Sunday, November 21, 2004

Superficial introspection

I have been feeling real guilty the past month or so, and the reason is my sloppy blogging trend. So last night, on my way to watching the movie 'The Incredibles', I was thinking about why I feel guilty over something that is purely voluntary, doesn't have much of an audience, and has no parameters attached to it. And I came up with nothing.

I started blogging predominantly because of being inspired by people like KampongChicken and other fellow bloggers, more diligent, far more, than me. I read their blogs and found them to be a wealth of knowledge. Equally important, I found them to be an excellent means of communication. Well, my blog may be informative, but it certaintly hasn't done much by way of communicating with those far away. I know some of you out there have read my blog entries and have even made an attempt to involve me in discussions over them, so thanks to you! It's greatly appreciated. But for the most part, most people still contact me either via e-mail or phone calls. My brother told me outright he's too lazy to read a certain blog entry when I directed him to it in reply to a question he posed. Now, that's funny :) And insulting. But funny.

And on my part, I'm too lazy to keep a religious account of the goings-on in my life to the extent I intended to. The reason being, when I am inspired to write about something, it's an inappropriate time, and when i do have the time to, the inspiration runs out. Either I've found an outlet, or laziness has found me. Whichever way you slice it, the blog doesn't get done the same as the KampongChickens of the world.

So, I've come to the conclusion that because the purpose for starting my blogging career has largely been defeated, I'm going to not feel guilty for not maintaining a constant stream of blog posts. Phew.

That said, my week was a good one. I went out to a pizza joint with 3L & Fuhrer for the world's spiciest wings. Following that, I went to UPenn's bookstore and bought 'Life of Pi', a book on the Freemasons and Templars and their history, and a whodunit. That bookstore was HUGE, but due to time constraints, we kept to a small section of the ground floor. But the plan is to return there over the winter break. Now, that's something to look forward to when I'm outlining for Tax or Evidence!

Last night, I tried to watch 'The Incredibles', but halfway through the show the power got cut off, so the theater was emptied and we were all given free movie passes to come back anytime to either finish the rest of that movie or to watch another one. I'd like to watch 'National Treasure' (despite Nicholas Cage), but since 'The Incredibles' was actually a really good movie, I'd want to go back to finish it up. I'm reserving it for the Thanksgiving break, along with Secured Transactions, Tax, Evidence, and Business Associations. Yay.

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Tuesday, November 16, 2004

Came across an Economist article that was insightful. After reading it, Samuel Huntington's The Clash of Civilisations comes to mind.

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Friday, November 12, 2004

Still ranting

I meant to post this article some time back. But as usual, I got all worked up about it when I read the article (in class), but then the fire died down when I could actually write about it. But it's a very interesting article and anyone interested in following the goings-on related to the 2004 American election must read it. It portends a very disturbing trend in the current American political scene - the nexus between politics and organised religion.

Where the political aspirations of this country are based on the stark (at least, in theory) separation between the church and state, there seems to be a sharp deflection from that theory in recent years. The 2004 Presidential election left no room for doubt on the importance of the Christian vote in American politics. The revulsion of homosexual marriage in this country seems to have overshadowed almost every other issue brought to the election table: healthcare, foreign policy, Presidential accountability to the American populace. Amazing. Jon Stewart had a riproaringly funny episode of the Daily Show on the election results; he said "We can tolerate prisoner abuse in Iraq, a bad global reputation, but somehow the idea of dudes kissing doesn't seem right." Or something to that effect. Never been too good at quoting from memory. Those interested can, am sure, look it up online.

So aside from following politics, I've been busy with school stuff. Exams are just around the corner and classes are nearing the end, moving steadily to those review classes that spell the end of law school parties. So I'm trying to cram in a couple of movies inbetween - The Incredibles & Bridget Jones' Diary: The Ege of Reason. Will probably watch Saw on dvd. Aside from that, not much happening on the social scene. Probably going to a comedy move marathon this Saturday. That should be a nice change, so am looking forward to it.

Hmm, that's all. Ta.

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Saturday, November 06, 2004

(Anonymous) Quotable Quotes

From the mouths of law students:

"Last Wednesday, a Curse was broken. This Wednesday, a curse has been cast on the entire world."

"I told ya Bush was gonna win!"

"I don't want some small town hicks telling me what I can and can't do with my life!"

(On the results): "AAAAARRRRGGGGHHHHHHHH"

(On the subject of abortion): "If sparing the agony of having a deformed or otherwise seriously abnormal child is a justification for abortion, then I have a shotgun I can take to that child! Is that justified post-birth?!"

"I agree with everything Justice Thomas says."

(On welfare): "I used to be a raging liberal till the time I was standing in line, a poor student, waiting for basic food items, and a woman with food stamps was in front of me, buying lobsters."

"There is a website called Global Vote, and only 10% of the people around the world want Bush as President."

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Greenday - I hope you had the time of your life

Goes for both Kerry & Edwards. They had their day, not in court, but in the voting booth, and they lost, graciously. Kerry more than Edwards. But anyway, on the day of the results, I lopped off my hair. Not all of it, but most. I guess I now look like Edwards. Does that qualify as a show of support for the candidate?

Tax is interesting today. We're learning all about the tax consequences for married and single people. It's interesting to see how the Judeo-Christian views of the early settlers have seeped into every single facet of American life. This election was won on those values. Not the war on Iraq, as most ppeople thought. Even the Federal Income Tax Code reflects (and reaffirms) the traditional notions of the Christian faith. Amazing. And then the rest of world looks upon America as the idol of Modernisation and Progressiveness and the separation of the Church and State. Balderdash.

What's even more amazing is Arafat's "death" in the media. I don't envy the reporter who made a colossal ass of himself thinkign he was smart enough in unnerving the President by throwing the Arafat question yesterday. But I guess ultimately, Arafat's not in the running anymore. I can't imagine someone in a coma coming out to lead a huge mess of a situation. Even with our modern medical advancements and technologies, that ain't possible.

Having talked of amazing events, I'd like to turn my (brief) attention to scary events. Three Supreme Court justices more or less due to kick the bucket during the Bush administration. Starting with the Chief Justice. With 3 vacancies in the next four years, it forms a bleak picture for civil rights in this country. Whilst the Chief Justice is a renowned conservative, he is yet known to be one who stays true to the Constitution. The danger of replacing him begins if the President replaces him with a conservative of the stature of Justice Thomas. Justice Thomas was the one Justice who approved the President's new classification of 'enemy combatants' and desired to give the government almost unlimited power in dealing with those whom it suspects of waging a war of terror against the United States. The other 2 vacancies are those of Justice Souter and Justice O' Connor, both known to be liberal Justices. If the 3 Justices are replaced by Bush's nominees, which isn't an impossible feat since the Republican party has now solidifed its hold on both the Senate and the House of Representatives, Roe v. Wade and Texas v. Lawrence will be the first to be ousted.

Not good.

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Monday, November 01, 2004

After a long hiatus...

Anyone who happened to amble in, only to be met by a blank slate, has my sincere apologies. It has been a rough fortnight, and a busy one to boot.

First off, my condolences to isd_girl and her family. I am sure she will heal in time, in fact, she sounded MUCH better the last time I spoke to her, but for now, anytime she wants to talk, am here.

I read a great article at Economist. It was one of the best articles regarding the two Presidential candidates that I have read in a long time. Because it's the Economist, the opinions expressed tend to be more conservative, but also because it's the Economist (which is based in London), their opinions aren't as tainted as those one would expect to read in the American press. I disagree with the opinion-article in a couple of areas but as opinion-articles go, this one is concise, coherent, and cogent. Definitely worth reading from top to bottom.

Yet another useful Presidential Election site is hosted by WashingtonPost. This provides a comprehensive one-site-stop collection of information for tomorrow's election. My personal feeling is that Bush will win. Narrowly. But he will prevail yet again. There is a law school election party tomorrow evening when the votes start being counted...I might go for it, just to lose myself in the election mania. Coming from a totally politically apathetic country, I see the 2004 election as a brilliant experience for me to vicariously feel the election fever. After all, this election does have some effect on me too, as it does the rest of the world. As JP rightly said, "We should allow the rest of the world to vote for the American president; it affects all of them."

Aside from that exciting event, I was also lucky to witness a 86 year old baseball Curse be smashed to smithereens. The Red Sox won, finally, after selling off Babe Ruth back in 1918. It wasn't as exciting agame as would have liked it to be, but there were some tense moments. It was exhilarating to see the crowd go wild at the end of the game when Red Sox made easy the end of the ninth inning. The TV showed clips of people in Iraq watching the game - it said they were the multinational task force....somehow I can't quite imagine the Brits or Aussies watching Baseball....but I suppose they'd rather watch the Curse be broken than watch their buddies and comrades be broken.

Signing out here, more, hopefully, in the next day or two.

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