* The RNC has spent $150K on clothes for caribou barbie Sarah Palin. Is that a legal use of campaign cash? [Marc Ambinder]
* It’s been a while since we had a good, old fashioned, tax revolt in this country. Since it’s probably politically incorrect to dress up like Native Americans this time around, I think people should dress up like Olbermann and Maddow. Obamatons will never see it coming. [TaxProf Blog]
* In case you realize that you want no part of the legal industry after you pass the bar exam, but before you’ve been admitted, here’s a primer for how to make sure that your application to the bar is denied. [Legal Blog Watch]
* Some advice for firms getting crushed: be nice. [Law and More]
* Dechert Chairman and CEO Bart Winokur holds the firm line. The money quote: Winokur says “this is all such bull, if you don’t mind my saying so,” in response to the layoff rumors. [Legal Intelligencer] (subscription).
* Simpson Thacher is doing their bailout work on the cheap. Expect to be reminded of that come bonus time. [WSJ Law Blog]
* Now that the debates are done, it’s time for the dance-off. [MiniMovie]
* Somebody broke into David and Victoria Beckham’s house, but they left the mojo. [Popsquire]
* Nageley, Meredith & Miller attorney suggests waterboarding Barack Obama. At last night’s Al Smith dinner Obama revealed that he was actually from Planet Krypton so everything should be okay. [Legal Blog Watch]
* … but Republicans in New York are facing a lot more than internet threats. [Politico]
* Do you like your lady lawyers to have tatts? [Corporette]
* Joe the Plumber actually owes over a thousand dollars in back taxes. The McCain campaign really needs to hire a professional vetter. [TaxProf Blog]
* Should bar passage really be a factor in rating law schools? [Prawfs Blawg]
* Class action about faulty breasts falls low. [Point of Law]
* Bracewell & Giuliani promise no layoffs. Great. But if they rescind term limits in New York City, don’t you think Giuliani will run against Bloomberg in the first pro-choice, anti-gun Republican death match? [Tex Parte Blog]
* Absentee ballots allowing people to vote for “Barack Osama” were mailed to about 300 residents of Rensselaer County, NY. That would be the longtime district of former New York State Senate Republican leader Joe Bruno. “Whoops.” [Albany Times Union]
* Will tighter ABA accreditation standards harm minority students? Only if you believe that minorities are disproportionately benefited by the low-end law schools getting squeezed by the ABA. I’m not sure if that stands up to empirical scrutiny. [The Shark]
* Marc Edleman, late of ATL, begs the Court to clarify the fair use of player statistics in fantasy sports. Obviously that LaDainian Tomlinson pick is not going as he had hoped. [Overlawyered]
* U.S. News has sent around its surveys as they start compiling next year’s rankings. [PrawfsBlawg]
* Yes. The markets are at the point where we should start hoarding water and ammunition. Just don’t forget the medical supplies. Snake Plissken always seems to forget the medical supplies. [Dealbreaker]
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