Friday, November 17, 2006

July 2006 California Bar Examination

Application Number: 221
File Number: Joli Rouge
The name above appears on the pass list for the July 2006 California Bar Examination.

Sunday, October 01, 2006

common sense controversy

I was watching the morning news, where a supposed controversy going on in LA over the "Own it. End it." campaign.

The problem? This campaign stays that AIDS is a gay disease.

Guess what folks, AIDS is a gay disease. A gay male disease. Get over it, accept it and deal with it. Gay men have a substantial likelihood of having AIDS by the time they hit 40.

Does this say something about gay men? Does it mean people should treat them worse? Of course not. The problem is that there is a stigma attatched to pointing to problems in the gay community without being called a homophobe. So if you are straight, don't talk about AIDS, rampant speed problems, the dangers of other stds that are resurgent in the gay community.

Instead, we are treated to the ONE campaign, featuring dozens of celebrities who all insist we are at risk of getting AIDS. That campaign is so stupid it falls just short of parody. Perhaps they didn't want to pay royalties to Trey Parker for this little gem:

Everyone has AIDS!
Everyone has AIDS!

And so this is the end of our story
And everyone is dead from AIDS
It took from me my best friend
My only true pal
My only bright star (he died of AIDS)

Well I'm gonna march on Washington
Lead the fight and charge the brigades
There's a hero inside of all of us
I'll make them see everyone has AIDS

Congratulations to the Own It. End It. folks, they get it. Maybe a grown up approach to epidemiology will be more successful than the idiocy that has gone on in fighting AIDS in the US for the past 20+ years.

Thursday, September 28, 2006

Oh Al how I missed you.

Two from the weird one:

Wednesday, September 27, 2006

oooh just shut up


Listen, I undertand what you are doing. good for you. you are collecting a paycheck. I recommend you save some of that.

As for the rest of you propping him up to his nearly mediocre ratings... for shame. Have you figured out what you are doing wrong yet?

Stop trying to ape what you think the american right is doing on fox news with your own answer to fox news/Rush (et al). It has become increasingly obvious that you, as a group, are acting off the impression of whatyou think the right is doing rather than what the right is in fact doing.

As much as I despise Bill O'Reilly, just show me the time he called anybody not named cocco a monkey.

The tragedy in this is that if I were a higher traffic blog, people would explain how Olberman showed himself to be a superior man to Wallace by handing Clinton a check during an interview (because he was avoiding the pixilations of a presidential bj) to a man asking a relatively reasonable and fair question that to my knowledge hasn't been discussed in the mainstream.

Olberman.... stick to selling seeds

Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Bill, meet your better

Some people went to law school to actually learn about law and stuff. Imagine what happens when they try to deal with asinine law suits by political hacks like the one we have as AG in California.

Well, don't imagine. Check out Fern's post at Alone in Public where she shows that Bill Lockyer doesn't even pass the laugh test, let alone a legal test.

The lawsuit begs two questions. First, if the California government cares so much about pollution, why weren't the California emissions standards low enough to prevent the significant environmental damage Lockyer is claiming has been caused by car emissions? Suing car manufacturers after they met the standards we told them to meet seems ludicrous from a common sense standpoint, even though it's a viable legal argument.

Second, if the California government cares so much about pollution, then why aren't they building extensive mass transit systems in places like Los Angeles and Orange County where there are virtually no useful public transportation systems and millions upon millions of people who have lengthy commutes to work each day. The Los Angeles metropolitan area is almost certainly the largest source of the state's car pollution and yet the state and local governments aren't doing anything to curb the need for cars.
Why is it that these questions can be so clear, but ignored by our state's AG. It is our eternal shame that we let a wanna be go to law school just to get a job he isn't suitable for, when people like Fern could do the AG's job without subjecting the state of California to ridicule in legal communities.

It must be liberal day over at google

You can tell because the day ends with "y"

So here are my 3 quotes of the day:
I had an epiphany a few years ago where I was out at a celebrity party and it suddenly dawned on me that I had yet to meet a celebrity who is as smart and interesting as any of my friends. - Moby
Acceptance without proof is the fundamental characteristic of Western religion, rejection without proof is the fundamental characteristic of Western science. - Gary Zukav
They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety. - Benjamin Franklin

Quote 1: Moby, everything is more interesting than you. I don't know how you became a celebrity, but you are not interesting enough to merit being a quotable person.

Quote 2: As stated by a person who knows nothing of Western Theology or Western Sceince. Because both statements are fundamentally false. Western theology has become increasingly complex, and western science has become increasingly linked to politics. Oh, and Fatwa! you have defamed Jesus! I am totally calling you out. Bike racks, after school.

Quote 3: Yeah yeah yeah, it's Ben's most famous quote after, "why does it burn when I pee?"

Nothing wrong with this quote, except for the fact that people who quote him tend to forget every other principle from the founding, but remember this and the Danbury letters as proof positive that a) gwb is dumb and b) being a liberal is good.

Essential liberty is a concept that is complex and worthy of deeper discussion, too bad it's always thrown out as a one off for people being against even basic security measures by this administration.

As a basis of comparison, consider the following, the government can force you to keep and quarter troops in times of war against your consent. In times of peace, you must either consent or they cannot stay. THAT is essential liberty, and even then, the founders were aware of times where essential liberty must give way. Why? because as essential as it is as a liberty interest, it is secondary to the "existence" interest.

But using the founding fathers to attack the US government is easy, because most people dont' spend any time with it, and people don't want to attack the founders. Then again, people are more than happy to accept every other historical transgression against the founders... Wickard v Fillburn etc.

Google, I love your search engine, your email service, and the easy way your image service helps me find porn, but this is just a bad day for you and quotes.

Especially since when it comes to protecting "essential liberty" you are tough with the US government, but roll over for the Chinese all day long.

Talk is cheap, especially other people's talk.

Google. You can SUCK IT.

the cost of terrorism prevention

Glenn at Agoraphilia has some thoughts about the risks of terrorism related deaths compared to other causes of death... like bee stings or seeing Bea Arthur naked.

Well, as a matter of comparison. When it comes to bee stings, we have an office in every (appropriate) county in America to cover pest control. We have cops everywhere, obstensibly to prevent crimes, even crimes that don't mean death.

We don't spend a lot on preventing terrorism now. Before then, we spent a negligible sum. Our police practices for other things allowed terrorism prevention by free riding (see Neumaniam Bomb Plot)

Terrorists have spent very little before the "war on terror"because the risk was minor compared to the value of success. Even now, the risk vs reward factor favors acting out against the US. The only question is whether the US has truly counterbalanced it's level of effort against the level of risk, or at a minimum, has the appearance of such a counter balance occurred.

The problem is, practically speaking, it's really hard to calculate the costs we actually incur on those other popular causes of death. We are even harder up trying to calculate the marginal gains additional spending would produce.

But the Big 12 is a conference of peace!

In the wake of the Oregon victory by way of blown instant replay:

The Pac-10 replay official, Gordon Riese, has received death threats to him and his family. Let’s don’t go into how sick that is, only to say that if the feds can trace the call, that person should do some serious jail time.
Maybe Oklahoma fans should take a hint from pundit Hugh Hewitt.

If It's Not Close They Can't Cheat.

Sports and politics are inherently related. I believe Plato discussed how sports are part of being a proper citizen (but it's been a while.) One of the most important things that kids learn in sports is Don't be a whiner. Sure you can lose. You can lose because of blown calls. You can lose because of cheating. You can lose because the wind conditions blow a homerun ball back to warning track distance.

In the end, it doesn't matter. Losing happens, and your job isn't just to win, but to be far enough ahead of the other side that the externals don't cost you a win. If you lose, it is always your fault.

In sports, and in politics, the buck always stops here. Anything less is just poor sportsmanship.

Tuesday, September 19, 2006

I see Robin Williams is still out for that best actor Oscar, trying to prove he is a real actor by trying to mimic a comedian in Man of the Year.

With clever and timely lines like "I did not have sex with that woman... I wanted too." how can you fail? Pure genius. While you are at it, why don't you dust off the rainbow suspenders.

Pure. Comedy. Gold.

Monday, September 18, 2006

If the message is don't upset the snake, I want to be a snake too

Ghost Blog chimes in about the Pope having the gaul to actually discuss issues of theology:

I'm angry because his excellency (excellent at what? speechmaking? lol.) wasn't bright enough to see that his remarks are very easily manipulated into memetic weapons by the hardliner imams and shayks and local tyrants intent on deflecting criticism of their own regimes who are the real adversary.
We have a very profound saying out here in the West.
Don't poke the snake.
You see, the paramedics at our local fire department here on the front range of the rocky mountains treat a number of snake bite cases every summer. The story fronted by the cyclist/jogger is always that they were peaceably cycling/running past and said snake just jumped out and bit them.

So. Let me tell you about snakes.

First of all. If you anger a snake, it forgets quickly. Out in the San Bernardino county hills, I've met plenty of rattlesnakes. I've upset more than my fair share while hiking, or biking, or while trying to find other snakes. If you piss one of, he forgets.

Unlike these figurative snakes which are still mad about everything that has ever happened to them. The Crusades? Still mad. The loss of the portions of Europe they took by war? Still mad. The existence of Israel? Still mad. There are actual Kuwaitiis who are still mad at the US for Gulf War one.

If you name a transgression, real or imagined they are still pissed. There is a saying I heard from a middle easterner that seems to fit. "If you grab a persian by the arm, he'll never let go."

Second. If snakes are what others fear and placate, then other animals will act like snakes too. I'm sure my Rocky Mountain friend is familiar with all the species who copy dangerous snakes so they get the benefit. The King Snake has the coloration of the coral snake (red and black, friend of Jack...) some snakes thrash their tails in a manner to mimic the sounds of a rattlesnake etc.

By teaching the world that we should do whatever it takes to not stir up the snakes. We guarantee the world more snakes. Because the environment has become better suited for them.
Third, read the speech. Go on, read the whole relevant section and tell me what he said that is actually controversial. The problem isn't the fact that he said something controversial, it is that everything pisses somebody off. But apparently there is a species of snake that can get angered by everything, pick the locks on your door at your home at night, and kill you just because you are aware of it's existance and mentioned it to others. Be sure not to piss of that species of snake. But I must warn you, it's tricky, because you probably have angered it just by reading the Benedict speech without issuing your own fatwa.

Fourth, people who say "lol" as part of a substantive attack on the speechwriting of others should be taken out to a field and beaten with bats. If this ghostie has a question as to why the beating is going on, just tell them that they created and subsequently angered a snake.

it's that time

Tomorrow is Talk Like a Pirate day.

To get you warmed up. Enjoy these intellectual pirate jokes from McSweeney's

Q: What's a pirate's favorite aspect of computational linguistics?
A: PARRRsing sentences.

Q: Of which concept shared by Jungian psychology and Northrop Frye's literary theory are pirates especially fond?
A: ARRRchetype.

Q: Who's a pirate's favorite member of the creative team behind "32 Short Films About Glenn Gould"?
A: Don McKellARRR.

Q: What's a pirate's favorite alliance-creating diplomatic agreement from the Second World War?
A: The TripARRRtite Pact.

Q: Which ancient Greek lyric poet do pirates like the best?
A: PindARRR.

Q: If a pirate were to recite one of the Olympian odes by the aforementioned poet, which one would it be?
A: The XIth Nemean Ode, "To ARRRistagoras, the Prytanis of Tenedos, son of ARRRchesilaus."

Q: If that same pirate were then to recite a 20th-century poem about the nature of poetry, what would it be?
A: "ARRRs Poetica" by ARRRchibald MacLeish.

Q: What if he went on to recite a poem by Sir Walter Scott?
A: "LochinvARRR."

Q: Why does that pirate keep reciting poetry, anyway? Is he some sort of Nancy-boy?
A: Aye, 'tis a Nancy-boy he be. Arrr.

Q: Of the ghosts that appear to Ebenezer Scrooge in "A Christmas Carol," which do pirates prefer?
A: Jacob MARRRley.

Q: Can we replace that last one with something about Bob Marley, so we can have an additional gag about RastafARRRianism?
A: No.

Q: Whom did the pirate vote for in the Haitian election?
A: ARRRistide.

Q: Wait. Why did they let a pirate vote in the Haitian election?
A: Remember, the nation was taking its first halting steps toward democracy, and balloting procedures were rather chaotic. The pirate just slipped in somehow. Arrr.