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October 30, 2008

On Ugliness

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There’s an interesting article in the Times today about ugliness and how it impacts society. It has become a hot topic for philosophers, economists, sociologists, other academics, popular culture, and even the law. You can read it here: http://www.nytimes.com/2008/10/30/fashion/30ugly.html?_r=1&oref=slogin

Above is a painting by Jean Dubuffet, a French painter, who was known for creating “ugly” art and held an exhibition entitled Plus beaux qu’ils croient (More beautiful than they believe). Although, Dubuffet shocked society with his art, there was some reason to his madness: perhaps, there is no such thing as ugliness or even that ugliness and beauty are virtually the same, indistinguishable.

Currently listening to: Led Zeppelin – Physical Graffiti

October 29, 2008

Saved by the Bell…Well, Nearly

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During my only class yesterday (emphasizing because it takes me an average of an hour–if I’m lucky–to get to campus and back home), not even half-way through, the fire alarm rang. It took the last person in the class to get out of the building ten minutes after the alarm rang. How do I know? I was that person, of course. It’s just remarkable how when we hear a fire alarm go off, the first thing we think of is: “Ah! It’s just a drill.” We rarely think that there’s a possibility that the other half of the building is up in flames. We’ve become so accustomed to them that we’ve become like those lovers in The Kindergarten Cop where they were making out in the closet before Schwarzenegger finds them and brutally berates them (I mean, what could be more menacing than Arnold? That’s enough of a reason to get out of a building, fire or not). The threat of a fire has become so remote due to constant drillings that the fire alarm has lost its effectiveness. Threat of a fire has now become a myth within the public square. One of these days, God forbid, someone is going to get hurt really badly.

On a more musical note, I finally received my Hohner Special 20 harmonica in the key of C in the mail. It’s absolutely beautiful, smooth to the touch, and plays like a charm. I’m learning to play Bob Dylan’s “Blowin’ in the Wind” right now. Pretty soon, I’ll be Little Walter. Mark my words.

Currently listening to: Mogwai – The Hawk is Howling

October 28, 2008

Traffic “Jam”

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Apparently, if you genuinely believe you can sing like Tina Turner, pretend that the bottom of the steering wheel is a guitar fretboard, the hand brake is a whammy bar, and the gas pedal is a wah-wah pedal, all while driving, there’s a great chance you might rear-end someone. Unfortunately, I found that out the hard way. I miss the trains.

Currently listening to: Big Star – Third/Sister Lovers

October 27, 2008

Battered Woman Syndrome & the Bush Doctrine

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The traditional view of the self-defense doctrine states that there is an imminence requirement before one can use deadly force. That is, a person is entitled to use deadly force when the threat of death or great bodily harm is imminent to that person. However, as the casebook Cases and Materials on Criminal Law (4th Ed.), edited by Joshua Dressler, points out on page 535 (believe it or not, I just turned around to see if my Legal Writing professor was standing behind me, ready to shout: “You didn’t Bluebook, you filthy s.o.b.!”) that some are seeking to abandon this requirement in both domestic and international law:  

Should the imminence requirement be abandoned in battered woman cases? President George Bush declared in 2002 that the United States “must be prepared to stop rogue states and their terrorist client before they are able to threaten or use weapons of mass destruction***.” The National Security Strategy of the United States, http://www/nytimes/com/2002/ 09/20/politics/20STEXT_FULL.html. If so-called “preemptive self-defense” is being conducted at the international level, is there any reason to deny the right to battered women to kill their “rogue” and “terrorist” partners before they are able to use deadly force?

Professor Jane Moriarty, while rejecting the Bush Doctrine as too extreme, defends so-called “anticipatory self-defense” (ASD). She writes that “[t]hose who favor ASD in international law do not restrict the doctrine to the moment when the missile is in the air.” Thus, for example “[p]ursuant to international law, ASD may be legitimately invoked if a targeted country has been victimized by prior attacks and learns more attacks are planned. When a prior aggressor threatens to commit future violence, international law treats the threat as real. So should domestic criminal law.” Jane Campbell Moriarty, “While Dangers Gather”: The Bush Preemption Doctrine, Battered Women, Imminence, and Anticipatory Self-Defense, 30 N.Y.U. Rev. Law & Soc. Change 1, 15, 25 (2005).

Referring to this passage, my professor calls upon one student to explain what “The Bush Doctrine” is. The kid explains it in a sentence or two. Then the professor asks him, “According to the doctrine, when should it be employed?” He answers: “Umm…whenever President Bush wants it to be.” At the time it struck me so funny and wise that I had a strong urge to run across the room (that can fit up to 200 people) in order to give him a huge bear hug. I decided against it, however, lest he interprets my approaching as either a threat or, God forbid, an imminent infliction of deadly force…

Currently listening to: Nico – Chelsea Girl

October 26, 2008

Guten Tag!

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Why start a blog? Well, there are two reasons that come to mind:

1. The personal dimension. Since starting law school this semester, I thought it would be neat to have a place to document my thoughts over the next three taxing years. So that when I look back, I can hopefully trek and pinpoint key points during this period–sort of like a hiker on a trail–that have contributed to a personal transformation (if there is one); and

2. The social dimension. To assure others in my position that they aren’t the only frightened and anxious individuals out there.

While school becomes indistinguishable from a law student’s life, I will also write about music, films, art, poetry, literature, politics, philosophy, and whatever else life holds within its cupped hands. Although I may not write regularly, I will try to do so whenever I get a chance to cap the highlighter.

Hopefully this will be of great benefit not only to law students but to everyone in general.

Currently listening to: Belle and Sebastian – If You’re Feeling Sinister

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