SCOTUS Dissent.

SCOTUS writings with which I agree (decision found here):


“that abstention from commerce—is not ‘Commerce.’ To be sure, purchasing insurance is ”Commerce”; but one does not regulate commerce that does not exist by compelling its existence.”

(Regulate) can mean to direct the manner of something but not to direct that something come into being.”

“If Congress can reach out and command even those furthest removed from an interstate market to participate in the market, then the Commerce Clause becomes a font of unlimited power, or in Hamilton’s words, ‘the hideous monster whose devouring jaws . . . spare neither sex nor age, nor high nor low, nor sacred nor profane.'”

“It is true enough that everyone consumes ‘health care,’ if the term is taken to include the purchase of a bottle of aspirin.”

“(the Individual Mandatet)  gives such an expansive meaning to the Commerce Clause that all private conduct (including failure to act) becomes subject to federal control, effectively destroying the Constitution’s division of governmental powers.”


“Of course, one day the failure of some of the public to purchase American cars may endanger the existence of domestic automobile manufacturers; or the failure of some to eat broccoli may be found to deprive them of a newly discovered cancerfighting chemical which only that food contains, producing health-care costs that are a burden on the rest of us—in which case, under the theory of JUSTICE GINSBURG’s dissent, moving against those inactivities will also come within the Federal Government’s unenumerated problemsolving powers.”


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Thinking and Thinking…


The Way Books Used To Be Sold. A small story of Capitalism and Books. I hate that independent bookstores are on their way out — and am thankful for living in Chapel Hill, a town of readers and lingering independent sellers.

Why You Should Consider Canceling Your Short-Term Mission Trips. I’ve had too many discussion with friends re: this dilemma. Definitely worth reading.

The Constant Wife. While this column itself isn’t particularly compelling, it is the most recent one I’ve read about the Sandusky trial and it is at least interesting to think about husband/wife dynamics here — add it to my “can’t look away from the train crash” moments.

21 Pictures That Will Restore Your Faith in Humanity. Sweet gestures. After all, all we really need is love.

Epic Trick Shot Battle. Frisbee v. Bball — if there was ever a time to use the phrase “THIS IS SO COOL!” it is here.

… and this quote about strong women which I love (I found it here).

“I think strength is also being feminine. And I think being tough is also being feminine. And being determined and never giving up are all feminine qualities.

“Sometimes we don’t associate that way, but I really believe that’s the essence of a true woman. Think of any woman who’s defending her children or protecting her family. You’ve never met a fiercer fighter in your life. Women have all those qualities. Women have all those skills.” 

-New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand

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What I’ve Been Reading

Is Google Making Us Stupid? (The Atlantic). I’m currently reading this author’s book, The Shallows, which he has published to expand on this original essay. The title speaks for itself — but it’s truth may be worse than we want to know.

The Opposite of Loneliness (Yale Daily News). A university columnist’s final words on her college memories, before she was tragically killed in a car accident. Her words parallel my own thoughts so closely (“We don’t have a word for the opposite of loneliness, but if we did, I could say that’s what I want in life.”).

Jogging Increases Life Expectancy (The Independent). Score — this is for real! Shout out to Cristina, who pointed me to this article.

Grace in Broken Arrow (This Land Press). One of those can’t look away from the train wreck type articles. A young P.E. teacher, respected by all at the Christian School he taught at, was found to be a serial molester of young boys in his P.E. classes. Horrifying and spellbinding: this could happen anywhere.

Kid’s To-Do List (Huffington Post). Truth & perspective.

For the Graduate: Yes and No (Turning Pages). MORE truth & perspective: “When you’re in high school, everything feels so much bigger than it ever really is…Don’t be afraid to say yes.” We all exaggerate our decisions — is saying yes to a Wendy’s run at midnight really going to affect the rest of your life? Say yes til you know yourself.

Hebrews (I’ve been loving this book recently):

4: 12 For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword,it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.

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Insomnia means Reading

Couldn’t sleep this past night (still not sure why; I had some chocolate from Foster’s after work…but that’s not really that unusual.). And not sleeping, means I find other ways to occupy myself. I’ve been devouring Nicholas Carr’s book The Shallows and some other online reads. Here’re some suggestions (not all articles this time):

When Michelle Obama Came to Lunch. This reads like a story; written by a humble appetizer chef at Gramercy Tavern who experienced the frenzy of a VIP lunch she did not get to make.

Starbucks ‘The Perfect Latte.’ This adorable Starbucks ad is marketing genius.

BookBook for Air. This is not really an article. But isn’t it still wonderful? I’m coveting it.

Barbara Robbins: A Slain CIA’s Death. The first woman to die in Vietnam — and one of the first women to work for the CIA. This agent’s death was just recently connected to the CIA. Fascinating story — also provides a great deal of insight into how the CIA is structured and the heavy toll it can take on a person’s family.

The Lennox! I’m not a Pinterest person, but I’m learning it can be useful for things like sharing ideas for how to decorate a new apartment. Here’s our collection of possibilities.

Timelapse: Sunrise to Sunset. Basically, what I watched this AM from my window. The sky is crazy-beautiful — and I can’t get enough of watching how the sun moves across the sky.

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Links (during these two weeks before graduation).

And now, for some more serious links and reads…
(there will probably be many more int he coming weeks).

Bin Laden’s Death Anniversary. It’s been a whole year since this famed terrorist’s assassination. In memorium of that last May 1. &

A Word Heard Often, Except at the Supreme Court. This article was fascinating — the Supreme Court has to deal with foul and perverse language while upholding our First Amendment, but lawyers aren’t allowed to say the “F-word” in court. Huh?

A Little Bit of Promise. Kiri Sunde knows this couple as her mentors. This is about a husband and wife professor pair who have taught at UNC and after adopting a young girl are using their grant-writing prowess to leverage for the underprivileged in Guatemala.

Memes and Poetry. Kelsey Farson’s good friend, Sarah Edwards, wrote a relevant and insightful piece on the popularity of memes and how they can be compared to the poetry of our past.

Interview with Tyler Zeller. This is pretty sweet — Tyler Zeller attends my church in Durham, The Summit Church, and this past weekend he offered up a brief Q&A session about being a Christian as a basketball player at UNC.

TedEd. Every teacher out there should check this out — tons of short lessons from English to Science with engaging animations. I personally want to listen to all of them.

Tom Sorensen and Us. If you grew up reading Charlotte Observer’s sports section, this feature on sports columnist Sorensen will fit you perfectly. And even if you didn’t…

Finally, I just finished addressing graduation announcements.
Life is about to get real on May 13.
Not sure I’m ready!

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Graduation Wish List.

My 2012 Graduation wishlist.
note: please take with a grain of salt. Not serious.

1. All-Expenses Paid Trip to New Zealand. This place has once-in-a-lifetime-like beauty.

2. MacBook. Okay, this one is a serious want/need/want. Only question is: air or pro? air or pro? air or pro?

3. a. These TOMs. I will carry this school with me wherever I go. So comfy.

b. These ASICS. They just look “cool.” Also, I wore through my old Asics in training for my half: I need a new pair.

4. MWF Seeking BFF. Really want to read this book. I think the premise is true: friendships will be very different post-undergrad.

5. Lifetime supply of Daily Grind Coffee. Because, this is necessary and I will miss it next year in Bondurant Hall.

6. Smitten Kitchen Cookbook.
Not released til Oct 30 — but, oh my, she is the absolute best when it comes to recipes:

7. Carolina Basketball Season Tickets.
Oh, wait, I have two more years as a Carolina student! These will be on my second-graduation wishlist…

PS: This entire song echoes how my heart beats when I think about graduation: It’s both joyful and nervous…anticipation.

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Ships, Obama and Book Jackets…

Publishing is an Art and a Business: this TED Talk by Chip Kidd, reknown book cover designer delves into the psychology behind creating book jackets. Best line? “Try getting that on a Kindle!”

Religious People are Happier People: mostly because they are more organized and their lives have greater, deeper meaning:

How the Costa Concordia Sank: an eery true story, crafted like fiction, to make a fascinating can’t-look-away read:

I get to see Obama on Tuesday because he’s coming to UNC for this!!:


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