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Editor: Thomas A. Smith
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Sunday, June 30, 2013

Record-setting heat wave turns fatal in Southwest - CNN.com

Death Valley, California (CNN) -- Death Valley resident Mike Wood says he's used to the heat. But when his running shoes begin to melt, he starts to pay attention.

via www.cnn.com

Even here is the near East County of San Diego, it's warmish. God knows it might get into triple digits today. Anyway, it's way too hot for me. I have reluctantly, reluctantly turned on the AC. This in spite of a recent rate increase due to SDG&E to cover their ridiculous closing of the San Onofre (http://www.santacruzsentinel.com/localnews/ci_23562184/gary-griggs-our-ocean-backyard-shuttering-san-onofre) nuclear generator. The heat makes me torpid, even more than usual.-ts

June 30, 2013 | Permalink | Comments (0)

A strange claim
Tom Smith

A claim by Tyler Cowan that Andrew Sullivan is the most influential public intellectual in the past 25 years. Really? It could be true, I suppose. You would have to have your finger on the pulse of influence in the great influence-o-rama of our modern world. Sigh. Who wants to do that? The comments include other suggestions -- Paul Krugman gets a lot of mentions. Really? Do we at least get to see how Japan works out before we declare that spending huge amounts of money we don't have is such a great idea.

June 30, 2013 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Friday, June 28, 2013

Environmentalists seek new review of Keystone pipeline plan - The Washington Post

Six advocacy groups have asked the State Department to prepare a new environmental review of the proposed Keystone XL oil pipeline, saying that evidence has emerged showing it will hurt the environment.

via www.washingtonpost.com

June 28, 2013 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Leftward Leaning--A Commentary by Prof. Peter Schuck | Yale Law School

Elite law schools cherish robust debate, iconoclasm, and arguing issues from all sides, right? Wrong. The dirty little (not-so) secret about these faculties--that they care much more about diversifying their skin colors, genders, and surnames than about diversifying their points of view--has finally come to the attention of the general public.

via www.law.yale.edu

From our deep archives. -ts

June 28, 2013 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Thursday, June 27, 2013

First Person: Happiness Is … Being an Aussie

I smile wistfully at the news that the Paris-based Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development has determined—yet again—that Australia is the happiest country in the developed world.

via news.nationalgeographic.com

I still contemplate how a late middle aged law prof and his endocrinologist wife might land down under. Or kiwiland too; that might be OK. Of course, they may be ruining themselves too; I don't know. -ts

June 27, 2013 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Francois Hollande: Europe's Pollyanna, RealClearWorld - The Compass Blog

Two weeks ago, in front of an audience of Japanese business leaders, French President Francois Hollande brazenly declared that "the crisis in Europe is over." Based solely on this comment, it cannot be precisely pinpointed upon which planet Mr. Hollande currently resides. (Perhaps Angela Merkel should contact the European Space Agency.)

via www.realclearworld.com

Hilarious picture. -ts

June 25, 2013 | Permalink | Comments (0)

RealClearWorld - In Brazil, It's the Corruption, Stupid

Demagogically, President Dilma Rousseff has backed the demonstrators, as if the protests were not against her government, but Brazil has been managed by the left for more than a decade, and society is beginning to say that the Workers Party - Lula's and Dilma's party - is composed of thieves and crooks who manage to plunder with impunity.

via www.realclearworld.com

June 25, 2013 | Permalink | Comments (0)

George F. Will: Court doesn’t resolve wrongs of affirmative action - The Washington Post

In an opinion concurring with the majority’s conclusion that strict scrutiny was required but not applied to Texas’s use of race, Justice Clarence Thomas says of “racial engineering”: There is no compelling governmental interest in whatever educational benefits supposedly flow from racial diversity that must be achieved by racial discrimination. Thomas should tell the chief justice that the way to stop discrimination on the basis of race is to stop pretending that strict scrutiny of such discrimination somehow makes it something other than what it is.

via www.washingtonpost.com

June 25, 2013 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Research Assistants Wanted
Tom Smith

I am looking for a couple of USD law students to be my research assistants this summer. Hours are flexible. You must have work-study eligibility (see Financial Aid office for details). The topic to be researched -- California marijuana laws -- is kinda interesting. Email me at tacsmith at gmail dot com.

June 25, 2013 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Republican Voters Warn Lawmakers Against Citizenship for Illegal Immigrants - NationalJournal.com

The conservative rank-and-file have a loud and clear message for Republican officials: Support citizenship for illegal immigrants at your own peril.

via www.nationaljournal.com

June 25, 2013 | Permalink | Comments (0)