Thursday, July 07, 2005

Reality TV, Esq.

I should have known it would only be a matter of time until there was a lawyer-based reality TV show. It just better not suck. That would piss me off, because I may not be Perry Mason, but I definitely don't suck. And I could have used the $250,000 grand prize, too. How is that these peope found out about this show anyway? Do they just have more time on their hands than I do? If that's the case, then the show probably will suck.

Speaking of TV lawyers, Comedy Central says, perhaps only partly in jest, that they'll be hiring extra lawyers now that Carlos Mencia has his own show on that network. That might be kind of cool. I've always thought about going in-house some day. Comedy Central seems as good a place as any, maybe even better.

Anyway, I saw the first episode of Mind of Mencia last night and while I didn't think it was as funny as his stand-up, I still laughed my ass off. Especially at the end when he showed our Pres giving everyone the finger. Yes, that finger. I can't say whether the video Mencia showed was real or not, but it looked real to me, and, let's be honest, does anyone really think Bush is beyond that? I've been a fan of Mencia for some time - ever since seeing his stand up in which he proceeded to insult pretty much every single group out there - whites, blacks, hispanics, asians, gays, straights, men, women, you name it, he probably said somehting that would piss at least one person in that group off. His whole point was that political correctness is bullshit. I could not agree more. Better everyone speaks their mind so we know who the true racists are then let everyone use PC bullshit to hide their true thoughts.

I only have one more thing to say, and that is that my thoughts and prayers are with the people of London. Having nearly lost my brother on September 11 (a story for another day), I empathize with anyone who has been affected by this horrible tragedy and my heart goes out to the victims and their families.

Tuesday, July 05, 2005

Stupid headlines...

I'm not much in the mood for writing today, mostly because I can't think of anything but Maui, but felt I should post something, ya know, to stay in the habit, to make up for the two weeks when I won't be posting anything, etc. Did I mention I'm going on vacation in 10 days?

So -- here are just a few stupid headlines from around the 'net, which, stangely enough, almost all have to do with kids (or teenagers anyway)...

Three studies suggest TV hampers kids' academic skills

I'm sorry, but did they really need to do a study to determine that?

Happy kids make for pleasant road trips

No shit, really? I thought screaming brats made for pleasant trips.

Pediatricians' group: Abstinence not enough...Experts: Teens need access to birth control

I'm not even gonna touch this one.

Saturday, July 02, 2005

13 Days and counting...

Today we had near perfet beach weather. Not too hot; nice ocean breeze; my only request would have been for a little more sun. And of course a cheaper beach pass. It was $7! for a day pass. That's the biggest thing that sucks about Jersey beaches - the cover charge. And they don't even play music or anything. I guess somebody has to pay for the hottie lifeguards to sit up in those chairs all day, but $7 still seems a little steep. But, what can ya do. I paid my $7, got some sun, and had a nice rlaxing day next to the ocean with some old friends. And, I still got home in time to go out for some drinks. Fabulous.

And speaking of "f" words, you will notice that from time to time, like in my last post, I tend to use some other "f" words, and "s" words, and other words not meant for young ears. I try to be good, but DH has told me several times that I'm in the wrong profession. He thinks I should be driving a truck. Maybe he's right. What can I tell you, I'm a loud-mouthed Jersey Girl. And after today, I'm a loud mouth Jersey Girl with a nice been-at-the-beach-all-day glow.

Friday, July 01, 2005

Sandra Day Steps Down - Goddess Help Us

Just when everyone thought the conservative Chief Justice Renquist would submit his resignation, the moderate Sandra Day O'Connor stunned the legal world and has announced her resignation from the Supreme Court. This is the worst possible thing that could've happened. If Renquist had stepped down, nothing much would change if a conservative was put in his place -- he is a conservative. But O'Connor, well she's been the deciding vote on almost every major decision since she joined the bench. Known as a swing voter, O'Connor is one of the only justices free of a political taint. Check out her bio, here

And you know what that means -- the neo-cons pulling the strings of the presidency will try their best to fill O'Connor's spot with an extremist right wing judge. Not to mention the neo-con court packing that will be attempted if anyone else steps down from the bench. I don't know if the Dems have the cojones to stop a court packing push. They've already caved to avoid the possibility of the nuclear option, so goddess only knows what will happen when the nominees are made and confirmation hearings begin. For people who don't follow Supreme Court jurisprudence with the fervor that I do, let me just tell you -- if the neo-cons succeed, we are all fucked. F-U-C-K-E-D. Fucked. That's right. I said it. You will say goodbye to pretty much any right you have that stems from constitutional interpretation and not the Bible. Think I'm kidding? Wait and see. If the pansy Dems don't filibuster the hell out of any candidate that isn't at least close to moderate, we can all kiss our civil liberties goodbye.

Most of my friends were truly upset when Bush won the presidency, but let me tell you a little secret: having a neo-con Pres is nothing because when it comes to our civil liberties, no one has more power than the Supreme Court. The neo-con pres and the congress and whatever other politician can make whatever law they want, but if the high Court says its unconstitutional, well, then that's that. The bad law goes bye-bye. But if we end up with a neo-con court, there won't be anybody to stop the bad laws. And, even if the right loses legislative power and we get some good laws passed (check out
Spain for an example of a good law), the neo-con Supreme Court can says its unconsitutional, so no good laws either (absent a constitutinal amendment, of course). And unlike the pres who can be voted out, or forced out after 2 terms, there is no getting rid of a Supreme Court Justice - they sit for life. Like I said. Fucked.