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November 22, 2005

back in yu’s neighborhood

Filed under: pre-06-2006,Schenectady Synecdoche — David Giacalone @ 6:16 pm

Maybe I’m getting old and set in my ways — after any

traveling, I am always pleased to return home to Schenectady.

Today, I left Rochester quite early, in order to beat some

winter precipitation that was going to be coming at me from

both the west and the east.


To celebrate a safe return to rain-to-snow Schenectady,

I’m going to share a few poems from Schenectady’s most

celebrated haiku poet, Yu Chang.


vivid dreams

the din of a garbage truck

drives you away





back on shore

the river

pouring from his swamp boots


leaf gray


turning over

a dead leaf

an earthworm twitches







news of a missing dog

from pole to pole



Yu ChangUpstate Dim Sum (2004/II)





a wintry mix

at the bedroom window

big wet ones

[Nov. 22, 2005]



tiny check Even not-so-young whippersnappers like Evan Schaeffer

are apparently addicted to techno-speed, and need their

broadband to post to their weblogs. Your old f/k/a Editor

patiently accepts the delays of dial-up modems in

concocting this daily weblog buffet. RU Impressed?


tiny check You don’t have to be a federalist-fanatic or libertarian to

worry about the phenomenon of overcriminalization. Both

Mike Cernovich and Jeremy Richey have pointed to

Overcriminalization: The Politics of Crime, a symposium now

available in the American University Law Review (Vol. 54: 3,

2005). There are four articles, two essays and more, with

plenty of food for thought.


phone old



help choose a symbol for the Florida Supreme Court

Filed under: pre-06-2006 — David Giacalone @ 5:16 pm

A Comment by Martin “RiskProf” Grace has convinced the

f/k/a Gang that we should get our readers involved in choosing

a logo for the Supreme Court of Florida, in the wake of its

decision last week banning the Pape & Chandler PIT BULL

logo and 800-number.  (see our prior post on the case)


         Last Sunday, we rashly suggested that this guy   bullG

would make a darn good symbol for the Dignity Police on

the Florida Supreme Court.  Prof. Grace has, however,

opined that the great bird preferred by Ben Franklin as our

national symbol would be appropriate — to wit, the turkey. 


Here are some examples of that fowl for your





     turkey cooked


This important task — assuring that the public is not misled

by the Court’s dowdy website, while keeping the image of the

Court sufficiently dignified — deserves a bit of brainstorming and

discussion, don’t you think? 


                                                                         eagleSoar too mean


Sadly, our national symbol is not fit for use as a judicial emblem —

the eagle is a vicious predator, preying on the small and weak.  

However, a number of other birds seem like potential candidates:


the dodo – dodoG


                                 the cuckoo – cuckoosG




the ostrich – ostrichG . . . . . .  “ostrichSand” orig.



                                                                  the parrot – parrotG



We can’t discriminate against our

four-footed friends.   Perphaps, one of

these species would fit the bill:


                                                    the donkey/ass – donkeyG



the squirrel – squirrelF


                     or,  maybe even the skunk – skunkG




parienteJ  As Chief Justice Barbara J. Pariente has received an

award for judicial professionalism — and, majored in Communications

at Boston University, her thoughts on the subject would be most

welcomed.   More important, though, is getting your imput.  Please

let us know — using the Comment box or an email — your choice for

the Florida Supreme Court logo/mascot/symbol. 

tiny check Note: Because the Kentucky Attorney Advertising Commission

has already appropriated the horse’s behind theme, we’re afraid

that logo is no longer available.


tiny check  If you came here today looking for astute commentary,

you’re out of luck — a long drive back home from my parents’

place in Rochester has left my brain in Silly Mode.


p.s. Carla Pfeiffer at Genius or Raving Lunatic? is appropriately  owls small

put off by the Florida Court’s implication that pit bulls are too

demeaning for lawyers, but the symbol of the Florida-based Hooter’s

chain is just fine in its representation of women. (“Are lawyers

better than women?”, Nov. 21, 2005)


update (Nov. 28, 2005):  Will Hornsby notes that the reaction to the

Pape & Chandler decision goes from “critical to scathing” — and he

wonders Are Cute Puppies Okay?  Reading Will’s recap of this post,

your Editor realized we omitted a very viable contender to grace the

Florida Supreme Court Website:


                                                     goose goose f




what did you forget?

retracing steps




sing, cuckoo!
you’re just about curing
my headache

our ceremony
just a lot of noise
to the cuckoo


by Kobayashi Issa 
       translated by David G. Lanoue  





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