Vacation Sucky Blogging Schedule

Alright all you lugnuts that frequent the Emptywheel blog, as you may know, blogging gets a bit inconsistent Christmas week. And so it is again this year. Marcy is traveling, I am in New York City with my wife and daughter, and Jim is in Hawaii (surfing the big waves I presume) with his family.

So, we are all somewhat preoccupied. Feel free to use this post or the previous Real Housewives Trash Talk post to chat on any and all topics de jour. We will be along here or there, but in the meantime, if there is something to discuss, get on with it! Hope you all are having a great holiday week.

Bmaz is a rather large saguaro cactus in the Southwestern Sonoran desert. A lover of the Constitution, law, family, sports, food and spirits. As you might imagine, a bit prickly occasionally. Bmaz has attended all three state universities in Arizona, with both undergraduate and graduate degrees from Arizona State University, and with significant post-graduate work (in physics and organic chemistry, go figure) at both the University of Colorado in Boulder and the University of Arizona. Married, with both a lovely child and a giant Sasquatch dog. Bmaz has been a participant on the internet since the early 2000’s, including active participation in the precursor to Emptywheel, The Next Hurrah. Formally joined the Emptywheel blog as an original contributing member at its founding in 2007. Bmaz grew up around politics, education, sports and, most significantly, cars; notably around Formula One racing and Concours de Elegance automobile restoration and showing. Currently lives in the Cactus Patch with his lovely wife and beast of a dog, and practices both criminal and civil trial law.
32 replies
  1. jo6pac says:

    Well this is scary you all leaving us alone, did any one get the magic keys to the kingdom?

    Please all that do good things here have a wonderful time were ever you are:)

  2. orionATL says:

    where in the contract does it say you are entitled to a vacation? where?

    what are y’all, union types? i bet you think you’re entitled to pay with that vacation.

    just remember, there’s three mexican interns who’d just love to write this weblog for you – one from nsa, one at the ip doj, and one from the senate select committee for defective oversight !

  3. Ed Walker says:

    Unlike my feeble colleagues who can’t manage posting, I have several nearly ready. Hard they are, but worth it I hope.

    • Peterr says:

      KC sports radio is filled with Chefs fans debating playoff scenarios, with everyone on the air pretty much agreeing that the Chefs will win out. Given that, a true conundrum appears: should Chefs fans (a) root for the Donks to also win out and then the Chefs play Houston on the road, or (b) root for a Donks loss along the way, which puts the Chefs atop the AFC West and then they’d host the Stillers at Arrowhead?
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      It’s hard to get Chefs fans to even conceive of rooting FOR Denver, but a non-trivial chunk of them are doing just that. Go figure.

      • bmaz says:

        This is like stupid internet Twitter shit.
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        You’d have to be out of your mind to hope to hope to play Big Ben and the Stillers instead of the Texans, the team with the 2nd string QB who has now joined the 1st string QB on the season injured list. Some people in KC may be too stupid to exist.

        • Peterr says:

          No, it’s a cultural thing. In KC, rooting against Denver is simply what one does. Rooting for Denver, on the other hand, has historically been seen as evidence that you are out of your mind. The general treatment for such a malady is a platter of barbequed ribs or burnt ends, repeated daily until the urge to cheer for anything orange disappears.
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          Imagine asking a Red Sox fan to root for the Yankees, a Republican to root for a Clinton, or an F1 fan to root for a NASCAR driver. Sure, it might make logical sense under some bizarre set of circumstances (see also “Trump, Donald”), but it would be hard to get them to wrap their heads around that logic.

        • Bay State Librul says:

          Let me brief

          The Pats are 12-2. You think the deflated ball matters?

          Goodell “Thine breath stinks with eating toasted cheese.” Taken from: Henry VI, part 2

          SI’s update;

          The NFL’s reply brief also paints Brady in a very negative light. The brief describes Brady as engaging in “unique and aggregate misconduct” that “posed a threat to the integrity of and public confidence in the game.” While Brady will likely not pursue a defamation case against the NFL (for reasons I explain in an earlier SI.com article), the NFL almost seems to be tempting him to do so. As Massachusetts Institute of Technology Professor John Leonard observed during our “MIT Special Seminar: The Law and Science of Deflategate,” while Brady wouldn’t need any monetary damages that are potentially obtainable through a defamation case, he could always pledge to donate any winnings to charity

          • bmaz says:

            Well, the other problem is that statements in legal pleadings are generally excepted from defamation liability. Anything outside of legal process the NFL says is open season though.

            • Peterr says:

              Would the NFL get into trouble if their spokesperson said something like this at a presser: “We would like to call your attention what what we said in our brief, especially the part where we said that ‘Tom Brady is an empty-headed animal food trough wiper whose mother was a hamster and whose father smelled of elderberries.’ . . .”?
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              (Assuming, of course, that they actually said “Tom Brady is an empty-headed animal food trough wiper whose mother was a hamster and whose father smelled of elderberries” in their brief.)

  4. bloopie2 says:

    “The email accounts of three professional athletes and a movie actress were hacked by a man who stole Social Security numbers, sex tapes and unreleased scripts, and then plotted to sell them, Manhattan’s top federal prosecutor said Tuesday, announcing criminal copyright infringement and identity theft charges.”
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    I wonder if those folks are in favor of encryption?

  5. Bay State Librul says:

    Modest approach on Draft King and Fan Duel’s brouhaha
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    “Healey of Massachusetts has proposed regulations that would require daily fantasy sports players to be at least 21 years of age, prohibit college sports from the competitions, require stronger player data protections and programs to help problem gamblers, among other requirements.”
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    Wicked bad
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    Nevada and New York

        • Bay State Librul says:

          No, No sayeth Fan Duel

          “Chicago may be the best sports town in the country,” said FanDuel in response to today’s opinion. “It’s a city — and Illinois is a state — that plays fantasy sports like almost no other. The League is even set in Illinois,” they added, noting the just-concluded FXX series that revolves around a fantasy football league. “So why the Attorney General would tell her 13.5 million constituents they can’t play fantasy sports anymore as they know it — and make no mistake, her opinion bans all forms of fantasy sports played for money — is beyond us. Hopefully the legislature will give back to the people of Illinois the games they love. A sports town like Chicago and a sports loving state like Illinois deserves nothing less.”

  6. Bonky Moon says:

     
    Remember all that pretty talk of “robust oversight,” “minimization procedures” & suchlike?  Sometime last week, the man behind the curtain pulled a lever & down the drain it all went.
     
    Meanwhile they’re still sending out National Security Letters & siphoning photons for Bluffdale.  The former is to SHUT YOU UP & the latter is for blackmail, financial manipulation & exerting undue influence over our public “officials.”  What a country!

  7. P J Evans says:

    And I’ve finished my week of jury duty without having to go to the courthouse. (The online registration and check for calls is really nice. Beats the heck out of trying to read the summons and punch the numbers into the phone at the same time.)

    • bmaz says:

      Don’t you wish you had been chosen? I’d kill to serve on a jury. But one side or the other (depending on if a criminal or civil case) always wants no part of me. I never get chosen.

      • P J Evans says:

        I was temporarily on one in 1983 – but got excused after 11 days. (Just as well: I had bronchitis and was on cough syrup with codeine.)
        Another time, when I was in Texas, I got summoned and ended up the second alternate on the grand jury for the county for 6 months. (The judge let people go with excuses, then took the first 14 on the list.)

  8. bloopie2 says:

    On the refusal (by “Christians”, I presume) of travel visas these recent days.
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    Leviticus 19:34: “You shall treat the stranger who sojourns with you as the native among you, and you shall love him as yourself, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt.”
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    Matthew 25:35: “For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me.”
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    If Jesus were to show up at your house, would you be ready?

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