Monday, April 24, 2006

Wal-Mart: What's in Store

A CPU Panel Discussion: "Always Wal-Mart? The Economics and Politics of
'Everyday Low Prices'"

Date: Thursday, 04/27
Time: 7:30PM
Location: Satow Room, Alfred Lerner Hall


LUKE BOGGS is Executive Director of, the founding
and sole initiative of Americans for Free Enterprise, Inc., a Georgia-based
nonprofit not affiliated with or funded by Wal- Mart Stores, Inc. Boggs has
written for newspapers and magazines including The Atlanta
Journal-Constitution, Human Events, National Review, Smoke, TotalTV, and DSN
Retailing Today. Formerly a regular columnist with Atlanta's Creative
Loafing newspaper and Points North magazine, Boggs has also contributed to
Georgia Public Radio's "Georgia Gazette" program. A speechwriter by
profession, Boggs earned a bachelor's degree in history at the University of
Georgia and a master's degree at Ohio University's Contemporary History
Institute. He is a native and resident of suburban Atlanta.

RYAN SAGER is a member of the editorial board and a weekly columnist at The
New York Post. Previous to The Post, Sager was the editorial features editor
of The New York Sun, the city's weekday conservative broadsheet, founded in
2002. Sager has also worked and written for the Cato Institute, Reason
magazine, The Wall Street Journal, National Review, City Journal, Wired News
and Tech Central Station. Sager graduated from George Washington University
in 2001 with a BA in history. He is a two-time winner of the Felix Morley
Journalism Award, given by the Institute for Humane Studies for appreciation
and communication of classical liberal principles.

JENNIFER SUNG is an Associate Counsel & Skadden Fellow at NYU's Brennan
Center for Justice. Ms. Sung works primarily with grassroots coalitions to
develop new public policies to promote accountable economic development.
She also provides support to campaigns to secure living wages, expand access
to health care, and protect the rights of works to organize. Prior to
joining the Brennan Center, Ms. Sung clerked for Judge Betty Binns Fletcher
of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. She received her J.D.
from Yale Law School (2004), where she was a co-founded of the Hospital Debt
Justice Project in the Jerome N. Frank Legal Services Organization and
served as co-chair of the Workers Rights Project. She received her B.A.
from Oberlin College (1994).

Friday, April 21, 2006

If You Can't Beat 'Em...

Being Jewish means being able to laugh at yourself, right? Anyway, this t-shirt is just plain funny.

Friday, April 14, 2006

How to Put Off Procrastination Until Tomorrow

Do a writing assignment, little by little.
Overdue report - Goal: 10 minutes or 100 words. Just start writing, even if it’s complete crap. Just keep scribbling for 10 minutes or until you have a paragraph or two. When time’s up, stop.

Scribbling senselessly, hm? But... that's what I always do.

Tuesday, April 11, 2006

Big Mac Not Included

Heather Mac Donald will be speaking on campus tomorrow.

8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 12
517 Hamilton Hall

Mac Donald is a fellow at the nearby Manhattan Institute, a free-market think tank. She's also the author of a book about racial profiling, Are Cops Racist? How the War Against the Police Harms Black Americans (2003). Her work is meticulously researched, and she always gets straight to the point. This should be a provocative lecture.

Oh, and now for something completely irrelevant.

Monday, April 10, 2006

Justice Scalia Comes to CU Law School

What a fantastic public speaker. In his opening remarks today, Scalia talked about "mullahs of the West," people revered for their so-called expertise in making up laws and moralizing from the bench.

"That's all I have to say. And now I'll be happy to talk about whatever you'd like me to talk about."

Silence. Nobody wanted to ask the first question.

"My wife said I shouldn't leave the house."

On the increasing politicization of Supreme Court nominations: "I was confirmed -- almost 20 years ago -- 98 to nothing. I mean, imagine that."

On the volume of SCOTUS cases decided every year: "We used to decide 150 cases a year, and it was too much. The dissent and the majority opinion never confronted each other; they just sailed on by."

On the dormant commerce clause of the Constitution: "It isn't there. That's why it's 'dormant.'"

On stare decisis: "Why use it at all, as an originalist? Because life is too short. Because we don't have to reinvent the wheel. [He mimicked what SCOTUS decisionmaking would look like if justices ignored precedent altogether.] 'Well, to begin with, does this Court have the power to declare the statute unconstitutional? Let's examine that....'"

On abortion: Being a lawyer, I read "undue burden" and immediately run to the law books. And, lo and behold, for 200 years no burden has been an "undue" burden!"

On compelling state interest: "Is there a compelling state interest in preventing bigamy? Well, bigamous societies are much more stable than ours. We just don't like bigamy.

A law student asked about protecting minority rights. "I'm a member of the Federalist Society," she said, "and I don't like activist judges, either. But we can't just tell minorities to sit around and wait until society changes."

Scalia: "So you don't believe in democracy? Well, if you can live with that, then that's fine." Game, set, match.

On law school: What I object to most about law school is what you [law students] probably loved most: the first year, when you suckled on the common law. You learned to become the judge who can create the very best law. Unfortunately, between the time of the common law and now, what's intervened has been something called democracy."