Friday, February 27, 2015

a profile of one of my roommates.

I am a critic of Obama, but this list, which can be quibbled with, of what he's accomplished is worth a look:


Thursday, February 26, 2015



II. Jacob Levy, Rationalism, Pluralism, and Freedom.
McGill political theorist Jacob Levy’s Rationalism, Pluralism, and Freedom is a great overview of a longstanding issue in libertarian thought (and liberal thought more generally): the appropriate role of “intermediate groups” such as religious organizations, voluntary associations, and organized ethnic groups. 

mentioned at scotusblog. Amy Howe, Thursday round-upSCOTUSblog (Feb. 26, 2015, 9:48 AM), http://www.scotusblog.com/2015/02/thursday-round-up-264/

Yesterday’s decision in Yates v. United States, reversing a fisherman’s conviction under the Sarbanes-Oxley Act for destroying undersized grouper, garnered significant coverage and commentary.  Lyle Denniston covered the decision for this blog (with a Plain English explanation at the end); other coverage comes from Tony Mauro for the Supreme Court Brief (subscription required), Richard Wolf of USA Today, and Jeremy Jacobs of Greenwire.  Commentary on the case, much of which focuses on what the decision may (or may not) mean for the Court’s eventual decision in King v. Burwell, comes from Noah Feldman in his column for Bloomberg View, Kent Scheidegger forCrime and Consequences, Mark Miller at the Pacific Legal Foundation’s Liberty Blog, Todd Haugh in a podcast for the Northwestern University Law Review’s online edition, Rick Hasen at his Election Law Blog (Hasen also had a shorter post earlier in the day), Daniel Fisher at Forbes, Brianne Gorod at the Constitutional Accountability Center’s Text and History Blog, and the blog Arbitrary Aardvark.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

word for the day: spiteberm.

When is a fish a cosmetology implement?

Currently pending before the Supreme Court is a cert petition by Clint Bolick of the Goldwater Institute, a spin-off of Bolick's Institute for Justice.
His client, a Miss Vong, ran a pedicure parlor in Arizona where people's feet are cleaned by fish.
Arizona said the fish were cosmetology implements, and had to be sterilized after each use.
This kills the fish. So they shut down her spa.

This morning, the Court ruled in a 4-1-4 decision, Yates v States, that a fish is not a hard drive. Concurring, Justice Alito said a fish is a not a crocodile. It was the usual line-up, with Justice Kagan dissenting joined by Scalia, Kennedy and Thomas.  
lyle at scotusblog.

Perhaps this case should be remanded for further consideration in light of this morning's decision.

Bolick's petition calls for the Court to overturn the Slaughter-House cases, and restore the constitution in exile (my words not his.) Today's case presents a narrower ground for decision.

Sometimes a fish is just a fish.

Fish-pedicure business may head to Supreme Court

Saturday, February 21, 2015

snow everywhere.

Friday, February 20, 2015

I weighed 168 today. Lowest in years. Don't know if good thing or bad thing.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

narwhal song, at your own risk

well this was new to me. apparently everybody else already knows it from the weebl site,
which wil wheaton told me about years go, but i didnt check out the whole thing.

Sunday, February 15, 2015



Saturday, February 14, 2015

happy lupercalia

word for the day:   Paraprosdokian[1] , or wordplay in which the final part of the sentence is unexpected, usually in order to provoke humor or surprise

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

27 cooking infogaphics


Yesterday I met Volokh conspirator David Kopel, among other interesting people, while touring the Independence Institute, which happens to be across the street from the hostel I'm living at while in Denver. I may end up doing some sot of volunteer wok with them. can you tell my R key is stuck?

Thursday, February 05, 2015


Wednesday, February 04, 2015

I got mentioned in a couple of articles that turned up while I was googling the topic today. 
I don't generally talk about myself on this blog, because it's not one of those kind of blogs, but these are both quality journalism. 

king of jordan, suited up for ISIS bombing raid.

word for the day
  1. Sedevacantism is the position, held by a minority of traditionalist Catholics, that the present occupant of the papal see is not truly pope and that, for lack of a valid pope, the see has been vacant since the death of Pope Pius XII in 1958.

Tuesday, February 03, 2015

BLETCHLEY PARK: Alan Turing's notes found being used as roof insulation in Hut 6 at Bletchley Park

Read more: http://www.mkweb.co.uk/pictures/8203-BLETCHLEY-PARK-Alan-Turing-s-notes-used-roof/pictures-25966005-detail/pictures.html#ixzz3QkHQzAlc 

via https://news.ycombinator.com/

Friday, January 30, 2015


I ended up having breakfast at this trendy hipster place this morning. Rare to see lines of people waiting for a table at breakfast.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Williams & Graham: This auspicious looking bookstore is actually Denver’s only true speakeasy. With no signage or distinguishable bars features, one might not realize you can drink here. You enter what looks like a book store and give your name to a clerk. The clerk writes your name on paper and passes it through a crack in the wall. Then you wait. IF you’re granted entry (which simply means there is room for you in this 60-seat establishment), the clerk pulls a book on the case and a door opens. Access granted (3160 Tejon St.; 303-997-8886). - See more at: http://denver.thedrinknation.com/articles/read/11567-Must-Visit-Hidden-Bars-in-Denver#sthash.MFvLmjYd.dpuf

The Green Russell: This Larimer Square bar is hidden behind a pie shop and is so secret, no address is listed on the bar’s website (although it is posted on Facebook). You don’t need a password to enter, like folks did during the Prohibition Era — reservations used to be required, but a recent policy change means that now all walk-ins are welcome, depending on space availability. The bartenders at the Green Russell also prefer you put your cell phone away actually talk with people. Conversation and cocktails are the rule at this Denver speakeasy (1422 Larimer St.; 303-893-6505). - See more at: http://denver.thedrinknation.com/articles/read/11567-Must-Visit-Hidden-Bars-in-Denver#sthash.MFvLmjYd.dpuf

It turns out that the hot dog place across from me is just a hot dog place, and not a front for a secret bar. I must be thinking of someplace else. Probably the please dont tell in the East Village, which you enter through the phone booth in the hot dog stand next door.

Update: and I learned last night that "speakeasy" comes from the idea that yo shouldn't be too loud, so the cops don't come. I'm reading a fascinating biography of Damon Runyon by Jimmy Breslin.
Breslin is one of the last of this style of columnist, and knew Runyon slightly, so he is he right guy to tell the story, and tells it well. Runyon knew, for example, Bat Masterson, Jack Dempsey, Jimmy Durante,  Pancho Villa, and a bunch of killers, thieves and gangsters. Many of his stories had real life origins.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015


Bill Nye to launch small lightsail.

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