Tuesday, July 15, 2008
Choosing the Right Law School: What About Golf ? Equal on the Tee : US Supreme Court Chief Justice Roberts, Golf Pro Tiger Woods and Golfist Mike Park
Man does not live by law alone. Golf matters.
As written at Golf Digest's Political Golf Rankings:
"... Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts, a longtime player whose 14.5 Index hasn't been updated since 2000, declined to approximate his handicap, saying he hasn't been playing enough to have one."
This, obviously, is a regrettable lapse of judgment on the part of a Chief Justice who got where he is by p(l)aying golf its proper due in his formative years. We are certain that the Chief Justice's opinions would improve all the more if he played golf often enough to maintain a handicap rating. Let each man swing for what he is worth in a game which levels all classes of humanity.
Equal on the Tee*
After all, golf humbly teaches every golfer who has had the courage to swing a club, that on the tee, all men are equal**... unless, of course, you are Tiger Woods.
And even then, that Stanford grad has recently been brought to the "knee" by the Golf gods .... (see Woods to miss the rest of the year with knee surgery).
No one is spared. Everyone has to pay his just due.
Mike Park speaks for the soul of golf when he writes in Golf is good for you:
"Read the USGA rules of golf and you see the New England Primer, the U.S. Constitution, and the Rule of St. Benedict: words that bring structure and order to a stochastic universe. Playing golf, then, is a celebration of a way of life. How can you live without it. If you can't live without it, how can it be a luxury? Any way you look at it, a year of golf is cheaper than a year of Prozac and counseling, and better for you. How is that a luxury? Playing golf means you aren't flirting with women who aren't your wife, it means taking the time to think about the meaning of your life and your place in the world, and being a better person.
On the course, you are a better man than you are off of it. You let people through. You report your sins and assign your own punishment. You keep a respectful silence as other people go about their business. You offer to share your cigars. If all of the world adhered to golf etiquette, we would have none of the current mess we are in."
* The LawPundit phrase "equal on the tee"(TM) is hereby copyrighted and trademarked and may not be used in any golf or other context for commercial or other proprietary purposes of any kind without contractual permission from LawPundit. We do not plan to exploit this phrase commercially, but this notice means that no one else can (or should) either, as it is our invention (Google does not find that phrase today, prior to our coining of it).
** That all men are equal on the tee is something that some golfers, curiously enough, seem not yet to have learned.
Of interest for our international readership is the section on Democracy Around the World, including the accompanying blog, Democracy Roundtable, by moderator Bridget Hunter.
In her recent posting, Breaking the Middle East’s Circle of Skepticism, she writes:
"Survey data collected by the Brookings Institution, a Washington research and policy-development organization, suggests Arab public opinion supports a two-state solution to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, but most Arabs don’t believe it can happen.
In a survey of 4,046 people in Egypt, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Morocco, Lebanon and Jordan, 73 percent said they accepted in principle an independent Palestine living side-by-side in peace with Israel, but 55 percent said they don’t believe it will ever happen and 27 percent said they believe the two-state outcome is inevitable but it’s going to take a very long time to achieve.Researchers suggested that skepticism fuels violence, which makes a two-state solution very difficult to achieve."
Read the entire posting here.
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