Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Lawyer cartoons even an uptight lawyer might like

(Bliss comic obtained from this site.)

(Also a Bliss comic; obtained here.)

It's interesting that lawyers fare fairly well in this cartoon universe -- because the Bliss comic generally has an edge to it, as this example illustrates.

(Comic obtained here.)

Lawyers aren't the only creatures that are treated fairly gently in this cartoon, however -- so are dogs. But if we start looking for equivalence here, we'll undermine entirely the point of this little essay.

Monday, April 21, 2008

Office humor:

Discovered while taking a break from updating time sheets. (Click to enlarge.)

I hesitate to provide the link -- well, OK, you can find it here -- because I am afraid someone might actually think this was serious. Hopefully, this will constitute a complete disclaimer of any and all liability....

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Tobacco saves lives?

That was the headline that came to me reading this AP story in yesterday's Sun-Times. (Don't blame the newspaper for this; it had a different headline.)

And I had plenty of time to read the paper yesterday morning, thanks to the CTA.

Anyway, the story is that Ruth Wright, a cashier at a Des Moines, Iowa Cigarette Outlet, "snuffed out" a robbery attempt on Friday, April 11 by hurling two cans of tobacco at the knife-wielding, masked robber. One of the cans hit the would-be robber in the face, distracting him long enough for a customer to tackle him.

The customer may have become short of breath before he could subdue the felon; in any event, the masked man broke free and ran away.

But -- in this case -- and with tongue firmly in cheek (and, I suppose, with just a pinch between the teeth and gum) -- it may apparently be said that tobacco saved lives.

Saturday, April 5, 2008

WGN to salute 60 years with the Cubbies

WGN-TV is promoting an April 20 special commemorating 60 years of televising Chicago Cubs baseball games.

There is a legal hook to this special: Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens will be one of those interviewed on the show, according to this entry on Len & Bob's baseball blog.

Now that we've gotten that out of the way....

Every child in Chicago knows it's been 100 years since the Cubs have won the World Series. Many theories have been advanced for this century of futility -- the Billy Goat Curse being the most popular -- but, after 1908, the Cubs won the National League Pennant in 1910, 1918, 1929, 1932, 1935, 1938 and 1945. That's not exactly a dismal record. But then, in 1948, WGN began broadcasting Cub games... and they've never won a pennant since.

I salute the 60th Anniversary of the relationship between the Cubs and WGN and I hope the relationship continues long after Sam Zell sells either or both to new owners. On the other hand, I've always been a White Sox fan.

Photo of Justice Stevens obtained from the Supreme Court Historical Society.