Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Another LeClairRyan merger

Here it says that LeClairRyan is merging with Wright Robinson Osthimer & Tatum.

Just in case you were wondering if that sort of thing was still going on.

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

What did the ABA say about those other Fourth Circuit nominees?

It says here that the ABA gave the well-qualified rating to Fourth Circuit nominees Robert Conrad and Rod Rosenstein, but Steve Matthews got the dreaded "Q/NQ," as in there was a split vote, and the minority thought the rating should be "not qualified."

On Boucher, Superdelegate

This commentary by Paul Goldman reports that somebody has been complaining that Rick Boucher ought to vote for Clinton, since she carried the Ninth District.

Sure, as soon as Jennifer McClellan and the rest of the Virginia supers where Obama carried the vote change their endorsements - which they say they will not.

Is this one for Bill O'Reilly, Michael Savage, or Lou Dobbs?

The Bristol paper reports here that an illegal immigrant from Mexico was sentenced by Judge Lowe of the Washington County Circuit Court to 26 life terms in prison, one for each month that he molested a young girl.

The article does not say which Southwest Virginia employer or employers had been paying him, right here in Washington County.

Also today came published reports such as this one, indicating "Immigrants in California, including those without documents, are 'far less likely' than the native-born to end up incarcerated for crimes, according to a study released Monday by the Public Policy Institute of California."

That report is available here.

Monday, February 25, 2008

One for the Chamber of Commerce

Over the weekend, the Bristol did a front page story on the continued use of outhouses in Southwest Virginia.

I remember the outhouses that were on the farms where my dad grew up and where my mom grew up. The latter was referred to as Grandpa Conrad's "office."

Also, I recall there was one at the old band director's cabin, wherever that was, complete with instructions in the form of a bit of verse.