Hat Abuse

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: Humor is a dangerous thing. It should not be attempted by amateurs. A judge in Canada has learned this the hard way — he’s been suspended without pay for 30 days for making what he now claims was a little joke.

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On the Rez

Many moons ago when I lived on the reservation my Legal Service buddies John and Mark and I used to sit around Mark’s woodstove and make up episodes of an imaginary TV show called “On the Rez.” The story was that the Russians had conquered the United States — and finally got to the rez.

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I Wonder

Canada the other day joined a group of about eight other countries that allow other sex choices on passports beside male and female. Canada now allows you to choose option X, which apparently means unspecified.
Why? I have no problem with people being other than male or female. I can think of lots of people that make we wonder whether they’re human at all. But why do we need to specify a sex on a passport?

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Norman French Gets You Nothing

Who the heck is Norman French? OK, that’s not a real person – although there probably are real Norman Frenches out there – but it’s not a person in the context I was considering last week. Still, I bet there are at least some people wondering who he is in light of an astonishing ruling from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

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Here’s A Good Idea

For just one day, why doesn’t every newspaper, TV station and internet news site in the United States refuse to cover what Donald Trump said yesterday, and devote that space to raise money for curably sick children whose parents can’t afford the medicine?

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Five-Star Advice

There are hidden messages everywhere. Either that or there’s a lot of meaningless gibberish. Sometimes it’s hard to tell. Case in point: a kind of mysterious piece of lawyer marketing advice on FindLaw’s lawyer marketing website that appeared last week under the headline: “The Best Review a Lawyer Could Ask For.”

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Camille Delivers for Silent Cal

“I love Vermont because of her hills and valleys, her scenery and invigorating climate, but most of all because of her indomitable people. They are a race of pioneers who have almost beggared themselves to serve others. If the spirit of liberty should vanish in other parts of the Union, and support of our institutions should languish, it could all be replenished from the generous store held by the people of this brave little state of Vermont.”

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A Plea to Congress and the States

“It is high time you recovered your consciences and obeyed your consciences rather than a sinful order. The church, the defender of the rights of God, of the law of God, of human dignity, of the person, cannot remain silent before such an abomination. We want the government to face the fact that reforms are valueless if they are to be carried out at the cost of so much blood. In the name of God, in the name of this suffering people whose cries rise to heaven more loudly each day, I implore you, I beg you, I order you in the name of God: Stop the repression.”

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Do Something or Don’t

Those of you who have been reading my columns for many years (which probably means none of you) know that I’ve been a tad skeptical about studies. A committee somehow gets appointed, is told to figure out a problem, spends years “studying” the issue and then comes back with more questions than answers. My guess is that it’s self-preservation. After all, if people who study found solutions then there’d be no more jobs for people who study the issues that have been solved.

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