June 14, 2013

"Justice Kagan covertly references Tommy Tutone's '80s hit 'Jenny' on p.2 of #SCOTUS opinion."

Tweets Ted Frank, via Throwing Things.

Here's the opinion (PDF):
Under that contract, a company may transport cargo at the Port in exchange for complying with various requirements. The two directly at issue here compel the company to (1) affix a placard on each truck with a phone number for reporting environmental or safety concerns (You’ve seen the type: “How am I driving? 213–867–5309”) and (2) submit a plan listing off-street parking locations for each truck when not in service. 
Here's the song.

27 comments:

Leland said...

I will despise you for the rest of the day.

AARRRGHGHHH Make it Stop!!!

rhhardin said...

The odd rebellious trucker has a How Am I Driving? 1-800-EAT-SHIT sign.

rhhardin said...

Pennsylvania-6-5000 Glenn Miller

Methadras said...

Interesting she would use a Los Angeles area code.

john said...

More correctly:

"Eight six seven five three oh-oh nieyine"

Ann Althouse said...

Beechwood 4-5789, you can call me up and have a date, any old time.

The Orlons.

Saint Croix said...

I love that song! Best stalker song ever. And it's such a sweet stalker song. You kinda like that poor damn stalker.

Just can't get that number out of my head!

Kudos to Kagan.

Ann Althouse said...

Oh, no, not The Orlons, The Marvellettes.

Mitchell the Bat said...

111-1111.

111-1112.

111-1113.

Saint Croix said...



I think Tommy Tutone was an L.A. band, actually.

Ann Althouse said...

But if you do call Beechwood 4-5789, Don't Hang Up.

I'm getting my telephone songs from 1962 mixed up.

Saint Croix said...

The pissed off the Buffalo chief of police, apparently.

Saint Croix said...

What makes that song so brilliant is that it's 3 minutes of pure sexual obsession. Without being dirty at all!

And I'm not sure if the chorus is supposed to be all the men in the world who want Jenny, or all the voices in his head.

Most messed up and subliminally dangerous catchy pop tune ever!

Palladian said...

606-0842

Richard Dolan said...

I suppose the great and mighty have to find a way to amuse themselves (and us) while they go about the dreary business of churning out judicial opinions.

lemondog said...

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213–867–5309 connects to Blanchard Technology Corporation - West Wendover, Nevada, United State...

Steve Reynolds said...

OK so what are the odds that came from Justice Kagan or from someone on her staff? I don't want her getting full cred for someone else's idea, this is not like a legal opinion.

lgv said...

I remember getting a girl's phone number at the end of the night at some club back in the day.

You guessed it, 867-5309. I was pissed off. Not at the deception, but that it took me so long to recognize it. At least I didn't call it.

I remember them looking for Tommy Tutone in one of those VH1 shows. They find him working as a computer programmer or something.

Titus said...

She seems to be a jovial and jolly lesbian.

deborah said...

Rikki, don't lose that number.

Saint Croix said...

"I tried my imagination, but I was disturbed."

Was he disturbed like Phoebe Cates walking in on him?

Or is he disturbed like Green Day? He's so messed up he can't even masturbate. Poor, poor stalker.

Hey, at least your tempo is upbeat!

Crunchy Frog said...

Most messed up and subliminally dangerous catchy pop tune ever!

Nah, it's quite upfront about it. You want a creepy stalker tune disguised as a catchy love song? You gotta go with "Every Breath You Take" by the Police

Dr Weevil said...

Back in the days of two-letter exchanges, Big Joe Turner had a song that mentioned the number "Cherry I-8-1-2". Too bad about the extra letter and missing digits.

Dr Weevil said...

Rudy Protrudi, whoever he is, took a perfectly pleasant Patsy Cline song, "Walking after Midnight", and made it seriously creepy by changing one word:

"I go out stalking after midnight
Out in the moonlight just like we used to do
I'm always stalking after midnight searching for you
I walk for miles along the highway
Well that's just my way of saying I love you
I'm always stalking after midnight searching for you", and so on.

Methadras said...

Saint Croix said...

I love that song! Best stalker song ever. And it's such a sweet stalker song. You kinda like that poor damn stalker.

Just can't get that number out of my head!

Kudos to Kagan.


Actually, I thought Every Breath You Take was the best stalker song.

Methadras said...

lemondog said...

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213–867–5309 connects to Blanchard Technology Corporation - West Wendover, Nevada, United State...


Weird that a 213 area code gets transferred to a nevada corporation.

Saint Croix said...

I thought Every Breath You Take was the best stalker song.

no, that one's creepy.