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I see it all perfectly; there are two possible situations - one can either do this or that. My honest opinion and my friendly advice is this: do it or do not do it - you will regret both.

--Soren Kierkegaard

Like many of us, I have long debated which is worse, regret for things undone, or regret for mistakes made.  I have tended to come down on the side of believing that missed opportunities, roads not taken, cause the greater regret, but I think Kierkegaard has a point.
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Thu Jan 31, 2013 at 03:07 PM PST

Preschooler gun victims

by milton333

I don't know if it is an explosion of gun violence, or if, in the wake of Newtown, we are finally seeing more reporting of these incidents.  In my community, the last couple of weeks have left a 3-year old critically wounded by a gun that was "out and available" while the responsible gun-owning adults were hanging out in another room, and a 4-year old taken off life support after being shot in the head by another child with a loaded gun that was left sitting on a living room chair.

A 2-year old and a 7-year old were shot in a drive-by at 7:45 pm on a weeknight.  Last month, another 4-year old was taken off life support after being shot in the head in his car seat in a drive-by shooting.

At what age does this become intolerable?  For all the RKBAers who seem unmoved by the deaths of 6-year olds, is 4 young enough to shock the senses?  Is 2?


Whenever I hear about the Catholic church's strong stand against contraception, I want to bang my head against the wall. The Catholic church endorses contraception. It TEACHES contraception. There is no logical, moral, or theological difference between practicing natural family planning/fertility awareness and using a condom or the pill.

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As a law student, I learned two very important things.  First, I'm too liberal to represent banks.  Second, virtually every man around me believes that he might, at any moment, be accused of being a sexual harasser, or even a sexual predator.  While I can't quibble with the first, I find the latter to be quite remarkable.

Warning: this diary discusses rape and sexual assault.

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I have a confession to make.  

Later.  First, background.

As a new lawyer, I was assigned to a death row appeal that my firm was handling pro bono.  The inmate was incarcerated in the Deep South.  There was little doubt that he committed the crime for which he was convicted.  We were not hoping to exonerate him.

There was also little doubt that he was mentally retarded.  A Supreme Court case called Atkins v. Virginia (and, one would argue, common sense), held that execution of mentally retarded criminals is "cruel and unusual punishment" prohibited by the Eighth Amendment to the United States Constitution.  We hoped to save his life.

I confess - I do not know if the state eventually, obstinately and senselessly, put to death my troubled, developmentally disabled client.  And I don't want to know.

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Tue Sep 21, 2010 at 11:35 AM PDT

Early Voting in Kansas

by milton333

Kansas has early voting!  In-person early voting begins on October 19, and you can request a mail-in ballot now (ballots will be mailed beginning October 13).

October 18 is the deadline to register to vote in the 2010 elections.

More details below . . .

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Wed Oct 01, 2008 at 12:20 PM PDT

Kansas Early Voting

by milton333

Kansas has early voting!  In-person early voting begins in just two weeks, on October 15, and you can request a mail-in ballot now.  While polls (and weary experience) suggest that we may be hopelessly in the tank for the Republican presidential candidate, please remember that Jim Slattery is making a strong play for Pat Roberts' Senate seat, and Nancy Boyda is up for re-election in the House.

Most of urban Kansas uses touchscreen voting.  You can vote by mail and also advance vote in person at the office of your county elector, however, beginning October 15.  More details below . . .

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Saturday's Kansas City Star included an article about the antiquated caucus system, titled Caucus system takes many Kansans out of the race.  The article makes a number of good points about how inconvenient it can be to caucus, and how turnout for caucuses is significantly lower than for primaries.  One glaring error, however, is the Star's mistaken reporting that the Democratic caucus begins at 7 a.m. on Super Tuesday.  Whether an error or something more nefarious, if you know any Kansas caucusers, please pass along the correct information.

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The District of Columbia Bar Association's Board of Professional Responsibility has recommended that Scooter Libby be disbarred for his role in the investigation of the Valerie Plame outing.  Warning: PDF.

D.C. Code § 11-2503(a) provides for the mandatory disbarment of any member of the District of Columbia Bar convicted of a crime of moral turpitude. See In re Colson, 412 A.2d 1160, 1164 (D.C. 1979) (en banc).

The DC Bar Board on Professional Responsibility has determined that Libby is guilty of moral turpitude based upon his conviction for perjury and obstruction of justice.  Disbarment is mandatory in such circumstances.

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Thu Feb 08, 2007 at 01:29 PM PST

Big Dog is coming to Kansas!

by milton333

President Bill Clinton will be addressing the Kansas Democratic Party at its 2007 "Washington Days" Convention in Topeka, Kansas.  The event is scheduled for March 2-3, and it appears that Bill will be the keynote speaker at the banquet dinner on Friday, March 2.

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