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Thu 06 Nov 2003

Bought my first song from iTunes today. "Still Loving You" by the Scorpions. At first, I noticed a hiss in the song, but I decided that it was simply the headphones I was using. Pretty cool. I was glad to see that "Still Loving You" is the top downloaded song by the Scorpions, and not "Rock You Like a Hurricane" or "The Zoo", although I do like "The Zoo". Showing my age, again...

I wouldn't recommend it unless you have a high-speed connection, though. Luckily, I can plug my laptop in at school -- instant broadband! Gotta like that.

I'm a bit disappointed in the selection, though. Every time I think of a single song I would like to have, they aren't there. "I'll Be There" by The Escape Club? Nope. "Baby Mine", by Alison Krauss? Nope. Oh well. Hopefully it'll get better.
Posted while Jacob is getting his bath/society/popculture ]

Just got back from the school vouchers discussion (second item), and am rather dissatisfied. First off, there's the idiot who insisted that them evil conservatives are selling snake oil to poor black people by getting them hooked on school vouchers. That was just the icing on the cake, though; my problems with the arguments began before that.

One of the anti-voucher panelists insisted that a voucher program is like giving blacks in the 50's vouchers to eat lunch at Woolworth's -- of little value, because blacks wouldn't be served there anyway. Her argument was that there is nowhere to use the vouchers. She apparently doesn't think that schools would not come into being, or at least that it would take too long for the schools to be formed if a school voucher program began. She explicitly excepted Catholic schools, though. Another panelist insisted that the government is "pooring money into the coffers" of these religions, thus violating the establishment clause. Hang on here, if these religions are taking so much money from the government, "into their coffers", as it were, then why aren't competitors springing up to challenge them for the right to that dough? It's not as if the Supreme Court insisted that voucher money go to religious schools.

The other thing that annoyed me is that no one had the nerve to even mention, let alone discuss, the vested interest of the teacher's unions in fighting school vouchers. I would not be a bit surprised if the anti-voucher panelists turn out to have financial connections to the unions. If not financial, then at least social; the lady who isn't a law professor here is a professor at the IU school of education, and therefore has a vested interest in teacher certification and such nonsense.
Posted in the afternoon/law ]

Boy, talk about a generic blog. What can I say, I'm not a design guy. My brother says he'll design a template for me if I want...

These are the sites that I read the most:

News
instapundit (like many, many other people)
Google News
reddit
OK, OK, so I'm biased. Big deal.

Highbrow
Arts & Letters Daily
Lowbrow
Fark

The best dang writing on the web, period. (At least it was, when I set up this blog 4 years ago.)
Lileks (especially the Bleat)
Eject! Eject! Eject!

Humor
Dave Barry
Tim Blair
Worse Than Failure

Legal Stuff
How Appealing
Balkin (when I want to get mad)
Volokh & Co. (I like Phillipe the best) (where did he go, anyway?)
Lessig
Some Harvard graduate who happens to be totally hilarious.

Other interesting political commentary
Amygdala
Colby Cosh
Impromptus (and what happened to him, too?)
Best of the Web

Baseball stuff
Neyer
Hunt (What the heck happened to him, anyway?)
Viva El Birdos

Geek stuff
Greenspun
Doc

Sites I used to read all the time, but rarely visit anymore
Slashdot
Yahoo Money
Ubid
Andrew Sullivan
New York Press

Marvelous ways to waste an afternoon
Travels with Samantha (rated PG-13)
The Institute of Official Cheer
The Fabulous Ruins of Detroit
Insultingly Stupid Movie Physics
The Tolkien Sarcasm Page
Wikipedia's BJAODN

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