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Derek
Boston, Massachusetts
The brighter the sunshine, the deeper the shade.
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Have you heard of the recent storm of controversy making the rounds in the legal blogosphere? About a Harvard law student being alternately lambasted and defended for the intensely racist comments she forever immortalized via email? No? Well, it's certainly worth reading about. And I think no one captures the angles of this issue better than Jill at Feministe: Stephanie Grace, racist Harvard emailer.Stephanie Grace, a 3L at Harvard Law... Continue reading
Posted Apr 30, 2010 at | esquire within |
I'm leaving the office early today to head over to BC Law. One of my old professors, who taught my litigation clinical course, asked me to join a panel of guest lecturers on "nontraditional career paths after law school" and "staying nimble in a unfriendly legal market." If by "nimble," she meant "bitter and causticly sarcastic," then I'm the perfect man for the job. Somehow I don't think that she... Continue reading
Posted Apr 15, 2010 at | esquire within |
I just finished reading the transcript of President Obama's interview with George Stephanopoulous. Worth taking a look. And while his insights on Russia, China and Iran were very interesting (and, I think, spot-on), I can't help but take enormous pleasure in his pitch-perfect response to criticism from Sarah Palin. You remember that "fiscally conservative" champion of the "Real America" who quit her office and left Alaska with the biggest debt-to-state-GDP... Continue reading
Posted Apr 9, 2010 at | esquire within |
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The Labor Department's latest Job Report is out: the economy gained approximately 162,000 jobs in March. Some of that is padded by a hiring frenzy (on the order of 48,000) by the Census Bureau -- all temporary, once-a-decade positions -- but still, a gain is a gain is a gain. Unemployment remains a dismal 9.7%. Although, in the legal world, staffing agencies appear to be placing more contract attorneys with... Continue reading
Posted Apr 2, 2010 at | esquire within |
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Posted Mar 31, 2010 at | esquire within |
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In a stunning reversal of Republican bipartisanism and goodwill, Senator McCain announced that his Democratic counterparts had "poisoned the well" and that there would be, and I quote, "no cooperation for the rest of the year." How this tremendous shift in the status quo will impact the legislative process remains to be seen. This, from a man who would have been president. I mean, seriously? Are you kidding me? What... Continue reading
Posted Mar 31, 2010 at | esquire within |
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Ter·ror·ism --noun The use of violence and threats to intimidate or coerce, esp. for political purposes. Ten members of Congress have received threats of death or violence against themselves -- and their familes. There have been tauntings. Slurs. Shattered windows in Congressional offices across the country and, in one case, a propane line to an outdoor grill cut at the home of Rep. Tom Perriello's (D-VA) brother, after the address... Continue reading
Posted Mar 26, 2010 at | esquire within |
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is not "socialized medicine." Anyone who tells you otherwise is either grossly uninformed or deliberately misleading you. This legislation is an imperfect but good faith amalgam of consumer protection regulations, cost-saving measures, efficiency initiatives and expansion of existing services. It's a decent and eminently necessary first step. It's not just a $940 billion spending measure. When you couple finely targeted taxes and fees... Continue reading
Posted Mar 24, 2010 at | esquire within |
Here are a few things I like about the The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act: Extends health care coverage to 32 million uninsured Americans while reducing the deficit by approximately $120 billion over the next ten years; Empowers consumers and businesses to purchase the right coverage in a more competitive market; Eliminates approximately $455 billion in overpayment to private companies profiting from inefficient administration of Medicare Advantage payments while... Continue reading
Posted Mar 24, 2010 at | esquire within |
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Mar 15, 2010
So the good news is, I don't have strep throat. The bad news is, conjunctivitis has absolutely nothing to do with grammar. Twenty-seven years. I made it twenty-seven years without dealing with what should otherwise be relegated to the world of snot-nosed kids who don't wash their hands and play in dirt and dog poop. Unless the Girl is secretly and vindictively farting in my pillowcase, there's no reason I... Continue reading
Posted Mar 13, 2010 at | esquire within |
Foreground: Parliament project. Niwano project. Taxes. Paperwork. Cleaning. Boston and DC applications. Background: Laundry. Correspondence Battleship (by Model N -- worth buying). We opted for a walk to Ball Square Cafe (for the best breakfast sandwich this side of the Charles) rather than hit the gym. Eggs, sausage and cheese beats the bench press every time. And I wonder why I the only six-pack I have is the drinkable variety.... Continue reading
Posted Mar 7, 2010 at | esquire within |
So the good news is, I'm carving a living out of contracting. With two nonprofit communications/consulting projects (one bigger, one smaller) and a new full-time (if temporary) contract with one of Boston's biggest law firms, I'm officially keeping my head above water. It'd be nice to focus on one permanent position, but I don't have that luxury -- and beggars can't be choosers. At least I'll be busy. I'm so... Continue reading
Posted Mar 2, 2010 at | esquire within |
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(Thanks, Mark.) Continue reading
Posted Feb 4, 2010 at | esquire within |
Derek: Um, babe? Why is there a photo of Mario Lopez on the dresser? The Girl: Because I like having pictures of you around, sweetie. Derek: ..... Continue reading
Posted Feb 1, 2010 at | esquire within |
Have you noticed a serious mood change as the temperature drops? Are you sleeping more? Feeling lethargic? Craving sweets and starchy foods? Have you stepped on a kitten in the last four weeks? No? Just me? Sigh.Yesterday I was completely worthless. Pinched a nerve in my neck and was feeling six kinds of cranky -- pretty much all day. I think sometimes Boston makes me feel stir crazy. A lot... Continue reading
Posted Jan 30, 2010 at | esquire within |
I'm the first to admit it: I really did not see that coming. Pity that Coakley had the resources to outspend Capuano in the primary. I feel like this would have turned out differently with him on today's ballot. Two years of Scott Brown? Ugh. Continue reading
Posted Jan 19, 2010 at | esquire within |
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Massachusetts has not elected a Republican to the Senate sine 1972. I suspect today will not be the start of a new trend. Took me about 45 minutes to get over to Brighton today so I could cast my ballot. Chatted up the old lady running the registration list, who said voter turnout had been high and steady. In a state in which Democrats outnumber Republicans 3 to 1, that's... Continue reading
Posted Jan 19, 2010 at | esquire within |
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Last night we made a spicy three-bean chili with bison (which is a lot better for you than beef but still has all the delicious wonders of red meat). As usual, we made a pretty big pot of it, and unless I wanted to divvy it all up into smaller containers, the leftovers weren't going to fit in the fridge. But we have a deck, and it was snowing, and... Continue reading
Posted Jan 18, 2010 at | esquire within |
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Saw Precious last night at the Somerville Theatre. It was an amazing film, but very intense. Gut-wrenching. Harrowing. I had no idea what I was getting myself into when I sat down. I'm glad we went, though. It's one of those movies that drags you through the deep sewers of the human condition, but still manages to bring you out the other side and let you feel a little sunlight... Continue reading
Posted Jan 17, 2010 at | esquire within |
So I wasn't planning on voting in the special election for the senate seat in Massachusetts. I don't particularly love the democratic candidate, and I certainly wasn't going to give my vote to Scott Brown. I confess that I just thought Martha, as the democratic candidate, would win without my having to actually help get her there. It's cheating my civic duty, I know, I know. But it's not just... Continue reading
Posted Jan 16, 2010 at | esquire within |
So I wasn't planning on voting in the special election for the senate seat in Massachusetts. I don't particularly love the democratic candidate, and I certainly wasn't going to give my vote to Scott Brown. I confess that I just thought Martha, as the democratic candidate, would win without my having to actually help get her there. It's cheating my civic duty, I know, I know. But it's not just... Continue reading
Posted Jan 16, 2010 at | esquire within |
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Last night, a couple of friends came over and we watched Tommy Wiseau's The Room, which is well on its way to going down in history as the Worst Movie Ever Made. I don't even know how to describe it, other than to say that it awkwardly straddled the hitherto undiscovered and better-left-untread line between softcore porn and a high school play that has been roughly translated by a German... Continue reading
Posted Jan 16, 2010 at | esquire within |
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Back in December, I went to a Christmas party in Chinatown. One of the buses stops right by our house on the way to the train station, so I figured I'd hop on around 8:45 and be fashionably late downtown. Well, I missed that bus. Realized I was walking out the door empty-handed, so in the time it took me to dig through the closet for a bottle of vino... Continue reading
Posted Jan 15, 2010 at | esquire within |