According to this article in the ABA Journal, we should expect “a rosy [job] outlook for law grads in 2016.”
Saturday, November 22, 2014
The word carnivore doesn’t even begin to describe weasels. These little critters are hunting machines. While their favorite food is voles, they will also prey on other small mammals and rodents such as mice, chipmunks, shrews, rabbits, gophers and rats. They hunt in a zig-zag pattern, running from burrow to burrow, using their long slender body to enter a burrow and hunt down its inhabitant. On occasion, they will attack animals larger than themselves. They will rush-attack the animal at great speed, grabbing onto the base of the skull, and crushing the skull with the help of their canine teeth.
Lots here about the relative size of weasels. Not sure, dearime, what you have in the UK. It seems rather stupid of them to be hunting them in Idaho, however, given what voracious predators they are.
Using a public restroom hand dryer? You may be spreading bacteria all over the place. - The Washington Post
But what to do with those wet hands? Putting them under a hand dryer could end up spreading bacteria in public restrooms, according to research conducted by University of Leeds scientists and published in the Journal of Hospital Infection.
I've always hated those things, more as I get older.
‘Now, That’s What I Call a Friday News Dump’: Final Report Released After Two-Year Investigation Into Benghazi | TheBlaze.com
WASHINGTON (AP) — A two-year investigation by the Republican-controlled House Intelligence Committee has found that the CIA and the military acted properly in responding to the 2012 attack on a U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya, and asserted no wrongdoing by Obama administration appointees.
WASHINGTON, Nov. 22 (UPI) -- President Obama quietly signed a classified executive order authorizing a more expansive role for U.S. troops in Afghanistan in 2015, ensuring American troops will be fighting in the country for at least one more year, The New York Times reported.
San Francisco is a weird magnet for poop. Travel around the city in the grimmest of Easter Egg hunts, and you'll find turds basking on sidewalks, chilling in flower gardens, gumming up subway escalators—hell, you'll even find them littering the roof of a three-story building with no roof access.
I assumed upon moving here this was the marking of irresponsible dog owners. I wish I could still believe that. But Jennifer Wong has torn the brown veil asunder with "(Human) Wasteland," a revolting map of all the anthropogenic excrement around San Francisco.
$weet dreams: Obama billed taxpayers $295,227 to fly home to 'sleep in his own bed' | WashingtonExaminer.com
In what a taxpayer watchdog group called an unusual abuse, President Obama’s decision over Labor Day to fly home from New York to sleep in his own bed instead of overnighting and then attending the New York wedding of his chef cost Americans $295,227.
I know how he feels, but my solution is not to leave in the first place.
Newly discovered hormone points to potential treatment for obesity, type 2 diabetes, fatty liver disease -- ScienceDaily
Jiandie Lin of the Life Sciences Institute described how in mice the hormone, NRG4, is secreted by so-called brown fat cells and communicates with the liver to regulate the conversion of sugar into fat. Mice without NRG4 became obese and developed hallmarks of type 2 diabetes and fatty liver disease. When scientists genetically elevated NRG4 levels in these mice, however, the animals were protected from these metabolic disorders when fed a high-calorie, high-fat diet. The research was published in Nature Medicine.
If obesity is cured, how will we tell who's hip?
COARSEGOLD, Calif. (AP) -- When it comes to controlling California's flashy Las Vegas-style casinos, the stakes are enormous for tribes who own the gambling operations that collectively generate billions of dollars a year to sustain Native Americans up and down the state.
With this backdrop, several tribes in the past two years have fallen into nasty, sometimes violent, power struggles pitting factions and families against one another.
Seattle is a strange city. There’s a giant troll under one of the city’s main bridges, a giant statue of Vladimir Lenin on a random street corner and an annual Spam carving contest to take in. The neighborhood with the Lenin statue, Fremont, encourages visitors to set their watches 5 minutes ahead, because Fremont is the self-proclaimed center of the universe.
Seattle v. Portland for the weirdest.
Is This The Real Reason Obama Announced the Order in Vegas? | The Blog on Obama: White House Dossier
President Obama today is playing golf at the Shadow Creek golf club in North Las Vegas, reputed to be the nicest golf course in Vegas. It’s 55 degrees and mostly sunny.
At 44 degrees, it’s a little too cold today in the Washington area for a comfortable round.
This is the 47th time he’s played this year and the 204th outing of his presidency.
The best-selling author also known as "Lemony Snicket" tweeted Friday that his remarks Wednesday night, centering on a joke about black author Jacqueline Woodson being allergic to watermelon, were "monstrously inappropriate and yes, racist." Handler pledged $10,000 to a campaign for diversity in publishing and added that for 24 hours he would match donations up to $100,000. On Thursday, he tweeted that his humor "clearly failed."
He's a good liberal.
The Canary Islands off the coast of Morocco house the largest glass mirror reflector telescope in the world. The Gran Telescopio Canarias (GTC) is owned and operated primarily by Spain. The surface of its concave focusing mirror eschews the parabolic glass bowl design of traditional telescopes. The reflector is actually 36 small hexagonal German glass mirrors tiled together in the shape of a single large hexagon with a missing tile in the center. This design is very similar to the slightly smaller Keck telescopes in Hawaii. GTC also employs adaptive optics to constantly fix the distortion of incoming starlight caused by its passage through atmospheric turbulence. Larger glass telescopes have been proposed, but none will be open for at least several more years.
Friday, November 21, 2014
New DHS immigration rules: Drunk drivers, sex abusers, drug dealers, gun offenders not top deportation priorities | WashingtonExaminer.com
The new priorities are striking. On the tough side, the president wants U.S. immigration authorities to go after terrorists, felons, and new illegal border crossers. On the not-so-tough side, the administration views convicted drunk drivers, sex abusers, drug dealers, and gun offenders as second-level enforcement priorities. An illegal immigrant could spend up to a year in prison for a violent crime and still not be a top removal priority for the Obama administration.
President Obama’s hubris has forced a constitutional crisis. Republicans need to start saying that — and acting like it.
Well, I need to read more, but I don't think so. It's a sharp conflict between the WH and Congress and between the parties, but the Constitution probably permits this mess to develop. People are always invoking the Constitution.
But I’m in a unique position when it comes to Gruber. My public criticism of him goes back to 2010, when he exhibited precisely the traits of deception and evasiveness that have gotten him in trouble now. In fact, he has become an avatar of not only Obamacare, but of liberal paternalism, a caricature of the snotty know-it-all technocrat who will make decisions for people without consulting them. That some of this perspective actually shows up in the health care law is a major reason for its difficulties, and a bigger problem for Democrats going forward.
WASHINGTON—House Republicans on Friday filed a lawsuit against the Obama administration over implementation of its health-care law, which GOP leaders have called executive overreach by President Barack Obama .
I fear this is a waste of time and a little bit of money.
I think if you polled the Cal Bears fanbase before the season started in August, many would be happy with the thought of five wins for the entire season, and maybe being more competitive in the 117th Big Game (Saturday, 1 p.m. PT, Fox Sports One) against Stanford than the rivalry-worst 63-13 shellacking last season.
I'm afraid the hatred of Stanford, which reaches pathological levels at Cal, has caught up with me.
Eight Observations About OLC Memo on Constitutionality of Executive Action on Immigration | Josh Blackman's Blog
RTWT. I found it made me feel better, oddly perhaps. This via volokh.com
Obama, immigration, and the rule of law [updated with additional material on precedents for Obama's action] - The Washington Post
Opponents of President Obama’s recently announced plan to defer the deportation of up to 5 million undocumented immigrants argue that it undermines the rule of law. After all, they contend, the president is required to enforce federal law as written, not pick and choose which violators to go after and which to exempt. But, in reality, all modern presidents inevitably make policy choices about which violations of federal law to prosecute. Obama’s decision to defer deportation is in line with those of past presidents, and well within the scope of his authority.
Historical vindication happens. The Obama White House assumes it will happen to them. Thus they can do pretty much what they want.
What they forget is that facts largely decide what history thinks—outcomes, what happened, what it means. What they also forget, or perhaps never knew, is that the great ones are always constructive. They don’t divide and tear down. They build, gather in, create, bend, meld, and in so doing move things forward.
That’s not this crowd.
Thursday, November 20, 2014
Anyone who thinks the legal arguments behind Obama’s immigration order are radical hasn’t read them yet.
Even though the action is breathtaking in scope, there is nothing legally remarkable about what the administration is doing, or the legal analysis supporting it. The announced “deferred action” provides temporary administrative relief from deportation for aliens who are the parents of citizens, or the parents of lawful permanent residents. “Deferred action” is an exercise of discretion in which officials may temporarily defer the removal of an alien. The grant of deferred action in this case will remain in place for three years, is subject to renewal, and can be terminated at any time at the discretion of the Department of Homeland Security. As Eric Posner, who served in the Office of Legal Counsel under the first President Bush, notes, the president “is just doing what countless Congresses have wanted him to do”—setting priorities for deportation enforcement.
So if you think O is acting illegally, you must be some sort of legal rube. Got it.
This is probably the surest way to guarantee that conservatives (such as yours truly) who are in principle open to immigration reform cannot win the internecine struggle within the GOP. And the dirty truth is that suits Obama’s goals, just fine. He has no interest in a muddying of this issue. No, the liberal cause benefits from their being a stark distinction between the pro-immigrant forces on the left, and the philistine nativists on the right.
This makes sense. If the worst conservatives & libertarians can do is whine that O is not really being a uniter, that's not much.
FOR gay rights activists, it's a dilemma. Does it help or hinder their cause if science shows that homosexuality is partly or largely biologically determined, rather than a lifestyle choice?
On the one hand, if sexual orientation is something people are born with, and cannot change even if they want to – akin to skin colour or handedness – this should overturn the notion that people choose to be gay and could equally well choose not to be. That knowledge would help rebut those who suggest that gayness is the result of a morally unacceptable decision, or a psychological disorder. It might also help people who struggle to understand or declare their own homosexuality.
On the other, some could try to redefine homosexuality as a biological abnormality. There is no way to change people's sexuality, but if key genes are found, it might be possible to detect homosexuality before birth, or to "cure" people by altering those genes. Even the threat of this could be used to persecute: consider the ugly histories of prenatal sex selection and of coerced and ineffectual "therapies" for homosexuals. It is no wonder that some activists see in such research the "seeds of genocide".
This via http://pjmedia.com/instapundit/ It seems obvious to me that male homosexuality is genetic in most cases. Female homosexuality -- well, who knows.
Matthews: "There Is Something Weird Happening" Even in "The Educated Crowd" | Video | RealClearPolitics
CHRIS MATTHEWS, MSNBC: There's so much going on in this. The Denver Post endorsing Cory Gardner, and the Des Moines Register endorsing Ernst. There is something weird going on, even among the educated crowd, that surprised me. I haven't figured it out yet.
Matthews may the worst kind of Democrat, but he's right about this.
For as many as a quarter of normal-weight Americans, the opposite is true. While they may have a "healthy" BMI and look skinny on the outside, on the inside, they're a mess. Dr. Neil Ruderman first recognized these individuals 33 years ago, labeling them "metabolically-obese, normal-weight." Today, they're more casually described as "skinny-fat." Skinny-fat people generally have all the hallmark health problems associated with obesity -- high blood pressure, increased levels of LDL cholesterol, insulin resistance -- without overtly looking the part.
I'm just fat-fat, which is better, thank you very much.
Reports are rampant that President Obama will sign an executive order as soon as this week that will allow up to 5 million undocumented immigrants to avoid deportation. Signing such an order would have explosive political consequences — it would not only reshape the near-term fights in Congress but also have a potentially profound effect on the two parties’ national coalitions heading into the 2016 election and beyond.
I don't see how this serves Dem's long term advantage. If it does reshape the electorate, it could be a brilliant move, I suppose.
Incredible heroism: Maine logger plunges into icy water, cuts infant loose from submerged car - The Washington Post
Moody helped the woman out of the car and plunged into the icy water to free the baby. When he reached the 3-month-old infant, her body was limp. She wasn’t breathing. He told the AP he couldn’t feel his frozen hands as he sawed at the car-seat straps with a knife. The 44-year-old logger “kept telling myself, ‘Don’t drop the knife.’”
I should carry a knife. They can come in handy.
The human head weighs about a dozen pounds. But as the neck bends forward and down, the weight on the cervical spine begins to increase. At a 15-degree angle, this weight is about 27 pounds, at 30 degrees it’s 40 pounds, at 45 degrees it’s 49 pounds, and at 60 degrees it’s 60 pounds.
That’s the burden that comes with staring at a smartphone — the way millions do for hours every day, according to research published by Kenneth Hansraj in the National Library of Medicine. The study will appear next month in Surgical Technology International. Over time, researchers say, this poor posture, sometimes called “text neck,” can lead to early wear-and-tear on the spine, degeneration and even surgery.
It's also so unattractive, as my mother would have said.
Conservation groups sue to stop ‘predator derby’ killing of endangered gray wolf - The Washington Post
They call it the “predator derby.”
The prey includes coyotes, skunks, weasels, jackrabbits, raccoons and the endangered gray wolf. An Idaho-based hunter’s rights group is staging the three-day competitive hunt on public land in January for up to 500 hunters as young as 10.
The showdown will take place in Salmon, Idaho, a tiny town of 3,000 tucked in a Rocky Mountain valley.
If the wolf is really endangered, I don't think they'd be hunting it. Salmon is a typical Idaho mountain hamlet where hunting is sort of a religion.
Caudillo (Spanish pronunciation: [kawˈdiʎo]; Portuguese: caudilho [kɐwˈðiʎu]; Old Spanish: cabdillo, from Latin capitellum, diminutive of caput "head") usually describes a political-military leader at the head of an authoritarian power. The term translates into English as leader or chief, or more pejoratively as warlord, dictator or strongman. Caudillo was the term used to refer to the charismatic populist leaders among the people. Caudillos have had an immense impact upon the history of Latin America.
A word and a history with which Americans should become familiar. This never would have happened if O had been raised in Iowa, or Kansas, or New York, or Florida, or Texas, or Arkansas, or most other states, except Hawaii, which probably shouldn't even be a state. History is just so weird, so unpredictable. This shouldn't be happening (the immigration thing, and the ACA). 9/11 should not have happened either. On the other hand, neither should have the end of cold war, the way it did. Nor Ronald Reagan. We construct the narrative in retrospect. In prospect, it's just . . . weird.
"For the scientist who has lived by his faith in the power of reason,” NASA scientist Robert Jastrow once wrote, “the story ends like a bad dream. He has scaled the mountains of ignorance; he is about to conquer the highest peak; as he pulls himself over the final rock, he is greeted by a band of theologians who have been sitting there for centuries." Those seeking immortal “transcendence,” believing they can transfer their soul to a digital clone, might be in for a similar surprise. Let’s hope they don’t wreak too much havoc on the land of the living in their quest.
I'm with Musk on this one, except I don't think we're going to see AI in 5 or 10 years.
It is as remarkable as it is repulsive, the ingenuity with which the Obama administration uses the regulatory state’s intricacies to advance progressivism’s project of breaking nongovernmental institutions to government’s saddle. Eager to sacrifice low-income children to please teachers unions, the Justice Department wants to destroy Wisconsin’s school choice program. Feigning concern about access for disabled children, the department aims to handicap all disadvantaged children by denying their parents access to school choices of the sort affluent government lawyers enjoy.
As the liberal law professor Jonathan Turley put it last night, this is a “particularly dangerous moment” for the president to defy the will of Congress yet again, just 15 days after an election in which the American people registered their emphatic (anti-Obama) judgment. “What the president is suggesting is tearing at the very fabric of the Constitution,” according to Professor Turley. “We have a separation of powers that gives us balance. And that doesn’t protect the branches — it’s not there to protect the executive branch or legislative branch — it’s to protect liberty. It’s to prevent any branch from assuming so much control that they become a threat to liberty.”
Yes, it's that bad.
Calling itself “the administrative state,” a technocratic army of social scientists, lawyers and bureaucrats has kept the Democratic Party supplied for decades with the policy details behind its promises to the electorate. ObamaCare was going to be one more victory march into the end zone of federal entitlements with a playbook designed by Jon Gruber and the other grandchildren of the original administrative elites.
But no one’s popping champagne for this one. When 50 years from now historians search for evidence of when the Democratic Party’s decline began, they’ll fix on this famous blurting of the truth about ObamaCare by House Speaker Pelosi: “We have to pass the bill so that you can find out what’s in it.”
DH is so good.
Wednesday, November 19, 2014
WASHINGTON — President Obama will speak to the nation in a prime-time address on Thursday, asserting his authority to protect up to five million undocumented immigrants from deportation, the White House said, and setting in motion an immediate confrontation with Republicans about the limits of a president’s executive powers.
When the President embraces the tactics of a monarch, it becomes incumbent on Congress to wield the constitutional power it has to stop it.
Congress, representing the voice of the People, should use every tool available to prevent the President from subverting the rule of law.
This is a shot across the bow.
In the latest fallout from the sexual assault accusations involving the comedian Bill Cosby, NBC and Netflix have set aside projects with Mr. Cosby, and a lawyer for him issued a denial of a new claim from a woman who said he raped her decades ago.
An idea, now work with me: Old creepy guy, young good looking female DA, tough cop with kids, a special guest appearance on Law & Order SVU . . .
Many, many things are purportedly selling “like hot cakes” these days: modern art, the new Taylor Swift album, prescription drugs, Dodge’s (FCAU) Challenger Hellcat, Xboxes—even, according to CBS (CBS), plush Ebola toys. What’s not selling like hot cakes? Hot cakes.
Well I like them.