Interesting Items for 5/31/2009

Interesting Items for 5/30/2009

  • Chasing Cool []

  • Reflecting on the brouhaha over the future of American conservatism of late, I am reminded that while it seems evident to me and others on this site that a sizable chunk of conservatives’ problem is that the movement as a whole seems to be doubling down on ideas that have been dealt irreparable blows, there remains a sturdy and increasingly pervasive perception problem as well…

  • Gardner on Justice & Law []

  • John Gardner (University of Oxford – Faculty of Law) has posted The Virtue of Justice and the Character of Law (Current Legal Problems, Vol. 53, No. 1) on SSRN.

    Why should law be thought (by its defenders, by its critics, by itself, by the public, by anyone at all) to be the sort of thing which ought to be just? […]

Interesting Items for 5/29/2009

  • Speaking from the Fist []

  • Perhaps Randy “Macho Man” Savage didn’t have quite the acting career of some of his fellow ’80s wrestlers (see: “Rowdy” Roddy Piper, Sgt. Slaughter), but you can’t fault the man’s instinct for licensing only the hottest fashion. […]
  • DUI Hall of Fame []

  • Detroit News, March 16, 1931.
    Offered to fight Stoetzer.
    Followed Stoetzer into his house.
    Refused to fight Stoetzer
    Wiped his hands and face on Stoetzer’s coat.[…]

Interesting Items for 5/28/2009

  • Brilliance & the Supreme Court []
  • Over at Prawfs, Hillel Levin asks:My question is simple: how smart do you really have to be to be a good Supreme Court Justice?  And, as a follow-up, exactly what is it about Supreme Court judging that requires this level of brilliance? Of course, this question is both ambiguous and vague, because the crucial operative terms in the question are “good” and “smart.”  “Good” and “smart” are both vague, because there is no bright line that distinguishes a […]
  • Phreakmonkey surfs the web with a 300 baud acoustic modem from 1964 []
  • Michael Wilbon – Finally, a Championship for the Alma Mater []
  • But there was one thing I’d never experienced until Sunday night. I’d never seen my alma mater, Northwestern University, win a championship in anything . . . not as a student, nor as an alum.

Interesting Items for 5/27/2009

  • Late Night Video: Major Lazer f. Andy Milonakis “Zumbie” []
  • Gay marriage cap-and-trade []
  • For this reason, I propose that the California Supreme Court issue a supplemental ruling implementing a gay marriage cap and trade system. The total number of gay marriages in the state is capped at whatever number happened to exist presently. Once one of those marriages is dissolved, either through death or divorce, it opens up a new slot that can be auctioned off to help California’s budget crisis.
  • Schauer on Dworkin on Law as a Social Institution []
  • Frederick Schauer (University of Virginia School of Law) has posted Institutions and the Concept of Law: A Reply to Ronald Dworkin (with Some Help from Neil Maccormick) on SSRN. Ronald Dworkin has maintained, against me and others, that thinking about law ‘as a kind of social institution’ ‘has neither much practical nor philosophical interest.’ […]
  • Argentina: The superpower that never was []
  • A short century ago the US and Argentina were rivals. Both were riding the first wave of globalisation at the turn of the 20th century. Both were young, dynamic nations with fertile farmlands and confident exporters. Both brought the beef of the New World to the tables of their European colonial forebears. Before the Great Depression of the 1930s, Argentina was among the 10 richest economies in the world. The millions of emigrant ­Italians and […]

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