At Least I’m Not Watching TV

May 30, 2008

And I’m experimenting with new (for me) image embedding skills!  Guess where I stole this from?  That’s right– another blog.  And it’s about uncontrolled authority, too.  But I’m also not working.


You Are Not Watching Television

May 30, 2008

I hope LB will excuse a post that’s not about law, sociology, politics or NU. It’s about this whole blogging, internet thing.

If you are reading this, then you are not watching TV. That’s a good thing for everyone except TV network executives, and I thought this article, which I first found on Andrew Sullivan’s blog (there you go) was an interesting examination of the implications of that fact. Here’s the trailer — Wikipedia, in every language in which it is published, represents about 100 million hours of human endeavor. Where did those people find the time? Well, some might have come from the 200 billion hours of TV watched every year in the USA alone.

The flip side, of course, is that while I am writing this, I am not working.

The Commencement Speaker You Could Have Had

May 29, 2008

Here is a photo of a very prestigious commencement speaker, taken yesterday at the Air Force Academy.  Bush Chest Bump

Bush Lied. Can We Sue?

May 28, 2008

As more & more people fess up after leaving the administration, I just feel angrier & angrier.  Geez, can we citizens sue them or their boss?  I guess not–frustrating…  Pet peeve of mine: dishonesty.

NU Disappoints

May 28, 2008

From the Daily Northwestern, May 13, 2008 –

The announcement of this year’s commencement speaker has been delayed at the speaker’s request, said University President Henry Bienen on Monday afternoon.”It’s the speaker who doesn’t want it known,” Bienen said. “He has not said to me by phone, letter or any other message as to why he wants to delay the announcement.”

NU selected a speaker to give the June 20 commencement address months ago, but “his schedule is not revealed until a day in advance,” said university spokesman Al Cubbage.

Still, Bienen did provide a few clues to the speaker’s identity. He is male, an “extremely well-known person” and somebody who “doesn’t make a habit” of giving graduation speeches.

“That may be part of the reason, because it’s not someone who does this habitually or at all,” Bienen said. “It’s not my secrecy; I’m just honoring a request.”




After all this hype the cat is finally out of the bag.  Mayor Daly?  WTF?  Bienen made him sound like the effin Premier of China.   The reaction among seniors is clear.  The online version of the Daily allows students to chime in with comments on any story.  The most any story rated this quarter was the Dillo Day lineup at 17.  Now, out of roughly 1200 graduates, 125 have made their feelings known and the list is growing.  By my count the negative reactions outnumber the positives by 122-3.  There are talks of protests, boycotts, turning chairs, booing, etc.  Good thing NU decided to withdraw its offer to the good Reverend to avoid any controversy. 

So I ask you, oh wise ones, are these students crying foul over nothing?

Big Win For Workers’ Rights in Workplace Discrimination Suits

May 27, 2008

Today’s two Supreme Court decisions — Gomez-Perez v. Potter and CBOCS West, Inc. v. Humphriesheld that federal laws barring workplace discrimination protect workers against retaliation if they complain about bias on the job.   This expansive view of civil rights — particularly worker’s rights — is a welcome turn away from last year’s ruling in Ledbetter v. Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company that limited plaintiff’s ability to seek redress in pay-discrimination cases.  The rights upheld today went beyond those explicitly articulated by congressional legislation.  That gives me confidence that the Roberts Court may bring a larger role for the judiciary in enforcing civil rights law.

Laura Beth, how psyched are you about this?

Here is more commentary by the New York Times, SCOTUSBlog and the Christian Science Monitor.

Is it June?

May 27, 2008

June or not, our distinguished leader heard today that she has been promoted to associate professor with tenure.  I am sure her children will help put together a video that rivals Brian’s dramatic Jayhawk footage.

Her now tenured highness received this news in a hotel room in Montreal, where she is attending the Law and Society Association Meetings.

Hardy congratulations for a promotion well deserved.

Actually, way to go LB.  You rock.

She has been pretty daring before getting tenure.  Hold onto your hats everybody.