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Get Used To It, Kid

From the Sunderland Echo, via Angry People in Local Newspapers, comes this quote from a (UK) government bureaucrat, in response to criticism of a "minimalist" playpark populated exclusively by concrete plinths of varying height after a child is injured by whacking his head on one:

The design provided in the park is very different and probably not what many people are used to in a public play space, but the provision of features, such as
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The Rules

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More Cable Woes

I don't think I mentioned it, but last August, right after I took the bar exam, I moved out of my law school apartment in Lesser Northeast Key Midwestern Swing State City and (shudder) moved back in with my mother in Greater Key Midwestern Swing State City, because I didn't have a job. I still don't have a job, but I do have an interview this week, so that might change.

When I was in

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Poirot on Fish Paste

This will be one of those posts in which only I have any interest whatsoever. Sorry.

I adore David Suchet's portrayals of Agatha Christie's Belgian detective for British satellite television. Suchet has filmed nearly every Poirot story and hopes to finish them out before retiring. Most of the short stories were filmed in an hour-long episodic format in the early and mid ninties. The longer stories are shot as TV movies.

One of the longer

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Snyder v. Phelps

One who would defend the [Constitution] must share his foxhole with scoundrels of every sort, but to abandon the post because of the poor company is to sell freedom cheaply. It is a fair summary of history to say that the safeguards of liberty have often been forged in controversies involving not very nice people.

Kopf v. Skyrm, 993 F2d 374, 308 (4th Cir. 1996). Judge Hall was writing about the Fourth Amendment, but the

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Late to the ATTN Party

These are really quite clever. Apparently they've been around for a while.


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Rand's Razor v. Gay Marriage

I talk about gay marriage a lot because I believe that it has interesting features and consequences beyond those commonly subject to discussion. For example, in my Law Review article, "Same-Sex Marriage and the Federal Spousal Privileges," I argue that variations in state laws dealing with gay marriage create a situation where federal courts may be faced with a novel choice-of-law question: To which state's laws should a federal criminal court look to determine the

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Census 2010

As if my Monday wasn't already sucking hard enough on its own, I received this letter today:

Dear Resident: About one week from now, you will receive a 2010 Census form in the mail. When you receive your form, please fill it out and mail it in promptly. Your response is important. Results from the 2010 Census will be used to help each community get its fair share of government funds for highways, schools, health
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Lawyers are Good People

Via Paul Hsieh at Geekpress, "16 Things Your Lawyer Won't Tell You", a piece purporting to arm consumers of legal services the better to keep tabs on their lawyers, but which ultimately severely misrepresents the profession. The overall problem with the article is that it assumes that it is immoral for a lawyer to make money off his clients' legal woes. Here are the most misleading points from the article, and my explanation of why

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Diving Sign Fail

Via FAIL Blog, this Orange County sign:

diving sign

The references are to the Orange County Codified Ordinances. The ordinances read:

Sec. 2-5-49. - Diving/jumping. No person shall dive or jump into any body of water in park, beach or any recreational area from any pier, bridge, rock or precipice other than at those places designated and posted for diving or jumping by the Director, as authorized by resolution of the Board of Supervisors. Violation of
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How I Roll

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Garmin's Christmas Adverts

I really enjoy Garmin's Christmas adverts. They're clever and make me want to buy a Garmin. I already have a Garmin, though, and I love it. I'm taking it on my trip to Italy. Which reminds me I need to buy the maps for Italy for it before I go. Enjoy!


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It's that time of year again. So it's snowing here at WoPSR.net and the Magic Special Buy Me Stuff for Christmas Happy Funtime Wow Wishlist Hat™ is back. I also moved the links from the right side to the left side and added a Flickr widget to the right side. It shows the latest three photos I've uploaded to Flickr. Clicking one will open it in a lightbox. If you click on the heading,

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Goldwater on Limited Nuclear Test Ban Treaty

Remarks of Sen. Goldwater on the Limited Test Ban Treaty before the U.S. Senate, September 19, 1963.

Mr. President, after reviewing the remarks made in this Chamber, and the testimony regarding the proposed limited nuclear test ban treaty, I am impressed by three arguments--one in its favor, two in opposition. In favor of it, after all is said and done, is a hope, usually described as a faint glimmer, that this may be the
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Attorney Alan Gura, with whom I had the pleasure of dining just before he argued District of Columbia v. Heller to the United States Supreme Court, is now challenging Chicago's handgun regulations. The Court granted certiorari last month. The case, McDonald v. Chicago, goes further than Heller did because the District of Columbia is a Federal jurisdiction. Heller didn't address whether the Second Amendment also applied against state governments. McDonald will now try to answer

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Miss Manners on American Obeisance

[Royal personages] do not have the right to receive physical obeisance from American citizens. Miss Manners has had to issue the decree many times now that American ladies should not curtsy [ed: nor should American gentlemen bow] to royalty, and there are still those who do so at every available opportunity. They are in error, not only in the matter of world etiquette, but of geography, physics and ancient and modern history. . . . Bending
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FCC Ready to Kill Internet

According to Reuters, FCC commissioners voted 5-0 today to proceed with crafting a "net neutrality" rule, sending the current language (which would strip telecom companies of the right to control how they use their own property) to the printing office for public comment. Comments will be accepted until January 14th.

The Notice of Proposed Rulemaking is available online here [PDF].

You can upload your comments using ECFS here, using proceeding number 09-191. You can read

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Photo of Movie Pirate on Drudge?

I'm looking forward to James Cameron's Avatar just like everyone else. But when I saw this photo on a Drudge Report headline about the film, I got a little upset.

Photo by John Shearer, Getty Images, 2009

Is that person in the aisle seat of the second row videotaping the movie off the screen? Am I the only one who sees this?

Never ever ever videotape a movie in the theater. That's called stealing, and

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British Official Knows Nothing About First Amendment

Via Prawfsblawg, a story from Reuters India reports that a British official has asked California Governor Schwarzenegger to shut down a Website that she says encourages prostitution in the UK. Prostitution is legal in the UK. Quoth the official,

Surely it can't be too difficult for "The Terminator" to terminate Punternet and that's what I am demanding that he does.

Patently, Ms Harman is not acquainted with our First Amendment, which is precisely what prevents

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