Things I Would Rather Do Than Watch The Browns Right Now

I’d hoped the karma would change.  Russell’s home for a reunion, and we went to Joe’s place with UJ to eat some pizza, drink some beer, and watch the Browns.  And, for a time, the wheel turned, and the Browns sprinted to a 14-0 lead.  But then the wheels came off, Cleveland collapsed, Perplexed Pat Shurmur absorbed it stoically, and the Browns fell to the Giants in embarrassing fashion, 41-27.

Next Sunday I won’t be able to watch the Browns.  Thank God!  I can’t bear the agony of watching the Browns fumble and stumble and bumble their way to another disaster.  In fact, here is a partial list of things I would rather do than watch the Browns right now:

*  Repeatedly Taser myself

*  Listen to the Cher recording of Half Breed play continuously for 18 days

*  Chew aluminum foil

*  Serve as the personal laundry attendant for long-term residents at the National Senior Citizen Incontinence Institute

*  Dip my face into a bowl full of glass shards

As Colonel Kurtz would say:  “The horror!”

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Dogs-On-A-Leash Art (Of A Sort)

What do you get when you try to take a long-exposure, pre-dawn photo of the moon low on the horizon while your two dogs are frantically are pulling on their leashes?  You get something like this.

You never know where art will come from.  In this case, I like the graceful lines etched by the moon and the houselights as my hands and the camera were yanked by Penny and Kasey, who were determined to get about their business.

Voting In The Courts

More and more, it seems, every decision affecting voting ends up in the courts.  How are congressional districts configured?  How can people register?  Are petition signatures valid?  Should people have to show photo ID to vote?  Is ballot language unclear?  When can people vote?  Must the polls stay open late on Election Day because of machine malfunctions?  Often it seems there are as many stories about court rulings as about candidates.

In Ohio, the latest judicial decision addressed the issue of early voting, which started this past week.  Ohio’s Secretary of State had ordered county boards of elections to stop early voting the Friday before Election Day, except for members of the military.  The Obama campaign challenged that decision, and on Friday a federal court of appeals ruled that the Secretary of State’s decision was invalid.  As a result, individual county boards themselves will decide whether to be open on those days.

As a lawyer, I obviously don’t object to people seeking judicial recourse when they believe their rights have been violated.  The big issue, to my mind, is confusion on the part of voters about what the rules are — confusion that may cause them to inadvertently lose their right to vote.  I hope that we are done with court rulings affecting Ohio this election cycle, so that information about the actual rules can be disseminated to all voters before November 6.  I also hope that the state and local officials who address voting recognize that it might be helpful to simply leave the rules that have been vetted and approved by courts unchanged for a few elections, so that every voter knows when, where, and how they can exercise one of the most important rights afforded to any American citizen.