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October 1, 2004

upl a felony now in florida

Filed under: pre-06-2006 — David Giacalone @ 9:47 pm

lawyer v  PSA: As of October 1, 2004, it is a felony in Florida to practice law

without a license, to falsely hold oneself out to be a lawyer, to practice law

while disbarred or under suspension from practice, or to assist a disbarred or

suspened lawyer in the unauthorized practice of law.   Someone might want to

warn the hordes of party lawyers heading to Florida for the election — a felony

in the third degree carries a sentence up to 5 years imprisonment. (via sunethics)

See Fla. Stat. sec. 454.23, 454.31 and 454.32.



the children
pretend to be foxes…
pampas grass

 by Kobayashi Issa, translated by David G. Lanoue  not equal blue

Banned Books Week 2004

Filed under: pre-06-2006 — David Giacalone @ 5:33 pm


 read any banned books lately?  (Sept. 30, 2004)

see the ALA/BBW children‘s poster . . . bbw2004 


This is Banned Books Week, and a good time to be thankful for our freedom of expression and

vigilant in guarding that right.   Of course, our right to read or write a book is greater than our right

to have that book available at a public library. The American Library Association’s theme for BBW 2004

is Elect to Read a Banned Book.   Find out more about banned and challenged books here.


bbw2004ya . . . see the ALA young adult poster


Since the weblog world loves lists, why not let us know how many of the most-challenged books

since 1990 you have read? [Only six for me.]   Here are the top twenty from 1990 – 2000 (the ALA

lists the top 100) and gives the reasons for the challenges.

  1. Scary Stories (series) by Alvin Schwartz
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blinds open

Filed under: pre-06-2006 — David Giacalone @ 12:00 pm

leaf gray                                                                                     leaf gray


chill wind –
autumn leaves covering
autumn leaves



so much to do
my son points out
the lightning



by Alice Frampton, from the World Haiku Assn website

“so much to do” – Haiku Canada Newsletter Volume XIV June 2001 No. 3

“chill wind” – Haiku Canada Newsletter Volume XV No. 2



blinds open

to the midday sun –

summer’s gone                   

  [Oct. 1, 2004]

one-breath pundit  

    • Vioxx con Dios:  Costs 40 to 100 times as much as ibuprofen or aspirin; no extra pain reflief;

      might prevent a few ulcers; could cause more strokes.  Ads make seniors demand it.  What

      a deal!  What a system. (See NYT, “Demise of a Blockbuster Drug”)

    • Debate I:  Kerry left his pontificator voice at home; Bush brought his pursing, pouty mouth, which complained a lot that  “It’s hard” to be President.  Gotta give this one to the Dems. 

    • A gratefule “thankyou” to Prof. Martin Grace, who has already begun replying to my question about

      being both Libertarian and Catholic.   The question was not meant as a taunt, but comes from

      honest curiosity — no gauntlet implied (either to pick up or to run); a nudge not a backhand (nor

      hand-out).  His ideas are worth a look and a reflective response from me (coming soon).


      fluttering down
      mulch for the field
      cherry blossoms
                                   by Kobayashi Issa, translated by David G. Lanoue  

      • p.s. If you’ve never visited Mike Huber’s Critiques of Libertarianism website, give it a try.  I guarantee that its Humor, Satire, and Quotations Page will give you a smile, no matter your politics.  It contains many annotated links to like-minded sites and materials, and to Huber’s humorous contributions.      

      • George Wallace has offered an interesting literary/historical slant on the libertarian vs. Catholic issue, causing me to think harder about how to pose the relevant questions.                              

    • You know your status as a “lawyer weblog” is slipping quickly, when the new Blawg Republic   

      lists A Fool in the Forest under General Law, but fails to include this weblog in any category    

      (under its current or former names).  And, sad commentary: they have no category for legal ethics

      or professional responsibility, or clients’ rights. (pointer from Denise Howell)  

    • oil can Update (5 PM):   This squeaky wheel got listed, and a Legal Ethics category was created, over at Blawg Republic this afternoon — without further action on my part.  Call them Blawg Responsive!

leaves flying

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