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Law, culture, and Catholicism...up in smoke!

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Andrew Shirvell and the ACLU

This is a few days old, but deserves noting: the ACLU is defending Andrew Shirvell on at least one aspect of his case. Above The Law has the story.

Fumed by Thales at 9:20 PM. |

Friday, November 19, 2010

Ave Maria Law Fall Gala 2010

I almost forgot: the Ave Maria School of Law Fall Gala celebrating Ave Maria Law's 10th anniversary is today. It's positively Ave Maria!

Fumed by Thales at 10:33 AM. |

Grand Opening Of The Tom Golisano Fieldhouse Tomorrow!

It's tomorrow! Yay! If you're attending, please let us know how it went. Will Mr. Golisano be there? Will he be praised for his public service?

Fumed by Thales at 10:28 AM. |

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Cheating in Higher Education

The Chronicle of Higher Education has a very fascinating and very disturbing article by an anonymous writer in the business of producing written work for cheating higher-education students. Wow.

Fumed by Thales at 1:28 PM. |

Thursday, November 11, 2010

AMU and "Most Catholic" First Things Ranking

Commenter Pensieve alerts me to the fact that First Things has ranked Ave Maria University as the "most Catholic" Catholic school in the country.

But can it really be the most Catholic school when its President, Nicholas Healy, supports a new facility built by Jackson Labs and has no problem with its research and education, when it is an organization that immorally cooperates with the grave evil of human embryonic stem cell research? Can Ave Maria University really be the most Catholic school when it honors a man and names a building after him, when he is a public supporter of a pro-abortion politician?

First Things = fail.

Fumed by Thales at 2:00 PM. |

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

VDARE and "Anonymous Attorney" on the Shirvell case

See the analysis here on VDARE blog (thanks Boko for the reference without link in the comments...  I was eventually able to find the post to which you referred).

I agree with the statements and the general sentiment.  In particular, I'd like you to note the last line, that Shirvell was isolated and attacked for using the left's tactics (Alinsky).

You better believe it.  However, I have to say that Alinsky tactics are rarely valid means to an good end.

Fumed by Casimir Pulaski at 11:16 PM. |

A Final Update

I hope that this is the final update on the Andrew Shirvell story. It's an unfortunate result for him, and I hope that eventually, once this story cools down, things will turn out alright for Mr. Shirvell.

The Detroit News here; commentary at Above The Law here.

Update: I see Casimir already posted about this below.

Fumed by Thales at 3:26 PM. |

Tuesday, November 09, 2010


VOTE TOMORROW in the alumni board election.  If you didn't pay attention, it appears that there was a concerted effort to advance new alumni. 

However, at least vote for Suzy (Housey) Seigle for president.  She deserves it after the efforts and relentless help she has provided to advance alumni communication and job assistance.  So, because the ballot must be postmarked no later than tomorrow, mark her name and put it in the mail tomorrow. 

I don't know anything about the other candidates, so I won't comment, but I do know and have seen tangibles fruit from Suzy's efforts over the years as a demonstrated resource for alumni.

Did anyone else notice that the school is now sending its promotional drivel in "discreet packaging" looking like a brown paper bag with which to hide the contents?

At least, whatever that latest thing was that pretended, by force of words, to be from a still first class law school, I almost through it away thinking it was junk mail.  Ten years.  I'll make a chart to show you how bad those last five years have been to what was arguably a tier 1 school for the first five year.  Objective facts are objective.  The school is now ranked dead last (at least by analysis of the US News ranking stats, without embellishment or selective cherry picking, but on the numbers reported there) in a state with no top 50 law school for competition and it can't even compete with Barry.  They should turn it into a correspondence school already, since that's all the academic standards seem to indicate they want.

GOOD NEWS (but not for Ave)
Those who pretend with force that the move didn't cause damage to the school ought to look at this interesting piece about erstwhile AMSL prof, Bridgette Carr.  Good for her!  Too bad the law school can't, in my opinion based on observation of it, support things like that anymore down there in the swamps (rather, it looks to me, from their own materials sent in brown paper bags, like it has to borrow the good will of early alumni to pretend like it has high profile now).

OTHER NEWS (Shirvell)
Seems that the AG's office went through the hoops and released him from service.

Meanwhile, back at the discreet campus for aspiring important people, they had a family fun festival.  Good for them, Bacchus would be pleased, errr...  Dionysus at least.  Visit Ave Herald for more banal puff pieces that would make a schizophrenic jealous for its sheer capacity to avoid substantial issues.  Keep in mind that it seems to be a neighborhood association newsletter, in my humble opinions, though.  But, hey, it's all good news, right?  After all, if the King has no clothes, let's talk about the clean streets.  Funny how the law school pieces seem to be talking about everything else, too.

Fumed by Casimir Pulaski at 8:24 PM. |

Very Interesting Debate

Which would you say is the greater threat to Catholicism in the world today?

Islam or the Enlightenment?

The video is a debate on this issue between two friends at Thomas More College: Robert Spencer and Peter Kreeft.

Both movements are inspired by Satan, but isn't the Englightenmet current as it flows today a greater enemy? Which is a greater threat, a force which will eventually cut off your head, or a force that will corrupt your head and then your soul from inside?

I suspect that Satan's plan is to use Islam to give popular force to the Englightenment's proposition that religion ITSELF is what the world needs to eradicate, like a virus that will destroy everyone. Might it be under this movement that Catholics will down the line be rounded up and put against a wall?

Fumed by Columcille at 5:39 AM. |

Tuesday, November 02, 2010

Even More on Ave Law Grad Andrew Shirvell...

Above The Law has a post about disciplinary action sought against Shirvell. And the Daily Show had a whole feature on him. (Why did he agree to have an interview with the Daily Show?)

Fumed by Thales at 10:55 PM. |

Monday, November 01, 2010

Papal Shoes


Glad this isn't scratch n' sniff.

Fumed by Advocatus Militaris at 8:56 PM. |