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August 30, 2005

selective memory: slaps vs. strokes

Filed under: pre-06-2006 — David Giacalone @ 12:12 am

A few years ago, I saw a magazine article that said it takes seven positive statements or

actions to compensate emotionally for each negative one you aim at your spouse.  I thought

about that insight into human nature this evening, when I got an email from Professor Bainbridge 

with the Subject “First for everything.”   Steve was amiably referring to my post earlier today,

in which I agreed with his conclusion that NRO’s Jonathan Goldberg had used an immature

and inappropriate brand of humor concerning the New Orleans residents taking shelter in the

Superdome. 

 

“BainbridgePix”  prof. b.

 

I immediately wrote back to exclaim “Hey, Steve, I’ve agreed with you many times!!”  Just in

case Steve has truly forgotten all the nice things I’ve said about him, and wants some verification,

I searched my site for Bainbridge +agree> and came up with the following examples:

 

 

tiny check from crow with a mouthful (Dec. 11, 2004)


This time, we agree with Prof. Bainbridge: “it is grossly unethical for a

professor to take money to speak on behalf of some interest group without

disclosing the conflict of interest thereby created. “







tiny check from no losers here (Oct. 14, 2004)


I’m with Bainbridge — that was a boring debate; followed by aggravating

post-debate commentary.

 



But, Professor Bainbridge raises another important issue today: bar   hugSmall 

associations acting like any other special interest group when it comes

to rating judicial candidates.   Although I usually favor intelligently-liberal

judges, I agree with Prof. B. that the ABA’s rating process appears titled

against conservative judges.  



By the way, Prof. Bainbridge is the only weblogger I’ve  discovered

who agrees with me, as he said, that there will  likely be cases where

serious Catholic judges like John Roberts “would be religiously obligated

to put one’s faith-based beliefs ahead of, say, one’s views of precedent or

socially accepted moral norms.”

tiny check from vote for a kid-centered halloween  (Oct. 31, 2004)


It must be post-sugar-trauma syndrome (yes, I delved into the candy

early), but I agree withProf. Bainbridge today about, cats and dogs,

crooked business, and needing to close his eyes after the election.

 

tiny check from jobs & weblogs  (Nov. 12, 2004)


A job for webloggers:  Let’s join Prof. Bainbridge in urging the

President and serious politicians to remove the scourge of gerrymandering

and then following up and staying on the case to get the job done.

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and



The Law Professor’s JobProf B. also has a tribute to his professor

Stan Henderson and quotes fromHenderson on the job of a law professor

(and that of a lawyer, too): [lengthy quote inserted]

 

tiny check from dandelion ghosts  (Feb. 17, 2005)


All kidding aside, for a moment, Steve Bainbridge has some very good  

questions for his fellow conservatives on private Social Security accounts

Check his TrackBacks and decide whether their answers are persuasive.

 

Of course, I could probably find more, by using some fancy search terms, but you

get my point — before today, I had voiced agreement with Steve at least eight times

in less than ten months (always leaving Trackbacks, and often being downright

cordial).  Why didn’t he remember?   Let’s chalk it up to human nature — we always

seem to recall slaps more than strokes.   (Hey, do you suppose he was trying to be

humorous? Nah, he’s a Conservative.)


puppySam  Do I get extra credit for posting a picture of 

puppy Sam Bainbridge last year, with a link to the original?

I’m just hoping Prof. B  doesn’t hold me to that spousal “seven to one” calculus.  I’d 

have a lot of homework to do for a passing grade.   

 

 

 


flea market-
seeing my old shirt
on her new husband

 

 

                                                        another argument unfolds the futon

 

 

 

 


“flea market”: Frogpond XXIII:3 (2000);

“another argument”: bottle rocket 4

 

 






through the open door . . .

her smile doesn’t forgive

all my sins

 

 


 





 

 


sunrise

I forget my side

of the argument

 

 


    George Swede from  Almost Unseen 


 







                                                              boxer smf

 

4 Comments

  1. Yeah, but if I had given you credit for all those times, I couldn’t have yanked your chain. Besides which, I did tip you off that your post wasn’t showing up.

    Comment by Steve Bainbridge — August 30, 2005 @ 1:01 am

  2. Yeah, but if I had given you credit for all those times, I couldn’t have yanked your chain. Besides which, I did tip you off that your post wasn’t showing up.

    Comment by Steve Bainbridge — August 30, 2005 @ 1:01 am

  3. Steve, At least one of the Editor’s multiple personalities knew you were pulling his chain. The rest of them wanted to have some fun (and get you to leave a Comment). Thanks for having a sense of humor and giving me a chance to fool around with Slaps and Strokes. And, thanks for consistently having lots of interesting material at your website.

    Comment by David Giacalone — August 30, 2005 @ 10:36 am

  4. Steve, At least one of the Editor’s multiple personalities knew you were pulling his chain. The rest of them wanted to have some fun (and get you to leave a Comment). Thanks for having a sense of humor and giving me a chance to fool around with Slaps and Strokes. And, thanks for consistently having lots of interesting material at your website.

    Comment by David Giacalone — August 30, 2005 @ 10:36 am

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