June 27, 2006

Tuesday Tidings

Last evening I was fortunate enough to take advantage of a break in the recent monsoons to get a run in. I was drenched after about a mile, not due to a sudden downpour, but due to the incredible humidity! You could cut it with a knife. This scenario happened again, too. It really befuddles me. I run three friggin' miles so how is it possible that so many cars just happen to come to a neighborhood entrance and/or end of driveway ... at the precise moment I'm about to cross it?? No runner's high this time out, however. Probably 'cause it's been four days since my last outing.

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I was recently speaking to my in-laws (who're from Costa Rica, for the uninitiated), mostly about the World Cup, but these conversations always result in my longing to go back for a long visit (like my family and I did last summer). It's been twenty -- TWENTY! -- years since my very first sojourn to the tiny Central American country. I wrote a bit about that experience last summer (see also here and here) and I often think about the professor who took our group of 13 undergrads on the trip. Dr. M. was (is) a genuinely fine human being. He was quite the committed leftist, but unlike too many others that share his political philosophy, he always maintained his sense of humor and his warm personality. (I'm speaking in the past tense here as I'm going by 20 year old memories.) He was one of my favorite -- if not the favorite -- undergraduate professor(s).

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Anyone else following the World Cup? Probably not, aside from Duffy over at Pencader Days, I'd wager. Italy beat Australia on a last second -- and I mean last second -- penalty kick. Duffy doesn't like the ref's call; however, I actually think the ref got one right here, despite the moment in the game in which it was made. ESPN's Eric Wynalda agreed with me on this morning's SportsCenter. Elsewhere, the Ukraine got by Switzerland in the first shoot-out of this Cup. The Swiss couldn't hit the goal in three attempts (yikes!), while the former Soviet republic nailed three of their first four.

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I'm watching an interview with "Superman Returns" star Brandon Routh. MAN does he look -- and sound -- like a young Christopher Reeve! It's uncanny.

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David Bernstein has an excellent analysis up concerning "The Cult of International Law." He begins:

I've noticed in a variety of contexts that there are some rather well-educated, articulate individuals out there who have what seems to me to be a fanatical, quasi-religious belief in "international law", and the idea that it should trump any other conflicting consideration. In the constitutional law field, this is reflected in the argument that the president and the courts should ignore domestic law and the Constitution if they conflict with international law--even if the United States isn't a party to any binding international agreements on the particular subject at hand.

He goes on to dissect the claims that Israel is "illegitimate" "because it violated international law by not allowing Palestinians who fled Israel during the War of Independence to return." (My emphasis.)

I'm not an expert on international law, but I do know something about Israeli history. There is no practical way Israel could have permitted the return of most of these refugees. First, the Palestinian and broader Arab leadership remained committed after the war to Israel's destruction. The Arab community within Israel's border had participated in the war against Israel. The immediate result of allowing hundreds of thousands of generally hostile Arabs back into Israel (which had well less than a million Jewish residents at its founding) would have been constant intercommunal violence and ultimately another war. You can't expect Israel to have committed national suicide.

He has many more rebuttals. Be sure to read them.

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Lastly, be sure to check out the DCBA's two recent posts. Way overdue.

Posted by Hube at June 27, 2006 10:39 AM | TrackBack

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It is no surprise that you seem to be encountering so many cars while jogging. Cars are coming through intersections and in and out of driveways all day long. When you are driving through your community at 25mph, you aren't on the road very long, so you don't encounter so many cars. But when you are jogging at 5mph, you will see 5x as many cars since you are on the road 5x as much time.

Furthermore, when you are driving, the car pulling out of the driveway is obliged to yield to you, so you might not notice it at all.

Posted by: not_me at June 27, 2006 11:11 AM

I see what you mean, but it amazes me how the cars always get to the end of the driveway or intersection at the precise moment of my arrival there!

Posted by: Hube at June 27, 2006 11:26 AM

They're just trying to beat you there because they'd rather you wait than wait themselves. Sometimes I think that entering a vehicle makes a person's common sense IQ evaporate. I'm probably guilty too, though.

Posted by: AnonymousOpinion at June 27, 2006 01:55 PM

You really think that was a good call? Really? Wow. I'm wondering if we were watching the same game. I know Wynalda supported the call but he's a former forward and unsurprisingly favors the forwards in all calls.

Did you see them interview Bruce Arena? That was rather lively. I thought Wynalda was going to blow a gasket after Arena took a shot at the 98 team.

Posted by: Duffy at June 27, 2006 02:33 PM

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