Wednesday, November 30, 2016

E-filing: How to Craft Effective Motions and Briefs in the Digital Era

'It’s not just the facts, Ma’am. In the real world, the look of motions and briefs, especially ones that are e-filed, can affect a judge’s reaction to a case.'

Laura Lavey, O’Neil Cannon Hollman DeJong & Laing S.C., Milwaukee, and Chad Baruch, Johnston Tobey Baruch, Dallas, at Wisconsin Lawyer

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Scott Adams said

Saturday, November 5, 2016

Lupophobia

New journalism related entries from James Taranto
"'false balance'"
"(i.e., balance)"
"'fact check' genre"
"opinion journalism, often of low quality, with a pretense of authoritativeness"

Friday, September 30, 2016

The missing JS archives and the digital age's great failure

Jay Bullock at OnMilwaukee
"Increasingly, though, when I do go back to my previous online writing, I find lots of what the internet has come to term 'linkrot,' broken links to web pages that are no longer available. Just to make the point, I picked out a random post of mine from 2008; three of five links to specific stories or other bloggers in that post now go to 404 pages. The links have rotted; there is no way for you to judge whether I fairly or accurately characterized those sources at the time."

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Franklin approves Ballpark Commons financing

Tom Daykin reported at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

The exact location of the planned development has not been clear to me with just the architect's rendering to go by. The article helpfully includes a map at the Graphic: Financing Approved link. It indicates Loomis Road is just past the lower right corner of the architect's rendering. Mixed use and commercial development, shown along Rawson Avenue, is also contemplated for the land between Loomis Road and Crystal Ridge Road. Apartments are contemplated further south of the commercial development along Rawson.

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

The Digital Revolution and the Future of Law Reviews

At Marquette Law Review, Volume 99, Issue 4, Summer 2016, "a lightly edited version of Professor [Thomas W.] Merrill’s remarks at the University Club of Milwaukee on April 8, 2016" at the Review's Annual Banquet.
"The specific topic I wish to address is how the digital revolution is likely to affect law reviews, especially the 800 student-edited law reviews, in the coming years."

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Rigged or fixed

From Mickey Kaus's Notes on Hillary’s acceptance speech:
"'I alone can fix it.' Hillary repeatedly mocked this Trump claim as authoritarian. I don’t like it much myself. But there’s a sense in which it is true. If, as Hillary claims, the power of money in politics is so great that good policies can’t get enacted, then it really is only a rich or wildly famous self-funder, one who doesn’t need to suck up to donors, who can fix it. Donor money was blocking political solutions — e.g., Wall Street regulations — before Citizen’s United, after all.

"In fact, Trump said 'I alone can fix it' in exactly this campaign finance context. ('When [the] Secretary of State rakes in millions of dollars trading access and favors to special interests [I] know the time for action has come. ... I have seen firsthand how the system is rigged against our citizens.') It wasn’t a general statement of indispensability."

Much as President Reagan made the limited, not general, claim,
"In this present crisis, government is not the solution to our problem, government is the problem"
in his first inaugural address, see Reagan remembered.

Friday, July 15, 2016

"...Franklin officials were hiding in barns, marking the beginning of Franklin's process to become a city."

Tiffany Stoiber reported on our city's anniversary, at Franklin Now.
"Almost exactly 60 years ago, Franklin officials were hiding in barns, marking the beginning of Franklin's process to become a city.

"In June 1956, the city of Milwaukee filed a petition to annex Franklin, which the people of the town wanted to avoid. In an attempt to evade this fate, town officials went into hiding so that they could avoid being served papers. If the papers were not delivered within a certain span of time, then Milwaukee could not continue the process of annexation.

"Franklin won the game of hide-and-seek, and soon after, officials headed off to Madison to make Franklin an incorporated city."

Monday, June 13, 2016

Connections, Cartoons, and Central Park

Critic's Notebook for this week at The New Criterion includes: New fiction and nonfiction; New York area events; and a selection from the archive and from the latest issue.

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

The Sardonic Verses, Mark 8:36.5

"For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?" -Mark 8:36
...
"I’m thinking it over." -Jack Benny

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Flagging interest

Letters to the editor are subject to, well, editing, as I am reminded as one of mine is being published in tomorrow morning's paper.

What I submitted concluded,

"The City already has the paint and the stripes are already on the trucks, so starting a transition to this new flag would only require stenciling on the stars. This will further serve as a reminder of Milwaukee's legendary frugality.

"Long may it wave, long may it save."

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

The Magic of Donald Trump

Mark Danner reviews Crippled America: How to Make America Great Again by Donald J. Trump at The New York Review of Books. There might be something about the book in there. More prominent is a still from this video: .

Friday, May 6, 2016

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel endorsing Trump

would involve slightly reworking today's column by David D. Haynes.
"Everything her detractors say about Federica Marchionni may be true: Maybe she is the incarnation of the brutal boss in 'Devil Wears Prada.' Maybe she is 'a princess.' Maybe she dresses down employees in public. ...

"But if the chief executive at Lands' End can get the clothing retailer sailing in the right direction, so what?
[...]
"Things need to change at 1 Lands End Lane.

"And that's all that really matters."

P.S. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel now part of USA TODAY NETWORK.

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel endorses capital punishment

Capital letter, that is, in A letter from Journal Sentinel Publisher Elizabeth Brenner.
"Today is our first day under the ownership of the Gannett Company and our first day as part of the USA TODAY NETWORK.

"... This transaction opens up a bright future for us as we join more than 3,800 journalists that comprise the USA TODAY NETWORK.

"... The USA TODAY NETWORK is a digital-first, innovative and integrated organization committed to strong and sustainable community journalism. ...

"... Bob Dickey, president and chief executive officer of Gannett, last year explained the next-generation USA TODAY NETWORK to employees this way:"

With death (to) sentences:
" 'One focused organization where local stories feed national news, and national news connects with local relevance. All presented with the integrity, clarity and focus only we possess.' "

Friday, April 8, 2016

Yearning to breathe free

The Statue of "Liberty Enlightening the World" holds a tablet in its left arm showing the date the written text of the U.S. Declaration of Independence was approved "July IV MDCCLXXVI".

Not on the statue, but elsewhere on the structure and grounds are other tablets and plaques. The best known is the tablet installed in 1903 with the text of the sonnet "The New Colossus" by Emma Lazarus. It was originally placed inside the statue's pedestal, and later moved to the Statue of Liberty Museum in the base.

You'll recognize an excerpt from it in this post by Seth Barrett Tillman at The New Reform Club,

"Did you see the April 1, 2016 Munk Debate? The resolution debated was: 'Be it resolved, give us your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free ... .' It was on the global refugee crisis, particularly the crisis in Europe. The participants were, in support of the motion, Louise Arbour & Simon Schama, and against the motion, Nigel Farage & Mark Steyn. ...

"I think there was some deep support among the speakers and the audience that Western society has to be more assertive and actively integrate newcomers. [citations to the video omitted] Steyn made the point that to do that Western societies have to stand for something, have to believe something, have to have a history, language, and culture. There has to be something for the newcomer to integrate into.

"I am not entirely sure Arbour agreed with that. ..."

Update: In Part II, Louise Arbour's Millions, Tillman posts on another set of "huddled masses".
"Louise Arbour had one response to Farage and Steyn that, I think, was missed by the audience and by F & S. Arbour said:
'What we are talking about now, the so-called huge crisis that Europe is facing, is very well defined by the Refugee Convention. We have not made a dent in talking about the million of stateless people in the world who don't have a passport....

'We have not made a dent into dealing with statelessness.

'We have not made a dent in talking about what are called IDPs--internally displaced persons--of which there are millions in Syria itself and Sudan. ...'

"You see integrating the millions which have come in the last several years is not enough for Louise Arbour. There are millions more.

"How many millions?"

The Wikipedia article on Internally displaced person says,
"At the end of 2014 it was estimated there were 38.2 million IDPs worldwide, the highest level since 1989, the first year for which global statistics on IDPs are available."
As Arbour says and Tillman notes, this is a separate category. The Wikipedia article on Refugee says,
"At the end of 2014, there were 19.5 million refugees worldwide (14.4 million under UNHCR's mandate, plus 5.1 million Palestinian refugees under UNRWA's mandate). The 14.4 million refugees under UNHCR's mandate were around 2.7 million more than at the end of 2013 (+23%), the highest level since 1995."

Monday, April 4, 2016

Evans on the Republican Convention

The Republican Lawyer blog posted Q and A with Republican National Lawyer Association Chairman Randy Evans from an interview on MSNBC. Ten questions, so it'll be easy to score between now and July 18-21.

Sunday, April 3, 2016

Bruce Murphy on "Trump Vs. The Wisconsin Establishment"

From his latest 'Murphy's Law' column at Urban Milwaukee.
"The ascendance of Donald Trump has raised questions about a big part of the Republican Party’s base — white people without college degrees — many of whom have been left behind by the global economy, and need help from the government. ..."
For example, if policy on trade and immigration costs them and benefits others economically.
"But as less-educated white voters have turned out in droves for Trump, he has defended their reliance on Social Security and Medicare and warned that Republicans like Rep. Paul Ryan (who was booed at a Trump rally in Ryan’s hometown of Janesville) want to cut those benefits. In response, conservatives are increasingly aiming their sneers at these Republican and 'Reagan Democrat' voters.

"As National Review columnist Kevin Williamson put it in a recent column excoriating Trump and his struggling low-income white supporters: 'The truth about these dysfunctional, downscale communities is that they deserve to die. Economically, they are negative assets. Morally, they are indefensible.'"

If any publication would have thought twice about saying such things, I would have thought it would be National Review.
"What Wisconsin, the nation’s most politically polarized state, is revealing, perhaps at its most naked, is the shocking split in the Republican Party."
Usually one tries to avoid conforming to the other side's slanders, ideally from principle, but if not, at least strategically.

Monday, March 21, 2016

Lazich won't seek re-election

Chris Thompson reports at WisPolitics Election Blog.
"Senate President Mary Lazich announced today she will not seek re-election in fall.

The New Berlin Republican was elected to the Assembly in 1992, to the Senate in 1998 and re-elected since then. She served as Senate president this term."

Update: M.D. Kittle reported,
"state Rep. Dave Craig [R-Town of Vernon] told Wisconsin Watchdog Monday he will run for the 28th Senate District seat."

Monday, March 7, 2016

A new book’s vilification of Tony Blair

M.S. reviews Broken Vows, by Tom Bower, for the Prospero column at The Economist. This was among the familiar issues.
"Mr Bower’s charge-sheet against the former prime minister is predictably devastating. ... He intentionally deceived voters: ... by presiding over an undeclared open-door immigration policy.
[...]
"Mr Bower’s forensic examination of Labour’s approach to immigration under Mr Blair is particularly damaging. His charge that Mr Blair encouraged Labour ministers to connive in turning a blind eye to a broken system and then fiddled the numbers by giving so-called 'bogus' asylum seekers work permits unfortunately sticks. More than half a million migrants were entering the country each year, to the growing dismay of traditional Labour voters. But the government remained insouciant, convinced that Tory objections were racist and ignored the economic benefits. Whatever its motives, the immigration policies of Mr Blair's government have done Labour lasting damage."

Monday, February 29, 2016

The Consultants

"From the producers who brought you “The Producers,” #Trumped is a new musical starring Matthew Broderick, Nathan Lane, Cloris Leachman and the unlikely candidate himself, Donald Trump."

(via Sherry Weddell)