Thursday, November 30, 2006

No Jet Skis For You. Next!

We're playing hardball now, says the NYT (through Reuters).

"In Washington, the Bush administration kept up pressure on Pyongyang, listing luxury items it would seek to block under U.N. trade sanctions, including cognac, cigars and jet skis...U.S. officials argue that if the elite directly feel the sting of international outrage, it could loosen Kim's control."

Really? Is this the best idea that we have?

Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Resistance Is Futile

prada glasses: just cancelled [firm A]

prada glasses: guy told me i was making an illogical and poor decision going to [firm B]

me: hahahahaha

prada glasses: then told me that it is not a place they lose candidates to

me: sounds like he took it well

prada glasses: yeah

prada glasses: but done and done my friend

prada glasses: so now all I need to get through is finals

me: "sir, have you mulled over the possibility that it is precisely this reaction that is emblematic of the reason that i DON'T want to work for you."

prada glasses: hahahahah

prada glasses: that is what I wanted to say when he tried to tell me they were more hard edged

Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Teacher's Pet

Her favorite picture of us.

Mine too. Just look at them brown eyes.

Monday, November 27, 2006

Brave New World

The girl sitting in front of me now shopping for "sleepwear and intimates" is again forcing me to contemplate the instrumental value of laptops in the classroom.

In addition, I'm now writing a blog post while I should be learning something about behavioral sanctions in the welfare system.

Sunday, November 26, 2006


It's official. Eli Manning was adopted.

Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Start Me Up

"With all my education, I can't find the words to say all the things caught in my mind..."

"Quick to the point, to the point no faking." "I'll state my case of which I am certain."

"It started out with a kiss. It was only a kiss." "Like a fool, I fell in love with you and turned my whole world upside down." "You got my head spinning, I don't know where to go from here." "A simple thing - where have you gone?" "God it's so painful that something that's so close is still so far out of reach." "There's got to be something better than in the middle." "What a wonderful feeling just to know that you are near."

"But, this whole world that we're in is full of pressure and pain, I thought it would change but it's staying the same." "Sometimes you can't make it on your own." "Maybe this year will be better than the last." "Y'all don't know my struggle. Y'all can't match my hustle." "So I've got to ramble on" "going down the only road I've ever known" "taking the midnight train going anywhere." "I hear the train a'comin" "long as I can see the light" "I'm in a New York State of Mind" "'til I collapse.""My feet are my only carriage, so I've got to carry on." "So don't go away, say that you'll stay."

"To confuse the issue, I refer to familiar heroes from long ago" "out on bail, fresh out of jail, California dreaming." "Everybody's got a hungry heart" "like a star that can't wait for the night" "you should too if you knew what this game would do to you." "Memories like fingerprints are slowly raising." "Good times never seem so good" "so just chill until the next episode" "living it up at the Hotel California."

"So hold me until it sleeps," "Tuesday's gone..."

Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Gimme Shelter

Now that I know I'll be working in NY again this summer for sure, I've been told that it would be wise to lock up housing too. This is where you come in.

If you know of something becoming available June-July-August in town, please drop me a line. The Long Island RR commute is not an option.

In other news, rarely have I had a professor begin lecture with such unvarnished truth and self-awareness as today when Prof. Administrative Law "welcome[d us] back to our continuing struggle."

Thursday, November 16, 2006

Upset City

Apparently Emmitt Smith beat down Mario "Slater" Lopez in Dancing With The Stars last night.

This from the Boston Herald:
Everybody's all-American Emmitt Smith took home the crown on "Dancing with the Stars" last night, beating out Latin lothario Mario Lopez for the top spot.

After 16 weeks of training and 10 weeks of competition, Smith's style and smile eventually won over both the judges and the audience, though the race was tight 'til the very end.

"It is awesome, it is awesome," Smith said, holding the disco ball prize like it was the Vince Lombardi trophy. "We've come a long way, we really have."

But, Emmitt never even had a signature end zone dance when he was in the NFL. Whereas Lopez, of course, had this...

Spin, Slater, spin. Recount, anyone?

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Final Answer

I accepted a firm's offer for next summer twenty seconds ago.

That's Debevoise, Dad. Not Deveraux.

Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Fairness? We Don't Need No Stinkin' Fairness

I admit that the following excerpt is entirely removed from necessary context that lends it the flesh of support.

But, here it is anyway - since half of what makes the Daily Show so entertaining are their relentless edits.

"Fairness" does not seem to us a judicially manageable standard.
Justice Scalia in Vieth v. Jubelirer, 124 S.Ct. 1769 (2004)

Monday, November 13, 2006

Hold Up

When did "troop withdrawal" become "phased redeployment?"

Thursday, November 09, 2006

School Is Cool

Kozinski, Circuit Judge, Concurring:

"The school environment forces students both to compete and cooperate in the classroom, as well as during extracurricular activities ranging from football to forensics. Schoolmates often become friends, rivals and romantic partners; learning to deal with individuals of different races in these various capacities cannot help but foster the live-and-let-live spirit that is the essence of the American experience. I believe this is a rational objective for an educational system - every bit as rational as teaching the three Rs, advanced chemistry or driver's education. Schools, after all, don't simply prepare students for further education, though they certainly can and should do that; good schools prepare students for life, by instilling skills and attitudes that will serve them long after their first year of college." Parents Involved In Community v. Seattle School District, 426 F.3d 1162, 1195 (9th Cir. 2005)

Wednesday, November 08, 2006


Actual e-mail from Stanford Law Career Services...


Tuesday, November 07, 2006

To Close To Call. Hell No!

With 0% of the vote in, NBC is prepared to call the PA Senate election for Bob Casey (D).

Bob Casey (D)- 223 (50%)
Rick Santorum (R)- 219 (50%)

Unbelievable. I can't believe what I'm watching. And, according to Howard Fineman, what's surprising is the "large margin." I'm glad networks have so quickly digested the crow from the 2000 Florida debacle.
Breaking News (9:20 PM)

Michael Steele (R) - 4977 (55%)
Ben Cardin (D) - 3915 (43%)


"NBC is prepared to call the Maryland Senate Seat up for grabs tonight for Ben Cardin I reading the numbers right? It doesn't match up right now but when the votes are counted we're expecting Ben Cardin to be next Senator." - Chris Matthews

Okay. I get it. Your ratings are better if you keep calling races. But can you PLEASE maintain some semblance of journalistic integrity? I only took one class in stats during college. But, I encountered no predictive sampling technique that could justify this estimate with any meaningful degree of confidence.

Legally Blind

Every one of my professors this semester has now argued, at one time or another, that "the law" is but a fig leaf or facade constructed to mask deep inequities in America.

In case you were wondering, the Federal Rules of Evidence are an example of special interest legislation gone wild, administrative agencies are essentially free from meaningful judicial review, welfare rules simultaneously incentivize sloth and fail to elevate needy families to the poverty level, and the the logic of "one person, one vote" equal protection has largely contributed to both parties ruthlessly gerrymandering 80% of House Seats out of an competitive electoral process.

Sunday, November 05, 2006

Weekend Update

Girlfriend and I saw Borat on opening night. Though it is probably too late to see a sold-out show with several audience members in costume, I highly encourage you to do the same. Or not, as the case may be, if the following clip doesn't do anything for you.

In food happenings, I perfected the White Russian cocktail, tried ten different types of squash at some farmstand, sampled New Haven's "famous" pizza for the first time, and had breakfast made twice by girlfriend - including one amazingly flawless flip of an eight egg omelette.

I also narrowed down the number of firms I am considering for next summer to two. So that's almost that.

Thursday, November 02, 2006

Room With A View

Gray skies. Yellow trees. Brick buildings.

We're not in Palo Alto any more.

Gullible's Travels

Federal Rule of Evidence 803, Advisory Committee Notes

Hearsay Exception for Business Records - "The element of unusual reliability of business records is said variously to be supplied by systematic checking, by regularity and continuity which produce habits of precision, by actual experience of business in relying upon them, or by a duty to make an accurate record as part of a continuing job or occupation. McCormick ยงยง 281, 286, 287; Laughlin, Business Entries and the Like, 46 Iowa L.Rev. 276 (1961). "

Um - the unusual reliability of business records?

Enron-WorldCom-KPMG-Cendant-Tyco say what?

Not that I'd advocate that the rules of evidence be changed to better protect the guilty by erring on the side of excluding business records. But, if we are going to continue to give the confrontation clause meaning, can someone drum up better logic to smuggle these documents over the hearsay barrier?

Wednesday, November 01, 2006

One Person, One Vote

Mr. Justice Frankfurter dissenting: "...This is not a case in which a State has, through a device however oblique and sophisticated, denied Negroes or Jews or redheaded persons a vote..."
Baker v. Carr
, 369 U.S. 186 (1962)

That's a relief. 2 out of 3 ain't bad.