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What is Chicken?:

On the Roberts-Friendly issue raised by Orin, it is clear that this raises a key question to ask Roberts at his confirmation hearing--"What is chicken?"

(This post is for all my Contracts law students through the years...).

For more on all chicken law issues, I refer you, of course, to the classic treatment by Jim Huffman, "Chicken Law in an Eggshell."

carpundit (www):
OK, here's the thing: your post was funny, but I just spent fifteen minutes of my life reading Frigaliment Importing. I made it all the way through law school without ever seeing that case, and here I am, a 38 year-old government lawyer reading about the chicken trade in 1957, at home, with a glass of wine.

That's why I love VC.
8.12.2005 7:39pm
Keith Hilzendeger (mail):
Not just your Contracts students... it's in a major case book. I know because I remember confronting this dilemma of taxonomy one morning in class.

Cows, likewise, are problematic for students. My advice -- go vegan the first year.
8.12.2005 8:43pm
Andy (mail) (www):
"A Chicken Ain't Nothing But A Bird" - Cab Calloway.
8.12.2005 11:31pm
Anonymous Law Student:
Fryers and broilers, if I remember correctly.

Not stewing chicken.
8.13.2005 12:28am
Adam Kronfeld (mail):
I'm sure most students encounter this case, but I'm willing to bed mine was the first graduating class to ever have a commencement speaker (Prof. Boardman) invoke it - and get a laugh.
8.13.2005 2:54pm
Derek L.:
Keith - the case is even in a case book by one of the co-Conspirators: Barnett.
8.14.2005 1:11am
Cheburashka (mail):
Oh, you sooo can't post that without even giving us a link to the full Chicken Law in an Eggshell article.

That's teasing.
8.14.2005 7:47pm
OB (mail):
Of course, the most trenchant commentary on Frigaliment was that made by the Tower of Power, which I paraphrase here:

So you wanna dump out yo trick bag,
Ease into a chick'n bag.
But you ain't just exactly sure what's chick'n.

So you shop the Euro trade show
Go nail down all the transpo'
But somehow you know there's much more to the trip

What is chick'n?
Tell me tell me, if you think ya know.
What is chick'n?
And if it's really chick'n, the packing slip will show,
You ordered Chick'nStrips, maybe chick'ner than chick'n.
But what is chick'n?

So you became part of the new creed
Shopping for only the best breed
Cooking out with the so-called gourmet set
Been using just the right spices,
Pay'n' about the right prices.
Should be satisfied,
But still it ain't quite right.

What is chick'n?
Tell me tell me if you think you know.
What is chick'n?
And if it's really chick'n, the packing slip will show,
You ordered Chick'nStrips, maybe chick'ner than chick'n.
WHAT IS CHICK'N?

Chick'n just is what it is!
Chick'n just is what it is!
Chick'n just is what it is!

And sometimes Chick'n is what it ain't!

You done went and found you a guru,
In an effort to learn you a new stew.
And maybe you managed to raise your artistic level.

But while striving to buy the right bird
There's customs to observe
What's chick'n today might become pate'.

What is chick'n?
Tell me tell me if you think you know.
What is chick'n?
And if it's really chick'n, the packing slip will show,
You ordered Chick'nStrips, maybe chick'ner than chick'n.
What is chick'n?
Think about it Y'all!

What is chick'n?
Tell me tell me, if you think you know
What is chick'n?
If it's really chick'n, the packing slip will show
What is chick'n?
Tell me tell me, if you think you know
What is chick'n?
If it's really chick'n, the packing slip will show
What is chick'n?
Ahhhhhhhhh!

What is chick'n?
I'd like to know!
What is chick'n?
Is it in the name of your bird?
What is chick'n?
Is it in your use of the word?
What is chick'n?
I'd like to know.
What is chick'n?
I'd like to know.
What is chick'n?
What is chick'n y'all? Hey!
What is chick'n?
Hey! Oh!
What is chick'n?
What is chick'n y'all?
What is chick'n?
I wanna know.
What is chick'n?
Ahhhhhhh!
What is chick'n?
Hey I wanna know what chick'n is!
4.28.2006 4:29pm