Some recent graduates of American University's Washington College of Law have put together this music video. It addresses some common legal-ethics problems, but you should watch it anyway because it's also a pretty good music video.
In this CNN clip posted today (if you can't see it, that's because it's in Flash), Violent J and Shaggy 2 Dope of Insane Clown Posse talk about their music, fans, families, and (briefly) the FBI's ridiculous classification of all Juggalos as members or potential members of a "hybrid gang":
I can't claim to know much about the Juggalo phenomenon, but to me it seems no more or less weird than being a Deadhead. It involves a lot more profanity, so that's good.
Highlighted quote: "You call somebody a racial slur, I will stick my foot all the way to my hip into your [deleted]. You know what I'm sayin'?"
About a week ago, an attempted armed robbery of a convenience store in England was foiled by the manager, who flung 12-packs of beer at the robber with deadly accuracy until he gave up and fled. As you can see in the security-camera video below, the robber, armed only with a knife, was helpless against the manager's superior firepower:
The report also says that this video was removed from the original website at the request of police "as an arrest has now been made in this investigation," but it's available on other sites and I had trouble thinking of a legitimate reason why the police would not want it shown, so I've embedded it here. According to this follow-up report, the video had been viewed more than 50,000 times as of last Friday, and had generated hundreds of comments. Apparently, several commenters likened the manager to Donkey Kong (who also hurled things, but they were barrels, not 12-packs), while many other comments were said to "relate to the pros and cons of gun control."
Not sure this is a great test case for gun control, but I will say that you can have my 12-pack when you pry it out of my cold, dead hand.
Not long ago, The Hollywood Reporter posted this short excerpt from a video deposition of Wesley Snipes, taken in 2008 when he was defending a lawsuit by his former agency seeking unpaid commissions. In the excerpt, Snipes responds to a question about "the usual talent-agency/client relationship" with an extended analogy comparing agents to pimps, and actors to the "hos" that said pimps "represent":
So said Shepard Smith of FOX News back in May (doing some catch-up today). Newt Gingrich had just withdrawn from the race, and although the primary had been vicious ("[Gingrich] was a failed leader and he had to resign in disgrace"; "You're calling Mitt Romney a liar?" "Yes"), Romney's statement on Gingrich's withdrawal suggested they were the bestest friends ever. That drew this priceless reaction from Smith:
There's probably an event almost every day to which this is the only appropriate reaction.
As you may or may not recall, Smith also once dropped an F-bomb during a segment about whether torture had been "effective," which, again, is just about the only appropriate reaction to that argument.
I don't think the reference to Exodus here is really on point, but I'm willing to cut this guy a fair amount of slack.
Reportedly, what he's yelling about (and he is yelling, so watch the volume if you're at work) is having been handed a 200-page pension-reform bill and told that the Illinois House leadership had scheduled a vote on the bill in 15 minutes. Obviously, that's barely enough time to read the table of contents, if there was one, let alone make any sort of thoughtful decision about how to vote. Certainly he's also frustrated that his side currently has no power in that legislature, but he's still got a point when he suggests (loudly) that it might be nice if the people's representatives actually bothered to read what they were voting on.
As I've said before, I suppose it's good that our legislative sessions usually don't degenerate into all-out brawls like they do in some other countries, but on the other hand a brawl every now and then would at least show they care. (It'd help C-SPAN's ratings, that's for sure.) In that sense, at least, a furious tantrum seems like a step in the right direction.
Specifically, have you seen the musical version performed by the all-female cast of the Takarazuka Revue?
Well, you should have.
Takarazuka is Japan's answer to the Ziegfeld Follies, the Folies-Bergere, Las Vegas floor shows, and the [Radio City] Music Hall's own spectaculars all rolled into one glittering unwieldy package [said the NYT's theater critic]. There is something intrinsically awesome in the sight of rows of showgirls, decked out like floats, descending a grand staircase in formation.
Not sure how they work that sort of thing into a musical based on a video game about Japanese lawyers, but I have no doubt it's intrinsically awesome.
This was performed back in 2009, but maybe there'll be a revival. You can still get the DVD (shown above), or there is what looks like sort of a highlights clip here on YouTube. I have no idea at all what's going on in these clips, but they're entertainingly odd.
The gang at Abnormal Use dug up this old comic featuring one of DC Comics' duller superhero characters:
As they point out, this D.A. is apparently dull in more than one way, because he seems to think that the suspect he's collared, who's not really even shaped like a human being, is a tiny "man in a martian suit." Even if that were true, it doesn't seem very likely that he'd have the right guy here, given that criminals tend to be interested in keeping a lower profile than dressing up as a Martian might allow. From the expression on the suspect's face, though, I take it that he's tried to explain all this a couple dozen times already, and at this point is resigned to just sitting around until these geniuses figure it out.
There was a radio and TV drama also called "Mr. District Attorney" (Wikipedia) that ran in one form or another between 1939 and 1952, and then for a while in syndication. The show was half an hour long but this YouTube clip more or less compresses an episode into two minutes and 14 seconds.
There was a movie of the same name in 1947, although it's not clear to me whether it was connected to the series or if either one was connected to the comic. Probably they're all related, although you can't copyright titles, so that doesn't tell us anything. I imagine that once somebody's come up with a title as exciting as "Mr. District Attorney," there's a lot of competition to use it every chance you get. I haven't seen the movie, but the title of one of the reviews on IMDB is "I just frisked your monkey out there and picked myself up a souvenir," and if that's a line from the movie it might be worth renting for that reason alone.
Anyway, the reason this resonated with me in the first place is that it reminded me of the report a while back that the Santa Barbara D.A. had said he was standing by a star witness for the prosecution although his deposition hadn't gone so well. Specifically, the report said defense counsel "focused much of their questioning on his claims that alienlike creatures emerge from his closet and put pinholes into his chest and those of his family members." See "D.A. Sticks With Witness Who Says He Sees Horned Aliens," Lowering the Bar (Oct. 20, 2006). I assume that didn't come up during the prep session? Still hoping to get the actual transcript of that deposition, which I'm sure somebody must have saved.
First, the case clearly is not properly before the Court, unless they're suggesting Baby Bear filed a cert petition, and there's no constitutional issue here anyway, and no quorum. Second, Justice Sotomayor should be limiting her review to the record below, not hearing testimony from a couple of Muppets who just walk in off the street. Worse, she was apparently about to hear the bear's argument ex parte, if Goldilocks hadn't shown up when she did. Third, what law is she applying? Any? What jurisdiction is Sesame Street in, anyway?
Coming up: Justice Scalia refuses to stay Elmo's execution despite newly discovered evidence that he is innocent.
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