Litigation Is Like Combat…

…In that it consists of long stretches of boredom, randomly interspersed with very brief bursts of absolute terror.  The momentary mistaken belief that one has missed a deadline is one of those bursts of terror.  Similarly, the realization that no, it was the other guy who blew it, is one of the nicest ways imaginable…

Start Of The Fire

Turns out, the big Agua Dulce fire that threatened so many homes right here in my area was started by a kid playing with matches out in the desert. 38,000 acres reduced to ash, 21 homes lost, and some beloved local institutions (like the Lombardi pumpkin patch) damaged, because a bored suburban kid decided to,…

What Do You Have To Do To Get Disbarred In Wisconsin?

People sometimes ask me, can an attorney be disbarred for filing a frivolous lawsuit? No, it takes misconduct more egregious than that. A lot more egregious than that. Apparently, extorting three-way sex with a client and his girlfriend, comingling funds, having a history of substance abuse, using one client’s money to pay another and other…

Making The Island

With a lot of work, the bulk of it done by The Wife, our house (particularly our kitchen) is starting to come together. We think we’ll have everything ready to go around Thanksgiving. Just in time for the holidays, so no one will come to our housewarming. (Is it really a “housewarming” if you’ve already…

So Much For Rocktober

In the end, it came down to John Papelbon pitching to Seth Smith. Not names for the ages, I don’t think, but the Red Sox’s pitching was just too much for the Rockies, who got themselves swept in the Series. So I’d better enjoy using the phrase “Rocktober” while I can, because some playoff-happy executives…

The Real G.I. Joe

Apparently, for an upcoming movie to be directed by Stephen Sommers (of “The Mummy” fame), G.I. Joe is being transformed into a multinational rapid response force based in Brussels, Belgium. According to Variety, “G.I. Joe is now a Brussels-based outfit that stands for Global Integrated Joint Operating Entity, an international co-ed force of operatives who…

Evolution

As longtime readers of the blog know, I am consistently annoyed at attempts to teach creationism (the idea that the universe, or life, was created by a supernatural entity, such as God) in public school science classes. I don’t have a problem with people who believe that God had a hand in these, but explaining…

A Moment of Silence

It’s astonishing to me that we’re still arguing about prayer in public schools. I would have thought that this was a resolved issue — schools can neither sponsor religious expression, nor prohibit voluntary religious expression on the part of students that does not interfere with instructional activity. But, some people just don’t get it. So,…

Medical Bleg

This afternoon, after some exceptionally dull depositions, I came back to the office, ate some take-out lunch, and sat down to do some other work. At about 2:30, my back started to really ache. I wondered if it was bad posture catching up with me, or something bad that I’d eaten. But the pain was…