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The Odawg - that's me - was born into a family of Americans living abroad. After moving around for a while, my family settled in a nice midwestern town where I had a "normal" childhood. After going to college and getting a degree in engineering concerning things nautical, I've been working for various people in the maritime industry. Besides being born in Germany, I've lived in Oklahoma, Kansas, Indiana, New York, Rhode Island, Connecticut, Mississippi, Texas, and Louisiana. The Dawg House is presently in New Orleans.
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NAME: Owen William Tredennick
AGE: Late 20's
GENDER: Male
MARITAL STATUS: Single, never married
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RELIGION: Episcopalian
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REGRETS: Not studying. Spending more and caring less. Holding back.
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FEARS: That it will all be revealed to be a load of shite.
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CURRENTLY DRIVES A: Mazda pickup
FAVORITE FOOD: Jacques Imo's Shrimp and Alligator Sausage Cheesecake
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6.27.2003

MORE SCOTUS STUFF

Regarding the Texas sodomy law, read the majority opinion here, and the dissent here.

I liked how Ramesh Ponnuru summed it up here:

"I agree with Justice Thomas that the Texas law was "uncommonly silly." We should rejoice in the fact of its demise, but not the manner."

That's it, really. The majority did all kinds of things: they overturned a 17 year old decision, not because of any change in the constitution, but because of a change in culture. They asserted that the law was irrational; certainly, the sodomy law in question was, but as Ponnuru points out, "rational basis" is simply an extra-constitutional way for judges to act as legislators.

Our real rulers - the nine justices of the Supreme Court - are a fickle bunch, aren't they? The same folks who praised the court and hailed yesterday's verdict as a victory for gay rights were calling this same court a bunch of partisan hacks in 2000 for "appointing" George W. Bush as president and bewailing it's dictatorial powers.

Legal precedent, constitutional principles, legislators, voters - none of that matters anymore. All that matters is convincing five members of the Supreme Court. And given the tools of "rational basis" and a "living constitution" that may be ammended from the bench, rather than by the democratic process, it's hard to see where, exactly, their power ends.

11:50 Link to this blogging
6.26.2003

SCOTUS

For those of you who are confused, I'll give it to you in a nutshell. Here's what the Supreme Court said this week:

You can't discriminate againts gays when it comes to private, consensual, non-commercial sexual acts. But you can discriminate against gays when it comes to college admissions, except if they are black or hispanic, in which case it's actually ok to give them preferrential treatment. If you want. At least for the next 25 years.

Easy, see? It's right there in the Constitution.

Oh, wait a minute. Never mind.

PS. No word on whether or not you can discriminate against those same gays if they live in a historically black voting district.

Here's the WaPo SCOTUS wire.

11:10 Link to this blogging
6.25.2003

ISSUES

Lots of stuff in the news. Instead of dedicated posts, I'll just throw a few blurbs up.

I'm still thinking that as far as Iraq and WMD goes, the worst the administration is guilty of is rhetorical excess, at least so far. Let's remember a few things: Saddam's regime was lying and stalling, clearly to cover for something. After 9/11, the standard for evidence with these kinds of things is clearly more like "probable cause" than "beyond a reasonable doubt". The world doesn't miss Saddam, and never will. The president and his administration have nothing to apologize for.

Of course, the occupation still isn't going swimmingly. But I think it's hard to tell precisely what's going on there, and what the overall mood is. As with the war, so with the occupation: time and perspective will give us the opportunity to assess just how well we've done.

Here at home, I remain under-whelmed with the gaggle of Democrats seeking their party's presidential nomination. That's pathetic, considering how vulnerable I think Bush is. Sure, a lot of folks see him as invincible. But someone who could get to his right on the budget and match his credibility on national defense would have a chance. The explosion of federal spending on his watch is undeniable, even leaving the war on terrorism aside. Equally undeniable is that there are no democratic candidates who can credibly claim to be fiscally conservative, and none of them have staked out a position on the war that is simultaneously reasonable and consistent from week to week, day to day, or even talk show appearance to talk show appearance. What's a small government guy like me to do? If only the Libertarians would drop Harry Browne for a real candidate...

Life goes on here in the Big Easy. Technically, the Louisiana governor's race has started, but I challenge you to find ten people outside of the professional punditry who give a damn. The field so far is uninspiring, but that could change. The legislative session just ended this week, but other than banning sex in public, I can't think of any substantial issues it tackled. It almost changed the state sodomy laws to something far less draconian, but that was headed off by legislators who feared it might result in people thinking that it was OK to, well, engage in sodomy. Legislators voting against changing the law departed yesterday to return to their home planet many lightyears from here.

13:00 Link to this blogging

HOWDY FOLKS

So what's up with me? Here's a few notes:

* Lucie has been in Houston this month of June helping her mom fix up her house. She's been busily tearing down wallpaper, tearing up carpet, painting, and rearranging. After almost four weeks of that, I think both of them are ready for a break. I'll be flying over there on Friday to help with the last couple of things, then Lucie and I will start driving back Saturday afternoon.

* I've been kicking it bachelor style for the last four weeks. That hasn't been nearly as exciting as it might sound, however. Mostly, I've tried to finish rearranging our stuff in the house and catching up on some reading. Which is not to say that I haven't made it out for a few pints. Wild and crazy is something I simply have not been in a long time. But I've watched a helluva lot of the Speed Channel, which is something Lucie has no interest in.

* New Orleans continues to be pelted by rain. It has every day that I can recall recently. Yesterday, we got another big storm over the city as two fronts collided. They dumped another two inches of rain on us. I managed to mow the yard on Saturday, literally beween rain showers, and it's already tall enough to cut again.

That's about it. July will see a good bit of travel as we go to a wedding in Bloomington, IN, followed by a trip to Chicago to see my sister and her husband. Should be a good time, as well as a respite from the heat, we hope.

12:57 Link to this blogging

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