Thursday, January 19, 2006

Random thoughts and rants...

  • Everybody who is in front of me on the sidewalk -- walk faster, or get out of my way. Don't stand in the middle of the sidewalk like human cholesterol blocking the arteries of the city.
  • Attention, blogosphere (and especially blogs written by third year law students): Domestic spying may be unconstitutional or otherwise illegal under existing law. But it's not that clear. Actually, this is good advice for most issues that are Supreme Court fodder -- if it was as much of a slamdunk as you think it is (on either side, guys) then it wouldn't be an issue before the Court. So stop it.
  • And the corollary to the previous point: Don't argue policy to me when you're talking about Constitutionality. Even if you're right in your belief that requiring parental notification for a minor having an abortion would cause a thousandfold increase in deaths of 15 year old girls, that doesn't mean that the requirement is unconstitutional. Argue that one to your legislator, not the Supreme Court.
  • And, oh, yeah, another one I just thought of -- if the majority of this country is pro-choice then it doesn't matter who's on the Supreme Court because there won't be any laws against abortion. So don't worry about it. Or stop insisting that everybody's "pro-choice" the way you view it. Yes, most people believe that abortion shouldn't always be prohibited. But they also aren't really sanguine about abortion "on demand and without apology."
  • Last one about the Supreme Court: The Court is not here to protect you against stupid laws. That's the job of the legislative and the executive branches. Stop electing people who vote for stupid laws.
  • Lost totally freaks me out.
  • Gray's Anatomy is a great show.
  • The West Wing used to be a great show.
  • I'm pretty sure you can get a communicable disease from just looking at a picture of Paris Hilton.
  • I'm sick of the term "Jump The Shark." Will everybody stop using it? Or at least stop misusing it? (OK, that's mainly for people on the Yahoo West Wing Group.)
  • Jakers! The Adventures of Piggly Winks is so good that I'm actually considering joining PBS this year. It's probably not sufficient to overcome the anti-Semitic rantings that PBS likes to put on except during pledge week (when, at least in New York, PBS mysteriously puts on all of the Klezmer specials and "History of the Jews" that languish in the drawer the rest of the year), but the fact that I'm even considering it tells you how good that show is. But I wish they'd move it to Noggin so it wasn't even an issue.
  • While you're at it, move Sesame Street off of PBS also. Why the show needs a public subsidy when they make zillions of dollars from sales of Check Up Time Elmo and all the other schwag is beyond me.
  • Please don't use the word "myself" if "I" or "me" would work (e.g. "Would you like to go for a quick drive with Mary Jo Kopechne and myself?"). It doesn't make you sound smarter.
  • Email is great, and it's informal and quick, but have enough respect for the person you're emailing to at least make a stab at correct grammar, spelling, capitalization and punctuation, OK? I don't have the time to try and ferret out your meaning.
  • If you give me change after I buy something, don't put the dollar bills in my hand and then stick 83 cents in change on top of the bills so that I have no choice but to drop all of the change. Give me the change first, so it's firmly in my hand, and then give me the bills separately, OK?
  • Sometimes, when I'm at a class with my son, I look around at all of the other parents and think, "Each one of these parents thinks that their kid is the cutest kid in the world. Poor, self-deluded folk." See, even though everybody thinks their kid is the cutest, one of those kids actually is the cutest. And it's mine.
  • TiVo is the greatest invention ever. Fire is also a very good invention, mainly because it led to the invention of TiVo.

Updates as I think of more things to complain about.


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