We don’t claim to be practicing Eclectics around here (unlike some weblawgers).
However, we cover a lot of territory and, this morning, Yahoo!’s Search engine made
love such unexpected referrals. Nonetheless, this is a sad commentary on the state
of child care instruction on the internet, and/or on search engine accuracy.
You see, although our post did indeed have information on how to make a two-year-old
behave, not one of the other 9 results in the top 10 was even vaguely about that issue.
(I didn’t look any deeper on the list.) For example, #1 concerned Year 2000 computer
problems; #3 was about selling burgers, and #4 about two-year colleges.
In case you have a two-year-old and are in need of a refresher course,
we noted last September that: “The experts advise an escalating response
when two-year-olds behave badly — Distraction, Separation, Explanation,
Compromise, and (only if he’s likely to hurt himself) Punishment.“
Our Honored Guest Tom Clausen knows far more on this topic, so
let’s see what he can teach us with an extended lesson from Homework
(2000), his insightful look look at domesticity:
cleaning the poop out
his little Superman
home from work …
the little one brings me
an empty wine bottle
playing a childs game
I learn all
losing control of my son
– and myself
his temper tantrum
our son spills his milk,
not an iota
of reaction from him
telling her its time
for a diaper change:
“I did not”
how could I have known
our children, precious
as they are,
would drive us
to such brinks?
in the next room
our children peacefully asleep
– we do nothing
she sleeps with the lion’s tail
in her little hand
I watch my children
joyfully little and innocent
of everything ahead -
too much I know
too much to tell
when she’s restless –
the two-year old’s plastic sheets
p.s. Talk about variety: Yesterday, our post just ing-ing around was the
#2 result in a Google Search for distinguishing participle from gerund>.
We are not, however, ready for a snap quiz on that topic.
November 30, 2005
November 29, 2005
“David Giacalone never ceases to amaze me with the stories hefinds, and this is a gem.” In a Comment to Doug’s post, I confided thatmost of my stories are just picked from the news here in New York’sCapital Region.Well, from that very source, comes a story that has gone national,because it seems too amazing to be true: Sarah and Mary Chamberlain wereinjured (including a cut on Sarah’s head needing nine stitchesand a chipped tooth) by a giant M&M balloon during Macy’s Thanks-giving Day Parade last week. Nonetheless, despite the sympatheticcase, two deep-pockets defendants, and the Mayor Bloomberg’simmediate appointment of a holiday balloon safety task force — herdad, Stephen Chamberlain, has stated that he does not plan to sueMacy’s or New York City. According to the Albany[NY] Times Union,Mr. Chamberlain (staff director for the New York State Public EmployeesFederation) stated:“It was an accident,” . . . The close-knit family feels extremely lucky, he said. “Looking to profit from something like this” borders on dishonesty, Chamberlain said.Asked whether they should sue, Suzanne Chamberlain, mother of Sarah andher bruised older sister Mary, added “What for? They’re OK. And that’sthe most important thing”. Albany Times Union, “Sisters cope with theiraccidental fame,” Nov. 26, 2005; NYNewsDay, “They still love a parade,” Nov. 25, 2005; via Overlawyered.comTheir refreshing and surprising lack of litigiousness has garneredthe family more publicity and plaudits than they could have ever imagined.Macy’s treated the family to a performance of the Rockettes and promisedreserved bleacher seats for next year’s parade. Many tv shows and news-papers have wanted interviews. And, Sarah got her wish — to be on theEllen DeGeneres Show, which airs today, Nov. 29th, on CBS, at2005) Meanwhile Walter Olson’s weblog fans seem a bit incredulous, butwould like to nominate the Chamerlains for sainthood.instant update (Nov. 29, 4 PM): A pointer at Overlawyered just led me to a verygood column by NY Daily News columnist Michael Daly: Greed Didn’t Suit Him(Nov. 27, 2005). Daly invites us to compare Stephen Daly’s attitude to an“. . advertisement in the lead car of an uptown No. 2 trainthat rumbled directly underfoot yesterday morning.“Accidents happen. And when they do … INJURYLAWYER.COM …1-800-LAW-KING … Recent settlements: $10 million, $6.25 million,$2.5 million, $2million*Daly advises: “The father’s words should be inscribed on a plaque and affixed to the base of the pole, memorializing a place in the city where a mishap occurred and nobody went to court.”a ywaswolbbirthday balloons the one that doesn’t burstfierce windstreet sweeper hasanother coffeestatues in the squarethe raised hand of the war herofills with snowthe anger from workin my son’s birthday balloonsthe gull with one leg soaringGeorge Swede fromin the freezer,three starter snowmen –cloudless sky
November 28, 2005
the narrow place
between my neck and my collar
snow fills the mouth
of the badger hole
a pound of butter
softens by the stove
DeVar Dahlfrom A Piece of Egg Shell,
an anthology (Magpie Haiku Poets, Calgary, 2004)
“homemade bread” — WHC World Haiku Review 3-2;
“the narrow place” – Snapshot Press Haiku Calendar 2003
Thanks to my StatCounter Keyword Activity page , I learned that
f/k/a posts were the #1 result today for search engine queries on man wink> ,
our Inadvertent Searchee page, where you can find out the details about all
three searches, and many more.
Will Hornsby notes that the reaction to the Pape & Chandler
800-PIT BULL decision goes from “critical to scathing” — and he wonders
Are Cute Puppies Okay? (Nov. 26, 2005)
blossoms past their peak
There they go again: the most powerful religious group in America is feeling persecuted, exiled and offended, because some local governmental units are displaying “Holiday Trees” and some retail stores are wishing customers a “Happy Holiday Season.” See “Boston ‘holiday tree’ stirs controversy,” Reuters/USNews (Nov.25, 2005); The article “Is there a ‘war on Christmas?“, Austin American Journal, Nov. 27, 2005), begins:
Fox News commentator Bill O’Reilly believes the greeting
“Happy Holidays” offends Christians celebrating the Christmas season.
“It absolutely does. And I know that for a fact,” he declared on his cable television program, “The O’Reilly Factor.”
This alleged secularist conspiracy has even left Prof. Bainbridge unable to exercise his customary analytical faculties, as he wonders why a city might have a “Holiday Tree” (some of his Commentors do a good job of helping Steve understand the issue). Prof. B. is even raising the issue three weeks earlier than last year (see good for Arnold, Dec. 20, 2004) At the time, f/k/a‘s Editor opined (Dec. 21, 2004):
I won’t let all those who are irked by Generic Holiday Greetings [e.g., Ken Lammers, Prof. B.] keep me from wanting all Americans to celebrate this Season without feeling religiously incorrect, compromised or left out. . . . .
This weblog has never been reluctant to poke fun at extremes of politically correct language. But, attempts to make this Holiday Season — clearly the most important celebration for our nation — all-inclusive do not seem silly to me, regardless of the Constitutional dimensions of the debate. Indeed, shopping sprees and Santa suits have done far more to “take the Christ out of Christmas” than a slew of First Amendment law suits could ever do.
Instead of chilling out and wishing good will to all humans, evangelical and conservative “Christians” have mounted a war of their own. Besides Bill O’Reilly telling folks they should be offended, Fox News anchor John Gibson came out with the book The War on Christmas in October. And,
The Conservative Voice says you should “Read, consider and act upon it!” (Its columnist, Michael J. Gaynor, complains that the front windows at Sax 5th Avenue “focused on concepts like unity, harmony and beauty.
Nothing about Christmas.”)
Meanwhile, Rev. Jerry Falwell is threatening lawsuits over arboreal nomenclature, and The Liberty Counsel has mounted the rather non-inclusive “Friend or Foe” Christmas Campaign. In his column “Friend or Foe of Christmas,” Rick Holmes says in reply (MetroWestDaily News, Nov. 27, 2005):
Pity the poor person at the cash register. A friendly greeting has become a step onto the thin ice of political correctness: What should she say at the end of every transaction: “Merry Christmas,” or “Happy Holidays”? . . . .
Falwell’s agenda isn’t about protecting the traditional place of religion in American culture, it’s about expanding it and claiming it for themselves.
They don’t want to educate people about the First Amendment, they want to intimidate people into acknowledging Christianity as America’s only legitimate religion.
They want that store cashier to say “Merry Christmas” or feel guilty about not saying it. What’s next, mandatory prayer at the checkout?
Naturally, in any American War, there are bumper stickers and magnets — such as the “Keep Christmas Alive” Campaign. Their proganda machine is busy with broadsides like Why all the Christophobia at Christmas? I have no illusions about changing anyone’s mind. Here are a few not-so-random
Despite the protestation of Phillip D. Powell, a member of the Harvard-Radcliffe Christian Fellowship — who says, “This is the Christmas season, and Dec. 25 is Christmas, not some general feel-good day of celebration” — there actually is a very lengthy holiday season in the United States. It starts at least as early as Thanksgiving and continues at least through New Year’s Day, with related “shopping seasons” extended on either end of the period. (e.g., Dong Zhi, Kwanza, Hanukkah, and Diwali) Some of these feasts are clearly non-religious, many are surely non-Christian, and some of the Christian ones are not Christmas. Just why in the name of America and God should a municipality, much less a department store, have to lump them all together under the rubric of “Christmas”?
Although Mr. Gaynor at the Conservative Voice believes it’s relevant that “America’s greatest chief justice, John Marshall, proclaimed in 1833: ‘The American population is entirely Christian, and with us Christianity and Religion are identified,” I believe it is more relevant that there are now many non-Christians, ex-Christians and secularists in 2005 America. The government is not required to do everything it can, short of breaking the First Amendment, on behalf of Christianity.
Those who know the Bible better than I will have to tell me why the Jesus who “entered into the temple of God, and drove out all of those who sold and bought in the temple, and overthrew the money changers’ tables and the seats of those who sold the doves,” and who protected the Gentile pilgrims (Matthew 21-12), would want “His” people wasting their time on the naming of decorations and the wording of good wishes, rather than working to reverse the universal connection in America of His birth with the most crass commercialism and greed. (see, e.g., CBS3 [Philadelphia.], “Local Shoppers Back At It,” Nov. 26, 2005; Bloomberg, “Weekend Sales Jump 22% to $27.8 Billion,” Nov. 27, 2005)
Likewise, the Right and the self-proclaimed Saved correctly fault the Left (for example, feminists) for too-often looking for reasons to be offended. Why, then, do the same thing and turn the season of Good Will Toward All into a nasty part of the culture wars? If you want to pre-empt a clerk saying “Happy Holidays,” why not wear a “Merry Christmas” button on your lapel rather than a “you talkin’ to me?!” chip on your shoulder?
Finally, if the religious Right wants to aim its paranoia at a more appropriate target, I suggest Chicken Little. Just why is Hollywood trying to turn an obviously false prophet into a hero? And, why are they using such a stinky flick? As if we’re going to believe there are celestial beings with super-human powers that would come to earth and take dominion over mankind.
lips and tongues
tsunami on tv —
our children awash
in christmas gifts
from second thoughts (2005)
November 27, 2005
Demonstrating his typical excess, dagosan decided
to start two daily weblogs today. In addition to
describing it as:
david giacalone’s daily look at the foibles
and ironies of human nature, using poems
structured like haiku and called “senryu”
Click here for a brief discussion of the senryu genre.
As we said earlier this evening, when announcing his
haiku diary, you’re encouraged to visit simply senryu for
a daily dollop of senryu. Please do not expect dagosan
to punch a clock — he posts whenever the Muse has done
her work. For your convience, there’s a link to simply senryu
in our Sidebar.
Editors of haiku journals who do not wish to
see new dagosan (david giacalone) poems before they
are submitted for possible publication, should probably
Everybody else should stop by often.
to meet the new doctor –
from second thoughts (2005)
Don’t forget there’s a Thanksgiving gift for all our
visitors — haiku brochures from dagosan.
Our post yesterday about the blossoming of daily haiku weblogs
inspired dagosan to start one of his own today.
If you have liked his work here, you’re encouraged to
visit dagosan’s haiku diary for a new haiku each day. As at f/k/a,
do not expect dagosan to punch a clock — he posts when the Muse
has done her work. For future use, you’ll find a link to dhd in our Sidebar.
From now on, the daily dagosan feature here
at f/k/a will showcase his vintage/select/classic
Editors of haiku journals who do not wish to
see new dagosan (david giacalone) haiku before they
are submitted for possible publication, should probably
avoid dagosan’s haiku diary. Everybody else should
come early and often.
Got holiday agita? Somebody with post-Thanksgiving
indigestion had this query how to remove gas pain?> for
Yahoo! Search. Of the 3 million results, the first two were
relief there, unless they’re worried about high gas prices or
getting better mileage.
looking up the word
from my dream
my nose drips
a November wasp
a third cup of tea
from the same bag
from “Some of the Silence (Red Moon Press,1999)
November 26, 2005
Nearly midnight: it’s too late to squeeze out any punditry,
but there’s no reason not to savor some of Gary Hotham’s
breathmarks: haiku to read in the dark before bedtime:
deserted tennis court
wind through the net
the bed unmade
from a low gray sky -
she lifts the sauce pan lid
[Dec. 3, 2004]
November 25, 2005
When f/k/a pushed off from its wharf in May 2004, dagosan promised
himself he would write “one haiku a day that I wouldn’t be embarrassed
to share with the entire Internet.” That seemed like folly for a neophyte
haiku poet, but his lawyer training had left dagosan unable to produce
without deadlines. So far, he’s met his schedule and Your Editor hasn’t
died of embarrassment.
All the while, the rest of the f/k/a Gang has been wondering why other
haijin haven’t jumped on the weblog and poem-a-day bandwagon. It’s
so darn easy to set up a weblog and they’re free. All you need is a little
faith in yourself, your muse, and your webmaster.
Well, at the end of November 2005, I’ve got something else to be
thankful about — I’ve found a half-dozen daily weblogs featuring
haiku and senryu (plus, photography and other paired images). Let me
remind you of places you should bookmark for perusal (after finishing
your daily visit here):
haikupoet.com has the haiku of paul david mena and the photography
it last December. Here’s Paul’s Thanksgiving offering (Nov. 24, 2005):
Thanksgiving night –
everyone thanks me
for walking the dog
our Honored Guests. As we said back in October, Matt also presents
both haiku and photos.
Here are a pair of haiku from this past week that
demonstrate Matt’s verbal skill and art; click the
link to see the paired images:
to my attention this week thanks to my Referer Page. (thanks for the link,
Eric). His poem for today should make you want to visit and his other
offerings will bring you back again:
first winter alone
[Nov. 25, 2005]
yet, but it’s quite promising and I hope Dustin will keep it up. His
Thanksgiving senryu rang a bell for me:
[Nov. 24, 2005]
(also proprietor of the writing group weblog Cabbage Soup and her university
librarian weblog ML 107). I hope she continues to offer her unique perspective.
heroic statues bound
of Christmas lights
[Nov. 24, 2005]
Tangent: a brief stop at Alison’s ML107
site left me wanting to know more about the book
the chapter headings here.
paintings and renku of Sakuo Nakamura, and the haiku of Kobayashi Issa. Sakuo
has been doing a painting a day to go along with David Lanoue’s translations of
Master Issa’s haiku since February 2005, then he adds a linked verse of his own.
It’s not easy to keep a weblog going. But, I’m hoping that the new
haijin webloggers will stick with their intentions to post a haiku or senryu every day.
(I also wish Bret Wooldridge would revive his Wanton Tree.) If a worn out old guy
like dagosan can do it (while churning out breathless punditry), all you younguns
ought to be able to keep it up without breaking a sweat. And, a few more should
join the weblog parade.
p.s. It’s not a daily and not a weblog, but I want to tip a hat to Jason
Sanford Brown for launching his Roadrunner Haiku Journal eleven
update (Nov. 27, 2005): T.A. Thompson wrote today, saying that this post
inspired him to start a daily haiku weblog of his own — coffee.tea.haiku — which
has now been serving “A little dose of haiku each day with your morning coffee
or evening tea” for two days. TAT is founder of the Gin Bender Poetry Review.
dagosan convinced himself to start a haiku diary
and a daily senryu weblog. yes, fools do rush in.
afterthought (Nov. 28, 2005): I want to specifically nag the prolific and ubiquitous
Ed Markowski about starting a weblog. Hey, Eddie, you know how to use email,
so you already know how to operate a weblog. Really. Your public awaits. I say
this, even though your efforts will surely make mine look meagre and sorry. Also,
existing-but-lapsed weblog. Until then, click on his name to see a selection of
his published haiku. Finally (for now), it’s great to see Denis Garrison has been
busy this month at his Haiku Unchained weblog.
at the keyboard
November 24, 2005
Whether you come here for the poetry or the punditry, or (we hope) both, the f/k/a Gang is grateful each time a visitor stops by — especially our regulars. Even our inadvertent readers give us a warm glow and keep us entertained. (This feeling does not extend to comment and trackback spammers, but we’re only going to say nice things on Thanksgiving Day.)
As a very modest token of our appreciation, haikuEsq is posting some of the fruits of dagosan’s fledgling writing efforts in the form of two haiku & senryu brochures:
- first impressions, which contains poems that have
been accepted for publication elsewhere this year,
- second thoughts, a collection of senryu from 2004
If you click on the links, you’ll be able to print out the two
sides of each tri-fold brochure (even Prof. Yabut was able,
eventually, to copy the two-sided pages rightside up and
get the folds in the right places).
If you like them enough to want an “official” copy of each
brochure directly from our Mail Room, just send the Editor
an email containing your name and address (see our About
page, if you don’t already have his email address). We
promise not to use your information for any other purpose.
This offer is good until Dec. 31, 2005.
she groans with pleasure
. . . at my pun
As Elton and Bernie might say, my gifts are my words,
and these are for you. Thanks for encouraging our haiku advocacy
and instigating much of our punditry. Happy Thanksgiving to
you and to all your loved ones from the f/k/a Gang.
A special Thanksgiving nod to each of our Honored
Guest Poets, who have made f/k/a a mecca for quality
haiku. Your editor is most grateful for their talent
she asks the mall santa to
bring dad a job
she tells the mall santa
dad can make toys
…………………………….. ed markowski from his Mall Santa sequence
the whole family silent
watching a football game
Thanksgiving sunrise . . .
cheesecloth over the rolls
in the back seat window
men washing dishes -
an early alarm
ends her Thanksgiving dream
…………………. dagoasn [Nov. 24, 2005]
the black and white
of my youth
passing the jug
of many hands
………………………………… Jim Kacian from pegging the wind & a second spring
November 23, 2005
On a blustery night, with snow in the air, we’re thankful for
central heating, storm windows, and Open Window — haiku
and photographs by Michael Dylan Welch.
[click here for full-color
the dog’s water dish
[click here for full-sized
the only guest
eats in silence
[click here for full-color
my hand curves
to fit your breast …
the windowsill, snowladen
first snow . . .
the children’s hangers
clatter in the closet
[click here for full-sized photo-poem]
from Open Window – haiku & photographs
first snow –
an entire city
learning to drive
Thanksgiving snow storm –
a seatbelt protects each
[Nov. 23, 2005]
Last night, November 22, Ted Koppel did his last Nightline show. Thanks to an interview the night before with his time-slot rival Charlie Rose (who I usually watch), I knew to tune into Ted’s last Nightline, and I’m glad I did.
Ted decided to bow out by reprising highlights from his acclaimed interviews with Morrie Schwartz, the wise retired professor who wanted to talk about dying (he had ALS), and who became the subject of Mitch Albom‘s mega-hit book, Tuesdays with Morrie. Despite their popularity, the Albom book and the Nightline interviews contain much wisdom about dying and living with dignity, grace, humor and hope. In a nation where we find rampant discontent, among people enjoying a myriad of blessings, Morrie Schwartz’s refusal to wallow in self-pity as he lost control of his body and neared death, is not merely a good example — it is a recipe for much fuller and happier lives.
At pages 56 – 57 of Tuesdays, Albom explains:
I asked Morrie if he felt sorry for himself.
“Sometimes, in the mornings,” he said. “That’s when I mourn.I feel around my body, I move my fingers and my hands — whatever I can still move — and I mourn what I’ve lost. I mourn the slow, insidious way in which I’m dying. But then I stop mourning.”
Just like that?
“I give myself a good cry if I need it. But then I concentrate on all the good things still in my life. On the people who are coming to see me. On the stories I’m going to hear. On you — if it’s Tuesday. Because we’re Tuesday people”
I grinned. Tuesday people.
“Mitch, I don’t allow myself any more self-pity than that. A little each morning, and few tears, and that’s all. “
I thought about all the people I knew who spent many of theirwaking hours feeling sorry for themselves. How useful it would be to put a daily limit on self-pity. Just a few tearful minutes, then on with the day. And if Morrie could do it, with such a horrible disease . . .
“It’s only horrible if you see it that way,” Morrie said. “It’s horrible to watch my body slowly wilt away to nothing. But it is also wonderful because of all the time I get to say good-bye.”
He smiled. “Not everyone is so lucky.”
I studied him in his chair, unable to stand, to wash, to pull on his pants. Lucky? Did he really say lucky?
In most aspects of life, attitude is everything. You don’t see things as they are; you see them as you are — and, each of us can choose to be thankful. I hope we will all make that choice this Thanksgiving.
p.s. In case you want a little Koppel vinegar to go with Morrie’s sweetness, I would like to second Ted Koppel’s final words in his final Nightline broadcast: ”You’ve always been very nice to me,” he told viewers last night, ”so give this new anchor team at ‘Nightline’ a fair break. If you don’t, the network will just put another comedy in this time slot, and then you’ll be sorry.
it’s my life’s autumn
but the moon
is a dewdrop world
being born human…
even to these old eyes–
question: “Is it good to be considered a pit bull in the courtroom?”
(Nov. 21, 2005) . Whisner points out that during the 2004 presidential
campaign Ed Gillespie was called “President Bush’s pit bull,” and notes:
“It doesn’t seem that he minds this — or that Republicans as
a whole feel demeaned because the chairman of the Republican
Party has that nickname. It’s ironic, because during the heat of
the presidential campaign, it seemed that “trial lawyer” was used
as an insult, but “pit bull” was a term of respect.
Of course, there is an even more recent example of a lawyer called
a pit bull — Harriet Miers. According to the Washington Post last June:
“When he was governor of Texas, Bush offered a less formal
assessment at an awards ceremony, calling Miers ‘a pit bull
in size 6 shoes.’ The line stuck, in no small part because it
described her cool but dogged determination.”
You may recall that there were a lot of reasons given for Miers’
unsuitability to become an associate justice of the U.S. Supreme
Court, but her pit-bull-like qualities were not one of them. Indeed,
I seem to remember some who complained she was simply not
enough of a pit bull for their taste.
Do you have any examples of “pit bull” being used as a compliment?
p.s. Don’t forget to help us choose a symbol for the Florida
November 22, 2005
Maybe I’m getting old and set in my ways — after any
traveling, I am always pleased to return home to Schenectady.
Today, I left Rochester quite early, in order to beat some
winter precipitation that was going to be coming at me from
both the west and the east.
To celebrate a safe return to rain-to-snow Schenectady,
I’m going to share a few poems from Schenectady’s most
celebrated haiku poet, Yu Chang.
the din of a garbage truck
drives you away
back on shore
pouring from his swamp boots
a dead leaf
an earthworm twitches
news of a missing dog
from pole to pole
a wintry mix
at the bedroom window
big wet ones
[Nov. 22, 2005]
Even not-so-young whippersnappers like Evan Schaeffer
are apparently addicted to techno-speed, and need their
broadband to post to their weblogs. Your old f/k/a Editor
patiently accepts the delays of dial-up modems in
concocting this daily weblog buffet. RU Impressed?
You don’t have to be a federalist-fanatic or libertarian to
worry about the phenomenon of overcriminalization. Both
Overcriminalization: The Politics of Crime, a symposium now
available in the American University Law Review (Vol. 54: 3,
2005). There are four articles, two essays and more, with
plenty of food for thought.
f/k/a Gang that we should get our readers involved in choosing
a logo for the Supreme Court of Florida, in the wake of its
decision last week banning the Pape & Chandler PIT BULL
Last Sunday, we rashly suggested that this guy
would make a darn good symbol for the Dignity Police on
the Florida Supreme Court. Prof. Grace has, however,
opined that the great bird preferred by Ben Franklin as our
national symbol would be appropriate — to wit, the turkey.
Here are some examples of that fowl for your
This important task — assuring that the public is not misled
by the Court’s dowdy website, while keeping the image of the
Court sufficiently dignified — deserves a bit of brainstorming and
discussion, don’t you think?
Sadly, our national symbol is not fit for use as a judicial emblem —
the eagle is a vicious predator, preying on the small and weak.
However, a number of other birds seem like potential candidates:
the dodo –
the cuckoo –
the ostrich – . . . . . . “ostrichSand” orig.
the parrot –
We can’t discriminate against our
four-footed friends. Perphaps, one of
these species would fit the bill:
the donkey/ass –
the squirrel –
or, maybe even the skunk –
As Chief Justice Barbara J. Pariente has received an
award for judicial professionalism — and, majored in Communications
at Boston University, her thoughts on the subject would be most
welcomed. More important, though, is getting your imput. Please
let us know — using the Comment box or an email — your choice for
the Florida Supreme Court logo/mascot/symbol.
Note: Because the Kentucky Attorney Advertising Commission
has already appropriated the horse’s behind theme, we’re afraid
that logo is no longer available.
If you came here today looking for astute commentary,
you’re out of luck — a long drive back home from my parents’
place in Rochester has left my brain in Silly Mode.
p.s. Carla Pfeiffer at Genius or Raving Lunatic? is appropriately
put off by the Florida Court’s implication that pit bulls are too
demeaning for lawyers, but the symbol of the Florida-based Hooter’s
chain is just fine in its representation of women. (“Are lawyers
better than women?”, Nov. 21, 2005)
update (Nov. 28, 2005): Will Hornsby notes that the reaction to the
Pape & Chandler decision goes from “critical to scathing” — and he
wonders Are Cute Puppies Okay? Reading Will’s recap of this post,
your Editor realized we omitted a very viable contender to grace the
Florida Supreme Court Website:
what did you forget?
you’re just about curing
just a lot of noise
to the cuckoo