Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Cruising the Web

Here's an argument for striking down the power of the FCC to penalize TV broadcasters for obscenity and nudity. The Supreme Court is currently hearing a case on the issue.

And here's an argument for establishing undergraduate law degree
s from which students could take the bar exam and then spend the three years they might have spent in an expensive law school in a paid internship really learning their profession. Law schools could remain for graduate degrees. It sounds like a great idea to lower the cost of legal education and then legal fees.

The subject that people in my neighborhood are talking about is Roy Williams taking his team off the floor in the blowout against FSU and leaving his walk-ons alone on the floor. Now his story is that he didn't mean to leave those five walk-ons alone but that he had intended for the game to be called with 14 seconds left to play. He just didn't notice that his players were still playing the game. Sorry, that's just no excuse. He led them off the floor instead of waiting to see that all his players had left. He claims that he didn't know that they kept playing until he watched the game tape. Can't he count the number of guys in the locker room? If he stayed with his team instead of hurrying to be the first off the floor, he could have shepherded everyone off. And coaches shouldn't just surrender a blowout. It just isn't professional. Sports radio is debating to call this The Great Walk-off, Walk-offgate, or No Walk-on Left Behind.

If the GOP redistricting in North Carolina is upheld in the courts, two Democratic representatives, David Price and Brad Miller, have now been packed into the same, very liberal district. They purport to be friends, but their friendship is already fraying as they prepare to run against each other in the primary. It serves Miller right. He got into the House because he was the chairman of the committee that designed the district after the 2000 census that he eventually won.

Eric Holder is so obviously playing politics by trying to gin up African-American votes with his action against South Carolina's law requiring a photo ID to vote. He somehow missed the 900 dead people who voted in the 2010 election.

Jed Babbin watched Gingrich's
Super PAC attack video, "King of Bain," and pronounces it "comprehensively vile." And Gingrich's line in the debates that he's just raising necessary questions about Romney is not all that believable. And Rick Perry's formulation that South Carolina is "at war with this federal government" was unfortunate. We all remember what happened the last time South Carolina was at war with the federal government.

Newsweek demonstrates why
it is going out of business. But their gratuitous attack on Rick Santorum's wife and her pre-marital history is particularly distasteful.

SEIU is going beyond standard union activities and are now planning to "occupy" every entity
that they consider their opposition from government to bank buildings. Meanwhile Occupy DC is not going gently into that good night. As Jim Treacher writes, "Occupy DC won’t be driven from their filthy, rat-infested encampments, you fascists."

Romney might be able to get away with saying he'll "probably" release his tax returns in April, but he sure sounded weak on that. It's clear that he doesn't want to release them until he's wrapped up the nomination. In the meantime, we're just supposed to take his word for it that there is nothing damaging in there. Perhaps not damaging, but embarrassing. His stalling on releasing them just ensure that there will be more hype when he eventually does.

Well, duh! Teachers are starting to realize that building self esteem doesn't happen with empty, unearned praise.


Stan said...

-- my vote -- No Walkon left behind

-- not sure about the law school proposal. I think the real solution would be to bring tuition for college and grad school back to some rational levels. I don't think law school, as presently structured, is optimal. I'm sure the first year could be reduced by half or more by ditching the silliness of the Kingsfield method of teaching.

tfhr said...

Do we really need more lawyers?!

How about more health care providers? Oh wait, litigation raises the cost of medical care (and everything else), so I guess we won't see more people working in health care or more people getting health care, for that matter, as long as we litigate our way to higher costs.

I suppose if we could produce aggressive lawyers that preyed on other lawyers (think lions v. hyenas) or if there were an equivalent measure like the caps that create the Medicare mess that repeatedly leads to "DocFix" legislation and declining numbers of doctors willing to take medicare patients, then yeah, we might be able to keep the lawyer population in check. Of course that would be anti-free market and make the legal profession suffer a fate similar to the one experienced by medicine.

But again, do we really need more lawyers?

ic said...

Eric Holder missed the 900 dead voters? Feature or bug?

Whom did the 900 vote for?

That explains why he's doing what he's doing, hiding behind African American voters. Practically proving the right wing extremists charges that African American voters do not care about law and order (e.g. election laws) to get what they want. African Americans who naturally resent the right wing's broad brush, fall into Holder's dirty hand and do his dirty job.

ic said...

Newsweek's attack on Santorum's wife is a warning against viable Republicans running for office.

Imagine what they would say about Mitch Daniels's who left her husband and kids for another man, and Jed Bush's daughter who was drug-busted?

Of course a Democrat's family is out of bounds. Heck, a Democrat candidate's own bad behaviors and rotten history are out of bounds. Anyone pointing them out is mud slinging negative campaign.