The General

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  • Location Sacramento
  • Interests Philosophy<br />Economics<br />History<br />
  1. Justice Scalia, and Originalism

    I couldn't disagree with you more, but it's late (2:09am in Sacramento) and I have to be at work at 7:00am .
  2. Justice Scalia, and Originalism

    You don't have to be an Objectivist to understand what that amendment says - the amendments preceding the Ninth not only are not the only rights of the individual, but furthermore all rights not listed here are retained by the people. Properly understood, this amendment sets the proper relationship between the individual and the government. It sets the onus on the government to justify taking any action against the individual, and gives the presumption of sovereignty to the individual. When Scalia takes the position that the government has the authority to arrest homosexuals, who have violated no one's rights, what he is doing is the exact opposite of upholding the Constitution (which is a restraint on the government, not the individual) - he is granting arbitrary powers to the government and rejecting the concept of individual rights. PS - For those interested in an objective approach to evaluating judges, I would suggest reading this op-ed by Tara Smith (thanks to Don for the link).
  3. Plea Bargaining

    HaloNoble6, Thought you (and those reading this thread) might find this post from a "Law" blog of interest given the present topic. Here's the link: Victims and Prosecutors: A Worrisome Alliance
  4. Million Dollar Baby (2004)

    Warning: There are spoilers about this movie in this post. Stephen, I was wondering if you had any knowledge of what caused the break between Eastwood's character and his daughter in the movie?
  5. Spybot

    I used Spybot and Adaware previously, but now I've switched to a really good program that Microsoft offers free of charge to licensed Windows users, Microsoft Anti-Spyware.. You can download it off of
  6. Million Dollar Baby (2004)

    Ditto! I really enjoyed this movie, and was impressed by Eastwood, Freeman and Swank, who all acted superbly.
  7. Million Dollar Baby

    Please add "Million Dollar Baby".

    Thanks for the link CoireFox! I love air conditioning, and always have the apartment kept below 70 degrees (preferably around 66 degrees). As for work, I'm in the exact opposite environment. As a meat cutter, the temperature in the cutting room is about 50-60 degrees all day long (the cooler is set at 20 degrees). Most people wonder how I can take the cold, but I absolutely love it; the temperature for me is perfect, such that I can work my hardest and not break a sweat! And in the summer when it gets so hot in Sacramento (this week has been between 90-100 degrees) it is a treat!
  9. Battlestar Galactica (2004)

    I am also really enjoying the show FC. Definitely a 9! I can't wait until the next season comes on in mid-July.
  10. Sandra Day O'Connor Retires

    Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor has announced her retirementO'Connor Retires?. This could be one of the most important moments in the Bush presidency. Justice O'Connor was often the swing vote on a number of controversial issues, including the vote on abortion. While I don't doubt that Democrats will attempt to filibuster any nominee who is too "conservative", I don't think it will ultimately be effective. Given that Rehnquist will also probably retire soon, I'm feeling pessimistic about the upcoming composition of the supreme court.
  11. Seinfeld (1990)

    Ok, here's another hilarious segment, since we're all sharing (btw, thanks to everyone for bringing up those hilarious outakes ) This is from the 4th season, the episode, "The Shoes". This segment takes place after George gets caught oogling the cleavage of the daughter of the NBC exec who will determine whether George and Jerry's pilot "takes off". JERRY: What were you doing? GEORGE: It's not my fault. You poked me! JERRY: You're supposed to just take a peek after a poke. You were like you just put a quarter in one of those big metal things on top of the Empire State Building. GEORGE: It was cleavage. I couldn't look away. What am I, waiting to win an Oscar here? This is all I have in my life. JERRY: Looking at cleavage is like looking at the sun. You don't stare. It's too risky. You get a sense of it, and then you look away. GEORGE: Alright.
  12. Seinfeld (1990)

    My absolute favorite television comedy (and my wife's as well)! We just finished watching the fourth season on DVD, it was stupendous. I posted the following to my blog back in May, thought I'd share it. If you haven't seen the episodes dealing with George and Jerry trying to get a pilot for their tv show with NBC, you may want to ignore what follows - it's much funnier with the actors. For those wishing to relive it, continue on. WARNING, WHAT FOLLOWS CONTAINS A SPOILER From season IV of Seinfeld: This scene had me rolling on the floor. The dialogue picks up after Kramer has vomited on one of the employees from NBC who was going to help Jerry and George get their show on the air: JERRY: Look, just because Kramer vomited on her doesn’t mean the deal is dead. GEORGE: What are you crazy? It’s a traumatic thing to be thrown-up on. JERRY: Vomiting is not a deal breaker. If Hitler had vomited on Chamberlain, Chamberlain still would have given him Czechoslovakia. GEORGE: Chamberlain. You could hold his head in the toilet, he’d still give you half of Europe.
  13. Mr. & Mrs. Smith (2005)

    Great points Free Capitalist! Glad to see I'm not the only one who liked it.
  14. Mr. & Mrs. Smith (2005)

    My wife and I really enjoyed this movie. I think in part it helps that we didn't have the highest expectations upon seeing it (moreso on my part than hers), which added to the delightful surprise. The story is about a married couple who have grown apart because each person is leading a double life - as professional assassins. Neither Mr. nor Mrs. Smith knows that the other engages in the same profession as they do. The story becomes interesting when their work "intersects" - with explosive results. The movie is full of action, great humor and the phenomenal chemistry between Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie - if they aren't a couple in real life, they ought to be. There's also a sweet love story at the bottom, if you want to look for it (and you know I do). If I had to compare it to other movies, I'd say it's a cross between Kill Bill and True Lies. Both Pitt and Jolie are assassins, as in Kill Bill; but the movie overall is benevolent and humorous, as in True Lies. I give it a 10.
  15. Mr. and Mrs. Smith

    Please add Mr. and Mrs. Smith for rating, starring Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie.