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Where pants rightfully belong

Where pants rightfully belong

| June 14, 2007 | 26 Replies

Pants, by definition, are: an outer garment covering the body from the waist to the ankle, with a separate part for each leg. One cannot have one pant, although I suppose if one has only one leg and removes the extra part, one might have a pant? My dashboard dictionary doesn’t suppose, it just defines, […]

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“Just give it more time.”

“Just give it more time.”

| June 14, 2007 | 1 Reply

That’s the phrase we keep hearing from the Bush administration about the troop surge in Baghdad.  “It’s too soon to tell,” “Let’s give the plan time to work,” “Just give it more time….”  It has all the makings of a Biblical prophesy:  peace will eventually return to Baghdad, the only question is whether it will […]

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Legal consequences of failing to read fine print

Legal consequences of failing to read fine print

| June 14, 2007 | 11 Replies

For the past couple years, I have had the privilege of working as a consumer attorney.  I’ve occasionally written about some of the topics I’ve encountered as a consumer lawyer.  In this post, I’ll address another issue that I commonly encounter in my practice: illegible forms full of fine print that deprive consumers of fundamental […]

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Pro-choice, even assuming the fetus is fully human

Pro-choice, even assuming the fetus is fully human

| June 12, 2007 | 34 Replies

In this 1971 article, Judith Jarvis Thomson suggests that we’ve spent way too much time and emphasis on the issue of whether a developing fetus is fully human.   She doesn’t concede this point (she argues that acorns are not oak trees).  Yet she prefers to bring the conversation to what to do assuming that the […]

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Another slap to the Bush dictatorship

Another slap to the Bush dictatorship

| June 12, 2007 | Reply

A conservative federal appeals court harshly rebuked the Bush administration’s anti-terrorism strategy Monday, ruling that U.S. residents cannot be locked up indefinitely as “enemy combatants” without being charged.  Perhaps not surprisingly, the lone moronic dissenting vote was cast by a Bush appointee, on the bizarre rationale that American residents should be treated as guilty until proven innocent:  “Although […]

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Exercise great caution when peeling back the skin of life.

Exercise great caution when peeling back the skin of life.

| June 11, 2007 | 8 Replies

As human animals, we are condemned to live with great ignorance in an unpredictably violent world.  To compensate, most of us work hard to develop an extraordinary expertise to protect ourselves from considering our precarious existence.  We work hard to pre-screen toxic thoughts.  We rarely contemplate our own inevitable deaths, for example.  We are often […]

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Post-script to bureaucracy, now-found documents and health insurance. . .

Post-script to bureaucracy, now-found documents and health insurance. . .

| June 11, 2007 | 4 Replies

For those of you who waded through my post of last week about my day trekking through the federal bureaucracy on a quest for documents, I have two things to add. First, thanks for taking the time to wade. Second, I got an update from my friend. Remember those records that everyone told him were […]

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James Dobson: God would be justified destroying entire cities

James Dobson: God would be justified destroying entire cities

| June 9, 2007 | 11 Replies

Why would God be justified destroying an entire city right now?  Because we’re bad.  How do you know we’re bad?  Because of lesbian sex. How do we learn all of this?  Because when minister John MacArthur says so, James Dobson nods in approval.  For more, see Crooks and Liars.  Here are Mac Arthur’s words: We […]

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The danger of focusing on human differences

The danger of focusing on human differences

| June 9, 2007 | 8 Replies

Bill Clinton’s Commencement Speech at Harvard – June 6, 2007 The former President explained much societal dysfunction when he asked a simple question:  Should we focus on what human beings have in common or should we obsess about their minor differences?  The outcome of this simple choice determines innumerable personal and political agendas.  To the extent […]

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