Tuesday, January 31, 2006

Rough day for radio voice

This morning NPR's Morning Edition news voice (filling in) had some trouble. She announced that Kenneth Skilling and Jeffrey Skilling were being tried today in the first day of what is sure to be a long trial (sounds like Larry, Darrell and his other brother Darrell). However, she did catch, and then correct.

This was right after she announced the death of Coretta Scott King, wife of slain rights civil leader, MLK Jr.

Monday, January 30, 2006

A rose by any other name . . .

A fellow in PA signed his ballot "God." The registered Republican has a catchy story here as to why. I wonder the legitimacy of adopting such a monniker, however. People sign by nicknames, shortened names, etc. all the time. Tastless? Perhaps.

Sunday, January 29, 2006

Reasonable privacy interest in saliva on envelope sent to faux law firm?

This article details a nefarious plot by which Washington-state law enforcement officers cracked a rape/murder case that occurred 15 years prior. The plot entails a teenage suspect who long ago left the state for the East Coast when the DNA technology was less developed. Police obtained DNA evidence at the scene, but were unable to match during the technologically primitive 1980's.

Somehow, they learned of the subject's whereabouts. But unable to extradite without confirming the DNA match, they sent a letter to the suspect, posing as a class-action lawfirm. The return letter that they received proved the smoking gun, and said rapist was arrested. Defense counsel, as well as the ACLU and other lawyer's groups are seeking to overturn this conviction on the grounds that the DNA was improperly obtained (remember the exclusionary rule from Law and Order).

Tuesday, January 17, 2006

You know you are taking your love of sports too far

. . . when this happens.

Monday, January 16, 2006

Wal Mart and healthcare costs

This article describes the Maryland legislature's misplaced efforts at sticking its nose into WalMart's business last week. The unfortunate reality is that the bill requiring all companies in the state with over 10,000 employees to expend at least 8% of total compensation on healthcare benefits misses the mark.

It is the total package of employment benefits that makes employees feel the satisfaction or sting of their benefits package. It is this figure which motivates employees to either accept the comp as reasonable for their services, or to move on to another endeavor that meets roughly the value of their opportunity cost. This is pure union legislation at its finest.

Wednesday, January 11, 2006

New Year's Pop Culture Iconicism

If 2005 was the year of natural disasters and the final stage in the polarization of national politics, then 2006 will surely be the year of the Super-Precedent. The word has admirers on both sides of the aisle, as evident in the Alito hearings. Though I sincerely hope that when Sen. Brownback, R-KA, said "super-dooper precedent" this morning that he was mocking the new buzz phrase.

Tuesday, January 10, 2006

Education = $$ ?

Linked article discusses a study of medium education levels in major cities, cross-referenced with the medium income grid.

Friday, January 06, 2006

Looked at me like she'd never seen a 10 befoe . . .

Call us Aaron Burr from the way we're dropping Hamiltons'. This has been widely circulated, but I love it, so if you've not seen it, you must.

Monday, January 02, 2006

Sign of the Night

Seen in the Fiesta Bowl on ABC: