Atlanta

My wife and I are safely in Atlanta. The move itself went very smoothly, though we were somewhat overwhelmed by the amount of stuff we've managed to accumulate in our combined 52 years of life. Once we got to Atlanta, things got a bit trickier. We had the misfortune of moving into a very nice townhouse that is one block south of a recently broken water main which has restricted Peachtree Road to one lane in each direction (though we have water), and several blocks south of the crane man who shut down Peachtree completely. And it is Memorial Day weekend.

So traffic, which I have a phobia about and was already concerned about in Atlanta, has been nothing short of awful. The 3.3 mile trip to our home from the Target next to the Lenox Square Mall, which Mapquest says is an 8-minute trip, actually took more than 80 minutes. Our initial inclination to buy a condo within a half-mile or mile of our offices has become an absolute necessity. It is now my top priority that I be able to travel from my home to work with ease without ever stepping in my car.

I am writing from our local Panera since Comcast will not be coming around until Wednesday to put in our cable and Internet. I was also pleasantly surprised to find that there are still television broadcasts that can be picked up by those little bunny ear antennas. It is like the Dark Ages around our home right now. I may come back here to check email before I start work on Wednesday, but if not, you'll hear from me later next week.

I Graduated

So today I graduated from law school. I'm moving to Atlanta on Tuesday, and if everything goes smoothly, we'll have internet access by the end of the week. If it doesn't, I start work on June 1 and will send my greetings from there.

Congratulations to everyone else out there who is celebrating a recent or upcoming graduation. Doesn't it feel great?

Manchester Crybabies

The fans of Manchester United are all in an uproar of today's news that Malcolm Glazer (owner of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers has taken control of the club with an aggressive takeover bid:

US sports tycoon Malcolm Glazer has won control of Manchester United in a �790m ($1.47bn) takeover bid.

The American has secured the 28.7% stake owned by Irish racing tycoons JP MacManus and John Magnier, and now has 62% of the Premiership club.

Red Football Ltd, acting on behalf of Mr Glazer, said the Irishmen had sold their stakes for 300p a share.

Club fans have vehemently opposed Mr Glazer's ambition all along and fear that ticket prices will soar.

The bid comes five days ahead of the 17 May deadline when Mr Glazer had to make known whether he planned to bid.

The thing of it is, Glazer can only do this because Manchester United is a publicly traded company, something which has brought them great revenue since they first went public. It seems more than a bit ridiculous to happily reap the benefits without recognizing the potential consequences. And now that those consequences have come to fruition, they want to cry and scream and rip up their season tickets.

Of course, the fact that I'm an Arsenal fan has nothing to do with my opinion on this matter.

Reduced Output

I've not been as prolific lately as I had hoped. Things have been busy, and that's not going to change for a while. In the next ten weeks, I will graduate, move to Atlanta, start working at a law firm, study for the bar exam, and then take the bar exam. So while I would love to keep blogging on a regular basis, I don't think it makes much sense to even try. I'll keep updating the books I'm reading (yes, I plan on trying to read the occasional page or two amidst all the above chaos), and maybe post every week or so just to stay in touch.

SC to Review Solomon Amendment

I have an exam starting in about ten minutes, so I don't have a lot of time to comment, but this is an important (if unsurprising) development in the Solomon Amendment litigation:

The Supreme Court said Monday it will consider whether colleges and universities may bar military recruiters from their campuses without fear of losing federal funds.

Justices will review a lower court ruling in favor of law schools that restricted recruiters to protest of the Pentagon's policy of excluding openly gay people from military service.

That ruling, by the Philadelphia-based 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, invalidated a 1994 federal law requiring law schools to give the military full access or lose their federal funding. The appeals court ruled the law infringed on law schools' free speech rights.

The Supreme Court will hear the case during its next term, which begins in October.

The law, known as the Solomon Amendment, has been controversial for law schools that have nondiscrimination policies barring any recruiter -- government or private -- from campus if the organization unfairly bases hiring on race, gender or sexual orientation.

And there you have it.