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February 27, 2005

the bag of marbles

Filed under: pre-06-2006 — David Giacalone @ 7:47 pm


tourists talking

in several languages–

the glassblower exhales








moving day–

the coolness on my cheek

after the kiss





morning chill . . .

the bag of marbles

shifts on the shelf



credits: “tourists talking” — HPNC Contest 2003; “moving day”

Frogpond XXVII:1; “morning chill” – Presence 23


she offers a kiss —




[Feb. 27, 2005]


oil can  Practicing what I preach (and preaching instead of practicing), I started a

discussion with John Steele of Legal Ethics Forum today, on whether legal ethics

complaints are too often meritless or too often ignored. 

“tinyredcheck” As I stated in an op/ed piece in 2003, and often since, I believe

the lawyer discipline system is woefully inadequate.  In the op/ed article, and at

LEF, I give some details of my failed attempts to get Andrew Capoccia disciplined

by the NYS bar ethics committees for practices and fees related to his so-called

“debt-reduction services.”  More details are here.  One reason Capoccia is on my

mind again is the fact that a federal criminal trial began recently in Vermont, in which

Capoccia is charged with massive fraud — for (big surprise) alledgedly cheating his

debt-reduction clients of $23 million.  If you like gory details — about sleazy lawyers —

see  Fraud case reveals ‘deal with the devil’”  (Rutland Herald, Feb. 10, 2005).  (for

tiny check  Have you heard enough about Martha Stewart yet this week?



tiny check “Yesterday, more than 20,000 people perished of extreme poverty.”  So says

a NYT editorial today, which focuses on Africa’s woes.  It aptly reminds us:

 But in terms of the kind of money the West thinks nothing of spending,

on such things as sports and entertainment extravaganzas, not to speak

of defense budgets, meeting many of Africa’s most urgent needs seems

shockingly affordable. What has been missing is the political will.


tiny check I enjoyed reading today’s New York Times article on Jonathan Safran Foer. “foerLoudN” 

Foer is author of Everything is Illuminated, and his second novel is scheduled

for release in early April.  It’s called Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, and

features Oskar Schell, a nine-year-old amateur inventor and Shakespearean actor,

whose father perished in the World Trade Center on 9/11.   Look for more Foer

humor, insight, fantasy, and humanity.  (yes, Jonathan’s dad is Bert, president of

the American Antitrust Institute)


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