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Friday, September 26, 2014

Send in the clowns

All clowns want attention
The other day I saw this big, muscly guy with tattoos all over his body.  I suspect when he was a younger man, the lines were sharp and straight, the colors bright and vibrant, and the images were the picture of perfection but now - 30+ years later, not so much because I couldn't tell if the big tat on his back was his mother or a cat. Oh well, always something to drum up attention.

This, of course, all brings us to today's case.  Seems a 16 year-old male teen wanted to take his DMV picture wearing make-up.  Seems he made such a stink about things that the Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund which is assisting pro bono (i.e. teenager isn't paying a dime) understood his "pain" and decided to defend this teens' right to look like a clown.

Two issues come to mind.  First, we're dealing with a 16 year-old kid, here.  How many 16 year-old kid know anything about anything at this point in life (especially about their identity)?  Basically, the TLDEF is footing the bill for this kid to have his 15 minutes of fame.  Hopefully, he'll go through the process and realize that he should have spent his time on a more worthwhile issue instead of airing out his dirty laundry for all the world to see.

The other issue is identification.  See, the purpose of a photo ID is to show everyone what you look like - not what you look like while wearing a mask.  How are the cops going to bust this kid for a DUI if his photo ID look like someone he's not (i.e. when he's not covered in mascara)?  Heck, have you ever seen a raw pic of Boy George or Marilyn Manson (aka Brian Warner)?  Even those guys (and yes, they're male) aren't wearing make-up while taking their official government  issued ID - so where does this 16 year-old kid get off thinking he can?

He thinks he can because someone else is footing the bill.  I mean, how hard is it to throw a tantrum when a whole group of people are paying for you to do so?  Sad that court systems allow these type of lawsuits to continue.  I mean, due process is one thing but to let a teenager to throw a tantrum makes the court system itself a three-ring circus - which, when you look at it all, is a perfect forum for this case. Who knew?

Friday, September 19, 2014

So much for impartiality

Imbalanced justices beget imbalanced justice
I suspect it all started with Elena Kagan.  Once upon a time, Elena, the once dean of Harvard Law School, wanted to be a supreme court justice.  So bad, in fact, that she quit her job at Harvard and became Solicitor General - just so she could have experience being a judge.  Oh, wait - that's not a judicial post - it's just a notch up from being a rank and file lawyer.  No matter.

See, Obama et al. didn't really care that Elena had never been a judge.  So much didn't care that they did everything under the sun to get Elena appointed to the Supreme Court bench.  I have no doubt that obama et al. made some back-door deals with the GOP which made them not a little squeamish.  In the end, though, Obama got his backpocket appointment and judicial impartiality took another hit on it's chinny chin chin.  I mean, how do you think Elena is going to vote when issues backed by Obama et al. come up for a vote?

Enter Mariano-Florentino Cuellar.  See, Mr. Cuellar is much like Elena.  He's bright, smart, and had no prior judicial experience before being appointed to the California Supreme Court.  I guess the fact that being Mexican born is sufficient to warrant a judicial appointment.  I guess it is no longer important to be a judge before you become a judge.  I guess judicial impartiality has gone the way of the dodo when it comes to judges (I mean, how do you think Mariano is going to vote when an issue backed by Gov. Moonbeam come up for a vote?).   If you're going to appoint a judge, pick one who has been a judge (i.e. someone with a judicial track record) and not just to appease an entire ethnicity (aw, common - don't tell me you didn't think of that, too).

Thing is, I bet Mariano is a great guy.  I bet he's really good at teaching immigration law at Stanford University - but is he the best person for the job (i.e. CA State Supreme Court)? Really?!  That like saying because Bob Dole had a bum hand that he was the best candidate for POTUS.  It isn't, he wasn't, and neither is this guy.

Monday, September 8, 2014

It's just a moniker

bow ties look nice and stay out of your way
Have you ever thought about how you want to be remembered when you die?  I know this guy who has no love for a particular religion but because he wanted his name plastered on the side of an academic building, he donated LOTS of money to a college run by that religion.  Remember the film "The Green Berets" with John Wayne?  There was that one guy who wanted to be remembered.  So, on his death bed, he made a request and his landmark was known as Provo's Privy (i.e. bathroom).

The reason I bring any of this up is because the other day we had a teenager who came in with his mother.  Seems teenager had committed a number of crimes and had been labeled the Soggy Bottom Burgler because after he robbed a house he'd wade through the backyard pool (yeah, I didn't get it either, but stranger things have come across my desk).  Other nicknames of note would be Scarface (Al Capone),The Terminator (Antoly Onoprienko), Arsenic Anna (Anne Marie Hahn), Angel of Death (Beverly Allitt), Cell Phone Bandit (Candice Rose Martinez), and in the Daily Appellate Report is a case (People v. Lucas) where the defendant is known as the "Throat-slashing killer."  I mean, really - did they have to be so descriptive?

In any event, I've spent a few minutes thinking about how I want to be remembered when I exit into the great beyond - daddy, stud muffin, information god, Mr. BBQ - but I think "the Bow Tie Librarian" fits best.  Yeah, that'd do it.

Monday, September 1, 2014

Word of the Month for September 2014

late is late is lateOn August 25, I saw my beautiful 5-year old daughter off to school.  She enters kindergarten this year in the Spanish/English immersion program.  So proud of her, I am.  If she only uses half of the words she learned from Dora the Explorer, she'll nail the Spanish language in no time at all.  Smart as she is, she is already exhibiting signs of rebellion.  Mom has to count to three to get her in the room, dad has to threaten to tickle if she doesn't eat her vegetables (not much of a threat since she loves to be tickled) and then there's the wanting to stay out all hours of the night (loves those late-night bike rides).  Yeah, I see trouble down the road.

Of course, this all leads up to the word for this month: CURFEW.  According to Black's Law Dictionary, CURFEW is a regulation that forbids people (of certain classes of them, such as minors) from being outdoors or in vehicles during specified hours.  How does this work?  Say you don't want your kid out after midnight (or home by 9:00 on a school night).  Parent might say, your "curfew" is 9:00PM and I want you inside the house by 9:00PM else (horrors) no more cell phone for you, young lady.

Another example?  Not long ago, there was the incident in Ferguson, Missouri where there has been looting and rioting by people who (I'm betting) don't have to go to work in the morning.  As a result of all the mayhem, the Missouri Govenor issued an order instituting a curfew to help curb some of the looting and rioting.

A number of cities around the country have curfew laws such as San Francisco, Indianapolis, Columbus (Ohio), Fort Worth (Texas), Seattle, and Washington D.C. just to name a few.  If you want (or need) to know about the curfew laws in your state or jurisdiction, why no head on over to your local county law library and take a look at what they have to offer.
Indianapolis

Friday, August 29, 2014

Who are you trying to kid?!

fools and liars; two peas in a pod
So, I'm reading yesterday's Press Enterprise (Thursday, August 28, 2014) and I see the front page top headline: 3 plead not guilty in police shootout.  Apparently, a rookie officer was driving down a neighborhood in San Bernardino, California when all of a sudden, a bunch of people pulled out AK-47 machine guns and started shooting at the officers - critically wounding one (he's still in the hospital fighting for his life).

The thing that gets me with these types of cases is that here you have a bunch of bad a$$e$ before the arrest and then there is a bunch of timid children in court at the arraignment.  Where is the bravado you exhibited at the scene of the alleged crime?  Where is the swagger, the confidence flung hither and yon while bullets were flying?  If you're gonna play in the big leagues, grow a pair and fess up.  At least, that's what my mom taught me.  Do the crime, do the time.

Oops, can't have personal responsibility take center stage. Reality is there will always be someone who wants to defend the cop killer's rights.  There will always be a judge who will be paid to impartially determine the fate of the alleged shooter of cops - but I can dream, can't I.