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Monday, October 31, 2005

Quick tips on NGS 

Everywhere I go, I get slandered (libeled), I hear words I never heard in the Bible. But I'm trying to keep my customers satisfied. Toward that end, here are some quick tips for those who suffer from NGS.

-"Hello" is not a pick-up line, even when joined with a blank stare! This may blow your mind. However, if this is all you got in your bad of tricks, expect your mind to be the only thing blown.

-Internet flirting: don't do it. Listen to Otto Von Bismarck:

Thanks, Otto! You see, the internet is like Las Vegas. It's got a lot of flashing colors. And boobs. And rigged games of chance. And for the most part, what happens on the internet stays on the internet.

-Not having a clear strategy in mind. "If you aim for nothing you will hit it". I may have read that on a poster. Or in "The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People". Remember, the only habit you'll have is "sharpening the saw" if you don't have clearly thought-out goals.

-Blogging. If you blog too much, you will need your driver's license to look up your gender. Mine says "V". I am not sure what that means. In any case, anything you put on the internet is rife for misinterpretation. So any of you out there trying to interpret this, don't.

I hope you have enjoyed these brief tips. I know they have delayed my homework for 20 minutes, so they have served their purpose. Please send your tales of NGS to . I know I will have more homework to avoid in the near future.

-Miguel Sanchez  12:46 EST | |

Scalito to the rescue 

Sunday, October 30, 2005

Miguel's guide to pseudonyms 

Given the crisis of pseudonyms on ustoo, I will offer a brief review of pseudonyms through out history. First in a series.

Good pseudonym: Mark Twain

+ Not his real name. Somewhat catchy, not distracting.

-Kind of a prick.

Had he lived and posted on ustoo pseudonym: H. Bo T. Wire

Bad Pseuodnym: Ziggy Stardust

+Used by David Bowie

-not the basis for it's use here

-Miguel Sanchez  22:16 EST | |

Saturday, October 29, 2005

FoxNews through out history 

Friday, October 28, 2005

For Shame, Comanche Folks, For Shame 

According to this story, even the most debased things witnessed at the Comanche house pail in comparison to the hijinks of these undergrads. Who'd a thunk it?

Just when I thought the evenings of whipped cream, bumble bee costumes, poetry readings and French boys constituted some kind of pinnacle, I am show otherwise.

Apple: Think Different.

-Miguel Sanchez  10:35 EST | |

Thursday, October 27, 2005

Hit the road, Jack 

Miers is OUT.

Any bets on the next nomination? I know the HNBA will be pushing hard for one from their short list of latinos, as it was the main discussion at the conference last week. I'm thinking maybe McConnell of the 10th Circuit, who may have more outward conservatism than Roberts but seems to have the same polished academic persona that helped Roberts through.

-Lucky  11:27 EST | |

Wednesday, October 26, 2005

I've got questions 

I read this story and now I'm all full of questions.

  1. Just the other day, Ziggy and I heard about a shooting in Brooklyn--scary stuff, I know--but we were both comforted when we realized that, of course, it happened in East New York. What are the cops doing firing twenty+ rounds at a 16-year old boy so near my house?
  2. Did you know my friends S & K actually live on this street? I wonder if they heard it.
  3. How did this 16-year old boy, who is accused of killing someone, put together $150,000 for bail?
  4. The cops fired twenty+ rounds--were they drunk?
  5. Why does Ziggy still flash his IPod around at night when he's not even carrying his gun?

-Daddy Brooklyn  22:37 EST | |

An oldie but a goodie 

Has it really been almost a year already?

Here's a post that I still believe:

From Mark Kleinman:

The commitment of a small-d democrat is to respect the authority of the majority, not to pretend to respect its wisdom or virtue.

If, for example, you think that the Bush regime has made the United States both a user of torture and an active accomplice in the use of torture by others, and if you think that is wrong, an electoral defeat shouldn't change those opinions.

And if you think that, then what are you supposed to feel about the majority that either (1) didn't believe the facts; (2) didn't think that torture is wrong; or (3) didn't think it was important enough to vote on? I'd think "scorn" a relatively mild word to use.

I think this is right. I've argued, to much derision from several friends, that those who voted for President Bush were either intellectually or morally bankrupt. That is, there was no way to be both knowledgeable and good while voting for Bush. This is certainly elitist both intellectually and ethically, but I don't see any other way of putting it.

If you don't think gays should have the same marriage rights as straight, then you're a bigot. If you think that Bush has competently administered his office, you're an idiot. If you voted for Bush because he's a good man, I think scorn is the perfect sentiment for you.

Surely this isn't sound political strategy as long as we need to kowtow to median voters in a democratically-deficient system, but that doesn't mean my anger and disappointment isn't justified both by reality and morality.

-Ziggy Stardust  17:35 EST | |

Thompson on the American people 

The polls also indicate that Nixon will get a comfortable majority of the Youth Vote. And that he might carry all fifty states. Well . . . maybe so. This may be the year when we finally come face to face with ourselves; finally just lay back and say it -- that we are really just a nation of 220 million used car salesmen with all the money we need to buy guns, and no qualms at all about killing anybody else in the world who tries to make us uncomfortable.
Via Fuzzy Dunlop.

-Ziggy Stardust  16:23 EST | |


Listen to this story.

I hate the fact that I can pay attention or forget this war at my convenience.

Update: A man who is doing something far braver than I have done.

-Ziggy Stardust  13:46 EST | |

Saturday, October 22, 2005

UsToo Annual Conference 

Not much blogging expected...

-Ziggy Stardust  14:34 EST | |

Wednesday, October 19, 2005

Too much of a good thing 

One of the lesser known ballot initiatives in Denver this year will be I-100, which would make it legal to posses 1 oz or less of marijuana in the city.

Right on. I commend this and I sincerely hope it passes.

But the people promoting the thing are acting like rank amateurs. Billboards to be put up in Denver this week will show a picture of a battered woman and the caption: "Reduce family and community violence in Denver. Vote Yes on I-100."

The thrust of the argument seems to be "Yeah, pot is bad, but it's not as bad as alcohol and stuff" And this particular ad campaign does not even touch on what the initiative is about. All it is doing is creating a controversy. A bad one at that. While the publicity will be good for their campaign and make people aware of the issue (that's how I learned about it), the only discussion there has been over the issue since the billboards has been about what poor taste they have. Unless I'm wrong, a successful PR campaign should create discussion about the issue, not the campaign.

Not to mention that billboards are a piss poor advertising medium.

It seems like something that was a good idea when, um, stoned, but that has now been taken too far.

-Ben  23:28 EST | |

Sunday, October 16, 2005

Brad DeLong has interesting correspondents 

Finally, a video game for Ustoo's copious law school contingent 

In the video game Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney, you play a defense lawyer defending the wrongly accused.

I think there are also some med students who read this, and for them, there is Trauma Center: Under the Knife. You perform surgeries using the stylus on the Game Boy DS.

Lastly for all you urbanites who can't have a dog but would like one, there is always Nintendogs.

All the same, I'd rather spend my video game playing time filling the empty void in my heart that not serving in the military has left.

-Miguel Sanchez  16:24 EST | |

I am totally stoked on the bird flu 

Ever since I first took calculus, I have been deeply depressed. Why? Newton invented calculus at 23. I have made no such contribution to world history, and I am 25.

What's Newton got that I don't? I stuck a needle in my eye to see what would happen. I stared at the sun for 10 minutes. I am a shameless self-promoter. I never get tired or pointing out how smart I am. What am I lacking?! Then it hit me.

There hasn't been a massive world-wide plague!! When Newton thought up calculus, he was shut up on a farm in northern England. Oxford had closed on account of the black plague. A massive pandemic is my golden ticket!

Once this bird flu hits, I will finally have my shot at greatness! So Rouche, keep a lid on that Tamiflu! Asia, keep up your piss-poor farming practices! I have a new branch of math to invent.

-Miguel Sanchez  13:42 EST | |

Thursday, October 13, 2005

I raise my middle finger to the NYT 

To the editors of The New York Times:

Kiss it.

This times select thing is a crock. Was the free content, paid for by advertising model that has worked so well for TV and, oh, every other internet site, not working for you? Are you so proud of all your crackpots and blowhards that you expect to recieve significant revenue through this portal alone, or is this a prelude to the conversion of your entire site to fee-for-service?

Screw it. I can get my opinions elsewhere. I'm going to Michael Kinsley and the LAT.

-Ben  09:42 EST | |

Wednesday, October 12, 2005

Keeping your Right-Wing Christian Organizations Straight 

Note to Fred Barbash of the Washington Post: James Dobson runs Focus on the Family, not the Family Research Council. Both ridiculous, but different organizations.

Key graf:
"[F]ollowed a statement by Family Research Council leader James Dobson, a major figure in the religious conservative movement."
A related point: I really like how the WashPo features blogs linking to their stories. For instance, I wouldn't have fun across this letter otherwise.

Update: The WashPo has fixed the error; blogger triumphalism indeed.

-Ziggy Stardust  16:29 EST | |

a new name, perhaps even new posts 

Please welcome Fuzzy Dunlop into the warm and comforting bosom of UsToo. He's a law student, Wire fan, and playboy.

-Ziggy Stardust  11:33 EST | |

Tuesday, October 11, 2005

Smurfpocalypse Now 

Gargamel is done f-ing around, and bombs the hell out of the smurf. Trick or treat for unicef indeed.

-Miguel Sanchez  00:08 EST | |

Monday, October 10, 2005


Is anyone having a problem with all text appearing centered when viewing this site in internet explorer?

Let me know. Or just buy a decent computer (Mac) and use Safari.

-Ben  20:50 EST | |

Saturday, October 08, 2005

Best "Missed Connection" Ever 

Oh, how I love Best-of-Craigslist:

As fate and a juror summons would have it, you entered my life. I was juror #4 at your 2 day trial for drug possession, assault and battery, and resisting arrest at Circuit Court at 26th & California. Unfortunately, I like "bad girls". I am afflicted with "opposites attract" syndrome in the worst way. The mere mention of "26th & California" or that late night call from a raspy, but lovely voice saying, "Hey baby, I'm in jail" warms my heart and brings back fond memories.

I was so captivated by your profile that I could hardly pay attention to what was said; evidence this or that, blah, blah, blah. I love the Snoopy, butterfly, and bunny tattoos on your neck and arms. You had a cute snarl for each witness. As hard as I tried, there was no swaying the verdicts in your favor because lets face it, you were guilty as hell!

Give me a shout out in 2 to 4 years...depending on good behavior. I will assume it's the latter based on your tantrum and the sucker punch to your lawyer. I'll look out for your release date!!!

Good luck and be good,

-Ziggy Stardust  15:23 EST | |

Wednesday, October 05, 2005

50 Cent bad at math 

McCain's Much Needed Amendment 

The Senate will be voting tonight on McCain's Amendment to the Defense Appropriation Bill to establish actual standards for how we treat detainees, you know, like NOT TORTURING THEM!

Please call your senators and urge them to support McCain's Amendment #1977.

Additionally, I just want to say it is pathetic that New York's senators have not yet publicly stated where they stand on the issue (I just called to see).

Update: The Amendment passed the Senate 90-9.

-Ziggy Stardust  15:19 EST | |

Tuesday, October 04, 2005

Brief CO '06 rundown 

It's time to start thinking about these things. There will be five major races in our home state next fall: House districts 7, 5, 4, and 3, and of course the gubernatorial race.

CO-7: Adams county and parts of Jefferson including Westminster and Avrada. With Beauprez (R) retiring to run for governor, and this district only leaning slightly republican (went to Beauprez by 5 pts in '04), it's anybodys race right now. The main contender on the republican side looks to be Rick O'Donnell, currently director of the Colorado commission on Higher Education. In the D column, are Ed pearlmutter, the former lawyer (he went to CU Law, Al), and Peggy Lamm, former director of the state commission on higher education and chair of last years investigation of the CU athletic program.

CO-5: In the mountains south of denver, including Park, Lake, Chaffee, Fremont Teller, and El Paso counties. This is a pretty strongly republican district (Hefley won by 70% in '04), so probably not at all competitive. I am mostly interested because I want to see whether Hefley will retire. The only democratic contender at this point is Jay Fawcett, an Air Force veteran and graduate of/former instructor at the AFA. The republicans include the incumbent Joel Hefley who continues to deny rumors that he will retire. Waiting in the wings to replace him is an army of would-be freshmen including the apparent front-runner Doug Lamborn, a current state senator.

CO-4: All eastern counties and also Larimer and Weld. The republican incumbent Musgrave eked out a 51% win here in '04. Her main R opponent will be Bill Kauffman, a former state rep. The Dem challenger looks to be Angie Paccione, current state rep and Majority Caucus Chair. State Rep Wes McKinley's name is also being thrown around a lot.

CO-3: The western and southwestern parts of the state. John Salazar (D) barely won this heavily republican district. Word on the street is he's keeping his constituents happy. Nonetheless, he'll have some competition from republican Scott Tipton, the mysterious owner of a pottery company in Cortez.

Gov: Owens is of course done. Republican candidates will include Bob Beauprez, former rep Bob McInnis, and DU president Marc Holtzman (hasn't declared candidacy yet). On the blue team will be former Denver DA Bill Ritter. Other names that are being thrown around include former Lt Gov Gail Schoettler, and state senator Joanne Fitz-Gerald. Some names that have been thrown around but who have recently announced there's not a chance in hell are Ken Salazar, John Hickenlooper, and Rutt Bridges. Charlie Cook, Canpaigns & Elections and just about everybody else all predict that the '06 CO gubernatorial race is going to be close.

Let the games begin!

-Ben  22:20 EST | |

Things must be slow... 

when there's no discussion of something like the Harriet Miers nomitation to the Super C around these parts. Anyhow, I thought you all might want to know she has a nice, scholarly blog. Who said she has no paper trail...

Via CU bLAWg.

-Lucky  12:16 EST | |

Sunday, October 02, 2005

This didn't get much press 

...but Connecticut began offering civil unions on Saturday.

I don't know if the story is that that another state is offering something at least kind of like marrige, or that there was not a lot of coverage. CT is the third state (VA, MA) to offer these things, and there was a whole mess of hoopla over it when they did it, not to mention the hornswaggle over the california bill that may or may not be vetoed by the governor (who, oddly for a republican, threatened a veto on the grounds that it's a matter for the courts)

Is this not news because there is so much else going on today betweeen Bali bombings, hurricane relief and corrupt politicians? Does the right not have the wil to muster some sort of attack? Do the papers think people are becoming more accepting of civil unions, and since there is no controversey, there is no story (least likely). What is the deal?

I know, I posted. Wierd.

-Ben  23:34 EST | |

About us:

This weblog is an ongoing, if periodic, effort by several friends to stay in touch, in reading material, and in ideas.

Lucky Luciano is a former Italian Stallion real estate hustler and Benedict Arnold CEO turned shady lawyer-to-be. He lives in Denver.

Ben is a Paramedic and would-be philantropist who lives in Denver. He knows everything about nothing.

Fuzzy Dunlop lives in Manhattan. He is more than capable of standing up to the stresses of a high crime urban environment.

Jess is a teacher. But have YOU given her an apple? No, you haven't. You should be ashamed of yourself. This crazy feminist currently rests her copy of Awakening in Jersey City.

Matt is a pariah, iconoclast, and professor of gambling living in Oakland.

Miguel Sanchez is not Lionel Hutz.

Daddy Brooklyn lives in Brooklyn. He hates Republicans, though he wouldn't mind being ensconced in the landed elite of New York City.

Paul just smoked my eyelids and punched my cigarette.

Ziggy Stardust has no past.

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