Saturday, March 11, 2006

Good Riddance

Slobodan Milosevic found dead in cell.

There isn't much more to say here.

Environmental Republican: Say hello to Stalin and Hitler in hell, Slobo. Unfortunately his victims that survived didn't get to see him convicted but they did see his crimes exposed to the world.

Don Surber: He had no weapons of mass destruction. He posed no threat to the United States. He had no connection to al-Qaeda. Still, I am glad the United States and a Coalition of the Willing removed Slobodan Milosevic from power in the 1990s. He butchered thousands of his own people. Now he is dead and I pray the Lord forgives me for my glee. [Comment: If God - in theory, at least - could forgive Slobo's murderous actions, surely He'll forgive our emotionally founded reactions to this tyrant's corporeal end.]

Joe Gandelman: Yes: his highly publicized defiance to the end, and the seeming impotence of the Hague and the United Nations during the trial, mean that he will likely become an inspiration to some. And, given his lawyers' comments, unless the autopsy is definitive look for a slew of conspiracy theories to emerge surrounding his death. [Comment: Chalk up another achievement for the United Nations. (/snark)]

Captain Ed: Milosevic's death cheated the Hague, which had hoped to finally convict the former leader of Yugoslavia of various war crimes. The numerous delays in the trial, which had just "celebrated" its fourth year in progress, had been prompted by suspicious health complaints. It looks like either Milosevic and his doctors told the truth, or perhaps the lies just caught up with him.

Friday, March 10, 2006

(Bar) Membership Has Its Priviliges

I finally received my bar card in the mail today. Now, I can just breeze past security whenever I go to court. Since the bar of Massachusetts has already investigated my entire life history, I guess there isn't really any need for the court police to look in my briefcase.

Also, for the first time in my career, I was approached by a former co-worker who was admitted to the bar on the same day as I to start our own firm. Though he is one of the few people I know who I would consider partnering with at this early stage of my career, the timing is almost certainly wrong. I was quite flattered just to be asked. I told him I would think about it -- and I will -- but I don't think it's a wise move at this time. In any event, I will leave the door open for something down the road.

All in all, a fairly eventful day off.

Thursday, March 09, 2006

In Brief

This Slate article sums up - better than anything I have ever read - why the Democratic party leadership has been an unabashed disaster at capitalizing on President Bush's and the Republican-controlled Congress's anemic support:

Pelosi is a conventionally liberal congresswoman from San Francisco who serves as House minority leader. The quite conservative Reid, who comes from a small town in Nevada, is the Senate minority leader. Dean, the former Vermont governor who seemed headed for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2004 until he yodeled in Iowa, is the chairman of the Democratic National Committee. Since assuming their positions, the three of them have shown themselves to be somewhere between useless and disastrous as party leaders. Individually, they lack substance and policy smarts (Pelosi); coherence and force (Reid); and steadiness and mainstream appeal (Dean). Collectively, they convey an image of liberal elitism, disarray, and crabbiness.

Read the whole thing.

I haven't disappeared...

I swear!

This has just been an incredibly busy week. I am going to try to get back to regular posting later today and tomorrow.

Sunday, March 05, 2006

Light Posting Today

The Lady Exile and I are getting ready for our first annual Academy Awards party. This is also a belated housewarming party for us. Accordingly, expect normal posting to resume tomorrow, though I might have some thoughts on this year's Oscars before then if time permits.