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General Off-Topic Board / Chicago Advice Anyone???
« on: July 22, 2005, 08:55:36 PM »
I'll be in Chicago next week and wanted to see if you guys had any recommendations for things to see and do. I'm looking for the less-obvious stuff, as I've already been to the city a few times and seen the Sears Tower, Hancock, etc. Thanks for any suggestions.

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General Off-Topic Board / O'Connor!!
« on: July 01, 2005, 10:29:23 AM »
Just announced on CNN...she's retiring.

Bill Kristol was right.

WWIII will begin soon....

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An interesting editorial in today's WSJ:

If a conservative is a liberal who's been mugged, what do you call a Swede who's been kidnapped? Somebody you wouldn't want to cross, that's for sure.

Ulf Hjertstrom has redefined the term Stockholm Syndrome, the bizarre attachment some hostages develop for their captors, first observed during a bank robbery in the Swedish capital more than 30 years ago. No such bonds were forged between Mr. Hjertstrom, a Swedish oil engineer, and the Shura Council of the Mujahedeen of Iraq, which held him captive for 67 days. "I have now put some people to work to find these bastards," Mr. Hjertstrom told reporters after his release. "I invested about $50,000 so far. And we will get them one by one. These scum should be out of business."

It does sound as if Mr. Hjertstrom has seen a few Charles Bronson movies, though it's impossible not to empathize with his reaction. Mr. Hjertstrom was subject to mock executions and forced to witness the murder of several hostages. Contrast his response with that of Guiliana Sgrena, the Italian journalist accidentally shot by U.S. troops, who said coalition soldiers were ultimately responsible for the kidnappings in Iraq.

Likewise, Georges Malbrunot, one of two French hostages released in December, first did not understand why he and his colleague were held captive since their country had opposed the war. Eventually, though, Mr. Malbrunot came to understand. "Little by little, we came to discover we were really on planet bin Laden," he wrote in Le Figaro. "For them [the terrorists], France is the West, it's a global vision, it's the infidel West against the Muslim world."

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General Off-Topic Board / Best/Worst Airports in the U.S.
« on: June 02, 2005, 11:06:50 AM »
Decision time....which airports did you really enjoy -- and which were absolute hellholes?

Here are my nominations:

Best Airport
I think it's a tie between San Francisco and O'Hare. Both are gorgeous, have great restaurants and wireless is quick and easy. I really don't mind waiting around for a layover all day.

Worst Airport
Didn't think too much of Miami. It's been a couple years since I flew into there but I think it needed some serious renovating last time I was there....



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General Off-Topic Board / 24 Season Finale
« on: May 26, 2005, 11:32:41 AM »
What did ya'll think? I thought it was the best episode in the season...did a great job of tying everything together. But do you think they'll make a season 5 since Jack is now "dead?"

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Where should I go next fall? / What's the matter with Cooley?
« on: May 11, 2005, 09:43:37 AM »
Just curious why it seems to be perceived as the "worst of the worst" on this board. What exactly makes the school so bad -- compared to other fourth tier schools? Starting salaries? Bar passage rate?

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Denials / Most Obnoxious Rejection Letter
« on: April 06, 2005, 03:18:07 PM »
Any nominations?

I'll throw BC out there but I know thre are many others....

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Law School Applications / Waitlist Purgatory
« on: March 29, 2005, 10:59:08 AM »
I'm waitlisted at the school I really, really, really want to go to, and could have written an optional essay had I chosen to do so. While I should've written the essay when I sent in the app, do you think it would be a good idea to write it now and have them add it to my file? Thanks for your feedback....

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