August 2007


According to CNN, FDT will announce his candidacy for President on September 6, just after Labor Day.

FDT

Thx to the CNN Political Ticker

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On Tuesday, Porter and Hedges announced it would raise first and second years to $160k and $170k respectively, but said it will not announce compensation for years 3-8.

P&H

More curious, however, is the firm’s decision to take billable hours out of the year-end bonus equation. Apparently, associates still must demonstrate merit in some fashion to qualify for a bonus, but the amount is now independent of hours billed.

Thx to Tex Parte Blog

In the latest of several unusual events involving Judge Samuel B. Kent, Chief Judge Hayden Head of the Southern District of Texas ordered that Judge Kent would take an “intended absence” from his bench until December.

This leave of absence comes after a May order by Chief Head that split thirty percent of Kent’s civil cases among fellow U.S. District Court Judges John Rainey of Victoria, Sim Lake of Houston, and Gray H. Miller, of Houston. In 2001 the then-chief judge of the the Southern District removed eighty-five cases from Judge Kent’s court, which involved a law firm headed by one of his best friends, Richard Melancon.

Dean James Alfini of South Texas College of Law said that the leave of absence could be due to discipline by a judge’s peers, an illness, or a need to take time off for some other reason.

We here at SMSB have been huge fans of Judge Kent for his ascerbic wit and biting judicial opinions, but the chain of events in his chambers seems to point to something more related to disciplinary sanction than to personal time constraints.

In honor of Judge Kent’s time on the bench, below is a page from one of our favorite Kent opinions–the so-called “Live Bolivian” decision.

Live Bolivian

Whatever the case, we wish Judge Kent well during his leave, and look forward both to his return to the bench and the return of his legendary benchslappery.

Thx to the
Houston Chronicle and Greedy-Texas

As a going-away gift, Karl Rove’s fellow West Wingers saran-wrapped his car, and plastered it with sticky notes and a “I [heart] Obama” bumper sticker.

RoveMobile

Almost as good as the “w” keyboard prank pulled by departing Clinton staffers.

Thx to the Politico and Breitbart TV

This is why I continue to really like Lance (above and beyond my obligatory allegiance due to our shared Texan heritage).

Livestrong Cancer Forum

At the LiveStrong-sponsored cancer forum, Chris Matthews was the moderator, and–shocker–was going a little hard on the Republican candidates in attendance (Sen. Brownback and Gov. Huckabee). So on a commercial break, Lance scolded Matthews to to “be a little nicer.”

Thx to TV Newser and the Atlanta Journal Constitution

The Longhorns will don bluebonnets on their helmets this year to honor the passing of Lady Bird Johnson.

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While I’m generally against the concept of putting flower decals on football helmets, here, it is not only quintessentially Texan (for you out-of-staters, the bluebonnet is our state flower) but entirely appropriate in light of Lady Bird’s tireless efforts to beautify our Great State. I can imagine few better ways to honor one of Texas’ favorite daughters than by having our state’s greatest football team honor her memory.

Thx to BevoBeat

This past Friday, Munsch Hardt CEO Glenn Callison announced the firm would not raise from $135k to the new market standard of $160k, reasoning that “[w]e believe clients of all sizes are going to have push-back at the continued increases in billing rates[,] … [and w]e see that as a great opportunity for us.”

MH

Thx to Tex Parte Blog

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