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General Off-Topic Board / Re: How would you fix Iraq?
« on: April 07, 2006, 07:52:54 PM »
I get very annoyed by all the people proudly clamboring for an immediate troop withdrawl, or even a specific timeframe for withdrawal from Iraq, but it demonstrates the exact sort of foolish optimism and near total lack of understanding of the military from which a lot of the left suffers and is the very sort of thing that makes us look so weak and silly on national security!

We can't just leave...Sorry, not gonna happen. We broke it, now we have to fix it.
We can't offer a timetable. Why, because we're not soothsayers, we can't predict the future. With the way things are going in Iraq now and as wildly unpredictable as it already is, a timetable now would be completely foolish. This is a country at war, not a dinner invitation.

I think nesnut had some spectacular ideas, among which I would've liked to have seen Pakistani troops in Iraq helping maintain some semblance of security. They were willing to do so at first actually, but that was another BushCo. diplomatic blunder.

However, I don't see a federation system working out too well. The Shia simply have too much power as it is, and it's doubtful they'll be willing to give it up in the form of an equal distribution of federal power.

I think foolish optimism is what got us into this mess.  I think foolish optimism is what is keeping us there.  I think any sane and rational person would see this as a mess with no good way out.  Yes, pulling out is a horrible idea.  But its better than the alernative, which is not only foolishly optimistic, but also playing games with American money, and more importantly, American lives.

History will prove me right. I am quite optimistic about that.

Well said. I don't think our government knows what it will take to fix iraq. It was foolishness that brought us in there. Our own country has huge problems in terms of crime, poor educational system, poverty, and we blow a trillion dollars in the middle east trying to fix their countries. In the end we will have nothing to show for it.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Duke v. Cornell v. WUSTL ($$$)
« on: April 07, 2006, 07:41:48 PM »
Debt doesn't bother me too much, although money is obviously a factor.  I guess the real question here is Duke v. Cornell.  Are there any other major factors besides just the North v. South.  I'm coming from the midwest so I'd probably be a little more comfortable in the South than in New England.

In that case you may want to visit both schools.

If you have already made the choice, you shouldn't need others to reassure you or make you second guess yourself. However, If money is a big factor for you, you obviously made the right choice. I don't think there is a wrong choice here, Boston is a cool city, you should be happy there.

General Off-Topic Board / Re: All Time Favorite Video Game...
« on: April 07, 2006, 02:29:11 AM »

General Off-Topic Board / Re: Gays kissing on TV. YAY or NAY?
« on: April 07, 2006, 02:25:16 AM »
Definitely Yay

Minority and Non-Traditional Law Students / Re: AA "haters"
« on: April 07, 2006, 02:18:27 AM »
The fact is those who hate "AA" really just hate "diversity" and use bashing AA as a way to say that without thinking of themselves as a racist.  Can one of you haters please explain AA to the board, just to verify you aren't talking out of your collective asses?

6) Being against AA does not mean someone is against diversity. :)

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Duke v. Cornell v. WUSTL ($$$)
« on: April 06, 2006, 11:32:47 PM »
Putting US news aside for one minute, does a large debt really bother you?

Acceptances, Denials, and Waitlists / Re: USC
« on: April 06, 2006, 11:28:01 PM »
can anyone confirm the actual deposit due date for USC? are they all different? I'm getting worried...

call them

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: USC vs. Hastings for California
« on: April 06, 2006, 06:33:57 PM »
Like it's been said many times in this thread, a USC law grad would probably have an advantage over a Hastings grad in Northern CA, despite the connections that a Hastings grad may have. This is because USC is a nationally known school.  Really, a USC grad could be at the bottom of his class and it wouldn't matter. Hastings grads have to compete w/ Boalt & Stanford, which are more nationally known schools like USC.

And as George Bush has proven, if you say something over and over it must be true. 

I find this very implausible.  One, that USC students at the bottom of their class can get great jobs in San Francisco quite easily.  Two, that USC should be considered in the same breath as Stanford and Boalt.  And even three, that USC places more effectively in the Bay Area than Hastings (especially if you adjust for the incoming statistical weakness of the bottom of the class at Hastings--that is, that if you're accepted at USC, you'd probably finish in the top half of your class at Hastings).

Hastings scores better than USC in the reputation among lawyers/judges category.  If USC is so clearly better, why is this the case?  Morrison & Foerster, arguably the top firm in San Francisco, shows 32 employed Hastings graduates on a Martindale search, vs. ONE from USC.  At Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe, according to Vault the second 'best' firm in SF, Hastings has 11 and USC again has 1. 

At Latham, the top firm in LA, Hastings shows 3 and USC 23.  What's your reason for thinking USC is so much better in SF than Hastings, again?  Because it's a "national" school like Boalt and Hastings?  Are you delusional? 

This is a good point. There are plenty of Hastings grads working in LA. I know people who have gone USC that would definitely refute what some people are saying here.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Is no news bad news?
« on: April 06, 2006, 08:51:22 AM »
i think some schools may be waiting longer since there are fewer applicants. However, it would be unwise to not have a backup plan.

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