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Mon Jun 15, 2009 at 08:45 PM PDT


by Mary Julia

You can't keep a lot of secrets on this blog, so I have shared a great many of my own. Many of you know that I am bipolar, and a recovering addict and alcoholic.

And, like many of you, I have an insurance company that I deal with every month. My story, like many of yours that I have read during my time here (and trust me, I'm ancient in blog time)is similar in many ways. But I will tell my tale, should you care to join me below the fold...

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Tue Feb 24, 2009 at 10:31 AM PST


by Mary Julia

The Governor of New York,  David Paterson, has fallen so low in a new poll that he will need a miracle to bob back up to the surface.

Here's what's up:

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Mon Feb 16, 2009 at 11:20 PM PST

Read It And Weep

by Mary Julia

I'm one of those night owls, never able to sleep much before dawn starts breaking.  So tonight, I was wandering through the news at Google, and look what I found.

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Sun Feb 15, 2009 at 06:15 PM PST

Do Something Crazy

by Mary Julia

   Many of you know that in a former life, I was a criminal defense lawyer.  I worked damn hard to protect my client's constitutional rights.  I stood next to many people for many years, and I would tell high school classes that to get to my client, you had to get through me. And I made it as hard as possible for any DA or US Attorney to get to my client.

So follow me below the fold to see why I switched to the side of the angels for one particular case.

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Mon Jan 26, 2009 at 08:39 PM PST


by Mary Julia

David Paterson, the unelected Governor of New York, had a really bad day today. Those pesky press conferences! Those nagging reporters! Those damn leaks out of his very own office!

Jump down the fold (if you care)

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Fri Jan 16, 2009 at 04:13 AM PST

Rising From The Dead

by Mary Julia

The beauty of this site is that you can admit your mistakes.  I made a big one.  I wrote a "GBCW" diary before kos published a poll yesterday about the New York Senate race.  No one was happier than me to see the results of that poll. So I freely admit that I was wrong about that, and I apologize, abjectly, to kos.  This should be a lesson to newbies - don't jump the gun! Otherwise, you will end up, like me, admitting your mistakes on the "tubes", all red-faced and feeling really silly.

That being said, let me try to explain my actions.  Follow me below the fold (and bundle up, for God's sake - where I am, it is two degrees, with a windchill below zero!)

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Thu Jan 15, 2009 at 12:43 AM PST

GBCW - I'm Gone

by Mary Julia

This is a hard diary to write, but a necessary one.  Hard because I feel like I have been here forever - I weathered the Pie War and the Pope War.  I was here when Armando was posting, as well as MaryScott O'Connor. I was here when kos used to dis Cheers & Jeers, and complained it was a "mojo fest" - now BiPM is paid to host it.

But it is a necessary diary, because I simply cannot stay, knowing my money  (I'm one of those subscribers) was used by kos to fund a poll that will be used to support his claim that Caroline Kennedy should not be the next Senator from NY.

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Mon Jan 12, 2009 at 04:51 AM PST

Waiting To Exhale

by Mary Julia

The New York Times has an excellent article this morning that draws in sharp relief what passed for "law enforcement" under the Bush Administration, and what federal law enforcement used to be, and could be again, under the Obama administration.

More to follow...

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Thu Jan 08, 2009 at 07:54 AM PST

No s#@t, Sherlock

by Mary Julia

While perusing the Daily Beast this morning, I happened upon this: I Survived the Bush Presidency. And the part that really caught my eye is below the fold...

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Wed Jan 07, 2009 at 02:11 PM PST

Law In the Lounge

by Mary Julia

Presently, there are two diaries on the Recommended List concerning the candidacy of Tom Geoghegan, including this one.  Being from New York, I have no dog in that fight, and wish him (and the splendid choices vying for this seat) well.

My concern lies with the op-ed written by Mr. Geoghegan that appears in the New York Times today.

My brother and I are both attorneys.  He is older, and when I went to law school, he would kid me about certain courses I thoroughly enjoyed - seminars on legal history and public policy, for example.  He called them "Law In The Lounge", which was shorthand for "they don't help you with the Bar Exam".  True enough.  On the other hand, I was the first person in my family to pass the Bar on the first try!

So follow me below the fold for some "Law In The Lounge".

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Sat Jan 03, 2009 at 07:07 AM PST

Is Everybody Clueless?

by Mary Julia

Between the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal this morning, I now realize that there are a lot of people who are totally clueless about upstate New York politics, God bless 'em.

Join me over the fold (and watch your step, because it is very snowy here):

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Sat Dec 20, 2008 at 09:25 AM PST

Andrew Cuomo is PISSED

by Mary Julia

There are very few things these days that can make me smile, but I have to admit, this was my gift for today from the NY Times:

So when it became clear that the Senate seat held by Hillary Rodham Clinton would become open, Mr. Cuomo restrained himself from overt campaigning and retreated to the background. That left the stage to Ms. Kennedy, who has marched out front and become the candidate everyone is talking about — and the favorite for the appointment.

That, friends say, has left Mr. Cuomo feeling outfoxed and frustrated. "It’s driving him crazy," said one confidant of Mr. Cuomo’s, who spoke to the attorney general about the Senate seat this week. "He’s boxed in. He can’t do anything except fume, and he is fuming."

Full article is

here. More over the jump.

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