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May 28th, 2009
07:28 am



 "I would hope that a wise Latina woman with the richness of her experiences would more often than not reach a better conclusion [as a judge] than a white male who hasn’t lived that life."

This is the quote that is supposedly taken out of context. The explanation I get from most sources seems to be something to the tune of:

She was speaking only about cases in which race or gender discrimination where at issue, and that being part of a group that has suffered such discrimination gives one a better perspective to make such decisions. I am aggregation and paraphrasing the typical counter argument here and not attempting to make it from straw so if anyone has better version of this explaination I would love to hear it.

The thing is that even in this context, the comment is still racist because it presupposes the traits of a group rather then a known individual.

Furthermore, this entire racism argument misses the point. Her gender or race is not supposed to be a factor in her jurisprudent. Considering them by definition clouds her objectivity. The law is supposed to be blind to race and gender. When acting it the capacity of a judge, the various components of one's identity should be put aside. Her views on this are pretty clear.

“I further accept that our experiences as women and people of color affect our decisions. The aspiration to impartiality is just that—it’s an aspiration because it denies the fact that we are by our experiences making different choices than others.”

“I willingly accept that we who judge must not deny the differences resulting from experience and heritage but attempt, as the Supreme Court suggests, continuously to judge when those opinions, sympathies and prejudices are appropriate.”

I choose these quotes becasue they are emblematic of a greater aditude. They are taken out of context of their individual speeches, but not out of the greater context of Sotomayor's general additude on race gender and class.



Current Mood: contemplativecontemplative

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March 29th, 2009
09:50 am


A standing offer...

I'm and apparently not fated to join the SCA. I have tried a few times now, and seem to always be foiled by time or money or personality clashes. These attempts however have not diminished my desire to fight in armor. The few times I have actually gotten to do it, I have enjoyed it immensely. Only sparring in karate ever got me close to that level.


So here is a standing offer:


If you buy a suit of armor, I will buy a set of armor this goes for everyone within decent driving distance. Its not cheap, and you will come away with bruises (honestly that is part of the fun)


but I will probably have to content myself with boffer weapons. (which is still loads of fun, but it is a different fun)


Current Mood: awakeawake

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February 5th, 2009
10:52 am


I just recived a Logo file in a format that is "used primarily for storing astronomy data, such as stellar and surface photometry."

Who has that?!?!

Current Mood: confusedconfused

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January 26th, 2009
07:37 am



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January 20th, 2009
09:47 am


A good portion of what is being said by the news media about Obama just sounds like "Chuck Norris fact" Jokes to me, but hey lets all hope that Obama's tears really can cure cancer.  

Current Mood: contemplativecontemplative

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January 16th, 2009
05:05 pm


Aparently, color management is not hard enough.

So they had to added few thousand miles, an ocean, and a language barrier to the mix.

Current Mood: tiredtired

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January 15th, 2009
09:56 pm


Did the movie "21" piss anyone off as much as it did me?


I would have murdered Laurence Fishburns character without even a tiny shred of remorse.

Furthermore, I would have gotten Kevin kevin Spacey's character fired and arrested for tax evasion. 



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January 6th, 2009
03:02 pm



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10:19 am


I figured out what bugs me about mad men
Its the same thing that bugs me about Greys Anatomy.

The characters are unrealistically humorless. Part of being human is trying to laugh at the world a little. Everybody on that show is so serious and dramatic (for the most part) that its a wonder they haven't exploded yet. 

This isn't to say that the show is never funny, but it tends to be situational or the result of an insult rather then becasue one of the characters is simply good natured. or is earnestly atempting to provide levity to a situation.


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December 30th, 2008
07:24 am


Can anyone suggest a good history of colonial America?
It should have the following characteristics:

Dry but readable, as in I don't care to know about feelings except to the extent that they directly effect history.

I want to hear scholorship over the sound of axe grinding.

Mid length, maybe 5-600 pages at most. (maybe slightly more for a better book)

Current Mood: geekygeeky

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