Monthly Archives: March 2008

Republicans For Obama

What makes Republicans into Obama supporters? Unqualified Offerings explains:

It's all about too much power in the executive branch, which is a conservative principle. Because of the war in Iraq and partisan division, Bush and Cheney convinced Republicans that this is something you should be for. But guys who went to law school know better than that.

So do gals.

Posted in Law: Constitutional Law | 1 Comment

ICDR Miami

I'm at the ICDR's 6th Annual Miami International Arbitration Conference today, so I won't post much if anything.

One big change from when I was in practice: much more talk, and even a significant number of rules, about ethics. Other than that, lots of little changes….

Posted in Arbitration Law, Talks & Conferences | Leave a comment

Just Don’t Mention the War

Newsday.com, Police arrest anti-war protester, 80, at mall

An 80-year-old church deacon was removed from the Smith Haven Mall yesterday in a wheelchair and arrested by police for refusing to remove a T-shirt protesting the Iraq War.

Posted in Civil Liberties | 2 Comments

Black Friday

The University of Miami Law School got pasted in the latest US News law school rankings: dropped 12 places. Our faculty reputation rank still puts UM in the top 50, but lots of the other metrics hurt.

Dean Lynch has sent out a note to the community about it. I'll post the text if and when I get one; in the mean time all I have is this .gif version, which is what they sent us.

Update: .pdf version of Dean Lynch's letter.

Posted in Miami | 7 Comments

An Obituary With Bite (and Affection)

Most obituaries in the Miami Herald are kind of boring. Not this one, Herald librarian one of a kind, for Rose Klayman, a former Herald librarian, sometime Playboy bunny, and neighborhood fixture:

A hard-drinking, two-pack-a-day smoker who swore like a sailor, Rose Klayman died of respiratory failure.

She loved management conspiracy theories and gossip, and treasured her grudges.

In a bad mood — which was often — she could be mean as a snake. But she cared deeply about the colleagues she liked and turned herself inside out for them.

“She was a natural news researcher who loved the news, loved the work and loved helping reporters,” said one-time boss Elisabeth Donovan. “But it requires a calm demeanor, and Rose was never calm.”

She was, however, frequently kind, attentive and motherly, committing small acts of generosity like bringing a colleague designer jeans from a thrift shop and reminding another to keep his head up and “not let the bastards get you down.”

Former library colleague Ruthey Golden recalls that her friend “was always buying some homeless man or woman food. I know one cold day she came to work with no coat, crying. I said,
'Rose, what's the matter?' She said, 'I had to do it, Ruthey… . I just gave that woman laying in the street my coat. I feel bad for her.' That's just how Rose was.”

She loathed and loudly cursed the officious, and abusers of power.

And those are only some of the choice bits.

Posted in Miami | 8 Comments

Recession: The Movie

Recession: The Movie

Posted in Econ & Money: Mortgage Mess | Leave a comment

‘I Want Barack’

Because it's time for another video: Jay Jay French and Friends – I Want Barack

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