Whiskey Train Cover

Wrote about the 1970 Procol Harum song, “Whiskey Train”.

Seems to have its group of profiled followers, in terms of covers:


David Gogo:

Leslie West:

Jake E. Lee:

I’m gonna lose these drinkin’ blues
Ain’t gonna ride that whiskey train

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Fairness Aggregate

In terms of fairness as related to the actions of administrative tribunals: can’t ignore the experiences of the public, but can’t simply be an aggregate of those experiences.

Sentiments of Lorne Sossin, in session on administrative tribunal diversity, at the Osgoode 12th Annual National Forum on Administrative Law and Practice.

Who also referenced the sentiments of Senator Howard Wetston, in relation to his time at the Ontario Energy Board. Can’t measure tribunal effectiveness by its popularity.

Sossin: “We have to have our own North Star as to the public interest.”

Far from being a success, if everybody likes you.

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Drummed Lyrics

He’s a drummer. He likes to use words as a percussion instrument.

Joe Perry interview, in relation to his autobiography, speaking about Steven Tyler, around minute 18:

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“I’ve been rented by my husbands.”

…as she commented on her various failed marriages.

The passages of passing through.

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Taking the part

Wondering whether the establishment of administrative tribunals involves a legislature removing certain functions from the judiciary. How far does an executive domain extend? Broad parameters, provided there is legislative justification?

In legislatively removing adjudicative functions from the judiciary, the executive could be performing those functions directly, but often chooses to favour the legislative creation of nominally independent tribunals. So it is a legislature that takes away elements of a judicial domain, and moves them to an administrative tribunal domain. All with the consent of, and at the initiative of the executive.

Judicial deference to administrative tribunals becomes a form of deference to the executive, from which such tribunals may rarely be said to be completely independent.

Wondering if a no more costly and equally effective world would be one with specialized courts, with specialized, independent judiciary. Similar to how the Tax Court of Canada evolved from processes of quasi-judicial decision-making.

Wazzis babbler…

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From Elmore Leonard’s Pronto (1993). Joyce Patton, describing

You know what happens when you play a country tune backwards? You get your girl and your truck back, you’re not drunk anymore and your hound dog comes back to life. I was born in Nashville.

Lord, this don’t look good at all

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And it takes a whole lot of medicine
For me to pretend that I’m somebody else

Person commenting on another. How the other seemed to have no appreciation as to how his weaknesses were so transparent. His image of himself so very much at variance with how he was perceived by others, and where such collective perception was…well, perceived to have more substance.

If there is a collective sentiment as to one’s weaknesses, does this mean that one is fooling oneself if one sees things differently?

Thought of someone I knew getting fewer and fewer calls, based on his image of himself as a major business player being significantly at variance with how he is perceived by others. And how he is perceived by others is based on a lack of objective business track record. A lot of talk, a lot of posing, but very little delivery.

It ends up being collective perception with substance. Something other than the groupthink of collective gossip. Somebody sees himself or herself as an intellectual, but clearly cannot write, or write anything demonstratively innovative. Somebody sees himself or herself as a major business player, with a fractured business track record, at best.

Comes a time when some objective reality should jolt one’s self-perceptions, if inconsistent. Know I am not a barrister. Knew that from the first small claims court trial as an articling student. A couple of other trials, with similar results. More than early career experience curve. The ability to cross-examine is simply not there. So be it, and move to a different corner.

If refusing to accept the evidence that bruises, but somehow framing it as aberrant, one goes on this path of major self-delusion, year after year.

Didn’t create some barrister fantasy, contrary to the evidence.

As to other misperceptions of self…

Only to find oneself in later life being subject to some collective view: “Does this guy have no clue as to who he really is?”

Him, not me.

Of course.

Maybe float

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