Tuesday, March 30, 2010

deposition gone awry:

southern lawyers gettin' all ornery.

was it PC or IGG who told me that amazing j. smith deposition story? wanna retell here, maintaining party anonymity?

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Various Media Items That I Have Consumed

I'm usually the last person on this blog to have info on books/movies/CDs, but here are a couple things I've checked out that are worth commentating on.

Bronson--movie based on the true story (pretty closely I think, after checking out this dude online) of a guy in prison in England who has spent 30 of his 34 years of confinement in solitary. The main character/narrator gives an dominating performance sort of like Daniel Day Lewis's recent villain roles (Bill the Butcher and Daniel Plainview). Best scene of the movie: when Bronson (he adopts the name of Charles Bronson, by the way) knows there's a big throwdown with guards coming, he strips naked and covers himself in grease. Awesome movie. True Stories from the PDs office: I just represented a guy whose records totally gives this guy a run for his money--both went into prison on 8-10 year robbery charges, both got another 20 years of time added for crazy in-custody antics, my guy finally just stopped fighting after about 15 years. Another true story: our office represented a dude who liked to get nude, grease up, and go peep in people's windows. Dude also claimed to be related to Chauncy Billups.

The Nine--book a year or two old now written by Jeffrey Toobin, the CNN legal guy about the transformation of the Supreme Court in the past 30 years. Essentially describes how conservatives began to strategically work the Supreme Court like a punching bag, so instead of just appointing vaguely conservative people who check some demographic box, they appoint people who would re-outlaw buttsex in a second if given another chance. Great book, fun read even if your aren't a law nerd. Two points I got: 1. there is no vaguely liberal constitutional doctrine that is safe from Republican appointments to the Supreme Court, which is a reason in the future why I will likely vote for even the lamest of democratic presidential candidates. 2. Illustrates how conservatives are consistently more organized and aggressive in spreading their agenda. Thirty years ago, the Supreme Court was an after thought to them, now they four Supreme Court justices who were essentially handpicked by James Dobson. Don't believe that conservatives are better at playing the game? Check out the recent textbook disputes in Texas, essentially the newest front in their cultural war.

Brief Interviews of Hideous Men (the movie)--Having watched the film Breakfast of Champions starring Bruce Willis (horrible), I am clearly a sucker for movies based on great books. Truth is some things are just better on paper. Good cast, including an appearance by Lester Freeman, but really can't capture the humor/absurdity of the book. The story arc that is constructed to connect the the snippets in the book (if the book was connected, I missed it) is uninteresting. Directed by John Krasinski of The Office (or Friends II if you prefer).

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Jaguar Shark

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Notes from Sarah Palin's Real America

Oklahoma is Georgia without Atlanta, Savannah and the pretty North Georgia Mountains. Stillwater is Athens minus every restaurant that's not a franchise, minus the area of downtown West of Lumpkin, and minus R.E.M. but plus Garth Brooks (who seems like an okay guy but his music is just terrible). Tulsa, generally considered to be the snooty artsy town in the state, was the perfect place for Glenn Beck and Sarah Palin to kick off their tour of what has to be the most miserable night of entertainment ever. But what really makes Oklahoma stand out? A little good old fashion raper killin.' Or actually attempted raper killin that in reality would end with this law being held unconstitutional. But hey, if that doesn't work at least we've got the meth offender registry. As Palin said, "Oklahoma, do you love your freedom?"

Friday, March 19, 2010

Your move Huevos...

My wife, JC, with former Crimson Tide standout Robert Horry. We also brushed shoulders with The Great One for about two seconds on the way to getting some Pink's hot dogs.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

For the next Reno Melons movie night

I caught this one last last Saturday at the New Beverly Cinema. Interestingly enough, I recently read that the New Beverly was bought by Tarantino as a way of keeping the place going when the owner died. Apparently, Tarantino called the owner's son and asked how much it would cost to keep the place going, and that was that. I get the idea he's pretty hands off and really only get's involved when he wants to show something from his own collection there. Anyway, maybe Tarantino was the one that suggested this one...

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

world citizens

my parents are vacationing in madrid, and killing it. i got the below e-mail a couple days ago:

Subject: Hola
To: xxx

Hi ______, Despite being robbed yesterday and another attempt today, we’re having a good time. Are off to Tapas Tour. Hope you’re OKMama. Love,


ugh, kill me before i hit 65. :(

Monday, March 15, 2010


Monday, March 08, 2010

Party on, Big Ben!!

Milledgeville?!? Dude seems to have a Saucyesque lack of game. Which is hard to fathom while sporting two Super Bowl rings.

Dude needs to get savy, ol' Chappelle style:

Chappelle's Show
Love Contract
Buy Chappelle's Show DVDsBlack ComedyTrue Hollywood Story


Tuesday, March 02, 2010

Return of the Kings....

many of you are probably savy to this, but thought i'd make note just in case. pavement reunion show, tickets on sale this friday. mc2 [possibly] returning to the peach state for the occasion. if he does make it, all his brews are on me. in a related matter, decent klosterman interview of malkmus here. and the first reunion setlist is available here, looks pretty amazing. oh, and video here.

i hope to see everyone there.