Friday, April 25, 2008

Lawyers, politicians and ethics

Claudia has made a valid point regarding the post making fun of Bill, Hill, Hussein and Michelle.

I read this post on another blog. My question was: Are all American lawyers political crooks? I never got an answer.

There are very decent lawyers in my family. I'll name you one: my brother, WW2 hero, 5 years overseas as a Major. Finished his law studies after the War, was Queen Councillor, became Colonel of his Regiment until he died of a heart attack at 68.

Surely there must be a few respectable American lawyers. This type of comment is demeaning to the law profession. I think it's also demeaning to Senator McCain whom I greatly admire as a War hero. He would not get my vote because his opponent is a lawyer but because I agree with his conservative political view.

All the best.

Well, the comment is somewhat in jest, and is certainly in questionable taste.

I think it was Mark Twain who said, "First we hang the lawyers."

And there are very decent lawyers, just as there are decent mechanics and plumbers. Problem is, the antics of Bill Clinton, Hillary Clinton, Hussein and Michelle Obama tend to over shadow them.

Outside of the politicians, we have the defense lawyers.

This link to TalkLeft describes a situation where two defense lawyers knew that the guy jailed for 26 years was innocent, but their "ethics" prevented them from ratting out their client, who had confessed to them.

I find such slavish kowtowing to so called "ethics" not especially ethical, useful or any reason to cut lawyers, or politicians, any slack.

To me, if lawyers are concerned about the truth, these two would have went to the judge and told what they knew. In other words, justice became confused with process and came in dead last.

A hard to refute arguement.

From a Danish associate

'We in Denmark cannot figure out why you are even bothering to hold an election.

On one side, you have a bitch who is a lawyer, married to a lawyer, and a lawyer who is married to a bitch who is a lawyer.

On the other side, you have a true war hero married to a woman with a huge chest who owns a beer distributorship.

Is there a contest here?'

My thanks to bfyart3.

Preacher Wright and the excuses of the


Weeder Gander stopped by and offered this as an excsue what Reverend Wright said.

It's much better to condemn certain parts of America:

On September 18, 2006, Pastor John Hagee - whose endorsement Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) said this past Sunday he was "glad to have" - told NPR's Terry Gross that "Hurricane Katrina was, in fact, the judgment of God against the city of New Orleans." "New Orleans had a level of sin that was offensive to God," Hagee said, because "there was to be a homosexual parade there on the Monday that the Katrina came."'

Let me know when you can show that McCain sat in his church for 20 years, was married to his wife by him and when McCain's children were baptized by him, called him his spiritual adviser and visited Israel with him.

You see dear weeder it isn't the endorsement of Hussein by Wright, but the long term and continual association.

As to what he says, it is bad but it pales in comparsion to Wrights ranting attacks against the country.

Global warming and hot breakfasts

Good morning everyone! Have we all had our breakfast? Coffee tea or coke? Eggs and bacon? Ham? Grits or gravy? Toast with jam? Ready to jump into the personal transportation equipment and waddle off to work?

Have a big celebration on Earth day??? Drive to a lecture explaining Gaia? Well, I didn't. Put me down as a "no graven idols before you" kinda guy. But, if you must have a label, call me a believer in "Unintended Consequences."

And speaking of same.

Ethanol was initially promoted as a vehicle for America to cut back on foreign oil. In recent years, biofuels have also been touted as a way to fight climate change, but the food crisis does not augur well for ethanol’s prospects.

“It takes around 400 pounds of corn to make 25 gallons of ethanol,” Mr. Senauer, also an applied economics professor at Minnesota, said. “It’s not going to be a very good diet but that’s roughly enough to keep an adult person alive for a year.”

Put another way, that 30 mile trip to the Gaia lecture driving your 30 mpg car using gasoline with 10% ethanol sent someone to bed hungry....There now. Feel better about your love for the environment?

Mr. Senauer said climate change advocates, such as Vice President Gore, need to distance themselves from ethanol to avoid tarnishing the effort against global warming. “Crop-based biofuels are not part of the solution. They, in fact, add to the problem. Whether Al Gore has caught up with that, somebody ought to ask him,” the professor said. “There are lots of solutions, real solutions to climate change. We need to get to those.”

Mr. Gore was not available for an interview yesterday on the food crisis, according to his spokeswoman. A spokesman for Mr. Gore’s public campaign to address climate change, the Alliance for Climate Protection, declined to comment for this article.

Want to make a bet that Pope Algore never returns that call?

And it isn't like this wasn't known to be a problem.

A Harvard professor of environmental studies who has advised Mr. Gore, Michael McElroy, warned in a November-December 2006 article in Harvard Magazine that “the production of ethanol from either corn or sugar cane presents a new dilemma: whether the feedstock should be devoted to food or fuel. With increasing use of corn and sugar cane for fuel, a rise in related food prices would seem inevitable.” The article, “The Ethanol Illusion” went so far as to praise Senator McCain for summing up the corn-ethanol energy initiative launched in the United States in 2003 as “highway robbery perpetrated on the American public by Congress.”

Later chums.