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September 29, 2005

A Hew Hew Hew

A little more in the political area. The Poor Man's Keyboard Kommando Komics are some of the best stuff on the internets. The latest episode taught me how to spell Boss Hogg's chuckle. Pure art. My favorite though is still Ye Olde Parchment Paladins. They're all good, though, so read them all.

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Rant

I haven't posted much in the way of politics lately, mostly because some people like Hunter do it brilliantly. Put on your asbestos gloves.

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September 27, 2005

Wild On SCOTUS

In Re The Estate of J. Howard Marshall II to be heard by SCOTUS. I'll bet loyal E! viewers will be disappointed by the lack of a long, thrilling and filthy trial. Granted, the issue isn't as sexy as the facts but I'll bet the briefs will be fun to read.

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September 25, 2005

What I Ate Last Week

I had a really good cooking week. Monday night was off because Sarah had school stuff.

Tuesday night I made a Thai-inspired noodle soup which was awesome. I sauteed the tails from the shrimp with some oil, garlic, yellow pepper and onion and then removed the tails before adding a couple cups of vegetable broth and several tablespoons of lime juice. In the meantime I was cooking some rice noodles. About a minute before the soup was ready to serve I threw in the uncooked shrimp which quickly turned from blue to pink. When the noodles were done I rinsed them and put equal portions in soup bowls. I then ladled the soup over the noodles and added some cilantro, grated carrot and mint chutney.

Wednesday was simple. Chicken Legs and veggies. The trick was soaking the thawed chicken legs in a brine for a few hours which killed the rubbery character of the meat. I grilled the legs and tossed them with hot sauce and butter to approximate buffalo wings. On the side we had carrots, yellow pepper and pear tomatoes from the garden.

Thursday was pretty easy, too. I sauteed yellow pepper, onion, baby zuchinni and carrot with olive oil and balsamic vingegar and tossed it with some cooked pasta and then finished it with some basil from the garden and some chopped green onion.

Friday I succumbed to the demon and walked down the hill to Burger King.

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September 24, 2005

A Very Special Friday Random Play

In which I put my top 10 favorite records of all time (not including "Master of Puppets", "Bizarre Ride..." or "Physical Graffiti" since they aren't on Rhapsody) and hit shuffle. 20 songs to give every album a better chance of being represented.

  1. The Clash - "The Card Cheat": London Calling
  2. John Coltrane - "Pursuance Part 3": A Love Supreme
  3. The Brian Jonestown Massacre - "Who?": Tepid Peppermint Wonderland
  4. Sonic Youth - "Cross the Breeze": Daydream Nation
  5. Sex Pistols - "Pretty Vacant": Never Mind the Bollocks...
  6. Son Volt - "Live Free": Trace
  7. The Rolling Stones - "You Got the Silver": Let it Bleed
  8. The Geraldine Fibbers - "Dragon Lady": Lost Somewhere Between the Earth...
  9. Sonic Youth - "Teenage Riot": Daydream Nation
  10. The Clash - "Four Horsemen": London Calling
  11. Tom Waits - "The Heart of Saturday Night": The Heart of Saturday Night
  12. Eric Dolphy - "Hat and Beard": Out to Lunch
  13. Brian Jonestown Massacre - "This is Why You Love Me": Tepid Peppermint Wonderland
  14. John Coltrane - "Psalm Pt. 4": A Love Supreme
  15. The Clash - "Clampdown": London Calling
  16. The Rolling Stones - "Monkeyman": Let it Bleed
  17. The Pixies - "Debaser": Doolittle
  18. The Geraldine Fibbers - "House is Falling": Lost Somewhere...18
  19. The Rolling Stones - "Gimmee Shelter": Let it Bleed
  20. The Clash - "Lost in the Supermarket": London Calling

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September 22, 2005

Rita

Despite the exhortations of many smart people frequent commenter on this weblog, the non-nude Julee, and her boyfriend (can I call a guy slightly older than myself a boyfriend?) departed Lincoln this evening for the Austin City Limits festival in, well, duh, Austin.

The current computer-model forecast for Rita has her heading straight up the eastern side of Texas which should spare Austin from the 10-20 inches of rain that will accompany Rita as she moves inland. Let's hope, for the sake of American literature, that they make it OK.

I am looking forward to the effects of Rita next week. We could use some rain from TD Rita. The grass hasn't grown since I mowed two weeks ago and I am not about to water it.

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September 21, 2005

Happy Equinox

The demarcation line between summer and fall has never been so clear. According to the Weather Channel it is now 101° in Lincoln at 5:15. The forecast for tomorrow, the first day of autumn, calls for a temperature in the high 60's, rain and 20 mph north winds. I can't wait.

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September 20, 2005

End of the Road in Sight

I'd always been led to believe that the 3L year was just an exercise in tedium but here I am, 22 weeks of classes remaining and I'm enjoying it quite a bit. Maybe I'm getting that feeling I got at the end of undergrad 11 years ago where I started to cling to school because the real world, looking for a job, working a real job, isn't as much fun as school no matter how much I bitch about it.

Maybe the fact that I'm enjoying 3L so much has to do with how much I hated 2L. It's like I was reborn as a law student during the summer when I cruised through Advanced Torts.

Things can change and I'm sure by next March I'll be resenting every book, every professor and every time I have to enter the building, but for now, I love school.

P.S. Don't forget to gas up your car by Friday. I just checked Hurricane Rita and the computer models are trending towards eastern Texas/western Louisiana where most of the countries oil refineries happen to be located. Surface temps in the Gulf of Mexico are hot and Rita is bound to be a Category 4 storm right before landfall wherever she hits. We'll know by Thursday where she's going to hit. I just hope people from local residents to the federal government have learned a lesson from Katrina and won't wait until it's too late.

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September 19, 2005

Figs

I went to a party on Saturday night; not just a regular party but what people used to call a catered affair. Aside from seeing a lot of people I haven't seen in awhile and meeting new people, the highlight was the food.

There were fresh figs there. I'd never eaten a fig outside Newton filling because I've always seen them suspended in jars like fat, round, sweet pickles. These figs were quartered and laid out on a tray. They looked like limes quartered and soaked in wine and they were delicious.

A perfect match for the fresh figs was the St. Andre triple-cream cheese. Not the artisan St. Andre made in some places in the upstate New York and Wisconsin but honest to John Roberts St. Andre from St. Andre. I chatted up the caterer later in the evening and she told me how much it cost to bring in two pounds of St. Andre. I was astonished and realized I'd not be having that cheese again for quite awhile. I finished the platter off instead.

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September 15, 2005

Teevee Party Tonight

Tonight I finally got a chance to watch a couple of the new Fox shows I DVR'd earlier in the week and it wasn't pretty. The first was Bones, a show based on the career of Kathy Reichs, the famous forensic anthropologist and author. I only got about 20 minutes into the show. The Fox habit of inserting an introspective moment with vocal music playing over it annoys the hell out of me and the first moment the producers chose to do it was early and inappropriate. It's a great premise if maybe a couple of years too late. I won't be DVR'ing it anymore, although I might turn to it if I'm bored and it happens to be on and I just happen to be sitting in front of the TV and Sarah doesn't happen to have control of the remote.

Head Cases was a little bit better. I knew going in there'd be a required suspension of disbelief and that helped. Adam Goldberg's character (Schultz), who assaulted opposing counsel during a deposition with a hefty volume of the California Rules of Evidence, would not be practicing law in any jurisdiction. Thing is, I like the idea of a couple of legal misfits taking on the big guys.

Chris O'Donnell plays an ex-big firm lawyer who has a nervous breakdown and has to buddy with Schultz as part of his recovery. I think I saw in the credits that O'Donnell created the show and that makes me wonder if his long absence from acting doesn't have a psychological cause. Of course, it could just be he played Robin in the worst Batman movie.

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September 12, 2005

Unintended consequences?

This better not be a conspiracy to deprive me of cheap, safe and readily available decongestants but it sure feels like it. I posted last month about the new Nebraska law severely resricting OTC sales of cold and allergy products containing pseudoephedrine.

I also noted at the time that Osco was clearing out all the store-brand and generic Sudafed™ and Claritin.™ At the time I thought maybe the store was just clearing out the current stock which would soon be replaced with new cheap decongestants in different packaging that worked better in behind the counter storage.

With the law going into effect last week, it looks like the generic versions of the drugs won't be available in some places. It's even worse elsewhere. My mom said she couldn't find Actifed™ anywhere in Beatrice this past weekend. It looks like some retailers are choosing not to sell pseudoephedrine at all rather than hassle with compliance.

I wonder if the people buying the stuff in order to manufacture illegal drugs are having any problem obtaining it? I doubt it. In the meantime, until this stupid law gets fixed, I'm going to have to go back to huffing gas to clear out my sinuses.

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September 10, 2005

Obligatory Post

Earlier tonight I was downtown at the Pablo's Triangle reunion show and caught a little bit of hell from Julee and Katie for not posting anything for a week. I know how it is, sitting in front of a computer 40 hours or more every week and not having anything new to read. It's a little late to post anything substantive but if you're bored, I'm posting some sports stuff over at Lincolnite.com. There is plenty of good reading over there, especially if you happen to live in Lincoln.

One thing I've been meaning to write about is how good the new Rolling Stones album, A Bigger Bang is. The first track, "Rough Justice" is classic early 70's dirty rock and roll Stones and it just goes on from there. It's funny, though. When the second song on the album "Let Me Down Slow" kicks in, I hear the opening riff from a song off Liz Phair's Exile in Guyville. That's how utterly retro this album is. The Rolling Stones doing a Rolling Stones tribute album. This is a good thing.

By the way, Sweet Neo Con is just an OK song. The lyrics are great of course, especially the verse that contains the lyric "One thing that is certain, life is good at Halliburton. If you're really so astute, you should invest in Brown & Root." The music is pretty late 80's Stones though.

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September 02, 2005

Non-Random Play Friday

  1. Black Bottom Stomp - Jelly Roll Morton: Born in New Orleans in 1890, Morton liked to claim he was the inventor of jazz.
  2. Killing Floor - Howlin' Wolf: Howlin' Wolf was born in Mississippi in 1910 but like many blues artists, didn't achieve fame until late in his life.
  3. Mardi Gras in New Orleans - Professor Longhair: The Professor's jazz and blues piano style was heavily influenced by Carribean and Latin American styles. He was born in Bogalusa, LA, in 1918.
  4. Walkin' the Boogie - John Lee Hooker: One of THE giants of the blues, Hooker's wandering electric guitar and footstomps are as distinctive as his voice. He was born in Clarksdale, MS, in 1916.
  5. Hellhound on my Trail - Robert Johnson: Born sometime between 1909 and 1912 in Hazelhurst, MS, Johnson's famous story of meeting the devil at the crossroads has been the inspiration for numerous films and songs from Eric Clapton to "O Brother Where Art Thou's" Tommy Johnson to Ralph Macchio.
  6. You Shook Me - Willie Dixon: A heavy and usually uncredited source for 50's and 60's rock and roll, Led Zeppelin's first album wouldn't have existed without his songs ("You Shook Me" and "I Can't Quit You Baby"). Dixon was born in Vicksburg, MS, in 1915.
  7. Cornet Chop Suey - Louis Armstrong: Louis Armstrong learned to play cornet after being sent to the New Orleans Home for Colored Waifs as a boy. His influence on American music is undeniable.
  8. Aunt Hagar's Blues - Joe "King" Oliver - One of the first New Orleans bandleaders and the main influence on Louis Armstrong's development as a musician.
  9. Armagnac Dreams - Wynton Marsalis - Probably the most influential and most recognized true jazz artist of the last couple decades. Born into a family of jazz musicians in New Orleans in 1961, he, his brothers Branford (sax), Delfeayo (trombone), Jason (drums) and his father, Ellis (piano) have heroically carried the torch of real jazz against the insidious influences of Kenny G. et al.
  10. Trouble of the World - Mahalia Jackson: Born in New Orleans in 1911, Mahalia is undoubtedly the queen of gospel music.
  11. Over the Hill - R.L. Burnside: Burnside was born in Mississippi in 1933 and died yesterday in Memphis. He gained great fame in the mid 90's when the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion appeared on his OK 1996 album "A Asspocket Full of Whiskey." His best stuff is when he's playing solo slide guitar in the true dirty Delta blues style as he does on his '94 album "Too Bad Jim."
This is only a small sampling of the influential musicians who came from Louisiana and Mississippi. It's safe to say American music as we know it would not exist without these people.

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Immediate Enrollment Assistance

Like many other educational institutions right now Nebraska is offering quick enrollment and in-state tuition for any students displaced by Hurricane Katrina. I just got an email from the dean of the law school this morning which said we have a 3L from Tulane starting school on Tuesday.

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September 01, 2005

Fats Domino...

Not Dead!!! [a wink to any d-mailers.]

The more I hear and read about the situation in New Orleans, the more horrified I am. Ambimb has a great post with lotsa links. People are being raped and beaten in the Convention Center. Corpses litter the flooded streets. Armed bands of thugs are roving the city, shooting at hospitals and seriously hurting the rescue effort.

What's disturbing is the hurricane hit Sunday night/Monday morning and it's now nearly Friday morning and the situation has gotten worse not better. What happened to FEMA? Why, when we knew last Friday night a devastating storm was going to hit the Gulf Coast, were there not measures in place? What about the brand new Department of Homeland Security? What about the Louisiana and Mississippi National Guards?

All the people still in Lake George? The new head of FEMA, an estate planning lawyer (sadly, his knowledge will be useful in this situation) referred to many of those people as "those who chose to stay." The evacuation was made mandatory on Sunday, Aug. 28. That's one of the worst days for people who live from paycheck to paycheck. Consider nearly 20% of New Orleans lives below the poverty rate. How many of those people, living in a major metropolitan area, have vehicles? There was no public transportation out of the city, despite the mandatory evacuation order. I heard a two-time Bush voter, a tourist, recount how he finally had to pay a taxi $200 to drive him out of the city.

And why are we turning down help? Yesterday a crack Canadian rescue team was ready to help and they were kept out of the country by the DHS. Things seem to have cleared up today and all the offers of aid are pouring in and are being accepted, even from Pat Robertson's enemies. Even those America hating commies at Move On are helping by setting up a website which serves as a nationwide clearinghouse where people who have housing to offer can reach people left homeless by the storm.

A quote: "I don't think anyone anticipated the breach of the levees."

I don't think I need to point out the multiple news and government sources that directly rebut that ridiculous statement which brings to mind the famous "No one predicted that they would try to use an airplane as a missile, a hijacked airplane as a missile," which was also completely false.

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Happy Birthday NRPC

Yes, today was the day the Nebraska Rules of Professional Conduct took effect. Nebraska had been more than a bit behind in adopting the Model Rules, sticking with the Code of Professional Responsibility long after most states had moved on.

We had a cake in Legal Profession today that had Happy Birthday Nebraska Rules of Professional Conduct on it in red icing. The cake decorators at Super Saver were a bit confused, according to Prof Prof. I hope she slipped them each a copy, with comments, for some light reading before bed.

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