A Good Lawyer?

Is that an oxymoron? I’m sure somewhere in this blog, I’ve ranted about lawyers. And if I haven’t, I should have. But every once in a while, one redeems himself. I recently received this legal argument that even if the UN Security Council finds Iraq in material breach of Resolution 1441, war cannot be legal under international law. Unfortunately, it doesn’t include the author’s name. I haven’t bothered to search the web to see if this is out there somewhere; I’m just going to re-post it here assuming that even if he’s a lawyer, whoever wrote this would be more interested in spreading it as widely as possible than quibbling about copyright issues.

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Quickie Links

Still being lazy, and just passing along a couple of links I recently stumbled on. Fact Squad Radio presents a collection of informative and amusing MP3 clips relating to issues recently in the news. For the sake of the bandwidth-challenged (which includes me when I’m at home), I wish they could also provide text transcripts to give an option of reading instead of listening. But for what it’s worth, here it is.

And, in The Saddam and George Show, Tim Dowling of The Guardian shows us what we could have seen if Dumbya had accepted Hussein’s challenge to debate.

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Ice Storm

Posting here will probably be sparse for a few days. Central Kentucky was hit with a major ice storm Saturday night and Sunday. Trees and power lines down everywhere. A lot of the area is powerless and probably will be for a week or more. Last major ice storm in 1994 left my house dark and cold for 5 days and this one is much worse.

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War Sucks

Yeah, I know, I’ve said that before. Unfortunately, I’m afraid upcoming world events will compel me to say it again fairly frequently from time to time. Actually, now that I’ve said that, I think the rest of this entry is going to be more thoughts on blogging than thoughts on war. When I originally started this blog, I wasn’t real sure what I was doing, but I wrote this item on what I thought a blog was, or should be. And more recently, I wrote this entry about what I’m doing, or trying to do,here.

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Duct Tape Wars?


Being both a geek and a horse person, I have long known that duct tape is one of those essential items without which life as we know it would come to a halt. But I’m still amused by our Ministry of Paranoia suggesting that it will protect us from all the dangers of the Axis of Evil. Apparently this warning is being taken seriously by a large number of the American flock of sheep. Hardware stores are selling out, and one manufacturer reports a 500% surge in orders and is running production lines around the clock. All the hysteria has reminded some people of scenes from Dr. Strangelove, and even inspired Julia Scherschligt to create this composite photo.

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Campus Crime

The weekly police log always seems to have a few entries that make one say “Huh?”, and this week is no exception. Intermingled with all the usual theft, vandalism, scalping (I hope that referred to tickets) are some headscratchers

• 2:10 AM Sunday “alcohol intoxication, subject in and out of consciousness, throwing up, unable to hold up head”. A college campus, early Sunday AM, this is unusual?
• 9:35 PM Wednesday “Suspicious circumstances, subject on skateboard being pulled by car” It might have been a phsyics experiment.
• 1:41 PM Friday “suspicious car, yellow and white semi parked for over an hour”. I’m not sure what the problem is here. Are all parked trucks now suspicious, or just yellow and white ones?
• 7:51 PM Thursday “suspicious circumstances, juvenile selling newspapers”. So now a great American tradition, the paperboy, is under suspicion? As long as he’s not selling out of the back of a parked yellow and white semi, what’s the problem? Has Atty Gen Asscroft finally succeeded in repealing the First Amendment and outlawing the distribution of newspapers?