Important Legislation in Idaho

The Idaho legislature has proposed House Concurrent Resolution 29, to honor the creators of Napoleon Dynamite. All of the reasons for the resolution are great, but this one seemed to come close to violating the collegial spirit of the legislature by impugning the character of other legislators.

WHEREAS, any members of the House of Representatives or the Senate of the Legislature of the State of Idaho who choose to vote "Nay" on this concurrent resolution are "FREAKIN' IDIOTS!" and run the risk of having the "Worst Day of Their Lives!"

Now I must be off to work further on my skills, 'cause chicks dig guys with skills.

Yours truly,
Mr. X

...vote for Pedro...


Westlaw Gets Punk'd...or does it?

De Novo reports that LexisNexis has a quiz on its site that's a glorified slam on its archrival, Westlaw. All you aspiring legal writers, the following attempt at a persuasive question is generously referred to as 'ham-handed' (Hint: The answer's not A.):

Which legal research system’s headnotes are not comprised soley of the court's own language and have been criticized by the judiciary for their focus and language?
A. LexisNexis
B. Westlaw

Oddly enough, the quiz didn't include this question:

Which research system allowed the personal information of 310,000 people to be stolen?
A. LexisNexis
B. Westlaw

Check out the answer here. Looks like somebody might want to cultivate a little more humility over in LexisNexis land.

Yours truly,
Mr. X

...bad timing...


The Dresden Dolls Rock

After work today I got on my motorcycle and rode down to the main AU campus to see a free Dresden Dolls show. Billing themselves as 'Brechtian Punk Cabaret,' this duo combines powerful piano, passionate lyrics, and great drumwork with an ambience of a Weimar-era cabaret. White-faced minions mingled through the crowd passing out pinwheels and offering chocolates. The drummer, also with a white-painted face, wore a bowler, a red tie, and stocking under his shorts.

The opener, Jason Webley, had an angry accordion sound that was a hell of a lot better than you'd expect accordion music to be. Have a listen to an excerpt from The Drinking Song, a rousing ballad that we were all swaying and singing the chorus to:

When the glass is full,
Drink up! Drink up!
This maybe the last time
We see this cup.
If God wanted us sober,
He'd knock the glass over,
So while it is full we drink up!

When the Dolls came on I was blown away by the intensity of her voice and her playing. Husky and filled with passion, angry at times, sad an poignant at others, she is incredible. For contrast, check out Coin Operated Boy (Quicktime movie) and Girl Anachronism (Quicktime movie or mp3).

After the show, I bought two of Jason Webley's CDs and two of the Dreden Dolls CDs. Amanda came out after the show to sign stuff. In her post-show The Who shirt and striped leggings, she still exuded a sexuality and intensity that made everyone else in the room seem flat in comparison.

The Dresden Dolls will be at the 9:30 Club on May 20. As your soon to be attorney, I advise you to go.

Yours truly,
Mr. X



U.S. Catholics would support changes

According to CNN, U.S. Catholics would support changes in Vatican policy towards birth control, stem cell research, and marriage of priests.

In other shocking news, the sky is blue and water is wet.

For more insightful discussion of the previous papacy, listen to last Sunday's Metro Talk segment.

Yours truly,
Mr. X

...loving the pope coverage...