The New Skeptic
The questions. The answers. The lazy and uninspired.
Friday, July 17, 2009
Friday, July 10, 2009
They're at it again!
I'll just say this - when women do horrible, fallacious, ignorant scientific research, it doesn't do much to refute those accursed stereotypes.
Thursday, July 09, 2009
The fallacy continues:
While American conservatives, including most Catholics in their ranks, see capitalism in an almost entirely positive light, Benedict -- following a long tradition of church teaching -- is more skeptical of a system rooted in materialist values. In that sense, he is to the left of his American flock.As I explained at length, capitalism is not a "system rooted in materialist values." It's a way of trading work and things so that you can eat and enjoy pleasure. If physical pleasure is all you have, then that's your problem, not capitalism's.
In fact, this just bothers the hell right out of me. Is Marxism any less "rooted in materialist values" than capitalism? Spoiler alert: Marx was a materialist. He believed that only material things existed, so of course his ideology would have been rooted in materialist values, because he was trying to root his ideology in things that he thought were real.
I suppose I'm cheating a little, because "materialist" is ambiguous. But in this context, what the author said doesn't make any sense no matter what definition is intended. Think of it this way - are Catholics materialists in that they believe that only matter exists? Are they hedonists? Clearly not. So where are the materialist American Catholics supposedly worshipping at the altar of Adam Smith?
Folks, I went to a second-tier law school and a fourth-tier college. I slept through more classes than most people have attended. I should not be dealing philosophical beatdowns this effectively. Someone crack a damned book.
Wednesday, July 08, 2009
Manny Ramirez is a drug addict and a belligerent piece of garbage.
So I suppose he'll be feted for weeks when he dies, to the exclusion of important news about respectable people.
Tuesday, July 07, 2009
The Lost Half-Decade
I cannot believe that this is good news, but I may become an LSAT tutor sometime soon. My only qualification for the job is the LSAT score I achieved in 2004.
Going to law school was certainly a good move! Besides the opportunity cost of those three years, I incurred substantial debt. Additionally, I've got another degree to make me look even more overqualified. And, well, something happened that I could not predict - Bush's domestic chickens came home to roost and then we got an even worse, slightly more ethnic version to seal our economic doom. But hey! LSAT tutor! That should be a relevant job until people realize that law school is a colossal waste!
Monday, July 06, 2009
Thank Goodness This Isn't a Crisis
It's remarkable that Sarah Palin continues to attract more attention than Joe Biden.
Joe Biden is, if you recall, the Vice President of the United States. If Sarah Palin is a flake (and she may be!), Joe Biden is a truckload of Corn Flakes. If we were to adjust the flakiness of their respective personalities by their actual potential to influence events, we would expect Joe Biden's bizarre behavior to receive massively more attention than Sarah Palin's.
But here we are. And there, down the toilet, goes our country. You might catch a glimpse of it, between the coverage of Michael Jackson's funeral and some dilettantish analysis of Palin's putative neuroses.
Saturday, July 04, 2009
Setting It Straight
Someone just reached this page by Googling "mark sargent salary villanova".
I just wanted to set the record straight.
He probably made about ten times what you're trying to scrape together, and you didn't even commit a felony! Doesn't that make you feel great to be a Villanova alumnus?
Independence! We Has It!
Samuel Adams Hefeweizen seemed an appropriately thematic brew for today, so, being impressionable, I bought some.
Friday, July 03, 2009
Are You Serious?
This should help me get a job!
Police investigating a prostitution ring in Chester County relied on two customers, including the dean of Villanova Law School, to provide information that culminated last week in a no-contest plea by the man promoting the business, documents show.Medical reasons, eh? Couldn't afford condoms on that dean's salary?
Mark A. Sargent, who was appointed dean in 1987, resigned suddenly Monday, citing personal and medical reasons.
In 2004, Sargent authored an article in the Villanova Law Review titled "Lawyers in the Moral Maze," which focuses on why corporate lawyers often engage in behavior that violates their own ethics.In my limited experience, writing about legal ethics is a sign of being grotesquely unethical. I think actually ethical people find doing the right thing so intuitive as to be a dull topic.
I can't get away from the johns. That's right! I went from a school where the professors solicit prostitutes to a school where the dean does it. Where do I go from here? Get an LLM directly from a prostitute?
Thursday, July 02, 2009
"Durr hurr," he argued.
Isn't it strange how liberal commentators on Ricci sound like they've dropped 50 IQ points when they start talking, recovering only when the topic changes? Reasonably smart people just become retarded about this case.
It's like conservatives and evolution.
What do libertarians have? Gold, maybe?