WeirdOfTheNews
 

 
A regularly updated guide to random legal news that I find interesting -- and hope you will too. And links! Always links!
 
 
 

 
 

Saturday, November 09, 2002

 
Campus Sex Column Penned By Prof's Daughter

Here's a mildly intersesting article about a Rutgers undergradute (whose father is a professor there) who writes a "campus sex" column for the school paper.
 
Confessions on Sniping

The (alleged) Maryland snipers are starting to talk.
 
Where There Are Taxes, There Will Be Crime

Cigarettes, Greed and Betrayal: An Insider's Saga. An interesting read from Sunday's LA Times.
 
Big Brother

The New York Times reports that the Pentagon is working on a computer system to spy on us.

"As the director of the effort, Vice Adm. John M. Poindexter, has described the system in Pentagon documents and in speeches, it will provide intelligence analysts and law enforcement officials with instant access to information from Internet mail and calling records to credit card and banking transactions and travel documents, without a search warrant."

"Without a search warrant." Can you say Big Brother? I knew that you could.

You can read it here (may require registration).

Time to join the ACLU?
 
Snarking on Winona

Speaking of Winona's clothes, here's a very picture-intensive deconstruction of her daily trial wear that's fairly hilarious.
 
Save the Baby Lawyers!

Here's an interesting take on the recent memo from Clifford Chance associates complaining about their treatment by the law firm's partners.
 
What to Wear to your Criminal Trial

Here's an amusing article about the media's fascination with what Winona wore during her recent trial.

Friday, November 08, 2002

 
Bin Laden Alive?

Interpol says Bin Laden is alive and we are about to be attacked. Apparently, they're coming. Are we ready?
 
Busted!

Doh! Michigan Judge busted for smoking pot at a Stones concert.

Thursday, November 07, 2002

 
Presidential Poetry

"Make the Pie Higher." I can't tell you how happy I am to have such an articulate president. Our former masters, the British, appreciate it too. Thrill to our President's command of his native language, as noted by our european brethren (and sistren)!
 
Interesting Landlord/Tenant Dispute in San Francisco

LOCAL NEWS: Are you a tenant or landlord in San Francisco? If so, this might interest you. It interests me because I know many of the people involved in the lawsuit.

Wednesday, November 06, 2002

 
"Engrish"

I apologize if it is politically incorrect, but this stuff cracks me up. I love the way English is mangled and misused by the Japanese. They seem to have a particular proclivity for mangling it.

In a related note, I found this article about the dreaded incorporation of English (and other languages) into Japanese very interesting.
 
Unreconstructed Communist Propaganda (for amusement purposes only)

North Korea posts daily "news" in English that is often hilarious. The website offers unreconstructed communist propaganda and dogma, which is quite poorly translated. Entries tend to detail the antics of North Korean Premier Kim Jong Il, and they are often unintentionally amusing.

In a typical posting, Premier Kim Jong Il undertakes some inspirational trip -- such as visiting workers at a shovel factory or goat farm or the like. These visits are invariably preceeded by great periods of personal self-deprivation on the part of Kim. He often works through the night without food (except for [if lucky] a rice ball), and he sometimes has to travel by donkey over impassible mountains to be with his people. Once on site, Kim dispenses brilliant advice to the brave workers about industrial efficiency or military strength or something similar. The workers understandably appreciate this. Typically, their thankfulness first rises to the level of near orgasm, and then they acheive release by presenting Kim with some ridiculous gift.

Next day, the process repeats at the next shovel factory or goat farm down the line.

I love this stuff.

(Thanks to Matt Drudge for linking to North Korea's website for many years.)
 
More Funny Legal Stuff

Yet another of Judge Kent's infamous orders. This one involves tobacco and Bolivians.
 
More Funny Legal Stuff

Here's another favorite from a different Texan, Federal District Court Judge Kent. This guy does not mince words. (Dissing New York counsel for complaining about having to appear in Galveston rather than Houston.)
 
More Funny Legal Stuff

My favorite rhymed order from a Federal District Court Judge is discussed here. (About Paula Jones' failure to show sufficient skin in Penthouse.)
 
More Funny Legal Stuff

Here's a link to my favorite published federal case - the infamous "motion to kiss my ass" case. The text is not well-formatted, but that's not my fault.
 
An Inspiration (and a Pleasure)

Of course I also have to thank Chuck Shepherd's enduring News of the Weird feature as an inspiration (as well as a long-term pleasure).
 
More Inspiration

Much of the inspiration for the creation of WeirdOfTheNews came from this blog about appellate law and this one written by law professor Glenn Reynolds which is mostly about politics.
 
Disturbing Search Requests

I've derived great amusement for some time from the "disturbing search requests" site. Perhaps now I'll be able to contribute. If you don't know it, check it out here.
 
Blame Them . . . .

I started my blog after reading this.
 
Greetings, Earthlings!

This is my inaugural post to my new blog. I need to figure out how to do this, and then I hope to have many years of happy and interesting blogging. My thanks to www.blogger.com for getting me started for free.

 

 
   
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