On the smudge
left by the window cleaner
Closed army base:
the parade ground with straight rows
After the last set
the piano keys glow–
too much tongue
of the popsicle stick
gully washer —
the car’s still dirty
[June 22, 2005]
Evan Schaeffer recently asked Christopher King, Esq., to start his own
after being rather surprised to learn, via King’s 1st Am. weblog, that King
has been indicted by a New Hampshire grand jury for attempted
extortion. The Nashua Telegraph says that Mr. King (who lost his bar
license in Ohio and is not a member of any bar) “was indicted for
trying to extort the town of Jaffrey by falsely claiming he represented
the NAACP and demanding $65,000 restitution for the arrest of a
black man [Willie Toney].” (June 22, 2005) King allegedly wanted
15% of Toney’s award. Wow. Mr. King went from a Comment-
Spamming annoyance to an indicted ex-lawyer in a little over a week.
Talk about instant eenfamy.
Let me suggest one line of defense for Chris King: No card-carrying
lawyer worth his ATLA membership fee would ever charge a mere 15%.
Thus, (allegedly) asking far less than 1/3rd is prima facie proof King was
not holding himself out to be a lawyer.
The next time your local weather forecaster uses obscure jargon,
head over to The Weather Channel’s Weather Glossary. (I used
it today to make sure my understanding of “gully washer” was
keeping up with your blog,” check it out. You will surely relate. There are
just too many weblogs for anyone with a life (much less a job and family) to
stay abreast. And, I think RSS aggregator subscriptions makes the task harder.
Of course, that means we can’t count on other webloggers to stay on top of the
blawgosphere either. Yes, easy access to information quickly becomes too much
Bob Ambrogi does a very good job today, analyzing the debate between the
cheerleaders of weblog-marketing by law firms and “blogging’s contrarians.” Caution
and restraint are called for.