Sunday, December 15, 2013


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Mark said...
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Mark said...

Yup. Americans in general don't realize the fear and loathing felt by international business towards America's legal and regulatory monsters. US residents and US jurisdiction are routinely shunned.



Obamacare will be cited for centuries as the locus classicus of big government at work with virtually unlimited time and money. But don't forget the even funnier case of the schizophrenic signer gesticulating in faux Zulu beside Obama and the other bigwigs at Mandela's funeral. The Obaman retinue floats down into South Africa aboard the Imperial Intergalactic Airfleet with redundant everything and bodyguards for the bodyguards; the NSA blankets the entire electromagnetic spectrum; the resources applied to deal with the risks are humungous...and yet...Monty Python never constructed a more hilarious scenario....the Grand Poobah of Cool doing his teleprompter thing to sanctify a dead terrorist, while the superbly distracting and distracted signer with violent hallucinations does his pc thing to show the world how inclusive of deaf Zulus are the Poobahs....signifying nothing, but signifying everything.

Sam L. said...

The late Brother Dave Gardner said on one of his comedy albums, "A liberal is a person educated beyond his capacity to understand." Fits Brooks and Fukuyama to a T.

JKB said...

Found this at Makezine in a document 'Tips My Dad Says'

"My father (a lawyer) told me: "Company culture is driven from the top -- if it's the people who make the product, your good; sell the product, your OK; f the accountants take over, look for another job; and if the lawyers take over, run as fast as you can" -- Alden Hart

Anonymous said...

We have so many laws and regulations, abiding by them all is hopeless.
My last few Fed Seminars: If someone thinks you offended her, you Did (I was reprimanded twice - for saying "uvula"; and describing the life cycle of the botfly). Among other iffy topics.
How many K's of pages in the Fed Register? Has anyone of note read all 250? 2500? pages of Obamacare?
With all the local, state, & Fed laws & regs, how can anybody Not Connected start a business that isn't a Web app?
Is Trust (Fukuyama wrote a book about it) breaking down? Competence? Probity? ... I have a headache -- Rich Lara

jim sweeney said...

The type of lawyer of whom you complain is akin to the abortionists among doctors: a non-representative sample. Most of us just get on with the day-to-day legal stuff and are not complicit in the shenanigans in federal courts. It is, however, a reminder as to why it is improtant to elect politicos who appoint sensible not power hungry judges.

Dennis said...
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Stuart Schneiderman said...

Jim's point is well taken. Clearly, this type of post tends to lump all lawyers together, and clearly most lawyers are not involved with such shenanigans.

I think that point that Fukuyama was making-- and which I perhaps expressed poorly-- concerned the influence of advocacy lawyers on the way government functions. They are probably few in number but they exercise an outsized influence.

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