Men Never Win

For my male audience out there, this is just for laughs. No harm intended. 😉

THE SILENT TREATMENT
A man and his wife were having some problems at home and were giving each other the silent treatment. Suddenly, the man realized that the next day, he would need his wife to wake him at 5:00 AM for an early morning business flight. Not wanting to be the first to break the silence (and LOSE), he wrote on a piece of paper, “Please wake me at 5:00 AM.” He left it where he knew she would find it.

The next morning, the man woke up, only to discover it was 8:00 AM and he had missed his flight. Furious, he was about to go and see why his wife hadn’t wakened him, when he noticed a piece of paper by the bed. The paper said, “It is 5:00 AM. Wake up.” Men are not equipped for these kinds of contests.

WIFE VS. HUSBAND
A couple drove down a country road for several miles, not saying a word. An earlier discussion had led to an argument and neither of them wanted to concede their position. As they passed a barnyard of mules, goats, and pigs, the husband asked sarcastically, “Relatives of yours?” “Yep,” the wife replied, “in-laws.”

WOMEN’S REVENGE
“Cash, check or charge?” I asked, after folding items the woman wished to purchase. As she fumbled for her wallet, I noticed a remote control for a television set in her purse. “So, do you always carry your TV remote?” I asked. “No,” she replied, “but my husband refused to come shopping with me, and I figured this was the most evil thing I could do to him legally.”

UNDERSTANDING WOMEN (A MAN’S PERSPECTIVE)
I know I’m not going to understand women. I’ll never understand how you can take boiling hot wax, pour it onto your upper thigh, rip the hair out by the root, and still be afraid of a spider.

WORDS
A husband read an article to his wife about how many words women use a day – 30,000 to a man’s 15,000. The wife replied, “The reason has to be because we have to repeat everything to men.” The husband then turned to his wife and asked, “What?”

CREATION
A man said to his wife one day, “I don’t know how you can be so stupid and so beautiful all at the same time.” The wife responded, “Allow me to explain. God made me beautiful so you would be attracted to me; God made me stupid so I would be attracted to you!

WHO DOES WHAT
A man and his wife were having an argument about who should brew the coffee each morning. The wife said, “You should do it, because you get up first, and then we don’t have to wait as long to get our coffee.” The husband said, ” You are in charge of cooking around here and you should do it,because that is your job, and I can just wait for my coffee.” Wife replies, “No, you should do it, and besides, it is in the Bible that the man should do the coffee. “Husband replies, “I can’t believe that, show me.” So she fetched the Bible, and opened the New Testament and showed him at the top of several pages, that it indeed says…”HEBREWS.”

God may have created man before woman, but there is always a rough draft before the masterpiece. So… with that I hope you got a smile or a little giggle out of that.

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Supreme Court bans death penalty for child rape

Yesterday, the U.S. Supreme Court made a split 5-4 decision on Kennedy v. Louisiana that executions are too harsh a punishment for child rapist. (Citation: 554 U.S. ___; 128 S.Ct. 2641; 2008 U.S. LEXIS 5262; 2008 WL.)

It provokes one to think – what is an equitable punishment for a rapist who devastates and ruins a child’s life before she has had a chance to blossom? My apologies for the generalization of a female rape victim, but in this particular case, i.e. the Kennedy case, it indeed was a 8-year-old girl raped by her step-father. Justice Kennedy (in no relation to the petitioner) wrote in the majority opinion that “the death penalty should not be expanded to instances where the victim’s life was not taken.” But what are the chances of the child leading a “normal” life past this traumatic experience? The girl was raped in March of 1998. The past ten years has assuredly been anything but normal for her.

Or consider the second Louisiana defendant, Richard Davis, who was given the death penalty in December for repeatedly raping a 5-year-old girl. As Justice Alito states in his dissenting opinion:
The Court today holds that the Eighth Amendment categorically prohibits the imposition of the death penalty for the crime of raping a child. This is so, according to the Court, no matter how young the child, no matter how many times the child is raped, no matter how many children the perpetrator rapes, no matter how sadistic the crime, no matter how much physical or psychological trauma is inflicted, and no matter how heinous the perpetrator’s prior criminal record may be.It doesn’t make sense to me that child rapists – no matter the degree of their crime – are categorically exempt from capital punishment while espionage and other “crimes against the state” are punishable by death.

Five states — Louisiana Montana, Oklahoma, South Carolina, and (my new home-to-be) Texas — permits death penalty for child rape (Georgia currently sits on the fence on this issue). This decision effectively limits the individual states’ ability to apply what their residents deem a fit penalty for the most heinous of crimes. I’m not advocating that all child rapists be put to death, but, in cases where the nature of the crime is so appalling and abominable, the jury and the judge should be given the choice to sentence executions.

I’m not at all a fan of capital punishment. All human life, even those of most detestable criminals, is sacred, and death penalties should not be given out lightly without the sincerest consideration. But I think on this decision, on which the Eight Amendment (the “cruel and unusual punishment” one) and state’s rights hang in fine balance, I would have to side with the more conservative justices. (As an aside, I generally do not agree with what Justices Scalia or Thomas say, but this case would be an exception.)

With both presidential candidates disagreeing with this decision, it will be interesting to see the impact of this case on future cases.

When I grow up…

…I want to work for the United Nations – under any number of it’s many entities: UNICEF, WHO, UNHCR, etc. or in any field related to international law and human rights. But there is one little problem. Language requirement.

Great many of positions in UN requires you to be fluent in English plus another official UN language: French, Spanish, Arabic, Chinese, or Russian. Damn. I shouldn’t have taken German in high school & college.

So I must prepare myself for my future dream job by learning a new language. I’m thinkin’ French. If I had a choice, I would love to learn Italian, but that option has not been presented before me.

I came upon French by process of elimination. Arabic & Russian seem way too foreign and difficult in my mind. Chinese is spoken by over a billion people, but it also has nearly as many characters in its written language. I need to learn a language is four years, and a billion characters (though slightly exaggerated) is too many to memorize.

So I am down to French and Spanish. Hmmm. I could go either way, really. It depends on where I want to work. If I want to work in South/Central American and some Southeast Asian regions, Spanish is definitely going to be more helpful. But I think I prefer African or European regions. But then again, Spanish will come in handy if I want to work in legal clinics while in school. Perhaps I’ll pick up some Spanish living in Texas. I don’t know… but I’m going with French for now. If I master it quickly enough, maybe I’ll add on Spanish later.

Thus I’ve added Rosetta Stone French Level 1, 2, & 3 on my “Wishlist” (to the right). If anyone has $550 to spare, that’s on the top of my coveted items list right now.

Bill Maher & "Religulous"

My life has been preoccupied with packing for the move lately. But to the much chagrin of my mother, I have been delaying the process and taking up a large corner of the living room with several large bags, boxes, and piles.

Today, I had the resolve to finish the task I’ve begun last week, got up at 7:30 am – an ungodly hour for me – and started filling boxes. It’s not even noon yet, and I’m back again, on my computer, avoiding packing via blogging. But believe it or not, this is important. I found something so disturbing that I must share it with my loyal readers out there. (Are you really out there, though? Haven’t heard from you in a while…)

YouTube, while it can be a fabulous wealth of useful information, can be a detriment to your time. Before you know it, you’ve sat in front of a computer screen for hours, clicking away at the related videos. Well, that’s what I was doing instead of packing. What started with a video about law schoo (go figure), ended up with Bill Maher and his new full-length feature film, “Religulous,” scheduled for U.S. release on October 3, 2008. But I’m getting ahead of myself…

Preface

Bill Maher. He’s funny. He seems to carry on a very intellectually charged discussions on his show, “Politically Incorrect.” Sure he can be offensive at times, but he gets conversations going – sometimes very angry rebuttals. He thrives on controversy, and I had no problem of letting him do what floated his boat; he wouldn’t be the first nor the only one – just look at Fox News or Comedy Central.

Back to my story
While perusing the selection of gazillion clips on law school on YouTube, I ran across one in which Bill Maher was blasting the Regent Law School. FYI, the Regent Law School is a part of Regent University founded by Pat Robertson (a televangelist), of whom Maher is not a big fan. You can watch the clip to get a better idea, if you choose.

Then I came across this little clip, entitled “Bill Maher on Religion”:
(the first 10 seconds are black screen, it’s not your computer)

So I’m a fairy-tale believing irrationalist. Okay…

Then I came the link to this one, Bill Maher’s interview on Larry King Live:

A fable written before men knew about the existence of a germ or an atom… Hmmm.

And finally:

Now… I don’t even know what to say. Speechless, not necessary dumbfounded. I have plenty of rebuttals; I just don’t even know where to begin or if this is even worth my time. I’ll have to ponder on this… for now I must go back to packing.

Thoughts on Study Aids

First year of law school can be intimidating – see me tremble…tremble…

All the students who are used to seeing A’s and B’s on their exams and transcripts go against each other, fighting to stay alive in the dog-eat-dog world of being graded on those ruthless curves. Law school representatives always say that the atmosphere on the campus is friendly and cordial, but can we really believe them? Don’t they get paid to say those nice things about their carnivorous students? Okay, perhaps I’m being a bit harsh.

Yet due to the pressure that amount to apprehension, students often rely on commercial study aids to help them through the rigors of 1-L courses. I went on a hunt to find out which are worth the paper they are printed on and which ones deserve their place in the pit of fire as kindlings. But someone beat me to the hunt.

Professor Joyce Savio Herleth, the Director of Academic Advising at Saint Louis University School of Law, shares her thoughts on the best use of study aids and which ones come highly recommend by both professors and students. These are not just nebulous, beat-around-the-bush type of advice. She offers specific brands and publishers as well as pros/cons of each. Definitely worth your time if you are lost in the sea of study aids available out there.

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