You likely know people who tend to beat themselves up a lot. Maybe that’s you. Think everyone does it to some degree, but it’s destructive when it becomes a habit not even noticed. And what I want to say is this: Self-respect is being kind to yourself and your future self. Being kind to yourself, in that the things you say to yourself should never be harsher than what a good and kind and true friend would say. And kind friends forgive after people make inevitable mistakes. Being kind to your future self, in that the things you do now, should help […]Continue Reading →
Understatement to say that the NFL and its teams are struggling to fashion appropriate discipline for allegations of NFL player misconduct. As I’ve written before, these problems were completely foreseeable when sports leagues take a bigger role in extra-judicial punishments. And sell to the public that it is appropriate for them to do so. Everybody has an opinion on this, and I will share mine. I have a unique perspective as I’ve worked for large companies as an in-house lawyer, dealing with crisis management and employment law among other issues. In addition, I’ve worked with my husband who is a former assistant district attorney and […]Continue Reading →
From 2006 to 2011, I wrote for a now-defunct sports blog called, FanHouse. When I first started writing about NFL for them, I didn’t mention that I was a lawyer. It didn’t seem relevant. But then I told them after Roger Goodell’s new personal conduct policy put player criminal justice issues into the spotlight. I ended up writing about a lot of sports and legal issues. The following is what I wrote on July 1, 2009. It no longer exists as a link because AOL killed FanHouse, but I found it in the Wayback Machine. I am reprinting it here […]Continue Reading →
The word “provocative” has often been used in articles describing the tactics of Open Carry Texas. A Google search of “Open Carry + provocative” leads to about 15,000 results. For those unfamiliar with them, “Open Carry Texas” is the organization which seeks: 1. to promote awareness that the open carry of long rifles is legal in Texas; 2. to make people feel more comfortable with the safe and legal exercise of that right; 3. to change state law to make less restrictive open carry laws. They promote their cause by openly carrying rifles at rallies in public places. According to the Houston Press, “Open Carry Texas Says it […]Continue Reading →
A lot of times when people ask me about unjust legal results, they ask, “Isn’t that unconstitutional?” Or, “How can that be fair?” If the answer was just answering a law school exam, I’d write out the pros and cons of the constitutionality of a law. As for fairness, the law like life is often not fair. The least fair part of the legal system involves the expense of defending your rights. If you think you have a right but don’t have money to defend that right, well then, you have nothing. You may think have a legal right to do something, but […]Continue Reading →
FEAST! The best eating I’ve ever done was at a party where everybody was supposed to bring the best thing they cook. You know, the food that everybody begs you for the recipe. So everybody brought the food that they were famous for and feasted. (When we buy a bunch of food and cook it all day and call our buds to come over last second, we call it “FEAST.”) Blog posts as index cards. One thing you can do with blog posts is to create a repository of things. Like a place to share recipes. Blog posts can also be a spot to do […]Continue Reading →
Does Houston have the coldest restaurants in the nation year round? I think so. I can’t think of any place I have travelled that has such cold restaurants. And it isn’t an air-conditioned Texas-wide thing. Restaurants in Austin and San Antonio are not nearly as cold as Houston ones. I don’t go to Dallas. For all the obvious reasons. You have to have a sweater or sweatshirt in your trunk at all times. Wearing a sleeveless dresses to a Houston restaurant without some sort of cover up results certain suffering for fashion. After suffering a restaurant that I won’t name so […]Continue Reading →
Thinking of filing a property tax protest? Reports suggest 2014 may see one of the biggest property tax increases in Houston ever. To see a map of the 2014 tax increase in your area, click on this HCAD map. Ugly. I am not a property tax protest expert. Just a homeowner who believes the computerized tax assessments on my home value are always off-base. I’ve found the most helpful information in protesting my taxes was talking to friends about what has worked for them. Wanted to use this blog post as a forum to share my (non legal advice) experiences, and […]Continue Reading →
In his reddit AMA with Saints fans, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell was asked whether there was any chance the Saints would get their second round pick back. To date, he had not answered this question publicly. His answer? "No, the penalty will continue to include the 2nd round draft choice in 2013." This was news to Saints fans because after the Saints and the coaches appealed the penalty, the NFL released the following statement rejecting the appeal (from April 2012) that suggested that the pick might not be forfeited if the team cooperated with the NFL: "The club and individuals […]Continue Reading →
A true story. My late sister Deb lived her life as a very responsible American. To take care of herself and her young daughter, she had a responsible job at a big company, which meant that she had about the best insurance an American can have unless you are in Congress. One day she woke up with a terrible headache and her arm numb. She went to the ER and discovered she had a rare form of leukemia. This meant immediate treatment and vast amounts of time in the hospital. She could no longer work, so she kept getting paid […]Continue Reading →
Received a number of questions about the former Saints defensive coordinator Gregg Williams' declaration about so-called "Bountygate." (A "declaration" is similar to an affidavit as it is legally binding but not notarized). This blog post hopes to answer these questions. What is The Content of The Gregg Williams Statement? Here's a copy of the Gregg Williams' declaration that you can read for yourself. Declarations and affidavits are typically written by lawyers to reduce a person's recollection/views to written form. They are often written in a self-serving way, to avoid saying things that look bad for a person, and the Gregg […]Continue Reading →
Sadly, sensible legal maneuvers are often incompatible with common sense. That is likely reason 2,366,254,863 people don't like lawyers. The posturing involving Saints "Bountygate" makes little real sense, but settlement of the lawsuit is very difficult due to issues of ego, power, opposite viewpoints, and lawyering. I have a hard time figuring out what the NFL's goals are other than a demonstration of power over the NFL Player's Association. For example…. Increasing Punishment Based on Retaliation? This weekend Jason Cole wrote on Twitter that NFL sources suggested Jonathan Vilma's suspension would have been reduced to maybe 4 games instead of […]Continue Reading →
The husband Bill has recently got enthusiastic about playing albums through an old school turntable into old school speakers. I must confess initial feelings of skepticism that any of that would sound any better than iPod stuff. Mark it on your calendars…Bill was right, I was wrong. Thought I wouldn't be able to tell a difference, but with some of the stuff in particular, it sounded gorgeous and warm. You feel the music like a good hug. (We still do need to hide the speaker wire better though, which is such a wife thing to say). As I wanted to […]Continue Reading →
The syndicated version of Who Wants To Be A Millionaire is coming to Houston on Monday to audition contestants. I participated in auditions in Houston almost 11 years ago, got the call to be on the show, won $64,000 (minus way too many taxes). I ended up doing this because my very cool mother-in-law encouraged me to try out. The show experience was one of the most surreal things that has ever happened in my life. I’ve helped other people get on the show since then, and thought I’d share some Who Wants To Be A Millionaire audition tips. Audition […]Continue Reading →
I've been catching up on my summer reading, and very much want to recommend the autobiography, "Bum Phillips: Coach, Cowboy, Christian." It's a quick read, and something worth sharing with your pre-teens, teenagers too. He would likely be embarrassed by folks saying this, but he has lived a very very badass life beyond just the Houston Oilers stuff. I also love how earnest it is in a time when earnest isn't always appreciated. Bum Phillips tells his whole story: From growing up in East Texas during the Great Depression His Marine times in the Pacific during World War II Texas […]Continue Reading →
I'm not sure why politicians think that robocalling the electorate is a good idea. One of the most popular pieces of federal legislation was the establishment of the National Do Not Call Registry in 2003. Sadly, one of the exceptions to the bill allows for political calls, and increasingly those calls are made by recordings. I can't fathom that there is any data that suggests intentionally annoying people in their houses with recorded messages during dinner is an effective campaign strategy. So this blog post is my windmill tilting to make them go away. Political Robocall Apology: A Story A […]Continue Reading →
Did you know that "Online Impersonation" is a crime in Texas? I thought I knew a lot about the web, but ran across this relating to a legal case I know about. Enacted into law in 2009, here's the complete Texas 'Online Impersonation' statute. In key part: "Sec. 33.07. ONLINE IMPERSONATION. (a) A person commits an offense if the person, without obtaining the other person's consent and with the intent to harm, defraud, intimidate, or threaten any person, uses the name or persona of another person to: (1) create a web page on a commercial social networking site or other Internet website; or […]Continue Reading →
Who advises United Airlines on their public relations in Houston? Former Houston Oilers owner Bud Adams? Saw this comment after the Houston Chronicle article reporting that United Airlines was cutting jobs after the Houston counsel vote allowing international flights out of Hobby Airport: Hey United, you're not the first one to try and coerce the citizens of Houston into something they didn't want to do. Go ask Bud Adams how that worked out for him. He bailed on the 4th largest city in the country because he didn't get his way. His team now plays in the 20th largest city […]Continue Reading →
Before reading this Q&A, please read Part 1, "Saints Bountygate is Now Saints Litigate: Common Q&As." Documents relevant to the "Bountygate" issue are located there, along with answers to a lot of talk radio type questions. Please read the documents yourself and draw your own conclusions. Here are my answers of additional questions received from NFL fans: Will the failure of the players to participate in the June 18th hearing in front of Roger Goodell work against them? That's the question posed by the Pro Football Talk Mike Florio's blog post, "Failure to participate in appeal process could come back […]Continue Reading →
This week in dysfunctional labor relations pits the NFL Players Association (NFLPA) against the NFL. Unsurprisingly, after the NFL came out with their final determination in the so-called Saints Bountygate bounty/pay for performance issue, the NFLPA filed suit against the NFL on behalf of all the penazlied players except Jonathan Vilma. This is after Saints player Vilma had already sued Roger Goodell for defamation, and Goodell and the NFL to stop his punishment. If you are a NFL fan who wants to have an informed opinion about these matters, I suggest reading the actual legal documents. Some people believe that […]Continue Reading →
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