheless pleasing. If you have set foot in your stores recently, you will notice the accentuated preponderance of floral and spicy scents, as though someone had swabbed the walls with an expensive prostitute. I do not wish to smell like gardenias, which heretofore had led me to regard your line with disinterest But neither do I enjoy smelling like Oirish Spring or Dial or any other bar that starts its life with confident firmness but quickly devolves into a streaked lozenge covered with antibacterial mush; hence, my tentative foray into your shop last year. I soon came to appreciate the Aromatherapy line for its unique scents, which – if I may be so forward – were masculine in a way few other soaps dare provide.

It's a marvelous rant. Very few things cause me to say this, but LOL. And furthermore, ROFL. The overuse of these friendly acronyms pains me deeply, for if I wish to communicate that I have, in fact, Laughed Out Loud at something, I must use more words to indicate that I mean it, and not merely that I found the subject vastly amusing in a quietly dignified manner. Now perhaps other people are simply more inclined to laugh aloud when they are merely somewhat or quite amused, and I judge them unfairly. Perhaps most people are far more inclined to abandon their chairs and take to the floor in mirth than I am. But I suspect this is not the case. LOL should be reserved for the short burst of audible laughter. If it does not cause the other occupant of your den or office to at least look up with a raised eyebrow wondering what's so funny, it does not merit a LOL. I am less militant about my interpretation of the appropriate times to use ROFL, for there is no handy acronym that stands for "That was so funny I couldn't stop laughing for over a minute, I had tears rolling down my face and eventually had to get up to get some water to ease the ensuing coughing fit." If I am neither literally Rolling On the Floor Laughing, nor did the laughter in any way impair my ability to breathe or speak coherently, it does not merit a ROFL. If it causes a coughing fit, it gets a ROFL. If it causes me to laugh so hard my laughing muscles get sore, it gets a ROFL. Repeated bursts of laughter over several minutes also constitute a ROFL.

This means that I do not use these terms lightly, or generally, at all, since I do not like to use terms that have become imprecise, and I do not laugh as easily as many people seem to. I am amused, I just do not often laugh.

  posted by Rebecca Comments-[ comments.] @ 01:23

Thursday, January 20, 2005  

Rachel, just saw your comment to my "mob-lawyer" post. I am amused. Nik seems to think I don't need a concealed carry bulletproof briefcase. Can't imagine why. :)

  posted by Rebecca Comments-[ comments.] @ 01:06

It takes a very specific kind of geek to fully appreciate the following. I apologize if you are not that kind of geek.

So Nik and I have been playing World of Warcraft together, and we each created a character that we only play together. Both our characters are dwarven hunters. Hunters are cool, because they get pets who actually fight at their command. The hunter tames a monster, which then becomes friendly as long as you feed it. Different creatures eat different things. Bears, for example, eat everything. Crocolisks (they're six-legged crocodiles), on the other hand, only eat meat. Pets have several loyalty ratings. At first they are "rebellious," then they become merely "unruly," then "submissive." I don't know what ranks 4 and 5 are called, but my bear, Isaac, is rank 6: "best friend." Isaac is a good bear. But I put him in a stable so that I could tame a crocolisk.

And named him Scalia. You see, Rehnquist the crab needed a friend. (That'd be Nik's pet.) So last night, Nik and I were laughing hysterically as we said things like, "Go get him, Scalia!" and "Scalia's growling." Response: "Yeah, he does that."

Even funnier was noticing the loyalty ratings. Scalia is unruly. Scalia is submissive. I can't wait for Scalia to be my best friend. :)

Dori, you need to play with us. We're on Garona. You can have a Turtle named Souter.

  posted by Rebecca Comments-[ comments.] @ 20:20

Tuesday, January 18, 2005  

Fast Food Linked To Obesity And Diabetes. And in other news, dihydrogen monoxide has been linked to drowning.

  posted by Rebecca Comments-[ comments.] @ 19:31

Friday, December 31, 2004  

I've figured out what it is that bothers me about Spooner's objection to the oath of office for attorneys. The oath does not in any way imply that lawyers are by nature more dishonest than other professions. We are required to swear that we will behave honorably because we are in a position of trust. We are fiduciaries to our clients, and to the Commonwealth. Thus, we are held to a higher ethical standard than the average person. The oath is necessary to ensure that we consent to be held to such a standard.

  posted by Rebecca Comments-[ comments.] @ 15:34

Thursday, December 30, 2004  

Cheerios are utterly wonderful. That is all.

  posted by Rebecca Comments-[ comments.] @ 13:55

Merry Christmas!

  posted by Rebecca Comments-[ comments.] @ 11:26

Saturday, December 25, 2004  
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