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June 14, 2005

not enough fireflies (too much spam)

Filed under: pre-06-2006 — David Giacalone @ 5:00 pm


9 PM bonus:

small talk

at the end of a long day



          Ed Markowski 



more darkness

more fireflies–

more darkness than fireflies









the nail sinking in–

my father’s hammer

in my hand








nowhere else

but the next flower —

afternoon butterfly





butterflyN   Gary Hotham 

“more darkness” – breathmarks: haiku to read in the dark 

“the nail sinking in– tug of the current (HSA Anthology 2004)

nowhere else” –  The Heron’s Nest (May 2004)





by dagosan: 

the fireflies

are no-shows —

the mosquitos keep working

                     [June 14, 2005]


tiny check  The Association of Trial Lawyers of America (ATLA) loves to say they   “$key small”

fight for the little guy. You can click here to sign up for their “Protecting

Your Rights” e-letter, where you’ll “read the stories of everyday Americans

who used the courts to stand up to negligence, malpractice, or greed.”  But,

it seems, you better not be too everyday — a Crain’s Cleveland article

(June 13, 2005) says the $500,000 cap on medical malpractice punitive

damages has forced trial lawyers to “turn low- income clients away because

those individuals cannot generate enough in the way of economic damages,

which are not capped, to justify going to court.”  If it quacks like a greedy

huckster and walks like a greedy huckster, folks, I’m betting it’s a greedy

shyster. [thanks to RiskProf for the pointer] See our prior post, where

skepticalEsq said:

Let me see if I understand this:  Just when “fair verdicts” will be

especially hard and victims need devoted p/i lawyers more than

ever to fight for every penny they deserve, firms are deciding to

stop taking malpractice cases due to “financial considerations” 

like “decreasing fees.”   Seems to me, the Trial Lawyers’ Association

needs to do a little better spin control and pr training within its own

ranks, before the public starts to think that 25% of the first half million

dollars in non-economic damages is just too trifling an amount to attract

a good p/i lawyer.  We wouldn’t want Americans to get unduly cynical

about their lawyers.


afterthought: Back on April 1, 2005, ethicalEsq, Prof. Yabut and Jack Cliente

went to Legal Consumer Heaven, where the ethics rules are actually applied to

lawyer fees.  In the dream, ATLA Condemns the Standard Contingency Fee, and

55 limit  Using a little Dave Barry humor, Prof. Bainbridge points to an article

confirming what we all knew: “42 states allow drivers to regularly exceed the speed

limit before they are stopped.” (Yahoo/AP, Survey: Most States Allow Speed Cushion ). 

The article cites a 1999 study showing a 15% increase in highway deaths when the limits

were raised from 55 to 65 — speed really does kill.  Also, as we reported on May 2nd,

“driving at 10 miles an hour above the 65 miles-per-hour limit increases fuel consumption

by 15 percent.” (See NYT, “Unmentioned Energy Fix: A 55 M.P.H. Speed Limit,” May

1, 2005)  Hmm.  Enforcing the speed laws, or dropping the speed limit back to 55, would

save a lot of lives and a lot of gasoline.  As selfish as Americans are, do you think our

political leaders — perhaps with a push from both conservative Catholics and liberal

secularists — will ever have the courage to do the right thing?   Is Robert K. Kaufman of

Boston University right that anything involving personal sacrifice is “off the table politically“?



tiny check I’d like to join with Evan Schaeffer and tell lawyer Christopher King that his Comment

Spam — such as here — is not welcome at this website.  Mr. King, feel free to leave

Comments that are on-topic, but please use your own website to promote your pet

peeves.   Of course, neither is any other kinds of comment spam welcome

(that means you, cialis sellers).



fireflyG  Weather Kvetsch:  I’m not liking our string of 90-degree-very-humid days, here

in the NYS Capital Region.  My body will deal with it.  My psyche, however, is not

at all pleased with the delay in the firefly season, due to a cold and wet spring.  Please

pass this message on to the Responsible Authorities.



planting a willow
will becomes nights
of fireflies




the dog sparkling
with fireflies
sound asleep


Click for more than 100 firefly haiku by Issa,

translated by David G. Lanoue

                                                                                                                                                                  fireflyN fireflyN  





let’s talk about restroom equity

Filed under: pre-06-2006 — David Giacalone @ 2:24 am

One week ago, NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg signed a so-called “potty parity” law, a/k/a

The Restroom Equity Bill of New York (“REB”).  [NYNewsday article,June 6, 2005; Mayor’s

Press Release; All Things Considered audio, June 10, 2005] 

  • In the name of gender equity, REB requires new bars, concert halls, arenas, stadiums,

    auditoriums, dance clubs, and meeting halls, as well as existing establishments that

    make extensive renovations to provide twice as many bathroom stalls for women as for men.

Brooklyn Council Member Yvette C. Clarke was the bill’s primary sponsor.  Clarke is quoted in a

NYT feature article saying “To me, this bill goes beyond toilet significance.  It goes all the way to the

issue of gender equality, and quality of life.” (NYT, “Time for a Bathroom Break, With No Waiting,

June 10, 2005)  


womens rm  womens rm                                                                                                                                 “Mens rm”


Although our prior discussion of potty parity (two years ago today, and last October) has

been rather tongue-in-check, I want to be a bit more serious with this post.  It may be time for

males to stop turning the other cheek — before the serious struggle to make both genders equal

under the law is turned into nothing more than an assertion of women’s political clout.    Over

a mere handful of years, “potty parity” went from the reasonable request for “equalizing excretion

opportunities” — having the same number of toilets in the Women’s Room as there were toilets

plus urinals in the Men’s Room — to demanding the “equalization of waiting time.” (cf. Harvard

Alum. Bulletin, We Are Where We Excrete,” Summer 2003).


My computer — which may have a better knack for self-preservation than I — has twice

crashed while I’ve been drafting this post.  Since the topic seems to be coming out only in

drips and dribbles, I hope you won’t mind my doing it in a mostly-blurb style.


mountain village–
a temporary toilet
in blossom shade


              ISSA, translated by David G. Lanoue


“YYS”  Just like male pols:  REB demonstrates to me that women in politics can behave just as

poorly as men — sponsoring special-interest legislation, using hyperbole, Orwellian terminology, 

and misdirection, while paying little heed to the cost or inconvenience to other, the damage to future

applications of the principle being asserted, and the existence of far more important problems to

solve.   That’s especially true when, like here, men let them. . . . . . .

– click to read the rest of this postwhere we ask just why it takes so long for women

to use restrooms, warn against “no-brainers”, discuss Prostate Equity, and otherwise

put our body parts at risk, while asserting:

My notion of gender equality means taking women seriously enough to

ask them the samehard questions as I would ask any male who has a

a political cause he wants me to endorse. 



over there’s
the dog’s toilet…
mountain cherry blossoms







smelling like sake
smelling like piss


      ISSA, translated by David G. Lanoue

femaleSymN  maleSymN



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