Deflating the Orange Balloon

Thoughts after the First Week Following Trump’s Election The initial shock is mostly over. Yes, the American people elected a joke. A really, truly awful joke. However, in the midst of the hissing and groaning and jeering and other angrily vocal reactions, to my surprise, I noticed one particular person who isn’t laughing.   Donald …

President Evil

Thus Dies the Lingering Remnants of my Faith in Humanity   The unthinkable has happened: Trump won the 2016 election.   I woke up the morning after election night hoping the disastrous outcome that had appeared increasingly inevitable would be miraculously averted. That was foolish: even if you believe in miracles, you can’t count on …

Just OK, Blue Jays

What We’ll Need to do Better Next Year   Unfortunately, I was right about the Blue Jays losing this year’s ALCS. Even more unfortunately, I was wrong in predicting they’d at least put up a good fight. We certainly went down swinging in the wrong way. Encarnacion’s awkward 9th inning hacks in Game 5 certainly won’t be as fondly …

Don’t Cut Ties with People Over Politics

You’re bound to disagree with someone on something     I wish to address a growing trend in social and political discourse that’s troubling, if not disturbing. I should begin by noting that the internet’s good for a great number of things: news, research, sports scores, cute animal photos, discrete hook-ups, and humourous videos of …

Analysis of the 2016 ALCS

What the Heck, Let’s Give Sportswriting a Try   As a baseball fan and statistics geek, I figure there’s no harm in writing a quick analysis of the series between the Toronto Blue Jays and Cleveland ‘Indians’. Granted, the series will probably be at its halfway point by the time this gets to print, but …

You are Not Alone 2

As Managing Editor of Obiter Dicta, I am apparently obligated to write an editorial for every third issue of our publication. Considering I editorialize so often that the words I heard most growing up were “don’t editorialize”—my parents are both intellectuals and I had an extensive vocabulary even as a child—I could probably just write one of my …

Race and the Politics of Impotent Rage

Only one side of this issue has any right to be upset     2016 has been an awkward year for race relations. After decades upon decades of watching their rights to due process getting filled with bullets and forced to pay for the spent ammunition, the black communities of North America seem to have …

You’re Not Alone

To say law school is a stressful environment would be both an understatement and a statement so ridiculously, blatantly obvious that you’d probably dislocate your jaw trying to say “duhhhhh” emphatically enough.  I overheard someone say “everyone in law school has an anxiety disorder: it’s called law school”.  We end up balancing about 500 pages …