damnum absque injuria

July 31, 2007

Michael Vick Discovers Puppy Love

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July 20, 2007

Tagged Again

Filed under:   by Xrlq @ 9:19 am

Anwyn tagged me, so here goes. The rules are simple: list eight habits or facts about yourself, then tag eight more people. Here are my useless facts:

  1. I have been to every state in the USA except Ala*a.
  2. I’m one of the few living individuals who knows what it is like to drown.
  3. I’m probably the only person in the world who voted for one state’s marriage amendment while voting against, another’s, without changing my views on the subject.
  4. The first two numbers in the number on my driver license, and the last two in Social Security Number, my cell phone number, a past cell phone number and my bank login ID are all 69.
  5. I have never owned an Ipod.
  6. I speak three foreign languages, one badly.
  7. We are a family of four, born in four different states, married in a fifth, and likely to soon take up residence in a sixth.
  8. I have a pit bull, a Rottweiler, two SUVs and at least one “assault” weapon. Any questions?
  9. I have a nasty habit of repeating myself.
  10. I know for a fact that there really is a Hershey Highway. I’ve not ridden it myself, but others have.

Hereby tagged are:

  1. Kat
  2. Kate
  3. Leslie
  4. Carl
  5. Doc
  6. Patticakes
  7. Uncly-Wuncly
  8. Girschy-Wirschy

UPDATE: Uggh, I forgot all about January’s near-identical meme. Updated to remove duplicate factoids.

July 18, 2007

Winston-Salem, NC

Filed under:   by Xrlq @ 5:01 pm

I’m headed there tomorrow. Anyone know the area? Any recommendations?

July 17, 2007

UPS and Downs

Filed under:   by Xrlq @ 2:43 pm

Until yesterday, I was one of those suckers who thought online tracking data actually meant something. So on Friday, when I checked UPS’s web site and found this:

Package Progress

Location Date Local Time Description
07/13/2007 5:37 A.M. ARRIVAL SCAN
LAUREL, MD, US 07/13/2007 2:29 A.M. DEPARTURE SCAN
07/13/2007 12:26 A.M. ARRIVAL SCAN
07/12/2007 8:51 P.M. ORIGIN SCAN

I naively assumed that this was a mostly accurate representation of how my package had progressed. Silly me, I actually believed it meant that some facility in the U.S. had received the package’s billing information at 6:41 p.m. on July 12, 2007, that it had been scanned into the system at 8:51 p.m. EDT in West Chester, PA, that it had departed there for Laurel, MD at 9:54 p.m. at arrived at 12:26 a.m. the next morning, leaving for Richmond at 2:29 a.m. and arriving there at 5:37 a.m. Silliest of all, I even believed that “out for delivery” meant that someone had scanned my package one last time at 6:48 a.m. on July 13, placed it on a delivery truck, and sent it out for delivery later that day.

In Defense of Adrian Fenty (No, Really)

Filed under:   by Xrlq @ 11:45 am

Mike DeBonis is not pleased with DC Mayor Adrian Fenty’s decision to appeal Parker to the Supreme Court. DeBonis writes:

Dumb. Dumb. Dumb.

Have you been reading the papers, your honor? You don’t have to be Linda Greenhouse to realize this court will care for the sovereignty of the District about as much as it does for the sovereignty of high-school students to spout vaguely drug-related nonsense.

Whatever “sovereignty” issues DeBonis sees in Bong Hits 4 Jesus has precious little to do with the sovereignty of political jurisdictions such as D.C., so before we come down too hard on any particular judge, let’s take a look at the Constitution, specifically Article I, Section 8, to see how much “sovereignty” the District is supposed to have:

The Congress shall have Power … To exercise exclusive Legislation in all Cases whatsoever, over such District (not exceeding ten Miles square) as may, by Cession of Particular States, and the Acceptance of Congress, become the Seat of the Government of the United States[.]

In other words, Mr. DeBonis, feel free to enjoy whatever de facto “sovereignty” Congress chooses to dole out to you from time to time, but just remember that when push comes to shove, you’re not sovereign, Congress pwns you. Get used to it.

July 16, 2007

It’s So Fun, Being An Illegal Adrian

Filed under:   by Xrlq @ 2:07 pm

Per Uncle, DC Strongman Adrian Fenty has pledged to defend the District’s unconstitutional gun ban, to the great surprise of … um … no one? Err … make that … almost no one.

Jerry Rivers to Michelle Maglalang: I Demand an Apology For … Um … Something

Filed under:   by Xrlq @ 12:09 pm

Allah catches Jerry Rivers in a whopper, in which Jerry falsely promised that Zina Linnik’s family would speak out on why Terapon Adhahn’s “immigrant” label should be replaced by “monster,” followed by a segment with her uncle in which Adhahn’s immigrant status didn’t come up at all (and in which the uncle would have taken the opposite view if it had). At the end of the segment, Rivers doubles down, demanding that Michelle Maglalang apologize for being an anti-immigrant (not anti-illegal immigrant, just plain anti-immigrant) extremist who thinks Adhahn’s detention by ICE has anything to do with whether he is in the country legally or should have been deported after his earlier crimes. It’s way past time for FoxNews to give Jerry the boot.

As an aside, I’m sure some will object to my use of the name “Jerry Rivers” to describe the guy who calls himself Geraldo Rivera, noting that “Jerry Rivers” never really was his real name. On the one hand, it might be worthwhile to point out that Bill Clinton’s legal name also was never really “Bubba” or “Slick,” Hillary’s was never really “Hildebeest,” John Edwards’s was never really “The Breck Girl”, and Vladimir Putin’s was certainly never “Pooty-Poot.” On the other, a careful, thorough and appropriately defensive reading of Snopes’s purported debunking shows that the Jerry Rivers story, much like Al Gore’s Internet, is mostly correct, and wrong only on a relatively minor detail. In the case of Al Gore, that minor detail is the fact that he technically didn’t claim to have “invented” the Internet, but did make an equally preposterous claim to have “created” it. In the case of Jerry Rivers, it is true that his last name was never “Rivers,” but it is also true that it wasn’t Rivera, either, and that he did indeed change both it and his first name to play up his Puerto Rican heritage when it suited him. It’s also worth noting, however, that Jerry Riviera’s father really did have the surname “Rivera,” which would have become Jerry’s original surname if not for his mother’s equally lame effort to downplay his Puerto Rican heritage earlier in his life. So when it comes to playing cheap identity politics, I guess you can see this particular apple didn’t fall too far from the tree.

Others will object to the fact that I referred to Michelle Malkin as Michelle Maglalang, on the grounds that Maglalang really was once her last name, and arguably still is (see, e.g., the copyright notice in In Defense of Internment). I guess there’s just no pleasing some people.

Last and least, it’s worth noting that unlike both the perp and the victim in this horrible case, neither Jerry Riviera/Rivera nor Michelle Maglalang/Malkin technically qualifies as an immigrant. Based on their original surnames, however, I’ll give you three guesses as to which of them is closer to being an immigrant, and the first two guesses don’t count.

UPDATE: Michelle responds.

UPDATE x2: Apparently, Jerry Riviera has minions in the blogosphere. This one, who cares so much about poor Zina that he can’t even spell her last name, finds it “darned inconvenient” for some straw version of Malkin that Adhahn “is NOT an illegal Mexican, but rather a legal resident from Thailand, and 8-year member of the elite Army Rangers.” These factoids should come in really handy if the guy ever encounters anyone who seriously believes that (1) only Mexican immigrants should be deported, (2) no legal immigrants should ever be deported, even upon conviction of serious crimes, and (3) none of these rules apply to Army Rangers anyway.

July 15, 2007

Why Men Have it Better Than Women

Filed under:   by Xrlq @ 10:31 pm

While women frequently fall in lust with “cute” guys who are obviously (to us, not them) gay, men almost never have that problem. If you are male and you think some chick is hot, you may not have any guarantee she’ll like you, but unless she comes out and tells you she’s a lesbian, you can be pretty sure she at least plays for the right team. Then again, even if she does come out and claim she’s a lesbian, no worries; chances are, she’s just kidding. Life is good.

July 13, 2007

Blogtard of the Day

Filed under:   by Xrlq @ 8:04 pm

Shorter Aziz P.: “Anyone who disagrees with me is guilty of a high crime and misdemeanor.”

Multistate Law Practice

Filed under:   by Xrlq @ 12:06 am

The Association of Corporate Counsel has a useful summary of the multi-jurisdictional practice rules across the country. If you’re an attorney in any state considering relocating to another, it’s a very useful guide. For law students and practicing attorneys alike, here’s the thumbnail version: if you did well enough on the Multistate Bar Exam to waive in to DC, do it. There is no “universal donor” when it comes to waiving in to other states later, but DC is about as close as it gets.


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