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
November 22, 2005
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