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What Kind of Fool am I?
Steyn Online ^ | Mark Steyn

Posted on 03/24/2014 7:56:20 PM PDT by OddLane

Ever since I ended my joint representation with National Review and fired my lawyers on Boxing Day, the endlessly reprised refrain has been that "Mark Steyn has a fool for a client". As I wrote here:

That's an old English joke, of course. Circa 18th century, I believe, when English life was very lightly lawyered. Whether it applies a quarter-millennium on in a sclerotic dungheap of a system that, as my old boss Conrad Black likes to point out, employs as many lawyers as the rest of the planet combined, who between them invoice ten per cent of GDP is an interesting question. My own view is that, if the lawyerization of American life needs to snort up its nose the entire GDP of Australia every year, then you're doing it wrong.

I wrote that after a hugely enjoyable and inspiring day in Madam Justice Matheson's courtroom in Toronto watching a performance that would be impossible in the objection-choked procedural swamps of American "justice". I have come to the conclusion that the system here is, in fact, evil - which is perhaps not the most helpful perspective when one is on the receiving end of it.

(Excerpt) Read more at steynonline.com ...


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Philosophy; US: District of Columbia
KEYWORDS: agw; conradblack; freespeech; globalwarminghoax; marksteyn

1 posted on 03/24/2014 7:56:21 PM PDT by OddLane
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To: OddLane

who is mark steyn


2 posted on 03/24/2014 8:00:18 PM PDT by bigheadfred
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To: OddLane
I have come to the conclusion that the system here is, in fact, evil

yeah huh

3 posted on 03/24/2014 8:03:16 PM PDT by bigheadfred
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To: sauropod

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4 posted on 03/24/2014 8:03:39 PM PDT by sauropod (Fat Bottomed Girl: "What difference, at this point, does it make?")
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To: sauropod

I hope they kick Michael Mann’s ass back into the last ice age!
Mark Steyn rocks.


5 posted on 03/24/2014 8:06:44 PM PDT by acapesket
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To: OddLane

This may be my favorite response in his Answer:

111. Denies the allegations in Paragraph One-Hundred-And-
Eleven of the Amended Complaint, and feels Plaintiff is
going round like a circle in a spiral, like a wheel within a
wheel, like the circles that you find in the tree-rings of
your mind.

Ten million in counterclaims, yeah baby ... Steyn rocks.


6 posted on 03/24/2014 8:12:17 PM PDT by tumblindice (America's founding fathers: All armed conservatives.)
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To: OddLane

Thank God.


7 posted on 03/24/2014 8:12:36 PM PDT by ottbmare (the OTTB mare, now a proud Marine Mom)
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To: bigheadfred
An incredibly funny Canadian immigrant who often fills in for Rush Limbaugh on his show.

He was nearly thrown in jail for comments FReepers stated here on FRee Republic.

You see, he was being held responsible for apparent animus we had. And I thought the US had it bad.

8 posted on 03/24/2014 8:12:56 PM PDT by ConservativeMind ("Humane" = "Don't pen up pets or eat meat, but allow infanticide, abortion, and euthanasia.")
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To: acapesket

Yep. Mann’s quite the douche.


9 posted on 03/24/2014 8:13:11 PM PDT by sauropod (Fat Bottomed Girl: "What difference, at this point, does it make?")
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To: OddLane

ping to read in AM


10 posted on 03/24/2014 8:13:44 PM PDT by jocon307
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To: tumblindice

that is effing hilarious

I love it

I had a boss once that wrote in an answer that the plaintiff had filed a petition full of “gobbledegook”!


11 posted on 03/24/2014 8:20:45 PM PDT by yldstrk ( My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: bigheadfred

I think he means the legal system.


12 posted on 03/24/2014 8:24:22 PM PDT by SgtHooper (If at first you don't succeed, skydiving is not for you.)
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To: bigheadfred

Steyn is probably one of the best political commentators/satirists of the last two centuries. Familiarize yourself with him, I promise you’ll be glad you did.


13 posted on 03/24/2014 8:24:30 PM PDT by workerbee (The President of the United States is DOMESTIC ENEMY #1!)
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To: OddLane

Bomb Michael Mann into the Stone Age, son!


14 posted on 03/24/2014 8:25:02 PM PDT by RightGeek (FUBO and the donkey you rode in on)
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To: sauropod
Mann’s quite the douche.

If I ever meet him in a bar, I'll buy him a vinegar-and-water.

15 posted on 03/24/2014 8:27:04 PM PDT by Mr Ramsbotham (Laws against sodomy are honored in the breech.)
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To: OddLane

May Mann’s charge against Steyn’s barbs be his Crécy.


16 posted on 03/24/2014 8:35:04 PM PDT by JohnBovenmyer (Obama been Liberal. Hope Change!)
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To: yldstrk

If he did it, as that Popehat site said, pro se, he did a workmanlike job. They seemed to describe his pleadings as not serious or even frivolous.
Setting aside 111., his responses in his Answer and Counterclaims were quite good, I thought.
And good to hear he shucked NRO. Bill Buckley wouldn’t recognize the place now.
I hope he puts some wood to the backsides of the eco-nazis.


17 posted on 03/24/2014 8:37:43 PM PDT by tumblindice (America's founding fathers: All armed conservatives.)
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To: workerbee
Steyn is probably one of the best political commentators/satirists of the last two centuries. Familiarize yourself with him, I promise you’ll be glad you did.

I agree with you. He is definitely the better commentator in today's world. Witty, resourceful and filled with reason. Have you read this book of his? It's VERY good.

18 posted on 03/24/2014 8:46:34 PM PDT by Loud Mime (Character matters for those who understand the concept)
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To: OddLane
" I said that I wanted this to be a jurisprudential landmark - the first legal campaign entirely funded by sales of my Christmas disco record. Sadly, there seems to be a certain resistance to my intoxicating rhythms from some readers..."

LOL! I hope he wipes the smugness off the faces of Michael Mann and ALL of this global warming nazi compatriots.

19 posted on 03/24/2014 8:57:55 PM PDT by SuziQ
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To: OddLane

bttt


20 posted on 03/24/2014 10:13:22 PM PDT by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life :o)
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To: OddLane
So I am pleased to be able to announce today that several other fellows also have a fool for a client - see here, here and here.
Followed the links. What he actually did is stop being a fool and got himself some new counsel. Of course, these are motions; while it's a sure thing that Songer will be accepted as his counsel, it's not a sure thing about Kornstein and Platt. Still, good move on his part.
Instead, I'm an out-of-control full-bore crazy who's lawyered up to the hilt. This will leave me free to concentrate on my core activities of insulting judges and mocking Mann's self-conferred Nobel Prize, while Dan, Mark and Mike do the boring stuff like looking up precedents and knowing what a tort is.
*headdesk* Steyn. Steyn. STEYN. Listen to Songer and shut UP about the judges! The last thing you want to do is tick off the dang judge! Don't make this any harder for your attorneys!

My father had a story about when he was waiting to be called as professional expert in one of the many trials he participated in. As this heart surgeon is being deposed on the stand, the heart surgeon gets irate at the amount of questions he's being asked and goes "Is this going to take any longer? I've got real work to do."

Judge tells him to confine himself to answering the questions and it'll take as long as it takes. Surgeon starts giving the judge hassle, about how he's a big fancy heart surgeon and his work saves lives and how he's wasting his time when he could be saving lives.

Judge gets tired of his whining and goes "Contempt of court. 3 days."

Surgeon gets all horrified and says "You can't do that! I have surgeries scheduled for tomorrow!

Judge goes, "Arguing with me? Contempt of court. 30 days. Bailiff?"

Off goes the surgeon to the jail in the arms of the bailiff, talking about how they can't do this the whole way. My dad put it succinctly: "In the courtroom, the judge is God. Don't tick off God."

Steyn would be very wise to not tick off God in the courtroom.
21 posted on 03/24/2014 10:36:00 PM PDT by GAFreedom (Freedom rings in GA!)
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To: OddLane

Bravo Mark! Fighting the good fight.


22 posted on 03/25/2014 12:06:11 AM PDT by Rummyfan (Iraq: it's not about Iraq anymore, it's about the USA!)
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To: GAFreedom

That judge should be disbarred.


23 posted on 03/25/2014 3:53:36 AM PDT by ifinnegan
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To: ifinnegan
@ifinnegan:
That judge should be disbarred.
For what reason? The surgeon was in the wrong, there. There's no Bar Association in existence that would have a judge disbarred for that reason. Or even removed from office. Witnesses do not get to order around a judge - or the prosecution.
24 posted on 03/25/2014 6:39:18 AM PDT by GAFreedom (Freedom rings in GA!)
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To: GAFreedom

I don’t think a working heart surgeon (or anyone for that matter) should be jailed for 30 days for being rude or disrespectful.

That the Bar Asociations would turn a blind eye to such an abuse of power on a judge’s part only serves to illustrate the basis for Steyn’s observation on the evilness he is encountering.


25 posted on 03/25/2014 9:37:43 AM PDT by ifinnegan
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To: GAFreedom
Followed the links. What he actually did is stop being a fool and got himself some new counsel. Of course, these are motions; while it's a sure thing that Songer will be accepted as his counsel, it's not a sure thing about Kornstein and Platt. Still, good move on his part.

You haven't a clue. . . Steyn is entitled to whomever he CHOOSES to be his counsel. These are pro forma notifications to the court of who is representing him. The court cannot veto his choices. Check your Constitution.

26 posted on 03/26/2014 12:14:03 AM PDT by Swordmaker (This tag line is a Microsoft insult free zone... but if the insults to Mac users continue...)
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To: ifinnegan; Swordmaker
@ifinnegan:
I don’t think a working heart surgeon (or anyone for that matter) should be jailed for 30 days for being rude or disrespectful.
Well, contempt of court and the punishment thereof is absolutely at the discretion of the judge in most jurisdictions. If we want to limit that, we have to get those laws changed.
That the Bar Asociations would turn a blind eye to such an abuse of power on a judge’s part only serves to illustrate the basis for Steyn’s observation on the evilness he is encountering.
The only cure for that is to remove discretion from the laws. There are definite pros and cons to that.

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@Swordmaker:
You haven't a clue. . . Steyn is entitled to whomever he CHOOSES to be his counsel. These are pro forma notifications to the court of who is representing him. The court cannot veto his choices. Check your Constitution.
A Motion For Admission Pro Hac Vice, as Steyn had issued for Kornstein and Platt, is not an automatic admission to counsel. A Motion For Admission Pro Hac Vice may be refused by the court, leaving him only Songer, as per the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure. It is at the judge's discretion. I do not expect the judge to deny it, but it can happen.
27 posted on 03/26/2014 2:38:56 AM PDT by GAFreedom (Freedom rings in GA!)
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To: GAFreedom

No.

Judges who aren’t egomaniacs and full of them selves would be the solution.

Your story is also apocryphal, just some story your Dad told you.

We are probably talking about a non-issued.


28 posted on 03/26/2014 7:48:56 AM PDT by ifinnegan
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