Archive for May 31st, 2010

Ladies and Gentlemen…

May 31, 2010

Your most recent Supreme Court nominee…

Dean Kagan Eliminated Con Law

“As dean, Kagan won approval from the faculty in 2006 to make major changes to the Harvard Law’s curriculum.

“My understanding is that she instituted three new courses to the required curriculum and, in so doing, got rid of a requirement to take constitutional law,” Robert Alt, senior legal fellow and deputy director of the Center for Legal and Judicial Studies at the Heritage Foundation, told

“Currently, at Harvard, constitutional law is not required for first-year law students, or even for graduation,” Alt added.

Indeed, according to Harvard documents, constitutional law is not listed among the law school’s academic requirements, though the catalogue for 2010-2011 does list more than a dozen elective courses dealing with some form of constitutional law.

But in a 2006 Harvard news release explaining the changes, Kagan explained the move away from constitutional law was deliberate: “From the beginning of law school, students should learn to locate what they are learning about public and private law in the United States within the context of a larger universe — global networks of economic regulation and private ordering, public systems created through multilateral relations among states, and different and widely varying legal cultures and systems.”

God help us…


Memorial Day

May 31, 2010

It’s not just a day for cookouts and beer – remember those who have fallen while fighting to give you the freedom to enjoy those things.

The purpose is not only to get a three-day weekend to go camping, fishing, biking, hiking or relaxing – but it’s good to do those things today because many have given their lives in order to secure those freedoms for us.

Nothing wrong with enjoying the good things in life on this day, and in fact, those who fought for your freedoms were fighting for that too.

And Memorial Day is not a day to thank the veterans among you for their service – there is a day for that in November

While you are enjoying the company of your loved ones and savoring that burger and cold beer today, just take a moment to stop and remember the men and women who went far from home, far from loved ones and all they knew, to make sure our flag still flies.

I had a good cigar and a bourbon today.  I enjoyed them.  But while I did, I thought about my brothers who didn’t come home.  And I thought about guys like Rybs and Beardsley, that did make it home only to die later because of some shit they got exposed to over there.

I took the picture below today.  That’s not my bourbon and cigar.  It’s theirs.

Absent Companions…


In Memoriam…

May 31, 2010

“All we have of freedom, all we use or know, this our fathers bought for us long and long ago.” – Rudyard Kipling