Patterico's Pontifications


Quote of the Day

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 7:12 am

“The threat is a masterful example of sub-literate drivel from a self-important tool who thinks he’s learned law from ten minutes on Google, seven of which were spent looking at lolcats.”

The threat in question is a threat to sue Above the Law for stating that this shockingly offensive advertisement is racist:

There is a two-pronged attack on behalf of the law firm now that the ad has been widely publicized: 1) law firm claims it was “hacked” and never approved the commercial, and 2) Jim DeBerry, the guy who (according to TIME) appears in the commercial, has written an email, sounding like it came from a Nigerian scammer (example: “we are respect your first amendment rights”), to claim that the ad is not racist and threatening to sue Above the Law for saying it is.

Read all about it at Popehat.

I think I found the lolcat in question, by the way:

Screen Shot 2013-12-04 at 6.58.53 AM

P.S. Despite the imagery of cats and shoes, I cannot prove that image was created by shoe and cat fetishist Neal Rauhauser.


  1. If the decision makers at McCutcheon & Hamner are willing to fork over good money to associate their firm with an ignorant, annoying, and downright offensive ad like this one, then they’ve got a problem that can’t be fixed.

    Comment by ropelight (fc2cc6) — 12/4/2013 @ 7:40 am

  2. Really, the only objectionable part of the Above the Law piece is comparing this to Charlie Chan. The Chan movies were, for the most part, a rebuff to the kind of racism this bit espouses 80 years later.

    Comment by Kevin M (536c5d) — 12/4/2013 @ 8:10 am

  3. It sounds exactly like the kind of ad a sleazy whiplash lawyer would order, to me. The only things slimier than those guys are their clients, and they would eat this ad up, and remember the name of the firm the next time they slipped and fell in the tavern’s parking lot “because of inadequate lighting”.

    Comment by nk (dbc370) — 12/4/2013 @ 8:39 am

  4. the video is hosted at Definitive Television’s youtube channel —- which supports the denial by McCutcheon & Hamner of ever having requested or paid for this ad.

    Comment by jack squatch (cb0e21) — 12/4/2013 @ 8:41 am

  5. Damn! By “those guys” I did not mean McCutcheon & Hammer. I meant “sleazy whiplash lawyers”. I have absolutely no information that McCutcheon & Hammer are sleazy whiplash lawyers, or any other information about their practice for that matter. My comment was about what sleazy whiplash lawyers, generally, would consider effective advertising. Just to be clear.

    Comment by nk (dbc370) — 12/4/2013 @ 8:49 am

  6. This is obviously the subversive work of the tea party. Or something.

    Comment by Elephant Stone (6a6f37) — 12/4/2013 @ 10:15 am

  7. What this country needs is more civil litigators.
    As it stands, there simply are not enough.

    Comment by Elephant Stone (6a6f37) — 12/4/2013 @ 10:35 am

  8. One nitpick: Is the stereotype displayed in the clip based on race or nationality? I think that the bigotry is based on people from China rather than Asians in general. So, if the bigotry is based on nationality rather than race, then saying it was racists would not be quite right.

    Comment by Anon Y. Mous (8ec442) — 12/4/2013 @ 10:46 am

  9. ES,
    did you mean litigators who are civil??

    Comment by MD in Philly (f9371b) — 12/4/2013 @ 10:59 am

  10. MD in Philly,

    Ha, ha, that would be nice.

    But I’m just distressed about how few civil suits are filed in America. We need more !

    Comment by Elephant Stone (6a6f37) — 12/4/2013 @ 11:07 am

  11. MD in Philly–I’m frequently in court as a litigator, and the last thing I see is any civility.

    Comment by rochf (f3fbb0) — 12/4/2013 @ 11:10 am

  12. But I’m just distressed about how few civil suits are filed in America. We need more !

    It would be the gift that keeps on giving: we would thus need more courts and more appellate courts, which would allow our Dear Leader to appoint more left-wing judges to the bench.

    I’m pretty sure Nancy Pelosi would see this as a brilliant can’t-fail jobs program.

    Comment by JVW (709bc7) — 12/4/2013 @ 11:11 am

  13. New Mexico needs new litigators.

    Comment by Colonel Haiku (37b681) — 12/4/2013 @ 11:29 am

  14. s

    Comment by rochf (f3fbb0) — 12/4/2013 @ 11:55 am

  15. Since the president is so powerful, I don’t know why he just doesn’t order litigators to be more civil, or something.

    Comment by rochf (f3fbb0) — 12/4/2013 @ 11:56 am

  16. He needs to resign and go work for ESPN.

    Comment by Colonel Haiku (37b681) — 12/4/2013 @ 12:03 pm

  17. Ace says it so I don’t have to:

    Not bloody likely.

    Comment by gary gulrud (dd7d4e) — 12/4/2013 @ 12:28 pm

  18. Maybe not Ace but Chris Stirewalt (Ace isn’t sure)

    A frequent guest on Megyn Kelly’s show, Chris Stirewalt (I believe), has explained all of Obama’s moves: Buy time. It’s that simple. Everything he does (and, in fact, virtually everything he’s ever done as President) is about buying time….People who put off difficult decisions are hoping, in the end, that some Miracle intervenes between the present moment and the Day of Accounting to spare them that accounting entirely.

    Comment by Saammy Finkelman (3bb3ae) — 12/4/2013 @ 1:02 pm

  19. “New Mexico needs new litigators.”

    - Colonel Haiku

    Ima be a prosecutor.

    Comment by Leviticus (6a67b8) — 12/4/2013 @ 2:09 pm

  20. That’s a great LOLcat. I’ll probably steal it for one of my paralegal classes.

    But really Patterico …. only nk, Leviticus and I got it.

    As an aside, my civil procedure professor had a recording of some inane song and would jump on a table and dance whenever he said “International Shoe” during the personal jurisdiction lectures. Thank god he didn’t try to create a demo for World Wide Volkswagen…

    Comment by SPQR (768505) — 12/4/2013 @ 2:28 pm

  21. I concur re: the LOLcat. I did in fact LOL.

    Comment by Leviticus (6a67b8) — 12/4/2013 @ 2:39 pm

  22. My friend forwarded me a joke the other day: the punchline is Obama offering to trade Amazon some drones for a working website.

    Comment by Leviticus (6a67b8) — 12/4/2013 @ 2:43 pm

  23. Ummm…

    “MC Hammer”, attorneys at law?

    Are we sure this entire thing isn’t some form of goof?

    Comment by Smock Puppet, Gadfy, Racist-Sexist Thug, and Bon Vivant All In One Package (225d0d) — 12/5/2013 @ 12:43 am

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