Good morning from Boston...
…where I always feel at home! I’m here for the morning, talking to young, newly minted Massachusetts lawyers about ethics.
1. This is a big deal, though only lawyers will care. Finally, California has ditched its confusing, multi-source (some ethics rules were laws, some were regulations), antiquated legal ethics rules, and became the last of the jurisdictions, including D.C., to adopt the American Bar Association’s template for legal ethics guidance. Yes, in one area, if not the most important ones, California is moving closer to the rest of the country! There is hope!
2. Ally’s lament. Ally Sheedy, whom you might recall from “War Games” and “The Breakfast Club,” is one of Hollywood’s more articulate and thoughtful performers. She recently penned a post condemning Hollywood sexism, and its effect on her career. Essentially the essay amounts to a complaint that Hollywood is obsessed with appearances and, with women, sex appeal.
I like Sheedy, and I was pre-inclined to respect her observations (which are certainly accurate), but I have to admit that unsympathetic blogger Amy Alkon has a point. She writes,
“..professional actress Ally Sheedy takes it upon herself to lament the looks-driven reality of Hollywood — which is kind of like lamenting how in professional baseball, somebody’s always throwing a ball your way. …This is the movies, dear, not the genetics lab. Her entire essay is an example of intrasexual competition — criticizing and trying to change the standards of female competition by one who falls a bit short of them.Because so many people are so ignorant of our evolved psychology and in denial of biological sex differences (and the psychological sex differences that come out of them), they don’t get that there is pressure on men, too, to meet women’s differing mating priorities.As for those differing priorities, well…you don’t see men writing essays about how rotten it is that you can’t get a hot girlfriend (or probably any girlfriend) while unemployed and sleeping on a couch in your grandma’s basement.”
Yikes. And they say I’m tough…
3. I don’t know what the name for this irresponsible conduct is, but it’s stupid and dangerous. Apparently more than two dozen people have died from carbon monoxide poisoning because they didn’t shut off their keyless ignition cars. Foisting this alleged technological advance on he public is a classic example of the American obsession with fixing problems that don’t exist, while blissfully ignoring negative unanticipated consequences. What was the matter with key operated ignitions? What is the advantage of the keyless variety, other than that it is new and “cool”? Is this kind of technological upgrade, if it is an upgrade, worth a single life, much less many?
4. I promise this is the last time I mention this.…but the fact that this coming weekend all four networks will be broadcasting the wedding between two people who have done very little of note in their lives and who are good bets not to improve on that record shows such warped priorities that I am abashed. Add to that wasted valuable airtime all the mind-numbing commentary and blather, and this is the societal equivalent of your father deciding to dress up like a goose and honk around the neighborhood. No wonder the public keeps losing its handle on what this country stands for, if it happily celebrates such anti-democratic rituals occurring in other countries.
Well, Major League Baseball announced last week that it will be sending the Red Sox and Yankees over to London next summer to play a regular season series for our British cousins. Maybe it will help them get their values straight.