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Ron Johnson

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  1. A dissecting aortic aneurysm is very hard to repair once it starts rupturing. This is the same thing that killed the actor John Ritter despite the fact that he was across the street from a hospital when he collapsed. Holbrooke was quite the diplomat. RIP.
  2. Our first decent snowfall here occurred over the weekend. gave me a good excuse to break out the new boots from Barbour.
  3. That is SEC innovation right there. Brilliant. (Checks to see who funds Tebow's dad's missionary work) ETA: Really surprised to hear Malzahn is turning down 3 mil. year for the head job at Vandy. Wonder what else he sees out there. no one likes to lose, but I'd take 3M a year to be the SEC doormat.
  4. Salad of arugula simply dressed with olive oil, lemon juice and sea salt, topped with quarters of still warm, roasted beets and crumbles of chevre. Roasted leg of lamb studded with garlic cloves and rosemary sprigs served with caramelized brussel sprouts and potato gratin. epoisses and asher blue cheese from sweet grass dairy with pickled figs. assortment of homemade christmas cookies. 2005 Beaucastel CdP
  5. certainly this is true to an extent in that the plaintiff's side is completely unaffected by economic conditions. The reason why I would extend this to the defense side is that if we are still filing cases at the same volume, then they are still defending the same number of cases for which they can still bill, bill, bill. As for whether their clients, such as pharmaceutical companies, are now paying them a lower rate as the result of the recession I have no idea. But, the large firms here that do complex litigation have not laid off associates as we have seen with firms that handle more cor
  6. I assume that this is in response to news that Urban is quitting?
  7. certainly this is true to an extent in that the plaintiff's side is completely unaffected by economic conditions. The reason why I would extend this to the defense side is that if we are still filing cases at the same volume, then they are still defending the same number of cases for which they can still bill, bill, bill. As for whether their clients, such as pharmaceutical companies, are now paying them a lower rate as the result of the recession I have no idea. But, the large firms here that do complex litigation have not laid off associates as we have seen with firms that handle more cor
  8. Ha! That is so not true. So wrong it's not even wrong. Do you practice this type of law?
  9. I have never billed by the hour. My compensation is based directly on the quality of the result that I am able to provide to my client. The recession has had no impact on complex litigation.
  10. My wife just got a car with satellite radio, and as soon as I get in I flip on the Dead channel. Drives her crazy because I sing along to every song, and I can't sing.
  11. somewhere between hoax and performance art with a large dose of narcissism..
  12. Agree completely. This is a favorite that is very close to where we stay in the 14th. Lunch is a good deal.
  13. The duty owed to a social guest is very different than that owed to a business invitee. Another issue is insurance. Out here in the Middle, those who own homes have homeowners policies that cover a remarkable variety of liability claims, even ones that do not happen on the premises. For NY'ers who rent and have a renter's policy, I don't know, but doubt, that it would provide coverage for accidental poisoning of dinner guests. However, if they are running a business that was not disclosed to the carrier there is probably an exclusion that voids the coverage. If these are private, invit
  14. where do you stay when you are there?
  15. The problem with making rules is that once you start it's hard to know when to stop, and inevitably there are inconsistencies throughout. So, I can go to my market and buy a dozen raw oysters from warm Gulf waters and take the chance of getting something nasty in my intestines, but I cannot take the same risk with raw milk cheese. Make sense? Of course not. I do think that a sensible warning as Paul suggested would make sense in the case of cheese, but as Ori points out, the same would be ridiculous for things like fruits and vegetables.
  16. It was on the other night and I purposely avoided it. These shows always have the obligatory "survival of the fittest" segment where a mother animal watches her deformed baby slowly die from malnutrition or get eaten by wolves while the producers of the show maintain a "professional detachment". I just can't take those scenes. There aren't many of those, in fact they have this great zebra segment where (yes the mother dies) and the father ditches his other girlfriends and comes to the rescue of the baby. alright, but if I cry you are in a big trouble!
  17. It was on the other night and I purposely avoided it. These shows always have the obligatory "survival of the fittest" segment where a mother animal watches her deformed baby slowly die from malnutrition or get eaten by wolves while the producers of the show maintain a "professional detachment". I just can't take those scenes.
  18. FYI, I was in the winner's circle with Bobby Flay at Breeder's Cup. His horse paid $29 to win. I had $20 across on it.
  19. My great grandmother, who was known as Mammy, started the preparation of Sunday dinner by walking into her backyard where she would snatch a chicken up by the neck and shake the living shit out of it until it died, then she plucked it, cut it into pieces, dredged it in seasoned flour and fried it in lard in a cast iron skillet. good times.
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