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Comment: Re:Sotomayor != racist (Score 1) 358

On the contrary, such point systems are perfectly acceptible to the Supreme Court. The question isn't whether this type of affirmative action is unconstitutional--it isn't. The question is whether it is constitutional for the state to ban the colleges from using it anyways--and it is.

Comment: Re:Michigan's system was stupid from the start (Score 1) 358


No, it was supposed to be worse. "Our next entering class will be 10% black. We will admit blacks until we get our 10%, no matter how bad they are." That went away when the Supremes ruled that you can't do *that* kind of affirmative action at all.

Comment: Re:Skill vs sport (Score 2) 402

by Chris Mattern (#46805001) Attached to: In a Hole, Golf Courses Experiment With 15-inch Holes

I consider games like golf and chess skills rather than sports. To me, sports rely more on athletic factors like speed and strength.

And coordination. Golf doesn't require much of the first two (although it does take some upper body strength to hit those long drives) but requires the third in spades. Golf is a sport.

It's a blurry line I have drawn for myself but, right or wrong

I think the line is fairly clear. Is there a physical component or is it purely mental? An easy to use, sensible guideline. Golf is a sport. Chess is not.

Comment: Re:Over 18 (Score 4, Insightful) 631

by Chris Mattern (#46755009) Attached to: IRS Can Now Seize Your Tax Refund To Pay a Relative's Debt

No. The heirs are not responsible for the debts of the estate. The debts are paid by the executor out of the assets of the estate.

I think I see what's happening now. It's been sensationalized. What's happened is that the estate was settle and the heirs were paid. What the IRS is going after is not the daughter's assets per se but the inherited assets paid to her improperly out of the estate because the estate didn't settle its debts with the IRS.

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