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On the American-ness (Americanity?) of Christmas

Christmas (also termed Christmas Day and December 25) is an American holiday (5 U.S.C. § 6103(a) (Federal gov’t), Ala. Code § 1-3-8(a) (Alabama), Alaska Stat. § 44.12.010(a)(11) (Alaska), Ariz. Rev. Stat. § 1-301(A)(15) (Arizona), Ark. Code § 1-5-101(a)(10) (Arkansas), Cal. Gov’t Code § 6700(m) (California), Colo. Rev. Stat. § 24-11-101(1) (Colorado), Conn. Gen. Stat. § 1-4 (Connecticut), Del. Code tit. 1, § 501(a) (Delaware), D.C. Code § 1-612.02(a)(10) (District of Columbia), Fla. Stat. § 110.117(1)(i) (Florida), Ga. Code § 1-4-1(a)(1) (Georgia, incorporating by reference 5 U.S.C. § 6103), Haw. Rev. Stat. § 8-1 (Hawai’i), Idaho Code § 73-108 (Idaho), 10 Ill. Comp. Stat. 5/1-6(b) (Illinois), Ind. Code § 1-1-9-1(a) (Indiana), Iowa Code § 1C.1(10) (Iowa), Kan. Stat. [ . . . ]

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Marginal Tax Brackets for 2001

I recently solved a problem that has been bothering me for almost a year now. For reasons no one wants me to get into, I had been attempting to model US federal marginal income tax brackets for individuals under 26 USC §1. The math is pretty straightforward. The brackets are adjusted each year according to the average CPI-U for the period September TY-2 through August TY-1. There are some quirky rounding rules, but I had managed to get all the numbers in the model to match the actual tax brackets since 1993 without difficulty. Except one–the 35.5% bracket, which the [ . . . ]

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Tonight: Qwertz on Gay Marriage & the Spousal Privileges at Philosophy in Action

Tonight, philosopher Dr. Diana Hsieh will interview me about “Gay Marriage and Spousal Privilege” on her live internet radio show, Philosophy in Action. This is the subject on which I wrote an unpublished Law Review comment many moons ago. It wasn’t a particularly relevant topic back then, but a recent Supreme Court decision striking down §3 of the Defense of Marriage Act makes it vastly more likely that the federal courts will have to grapple with the issue eventually. I’ve put the whole comment on SSRN for those who are interested. This episode of internet radio airs at 6 pm [ . . . ]

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Slice of Light

Literally anyone can pick up a camera and take a snapshot. Most can even take a pretty good snapshot. But to take a photograph requires a bit more. A photograph does not document, or if it does, it does so only accidentally. The photographer must not seek to capture a scene, a moment, an object, a person. The photographer, as against the snapshootist, extracts a narrow, carefully delimited slice of light. The skill with which he carves makes him a technician. The slice he selects makes him an artist.

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Dictionary of Occupational Titles, Revised Fourth Edition

After weeks of hunting, I am pleased to present to you the complete electronic version of the Dictionary of Occupational Titles, Revised Fourth Edition, as supplied by the U.S. Department of Labor as ASCII files on 34 floppy disks. This electronic version contains data published in the following print volumes: Dictionary of Occupational Titles, Revised Fourth Edition, Vol. I Dictionary of Occupational Titles, Revised Fourth Edition, Vol II Selected Characteristics of Occupations Defined in the Revised Dictionary of Occupational Titles Data published in these volumes are in the public domain and may be reproduced and distributed without source credit. This [ . . . ]

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