I’m a graphic design novice

April 25, 2008

Is the new header any good? Comments please.

Can’t imagine this on any college campus…

April 25, 2008

This would never happen today. I’m wondering: What’s caused our culture to change so much?

Another Taser Death

April 25, 2008

If Tasers are a non-lethal alternative to guns, then why do they keep killing people?

Ledbetter Filibuster — Where’s the Outrage?

April 25, 2008

The Washington Post, hardly an anti-business newspaper, made the case for the Ledbetter bill very well in an editorial on Wednesday. Key quote: “Business leaders argue that the paycheck trigger would allow employees to “sit on their rights” and wait to file suit until years have passed in order to make it more difficult for companies to defend against old allegations. This argument is utterly without merit.”

Nevertheless, Senate Republicans refused to let the bill even come to a vote, sparing President Bush the need to exercise his threatened veto.

So, what will be the political consequences? Here’s Sen. Barbara Mikulski in yesterday’s NYT:

“I have a terrible feeling the Senate just won’t get it,” said Senator Barbara Mikulski, Democrat of Maryland, who suggested that the still-male-dominated Senate remained out of touch about the nation’s changing workplaces. “But the women will get it, and we will start a revolution.”

Well, will they? Unfortunately, I suspect not. Young people, not old ones, usually start revolutions, and young women’s apathy or antipathy toward traditional feminist issues like the right to sue for damages for workplace sex discrimination is a commonplace. And Ms. Ledbetter was not the kind of woman whom young, college educated women might find easy to identify with. She’s in her sixties, and she was a low-level supervisor in an Alabama tire factory. It’s not like she worked for a hedge fund.

This blog appears to be read by only the five people who regularly contribute. But LB assures me that her students lurk here, too intimidated to post. Well, if that’s so, here’s my challenge to young lurkers, especially young women. The Supreme Court’s decision in Ledbetter was unjust, and the Senate Republicans’ filibuster of a bill to correct that injustice was outrageous. WHAT THE HELL ARE YOU GOING TO DO ABOUT IT? Please let me know in the comment section.

McCain on the Ledbetter Bill

April 24, 2008

Explains his vote against here. Let me know if it makes any sense to you.

The violence worsens

April 23, 2008

At least seven people were killed in 36 shootings last weekend in Chicago, and 13 of the victims were CPS students, according to the Tribune. Chicago is not releasing death counts on a daily basis, so the actual count could be higher, the Trib reports. Meanwhile, the AP pegs the death toll at nine.

UPDATE 6:27 p.m. 4/23: And five more killings today.

Full of Sound and Fury: Racism Still Going Strong

April 22, 2008

In Macbeth, Act V, Scene V, Shakespeare gives us, “It is a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.”

Yesterday Colorado State Legislator Doug Bruce succeeded in simultaneously embarrassing and insulting everyone in my state.  He was arguing against a measure that would legally bring in Mexican migrant workers to help our state’s farmers who have been experiencing seasonal labor shortages since 911. 

From the floor of the House, “I have read the bill twice (and) the more I read it, the more I dislike it,” Bruce said. “I’d like to have the opportunity to state at the microphone why I don’t think we need 5,000 illiterate peasants in Colorado.”

You don’t want to miss the full story on this.  After having time to reflect, he not only failed to apologize, but he confirmed, “There was nothing untrue about the statement.”

Sorry Mr. Shakespeare, sometimes the tale told by an idiot is signifying something; I’ll leave it to everyone out there to decide what it signifies for you.

Lilly Ledbetter, Goodyear, Time Limits

April 22, 2008

I received an email from Credo/Working Assets, a political group, this week asking me to call Sen. Feinstein & urge her to support HR 2831, the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act.  I’d never heard of this bill before, so I asked LB about it.  Then google helped me read even more, & what usually happens did happen—I became frustrated.  Most of the time when I hear that the statute of limitations has run out on an issue, I wonder what’s the point of having a time constraint.  I realize that witnesses die, minds fade, but whenever possible, shouldn’t we examine past events when a citizen claims to have been wronged?

So to all your fine legal minds on this blog, what’s the fallacy in my thinking?  Are you going to tell me ignorance truly is bliss & that Lilly would have been better off not knowing her rights?

Just Venting

April 22, 2008

No relationship to legal studies. . . . just a vent and a notice. Upgrading the e-mail at work. I am sure this is a good thing in the end. For now, I just clicked check mail and re-received over a thousand e-mails from over the past year or so. Undoubtedly there are real new e-mails peppered in this download, but can I really go through all of them? So if you are trying to e-mail me lately, I may have an even greater than usual liklihood of not getting back.

Where is Linda Greenhouse when you need her?!?!?!

April 21, 2008

I know, retired. But COME ON New York Times, this MUST be the lamest excuse for an article about the Supreme Court EVER.

Does it mention the grounds for these 11 rejected death row appeals? Well, yes, but just one. (Ooooh — on the 4th or 5th reading I realize that these were ALL cruel and unusual 8th amendment claims based on the lethal injection method being too painful).

Does it go into such detail that the average reader stops caring about the individual defendants? Hmmm . . . let’s see:

The Supreme Court on Monday turned away appeals from 11 death row prisoners in seven states, including one who killed his adoptive parents and continued to live in their home as their bodies decomposed, then cleaned up the scene so he could have a party for friends.

Yes. That makes me not care much about the guy.

Does it make me think about state killing (a la Sarat) or the implications for the states financially or morally? Ummm . . . no.

So that would be a zero for content, a minus one for deatials with no context and a minus one for getting us to think about the bigger issues. David, call the NYT right now — they must have an opening because if they keep this yahoo I’ll stop even checking their website.


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