Thursday, February 23, 2006

C'mon - it's ice cream!

I am encouraging all SLU Law readers of this blog to show up tonight and support the Black Law Students Association at their fundraiser at Cold Stone Creamery. There should be a coupon in your school mailbox that you will need topresent when ordering your ice cream, and BLSA will receive a portion of the proceeds from your order. The event runs from 5:00 - 10:00. And don't let concern over calories keep you away - they have something called Sinless Sweet Cream that is low-calorie and fat free.

Bonus for ACS members: If you show up between 7:30 and 8:00, ACS will pop for your ice cream.

Monday, February 20, 2006

Idiots revisited

As promised, here is the information regarding the upcoming ACS discussion of the living constitution.

What: ACS Brown Bag Discussion.
When: Tomorrow, Tuesday, February 21, 2006 at noon.
Where: Room 307
Who: Professor Bloom and anyone else who'd like to join us.
Why: To learn more about the idea of a living constitution.

Bring your lunch, we'll supply cookies.

Thursday, February 16, 2006

Well, that's a shocker.

This is my result in "the world's smallest political quiz."

I'd be interested to learn of the results of some of my readers, so if you're so inclined, take the quiz and post the results in the comments.

Wednesday, February 15, 2006

Idiots, indeed.

Justice Scalia (and some of my classmates) may believe that those who espouse a living Constitution are "idiots." But I'm hard pressed to think of anyone who could accurately call Professor Bloom an idiot - so the timing is pretty impeccable that he'll be speaking to ACS in a brown-bag setting sometime soon on this very topic. Once the time and date are firmed up, details will be posted here.

Saturday, February 11, 2006

Hometown(ish) representing

One night last week, I actually managed to get home in time to catch The Daily Show, and one of the stories featured not only my home state but a town not too far from where I live. The subject was the growing controversy over pharmacists refusing to fill prescriptions for birth control pills - most often emergency contraception. The pharmacist they were interviewing was Ron Stephens who also happens to be a state representative from nearby Bond County, Illinois.

Governor Rod Blagojevich - who has taken action to ensure that Illinois women have access to the medications their doctors prescribe them - was also on the show.

That's all I've got for now. I'm suffering from a pretty intense cold/flu/sinus sort of thing so I've been engaging in such luxuries as actually sleeping more than 5 hours a night. I'll be getting back to that right about now.

Sunday, February 05, 2006

Super Bowl shenanigans

Tonight I attended a Super Bowl party at a classmate's home. I'm not a fan of football, but I'm a fan of my friends and don't get to see them that often, so I went.

The hosting classmate has a roommate who's originally from India and used to live in San Francisco. He couldn't get over the "Jesus commercials" (as he put it) featuring Kurt Warner that kept playing. After perhaps the third showing, he said, "This must be a St. Louis phenomenon. No way is this playing all over the country."

So he got on the phone to some friends of his out in the city by the bay. The conversation went as follows.

Roommate: "Are you watching the game?"
SF Friend: "yes"
Roommate: "Did you just see the last commercial they played?"
SF Friend: "yes"
Roommate: "Was it Kurt Warner doing a spot for something called Athletes For Jesus dot org?"
SF Friend: "No, it was for Brokeback Mountain."

Good times.

Thursday, February 02, 2006

If anyone has a defense for this, I'd love to hear it.

The following is a letter written by anti-war activist Cindy Sheehan regarding her experience at the State of the Union Address Tuesday night. Taken from Common Dreams.

Dear Friends,

As most of you have probably heard, I was arrested before the State of the Union Address tonight.

I am speechless with fury at what happened and with grief over what we have lost in our country.

There have been lies from the police and distortions by the press. (Shocker) So this is what really happened:

This afternoon at the People's State of the Union Address in DC where I was joined by Congresspersons Lynn Woolsey and John Conyers, Ann Wright, Malik Rahim and John Cavanagh, Lynn brought me a ticket to the State of the Union Address. At that time, I was wearing the shirt that said: 2245 Dead. How many more?

After the PSOTU press conference, I was having second thoughts about going to the SOTU at the Capitol. I didn't feel comfortable going. I knew George Bush would say things that would hurt me and anger me and I knew that I couldn't disrupt the address because Lynn had given me the ticket and I didn't want to be disruptive out of respect for her. I, in fact, had given the ticket to John Bruhns who is in Iraq Veterans Against the War. However, Lynn's office had already called the media and everyone knew I was going to be there so I sucked it up and went.

I got the ticket back from John, and I met one of Congresswoman Barbara Lee's staffers in the Longworth Congressional Office building and we went to the Capitol via the undergroud tunnel. I went through security once, then had to use the rest room and went through security again.

My ticket was in the 5th gallery, front row, fourth seat in. The person who in a few minutes was to arrest me, helped me to my seat.

I had just sat down and I was warm from climbing 3 flights of stairs back up from the bathroom so I unzipped my jacket. I turned to the right to take my left arm out, when the same officer saw my shirt and yelled; "Protester." He then ran over to me, hauled me out of my seat and roughly (with my hands behind my back) shoved me up the stairs. I said something like "I'm going, do you have to be so rough?" By the way, his name is Mike Weight.

The officer ran with me to the elevators yelling at everyone to move out of the way. When we got to the elevators, he cuffed me and took me outside to await a squad car. On the way out, someone behind me said, "That's Cindy Sheehan." At which point the officer who arrested me said: "Take these steps slowly." I said, "You didn't care about being careful when you were dragging me up the other steps." He said, "That's because you were protesting." Wow, I get hauled out of the People's House because I was, "Protesting."

I was never told that I couldn't wear that shirt into the Congress. I was never asked to take it off or zip my jacket back up. If I had been asked to do any of those things...I would have, and written about the suppression of my freedom of speech later. I was immediately, and roughly (I have the bruises and muscle spasms to prove it) hauled off and arrested for "unlawful conduct."

After I had my personal items inventoried and my fingers printed, a nice Sgt. came in and looked at my shirt and said, "2245, huh? I just got back from there."

I told him that my son died there. That's when the enormity of my loss hit me. I have lost my son. I have lost my First Amendment rights. I have lost the country that I love. Where did America go? I started crying in pain.

What did Casey die for? What did the 2244 other brave young Americans die for? What are tens of thousands of them over there in harm's way for still? For this? I can't even wear a shrit that has the number of troops on it that George Bush and his arrogant and ignorant policies are responsible for killing.

I wore the shirt to make a statement. The press knew I was going to be there and I thought every once in awhile they would show me and I would have the shirt on. I did not wear it to be disruptive, or I would have unzipped my jacket during George's speech. If I had any idea what happens to people who wear shirts that make the neocons uncomfortable that I would be arrested...maybe I would have, but I didn't.

There have already been many wild stories out there.

I have some lawyers looking into filing a First Amendment lawsuit against the government for what happened tonight. I will file it. It is time to take our freedoms and our country back.

I don't want to live in a country that prohibits any person, whether he/she has paid the ulitmate price for that country, from wearing, saying, writing, or telephoning any negative statements about the government. That's why I am going to take my freedoms and liberties back. That's why I am not going to let Bushco take anything else away from me...or you.

I am so appreciative of the couple of hundred of protesters who came to the jail while I was locked up to show their support....we have so much potential for good...there is so much good in so many people.

Four hours and 2 jails after I was arrested, I was let out. Again, I am so upset and sore it is hard to think straight.

Keep up the struggle...I promise you I will too.

Love and peace soon,