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Sunday, August 22, 2004

The native superiority of lawyer-bloggers posing as journalists

I insist that I am unexceeded, and perhaps unmatched, by any other lawyer-blogger in my vanity for my truth-exposing powers as a pretend journalist!  I plead guilty to having an inflated ego and a snobbery for my own quasi-journalistic abilities that're directly proportionate to my long-windedness.  You now have open in your browsers, ladies and gentlemen of the jury, Exhibit A, which I would submit to you as conclusive and overwhelming proof, and on which I confidently rest my case.

That said, my fellow lawyer-bloggers Hindrocket at Power Line and Hugh Hewitt at HughHewitt.com have offered up their respective remarks, albeit in less length than that to which I'm prone, on why with respect to the SwiftVets vs. Kerry controversy, us'ns (although they don't mention me by name) have lately been doin' better'n them what carry press passes tucked into their hatbands and shout "Copy boy!" for a living.  (Don't they still do that?)  I respectfully associate myself with and insinuate myself into their remarks, and I wish them well in their bloggerific coverage of the upcoming Republican convention (which, my political sympathies notwithstanding, I shall not be sad at all to miss attending in person).  I may venture into some neurosurgery during that week, or perhaps rocket science.  Or perhaps, encouraged as I am by a recent private, strangely terse email from novelist-screenwriter-blogger Roger L. Simon in response to my fervent inquiries, I shall at last set about with a will to dethrone John Grisham as the reigning lawyer-novelist; Mr. Simon allowed that I've got the legal stuff down pat, and I'm sure it was only the press of time and other responsibilities that prevented him from praising the novelistic elements of my writing at length (or, now that I re-read the email, at all).

Posted by Beldar at 12:54 AM in Humor, Law (2006 & earlier), Mainstream Media, Politics (2006 & earlier), SwiftVets | Permalink


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(1) Dan S made the following comment | Aug 22, 2004 7:06:13 AM | Permalink

I'm afraid you need to work on clarity in your writing, Beldar. I'm not sure exactly what this post means. For one think the reference to which "Exhibit A" intends to direct us appears to be absent. I'm left perplexed as to whether you've been complimented for your coverage of the Swifties (which you have, and it's very well deserved, I must admit), whether you're hanging up the shingle and lifting an auteur's pen, or both. The meaning is sufficiently obfuscated that it might be none of the above. Have you considered taking up Modernist poetry? I felt a similar punembra of confusion upon reading this post I have often when reading the poems of the Modernists, to whit, "What the heck did that mean?"

(2) M. Simon made the following comment | Aug 22, 2004 10:11:06 AM | Permalink

Stephanopolis was just on with John Podesta and O'Neal. Stephanopolis covered the major points.

My first mate who is not up on the details thought O'Neal was ripping the Kerry team a new one. My mate thought he was devastating. She thought Podesta was ineffective.


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(3) Beldar made the following comment | Aug 22, 2004 11:17:01 AM | Permalink

Yes, I'm a post-Modern penumbralist in the style of Proust. Alliterative, that. I'm really wondering if I should edit this post to collapse it into one paragraph. And the sentences are really too short. Some more subordinate and dependent clauses would also probably help. Doncha think?

(4) Dan S made the following comment | Aug 22, 2004 11:44:00 AM | Permalink

I see you got link from NRO The Corner too. Expect a bump in bandwidth utilization.

You really are doing marvelous work on this.

Sort of defuses my impulse to write on it after I read your latest post :) Or that's my story.

(and I am sticking to it!)

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