Dark Bilious Vapors

But how could I deny that I possess these hands and this body, and withal escape being classed with persons in a state of insanity, whose brains are so disordered and clouded by dark bilious vapors....
--Rene Descartes, Meditations on First Philosophy: Meditation I

Home » Archives » January 2006 » Oh, gawd, he's one of them....

[« High Crimes and Misdemeanors...] [Silly sites redux.... »]

01/12/2006: Oh, gawd, he's one of them....

"them" meaning: one of those insufferable law nerds that knew he was destined for greatness early on.

Via Attytood, we learn that, according to the 1972 Princeton yearbook, Samuel Alito had grand ambitions way back when:

Sam intends to go to law school and eventually to warm a seat on the Supreme Court.

Don'tcha just get a warm feeling all over (ok, don'tcha get a warm feeling somewhere north of your anal sphincter) when someone achieves their boyhood ambitions? [For me, cynic that I am, it raises the question of whether any of Alito's Yale Law School classmates ever said "Bingo!" when Alito was called on in class... Explanation below the fold for you non-lawyers.]

Image from the AP via Wikipedia

From the link in that parenthetical:
An admission follows: Bingo is ubiquitous. "In my law school, games of Bingo were sometimes played - with the squares representing the students who spoke up in class...."
Of course, you can fill in the blanks: as each student on the card is called on, you cover up the square on your card with her/his name on it. When you get five in a row, you call out "Bingo!"--not loud enough to be truly disruptive, but loud enough so that everyone in the class can hear it. Timed correctly (the call of "Bingo!" has to come after the student is called, but before s/he starts talking, obviously), this can dissolve a classroom in helpless laughter for several minutes, though the comedic effect depends greatly on how roundly the student who provokes the "Bingo!" call is detested by his/her classmates. Needless to say, the longer and louder your classmates laugh, the less you're loved.

That this game is referred to in some law schools as "asshole bingo" says just about all you need to know.

But then again, if your ass ends up warming a seat on the Supreme Court, you have the last laugh, and your classmates are reduced to telling everyone they knew you before your apotheosis....

Len on 01.12.06 @ 07:12 AM CST

[ | ]

January 2006

Archives of Blogger site
Archives: May '04-Feb '05
Archives: Feb-March '05

Powered by gm-rss

Len's sidebar:
About Len (The uncondensed version)
Memorial to a dear friend
Frederick W. Benteen
The Web of Leonards
The St. Louis Cardinals
The Memphis Redbirds
The St. Louis Browns
The Birdwatch
Hey! Spring of Trivia Blog
BlogMemphis (The Commercial Appeal's listing of Memphis blogs)
The Guide to Life, the Universe, and Everything
George Dubya Bush Blows
asshat.org (be sure to refresh your window for more "wit and wisdom" from Our Beloved Leader)
Taking the Fight to Karl
Main and Central (blog by, for and about veterans and their issues)
LordCo Centre
Kraftwerk: Chicago, 6/4/2005
My Chicago: Part One
My Chicago, Part Two
Millennium Park
Miscellaneous Chicago
Busch Stadium Tour and BoSox/Cards Game: 6/6/2005
St. Louis Cardinals Hall of Fame Museum
Len's All-Busch Stadium Team (and the voting results)

Len's extended blogroll:

Brock's Sidebar:
About Brock
The Agitator
Armchair Capitalists
Boing Boing
Brad DeLong
Crooked Timber
The Decembrist
Dispatches from the Culture Wars
Flypaper Theory
Heretical Ideas
John and Belle Have a Blog
Jon Rowe
Lawyers, Guns, and Money
Leiter Reports
LGF Watch
Literal Minded
Marginal Revolution
Matthew Yglesias
Oliver Willis
Orin Kerr
Political Animal
The Poor Man
Signifying Nothing
Unqualified Offerings

Moonbat Icon

Our Alumni Club:
(of whom we're very proud)
Karen McLauchlan, now blogging at:

The Rocky Top Brigade:

A New Memphis Mafia

The Old Memphis Mafia

The liberal alternative to Drudge.

Get Firefox!

Explorer Destroyer

Take the MIT Weblog Survey

Heard the Word of Blog?

Len supports:
Operation Yellow Elephant:

"Because ranting is safer than enlisting"
Operation Yellow Elephant Blog

The Rebel Alliance of Yankee Haters
Blue Squadron (NL)
Babalu (Marlins)
Leaning Toward the Dark Side (Mets)
Ramblings' Journal (Cubs)
Mediocre Fred (Brewers)
Len Cleavelin (Cardinals)
Red Squadron (AL)
Obscurorama (Red Sox)
Frinklin Speaks (Mariners)
Steve Silver (Twins)
Steve the Llama Butcher (Red Sox)
Rob the Llama Butcher (Rangers)
MoatesArt (Red Sox)
Rammer (Tigers)
JawsBlog (Indians)
Ubi Libertas (Blue Jays)
Oldsmoblogger (Indians)
Mass Backwards (Red Sox)
Industrial Blog
Cry Freedom

Blogrings/Blog indexes/Blog search:
« ? Verbosity # »

Listed on Blogwise
Blogarama - The Blog Directory
Popdex Citations
Blog Search Engine

Greymatter Forums Weblog Commenting and Trackback by HaloScan.com
template by linear