Monthly Archives: February 2010

What kind of planet are we on?

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This PSA on the built in inequalities in the Social Security Administration drives home a major argument that I have had with my father and step-mother over the years.

There is nothing I can really add to this very well put together and produced PSA. Take five minutes to watch it, please. And please, pass the word along.

Interesting problem – and even more interesting example

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Weighed down by recession woes, jurors are becoming disgruntled

Spurned in his effort to get out of jury duty, salesman Tony Prados turned his attention to the case that could cost him three weeks’ pay: A Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputy was suing his former sergeant, alleging severe emotional distress inflicted by lewd and false innuendo that he was gay.

Prados, an ex-Marine, leaned forward in the jury box and asked in a let-me-get-this-straight tone of voice: “He’s brave enough to go out and get shot at by anyone but he couldn’t handle this?” he said of the locker-room taunting.

Fellow jury candidate Robert Avanesian, who had also unsuccessfully sought dismissal on financial hardship grounds, chimed in: “I think severe emotional distress is what is happening in Haiti. I don’t think you could have such severe emotional distress from that,” he said of the allegations in the deputy’s case.

(The complete article can be read here)


Surly juries, indeed.

I did find it amusing what the ex-marine said. Sounds like he was not in the mood for someone being silly. The article goes on to say that the lawyer bringing the suit on behalf of the deputy, finally decided that they would forgo a jury trial and throw themselves on the judge’s mercy.

I can imagine the lawyer wanting to get a big group of “blue collar/working classs” people and do the “How would you feel if you were called this?” line, but realized that it was doomed to failure when they potential jurists were speaking out like this. Seems that the “he called me gay” defense is getting weaker and weaker all of the time.

As you can imagine, that just breaks my heart.

*facepalm*

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Texas Attorney General Intervenes After Judge Orally Grants Gay Divorce

From the Austin American-Statesman

Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott has intervened in Texas’ unprecedented gay divorce case after the judge orally granted the divorce to the lesbian couple involved.

“Last week, at the close of a two-day hearing before state District Judge Scott Jenkins on how they should divide their property and share custody of their son, the two reached an agreement that in part called for them to divorce. According to Naylor’s lawyer, Jennifer Cochran, Jenkins granted the divorce orally and ordered the parties to put their agreement in writing and return to court next month for his signature. ‘This is the first time in over a year that our family has been at peace,’ said Naylor, who still lives in Austin. Daly has moved to San Antonio with their son. ‘We never asked them to grant us a same-sex marriage. We only asked them to legally recognize that we needed a divorce,’ Naylor said.”

Said Abbott spokesman Jerry Strickland in a statement: “The State maintains that the Court has no legal authority to grant this divorce, and as a result, the State must intervene in this case to defend the Texas Constitution.”


Can someone please drop a house on this man?

Oscar Mike Golf

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Avatar LARPing?

OK, whatever floats your boat, but in Wisconsin? At this time of year? Brrrrrr. You would not need much bodypaint to be blue in that weather.

Gotta hand it to these people, hey are embracing what makes them happy.

You know, it makes me think.

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The opening lines to Lord of Light, by Roger Zelazny.

“His followers called him Mahasamatman and said he was a god. He preferred to drop the Maha- and the -atman, however, and called himself Sam. He never claimed to be a god, but then he never claimed not to be a god.”

I have lost count of the number of times that I have re-read this book over the years, but each time I read Lord of Light, I tend to become more introspective.

I read Lord of Light for the first time shortly after I read Siddhartha in high school, both books really struck a chord with me.

It makes me wonder, if I were one of “The First”, would I have joined with the crew and become part of the deiocracy, or would I have sided with Sam to bring advancement to the people.

*snerk*

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“Virulent, butt-seeking parasites” Best descriptive phrase ever. Thank you, Mr Bourdain.

Hmph.

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To all of the people who scoffed at my prediction of snow today?

I *told* you so.

Now to walk to work in the snow, as Dallas freaks out and goes into spasms.