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Reading the newspaper is highly overrated.
The local fishwrap didn't review Kinky Friedman's show last night. But I was there:

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You hardly needed the big-screen over his head; the whole bar maybe holds 100 people, and he shook hands with virtually every one of us. He played Nelson Mandela's favorite, "Ride 'Em, Jewboy" (although confessing that Mandela's favorite songwriter overall was Dolly Parton); a somewhat clammed up version of Bill Clinton's favorite, "Waitress, Please Waitress, Come Sit on My Face" (also telling us that he once passed Willie a Cuban cigar and, when he objected, the Kinkster replied, "We're not supporting their economy- we're burning their fields"); Joseph Heller's favorite, "They Ain’t Making Jews Like Jesus Anymore;" and he encored with the title song from "Sold American." I got that handshake at the merch table afterwards, as he signed my copy of his essay collection Heroes of a Texas Childhood:



Nice venue, for acts that aren't big enough for Kleinhans or the downtown halls or hipster enough for Ani DiFranco's place. And I was home well before 10, which gets to be an issue these days;)

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Instead of a review, I got mostly annoying news from the paper. Plenty about the whole clusterfudge in Ferguson, Missouri, where it's getting almost as dangerous to be a white journalist as it is to be an unarmed black man. My reaction to the reaction from the Usual Race Card Players just got posted, and I stand by it:

Okay. Al Sharpton is a cariacature, a blowhard with a bullhorn, an attention whore in a velour tracksuit. In an ideal world, not a soul would take him seriously. But this is not an ideal world; it's a world where state-sanctioned (white) authority figures have declared open season on young black men, assaulting and killing them for selling loosies on a street corner, or for "refusing a lawful order" given 35 feet away, or for brandishing a bag of Skittles. If you don't want Al slowing down your commute or bellowing out of your speakers? Work on fixing the underlying problem; treat the First, Fourth and Fifth Amendments as sacredly as you treat the Second.

Closer to home news was WAY closer to home. The lawyer I took a case over in April, who wound up pleading to embezzling money from another client? Just pled today to embezzling even more money from the one I took over from him (again, I'm sparing the link and the identifying details):

A disbarred Buffalo attorney Thursday admitted embezzling more than $207,000 from an escrow account that his client would receive if and when lawsuits involving the client were resolved. [He] spent the money on family trips to Disney World and paying off personal loans instead of holding the escrow money pending resolution of the suits, according to Erie County District Attorney Frank A. Sedita III.

...He could face a maximum prison term of five to 15 years when sentenced Sept. 18 by County Judge Michael F. Pietruszka.


The comments to that consist mostly of the usual "all lawyers are scumbags" variety. Not a one that I've seen recognized how tempting, and easy, it is for anyone in this profession to fall off the edge and over to the dark side. If nothing else came from the tragic news of Robin Williams' death earlier this week, maybe it will help people recognize that things are not always as they seem, and that facing your depression should be regarded as bravery rather than surrendering to it being (as Fox News has pronounced it in the Williams case) cowardice.

I've never been that close with my own life, or my own clients' money. But I know how close the line is, and I am not going to be the one to cast the first aspersion.

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Catch-up day tomorrow, after four straight very busy ones. Maybe the news will be better, or at least Kinky-er:)
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mac_arthur_park From: mac_arthur_park Date: August 15th, 2014 09:09 pm (UTC) (Link)
So jealous that you got to see the Kinkster. I can only hope he comes this way some day.
captainsblog From: captainsblog Date: August 16th, 2014 03:03 pm (UTC) (Link)
If you ever want to borrow the book, to at least have some Kinkster ink in the house, just let me know:)
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