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I really did just tank the first final of the semester. Word limits: 1200, 1200, 1200. My answers: 2000, 1200, 2200. Had 30 minutes to go back and try to cut. Those word counts are after cutting several hundred words from all answers. Couldn't do any more without cutting what I felt was substantive, which means I was flat-out answering incorrectly. Other people were able to answer within word limit, so it isn't universal as I had hoped.

@#!* me. Yay for B- in Crim....

The question now becomes, do I transfer to GULC to escape my doomed GPA, even though my doomed GPA will kill my OCI chances at the school that is going to cost me $80k more ><

I think you should see what your grade is instead of trying to guess what it might be.  It's healthier, trust me.  :)

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I think it's hard to argue for any kind of "principles" or "dignity" when discussing torture. Our country trains a large group of people to kill others because they are from another country. That's what war is. We blow people up, stab them, shoot them, drop bombs on them, etc. To me, using harsh interrogation techniques is just a nasty side note of this unfortunate reality. It's hard to see the logic in thinking its ok to disembowel somebody on the battlefield, but it's not ok to hold a wet towel on their face. It's all equally horrible.

I'll concede that it seems somewhat incongruous.  But to be fair, war also bothers me.  :P

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I'm not flaming.  I don't see the issue with detention and torture, so long as it's done in rational state interest, and I don't see why it wouldn't be.  I realize that these aren't the greatest ways to extract information, but I assume that state actors are smart, and they know better than me when it's necessary to detain someone without habeas corpus.

I went to an ACLU talk today and the former Reinhardt clerk seemed to presume that "torture is bad, hence torture must be stopped," but I didn't have the guts to ask him why.

Torture contradicts our notions of human dignity.

Rational state interest: dangerous phrase.

State actors are smart: dangerous assumption.

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General Off-Topic Board / Re: republicans: retards or just unlucky?
« on: May 04, 2009, 03:13:24 PM »
I object to your use of the term "retards" as a pejorative.

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Sure, they could replace the junior folks...but what's to stop the entire FIRM being replaced by someone overseas?  If I'm going to save money on my legal fees by paying some young guy in India a quarter of what I pay here, why not replace the older, and even higher-paid, one?

For the same reason why you don't replace the older, higher-paid one with a young lawyer here: the work that's done at the partner level actually makes a huge difference.

Associate level: not as much.

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what up, fam?

What a coincidence that you arrive just as I'm leaving.  ;)

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Totally not.  I want to crawl back into bed.  :-\

Making coffee now.  Maybe that'll help.

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Morning blue.  Ready for another week? 

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I just noticed that there's a shoulder in there.

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Morning.  Blech.  :(

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