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Friday, March 04, 2005
 
There is a interesting predicament for incoming Vikings owner Reggie Fowler regarding the trade of Randy Moss. Fowler came out and said he did not want to trade Moss and intended to keep him. Red McCombs the current and longtime owner, went ahead anyway and traded Moss to Oakland. Now, what recourse does Fowler have that McCombs asserted his still current status as owner and shipped Moss out of town? Truth is, Fowler doesn't have a whole lot of options, and none that include having Randy Moss lined up at receiver for the upcoming season. His only true avenues would be to potentially reneg on the deal to buy the team at all, creating financial and contractual complications beyond this post. The loss of Randy Moss, while seemingly a big deal in Minnesota, is in actuality not a deal breaker for Fowler. The other, more out of the box, remedy for Fowler, would be to sue McCombs for the difference in the net worth of the team with Randy Moss, versus the net worth without, arguing that Fowler contracted to purchase a team with a marquee star such as Moss and was delivered one without one. Would be interesting to see . . ..
 
Wednesday, March 02, 2005
 
The New York Times > Washington > Court Considers Government Displays of Ten Commandments: I find this type of debate by our Supreme Court interesting because, even as liberal I as I am (and trust me, Bush talking about prayer all the freakin' time bugs the living s--t out of me), I don't think the argument against the display of the 10 Commandments holds any water. Looking at the founding fathers, their conception of the separation of church and state was not as compartmentalized as ours is today. These are the same people that created the term "In God we Trust," and countless other references to religion in government offices and procedures. Now 200 years later, has the Constitution changed such that the 10 Commandments cannot be displayed outside of a courthouse but could when the Founding Fathers lived?
What I would most like to see is some sort of logical consistency. One cannot say the Constitution does not permit display of the 10 Commandments, but allows our National anthem to refer to God, or to have to swear upon the bible to testify under oath in court. These types of contradictions cannot withstand Constitutional scrutiny by such great legal minds those within the United States Supreme Court, and it is beyond me how they cannot recognize that. Rather than create some grayscale standard, it would be better to confront the root issue of the presence of religion in our society, including government, and move on.
 
 
What is procrastination really? Is it surfing the internet, trying to find something to do so you don't have to write your final? Is it reading every single article on ESPN.com and every other website I find worth frequenting? Probably. Alas, the word procrastination comes from the latin "to do tommorow" and so if I actuallly get any work done today, that would mean I am not in fact procrastinating, but just waiting to do what I have to do.
 
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