Friday, September 21, 2007

My Morning Wooten

Lots of legal talk today. Since neither Jim nor I are actual experts, you can count on accuracy. Right? Right? Bueller?
Headline correction: “Billable hours aren’t everything.” The headline writer neglected to observe that the story was about lawyers. (Of course, billable hours aren’t everything if one earns as much working 15 hours as when working 40, as asserted.)
That's going to cause a few lawyer heads to explode.
The Thinking Right translation service offers as a public service this translation of Jane Kidd, head of the state Democratic Party, referring to the three weak challengers lined up to take on U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss: “We’re still kind of eyeing that one.” Translation: “Surely there’s a rich trial lawyer or a wealthy businessman out there who can self-finance a statewide political campaign.” No charge. Public gratitude is sufficient.
Yes, yes. Better if she had said, "Yep, they all suck." Surely, a straight talking Republican would have done just that.
Headline: “Saudi women want to drive.” Some days I’m for that, and some days I’m not.
Because they are women? Because they might be Muslim? Given the smallness of Jim's worldview, I'm sure it must be one or the other.
Jena, La. Whites hang nooses in a tree on a school campus in September, for which they’re punished with in-school suspensions. Three months later, a white student who had nothing to do with the first episode is beaten severely in the school cafeteria by black football teammates, who are criminally charged. Supporters think the first explains the second. It doesn’t. The beaters may well have been overcharged initially with second-degree attempted murder, but it’s often difficult to get a full and impartial read on stories involving race, as was the case at Duke University.
Instead of wasting precious space explaining all the relevant facts Jim left out here (surprising such a seasoned journalist would omit relevant facts. It would never be intentional, right?), I'll ask the question again. Why were the law and order crowd so quick to jump to the defense of the Duke lacrosse players but eagerly defend the prosecutor in practically every other case of overreach?

There's one common factor in the cases where those of a certain political stripe strongly the defend a prosecutor. Gernarlow Wilson. The Jena 6. But you're smart enough to connect the dots.



Sara said...

Jim Wooten can kiss my billable ass, for that stupidity.

Anonymous said...

The article Jim Wooten was referring to was stunning. Aparently some lawyers can pick up their kids for soccer! I was astounded.

Anonymous said...

I didn't read the whole article, but what was Jim's take on the Jose Mourinho shocker at Stamford Bridge yesterday?

Pokerista said...

Lawyers have time to make babies? Slackers.

griftdrift said...

Wooten's reaction to Mourihno's departure: What do you expect from a Frenchmen. Surrender of course.

Anonymous said...

Ugh, so typical. Stupid Jim. Just wait til he gets hold of the rumor that we're trying to get him to immigrate over here to coach the US men's team.

Amber Rhea said...

On top of everything else, he has grammar and syntax issues. Color me shocked.

Open+Transparent said...

Whenever Jim talks about anything regarding to race, he comes across as a guy standing on Stone Mountain in the '50's wearing a white sheet. I've never seen anything he's written about race not come across as inflamatory. The guy has serious issues with anyone not as lily white ans himself and his dream lover/mancrush Ralph Reed.

Anonymous said...


Just male lawyers.