Civil Discourse Now

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Hiatus as we re-gear for a better "Civil Discourse Now." And I returned from DePauw.

Hiatus as we re-gear for a better "Civil Discourse Now." And I returned from DePauw.

   We shall be on hiatus for the next couple of weeks as we re-gear The Show and the website. We shall upstream "live," but not immediately upon return June 23.

   The website also is under re-construction. I never had heard of "Ning" before we started "Civil Discourse Now." I thought "Ning" was the evil emperor on "Flash Gordon." While I am certain it is a platform service of considerable merit (wanted to dodge any litigation there), unfortunately it did not work very well for us. I watched several tutorials read "Ning for Dummies," and still could not figure the thing out. 

   The DePauw Alumni Weekend was interesting. I only saw one Ferrari. I was surprised that so many of my class mates who leaned "left" 35 years ago sort of lean the other way today. Of course, I also was surprised to learn my fraternity employs a professional chef and the place is so flush we (alums) were not hit up for money by the frat.

   An alumni reunion might sound like an odd place to discuss constitutional law, but a lot of the alums are lawyers. I noticed the county-wide ban on smoking was not enforced. Then again, those who chose to smoke removed themselves to outside areas and socialized with one another. I had to wonder: how do college students smoke pot in a college town in which smoking is banned? Wait—it said "tobacco-free." Okay, so bongs and joints are okay, one just cannot smoke a Marlboro or a Cohiba.

   One interesting point was made. Since the University has banned keggers, consumption of hard liquor has risen, with the expected results. Now the University is in the rather odd position of trying to encourage consumption of beer. I do not know how DePauw will pull that off, but it will be interesting to see.

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Comment by Kurt Lorey on June 12, 2012 at 5:37pm

Not to detour Paul from his fantasies, but I want to go off topic for just a moment to ask a question. Is "fruit of the poisonous tree" an actual legal phrase?

Comment by Paul K. Ogden on June 11, 2012 at 5:11pm

"I was surprised that so many of my class mates who leaned "left" 35 years ago sort of lean the other way today."

Yeah, living in the real world will do that to you.

 will do that to you.

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