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Law School: Help. Full Brain. Must Disgorge.

Posted on July 27, 2008
And on that note, I think I'm going to stop trying to cram things inside it. Good luck to all of my friends, and all of the other full-brained people out there taking the bar exam this week. I hope you have a clear and focused mind that instantly recalls all of the stuff BarBRI, PMBR, and whoever else crammed inside it over the past 6-8 weeks...

Politics: The news within the news on Iraq, and the U.S. position

Posted on July 26, 2008
The New York Times front page (of their Web site at least) ran an article today entitled 4,000 U.S. Combat Deaths, and Just a Handful of Images. The article discussed noted independent photojournalist Zoriah Miller. For those who have not been following this story (and I'm among them), the Marine Corps banned Miller from his embed position with Corps units after Miller posted on his blog several

Politics: Today's not news (but still interesting)

Posted on July 26, 2008
ABC's Political Punch blog posts a conversation they captured today between Barack Obama and David Cameron, the Tory leader, in London. One thing I'm kind of sick of hearing is about how Obama has an ego or, the alternate line, that McCain is domineering, rash, and angry...

Law School: Adventures in Contracting -OR- When Marketing Campaigns Go Awry

Posted on July 25, 2008
Today, while surfing Breitbart's Web site to watch a news video, I saw this banner advertisement: I guess this explains why the "e-Research Council" also resorts to spamming me to try and get me to sign up for their "offers."* This reminds me of another silly promotion going on...

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Law School: Deer Park Management n Bloomington has horrible ratings

Posted on July 24, 2008
Given the latest account from Pete, Bess Courtney and Deer Park Management here in Bloomington, Indiana are really reprehensible. The reviewers over at Apartment Ratings (even on other Deer Park managed properties, like Bart Villa) seem to agree wholeheartedly...

Law School: Only on the Internet (but at least this could be useful)

Posted on July 24, 2008
Law school--no, life in general--has two drawbacks. First, you always have a lack of time. It's the ultimate non-renewable resource. No matter who you are and what you do, you never have enough time to do it. Somewhere around the age of 12 or 13, I lost the ability to do everything...

Politics: Wall Street drunk, Congress was bartender

Posted on July 23, 2008
Apparently, President Bush said something at a private fundraiser that has the chattering classes all atwitter. He boiled down the housing crisis to "Wall Street got drunk" and said that the country is feeling the hangover. That's a pretty apropos analogy, if you ask me...

Politics: Veep updates

Posted on July 23, 2008
Time reports today that former senators John Edwards and Sam Nunn are on the short list for Barack Obama's VP choice. The former disappoints me, and I hope Edwards' earlier denials hold true. I have to say, the latter excites me (no, not that way, Chutch)...

Politics: The rich now pay 97% of all income taxes, so we should...um...take...more???

Posted on July 21, 2008
In case you've forgotten what I've discussed at length in the past, I'll say it again. One of the most distorted, unfair partisan political games is the one Dems and Republicans play over taxation in this country. The U.S. already places among the highest tax burdens on its corporate citizens among OECD countries, and our personal income tax has become increasingly progressive over the years.

Politics: Life imitates art--the silly season continues

Posted on July 17, 2008
A couple of weeks ago, I saw a political cartoon of a small McCain being crushed by a massive newspaper whose front page was covered in ridiculous blow-by-blow coverage of everything Obama did upon waking up in the morning. Life imitates art. Are we seriously going to make a story about how much Obama works out? Come on...

Life: Fun with voice mail the YouMail way (and, darn you, Skype)

Posted on July 16, 2008
Are you sick of your cell phone carrier's voice mail service? Wish you didn't have to pay $3-$4 a month just for the privilege of a longer message and keeping your messages longer than a few days? Try YouMail! It's free (ad-supported) and only requires you to set up a simple conditional call forward on your phone...

Life: Fun with Blogger Widgets

Posted on July 11, 2008
Google has added a new widget recently--and by recently, I mean last month--that makes blogrolls even more fun. I'm not quite used to it yet, but the blogroll down on the right side will update as posts update, and you (well, I) can see what everyone has posted right from here...

Politics: Right-wing media hide-the-ball games on Afghanistan

Posted on July 11, 2008
I would like to note two things about MRC's coverage of the Iraq issue that I mentioned yesterday. The Washington Post ran a front-page article on troop shortages in Afghanistan on July 2nd. The MRC laments that this is a shift in the "bad-news spotlight...

Politics: In case you missed it (and you probably did)

Posted on July 10, 2008
In case you missed it last week, because you don't tend to read Page 8 of the Washington Post, there's more positive progress in Iraq. As part of one of the war funding authorizations last year, Congress required the White House to report progress on 18 separate benchmarks...

Politics: What church is he Reverend of again?

Posted on July 09, 2008
I wonder how Jesse Jackson will explain away his latest statements. Apparently, Fox News and Sean Hannity have a tape of Jackson disparaging Obama after an interview. One of the microphones was still up, and he said--among other things--that he was angry that Obama was "talking down to black people on matters of faith" and wants to "rip Obama's nuts off...

Law School: So BarBRI has it's moments...

Posted on June 30, 2008
Moments like this morning: In explaining the rule for ameliorative waste (tearing down an old mansion to make the property more valuable, despite the holder of a future interest objecting): Professor: Can the life tenant tear it down? Yes! Why, because of the American rule that we'd rather be rich than happy!

Life: Epic Fail

Posted on June 25, 2008
I've seen this before, but it's still worth posting, if for no other reason than I can say the words "epic fail" in a post. O.k. Back to those fun Fed Jur essay questions from BarBRI. The rest of you can go to the Fail Blog for more epic failures...

Law School: Published is published!

Posted on June 24, 2008
Congratulations to my fellow IU alum, Pete, for getting his article on Alabama football published. Pete says he's no me. I disagree! Published is published!

Life: Do they think I'm desperate?

Posted on June 23, 2008
Apparently, some people think Craigslist posters are desperate to feed a crack habit, to get more singles for the strip club, to get some cash to buy scratch-offs, or just plain stupid. A few days ago, I posted a Craigslist ad for a generator that I have for sale...

Business: Skype finally gets it together; How to create a truly "mobile" company with Skype, TrustFax

Posted on June 18, 2008
I've been a Skype user for several years, but only here-and-there because of its limited usefulness for any serious business purpose. I liked saving some money on international calling when I was stationary out of the country, but it was missing a major feature for me to use for serious purposes...

Media: Going overboard for Russert

Posted on June 17, 2008
Hal Boedecker of the Orlando Sentinel writes about NBC and the rest of the MSM: Here's one thing you can say about journalists: Surely no one loves us as much as we love ourselves. That's one lesson of the Tim Russert coverage. A friend told me Sunday: "I now know more about Tim Russert than I do many members of my family...

Life: Renewable Petroleum, the Bush Administration, and Stupid Tax Policy

Posted on June 16, 2008
Pete has a post up from yesterday afternoon that bears a few comments. I'm right with him on the ability of the intersection of science, entrepreneurship, and market forces to produce some truly extraordinary advances. The London's Times' article on LS9's oil-pooping bioorganisms seems to be getting some renewed play for the company, but the story isn't a new one...

Sports: U.S. Open Finale and IBM's failures

Posted on June 16, 2008
Hopefully, you got a chance to see the thrilling playoff round in the U.S. Open and see Tiger Woods win for the record 7th time at Torrey Pines. Tiger blew a three shot lead, but Rocco Mediate was fantastic in keeping the pressure on. Tiger stopped hitting putts, and Mediate hit when he needed with birdies on 13, 14, and 15...

Politics: Not all politics is stuffy

Posted on June 15, 2008
Barack Obama made a cliched remark at a campaign fundraiser on Friday: "If they bring a knife to the fight, we bring a gun." Kudos to the McCain campaign for their witty response. In a statement, the campaign praised Obama for abandoning his opposition to the manufacture, sale, or possession of handguns, but concluded: [W]e're having second thoughts about our proposed series of town halls.

Life: Surreal

Posted on June 15, 2008
If you were looking for a photo that captured the meaning of the word "surreal" for a person who had never heard the word before, you might well choose this one: (Credit: AP/Jeff Roberson) Those are houses that have washed up against a train bridge...

Politics: Global (Jupiter) warming

Posted on May 23, 2008
NASA reports today that Jupiter is undergoing global warming: Jupiter's recent outbreak of red spots is likely related to large scale climate change as the gas giant planet is getting warmer near the equator.Of course, this contradicts what NASA and other researchers predicted in 2004, when they said Jupiter would lose most of its red spots...

Media: More Google hypocrisy

Posted on May 21, 2008
Maybe I'm a little torqued that Google took six weeks to fix their Google Apps bug that prevented users from verifying e-mail addresses, but I am pretty sure this would have jumped out at me right away anyways. Remember when Google agreed to censor search results for the Chinese government? Now comes the news that Google--under the rubric of "free speech" and a "right to express unpopular

Politics: Update on important legislation

Posted on May 20, 2008
Speaking about Congress and passing bills, Congressman Paul Ryan introduced a bill earlier this month that would take care of the problems with the Fed: Five: Stop stoking inflation Additional responsibility for our current state of affairs rests with the Federal Reserve, whose dramatic interest rate cuts since last fall have pushed crude oil prices to new heights and stoked inflation...

Politics: And they say BUSH is the stupid one

Posted on May 20, 2008
Congress has record low approval ratings, and today they showed why. By a 324-84 vote, the mental giants learned representatives passed a bill permitting the Justice Department to actually sue OPEC over the price of oil. OPEC. Over the price of oil...

Politics: Stop the presses!

Posted on May 14, 2008
Yet another sign that the Democrat primary has jumped the shark (please, please, please Hillary--give up already!): You may have missed it on account of John Edwards finally getting off the fence and backing Obama, the College Democrats of America have decided to *drum roll* endorsed Obama...

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