I don’t think.
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Here’s what happens IRL – there are many examples here, for better or worse.
I don’t think.
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Here’s what happens IRL – there are many examples here, for better or worse.
Hooh boy. Below is an actual “press release” that just came over the transom from a lawyer licensed in California. We’re going to do it Point/Counterpoint style with the actual press release from the “DUI lawyer” followed by the reply from a non-”DUI lawyer.”
Easy peasey. But first, a photo caption:
The poor victims of California’s draconian DUI laws, horrible laws enforced by unreliable cops using unreliable breathalyzers. Oops, nobody wanted to pose for a photo bearing that caption, so let’s make do with a shot from the wrecked Volvo of the victims of a boozed-up driver:
“California DUI Lawyer Explains What to do if You’re Stopped for a DUI”
LONG BEACH, Calif., July 29 /PRNewswire/ — Nationally-known California DUI attorney [Redacted] , author of [Redacted], offers this advice:
“What should I do if I’m stopped for suspicion of DUI?”
[Think to yourself, "Man, what's gone wrong today such that I'm now in this predicament? Maybe it has something to do with all that effing alcohol I just drank? Or maybe it was the Vicodin. What changes can I make in my life?]
First, don’t flunk the “attitude test”: Be pleasant and cooperative with the officer. But that doesn’t mean to do everything you’re asked.
[No arguments here.]
For example, you’re not required by law to take the DUI field sobriety tests, and frankly I’d advise you to decline them.
[Frankly, take the Field Sobriety Test, if you want.]
In [Redacted - basically a list of some of the counties where said "DUI lawyer" has an office] and other parts of California, you may be asked to take a DUI handheld breath test during the DUI investigation; again, you’re not required by California law to take it and you should politely decline.
[WTF? Didn't he just say that in the preceding sentence? Again, take the Field Sobriety Test, if you want.]
“Should I answer the officer’s questions?”
[It depends - are you drunk or not?]
Decline to answer potentially incriminating questions, such as “How much have you had to drink?”
[Don't say "a couple beers"! Everybody always says, "a couple beers"!]
or “How do you feel?”
[Don't say, "Drunk"!]
Remember: whatever you say that can hurt you will be put in the officer’s DUI report – and whatever will help you will be left out. A good answer is, “I would prefer not to answer any more questions until I can see an attorney.”
[Try to not to slur your speech when you say this.]
“Should I take a breath or blood test?”
[Both. Why not Bring It On!]
If you’re offered a test after you’re arrested for DUI, you should probably take it.
If you refuse, the possible license suspension and jail time will be longer and a refusal can be used in evidence as an implied admission of intoxication.
[Bingo. Now we're on the trolley.]
The blood test is potentially more accurate than the generally unreliable breathalyzer
["Unreliable"? Wouldn't you want your DUI level determined by an unreliable method if you're drunk, as most people prosecuted for drunk driving actually were?]
so if you’re confident that your blood-alcohol level is under .08%, take it.
[This is advice? If you know you're going to pass the blood test, you should take it? But what if you are actually too drunk to drive under the law, the position most people find themselves in after failing or refusing to fail the Field Sobriety Test? There's no pithy advice for actual drunk people, apparently.]
“How serious are the consequences of a California DUI conviction?”
[Pretty much the same whether you hire a "DUI Lawyer" or not, if you're a first timer with a typical case. F. Lee Bailey famously avoided conviction when he got caught in San Francisco's Hayes Valley back in 1982. More about him later.]
Initially, the possible legal consequences of a DUI conviction depend upon many factors, such as the blood-alcohol level, any prior DUI record, presence of children in the car, etc. Penalties include jail, fines, license suspension, DUI schools, probation and possibly more. But the indirect damage can be considerable: including a criminal record, increased car insurance, employment problems, professional licensing issues, security clearance — even possible consequences in divorce or child custody cases.
[Yep. What's this, a commercial for lawyers?]
“What is the most important thing for me to know if I’m arrested for DUI in California?”
[Yes, it is a commercial for lawyers. Here comes the hard sell.]
DUI is the most difficult crime for an attorney to defend correctly,
due to the complex criminal DUI laws
and scientific blood-alcohol issues, as well as separate California DMV administrative hearings.
[Difficult? The hearings they have on the second floor of the DMV where the drunk driver's chance to speak lasts a number of seconds or minutes? Srsly? Hahahahahahhahahah! Oooooh... a hearing at the blessed DMV where you're going to lose your license to drive for a while, whether you like it or not! So "complex" a path for your attorney to navigate as he cashes in on your drinking problem.]
Recognize that it’s usually the unreliable breath machine that largely determines guilt or innocence.
[Recognize that it's the usually reliable breath machine that largely determines whether you are guilty of DUI.]
It’s crucial that you retain a California DUI attorney with at least 10 years experience,
[Gee, he means maybe himself, maybe, just maybe? Hahahahahahhahahah!]
preferably a lawyer who specializes in DUI defense exclusively in Los Angeles, Orange County or wherever you were arrested.
[If you look at it along these lines, this attorney has somebody available to represent about half of the state of California. What a specialist!]
For more information about California DUI laws and DUI lawyers, visit [Redacted]
About the Law Offices of [Redacted]
Known nationally as “The Dean of DUI Attorneys,…”
[The "Dean"! Hahahahahahhahahah!]
Thus ends our trip to press release lawyer land.
Now, about F Lee Bailey. The way he got off was to hire Robert Shapiro(!), who went after the arresting officer, Peter Canaan. Remember all that stuff about Ron Fuhrman back in the O.J. Simpson case? There’s your “aggressive defense” defense strategery:
“In 1982, he attracted national attention again when he beat a drunk driving charge with LEGAL REPRESENTATION from his friend, ROBERT L. SHAPIRO. Bailey complained that the police had picked on him because he was famous. Soon he was campaigning publicly against what he saw as police harassment, warning, “The cops have decided to set some fierce public examples of their new hard line, probably to scare drivers into going easy on the booze.” He promptly wrote a legal SELF-HELP book titled How to Protect Yourself against Cops in California and Other Strange Places, purporting to be a guide to avoiding unfair drunk driving convictions.”
So, O.J. Simpson didn’t kill his ex-wife and Ron Goldman (a guy who just happened to be seen around town driving the crappy white Ferrari Mondial that OJ’s money paid for), because of the N-word and you’re not a drunk driver because you paid thousands of dollars for a “DUI attorney”? O.K. fine.
Let’s review the state of affairs:
99%+ of trips made by drunk drivers in California never result in a traffic stop, arrest, conviction or anything of that sort and;
California has one of the most lenient standards for how impaired you can be compared with the rest of the world, and;
A thousand-something non-drunk driving Californians die each year due to drunk drivers.
That’s the state of affairs. If you want to pay an attorney to commiserate with you after the DMV pulls your license, well then have at it.
And also, what does this mean, California Lawyer Magazine?
“DUI defense is the specialty people love to hate—but dare not drive without.”
So let’s see here, got my keys, my cell phone, OMG, where’s my DUI defense? I never dare to drive without it! WTF, CLM. Also, try finishing this sentence:
All right, if you say so.
That is all.
Hoo boy, first Pfizer and now this. The San Francisco Recreation and Park Department has managed to chase away the 2009 Golden Gate Renaissance Faire, which was slated for Speedway Meadow this summer. The event is cancelled. Why’s that ? Read on.
No more gay weddings:
Or girl power:
Or cheering for your favorite:
Or horse petting:
And forget about jousting as well.
Says Marti, the organizer:
“It is with our deepest regret that we must announce that the Golden Gate Renaissance Faire, planned to be held August 1 & 2, 2009, in San Francisco has been canceled. Ongoing challenges with the San Francisco Parks and Recreation Department introducing new restrictions, multiple date changes, and slow to confirm site usage along with continued changing requirements has forced Renaissance Productions to scrap its plans for this year’s event. After six successful years of producing an ever growing event for the community (hosting over 6,000 attendees in 2008), and having zero reported post-event site impact on the grounds, the Park and Recreation Department decided to change the operating arrangements. Due to these factors and a lack of confidence that additional restrictions would not be put into place at the last moment, there is no practical way for Renaissance Productions to bring a quality show to its audience or adequately market the event in due time.”
Here’s a hopeful note:
“We do hope to work out the issues and have an arrangement with the City of San Francisco to hold the Golden Gate Renaissance Faire in 2010.”
Let’s hope. But where will the Ren Fen go this year? Fremont, baby.
Get the deets regarding the Ardenwood Shakespeare Festival & Renaissance Faire after the jump
Here’s the thing about Ronald Ernest “Ron” Paul - he used to have an army of crazed fans come to his support whenever his name was mentioned on the Internet. But that was when he was running for parsident last year. These days, you don’t hear much about him or his earnest fans.
But today, at Golden Gate Park, in the rain, there’s hope for the idea of Ron Paul becoming U.S. President in 2012! You see, the official Ron Paul ’08 San Francisco Campaign Bus has been remodeled for the road ahead. The “’08″ graphics were changed to “’12″ (sort of) with the careful removal of a little bit of red tape. (And less red tape is a good thing for RP fans, right?)
Doesn’t it look like a 12, even just a little? Click to expand:
Just think, Ron Paul will only be 77 years old when he defeats Barack Obama and gets sworn in round about 2013! (Maybe not but that ”2″ could be changed to a ”6″ real easy for the 2016 election.)
Keep hope alive.
NB: Your right rear is a little low on air pressure, you might want to have someone look at that, Ron
Obama ’08 Headquarters at 939 Market Street near Fifth receives yet another delivery of oversized balloons from well-wishers.
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They barely fit through the front door
Look out! The same people (such as “composer, lyricist, scriptwriter, concert hound, music reviewer and web designer” Mark Tyne) who brought the Death of Castro Halloween funeral procession all the way down Market Street from the Ferry Building in 2007 are at it again.
Except this year the theme is the Death of Wall Street and the Rebirth of Castro Halloween. So we’ll see you out there, unless you get cowed by the ham-fisted “Home for Halloween” people, who would probably prefer you to stay at home and watch Major Dad reruns on the telly.
This pair of queens in the Castro shared a nice moment with a masked wrestler back in 2006, back in the good old days:
See Dow. See Dow die. Die Dow, Die!:
Death of Wall Street Funeral
Halloween 2008 – San Francisco
——- DIE DOW DIE ! —-
Come mourn “the death of wall street” &
“The rebirth of castro Halloween”
Giant coffin building party (bring black paint & duct tape)
Halloween – Friday 10/31/08
Media interviews in front of sf ferry building
build giant coffin in front of sf ferry building
“Death of wall street” funeral procession down market street (business suits & baby strollers welcome!)
Burial of wall street @ market & castro
8:1 5 pM
rebirth of castro Halloween @ market & castro
8:30 PM – ?
The Victory Garden at San Francisco’s Civic Center has a new lease on life due to today’s mayoral reprieve:
“Today Mayor Gavin Newsom announced his intention to keep the Slow Food Nation Victory Garden at Civic Center Plaza in place until November. The garden was originally scheduled to be disassembled and moved to a more permanent location on September 21, three weeks after the conclusion of Slow Food Nation.”
Now the whole idea of this garden smacked of Marie Antoinette’s L’Hameau de la Reine from the get-go and the fact it was supposed to be undone in September was met with some criticism, but having this thing around for another three months seems like a good idea.
Now on with the show.
This voter registerer got cuffed by a Park Ranger right next to the Civic Center Windmill. Some rich hippies took offense and questioned the necessity of this detention. Apparently, the very same man was asked to leave SFN just the day before.
People, people, people, have you no respect for the DPT? Just one Parking Control Officer had the opportunity to issue scores of tickets to those in too much of a hurry to get to Slow Food Nation. It’s as easy as (slow) pie to park for free all day in this area.
See you next year!
Right now it’s just blowing in the wind, but pretty soon this newly-installed windmill will earn its keep at San Francisco’s Slow Food Nation ’08.
Finally, here it is!
“Welcome Pavilions – Jensen Architects
The entryway to Slow Food Nation, the Welcome Pavilions at Fort Mason and Civic Center Plaza will be visible from near and far. Serving as a beacon and a billboard, each Welcome Center will be housed in a re-claimed shipping container painted Slow Food Nation signature orange and topped by a full size, galvanized steel windmill.”
See you there!
Perhaps the best part of WordCamp is the Apple-inspired Genius Bar, where everybody knows your name.
Making your way in the world today takes everything you’ve got.
Taking a break from all your worries, sure would help a lot.
Wouldn’t you like to get away?
Sometimes you want to go
Where everybody knows your name,
and they’re always glad you came.
You wanna be where you can see,
our troubles are all the same
You wanna be where everybody knows
2008′s Golden Gate Renaissance Faire was the place to be this past weekend in San Francisco. These shots from the jousting in 2007 show we were a little luckier with the weather last year, but there was a good turnout this go around as well.
Except for the modern chain link fence and the ATM machine by the entrance, this is a pretty credible attempt to show what life was like back in the day.
A new horse this year:
See you next year.