A Monday dose of satire

Received as an e-mail here are the “11 Shortest Books to Greet the New Year with:”
1. How I Saved the World from Financial Ruin by Alan Greenspan
Foreword by Naomi Klein
Research assistance provided by the CEOs of Lehman Brothers, Merrill Lynch, AIG & GM
Graphs by Enron
2. Philosophical Treatise on the Illegality of Water Boarding and Other Torture Techniques (with bonus Zen poem) by  Donald Rumsfeld
Epilogue by Antonio Taguba
3.  My Secret Formula for Capturing Osama Bin Laden by Condoleeza Rice
4.  How to Tell the Plain Truth by Russ Limbaugh
5.  The Tomes I Read after I Quit Being Governor; or, How Not to be Tina Fey’s Doppelganger by Sarah Palin
6.  Ways  to Sneak into Your Own Home Without Much Ado by Skip Gates
Photos and Illustrations in vivid color by James Crowley and Barack Obama
7. Jingoism Without Tears by Glen Beck
8.  Fond Thoughts About My Erudite Husband by Laura Bush
To be archived in the George W. Bush Presidential Library
9.  Universal Healthcare Plan for Dummies by Joe Lieberman
With grateful acknowledgement of Michael Moore’s Sicko
10. 3 Tips on How to be a Sharp Shooter and a Peaceable Man by Dick Cheney
Commendatory Preface by Valerie Plame
Jacket Blurbs by Karl Rove and Scooter Libby
11.  Presidential Wisdom: How Not to Choke While Eating Your Pretzel and Viewing the Iraq War on Fox News At the Same Time by George Bush

Women in Law Wednesday

Yeah, yeah.  As usual I’ve been slackin’ on the blogging.  If you knew what I was up to I think you’d slack too. 🙂

  • Who’s that Girl?:  Young Lawyers Blog’s wlansden discusses an experience that I too have gone through (and I’m not even a lawyer yet).  I’m still learning how to respond to similar questions and how to call-out the men who ask such absurd questions.  For some reason I’m always asked if I’m a reporter.
  • Elena Kagan, a name you should know.  As the first female Solicitor General Elena Kagan has been put in the spotlight recently due to clothing.  Seriously.  NPR had a great story on Kagan’s rise to her new position and discussed what she should wear before the Supreme Court as a lady.  Yes, it’s a little funny but these questions are never posed to men.
  • Court Martialed for getting pregnant? This is a story I’m keeping my eyes on to see how the arguments are framed.  For more information I recommend this post over at Feminist Law Profs as well.  What about rape? Or are we as a society still in denial that our soldiers rape women.
  • Lawyer at 47 still lives with her parents: Again, this ain’t new people.  In fact, Italian men have been constantly stereotyped as being “mamas’ boys.”  Yes, concerned friend, accept it and move on.  Could it be that she is just working on her footprint by saving space and living with others who just so happen to be her parents?  At this rate, my father will live with me too at 47.  In fact, he’ll probably drive J away. 🙂
  • Top Ten Wins for Women in 2009: Because the women’s movement has yet to die.  🙂

Happy Wednesday!

My Hot and Cold of the Day

  1. Read this short piece.
  2. Tell me whether the economy persuaded you to apply for law school.
  3. And then tell me whether you’d sit on your arse for a year and be paid to do so.  Seriously.

While I’m all for our society educating itself as much as possible (if only to rid us of that horrible “Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader” show) I have to admit that I don’t want the legal gates flooded with applicants.  It’s boils down to basic economics–more qualified applicants means that you’re apt to find one that will take lower pay.  And while I’m not in the legal field for the pay I do feel that my work is worth the pay given to attorneys now.  And that is my hot and cold of the day.

Is…

spending the day on Twitter and writing her law review note.

You?

Yes, YOU? Make me jealous with your comments!

Seriously?

I cannot stand it when female law students try to use their sexuality in a manner which tries to exude that they’re smart, when really they’re just being flirtatious. I can see right through it and I can also tell that this is a likely reason why she doesn’t hang out with other women.

Yes, she bugs me. Yes, this is stupid, however I just want to shake her because I have a feeling that she realizes what she is doing.

Oh the joys of finals and going crazy.

Two down two to go…

Yes, exams.

Come Tuesday I’ll be done and moving on to other projects.

I’m pretty sure I’m going to fail my next exam–that whole you have to memorize the rule book–yeah, I don’t do that well. Actually, show me a person who does do that well!

And it’s cold. Which means poor Guinness must wear his sweaters again…

Oh, and I am now officially a published writer. 🙂

Why I hate finals

  • you never feel like you’ve studied enough,
  • you feel like you have to keep your outline to yourself and no one else
  • you tend to smell and wear outfits that should not be worn out in public
  • people try to freak you out by telling you things to study that weren’t covered in class
  • you’re in the library more than anyone should be
  • you gain weight due to eating the shittiest food known to man
  • you also spend too much on that crappy food
  • you lose touch with humanity
  • you end up looking and sounding like a zombie
  • you finally decide that becoming a zombie would be better than taking your exams