Don’t Overcook

Why would you intentionally overcook a goose? This is not an idle question. Well, OK, it is an idle question but it sounds better if you say it isn’t. I bring this up to demonstrate that you sometimes you have to go deep – all the way to a concurring opinion – to find entertainment and interesting questions in appellate rulings.

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Good News / Bad News

Before I get into this week’s topic, let me make one thing perfectly clear: You’re never going to see me wearing a “Make Journalism Great Again” hat. Journalism has never been all that great. It’s had its moments, sure, but I’ve been in this news business for, I think, thousands of years now and I know it wasn’t better in the past.

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Reasonableness and Politeness

Canada yet again has come up with an innovative and/or excessively polite solution to a current problem. In case you missed it, the Canadian government last week issued a press release announcing that it “is taking action to apologize for the injustices experienced by LGBTQ2 individuals, their families, partners, and communities as a result of federal legislation, policies, and programs … (with) the creation of an advisory council to assist in the formulation of an inclusive and meaningful apology directed at Canadians harmed by these policies.”

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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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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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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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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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Moonlighting

Now I’m really depressed. The news business has gotten so bad that journalists are having to do other weird jobs on the side just to get by. I learned this the other day when I got a mysterious email from the L A. Times, with a subject line: “A Special Message from Davan Maharaj, Editor-in-Chief and Publisher.” For me?

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