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Black Law Student Discussion Board / Re: The Thread on Politics
« on: January 05, 2008, 11:13:45 PM »
An email I sent to HBLSA folks:

BLSA Fam,

While in Iowa staffing the Huckabee for President campaign for the caucuses, I frequently found myself wondering whether we should support the small state's first-in-the-nation status.  The same goes for New Hampshire.  Think about it -- take a look at the racial demographics of the two states:

Iowa -- 91% White (Non-Hispanic), 4% Hispanic, 3% Black
NH -- 98% White (Non-Hispanic), 1% Asian, 1% Black

Why do we support a system where Blacks have almost no voice in determining the leadership of this country?  Iowans argued that they took their responsibility seriously and were educated about the candidates, the issues and their policies.  But chances are any state given the special privilege of being first-in-the-nation would take the privilege seriously and get seriously involved in the process.

Iowans further argued that their state is small enough that it affords lower-budget candidates such as my own favorite, Governor Mike Huckabee of Arkansas, to rely on retail politics and ads in cheap media markets (such as Des Moines and Cedar Rapids) to get some exposure.  Any other state would impose too high a hurdle in terms of costs, thus further entrenching the present system of pay-for-presidency.  But would that also be the case in a more diverse yet politically similar state such as Ohio (yes, I know, Ohio would be much pricier -- maybe South Carolina?).

Maybe regional primaries -- groups of 5-7 states that would all vote on the same day or weekend (Southeast, Northeast, Midwest, Southwest, Pacific Northwest, etc.) with the region voting first to rotate each primary year would work better.  Or perhaps it runs into the same problems regarding the money hurdle.

Any thoughts?  Recommendations?  Defenses of the status quo?

Good luck to everyone's candidate in the upcoming primaries.  Everyone except Romney.

lacoste

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Black Law Student Discussion Board / Re: The Thread on Politics
« on: January 05, 2008, 11:12:08 PM »
Thought Fred Thompson had the better of the GOP debate.  McCain was the worst as his attacks often fell flat and made him come across as snide, bitter, and petty -- which is increasingly the norm for him.  Huckabee did well to go after Romney from the get-go and put him on the defensive.  He also did well to change up his message although it'll be tough for voters to believe his faith in federalism and individual liberty as he presses for a national smoking ban.  Giuliani was typically boring and Ron Paul disappointed me -- this was his debate in his state to take (after picking up 10% of the vote in Iowa and being in the "Live Free or Die" state).

Oh, and working for Huckabee in Iowa?  F'n amazing.  I'm going up to New Hampshire to work tomorrow.  And the Obama supporters in Iowa were crazy excited in the few days running up to the caucuses.  No surprise he pulled it out.

Am I the only person who feels like every Black person I know on Facebook -- most of them having recently supported Hillary or Edwards or expressed disbelief in Obama's electability or authenticity -- is claiming that they are personally f'n responsible for dude's win?  I was in Iowa staying with a bunch of Obama supporters from around the country.  Not one of them was Black.  Young white folks got Obama elected.  Blacks played the sidelines.  Had Obama lost, they'd all remain in the Hillary camp and claim their belief in Obama's lack of experience warranted and ultimately decisive.

lacoste

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Black Law Student Discussion Board / Re: Life As An Associate
« on: December 13, 2007, 08:40:11 PM »
A friend of mine was recently convicted of misdemeanor destruction of property. He was at a bar with friends and he hadn't drank in over a month, being an inexperienced drinker he drank himself stupid, "blacked out", and woke up in jail. Only to find out that he had destroyed two car windshields and a sunroof. He narrowly avoided expulsion from a prominent public University (Michigan), and was convicted of misdemeanor destruction of property. Scared shitless of the effect alcohol has had on him, he has completely changed his life: Moved out of apartment (drinkers live there), was treated by two separate counseling agencies for alcohol abuse prevention, became more active in church, and is even considering writing a book on the dangers of alcohol abuse among college students. This man has stellar GPA, and his only other infractions with rules before were two underage drinking incidents in the sophomore dorms. Basically I am wondering if this guy is screwed for law school admissions, will they just look at him as a vagrant alcohol abuser whose shotty ways caught up with him, or will they truly see that this event has changed his life for the good, making an even greater law abiding citizen in the future. Let me know what ya'll think, because my buddy is extremely depressed that all his hard work for his entire life up until now is for not, due to one stupid night of drinking with friends. He has even considered joining the marines, thinking that a misdemeanor on his record will taint any future job prospects.


It's law school.  If he's a "vagrant [sic] alcohol abuser" then he's great.

Just playin'.

But I think he can spin it well if his change is genuine.

BTW, that quitting drankin' -ish ain't no joke.  I had a couple of bad nights about a month ago and realized I don't need to be drinking like that either.  And now I've done the same -- no liquor in a month (a beer or two here, I cheat) and alcohol abuse classes.  Not AA, but hey1

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Black Law Student Discussion Board / Re: The Thread on Politics
« on: December 13, 2007, 02:00:38 PM »
Who the f*ck let Alan Keyes crazy ass in the debate today?  Ugh.  What a horrible debate!

"Everybody else got sixty seconds!"

I must say, listening to this debate encouraged me about the Democrats' prospects in '08.

I read that the Des Moines Register, which runs these last pre-caucus debates, has very limited criteria for debate eligibilty.  Basically, I think you have to be eligible to run, file some paperwork, and have a paid staffer with an office in Iowa.  (Kucinich can't get into tomorrow's Dem debate because his staffer runs the Iowans for Kucinich office out of his home.  I assume this primarily benefits Edwards.)


Nah, unfortunately for Dems, nobody takes Alan Keyes seriously.

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Black Law Student Discussion Board / Re: The Thread on Politics
« on: December 12, 2007, 09:40:51 PM »
Who the f*ck let Alan Keyes crazy ass in the debate today?  Ugh.  What a horrible debate!

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Black Law Student Discussion Board / Re: Life As An Associate
« on: December 12, 2007, 09:24:02 PM »
How did this become the designer bag thread?  :D


werd.  lame.

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Black Law Student Discussion Board / Re: Life As An Associate
« on: December 12, 2007, 12:25:26 PM »
'cuz to keep it real, imma need some money to indulge in my love of bags :D

LOL, I think we have the same addiction!  I'm going to buy myself one nice bag after this summer--what should I get?  I was thinking every bonus time I'd let myself buy one bag... that alone would make the whole year's work worth it!   :)

The difference between a 15 and 30 min commute, is, of course, 30 min roundtrip--but it's not the time that's the problem, exactly, it's the unpredictability.  The longer you spend on the train, the more likely you are to encounter delays due to the ever-present "sick passenger" or "train malfunction."

I've done the hour commute before, and it was fine when I had a 9-5 (got a lot of reading done).  But when free time is so minimal, the last thing I want to do is spend it on the subway.


Yeah, I did a 75-minute commute each way to college everyday for four years, so 30 minutes is a f'n breeze.


Speaking of 75+ minutes...this morning I walked out the door of my apartment in Newark at 8:30 and when I got to my office door it was 9:50.  Not feelin it.


In theory, I could leave my place in Ridgewood at 8:30 and get to work at 9:25 or so.

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Black Law Student Discussion Board / Re: Life As An Associate
« on: December 12, 2007, 12:24:25 PM »
Imma stick with BK...BK all day everyday!  however, i may move later on--if only to make sure that my zoned school area is a good one

oh i love brooklyn, and i definitely want to move back at some point... i just worry about the hours as a young associate, so i feel like i should live as close as possible to work.  since midtown east housing is such a scam, next closest is queens... although if i could afford brooklyn heights, i suppose the commute would be ok.

queens is wack (bc of course, bk ppl don't like other boroughs)...for the most part, you have to go through brooklyn to get to queens anyway.

i thought about the young associate/working late hours thing too...but i'd rather just get my own place as soon as i can instead of paying rent.  paying my own mortgage>>>>>> paying someone else's mortgage by way of rent in the city.  thus, i wouldn't have to worry about paying debt, paying rent, and saving for my own place all at the same time--'cuz to keep it real, imma need some money to indulge in my love of bags :D


I hear more BK'er talk noise on Queens than anybody else.  LOL  Hilarious.  Why do ya'll hate them so much?


As far as living close to the gig, I hear what you guys are saying as far as the 15 minute commute vs. the 30-40 minute commute.  I think another aspect of it that we haven't mentioned yet is just the experience of actually living in Manhattan.  In talking with a lot of associates at these events it seems like that is a big winner among the new first years.  They want to actually be actually immersed in the Manhattan living experience if for no other reason just to say they did it.  Some of the Columbia grads told  me that they felt too far removed from the City even being being where they were at - uptown near Columbia.  They said they were completely fine with the higher rents that come with moving south into midtown and lower Manhattan.  For them, they want to be closer to the action. 

As for me, I'm cool keepin it uptown for now.  Maybe BK or LIC is in my not-too distant future, who knows.  I don't share that same desire to be 15 minutes more to the south just to be in the mix - not to the tune of an additional 2k per month anyway.  No sir.  But aparently a lot of people feel strongly about it and it shows with all these outrageous rents that building owners are charging simply because they know they can.






Yeah, I see this as a result of the fact that many of these cats are not native New Yorkers.  So they don't understand that they can have a social life in Brooklyn too.  When I first started college, I chilled in the city more than anything else.  But eventually I noticed how much more expensive, trendy, touristy, and f-in' lame it was.  It got boring.  Now I chill in Brooklyn more than I do Manhattan.  I bet something like 75% of Manhattan-homed new associates from outside of New York have not spent more than one night partying in Brooklyn.  Oh well, their problem.  I'm trying to avoid these lames from my school anyway.  If they start showing up at Brooklyn parties...kill self.

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Black Law Student Discussion Board / Re: Life As An Associate
« on: December 12, 2007, 12:19:42 PM »
'cuz to keep it real, imma need some money to indulge in my love of bags :D

LOL, I think we have the same addiction!  I'm going to buy myself one nice bag after this summer--what should I get?  I was thinking every bonus time I'd let myself buy one bag... that alone would make the whole year's work worth it!   :)

The difference between a 15 and 30 min commute, is, of course, 30 min roundtrip--but it's not the time that's the problem, exactly, it's the unpredictability.  The longer you spend on the train, the more likely you are to encounter delays due to the ever-present "sick passenger" or "train malfunction."

I've done the hour commute before, and it was fine when I had a 9-5 (got a lot of reading done).  But when free time is so minimal, the last thing I want to do is spend it on the subway.


Yeah, I did a 75-minute commute each way to college everyday for four years, so 30 minutes is a f'n breeze.

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Black Law Student Discussion Board / Re: Life As An Associate
« on: December 12, 2007, 04:16:24 AM »
I don't get why the hours at work necessitate a home near to work.  I guess, yeah, you don't want some f'n killer commute if you have to be at work early, but what's the difference between a 15 minute commute and a 30 minute commute, honestly?  Either way you're at the mercy of the MTA.  I'd rather pay less and live more comfortably in Bushwick or Ridgewood Queens, 45 minutes from my job, than living more expensively and in a smaller space in Harlem or midtown, with a 15 minute commute.  So I get half and hour less sleep.  Whatever.  Like we'll be sleeping at all.  Pshaw.

this is true...i'm not trying to be way out in BK...but i don't need to be in Manhattan either.  plus, i get good sleep on the train in the morning anyway  :D

assuming you get a seat.

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