Wednesday, May 27, 2009


Started work today at the court house. Got jury duty in the mail when I got home.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Politics and Law

Oh, hey. Good to see you, it's been a while.

I was in a doctor's office today, and they had Fox News blaring, reporting on the Sonia Sotomayor nomination. Yes, it is slanted to the right. We all know that. I don't particularly care about that- my bone to pick here is about the confusion between law and policy.

Sotomayor said, to law students (from a clip being shown) that the Court of Appeals is where policy is made. She then followed up that statement saying she knows she shouldn't say that, and that judges are not legislators. The commentators then kept harping on the judicial role, so on and so forth. 

The thing is, the CoA is where policy happens. They generally decide cases based on what the will of the people would be. But it is different from law- law comes from the legislator, and policy comes from the interpritation of that law. They are without a doubt connected, but they are not the same.

Point being, this one needs to be let go. One Justice out of nine cannot create policy on the Court, and the Court is far too scrutinized to go rouge and legislate- it is outside of their Constitutional bounds.

Per usual, thanks for reading.

Friday, May 8, 2009

Odds and Ends

Brief thoughts from the past few weeks:
  • Twitter: Surprisingly addictive, without all of the nonsense of facebook. If you decide to follow me @imissburritos, that would be cool. Makes me feel more important than I am.
  • Manny's 50 game suspension: Great for the Padres, terrible for baseball. This whole game needs to be fixed, and fast. 
  • Law Finals: It makes no sense to judge us for an entire semester, based on three hours worth of our work. Especially if it's only multiple choice. 
  • Worth a read: A story I still find funny, posted under TMI Thursday, found in the Plight of the Pumpernickle blog linked on the right toolbar.
  • Worth a Listen: Manchester Orchestra- I've Got Friends, off of Means Everything to Nothing. Fantastic song.
  • On the topic of music: I think The Killers, whose new album wasn't so good, are playing festivals because no one would go to one of their shows anymore.
  • The Rubio's Hamburger Taco: No. Just no. They don't belong together, ever.
  • Random phone calls to friends you haven't heard from in a while- check plus.
  • And last, but not least, a web series called Dorm Life, which can be found on Hulu, or at Hilarious.
Per usual, TFR.