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General Off-Topic Board / Re: Our Constitution
« on: July 19, 2004, 03:02:49 PM »
of course a guy should be held responsible for his actions! thats not at all what i was saying!

my point was simply that, regardless of the guy being in the picture or not, it will be the woman who (at least for 9 months) is most directly affected. and given that reality, a woman also needs to be responsible for her own well being. for a woman to say "its not fair that i get stuck with the baby" ignores the biolgical reality of the situation. no, its not fair that she deals with it. but for 9 months she does. (no matter how involved the father is). pleading ignorance or unfairness just doesnt make a good argument, IMHO.

General Off-Topic Board / Re: Our Constitution
« on: July 19, 2004, 02:49:46 PM »
i just think it's so easy for e.g. a zapruder to say "i'd rather play it safe and get it wrong" when he's not the one who would have to, you know, turn his life completely upside-down-- let's say drop out of school and live a life of poverty as a single parent, and be miserable, and be a BAD parent and do a bad job raising a kid-- he just gets to be the one who votes for that to happen to other people. other people might even be some girl he knocked up.

but lexylit, cant one just as easily argue that is is the girls responsibility NOT to get pregnant? (forgetting about the rape issue) after all, getting pregnant is an obvious consequence of having sex. yes, it is unfair that guys arent usually made to be responsible for what they had a 50% role in creating but the biological reality is that a woman will pay the consequences of sex and a man (usually, and unfortunately) wont. therefore, as much as i support a woman’s right to have an abortion, i guess i just dont find the sympathy/"turn your life around" card a persuasive argument since it was (forgetting about rape) her choice to have sex with the consequnces well known.

General Off-Topic Board / Re: Our Constitution
« on: July 19, 2004, 02:22:09 PM »
I was confused about abortion for a long time. 

I ultimately decided that I didn't know where life begins, but that I'd rather play it safe and get it wrong (thus have more babies being born) then get it wrong by saying "abortion on demand, it's gotta be a fundamental right".

I'm primarily pro-life, but I do think exceptions ought to be made for rape, incest, and the life of the mother. 

hey ZAP,
just a quick question for you... if you believe that a fetus is a human life, how are you able to rationalize abortion in the case of rape? wouldnt that be like saying since man A raped woman B, we can then go murder innocent person C? it seems inconsistent in a pro life context.

also, a quick disclaimer lest i be flamed to death:

1) ZAP, not trying to be argumentative, here... just an honest question for you.

2) for everyone else who might be offended by my question, im not at all saying that i advocate this position (in fact its the opposite)... but i am quite up i the air on abortion rights... i just choose to side (in most cases) with the mothers right to choose.

General Off-Topic Board / Re: Roommate Dispute
« on: July 16, 2004, 02:07:24 PM »
Kick the bastard out.  Put Nair in his shampoo.  Put ex-lax in his food so he will really APPRECIATE the value of his own private bathroom.  Or at least take turns clogging his toilet. You have to resort to brute force when simple reasoning will not suffice.

by the way, mineral oil just happens to be tastless and odorless and really give you one hellofa case of mudd-butt. though i guess if you are going to be taking his bathroom, giving him a case of explosive shits might not be the best ploy. i guess just set his hair on fire or something... thats always good for a few laughs!

Incoming 1Ls / Re: Appearance
« on: July 14, 2004, 07:53:34 AM »
How do professors and peers view mullets?  I've never grown my hair out so I made a pact with myself not to cut my hair until 2L summer interviews.  I've made it three months already and my hair is getting kind of "fro-ey".  Unfortunately, I will definitely be sporting a mullet over the next few months.  I hope my classmates don't make fun of me.

f* that man! you gotta rock the corn rows!

Law School Admissions / Re: OT: Those Burger King Commercials
« on: July 13, 2004, 11:07:43 PM »
They're almost as funny as Sports Center.

ahhh, touché!

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Boston College or Duke??
« on: July 13, 2004, 10:11:05 PM »
& my bro went to bc, and yeah, he *did* have a female dog of a time finding work. no matter how many firms are recruiting at either, being in a certain place within your class (i.e. top half vs bottom, top 10% vs. top quarter, etc) might take you farther at duke than being ranked similarly at bc.

well, im not sure how your bro did so i cant really comment on his particular circumstance other than to note that the northeast law firms were hit particularly hard by 9/11 so your brother may have been the victim of bad timing. and yes, there likely would be a difference between relative class ranks. but i think this difference would only become significant the farther you get from one (or both) of the schools. so if you were located in the south atlantic id think that duke would hold the extreme advantage. in the northeast id think it would be bc. on the west coast i would imagine it would be duke due to its more prominent national presence, which i mentioned in the previous post. at the same time, though, there tends to be a regional preference for every law school with the exception of just a few super-elite schools (harvard, yale, colmbia, etc...).

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Boston College or Duke??
« on: July 13, 2004, 09:43:16 PM »
i feel like bc has been sliding up and down a bit more in the rankings while duke is fairly stable?

its been my understanding that all the schools in the 18-30 range are quite mobile due to how close their score is. if you look at the numerical distribution you see that we are only talking a few decimals between one school's point value and then next. therefore, the slightest change in (for example) bar passage rate could shift a school up or down 7 or 8 spots. in this case i think the actual rank carries far less weight than people perceive. the problem, here, is that most people (employers included) look only at the rank and not at the schools score since the score is not reported on the website. it was for this reason that i initially considered going to bu over bc.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Boston College or Duke??
« on: July 13, 2004, 08:50:45 PM »
if it makes you feel better, i rejected duke in favor of bc...

my primary reason was that i REALLY wanted to be in boston.

like you, though, i was torn by the more national (see: higher rank) reputation of duke. i spoke to a cousin of mine who just retired from one of the senior partners of a boston BigLaw firm and his take was something to this effect:

going to duke would likely never hurt you, and it would keep open more options nationally. if you want to stay in boston, there is no better school than bc. obviously harvard would get you into all the same firms but bc's alumni connection is incredibly strong in the northeast.

i figured that since id likely want to practice in boston, goign to bc would be perfect since (1) i would rather go there and (2) it will open a lot of doors in boston. my suggestion would be to check out the web pages of some of the BigLaw firms in the area where you want to practice. check out the resumes of the lawyers there... youll get an idea of how bc grads do in that area.

good luck with the decision and hope to see you in the fall!

i took a speedreading course (not eyeq 3, though) right after highschool and i can say it definitely does work.

basically, if you can read faster than you talk, you are already doing the basics of speed reading...  you passively let the words enter your head rather than actively saying them to yourself.

at my fastest, im at 2000 words per minute. the thing to remember, here, is that at that speed all im able to pick up on are the basic facts of a story (so, pretty much good only for newspapers and mags)... who is involved, what did they do and why, what was the outcome. obviously at slower speeds i can get an appreciation for the author's writing style and get more enjoyment out of a story.

at first your comprehension may drop a bit (depending on how fast you are reading) but after some practice you will remember at least as much as you did before.

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