About Me

Who am I?(how existential!)  Well, I’m a redhead, obviously, and a complete political junkie (seriously, it’s like crack to me).  I don’t get sports, and I rarely understand music.  I adore all things food.  I’m actually more open minded than people expect, so please, argue with me. 
In more serious news, I’m a baby lawyer who works as a judicial clerk for now.  I’m doing this when I can, in hopes of getting somewhat good at it.  I also do some op-ed freelance work for NewsBlaze; you can view my work here.  Follow me on Twitter @LyssaLR, or contact me directly at lyssalovelyredhead@gmail.com

31 Responses

  1. I love your site. Keep it up !

  2. Do it for all of us baby lawyers!

  3. Red-Heads are my weakness-lawyers or not. But your husband and my wife might object, so I’ll lust from afar, content with the “music of the intellectual spheres” thingee. Like your site because if you never did anything else again in your life in the blogosphere you made my day with the story of the New Hampshire candidate for Dist “OO.” LOL! Guy has a nice sense of straight-faced dry, subversive ironic humor. ROTFLMAOPIMP!–not quite, but almost–close!

  4. Hey, I’m also a conservative redhead woman who is planning to attend law school in the fall! Wow, it’s like meeting my twin. You’ll have to share some of your insights on law school and your job with me .:-) Also a political junkie and my dream job would be to work for a good conservative candidate someday.

    • Cool, I always wanted a twin! (Possibly because I read the Sweet Valley Twins series incessently growing up, which I realize now was probably a bad idea).

      Insights on law school? I think I’ll write a post on that. (just a heads up: the first insight will probably be “don’t!”)

  5. Lyssa,
    First time on your site. It looks good. Appreciate the tweeting on the debate. Who karez about spellun. You are paid to talk not spell. Of course I am biased but I have been around. Very few candidates any where connect with the people like Gobble.
    Jeff (Gobble’s manager)

  6. Read your comment on Ann’s blog today about the plan for you to work, hubby to stay home with children.
    Don’t get too entreched in that–I’m 55–every single couple but one I know of ended up divorced–if you don’t already have children, let me tell you, most women’s desire to be with her children is indescribable.
    I still have my career–just a much different one than I had before I was a mother. Took seven years to get it to where I did have the time at home I needed.
    So, it can all work.
    Just don’t get financially locked in to your salary.
    Best,

    • Hi Lee, thanks for commenting. I appreciate your advice, even if I don’t wind up listening to it. But, as I pointed out in the Althouse thread, I understand that life involves trade-offs.

      I’m curious, what would you recommend that I do? I could:
      1) Keep to my househusband/lawyer wife plan and have kids, accepting that, like most dads, I won’t get to see them as much as my spouse.
      2) Have him be the breadwinner, which would be enough to just barely make ends meet IF we didn’t have student loans. I don’t even know if we could pay the loans at all with just him working.
      3) Both work and let strangers raise the kids, which wouldn’t solve the problem you pointed out (that I’m going to want to be with the kids), except to the degree that I might be able to take a less demanding job.
      4) Just not have kids, which of course, requires the sacrifice of not having kids.

      I’m not asking to be rude; I’m curious and value the advice of people who have been there before me. I might not take it, but I’d like to know.

      • As a young professional with a 5 year old brother and 40 something parents, I think I have some insight to this discussion. I grew up in a divorced household in which my dad was the significant influence. Even as a full time engineer my dad was also a full time father. He has made it to every single sporting event I have ever played in, including my college club Lacrosse games when I would play in Colorado. Once my dad got remarried and had a second child he started his own engineering firm. My step-mom is a corporate attorney. With both of their demanding careers they have also been their for my brothers school functions and sports games. They have not missed one. It is possible to have both, and it’s hard. Having gone through law school, I am sure you know what demand and pressure is all about. It is possible to have the best of both worlds.

  7. Lyssa —
    Your gmail address (off the News Blaze site) bounced an email I sent to you. Can’t find another contact. Just wanted to tell you I was guilty. And congrats. (Well written.)

  8. Baby Lawyer eh? I enjoy your posts; just stumbled on them today. What is the next potential step in your career?

    • Thanks, Justin (and thanks for your comment above, too.) I’m clerking now, but only for another month (it’s a year long gig), and I actually still haven’t found anything after that. It’s extremely frustrating; even with the clerkship and really impressive grades (not to toot my own horn, just to show my situation), I’ve only had 2 interviews for the whole year (one of which was from a firm who needed someone right away when I still had several months of my clerkship left), so really, one serious interview.

      Yeah, it’s ugly out there.

  9. Not sure where you are located or what exactly you are looking for but I know people in the business. I work for a marketing firm that represents Attorneys. Shoot me an email if you would like to discuss further, JustinH@netaff.com.

  10. You may have a problem getting a job because your website is extremist. I noted your comment on Corporette concerning Tennessee, and checked you out expecting anything but a right-wing mean-spirited political blog.

    You don’t think you are racist, but you are. Your opinions are radical, hard, and alienating. You are entitled to them in this country. But, reading your opinions made my fists clench.

    The problem is that even if you find a law firm that embraces your point of view, not every one of their clients will. You aren’t going to be hired if there is a risk that the firm might lose a client due to your blog.

    Our firm absolutely checks out Facebook, blogs, and all social media. We would never hire you no matter how great your grades or how wonderful the letters of recommendation. We also would not hire someone who blogged hard left views. Either one is a potential client turn-off.

    Maybe you should consider a career as a columnist, or on the Hill for a (very) conservative Southern republican.

    • Wow. You know, I could say a lot of nasty things about what you just said, but I’m not going to, not on the grounds that your post doesn’t warrant them, but on the grounds that it would be unproductive, and I’m actually kind of curious about how people like you think.

      First, you accused me of running a “mean-spirited” blog. You showed up here, made baseless, emotional (“fists-clenched”) and unsupported accusations and name-calling,and you want to say that I am the mean-spirited one? How do you reconcile this?

      Second, you accused me of being mean-spirited and racist. Those are charges that I believe should be taken pretty seriously. You also called me “radical, hard, and alienating.” However, you throw those out with absolutely no support and no examples. What on earth do those accusations mean to you? You gave us no ideas.

      I glanced over some recent posts to see what I could have said that could warrant those charges. I made a mostly self-deprecating joke about a picture of the president walking his dog. Is that your definition of mean-spirited? I quoted a writer who had experienced name-calling and racist statements. I can only guess that that is the subject of your accusations of racism. If so, I ask that you please read the post again. I don’t think this should matter (being, you know, not racist), but the writer I quoted with approval is black. He asks us not to think of him that way, but he has experienced a lot of prejudice from people who believe that, because of his race, he should not support conservative values. His writing about that prejudice was the topic of my post. That is, in my definition, the very opposite of racism; it is seeing people for their character (I’ve never met Mr. Marcus, but I’ve read a bit of his writing, and it speaks positively of his character, IMO), rather than the color of their skin. Is this racist in your book? Please explain how so.

      I also discussed how much I loved the idea of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas (who, as you might have heard, is a black man) as president. Well, I guess he’s not the right kind of black man. Racist? Mean- spirited? Really?

      In other posts, I called for a conversation about the Constitution in the Kagen confirmation hearings (wow, that was a lot of c’s). I did say some negative things about Ms. Kagan, although I supported her confirmation and called her “smart and capable.” Mean spirited? Do you find deep discussions of the Constitution mean spirited? Are we mean spirited if we say anything negative about a Supreme Court nominee, even if it is principled and countered with some compliments? Please explain. (Actually, with only 45% of Americans supporting her confirmation, you could argue that my support puts me left of center.)

      The only other post I can see that could have put you in a foul mood is the one about some idiots thinking that the word “black hole” was actually “black ho” in a greeting card. A greeting card about space. Yeah, I called them complete idiots, and I’d do it again. Anyone with half a brain who wasn’t blinded by racial greivancing would, even if they misheard it the first time, immediately realize that the context pointed to black hole. It was a stupid complaint, and those sorts of stupid complaints hurt everyone because they make people tiptoe around each other for fear of being misunderstood and falsely tarred as racists. It’s wrong; I don’t care what race the people making the accusation are.

      In other words, you are completely wrong in your criticisms against me. This should be obvious from the fact that you merely threw out some nasty names, rather than in any way tried to refute my opinions. When you make an argument for a client, do you merely state “Your honor, my client is clearly right” and then sit down? Because that has about as much pull as your statement that “You don’t think you’re racist, but you are.” I don’t “not think” I am racist; I know I am not. If you think I am, you are sorely in need of a dictionary.

      As for your statements that I am not getting a job because of my blog, please think about that. Have you ever met a person with the first name “Lyssa” before? I haven’t. This is the internet, Pamela. Obviously, I know that my political opinions aren’t going to be supported by everyone, and I know to keep them separated from my professional life. I can handle disagreement (and invite it- see the post you commented on), but I know that many people are less secure in their views and cannot see contrary opinions without labeling them “mean-spirited,” “radical,” or “racist.” It saves them from having to think about whether their own views are supported. It may be wrong, but it has no place in my professional life, so I avoid any of the issues that this side hobby could bring.

      • Clearly Ms. Bowman’s firm doesn’t put a premium on ability to reason or make a legitimate argument.

        However, you should thank her for her assistance in identifying her firm as one with which you shouldn’t seek employment.

      • Hi, Lyssa,
        wow, I think Pamela hit every radical bullet point in two paragraphs. She is definitely a much better writer than me. You had someone give you every radical bullet point in two paragraphs, you must be an excellent writer.

        Simply put, I enjoy reading your common-sense views to common-sense situations…like hair braiding.

        You rock!

    • Wow…Ms. Bowman comes across as distinctly weird to me. “Racist” “mean-spirited”? Where in the world does she get this? I noticed your comments over on the Althouse blog and started reading your blog because I found you someone who was eager to discuss and debate issues using facts and logic in a courteous style. It is a refreshing contrast to the many people on the Internet who use the rhetorical equivalent of projectile vomiting as their preferred mode of discourse.

      “…reading your opinions made my fists clench.” I hope the poor woman never stumbles across a real racist site, say Stormfront or one the other neo-Nazi dreckfests out there. She would probably wind up in a catatonic state. Or becoming a contributor.

      • Thanks so much, GMay and John!

        John, that is exactly what I have been going for on this site. Thank you! I love intellectual debate; I just wish I found more of it (it’s part of the reason that I frequent Althouse, although I wish that some of the libs would step it up a notch sometimes. I’ve been searching in vain for a while for a liberal version of Althouse (kind of thought I would get one when she voted the wrong way, but it really didn’t play out that way), but, if one exists, it is well hidden.)

        Interesting (at least, to me) side note: Both of you guys did something that I didn’t do here, but usually try to (and should have)- you referred to her as “Ms. Bowman.” This is a model I try to follow when I refer to people who I don’t know personally – an author is Mr. or Ms., a political figure is “President Obama,” “Secretary Clinton” or “Senator McCain.” It’s part of my goal of civility and intellectual debate, as opposed to name calling. (Sometimes the effect I’m going for calls for something different, but I try to use this when speaking straight.) I appreciate that you guys did that. It’s not something that you see very often, particularly from liberal sites.

      • You get a lot of respect from me for writing these helpful areiclts.

  11. Well, when one is rebuking the rude, becoming ill-mannered oneself tends to backfire. I like the old saying: “A gentleman is someone who never insults another…unintentionally.”

    More generally, I value the role of good manners and a certain formality (as I can see you do) in keeping a spirited debate from degenerating into something that resembles baboons squalling and throwing dung at each other.

    Another example of the use and function of courtesy comes from my college days when I was learning to fence. My teacher, Charles Selberg, strictly insisted that anyone in his classes observed the traditional courtesies (salute before a bout, unmask, salute and shake hands after one) for even the most casual practice sparring. As he explained to us, this was not just a matter of practicing a colorful old custom. Rather, it served the very practical real world function of setting an unmistakeable boundary to the violence inherent in the sport.

  12. Hi Miss Lys,

    Just caught your site via your comments at Ann Althouse’s pad. Digital hugs and kisses!

  13. greeting cards from the hear would always be the best thing to give someone special-;:

  14. Interesting website. And this Lyssa seems pretty feisty for a dame!

  15. Liked your recent comment on Althouse so stopped by for a gander. Like what I see, too bad life (I’m guessing) has left you no time for the blog, as I like your spirit and approach.

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