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March 31, 2005

acronymically challenged

Filed under: pre-06-2006 — David Giacalone @ 8:36 pm


Quick: What’s the acronym for Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services,

the federal agency formerly known as HCFA?   If you said “CMMS” you

would officially be wrong (but see, One Look’s Acronym Finder).  Instead,

you’ll find a “CMS” logo throughout the Centers’ website.


cmsLogoN  If you don’t believe the logo, “CMS” has made it easy to check further —

there’s a link in the Side Bar to an Acronyms Page, which offers a search engine

that features both simple and advanced acronym searches. 


No kidding:  A search engine just for relevant acronyms.  Plus, another webpage

with an Acronyms List that is so long, they tell you:

Warning: Due to the size of the acronym list, you may experience a  

long delay if you choose to view All Letters. We recommend limiting

your view to a particular letter. Alternatively, you can perform an

Plug CMMS> into the agency’s acronym search engine, and you are told “No

acronyms were found.”  Try CMS> and you’re told “Centers for Medicare and

Medicaid Services.”  That’s pretty definitive — only One M.


Well, this enquiringEsq wants to know why there’s a missing “m”. 


— click to read all of this tale of the Axed Acronym  —                      




one mirror for everyone

Filed under: pre-06-2006 — David Giacalone @ 3:09 pm

someone else’s
spring evening
one mirror for everyone
the rest stop
day at the zoo —
the elephant’s shadow
in a small place

except “day at the zoo —” –  The Heron’s Nest (March 2005)

from dagosan
[March 31, 2005]
I bet this AP/Houston Chronicle story, “Lawyer charged with prostitution: Schools
official accused of offering services for sex” (March 25, 2005), out of Round Hill, Texas,
will send guilty chills down the spines of far too many lawyers.  The accused is 56-year-old lawyer
Steven C. Copenhaver, who practices in Georgetown, and asks that we keep him in our prayers.
According to the article:
“Dawn Miller, chief disciplinary counsel for the State Bar of Texas, said exchanging
legal services for sexual favors could constitute a violation of rules barring ‘illegal or
unconscionable’ fees.”
I’d think this might also have a little to do with having the appropriate character to practice law.
  • Does anyone out there think consenting adults should be allowed to barter sex

    for legal services, without the law or bar counsel intervening?  (It might help
    reduce pro se litigation and increase access to justice.)

  • I’m reminded of the old joke: “What’s the difference between a lawyer and a
    prostitute”  The clothes.” (listed by Tim Field, the anti-bullying maven)

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