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Incoming 1Ls / Re: Are men at a disadvantage for big firm jobs?
« on: May 24, 2008, 06:42:37 PM »
No.

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[quote author=Martin Prince, Jr. link=topic=4010742.msg5106831#msg5106831
The mechanism available in the US to avoid rewarding bad behavior is to vote the offending party out of office until they have learned their lessons. Rewarding the Republicans by giving them the White House for another four years strikes me as pretty daft, in light of what they have done with the last eight. Looking at polling data, it appears most Americans agree.

I'm going to vote for president based on those 7 things I listed..  and if I can't decide, then I'll vote for whichever person I think will do a better job when faced with a major crisis. 

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Shrug. If I had the energy I'd point out and list the ways in which Bush and the Republican Party have failed on all the (slightly scattershot, but hey, they're your reasons, not mine) points you say your vote will be based on, but I'm in a pretty bad mood so I'lll spare you and just reiterate: rewarding their failures helps ensure their repitition. Keep that in mind in November.

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I am with Jack on this one.  It is not good to jump on the two party bandwagon if no party is getting it done.  I feel like I am only choosing which illusion to accept as reason for the advancement of the police state, threat from environment or threat from terrorist.  Fear does no illicit rational behavior in most.

The solution to your problem (the "two party bandwagon") is for you to move to a country with proportional representation at the ballot box, like you'll find in many European democracies. Barring that, you can convince 50 state legislatures to vote against their interests and award seats in Congress proportionally. You tell me which is more likely.

Is it my fault that the republicans screwed up ALL of those things?  Bill Clinton was probably more conservative in relation to those 7 points than Bush is.
And if you care about social issues such as Abortion and Gay Marriage then it's probably good to remember that the President can't do much about those.

Go ahead and disagree about the 2nd ammendment, taxes, education, ANWR, and trade, but please stop considering the republicans as true representatives of conservative ideals.

The mechanism available in the US to avoid rewarding bad behavior is to vote the offending party out of office until they have learned their lessons. Rewarding the Republicans by giving them the White House for another four years strikes me as pretty daft, in light of what they have done with the last eight. Looking at polling data, it appears most Americans agree.

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General Off-Topic Board / Re: Presidential Oath of Office
« on: May 21, 2008, 03:55:26 PM »
Observe there is no oath to "the nation" or to "the flag."

To the OP: I'd say it means adhering to the rule of law, and recognizing and having faith that the Constitution provides a mechanism for dealing with almost all of this nation's challenges. Shredding the 4th Amendment and gobbling up Article 1 powers under a unitary executive vision seem at odds with this oath, wouldn't you agree?

Interesting use of the word "shredding".  I agree that "shredding" the 4th admendment and "gobbling up" article one would be at odds with this oath.  Now if you're talking about the patriot act, then remember that it was an act of congress.  Whether or not protecting the United States from foreign invasion at the expense of certain individual privacy rights is a good idea should be up to the legislature. 


Does "Jack Bauer" feel squeamish about my word choice? As for Congress, it was an independent body in name only from 2002-2006. If I recall, Bush's singular veto of that time was a bill legalizing the limited use of stem cells. Indeed, its "independence" was part of the point I was making, but I was principally referring to the series of legal memoranda the DOJ used to justify all sorts of unconstitutional behavior. See here for more.

As for: "Whether or not protecting the United States from foreign invasion at the expense of certain individual privacy rights..." This is a false choice that many have been deceived into accepting. The reason FISA exists is to have a system of legally protecting our rights while ensuring security *within* the constitutional framework. If authorities need to surveil a terrorist target, it can obtain a secret warrant. If time is of the essence, it can *immediately* begin surveillance, then later obtain a warrant. The administration's willingness to go beyond this demonstrates a fundamental lack of respect for the oath that Bush and all of the executive officials involved swore to.

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General Off-Topic Board / Re: Presidential Oath of Office
« on: May 21, 2008, 02:11:33 PM »
Observe there is no oath to "the nation" or to "the flag."

To the OP: I'd say it means adhering to the rule of law, and recognizing and having faith that the Constitution provides a mechanism for dealing with almost all of this nation's challenges. Shredding the 4th Amendment and gobbling up Article 1 powers under a unitary executive vision seem at odds with this oath, wouldn't you agree?

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Visits, Admit Days, and Open Houses / Re: Is Georgetown overrated?
« on: May 21, 2008, 02:03:03 PM »
no school guarantees biglaw period. i know a few from HYS that couldn't get biglaw. even at UVA there are people that can't get biglaw.

I'd modify this slightly to "there are no guarantees in life." But.... looking at employment data for T14s suggests that most of them have at least half their class making market rate. At the very least, T14->biglaw gives better odds than calling heads on a coinflip. The same can't be said for (almost) all the other ABA schools. For 0Ls (and aren't we technically 1Ls now that the school year is over?) trying to make value-added decisions based on this information, polemics like
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I can speak intelligently about the perceptions of some 0L's.  Many think T14=Biglaw, when it is not true outside HYS, if it is even true for them.
often get in the way.

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My roommate UG was in law school, and was a pretty notorious gossip, and would always have it "on good authority" that one or the other of their classmates was doing ___ drug (cocaine, adderal, etc, fill in the blank). I've personally witnessed quite a few law school students indulging with pot, but nothing harder than that. If it helps them de-stress, I'm not going to ding them for it.

Relatedly, anyone heard of ProGivil? Apparently it's an anti-narcoleptic drug, and when taken by a non-narcoleptic it supposedly improves memory and concentration without the side-effects associated with stuff like cocaine. This one dude's experience was interesting: http://www.johannhari.com/archive/article.php?id=1298

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Incoming 1Ls / Re: University of Florida 2011
« on: May 14, 2008, 12:19:01 PM »
Love the Tebow/Scooter stories. I also have experienced Tebow on his scooter, as he stopped while I crossed Museum street. I'm guessing he was headed to the practice field or something. I remember thinking at the time "WTF! Tebow doesn't yield to pedestrians!"

I also noticed that his scooter was pretty pimped out in Gator insignias and such. 'Twas sweet.

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Law School Admissions / Re: 3.76/168
« on: May 12, 2008, 03:03:51 PM »
I will be taking the June LSAT.

Worry about which schools you are going to apply to after you get your real lsat score. Your real score can drastically change your probability of admission to the schools on your list by going just 2-3 points above or below your current projection.

TITCR...  Trying to pick schools based on what you hope you get on the LSAT is like spending your lottery money before you've won.

My only advice is to study your ass off and make sure you take it in June. If you score around there, and have everything lined up ready to go in October, you'll be in great shape.

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Incoming 1Ls / Re: The Official I'm Going to X School Thread
« on: May 09, 2008, 04:16:01 PM »
Psssttt....Foxfield has already come and gone.

Heh, yeah, I was talking about next year, when it's only a couple hour drive. :)

UVA  ;D

Congrats fellow Gator! I'm probably going to drive up and check out Foxfield and see what the buzz is about, and if it can compete with Fall Saturdays in Gainesville. I kinda doubt it. :)

Thanks!! Congrats on Duke....glad to see fellow Gators doing great things!

By the way, nothing can compete with Fall Saturdays in Gainesville. Man am I going to miss football season at UF  :'( . I know I'll be really busy this fall, but I'm going to have to make it to Gainesville for at least one game.

I've got like 3 weddings this fall, I just don't think I can make it down there. Huge Sigh....

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