Sunday, June 30, 2013
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.
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
Friday, June 28, 2013
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.
From our deep archives. -ts
Thursday, June 27, 2013
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.
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
Tuesday, June 25, 2013
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.)
Hilarious picture. -ts
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.
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.