I realize there are enough truly troubling problems in the world today without me piling on with my own petty complaints. But I can’t be the only one struck by the absurdity of Kim Kardashian’s latest project — becoming a LAWYER.

It’s true. She hopes to pass the California Bar, one of the toughest in the nation, in the next year or two. The woman doesn’t have a college degree. She hasn’t taken the LSATs. She also hasn’t applied to or enrolled in law school. 

Apparently, that’s not a problem in the Golden State, where wannabe lawyers are allowed to sit for the bar exam without attending law school through a process known as “reading the law” that originated before law schools existed. Most states have eliminated the option, but in California, Virginia, Vermont and Washington, students can undertake a four-year apprenticeship with a practicing lawyer for at least 18 hours a week. It also involves monthly tests and progress reports before culminating with the bar exam. 

Thank God there’s not a similar method for becoming a brain surgeon — in any state.

“I just felt like I wanted to be able to fight for people who have paid their dues to society,” Kim K. told Vogue last year. “I just felt like the system could be so different, and I wanted to fight to fix it, and if I knew more, I could do more.”

Apparently it hasn’t occurred to her to use her wealth and influence to bolster the existing and successful Innocence Project and other organizations that do exactly what she wants to do — without spelling “conviction” with a K.

And now on to Netflix…

It’s such a commitment. I’d like the world-changing streaming service to give us a shuffle option of selected shows from our watchlist. I’ve been working from home for nearly a year now, and always have the television on as background noise. I flip occasionally among news channels and true crime shows, then promptly tune out the entire thing. That’s simply not possible with Netflix, which demands we select something very specific and then give it our undivided attention. Background noise? Not on Netflix. Pack a lunch, cupcake. You’ve just forfeited four hours of anything remotely productive.


Speaking of cable news channels….

CNN needs to step it up when it comes to identifying the commenters they’re showing on the screen. During one recent afternoon news broadcast, the network showed three different pundits and only identified one. And in that case, they only gave the guy’s name, no title, affiliation or politician party. I don’t remember what Obama’s former adviser David Axelrod looks like. And I’d like to know what he’s doing now if he’s pontificating on the impeachment hearings. And if any media outlet is going to quote anyone about politics, at least tell your viewers which side they’re on and whom they work for. (As if that’s not abundantly clear, based on which major news network one is watching.) But please, give your viewers some context. Let us consider the source. 

That said, I dread the day Kim Kardashian appears on CNN identified as a “legal adviser” to, well, anyone.


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Mandy Miles drops stuff, breaks things and falls down more than any adult should. She's married to a saintly — and handy — fisherman, and has been stringing words together in Key West since 1998.