Friday, January 1, 2010

New Year's Day Hangover


Godwhacker said...

That's not a hangover. That's your liver reminding you how much you'll miss it when it's gone.

Anonymous said...

Love that song, great lyrics.

Anonymous said...

Two veteran members of the Bar Board of Governors have qualified to run for president-elect in the March Bar elections.

Eleventh Circuit board member Ervin Gonzalez of Coral Gables and 15th Circuit board member Scott Hawkins of West Palm Beach filed qualifying papers by the December 15 deadline. It is the first contested race for president-elect in 11 years.

“My record has demonstrated an ability to reach a broad spectrum of people with different backgrounds,” Hawkins said. “I truly get satisfaction from my Bar work. . . . It’s a way to serve while serving the profession.”

Hawkins said his work with past Bar presidents including Ray Ferrero, Jr., and Marshall Criser influenced his decision to seek the Bar’s top spot, adding he sees it as a way of paying back the opportunities he’s been given.

“I’ve been very motivated by the noble impact they’ve had on Bar service,” Hawkins said. “It has led me to conclude that seeking the responsibility of president-elect is worth the personal sacrifices that go with all that.”


ankur said...

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EyeonShumie said...

Shumster update- Saw the big man himself holding court at Joes on New Years Eve around lunchtime. Sitting at the head of a table of at least twenty- must of been a staff party. Table loaded with mounds of jumbos, selects and a pile-o-hash browns.

Tried to catch what was going on but we were seated on the other side of the joint.

Eventually there was some sort of speech, and applause, and then what seemed like a half dozen full key lime pies. Bill must of been at least 3K plus tip.

Say this about the big fella- he has it, but he spends it.

fake Glenn Greenwald said...

Demands that genuinely inept government officials be held accountable are necessary and wise, but demands that political leaders ensure that we can live in womb-like Absolute Safety are delusional and destructive. Yet this is what the citizenry screams out every time something threatening happens: please, take more of our privacy away; monitor more of our communications; ban more of us from flying; engage in rituals to create the illusion of Strength; imprison more people without charges; take more and more control and power so you can Keep Us Safe.

* Continue Reading

This is what inevitably happens to a citizenry that is fed a steady diet of fear and terror for years. It regresses into pure childhood. The 5-year-old laying awake in bed, frightened by monsters in the closet, who then crawls into his parents' bed to feel Protected and Safe, is the same as a citizenry planted in front of the television, petrified by endless imagery of scary Muslim monsters, who then collectively crawl to Government and demand that they take more power and control in order to keep them Protected and Safe. A citizenry drowning in fear and fixated on Safety to the exclusion of other competing values can only be degraded and depraved.

More Fake Glenn Greenwald said...

It is fear, and only fear, that predominates. No other competing values are recognized. We have Chris Matthews running around shrieking that he's scared of kung-fu-wielding Terrorists. Michael Chertoff is demanding that we stop listening to "privacy ideologues" -- i.e., that there should be no limits on Government's power to invade and monitor and scrutinize. Republican leaders have spent the decade preaching that only Government-provided Safety, not the Constitution, matters. All in response to this week's single failed terrorist attack, there are -- as always -- hysterical calls that we start more wars, initiate racial profiling, imprison innocent people indefinitely, and torture even more indiscriminately. These are the by-products of the weakness and panic and paralyzing fear that Americans have been fed in the name of Terrorism, continuously for a full decade now.

Ever since I began writing in late 2005 about this fear-addicted dynamic, the point on which Brooks focused yesterday is the one I've thought most important. What matters most about this blinding fear of Terrorism is not the specific policies that are implemented as a result. Policies can always be changed. What matters most is the radical transformation of the national character of the United States. Reducing the citizenry to a frightened puddle of passivity, hysteria and a child-like expectation of Absolute Safety is irrevocable and far more consequential than any specific new laws. Fear is always the enabling force of authoritarianism: the desire to vest unlimited power in political authority in exchange for promises of protection.

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