Author Archives: Harry Balczak

Balczak 20:11

And yea verily, Rick Perry didst call upon the Texans to pray to the Lord and beseech Him to raineth upon their land, restoreth their crops, and putteth out their brushfires, so that Perry might avoideth an embarrassing request for … Continue reading

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Last Week In Lawyerin’

You may have heard last week about the Supreme Court’s decision in AT&T Mobility v. Concepcion. The punchline was that corporations will now have a much easier time avoiding consumer class actions and forcing consumers into single-claim arbitration. All it … Continue reading

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Substitute Right-Winger

So I guess you all have heard the news about the Governor asking for… wait for it…FEDERAL ASSISTANCE in responding to wildfires across the state. http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/metropolitan/7526025.html Strangely, I haven’t heard from any of my usually reliable friends on the other … Continue reading

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Yes! Exactly!!

The Fort Worth Star-Telegram has an article out today that is sure to make your inside-the-brain-reading-voice say “Geee, ya think??,” particularly if yours is as snarky as mine. It’s all about how states are going broke because they don’t tax … Continue reading

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The People Have Spoken

It’s not just the Austin City Council who occasionally disregards the clear will of their constituents. According to news reports, the local government of Fort Wayne, IN refuses to name their new government center after one of the city’s longest … Continue reading

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Well Bless You People’s Hearts

In case you’re wondering, yes i AM going to crow about it every time some deep red pocket of the state complains about losing schools and facing extinction due to the GOP’s priorities and deliberate policy choices. According to today’s … Continue reading

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May All You People Get Exactly What You Asked For

I don’t know about you, but it does my heart good to pick up a newspaper and read these last few days about how the sweet fruits of democracy are blooming even in barren, dry and godforsaken lands far, far … Continue reading

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RIP Sputnik

With all the convention activity going on and the reported recent passing of Gov. Briscoe and Sen. Byrd, it may have escaped notice that we also lost Sputnik this past week. Sputnik, for anyone not familiar, was a regular fixture … Continue reading

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Lately in Lawyerin’

Have you booked your room yet for the big state convention down in Corpus this weekend? I think a bunch of those shrimpers from Louisiana and Mi’Sippi have already made their way down the coast to more hydrous waters and … Continue reading

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Balczak on Balzac

Sometimes I like to imagine how much better I’d be doing if only I were a sociopath. Allow me to explain. Balzac (and here I’m referring to the 19th century French playwright; not that weird and annoying rhetorical device of … Continue reading

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