Saturday, March 04, 2006

religious bias in the courts

Greg Sisk, guest blogging at the Volokh Conspiracy has an interesting post about how the courts handle religious-liberty cases. He uses statistical methods to claim that the courts display a bias against traditional religious views.

Friday, March 03, 2006

one thing about port management

I'm ambivalent about having a Dubai-owned company take over management of US ports, but one thing that annoys me in the debate is the way all the pro-Dubai-ers keep saying that this won't effect port security because the Dubai company is only taking over port operations but security will still be handled by Americans.

That's a really dumb comment. Of course this will effect security. Anyone who can set schedules or hire crane operators or assign offices can effect security in dramatic ways. If al Qeda were directly taking over port operations, would it makes us feel safe to know that the security was still being handled by loyal Americans? Of course not.

I don't know much about how ports are managed, but I do know that the people in charge of daily operations anywhere can do a lot of things to get around security. The fact that the Dubai company will not be directly in charge of security is an irrelevant argument against a strawman.

Monday, February 27, 2006

Storyblogging Carnival p(0,0,1,0,0,0,1)

Welcome to the thirty-ninth Storyblogging Carnival. I decided to return to my prime-factors notation for this carnival because I could write it non-recursively and because I wasn't sure of the Roman numerals for 39 (but I'd guess that it's XXXIX).

Twelve terrific entries this time, ranging from the sublime to the ridiculous (I'm thinking of Peace Moonbeam's entry here). Donald finishes Fire (I hope he gets to the sequel soon), Thag continues to suffer angst and drama like only a caveman can, Sheya continues her beautiful story with lots of annoying cliff hangers, Rachel tells a very troubling story, Bruce presents a ... er ... gripping morality tale, and the rest you will just have to see for yourself.

The previous Carnival was at Sheya's and I don't know where the next one will be. Donald probably told me but I forgot; I'll post an update when he clues me in.

By the way, these are sorted by entry date rather than by length because I was too lazy to reorder them.

On to the stories:

Josh Cohen of The New D-42 presents On The Turning Away
rated R, 8970 words
This is a sequel to "Last Worthless Evening", but LWE is not required reading. It's about a person going through a divorce, told through the eyes of his psychiatrist/counselor/psychologist.

J. Fielek of Quibbles-n-Bits presents A Dragon's Tears
rated G, 1500 words
A sort of fairy tale off of the tale I made up for Lily's bedtime story tonight.

Peace Moonbeam of The Peace Moonbeam Chronicles, presents The Texas NeoCon Massacre
rated G
Another stupid story, poorly written.

Bruce Parrello of Conservative Cat presents The Dragon of Upways Gorge
rated G, 3850 words
The story is stored in a Wiki and linked from the blog. The Wiki acts as an encyclopedia of an entire fictional world. The whole thing sits in my blog's web site, but it may not qualify as storyblogging.

Rachel of Styrofoam Kitty presents When Superman Dies
rated R
Compelling story of losing a brother and changing your life.

Goemagog of this page for sublet presents An Ending
rated G, 200 words
The rest of the story without the first of the story.

Donald of Back of the Envelope presents the Interlude from his on-line novel Fire
Rating: PG-13, 4,849 words of 90,110 total words
This is the final part of Fire, wherein the fates of all the characters are learned, at least until the second part of the novel of which Fire is Part 1.

Mark A. Rayner of The Skwib presents Thag sleep on it!
rated PG, 600 words
Thag faces a tough decision -- should he take Onga back or not?

Andrea Graham of Adam's Blog presents The Friendship Ring
rated PG, 2476 words
Sixteen year old Adriana Malone has been best friends with Abraham Desmond for as long as she can remember, but ever since she's started seeing Duke, Abe's been acting strange. Soon, not only does she find herself facing a choice between Duke and Abe, she also must choose between popularity and her faith.

Sheya Joie of tales by sheya presents Part 3, Chapters 18 and 19 of the child
rated PG, 4888 words of 129,617 so far
cliff-hangers on top of cliff-hangers as the six teams find it is time to get out of the fortress - if only they can.

Andrew Ian Dodge of Dodgeblogium presents Britannia Revived Chapter 25 & 26
4657 words
It continues...

Dave Gudeman of Doc Rampage presents Ink Magic (part 9)
rated PG, 1467 words
Steven goes for a walk on the beach, speculates about the geology of sand, and chases a demon.

Well, that's it for this week kiddies. Every time I do this, I worry that I missed an entry and there a lot of entries this time, from multiple sources. So if you sent in an entry and you don't see it here then please be assured that it wasn't rejected, just missed. Please resubmit it for the next Carnival which will probably be run by someone more responsible.