Monthly Archives: February 2011

A Modest Tort Reform

A Modest Tort Reform.

One plaintiff’s lawyer (aka “ambulance chaser“) gives his take on Tort Reform (which doesn’t mean changing how you make confections…).

A snippet:

We go by all sorts of names: Trial attorney, victim’s rights lawyer, shyster, stupid, ambulance chaser and so on and so forth.  You’ve likely heard about our kind a lot recently as what we do makes for a solid political talking point, especially when discussing the nebulous and ethereal concept known as tort reform.  Both sides of the political spectrum get their political panties into the proverbial twist due to this topic de jure.  As I am not a prototypical Plaintiff’s advocate, I believe that we can have a thoughtful discussion on this contentious issue all the while mocking all parties involved.

And just by writing this article, I am violating the commitment I have made to my clients. Or at least that’s what the American Association for Justice may argue when they read my idea for a workable solution that best serves the people that really matter (me).

Read his proposal (and the so-called players) here.

You can also read more by the Namby Pamby at his blog where he muses on dishonest clients, crazy clients, and his daily battles with Angry Birds (to say the least).

O’Falafel: Fresh, healthy, and exotic food

Looking for something exotic? Something new? Something fresh? Something healthy?

O’Falafel has it all. Almost hidden behind the Pancake House on 2100 S. in Sugar House, this boutique size restaurant has prices that seem geared towards the college/lunch time crowd, but has a selection that will make just about any body happy. My wife and I have long been fans, and no occasion is too significant for stopping by for a falafel or shawarma. Not even Valentines Day.

That’s right. We even went there for Valentines.

Now, before you decide I’m a cheap wad (which I am), please take note that it was her idea…and we had a two-year old in tow. Two year old in train or not, though, O’Falafel fits the bill just about any day.

On Valentines, both to tide over our squirmy toddler and because we were just plain hungry, we took an order of hummus with our meal as an appetizer. It was just the right flavor, with not too much tahini and just the right amount of olive oil. The pitas that came with it for dipping were fat and warm, and I almost filled up before our meals arrived.

I usually get a shawarma, which is a pita filled sandwich that (according to the World Wide Web) comes from Lebanon. O’Falafel’s shawarma’s are in fresh pitas that have that just-came-out-of-the-oven fresh taste, and are stuffed with meat, lettuce, tomatoes, a yogurt-like sauce (if you want it), and cucumbers. I usually get beef, but you can get chicken, too. The sandwich is perfect if you add a little bit of the hot sauce that comes with the meal. I warn you, though: the hot sauce is very hot.

Another favorite of our family is the classic falafel itself. Filled with a lot of the same ingredients as a shawarma, the falafel replaces the meat with balls of chick peas (yeah, the same thing that hummus is made from) . I’m not positive, but I think they’re deep fried. You wouldn’t know it, though; there isn’t a lot of oil or grease, if any at all, in the sandwich.

Check out O’falafel when you’re in Sugar House. It’s worth the time, and with shawarmas and falafels going for under $8, it’s an inexpensive, healthy, and different place for lunch. Definitely better than going through the drive-through at McDonald’s.
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Twentyfive Main Cafe & Cupcake: Grab a cupcake while in St. George

We hit St. George for the President’s Day weekend. It was warm-er than Salt Lake, and on Saturday, after stopping by a local book shop (The Little Professor Bookstore on Main Street, which I recommend you visit), we decided to pick up some cupcakes.

My wife had been to 25 Main before, a little cupcake shop that she visits every time we are in town. The booths are covered with a light blue and brown pattern that is not unlike the fabric she likes to buy. And, not surprisingly, there are cupcakes there that she likes, as well. Especially the coconut flavored and sprinkled cupcakes.

“The best coconut cupcake I’ve had from anywhere,” she says. We had heard that the banana were good, as well, but since they are only made Wednesday through Friday, we settled for the coconut, as well as a vanilla and a vanilla strawberry.

They weren’t too shabby, either, as cupcakes go. Here’s the thing, though: they weren’t better than homemade cupcakes that I’ve had any number of times. The frosting was light and fluffy, the cupcakes were moist, but beyond that–average. They were small, the parchment no better than what could be bought in a grocery store, and the frosting not thick or remarkable.

But they cost $1.75 a pop.

Not sure if it’s worth it. Good, but not great. Oh, and they have pizzas, paninis, pasta, and salads. I’ll try those next time, because we’ll be back; my wife loves the cupcakes.
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News Flash: Unions limit liberty, contribute to fiscal stress

I’ll let Chris Edwards commentary at CATO speak for itself:

Statistical studies find that unionized public sector workers earn a wage premium of about 10 percent over non-unionized public sector workers… employee compensation represents half of all state and local government spending. Aside from inflated wages, public sector unions have pushed for excessive pension benefit levels, which are creating a fiscal crisis for many governments…. Unions certainly have free speech rights to voice their opinions about public policy. But collective bargaining gives unions the exclusive right to speak for covered workers, many of whom may disagree with the views of the monopoly union. Thus, collective bargaining is inconsistent with the right to freedom of association.

Madison Protest: Unions Are Angry — but Wisconsin Should Go Even Further | Chris Edwards | Cato Institute: Commentary.

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Meet a lawyer who practices Third Amendment law

Really? I doubt it. I’m about 89% sure that this is a joke….

A lawyer who practices Third Amendment law. That’s right. That’s the amendment about quartering soldiers in your home.

T “Scotch” Reynolds: Third Amendment Lawyer | Big Legal Brain.

BLB: Just what is the Third Amendment?

Scotch: I can quote it, if you want, it’s not that long. The Third Amendment provides that “No soldier shall, in time of peace be quartered in any house, without the consent of the owner, nor in time of war, but in a manner to be prescribed by law.”

BLB: Sounds awful.

Scotch: Not really. It’s one of the more dynamic amendments, especially if you’ve studied it for some time, like I have.

BLB: But, how’s it apply? Give us some applications of the Third Amendment.

Scotch: Great question. Hypothetically, let’s say the military decides that its soldiers and armed personnel need to stay in your house, at no cost to the government. The Third Amendment prohibits that from happening, unless we are in a time of war.

BLB: Wow. All of them in my house?

Scotch: Hypothetically.

BLB: But aren’t we in a war? A War on Terror. I think we’re at level Orange. Scary.

Scotch: Sure. Putting four or five colonels in your house is currently not per seunconstitutional. The U.S. could quarter soldiers in your house but the soldiers have to act mannerly if they do.

Mannerly, eh? Excuse me while I look up the legal definition of “mannerly” in my copy of Black’s…

Catch the rest of this timely and “informative” interview at Big Legal Brain, a blog which “thinks for your practice so you don’t have to.”

We provide big-brained ideas for small-brained attorneys. We concentrate on optimizing the metrics for your practice so that you can take advantage of all cross-platform communication channels and keep your sights on each of your practice goals.

Yep. That’s what she said.