Whoa, am I tired. It’s been a while since I had to wake up at 4:30 AM; when it felt like it was time for my second cup of coffee at around 10:30 or 11:00 this morning, my body was saying that it was way too early in the morning to need a second cup, but my brain did the math, figured out it was already six hours since my first cup, and realized that I was right on schedule. My kids rock — I actually had one of my patients on my lap for a good 1/2 hour during rounds (try that on adult medicine!).

Great Supreme Court decison today — in a 7-2 decision, the Court upheld the necessity of the Miranda warning in arrests, even with voluntary confessions. Decades of the future of television cop shows are secured, as is the ability of future kids to understand the decades of past cop shows.

The Miami relatives have appealed the Elian decision to the Supreme Court. In reading this article, though, I think that the relatives have made a huge mistake — instead of asking the Court to decide on an issue of law, their question for the Court assumes that issue of law, and almost demands that the Court enforce their assumption. I quote from the MSNBC article (which quotes from the filed appeal):

The relatives’ formal appeal said the legal issues in the case “boil down to a single straightforward question: Can the INS deprive an alien child of his statutory and constitutional right to apply for asylum without conducting any hearing of any kind — or even without interviewing the child himself?”

Read that — it practically tells the Court that Elian has a “statutory and constitutional [sic] right to apply for asylum,” when in fact, every decision up through now has said that that specifically is not the case. Typically, such an appeal would ask the Court to determine if such a right existed, not tell the Court to enforce said assumed right.

Cooooool86% of websurfers are using Internet Explorer to go where they want to go. Means that fewer and fewer people are using that browser that crashes on well-formed HTML and CSS code, which is a Good Thing for web developers.


As a geek who has flatted with 4 doctors, an nurse, a radiation therapist and a radiography student in the last year I have some understanding of how you feel. Our house always has someone working nights or weekends or 12 days in a row.

I’m surprised to see so many links now that you’ve started work. I hope you really enjoy it.

• Posted by: Joe Mahoney on Jun 27, 2000, 10:11 PM
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