Tempra

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  1. US elections 2016 - "Go ahead, throw your vote away"

    No idea what you are trying to convey. And the people to blame for Trump not paying any taxes on $695 million is Congress. When you prepare your taxes, do you opt out of itemizing certain deductions (e.g. mortgage interest) in order to pay your "fair share" of taxes? BTW, who decides what a taxpayer's "fair share" of taxes is anyways? I suggest Congress makes that decision by enacting the tax code. Again, blame Congress.
  2. US elections 2016 - "Go ahead, throw your vote away"

    Does he have outstanding tax liability to pay? Unless he does, he has not broken the law. Blame Congress for our tax code. Huh? What tax laws has he broken? If you know that he has broken the tax laws, why do you need his tax returns released?
  3. US elections 2016 - "Go ahead, throw your vote away"

    And? Unless he has outstanding tax liability, he is not breaking any law. It's beyond fucked up for someone to have zero tax liability on $695 million but that is on Congress and not the taxpayer.
  4. US elections 2016 - "Go ahead, throw your vote away"

    no? At best he said he had no tax liability. Big difference.
  5. US elections 2016 - "Go ahead, throw your vote away"

    What a sexist pig. #StopHoltingProgress
  6. NFL 2016 Week 3/4: The Darkness Peers Back

    Welp. Let's hope it's Kap time after that horrific display by Gabbert. Also, too early to be missing the Tomsula days?
  7. NFL 2016 Week 2: extending the mustache ride in LA

    I'm not sure how you can quantify the amount of advantage that the Patriots received because Goodell was obviously scared shitless for the viability of the NFL and, therefore, destroyed all the evidence.
  8. NFL 2016 Week 2: extending the mustache ride in LA

    Last three niner possessions have resulted in 9 plays for 8 yards. Gabby and Kelly suck.
  9. NFL Season 2016: The Shankapotomus Is Real!

    Good ol' Gabbert throws a grounder three yard backwards on a 4th and 1. Lovely.
  10. U.S. Elections 2016: It's Not A Lie, If YOU Believe It

    Looks like she has pneumonia. http://www.cnn.com/2016/09/11/politics/hillary-clinton-health/index.html
  11. NFL Preseason 2016: The Scar Strangled Banger

    Superman doesn't need no concussion test... He might need a tissue, though.
  12. The Workplace as Highschool; or We Never Grow Up

    In my experience, yes, many big law firms wildly overstaff cases. I just recently had a settlement conference in a small case that was attended by 4 BigLaw attorneys (2 partners). I was the only attorney present on the other side. During the three hour conference, only the senior partner spoke. If we litigate the case, there is a very real possibility that their attorney fees would exceed the amount in controversy. That's a pretty common scenario. It's also pretty evident in discovery where well-heeled law firms just go crazy deposing everyone and searching every irrelelvant document, which is only a viable strategy if you can throw bodies at a case. I guess if you can get clients to pay for it all, why not?
  13. The Workplace as Highschool; or We Never Grow Up

    Isn't the inefficiency part of the BigLaw model? BigLaw firms often way overstaff cases to maximize billable hours to support lavish salaries. Still, I see your point about hiring for positions two years out from actual employment. Hiring laterals makes a ton more sense than paying first year associates 180k. But where do you hire your laterals from? Most likely from peer law firms or a few government agencies. The law firm laterals most likely came in through the other firm's summer associate program. So that doesn't really solve the problem because the lateral market crashes if all firms abandon their entry level program. Moreover, there is just not enough people leaving DOJ / SEC / FDIC / FTC to fill the Big Law ranks. So, ultimately, entry level hiring is likely a necessary evil for BigLaw. I don't mean to be a sound like a defender for BigLaw hiring. It's generally a shit process and often undeniably discriminatory, particularly towards women. Still, I am not sure the data the law firms rely on is any less logical than what most other legal (and non-legal) employers rely upon as part of their hiring process. Hiring is often more of an art than a science. Federal government hiring is quite illogical, too Since all jobs generally must be funded by a Congressional appropriation, agencies hire when there is money irrespective of need. The thought process being that agencies hire when they can hire employees because there may be no money to hire when they need additional employees. In practice, I suspect agencies are overstaffed about 10% of the time, appropriately staffed 5% of the time, and understaffed the other 85% of the time.
  14. The Workplace as Highschool; or We Never Grow Up

    I don't think Biglaw hiring practices are that illogical. By the end of 1L, prospective candidates are pretty well filtered by intelligence (law school / LSAT) and work ethic (grades). Moreover, most prospective applicants know whether they are on law review (writing ability) or moot court (oral advocacy). Finally, they have had at least one law related job from which they could provide a reference and writing sample. Do you really need to know their grade on Admin Law or other 2L/3L class before hiring them? I don't get the sense that there are drastic shifts in class rank between the end of 1L and 3L. The illogical part seems to be offering law students a summer associate position instead of just a full time offer. Most top law firms give offers to all or nearly all summer associates, so what's to be gained by paying law students 40k for 12 weeks worth of work? The answer, of course, is that other BigLaw firms have summer associate programs, which force conservative-minded attorneys (and their firms) to move in lockstep with their peers. The money spent on summer associates would, almost certainly, be better spent on larger signing bonuses for clerks or enticements to lure away key regulators from cushy government jobs.
  15. NFL 2016 Offseason: THIS Is The Year!

    I've been the biggest Kaepernick homer since his very first game against Chicago. I'm finally done. I'm not surprised by the incident given that his social media accounts over the past 10 months look like they were taken over by a wannabe black panther. While I generally could care less about his personal political leanings, this is a transparent attempt to distract people from his poor play. When he is benched and ultimately cut, we'll hear about how racist Chip KKKelly and Trent BalKKKe were towards poor Kap. Saw this tweet which pretty much sums up the controversy: 'If your not good enough to start over Blaine Gabbert you shouldnt be aloud to stand for the national anthem anyways. USA is for winners"