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Wednesday, May 05, 2004

SITE STOPPED: TO MUCH WORK

I gave this a good try but, it simply requires to much work. It is at least an hour a day to find, analysis and edit a post. Considering my time is billed at $300/hour, it was costing me $1,500/week or over $75,000 a year. It's not worth it.


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Thursday, April 29, 2004

UPDATE: Most "Livable Cities"!!!! What a joke!

Below, I noted how the City of Columbia, South Carolina (and probably Jackson, Mississippi) bought themselves the title of "Most Livable City."

Now, from yesterday's Magnolia Report: Mississippi ranks LEAST livable state for SIXTH consecutive year and South Carolina ranks 48th! The complete rankings:

50 Mississippi
49 Louisiana
48 South Carolina
47 Alabama
46 Tennessee
45 North Carolina
44 Arkansas
...
1 New Hampshire

I love the South. I think this sucks but, what is even worse is the dellusional politicians that paid to have Jackson and Columbia called the "Most Livable!"

-Meanwhile, check out this race in Mobile, AL. What a sweet paying ($140k) gig!

-Also, futher proof that all UGA students are idiots: this very non-funny cartoon from thier student newspaper, The Red and Black.


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Tuesday, April 27, 2004

Who's Who of Southern Capitols:

I knew something was wrong when Jackson, MS and Columbia, SC were named top ten "Most Livable" cities. I have limited experience with both and can assure you these state capitols should have remained in Charleston and Vicksburg. It turns out Most Livable is the Who's Who of municipal awards: those who seem willing to pay are the most likely to receive it.


A local professor wisely notes, "It seems a little disconcerting. If Columbia had said, No, were not going to pay 10,000 bucks, that shouldn't change whether Columbia is one of Americas most livable cities."

I'm sure Jackson (who's crime rate is twice the national average) did the same or similar. Someone from the Clarion Ledger wrote this delusional article about how great their city is. Someone in the Jackson press should do the same research that was done in the Columbia press. The results would be interesting.

I agree.
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Sunday, April 25, 2004

Eli as a 1L:

I'm not a huge sports fan but I couldn't resist this. Former Ole Miss QB, ELi Manning, was the top pick in the NFL draft. After being picked by a team he didn't like: "An hour later, as Manning walked away from the podium at a press conference in which he insisted he would go to law school."

Cool. I think this is evidence of the (unreasonably) high esteem lawyers are sometimes held in. As most any law school student or lawyer would attest, being an NFL Quaterback would be much much better (Eli's brother recently signed a "landmark seven-year, $98 million contract in March."

What is interesting is that droves of people want in to law school (150k take the LSAT anually) but, law remains on the list of least respected professions.

My explanation: jealousy.






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Friday, April 23, 2004

New Link:
A very like-minded young and entertaining associate at The Uncivil Litigator!
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Thursday, April 22, 2004

Who is looking out for you? A look at some pressing legislation across the South.

I chronicled the outlandish bills some of these nutjobs bring up in Session. Previously, the exemption in the TN seatbelt lay for "hayrides" was noted. Which is almost as bad as the SC Senator who took a break from his filibuster to attend a ficticious funeral. What is worse is the lobbyist who came up with fake doctors in GA!


It gets worse:

- From Alabama, a bill to allow drinking on country clubs in otherwise dry counties. The redneck sponsor (nice tie) claims, "It's economic development." Yeah, my ass. It's about his buddies getting "a monopoly on alcohol sales in an otherwise dry county." The bill is said to relate to "community development districts." Tell me if you think this is a community in need economic development:

"(a) "Community development district" shall mean a private residential development that: (1) Is a size of not less than 500 at least 250 acres of contiguous land area; (2) is located either within a wet county or within a dry county that has one or more wet municipalities, but outside the corporate limits of any municipality; (3) has at least 200 100 residential sites, platted and recorded in the probate office of the county as a residential subdivision; (4)(3) has streets that were or will be built with private funds and are or will be maintained by private funds of the developers or property owners within the development; (5)(4) has a social club with: (i) An an 18-hole golf course of regulation size; (ii) a restaurant or eatery used exclusively for the purpose of preparing and serving meals, with a seating capacity of at least 60 patrons; (iii) golf and/or social club memberships and has at least 200 with at least 100 paid-up members who have paid a membership initiation fee of not less than two hundred fifty dollars ($250) per family or individual membership; (iv) membership policies whereby membership is not denied or impacted by an applicant's race, color, creed, religion, or national origin; and (v) a full-time management staff for the social activities of the club, including the management of the premises where food and drink are sold.


- This makes so upset it is hard for me to even start about a SC Bill H 3967. This joker, who touts his attendance at Bob Jones, wants to exempt those over 62 from the ban on crossbow hunting! There is no "rational basis" for this at all.

I hate to sound like Bill O'Rielly but these type of bills are debated everyday. These losers are spending all of their time hooking up their old fogey friends and don't care about you.
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Southern Newspaper Rankings:

Very interesting but, a little old (2001) rankings of newspaper circulation. I left only the greater Southern States in:

8 Houston Chronicle 551,854 +5,055 Hearst Newspapers +2
10 Dallas Morning News 514,665 +19,068 A.H. Belo Corp. +5
16 Atlanta Constitution 420,944 +109,602 Cox Newspapers +4
19 Miami Herald/El Nuevo Herald 386,473 +42,596 +1
28 St. Petersburg Times 312,695 -12,938 -3
35 New Orleans Times-Picayune 254,897 -9,104 Advance Publications -2
38 Orlando Sentinel 249,544 -11,258 Tribune Co. -1
43 Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel 236,095 -20,596 Tribune Co. -3
44 Charlotte Observer 235,375 -5,220 -2
45 San Antonio Express-News 224,632 +3,386 Hearst Newspapers +5
46 Fort Worth Star-Telegram 223,820 +3,724 +1
47 Louisville Courier-Journal 222,332 -9,298 Gannett Co., Inc. -1
51 Tampa Tribune 207,331 -5,701 Media General -5
52 Norfolk Virginian-Pilot 199,815 +2,241 Landmark Comm. +2
58 Richmond Times-Dispatch 190,509 -5,923 Media General -4
59 Nashville Tennessean 188,219 +1,426 Gannett Co., Inc. +1
60 Austin American-Statesman 183,873 -4,416 Cox Newspapers -1
62 Little Rock Democrat-Gazette 182,609 +10,395 Wehco Media +1
66 Memphis Commercial Appeal 169,732 +8,458 Scripps Howard +1
67 Florida Times-Union 168,955 -3,779 Morris Communications -5
71 Raleigh News & Observer 166,072 +4,897 McClatchy Newspapers +5
73 Palm Beach Post 157,829 +567 Cox Newspapers +2
89 Wilmington News Journal 121,480 +238 Gannett Co., Inc. +1
90 Knoxville (Tenn.) News-Sentinel 120,456 +3,892 Scripps Howard +
92 Columbia (S.C.) State 117,423 -1,360 -1
93 Lexington Herald-Leader 114,417 +5,867 +1
98 Charleston (S.C.) Post & Courier 103,162 -2,706 Evening Post Publishing -1


Here's the list again with only Deep South States:

16 Atlanta Constitution 420,944 +109,602 Cox Newspapers +4
35 New Orleans Times-Picayune 254,897 -9,104 Advance Publications -2
44 Charlotte Observer 235,375 -5,220 -2
47 Louisville Courier-Journal 222,332 -9,298 Gannett Co., Inc. -1
52 Norfolk Virginian-Pilot 199,815 +2,241 Landmark Comm. +2
58 Richmond Times-Dispatch 190,509 -5,923 Media General -4
59 Nashville Tennessean 188,219 +1,426 Gannett Co., Inc. +1
62 Little Rock Democrat-Gazette 182,609 +10,395 Wehco Media +1
66 Memphis Commercial Appeal 169,732 +8,458 Scripps Howard +1
71 Raleigh News & Observer 166,072 +4,897 McClatchy Newspapers +5
89 Wilmington News Journal 121,480 +238 Gannett Co., Inc. +1
90 Knoxville (Tenn.) News-Sentinel 120,456 +3,892 Scripps Howard +
92 Columbia (S.C.) State 117,423 -1,360 -1
93 Lexington Herald-Leader 114,417 +5,867 +1
98 Charleston (S.C.) Post & Courier 103,162 -2,706 Evening Post Publishing -1

Very interesting. Especially compared with top cell phone markets and largest media markets.



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Tuesday, April 20, 2004

Interesting Legal News

1. Same-Sex Marriage This is not new but, still undiscovered by most. There is push for an alternative same-sex marriage ban in the works. National Review and Sen Hatch seem to be driving it. I'm a fan: it respects federalism while serving a death blow to same sex marriage. The debate continues in the NY Times, on Law Prof. Bainbridge's blog and the latest here at the Christian Science Monitor

2. Piercing the Veil, South Carolina Style A very rare and almost textbook case from the South Carolina Court of Appeals piercing the corporate veil. A tavern owner found liable for damages by drunk patron of his corporation-bar. See also Escobedo v. BHM Heal Associates, Inc. et al (10/29/03 IndCtApp) (piercing, as well).
For Corporate Law in general see here.

3. Tort Reform: From Mississippi to North Carolina

Mississippi, a haven for big verdicts, has failed to pass a tort reform bill. MS Senate Bill 2763 would put caps on non-economic and punitive damages. This is a very modest adjustment as compared to a pending South Carolina bill that would include the RADICAL concept of abolishing joint and several liability. It too, appears to be stopped, as well. ("There ain't nothing going (to) happen with this bill this year, if I know the Senate like I think I do. This system has been in place for 200 years. There's no need to try to change it overnight." Sen. Ford, D, Charleston)

Check out the hilarity in the Georgia Debate (Lay persons were caught being issued doctor jackets to lobby members).

While, in North Carolina the real culprits (Insurers) are exposed.

Even though I am a defense-oriented-conservative, tort reform is bogus. It does nothing more than transfer decision making power from juries to redneck legislators like Rep. Walker.


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VP Cheney's Twin Brother Straightens Up Nashville:

Dick's brother (see picture labeled as "Buck Dozier"), is fighting the practice of Nashville Council members being fed by interest groups before their meetings.

Meanwhile, Julie Norton, in a great piece goes from Pascagoula, MS to Deaniac in Vermont and then becomes a DC power broker! Very inspiring (except that she is a democrat).
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