Monday, February 21, 2005

The Blogosphere and Law Review Case Comments

Orin Kerr at the Volokh Conspiracy takes a look at whether blog commentary, especially by law professors, will lead to the extinction of case comments written by law students. An excerpt:
For example, if Eugene blogs about a First Amendment decision the day it comes out, offering his assessment of the case and pointing out its strengths and weaknesses, will anyone care if a year later the Brown Journal of Law and Identity publishes a case comment by a 2L editor explaining that he liked or didn't like the decision? In a pre-blawg world, such a case comment might be the very first piece of analysis on the case; it could be important because there is nothing else on the opinion. The role of first responder is now played by the blogosphere.
The comments section is also very interesting. The post can be found here.

Saturday, February 12, 2005

Crazy Train

Speaking of things that leave you empty inside after a promising and tasty beginning, Dean is officially now the chair of the DNC. This is not a surprise, at least to me. That news was a done deal almost a month ago. However, this tasty link will not increase your cholesterol level in any form:

http://politicalhumor.about.com/b/a/059035.htm

My favorite must be the full-length Ozzy Osbourne "Crazy Train" rendition. What kind of legacy does that guy have? The above is the first result for the google-search: "Howard Dean primal scream."

In my book, he's not crazy for getting excited and trying to stump with the young kids. What makes him a lunatic is the sound that escaped his mouth when he did in fact scream. The sound is so derranged...but I digress.

I'm lovin' it

McDonald's apparently gave a bunch of money to the American Heart Association in a settlement for using "Trans-fat"in its foods. This just in, OREO's are also bad for you. I am positive that this was more of a PR move, than an admission of liability. As far as I know there is not yet a "tort of malicious use of trans-fat," although it has been awhile since I perused Prosser's treatise.

Tuesday, February 08, 2005

Drexel Burnham Lambert

Interesting story about the current status of some of the former employees of Drexel Burnham Lambert.

Come on...

Seriously?

Monday, February 07, 2005

Off-Topic

Here's an ESPN.com article that partially profiles one of the greatest sports families in Chicago.

Friday, February 04, 2005

Chemerinsky Contradicts Himself on Filibusters

His position on the use of filibusters apparently has "evolved" since 1997 as pointed out on the Volokh Conspiracy here.

Here's what he said in a law review article in 1997:

The modern filibuster . . . has little to do with deliberation and even less to do with debate. The modern filibuster is simply a minority veto, and a powerful one at that. It is not part of a long Senate tradition and history alone cannot justify it.

And here's the tune he's singing today:

The filibuster has existed since the earliest days of American history. Those who wish to eliminate a practice after 200 years have a heavy burden to meet