SharksWithLasers -- Seth Cooper

A CUTTING-EDGE BLOG FOR THE WORLD OF THE 21st CENTURY, Currently operated by Seth L. Cooper, a 27 year-old attorney in Seattle (sethlcooper at comcast dot net)

Wednesday, April 21, 2004

FEDERALIST SOCIETY GIG: I had myself an interesting time this evening, back at my old stomping grounds—Seattle University. Prof. Randy Barnett made a presentation based upon his new book, Restoring the Constitution: The Lost Presumption of Liberty. Prof. James Bond provided the audience with brief commentary following Barnett’s talk. Thanks to Geoffrey Hymans and my good friends at the Puget Sound Lawyers’ Chapter of the Federalist Society, along with the Seattle University Student Chapter of the Federalist Society, the whole thing went well and good food was provided afterwards.

It was my hope to have the book finished in time for the event, but alas, it was not to be. I still have a few chapters to go. But I was definitely able to follow the talk, which—like the book—proved to be very interesting. While I intend on composing an Amazon review, I’ll simply say that while I agree with much of the book’s content—particularly as it concerns the methodological framework it provides for interpreting and constructing the constitution, and the originalist interpretations he gives to key clauses from the constitution—much of my disagreements stem from more fundamental differences of law and philosophy. Indeed, it would be difficult for a scholar beginning his work by eschewing the notion of constitutional legitimacy resting upon consent of the governed—as Barnett does—to give a comprehensive view of our constitution that is NOT very individualistic in its orientation.

Bond called Barnett’s book and his ideas “incisive and provocative.” Quite so. His remarks were short but pointed out that the constitution had other interests in mind besides just liberty and that that must NOT be forgotten. I most definitely agree.

On the other hand, I’ve already come away with a better understanding of the Ninth Amendment and the Fourteenth Amendment's Privileges or Immunities Clauses, and I look forward to concluding the book and continuing to think it all through.

At Barnett’s lecture I also had the pleasure of running into Prof. David Engdahl, who is just finishing up his sabbatical. Some of Barnett’s work is right up his Engdahl’s alley and I look forward to more Engdahl scholarship in the future.

(Everett, WA)

Tuesday, April 20, 2004

COOP SPORTS BRAG ITEM #3 – BENCH PRESS MILESTONE! 350 lbs. Yes. I did it. I felt like I could’ve done it twice. I’m excited. I’m on a roll. And I’m not stopping at 350!

(Everett, WA)
BACK ON TRACK... This evening’s wonderful news is that our dearly beloved Seattle Mariners are returning to form, winning on Raul Ibañez’s homer in the bottom of the 9th.

I only managed to stay up for 13 innings from last night’s game, and was more than pleased to see them come up victorious in the bottom of the 14th. Granted, the Mariner’s won Monday night’s game on a balk call, but hey—it was the Oakland A’s. I don’t feel sorry for Chokeland.

What I would like to see now is for the bats to come alive. These close, low-scoring ballgames make me a little nervous. (Maybe that's just the former pitcher in me.)

(Everett, WA)
CAVITY CREEPS! This afternoon’s lousy news is that I have not one but two cavities. However, my good dentist tells me that they are both very small. But cavities are cavities nonetheless.

Now, I’m very fortunate in life, in that my God-given teeth are, on the whole, quite excellent. All are in place and they’re very straight. I’m often asked if I ever wore braces. The answer to that question, I’m pleased to say, is NO. In fact, my aforementioned dentist once said that if everyone had teeth like mine that he’d be a park ranger.

Well. I’m now due for a couple of fillings. I went with the silver over the purple-colored ones. Go figure. My suggestion to the dentist was that he go ahead and give me some pre-emptive fillings so I never have to make any trips back to him for more. When he counted with “dentures” as a way of avoiding fillings altogether, I hastily dropped my suggestion.

In the second grade, my class was subjected to a cartoon film about a group of crusading tooth-brushers defending the tooth-like walls of their fair city from the evil forces of THE CAVITY CREEPS. (Spooky stuff!) Unfortunately, some of the tooth-brusher kids were neglectful of their duties on Tooth 12 and the Cavity Creeps attacked--and did they ever! So, after my dreaded appointment early next month, one can only hope that the tooth patrol will be hard at work to fend off the cavity creeps from my own set of precious teeth.

(Everett, WA)
KITTY COME HOME! This morning's good news is that Blue, my co-worker's cat, has returned. I had been housesitting for my co-worker and her husband for a few days, prior to my recent trip back East. Unfortunately, Blue took off after the first day of my stay. The kitty made a brief appearance in the back yard, only to be chased off by the dog I was taking care of!

This series of events was disturbing on two levels. The first is obvious: my co-worker is a very nice lady who is attached to her cat and anyone would feel lousy losing someone's pet. But second, this is the SECOND time I've housesat this Spring and had a kitty run off on me! From what I understand, my cousin's cat never returned...

So I was ELATED, to say the least, to hear of THIS cat's return.

(Everett, WA)

Monday, April 19, 2004

MIRANDA ON MEMOGATE: Manuel Miranda has an op-ed in Sunday's edition of the Pittsburgh Review-Tribune. It is very straightforward and to-the-point. And it does not reflect well on Senator Hatch.

(Downtown Seattle, WA)