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December 17, 2004

a scoldy but a goody

Filed under: pre-06-2006 — David Giacalone @ 12:51 pm

Common Scold Monica Bay passes on some good advice (from Larry Bodine):

Do Not Call List:  register your cell phone number on the national

Do Not Call list so that your precious billing minutes don’t get sucked

up by telemarketer calls. It’s truly painless, and takes about 30 seconds

to do (I just did it) — call 1-888-382-1222

afterthought (3 PM): Kevin J. Heller writes to remind us that the rumor about

cellphone numbers being given to telemarketers is false.

mountain pheasant
are you calling the wife?
scolding her?


scolding the cricket
in my sleep…
thatched hut



ISSA, translated by David G. Lanoue  



lips and tongues —
annual Holiday 

                     [dagosan, 12-20-03, rev’d Dec. 17, 2004]


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can’t go cold turkey

Filed under: pre-06-2006 — David Giacalone @ 10:51 am

. . . from Hotham’s haiku.*  Here’s another pair from haijin Gary Hotham:




waiting up–

one hand warms

the other

pelicans gray




their last sound

before we move on–

the geese outdistance us



(Canon Press, 1999)



* Ed. Note: I sure hope my puns are not accruing a Comic Karmic Debt.

They might just get me kicked out of the Haiku Society.



3 am nature call–

the loud drip

of icicles

                                   [Dec. 17, 2004]

one-breath pundit  

As they have done in several other states, the FTC and the Antitrust Division of DOJ submitted a joint 

advocacy letter yesterday urging the Mass. Bar Ass’n “to narrow substantially or reject a proposal by

the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court that would unnecessarily reduce or eliminate competition

between nonlawyers and lawyers to provide many services [by broadening the definition of ‘the practice

of law’]. The FTC and the Department said that the proposal likely would lead to higher prices and a reduction

in competitive choices for consumers.”  (FTC Press Release) (AP/Boston Herald article “Justice Department

denounces effort to limit legal competition,” Dec. 16, 2004)  ethicalEsq treated this topic often, and a summary

can be found here.


  Michael Cernovich at Crime & Federalism seems to be having a hormone overload, as he ‘roid  at bat neg

rages against the ban on anabolic androgenic steroids in baseball and elsewhere.  Your Editor supplied a Comment

to offer a little balance.


  Orin Kerr, over at VC, wonders whether federalism and tort reform and whether conservative tort reformers 

are being inconsistent.  He’s enabled comments, so let Orin know.  I continue to believe that federalism is

invoked by all sorts of folks when it suits their political needs and ignored otherwise.


  Congratulation to my old colleague-friend John H. Seesel, who was appointed to the new Federal Trade

Commission position of Energy Counsel.  He will play a key role in reviewing and making recommendations

on the Commission’s energy-related work, including investigations and cases, legislative initiatives, advocacy

comments, and studies and reports.


  Having had homicidal (and suicidal) ideation while in bank and supermarket lines next to cellphone-yakkers,

I can only empathize with the dread felt by Prof. B. (“the horror”) and Larry Ribstein (“let the nightmare begin”)

about being stuck between such folks on airplanes.  I would not want to let the marketplace work this one out —

although many passengers would opt for airlines banning the use while in flight, too often, passengers do not

have a choice of airlines for a particular trip.  How about having phoning and non-phoning sections?  Naw, ban ’em!

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