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The Week In Assholes

by Victoria Pynchon
January 2011

From Victoria Pynchon's Settle It Now Negotiation and ABC of Conflict Blog

Victoria Pynchon

A new regular weekly feature here and at The Negotiation Law Blog is The Week in Assholes.

Gawker Calls Scalia an ‘A-Hole’ as He Questions Women’s Rights Under the 14th Amendment at Legal Blog Watch. I grew up in Impeach Earl Warren territory – San Diego in the late 50′s and early 60s, then primarily a Navy and defense industry town – read: None Dare Call it Treason-Duck ‘n Cover-Fallout Shelter-Flouridated Drinking Water as Communist Plot-John Birch Society pre-Tea-Partyville. So I’m happy to begin an Impeach Scalia Campaign based on his recent statement that he “doesn’t have to read the briefs” to pen Supreme Court opinions on the most controversial issues before the Supreme Court today. Just sayin’. See Boehner’s House, Scalia’s Pizza at the New Yorker, hereby cutting my demographic in half.

Reuters reports that thanks to the ever-vigilant ACLU, it’s no longer a crime in Pennsylvania to shout the word “asshole” at passing motorists or even to the police officer who’s hassling you. Also see Swear Freely In Pennsylvania: It’s Your #$%^&*^ Constitutional Right at NPR.

Nice guy James Van Der Beek styles himself as an “Asshole for Hire” at Funny or Die.

ESPN Reporter Ron Franklin was fired for calling reporter Jeannine Edwards an “asshole” but only after she asked him politely not to call her “sweet baby.” I think this had more to do with gender politics than profanity.

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Attorney-mediator Victoria Pynchon is a panelist with ADR Services, Inc. Ms. Pynchon was awarded her LL.M Degree in Dispute Resolution from the Straus Institute in May of 2006, after 25 years of complex commercial litigation practice, with sub-specialties in intellectual property, securities fraud, antitrust, insurance coverage, consumer class actions and all types of business torts and contract disputes.  During her two years of full-time neutral practice, she has co-mediated both mandatory and voluntary settlement conferences with Los Angeles Superior Court Judges Alexander Williams, III and Victoria Chaney.  As a result of her work with Judge Chaney in the Complex Court at Central Civil West, Ms. Pynchon has gained significant experience mediating construction defect litigation.  Ms. Pynchon received her J.D., Order of the Coif, from the U.C. Davis School of Law. 

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