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In rugby, the looseheadprop is the player in the front row of the scrum, who has the ability to collapse the scrum, pretty much at will and without the referee knowing who did it. While this can give the LHP's team a great tactical advantage, it also exposes scrum players from both teams to the dangers of catastrophic spinal cord injury. Consequently, playing this position makes you understand your responsibility to put doing the right thing ahead of winning, and to think beyond your own wants and desires. It also makes you very law and order oriented.
 
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In rugby, the looseheadprop is the player in the front row of the scrum, who has the ability to collapse the scrum, pretty much at will and without the referee knowing who did it. While this can give the LHP's team a great tactical advantage, it also exposes scrum players from both teams to the dangers of catastrophic spinal cord injury. Consequently, playing this position makes you understand your responsibility to put doing the right thing ahead of winning, and to think beyond your own wants and desires. It also makes you very law and order oriented.

Alyssa Peterson: Every Generation Has a Sgt. York

By: Monday April 27, 2009 6:30 pm

This is what happens when you take away the legal ability of a soilder to object to an unlawful order. Soldiers who commit suicide rather than obey the order to commit torture.

Did OLC Memos Prevent CIA Field from Objecting to Torture?

By: Sunday April 26, 2009 6:30 am

My rank speculation that torture was forced on CIA from above may not have been such a tin foil hat theory after all.

Oversight: Unlike Katrina, TARP has an IPSIG

By: Friday April 24, 2009 3:55 pm

When 9-11 happened, NYC let out a bunch of no bid emergrancy contracts to work on “the pile” at Ground Zero. The Commissioner of the NYC Dpet. of Investigations, the late and great Ed Kurianksy, went to then Mayor Giuliani and insisted, that since there was great chaos and confusion at Ground zero and money was just being thrown at the problem, there would be a huge opporunity for waste fraud, and abuse.

The Spitzer File Chronicles, Part 3: A Roadmap to Revelation

By: Thursday April 23, 2009 3:00 pm

We have previously established that US District Court Judge Jed Rakoff is knowlegeble in the laws governing the release of “judicial records” and in the backstory of what happens on Wall Street. Judge Rakoff also issued a string of decisions unsealing the wiretap application and interim reports used to justfy time extensions of those wiretaps in the Elliot Spitzer prostitution case, aka the Emperor’s Club.

The Torture Shrink: What Does James Mitchell Know, and What Will He Tell Us Under Oath?

By: Wednesday April 22, 2009 6:10 pm

The origins of the decision to use the “enhanced interrogation techniques” on prisoners in the “war on terror”: the idea originated with a psychologist with the SERE program. I would love to talk to that guy, under oath.

The Spitzer File Chronicles, Part 2: Trying to Keep Secret What is No Longer Secret

By: Wednesday April 22, 2009 3:01 pm

As we found out in Part 1 of the Chronicles, US District Judge Jed Rakoff is a man who knows a lot about the First Amendment and a lot about the dirty laundry on Wall Street. So, it was fortuitous or ironic (depending on your point of view) that the Empror’s Club protitution ring case landed in his lap.

As we pointed discovered, Elliot Spitzer had earned the hatred of powerful men

The Spitzer File Chronicles, Part 1: What Judge Rakoff Unsealed, Then and Now

By: Tuesday April 21, 2009 3:00 pm

Way back in the mists of time, er 2001, Judge Rakoff of the the federal district court SDNY issued a decision unsealing some court documents so that a news outlet, TheStreet.com, could have access to them for news gathering and disseminating purposes.

back in 1998 10 stock brokers and borakerage officials had been arrested for crimes committed on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange (“NYSE”).

Why Obama Took Prosescution of CIA Officers off the Table — A Theory

By: Friday April 17, 2009 8:50 am

Indulge me if you will in some rank speculation about why Obama has put prosecution of line case agents at CIA off the table.

“Purpose” of Detainee Torture was Not to Get Information, It was to Inflict Pain

By: Thursday April 16, 2009 4:15 pm

As Spencer pointed out, the first August 2002 OLC specified that it was acceptable to apply physical pain to a detainee so long as it was less than the sort of pain emerging from “organ failure, impairment of bodily functions, or even death.” and that as long as your “purpose” was to get actionable intelligence, not to cause pain, you were in the clear.However, the 5/10/05 memo tells

Caroline Kennedy Can be My Ambassador Any Day

By: Friday April 10, 2009 3:29 pm

Gawker has a really bitchy piece of tripe up castigating Caroline Kennedy for expressing some interest in becoming Ambassador to the Vatican. Has she somehow forfeited all right to some kind of public role in the service of her country? I think not. Ms. Kennedy? You go girl!

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