District of Columbia v. Heller

Via SCOTUSBlog: The Court has released the opinion in District of Columbia v. Heller (07-290), on whether the District’s firearms regulations – which bar the possession of handguns and require shotguns and rifles to be kept disassembled or under trigger lock – violate the Second Amendment. The ruling below, which struck…

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June at One First Street Northeast

June is always an exciting time at 1 First Street NE. The Justices always like to take their time on very important cases, which means they often get announced at the very end of the term. This week is the last week before the Justices leave for their three-month summer…

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Public Service Announcement

Please be advised: Meatloaf, though unbelievably tasty, is not a low-fat food. That is all.…

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Rosebush Watch: The Damage

I meant to post these earlier. These are from June 12th, when the Rosebush Vandal struck again. Before After The person was who everyone expected. Because the person is a minor, I am not posting the video of the act. This person came onto the porch, pulled the petals off…

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More on Gay Marriage

California Everybody's got their knickers in a twist over the California Supreme Court's recent ruling that Prop 22 (a popular initiative to enact a statutory ban on same-sex marriages) was unconstitutional under the California State Constitution's guarantee of equal protection. The court declined to reconsider, and also declined to issue…

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Boumediene!

I was in court all day today and so I did not find out that the Supreme Court had ruled in Boumediene v. Bush today. [Note: PDF link.] The Court explicitly held that MCA § 7 (the jurisdiction-stripping amendment) was within Congress' power to enact as a matter of Article III…

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Rosebush Vandal Strikes Again!

The Rosebush Vandal has struck again. This time, I caught the perpetrator on video. Obviously, I will not be posting the video of the commission of this most recent crime until such time as I am able to determine whether or not it is legally safe for me to do…

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Who Is In Favor Of Those Guys Taking A Big Pay Cut? Anyone?

Today's Dilbert is very subtle. Dilbert tends to be pretty much hit-or-miss most of the time, but today Scott Adams pulled off a nice, subtle strip with a double-meaning.…

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Rosebush Watch

I set up a camera to watch my rosebush. You can see a live picture of my rosebush here [Link removed because Rosebush Watch ended on July 1, 2008] or by clicking on the little rosebush sitting on the W in the header. The camera watches 24/7. If you're…

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Vandals!

I have a rosebush. It is a floribunda with deep red--almost maroon--flowers. I've been working on it for a few years now, and I prune it when it needs pruning, and I water it every other day, and I feed it and rotate it (it is in a large pot…

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Indiana Jones Jumps the Shark

Spoilers, as usual. The sum and substance of my Indy IV experience consisted of me repeatedly chanting at the screen: Please don't let it be aliens! Please don't let it be aliens! Please don't let it be aliens! Guess what? It was aliens. Each of the first three films had…

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Public Libraries are Hazardous to Your Health

This is a gross post. I do not often get sick. In fact, in the past 3 years, I have been sick exactly 3 times. Fortunately, they have all come at the least inopportune times - during various breaks. I got sick two Christmases ago, and then again last Christmas…

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Let a Goose be Fatted!

Selling Foie gras is no longer illegal in Chicago. Funny how I had to go to BBC to get that news.…

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Iron Man

Oh well. At least it wasn't awful. Two words spring immediately to mind: formulaic and shallow. Not that there's anything wrong with being formulaic and shallow - indeed many formulaic and shallow pictures nonetheless rake in the big bucks - but formulas become predictable, and predictability kills immersion unless the…

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Sexvigintennial

The Chamberlain Announces: Qwertz will be celebrating his sexvigintennial a week from this Saturday. The wishlist has been updated. ~Chamberlain of Content…

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Sundae Specials (Initial Thoughts)

Gus Van Horn mentions the difficulty of arguing against the government's use of behavior-modifying techniques in mixed-government contexts: Unfortunately, everyone is so used to the government owning the roads ... that few so much as bat an eye when they hear of the government looking for ways to psychologically manipulate people…

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Blond(e)s or Redheads?

Comments are expressly solicited. In the course of going about living his life, a man notices that he has a disproportionate preference for redheads as romantic interests. Not being a lazy man, he engages in some lengthy introspection and arrives at the following accurate conclusions: His preference for redheads makes…

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1930s Futuristic Fashion Predictions

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=txaR2HvnwVg And candy for cuties! They were right about the cantilever heels, pants, and mobile phones, at least. My favorite is the headlight.…

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Lesbian Fight

I'm going to get a lot of disappointed visitors for this one. Three citizens of the Greek island of Lesbos (also spelt Lesvos) are suing a Greek organization named "Homosexual and Lesbian Community of Greece" over the use of the word "Lesbian" in the organization's name. The islanders claim that…

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Incompetent Industrials I

Remember when you worked at that company? And they made you watch those cheesy industrial videos about sexual harassment in the workplace? You know, the one you slept through because it was so awful? Did you ever wonder why they're so awful? Because the producers realize their target audience is…

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