Maybe I'm Crazy
But I think that making Word cooperate with formatting an appellate brief should be less difficult than writing the damn thing.
Study: Rich more likely to take candy from babies
The “upper class,” as defined by the study, were more likely to break the law while driving, take candy from children, lie in negotiation, cheat to increase their odds of winning a prize and endorse unethical behavior at work, researchers reported today in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Not an Onion article. Check the article source.
Overheard in the North End (Boston)
Person A: Well, they were on top.
Person B: You mean of the car?
Person B: Right - that's the cannolis.
Person A: From earlier?
Person B: Yeah, when I took those two illegal iguanas.
Person A: Oh right.
“You think you know Wheat Thins? YOU THINK YOU KNOW WHEAT THINS? Well fuck you.” I so, so, so hope this memo was written by a Mizzou (my alma mater) strat comm grad.
The strategy followed by the Syrians and their allies is one that can’t stand...– Hillary Clinton, sounding like she knows something we don’t this morning in London. (via thepoliticalnotebook) They will find from somewhere, somehow the means to defend themselves? Well, either Syrians are headed somewhere over the rainbow, the skies are about to start raining cash and weapons...
"You Can't Make People Free" →
Before I worked with foreign-born victims of domestic violence and human trafficking at IIB, I had all these inchoate thoughts about privilege and power, but nothing I could articulate very well, and nothing I felt I could really operationalize. IIB changed that. “Client-centered care.” It seemed like such a no-brainer that when my supervisor explained it to me on my first day I was...
Filed under "thing I won't be doing my law degree" →
My job description as I have defined it is to save Western civilization.– - Newt Gingrich in a 1979 address to his congressional staff, via The Washington Post’s recent review of thousands of documents, spanning nearly three decades, that detail the politician’s career. (via officialssay) Oh for the love of God. This man’s imported sense of self really is amazingly...
I hate going to the eye doctor
It is SO STRESSFUL. Because sometimes it’s too hard to tell the difference between lens one and lens two and what if I say the wrong one is sharper/clearer because I just confuse the two versions and then I end up with the wrong prescription for a WHOLE YEAR or even LONGER? Plus every time I can’t read the bottom line of the eye chart it seems like the doctor is so disappointed in...
You guys, J.K. Rowling is releasing a new novel... →
And… that’s all we know about it. I’m surprised she’s not writing under a pseudonym.
Time for a Grammar Lesson!
Dear GOP, Look, reasonable people (also, racists and non-racists) can disagree about illegal immigration. I think reasonable people can even disagree over whether we should refer to folks who come into the United States without the proper paperwork as “illegal immigrants,” “undocumented immigrants,” “undocumented workers,” “undocumented people,” or...
Prof: Ms. Student, can you please explain the statute at issue in Craig?
Ms. Student: Oklahoma passed a statute forbidding the sale of 3.2 percent alcohol content beer to women under the age of 18 but men under the age of 21.
Prof: Okay, and what was the level of scrutiny - wait, does it really say 3.2 percent alcohol content?
Ms. Student: Um... I think so?
Prof: *glances at case* Huh, I had never noted that detail. *pause* How many of you have had 3.2 percent beer?
*a dozen students raise their hands*
Prof: You should be ashamed of yourselves.
I would like to take a moment to complain about...
Okay. Let’s say Jane has Blackacre for life, and when Jane dies, Blackacre goes to Sim City so long as Sim City uses Blackacre for a library, otherwise it goes to Jim. That is not confusing, right? Totally clear. Jane has Blackacre till she dies. Then the city gets it for a library. If the city doesn’t use it as a library, it goes to Jim. Totally, 100 percent, facially clear. Now,...
Frontline is airing a great documentary about Bill...
And I have three re-occurring thoughts: 1. Yikes. Bill Clinton is a lot more of a womanizing jerk than I realized, given that I was about 9 years old when the Lewinsky/impeachment thing happened. 2. It is such a shame that Hillary Clinton didn’t pursue politics in her own right from the get-go. Feels like some of her talent was really wasted. 3. Wow, they really put young Chelsea Clinton...
The political correctness infecting the Pentagon has resulted in silly and...– Fox News’ Liz Trotta, defending her comments about women in the military being raped too much. This is a defense? Video. (via reallyfoxnews) I am always torn when crazy people say things like this. On the one hand, I figure, hey, don’t poke the crazy. Leave them alone to crazy-land. On...
No.– Actress Julianne Moore, when asked if she gained a newfound respect for Sarah Palin after delving deeper into Palin’s life to portray her in the upcoming film “Game Change.” (via mamaatheist)
8 year old sister: Knock knock!
Me: Who's there?
Sister: The KGB
Me: (slightly puzzled) The KGB who?
Sister: *lightly slaps me* Ze KGB vill ask ze questions!
Dear Politicians, YOU WILL GET CAUGHT. →
"A Boy Who Was Like A Flower" →
If you haven’t read this already, go read it. Now.
Some suffering cannot be covered in words. This had become my daily fare as...– - Anthony Shadid, a foreign correspondent for the New York Times. Anthony was an amazing reporter, brave in his empathy with all sides and peoples. He died in Syria from an asthma attack brought on by their guides’ horses, and a colleague was able to get his body into Turkey, as they were in...
Injustice of the Day
I spend much of my time in Criminal Law picking my jaw off the floor as I continue to learn not just the implicit ways our criminal justice system is racist, classist, and sexist, (which isn’t particularly surprising) but also all of the ways in which it is explicit and unabashedly racist, classist, and sexist (which I have found surprising). For example: so, when you kill someone, there...
Look, I don’t like those illegals neither and I want ‘em to go same...– - From a This American Life episode called “Reap What You Sow,” about the Alabama self-deportation/attrition-through-enforcement/evil anti-illegal immigration law. In this quote, an elderly, white Alabamian the reporter spoke with is talking about a provision of the law that really...
brewastorm replied to your photo: Some awesome person papered these around my law… I keep hoping to see one pop up here. Steal me a tag? Ha, you bet! I grabbed five.
I don’t understand why no one is concerned that we have a band called Lady Antebellum. Haven’t we sort of collectively decided that actually life is better post-Civil War?
"Even Critics of Social Safety Net Increasingly... →
NYT at its very best here, which is a nice change. Article’s point is not a new one - people vote against their economic interests and don’t realize how much they depend on the programs they cheer cutting - but it puts faces with the numbers. Worth the read.
What My Parents Are Doing for Valentine's Day
One of the perks of living a forty minute subway ride away from my parents instead of a three hour flight is that I see stories like this firsthand: They were shopping for household-y things at Target, and when they meandered over to the card aisle, they decided that rather than actually buying each other cards and gifts, they would pick out cards, then just show each other the cards they would...
File this under "stupid things courts do"
At the top of pretty much anything you file with a court, there’s this thing called a caption. The caption just lists the plaintiff and the defendant, and it’s a got a box around it. Back in the day, when folks were using type-writers and whatnot, they couldn’t draw a box around the names, so they drew straight horizontal lines, and put in a line of asterisks for the vertical...
Well I Give Up
Eight year old little sister just off-handedly guessed that Voldemort wouldn’t be able to kill Harry because he took Harry’s blood, and also that Harry could speak to snakes because there was a bit of Voldemort inside of him, and Voldemort can speak to snakes. She’s a chapter and a half into the fifth book, and just figured out the ending. Damn it. Stupid kids. i had to guess...
I know, I have seen, the desperation and disorder of the powerless: how it...– Barack Obama, in Dreams From My Father. I heartily recommend the audiobook version of this book, as Obama does voices, slipping between dialects of black teenagers (“Get yo hands off my fries muthafucka,”), British professors, and his elderly aunts back in Kenya. It’s pretty...
My dad is a great guy, and generally liberal, but...
Dad: Elizabeth, I understand that some old biglaw partners might be sexist, but you know, I have been in rooms where people *only* wanted to hire women -
Me: Dad. Okay. Look, you agree that men have more power than women, right?
Dad: Well, I'm not sure.
Me: Uh, okay, well, we've never had a woman president, there are like 17 women Senators, almost no women on Wall Street, or running Fortune 500 companies, or as partners in law firms, or -
Dad: Okay, okay, I get the point.
Me: So you agree men hold many more positions of power than women?
Dad: I guess.
Me: Okay, and, uh, do you think that's a problem?
Dad: Well, I don't know. Why aren't there women in those positions? They chose not to take them, right? I'm not sure that's a problem.
Deadly attacks on Iranian nuclear scientists are being carried out by an Iranian...– NBC News, “Israel Teams With Terrorist Group to Assassinate Iran’s Nuclear Scientists.” Jesus H. Christ. (via inothernews) Right. Israel. Come on. Playing with fire here.
Tradition is not a justification for taking away a right.– The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, upholding the District Court’s ruling that Proposition 8, amending the California Constitution to define marriage as between a man and a woman, is unconstitutional.
Over the past few days, I have had to read Boy Scouts of America v. Dale, Scott v. Sandford, Plessy v. Ferguson, and Whitney v. California. I’m not sure if this is a “There Is No Justice” Campaign to try and get me to drop out or what, but man, I feel like I need to go read Brown v. Board or Perry v. Brown just to get the injustice off me. Blech. PS - Fun fact: In the Dred...
ihavethisblog: eamcintyre: Romney’s Not-Worried-About-The-Very-Poor Line To be fair, this is what he actually said: I’m not concerned about the very poor. We have a safety net there. If it it needs repairing, I’ll fix it. I’m not concerned about the very rich, they’re doing just fine. I’m concerned about the heart of America, the 90, 95 percent who are struggling. The Daily Show...
Brian Williams on bleeding Giant blue & whether...
ericazucco: Bob Costas: Right now I’m joined by the anchor of the NBC Nightly News Brian Williams…a jersey boy, a jersey beneath the jacket, we can assume your rooting interest. Brian Williams: It also looks like Jon Voight playing an American president, what a half-principle owner, anyway, Bob, in our business I think you’re allowed to have a team. Presidents have got to be...