March 8, 2010

"Swiss turn down lawyers-for-pets plan."

Now, there's a teaser/headline that confused me. I thought: What? Do you turn in your lawyer and get a pet in exchange?

But I clicked through — over at BBC.com — and saw that it was just about a proposed national system of government-funded lawyers who would provide legal representation to animals.

ADDED: It was just pointed out to me that I was confused the wrong way.  I should have thought that it was about handing in your pet and getting a lawyer. The expression "cash for clunkers" was used in the explanation of why I was wrong about being wrong. And somehow those 2 wrongs did not make a right.

27 comments:

traditionalguy said...

Please Professor, don't get Trooper started.

Bob_R said...

This has been up for five minutes and no one has suggested what we would get if we turned Althouse in.

traditionalguy said...

Bob R ...They tried to turn her in but no one had a secure facilty or the expertise to train her. Oh, you did mean that SeaWorld killer porpoise, right? That's the one that needs the lawyer.

veni vidi vici said...

If the Swiss are backing off of foolishness like this, where does this leave California with its about-to-be-enacted "animal abuse registry"?

Before any of the scrotal torque brigade tries to box my prostate with their tongues, know that I have pets (Abyssinian cats) that are tremendously dear to me and the concept of abusing animals is beyond-seeing-red in my world. In other words, keep your shirts on and stick to whatever the issue is supposed to be without making it about assuming a commentor condones animal abuse.


wv: "dibutol" -- sounds like an antipsychotic that the prostate-boxers could use a healthy dose of.

Brian said...

Before any of the scrotal torque brigade tries to box my prostate with their tongues,..

I for one welcome our scrotal torque brigade overlords.

You pay extra for that, right?

Mark O said...

IF we turn in Althouse, we get a fox.

From Inwood said...

traditionalguy

Yeah, let's get Trooper started.

Like

"How do you know which is the lawyer & which is the Pet?

The one with the bigger a**hole!"

traditionalguy said...

This foolishness is perfect for a Crack MC cult red alert. Crack says that if we will first get rid of the cults then the liberals will dry up and blow away. My reaction reading this yesterday was that PC education has created community of perfect fools inside the Swiss/EU government. The way you get rid of a cult is to publicly confront them with the truth, like the NYT did to L. Ron Hubbard's Scientology over the weekend, and like some bold Media reporters need to do to AlGore's Climatology Cult.Free Speech to the rescue.

AllenS said...

You're wrong Professor. Lawyers-for-pets means that you have a lawyer for a pet. You have to promise to feed, brush and worm them on a yearly basis. Oh, and don't forget the rabies shots.

Donna B. said...

I can understand being confused the wrong way about this. Who would think exchanging a pet for a lawyer would be a good deal?

There are three lawyers in my immediate family and I love them, but no way am I paying for their rabies vaccine or to have them neutered.

AllenS said...

If you had a lawyer for a pet, you'd probably have to feed them on a daily basis. Not yearly, like I said above. I wonder how hard it would be to house break one?

Joe said...

... but no way am I paying ... or to have them neutered

Please oh please do have you lawyer spayed or neutered....think of all the feral lawyers starving in back alleys.

And if not them, then think of the rest of us.

t-man said...

I turned in my face-biting chimp and got a nice, dull trusts and estates lawyer. All in all, a good trade.

traditionalguy said...

Allan S...In Trial Lawyers rabies is considered a feature and not a defect. Did you know that advanced rabies is incurable. Once we bite the jurors in the opening statement, they usually go insane by the start of deliberations.

Joe said...

And the expense of having a tall fence around your yard, or otherwise your lawyer off like a flash chasing after an ambulance....

AllenS said...

Joe,

They have special collars and then an invisible fence. So, if they try to stray, ZAP! They get a good shot of electricity.

AllenS said...

Then Althouse would have to get a different job. Something like Lawyer Obedience School.

edutcher said...

No, no, no! What it means is that we trade in all the lawyers in government for puppies. Yes, the pups will make a mess, but not as big and easier to clean up.

And the lawyers can all be neutered.

Mark O said...

IF we turn in Althouse, we get a fox.

We already have one.

JayC said...

You turn in a pet and get a lawyer? What kind of deal is that?

Now the other way around makes more sense.

Trooper York said...

I think the Swiss just realize that it is not a fair exchange if you get a pet for a lawyer.

Instead you should just get a bucket of shit.

Fair is fair.

Theo Boehm said...

Damn! No Dirndl jokes here!

Switzerland is generally the most amusing European country. But the only material you have is yodeling, Lederhosen, Dirndl and Alphorns. That's usually enough. Lawyers and whacko laws, they've got those everywhere. Pets, too.

Ah! Cuckoo clocks! I forgot. The Swiss invented cuckoo clocks! That's it!

Think of all those poor little birdies, forced to live in a tiny clock case and pop out of a door every hour for years on end and sing. Talk about animal cruelty!

Now, who's going to step up and speak for these abused victims of horological violence?

Palladian said...

Whoreological.

Cousin Bob said...

Cuckoo lawyers?

*rimshot*

From Inwood said...

TY says:

get a pet for a lawyer

I always said that a barrel full of monkeys could do a better job that the ACLU lawyers.

kentuckyliz said...

So I can trade in a lawyer and finally get the pony I've always wanted?

kentuckyliz said...

Cuckoo clocks!

Language warning - NSFW or kids unless you turn the volume down or use headphones.

knox said...

We once stole a dog who was being neglected by our stupid redneck neighbors. Luckily, we had a friend who could keep her until we found her a new home. Seeing that miserable, skinny dog every day ... hearing her whining and them yelling at her ... just about drove me over the edge. I guess it did, because we did something I never thought I would ever do, in a million years.

I don't believe in lawyers for animals. But I wish to god people who don't want to take care of them wouldn't get them.