Wednesday, March 14, 2012

On eating with dogs

"I never met a dog that didn't beg at the table. If there is a dog that doesn't, it has had all the dog scared out of it. But a dog is not a sneak thief like a cat. It doesn't snatch and run, except if presented with an irresistible opportunity. It is a dinner companion. It is delighted that you are eating, thinks it's a jolly good idea, and wants to be sure your food is as delicious as you deserve. You are under a psychological compulsion to give it a taste, particularly when it goes into convulsions of gratitude. Dogs remember every favor you ever do for them and store those events in a memory bank titled Why My Human Is a God."

Roger Ebert, Life Itself.

Monday, March 12, 2012

On a tie vote in the Fourth Circuit

In U.S. v. Foster, the Fourth Circuit denied a petition for rehearing by a 7-7 vote on an issue involving the Armed Career Criminal Act, with Judges Motz, King, Gregory, Davis, Keenan, Wynn, and Floyd in favor of rehearing, and Chief Judge Traxler and Judges Wilkinson, Niemeyer, Shedd, Duncan, Agee, and Diaz, and which is the subject of this Howard Bashman post.

It is interesting that Judge Diaz joined with Judge Wilkinson, et al, but Judge Floyd did not.