SharksWithLasers -- Seth Cooper

A CUTTING-EDGE BLOG FOR THE WORLD OF THE 21st CENTURY, Currently operated by Seth L. Cooper, a 27 year-old attorney in Seattle (sethlcooper at comcast dot net)

Friday, January 07, 2005

INTERESTING COINCIDENCE... Earlier this week I came across an article in The Herald, about the defeat of Judge David Hulbert, who had sought re-election for Superior Court Judge in Snohomish County, WA. The article discusses Judge’s Hulbert’s loss and the Judge’s views on why he lost the election.

I never appeared before Judge Hulbert, and so I. Indeed, I wish him well in his future endeavors and do hope that the Democrats played less of a role in his defeat that the judge appears convinced of. Also, I have heard at least one attorney say he is a nice man.

Nonetheless, what got me thinking in this article is the one time I actually met Judge Hulbert—which was long before he was a judge. He was actually a little league coach in a tournament game held in Everett, WA, and I was a youngster on another team. From the stands, I watched then-Coach Hulbert get ejected from a baseball game for arguing witht the umpire.

The irony is that the one time I saw him in person he was removed from the game, and the one time I read an article about him, he was removed from office.

Again, best wishes to Judge Hulbert and his future. I hope my next encounter with him—-be it in person or through the news—-will be under better circumstances.

(Downtown Seattle, WA)

Thursday, January 06, 2005

SUPPORTING JUDGE GONZALES. On Tuesday I faxed letters of support for the confirmation of Judge Alberto Gonzales to be our next US Attorney General. Letters went to Senators Arlen Specter (whom I supported in his bid to become Judiciary Committee Chair) and Patrick Leahy, respectively.

Some leftwing ideologues are (metaphorically speaking) guilty of torturing the truth about Judge Gonzales’ performance as White House Counsel. Apparently seething from the November election, some folks out on the fringe are making wild accusations about Judge Gonzales—even insisting that he has been a strong supporter of torture.

Byron York, whom I’m pleased to say is now back on National Review Online, has an important article entitled "Going After Gonzales," discussing Judge Gonzales and where things stood concerning the confirmation hearings as of Thursday morning. As York states, “While the memos at the heart of the controversy will be cited repeatedly, what is less likely is that senators will examine the careful reasoning on which the memos were based — and the role of the Senate itself in providing guidance for the administration officials who examined the torture issue.”

York goes on to quote a lawyer who was involved in the administration's careful study of the legal definition of torture and the parameters of permissible conduct that American forces can engage in. The far left cries foul, all the while forgetting that this is the kind of stuff that lawyers are actually supposed to do—analyze statutes and declarations, read over precedents, study the principles and premises involved and apply them to new, contemporary situations.

Be sure to check out Shannen Coffin’s NRO piece (which contains some good links to other articls on the subject, as well. Likewise, David Limbaugh had a column on Judge Gonzales from late last month that is worth the read, entitled "Tortured Allegations."

Judge Gonzales will make an EXCELLENT attorney general and he continues to have my strong support.

(Downtown Seattle, WA)
GOING TO SEE THE SEAHAWKS! This may not be groundbreaking news to most folks, but yesterday I scored a pair of tickets to Saturday's playoff game between the Seattle Seahawks and the St. Louis Rams. Truly, I would have developed a strong sense of guilt and likewise begun to question whether I am a genuine fan if I had managed to go the entire season without personally attending a Seahawks game. An early afternoon of signwaving for Washington State Supreme Court Justice Richard Sanders' re-election outside Qwest Field before a game is the closest I have come to watching them in person this season.

This will be the Seahawks' THIRD face-off with the Rams this season. The 'hawks are 0-2 against their division rival, but I have a good feeling about this one. So, this Saturday I WILL BE THERE, with a 2004 NFC Division Champs hat, no less!

(Downtown Seattle, WA)

Tuesday, January 04, 2005

SHAUN IS SORRY... But I don't think that I am. Today's Seattle Times story by Greg Bishop discusses Seattle Seahawk running back Shaun Alexander's apology at a news conference yesterday, over his comments about being "stabbed in the back" when he was denied a chance at tying Curtis Martin for the NFL rushing record.

As I have long maintained, Alexander is a solid guy, and I'm not surprised by his public apology on this one. Nonetheless, I still think that his reaction wasn't unreasonable and that Coach Hulmgren should have given him the ball for a shot at the goal line, rather than sending in a bruised and battered starting quarterback for the sneak.

Above all else, I am gladened by what appears to be a sincere attempt to move on from this and to keep the focus exclusively where it belongs: on Saturday's big faceoff with the St. Louis Rams at Qwest Field in Seattle!

(Downtown Seattle, WA)

Monday, January 03, 2005

WORST WORKOUT SEASON. With the day off from work, I managed to get into the gym and get in a workout before the onset of the after 5pm crowd. There was added urgency to getting in sooner since the next six weeks will see an upsurge in attendance due to folks trying to carry out their New Year’s resolutions to do a better job at exercising.

So while gyms everywhere will be overcrowded by the New Year’s Resolutionists, one can always draw comfort in the fact that most of them will quit by mid-February. Six weeks seems to be the mean time for these folks. Then, life will return to normal—until right after the next New Year.

(North Seattle--Green Lake, WA)
ANOTHER SHARK SCOOP! The Washington State election mess appears messier all the time, with Stefan Sharkansky all over the issue at Sound Politics. Be absolutely certain to check out his story-breaking post from today, "More 'Enron Math' in King County."

The Shark's work has been so superb that Sound Politics has caught national attention in the blogosphere. In fact, Hugh Hewitt plugs Sound Politics in a short blurb today.

(North Seattle--Green Lake, WA)
TWO SHOTS OF HAPPY, ONE SHOT OF SAD. Today’s Seattle Times’ Sports’ section features a center spread on the Seattle Seahawks and their 28-26 victory over the Atlanta Falcons yesterday. (I watched the game from the Pacific Place Gordon Biersch.) The game was exciting up until the final second—and even after the last second, for that matter. It’s been a rough year for the Seahawks, full of ups and downs, but it is extremely satisfying to see them come away with their very first NFC West Division Title, sporting a winning record. Plus, they now have a chance to vindicate themselves on Saturday when they host the St. Louis Rams.

It would be nice to say that there were no sore spots in Sunday’s victory, but respective columns by Les Carpenter and Steve Kelly suggest otherwise. Carpenter zeroes in on Coach Mike Holmgren’s questionable decision to give the battered Matt Hasselbeck the ball for the lunge into the end zone from one yard out, for the offense’s final play of the season—leaving Shawn Alexander one yard short of tying Curtis Martin for the NFL’s rushing title.

I can’t say enough good things about Alexander. He has been the backbone of the offense this entire season, and I think his frustration with Holmgren is entirely reasonable. Carpenter’s analysis of the whole situation is right on point. Nonetheless, I remain confident that, being the consummate professionals, Alexander, Holmgren & co. will be able to get past this and focus on task ahead.

Kelly has some tough words for Koren Robinson, who apparently broke some sort of team rule and did not play any part in Sunday’s game. From all I can tell, Kelly's comments are entirely deserved, as many of Robinson's fellow teammates have voiced their sense of disappointment as well. (Carpenter has a few words along these lines, as well.) It was sad to see Robinson miss out on what could prove the most satisfying moment of the season for the team.

All the bad points aside, I was very satisfied in seeing the Seahawks make the playoffs and take home field advantage by their own right—rather than having to count on a Rams’ loss. I’m going to have to rush out to the stores and get an NFC Division Champs hat or t-shirt and get ready with my chips, pizza and beer for next Saturday!

(North Seattle--Green Lake, WA)