A little funny, courtesy of McSweeney's.
...keeping my eye on the ball. Politics, Current Events, Law School, Life, Books, and whatever else.
A little funny, courtesy of McSweeney's.
I have heard what the talkers were talking, the talk of the beginning and the end,
The Washington Post reports (via MSNBC) some interesting information about the budget.
But the cuts are politically sensitive, targeting popular programs that Bush has been touting on the campaign trail. The Education Department; a nutrition program for women, infants and children; Head Start; and homeownership, job-training, medical research and science programs all face cuts in 2006.
The administration has widely touted a $1.7 billion increase in discretionary funding for the Education Department in its 2005 budget, but the 2006 guidance would pare that back by $1.5 billion. The Department of Veterans Affairs is scheduled to get a $519 million spending increase in 2005, to $29.7 billion, and a $910 million cut in 2006 that would bring its budget below the 2004 level.
The $78 million funding increase that Bush has touted for a homeownership program in 2005 would be nearly reversed in 2006 with a $53 million cut. National Institutes of Health spending would be cut 2.1 percent in 2006, to $28 billion, after a $764 million increase for 2005 that brought the NIH budget to $28.6 billion.
My desk is clean for the first time since before finals.
In this Slate article, Steven Landsburg argues the premise that it might be more economically advantageous to execute people who write computer worms than to execute murderers.
According to the FBI's Preliminary Uniform Crime Report for 2002, the murder rate in the South increased by 2.1% while the murder rate in the Northeast decreased by almost 5%. The South accounts for 82% of all executions since 1976; the Northeast accounts for less than 1%. Read the report. (FBI Preliminary Uniform Crime Report 2002, June 16, 2003).
Some might argue that capital punishment has moral costs and benefits beyond its practical consequences in terms of lives lost and lives saved. Those who make such arguments will want to modify a lot of the calculations in this column. As for myself, I hold that the government's job is to improve our lives, not to impose its morality. In this, I take my stand with the president of the United States, who, in a 2000 debate against Al Gore, said quite explicitly that nothing other than deterrence can justify the death penalty.(emphasis added).
I managed to finish my law review note and get it in ahead of today's deadline. Could it have been better? Sure, if I had another week. I think it is pretty good anyway.
Rep. Lewis (KY) along with numerous co-sponsors, has proposed a bill giving Congress the power to overrule judgments of the U.S. Supreme Court if those judgments declare an Act of Congress unconstitutional. You're fighting this fight about 200 years too late, Mr. Lewis.
Several Afghan witnesses have come forward to identify the unit that tortured people in Abu Ghraib as the unit that tortured people at the Bagram Collection Point in Afghanistan. (Link via NY Times).
"Two men arrested with one of the prisoners who died in the Bagram Detention Center that month said in southeastern Afghanistan on Sunday that they were tortured and sexually humiliated by their American jailers; they said they were held in isolation cells, black hoods were placed over their heads, and their hands at times were chained to the ceiling."
I have this problem. You see, you have to cite various Restatements of the common law in law review articles. Our trusty bluebook tells us that we must cite the Restatement in a footnote using large and small capitals.
Boy, am I glad I did well in Torts. Thank you Professor Barkan.
Uppity Babe posts a list of 20 things you have to believe to be a Bush supporter. It's pretty funny.
I expect that my posting volume will fall off for about a week, as the pressure to finish my law review submission is really starting to mount. Still, there is a good chance that I will need to get away from it for a few minutes once in awhile.
African American ministers rallied in Tampa Bay, Florida, denouncing what they called the "moralistic terrorism of today's society." (Link via How Appealing).
I've been having problems with the boys next door. My family lives in a townhouse which is part of a block of about 6, and the two townhouses next to ours also have children, all boys (5 or 6 total).
This Friday, we are going to State Street for a bachelor party for yet another of my friends who is soon to marry. Our bachelor parties are all G-rated, since many of us are married and have strong feelings about traditional bachelor party activities.
Paul Krugman editorializes on President Bush's recent supplementary budget request for $25B to aid in the Iraq war. After summarizing the history of past budget requests, he says:
Now Mr. Bush is back for more. Given this history, one might have expected him to show some contrition — to promise to change his ways and to offer at least a pretense that Congress would henceforth have some say in how money was spent.
A secret directive from Secretary Rumsfeld to "get tough" on terrorists? It's not clear yet, but Sy Hersh is certainly a credible voice, breaking both the My Lai massacre and, more recently, Paul Wolfowitz's conflict of interest between his DOD duties and his membership on the board of Trireme partners, an investment company specializing in defense stocks.
My wife and I spent the whole weekend cleaning out our garage, our laundry room, and our basement. I'm allergic to dust, so now I can't talk. I'm going to have to tip the garbage men tomorrow.
Apparently the Justice Department and the CIA have adopted a series of rules to help the CIA toe the line between "high pressure" interrogation and torture. High level detainees are taken to unknown international locations and subjected to interrogation. I have a couple concerns:
Nick Berg's father blamed Bush and Rumsfeld for the death of his son at the hands of Islamic militants. I thought he was being a bit dramatic, until I read this. Now I am not sure that a little drama is not understandable. You be the judge.
Dear Mr. Nader,
I feel for my youngest daughter Winter, who is 10 months old. For the last three weeks, I have done little but study for exams, and now I am starting this Law Review packet which will tie me up for the next 10 or so days. Meanwhile, her older brother and sister get to roam the house and the yard (such as it is), playing together. It just breaks my heart when I think that this little girl has been so patient with me while I go through this high pressure moment in my life.
My free trial to Real One Rhapsody just ended, and much to my surprise, I actually subscribed to keep the tunes coming.
Some suggestions here.
"The state Supreme Court on Thursday struck down key portions of a gaming compact that allowed an American Indian tribe to run Las Vegas-style games such as craps and roulette."
Posted on Slate Magazine:
Let's call a State Constitutional Convention and toss the whole thing out.
I had my Criminal Procedure Exam today, the final exam of the semester. It was a three and a half hour exam, and I did it in about two. Either I really nailed it, or I missed some major issues and will now have to alert my family that I am a failure.
It's going to be hard to keep making the case that the systematic abuse of prisoners in Iraq is the action of a few bad apples, if an investigation reveals similar prisoner abuses in Afghanistan.
Instead of talking about important things, like the President's 9/11 testimony or the administration's reckless economic management, the mainstream media allowed itself to be distracted by a discussion of whether the ribbons John Kerry threw were his own.
A Michigan student, mockingly told to tell the ACLU about his free speech problem, did just that.
From a recent credit card offer I received:
I am finishing my first year of Law School, and tomorrow at 8:30 I have my final exam, in Criminal Procedure. For those of you who don't know about law school exams, they are probably unlike anything you have ever experienced. They are almost universally open-book exams, but you don't really have time to look at your notes anyway.