Quote of the Month Collection


"I'm only an abstract imaginary foil written to sound like an idiot and even I know that's really stupid." ~Kenfoilhat


"If you come to Popehat because you think that it is a law blog, you are sorely mistaken. Popehat is a geek blog, and it's a matter of mere happenstance that most of the bloggers here are law geeks. Some, such as Ken and Patrick and Charles, have carried their preoccupation to absurd extremes…." ~ David

"Remorseless, rude, absent-minded, foul-mouthed, generally douchey…." ~ Ken characterizing Ken and Patrick

"I love how you don't even see that you're throwing away a ton of complexity to get back to your team's own favored simplistic narrative." ~ Clark

"Suggesting there's something wrong about humanizing [defendants], and seeking leniency that's within the court's discretion to give, is effectively saying that judges should just do what prosecutors ask them to do." ~ Ken White

"Everyone is entitled to their own opinion, but everyone isn't entitled to the law being what they think it is." ~ Ken White

"…the first iteration of the new layout was so strongly offputting to me that I'm not at all sure I wouldn't have given up reading Popehat rather than have to put up with it. The current one isn't as bad, but without at least the front-page central-column dual-subcolumns feature being changed, there's still a chance that I may end up reluctantly coming to that decision." ~ Entitled Bypasser

"[W]inning in court generally requires competent representation, which is ruinously expensive for normal people. It's not fair, it's not right, but it's true." ~ Ken

"If Ivan Jurasinovic doesn't want Croats associated with atrocities and genocide, then he's a damn fool to abuse the mechanism of the state to charge critics with crimes to silence them, because that's how the perpetrators of historical atrocities act." ~ Ken

"It is insufficient to protect ourselves with laws; we need to protect ourselves with mathematics." ~ Bruce Schneier

"I'm not a Democrat or a Republican. I'm not a big-L Libertarian, although I have small-l libertarian leanings. If you asked me to summarize my domestic political outlook, you could do worse than this: I want to minimize the ability of people … who tend to encrust government… to tell me how to raise my family or live my life. I believe in free expression, free worship, free conscience, personal responsibility, the rule of law, strictly limited government (and the strict limitation of people with clipboards and people with guns and badges, thank you very much), and that the best society is one in which free people make free choices, not one in which you allow [anyone] to make the best interests of your children subservient to the best interests of a collective imagined by a smug self-appointed elite." ~ Ken

"What I do believe, though, is that systems come into existence and have their own incentives. No one needs to be a black mustache twirling villain in order for evil to happen." ~ Clark

"I've had at least 3 conversations with co-workers since Monday about Richard Jewell, all of which contained the phrase 'you mean he wasn't the one who did it?'" ~ Mike B.

"If you seek to silence me through abusive suit in England, no judgment you secure will be enforceable here. If you seek to harass me in the United States, our vigorous protections for free speech will thwart you." ~ Ken ad Britanniam.

"They mostly legislate at night. … Mostly." ~Popehat on Facebook.

"I've made many judges laugh because I am a snarky asshole. The most recent time was during an appellate argument when I blew a second-grade math problem (converting my client's sentence from months to years) and snapped 'that's why I had to go to law school.'" ~Ken.

"Some behavior does not merely show bad character. It displays a level of stupidity so alarming as to render the bad character secondary. It raises a serious question as to whether emergency personnel should be rushed to the scene to equip the subject with a ventilator in case he forgets to breathe." ~Ken.

"There are stupid lawyers, there are bullshit artist lawyers, and there are crazy lawyers, but even crazy stupid bullshit artist lawyers sound different than non-lawyers, as a result of being dehumanized by legal education and the practice of law." ~Ken.