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Affirmative Action and Justice Thomas’ dissent in Grutter

In Legal Musings on November 16, 2009 at 11:16 pm

This is an informal piece I composed for one of my courses at Georgetown; to facilitate others’ viewing of the piece I am posting it on my ill-updated blog:

Though not referenced directly in our reading, I think this is an appropriate time to discuss affirmative action, an issue which Prof. Seidman discussed at length in lecture, and is of great interest and controversy to all of us.

I reference the case of Grutter v. Bollinger. 539 U.S. 306 (2003). The facts are relatively simple. Grutter was the case against the University of Michigan law school. The plaintiff was a white woman who was denied admission despite having academic qualifications that, she claimed, were more than sufficient to gain admission. She charged that the law school admitted minority students with sharply lower qualifications (an uncontested fact), and further alleged that the school unconstitutionally used racial preference in admitting students. The Supreme Court upheld the law schools admission policy.

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A Diversion – 8/18/09

In Uncategorized on August 18, 2009 at 10:50 am

Look, sometimes we all just need to listen to a good song…sing it girl!

Have a good Tuesday 🙂

Pendulum Politics…Yawn

In 2012 on August 18, 2009 at 10:42 am

Dead ElephantMany thanks to Reihan Salam for stating the obvious: the GOP will make a near-term comeback.

The key analysis:

“This is not the modern, youthful, multiethnic, forward-looking GOP that Karl Rove and George W. Bush envisioned when they were plotting a run for the White House….Like the Perot voters who were so desperate for sincerity that they turned to an eccentric and enormous-eared billionaire, this is a movement of old, flinty, very skeptical people who don’t believe President Obama when he claims that he can cover the uninsured and improve quality and lower costs long-term. They see it as their duty to save America from smooth-talking politicians.”

First of all, any first year political science undergrad can tell you that when you have one party government in Washington, characterized by sinking popularity and drastic overreach, the opposition is in a position to do well in subsequent elections.  See 2006, 1992, hell all the way back to 1938.

That the GOP might pick up seats in 2010 isn’t a shock.  However, the underlying cultural and demographic problems the GOP faces are likely to persist even in the face of short term gains.

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Crazy of the Day – 8/17/09

In Crazy of the Day on August 17, 2009 at 7:20 am

Doesn’t this idiot know that Bill Clinton has been swatting down hecklers for years.  Heckle any current or former politician in this country, but Bill Clinton knows just how to make you look dumb as hell. For example…

Rainbows Only Come in Black and White

In Race and Sexuality, The Diasporist on August 17, 2009 at 7:15 am

The Rainbow in Black and WhiteThere’s an ugly truth floating around in the gay world: the gay experience in America is marked by a pervasive racial division, and though the lines aren’t impermeable, their existence is something we must continually confront and challenge.  Just like the flag we use to symbolize our pride and liberation, our community is marked not by smooth intermingling of different racial groups as much as it is by sharp dividing lines, especially between races.

I don’t mean to paint a picture of the gay community as hopelessly racially balkanized; indeed were you to step into a gay bar or go to a gay community event you would likely see plenty of people of all colors, shapes, and sizes mingling and interacting.  But, underneath the surface, obscured by a cloak of uncomfortable silence lie these divisions, and it is time we began to explore them openly.

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Long Island Fridays

In Long Island Fridays on August 14, 2009 at 11:13 am

I think Daily Kos used to have Rum and Coke Fridays, but let’s be honest I haven’t anything that weak at a bar in forever; and so Long Island Fridays are born.  I’ll try and close out the week with some random less-than-serious thoughts, and a little bit of music to get the weekend started.

Since one of my posts had to do with my good friend Rick Santorum, I felt it appropriate to close out the week with some tunes popular with the sodomite crowd down by Halsted and Belmont:

Enjoy, check back in on Monday, and remember: one long island just isn’t sufficient.

Santorum Just Happens

In 2012 on August 14, 2009 at 10:41 am

SantorumRepublican strategist Mark McKinnon thinks that former Pennsylvania Rick Santorum’s issue profile – his extreme social conservative philosophy – represents what’s wrong with the Republican Party.   Yet, McKinnon asserts in the Daily Beast that Santorum’s character is the larger concern were the good former senator to make a bid for the President.

I like Mark McKinnon quite a bit, but I disagree with his argument here.

The attention that Santorum’s traditionalist social policies will attract will do the most damage to the GOP in the long run, and make it more difficult for a more reasonable candidate to succeed in winning the nomination and the general election.

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Clearly, you just must not like black people that much…

In Policy vs Culture on August 13, 2009 at 9:55 pm

I don’t know who started it, or why it had become so pervasive, but our obsession with confusing political ideology with personality traits is probably one of the most lamentable aspects of American political discourse.

Discourse...

Radio personality Ed Schultz caused a bit of a stir on his program by alleging that there are “some” conservative activist or media personalities who wish to see the President of the United States shot.   Of course, these remarks are not totally out of the realm of possibility for a radio personality, nor are radio personalities on the right immune from this type of over-the-top rhetoric.  But, it’s the overarching pattern of assuming someone’s personality or motives based on their political preferences that illustrates just how weak our political discourse has become.

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Crazy of the Day – 8/13/09

In Crazy of the Day on August 13, 2009 at 8:35 pm

It will not be my custom to use this blog to frequently highlight or comment on sports.  That said, this little incident from the Cubs – Phillies game explains that while I may not care one way or another about the Cubs, I certainly have little patience for the team’s followers.

The kicker for me: beers at Wrigley Field cost I believe in the 6 – 7 dollar range.  Only a northsider would toss out a full cup of beer at those prices…

Please tell me that idiot doesn’t vote…

Crazy of the Day Pt. II – 8/12/09

In Crazy of the Day, The Party Opposite on August 12, 2009 at 3:34 pm

I’m gonna try to only do one crazy a day, but this is too funny…observe a Congresscritter in action…

Ugh…rude.