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I was talking with a lady today about how much kids use the computer today. No big deal, so do I. Here’s what floored me.
She said she wrote out a grocery list and gave it to her husband and 9 yr. old grandson. After looking at it, the grandson says he can’t read the list because he was never taught cursive. Is this a rarity today or just a new norm?
Say it ain’t so.
With all the media hype and outpouring of individuals to demonstrate,
can George Zimmerman get a fair trial?
In truth, “a fair trial” is always dicey. Money, influence, public sentiment, the competence of the investigators, the competence and demeanor of the judge, the evidence, and the jury all matter and all are as fallible and influence riddled as they want to be in such a case. Fair went out the window when Zimmerman decided to be stupid. It often does. The publicity in this case will make a jury hard to seat IMO, but there are plenty of self inflicted wounds too.
Self-defense is not easy when it is actually real, much less when you instigate it. I know a man who has a felony conviction for brandishing a handgun to get away from a mob, the moment he was unarmed, they beat him to a pulp on his own property, he called the police for help and the only person who went to jail or faced any charges was the one person who was actually defending himself. It happens often.
RobT, by “fair” do you mean “Can he get off”? He’s raised over $200K to pay for a defense…I’d say he’s in better shape than most.
What strikes me as strange is that Zimmerman’s orginal defense
team suddenly took a powder.
This could have been a financial issue or a question about
the actual case.
Why have there been no high profile defense lawyers (NRA)
willing to even make a statement?
Professor Dershowitz has made statments but i know of no other.
What on earth would the NRA make a statement about, RobT? Is it their job to defend anyone who shoots someone else?
And why is it strange his original team bailed…he disappeared adn started free-lancing in the press. It’s been speculated that the current guy might too. O’Mara stepped in and offered to defend Z pro-bono when Z was playing the poor card…imagine his surprise when he finds out that the Zimmermans have been raising cash online for his “defense” and have decided to keep that info from the attorney because they’d prefer to spend it on other things. He’s not a dream client.
We DO have a right to defend ourselves. IF legitimate reason does exist
to believe we are in eminent danger of DEATH or SERIOUS bodily harm lethal force can be used to end the threat.
I do not quite understand this “Stand Your Ground Law”.
What dit it change?
The above statement holds true for all of us as it did in the States
before the SYGL was inacted.
I don’t know if I agree with the law or not. It could possibly have
the effect of making homicide a lot easier. One only say ” He said
he was going to kill me and I thought he had a gun, knife, stick or
I know this if I were in a SYGL state I would be more mindful of
my manners and behavior.
Quoted from “Vision to America”
(1) He has a nice voice (very important when all you do is talk);
(2) He’s likeable (unless you are in the crosshairs of one of his drone attacks);
(3) He’s black (and, as the post-racial President, only He can cure our racist nation of its racist ills);
(4) He’s the first Black American (what?);
(5) He stopped the wars (and stemmed the rise of the oceans);
(6) He put an end to Don’t Ask Don’t Tell (and has evolved from supporting gay marriage to campaigning for traditional marriage to embracing Gay Marriage, one of the most heinous civil rights violations in our time);
(7) He…I don’t know (that’s probably the only accurate response yet);
(8) He’s awesome (when using his nice voice to sing Al Green songs and attend over 150 fundraisers…while Rome burns);
(9) He’ll tax the G-D rich and make those selfish people pay their fair share (until he runs out of other people’s money. Hey, Michelle! How about another $2,000 sundress, $500 pair of gardening shoes or $400,000 vacation with 40 of your BFFs?);
(10) He needs four more years to…put it all together (because he messed up so badly during the first four years–during his practice round as President).
Rob, we may not often agree, but for your sake, I hope you never have to test or prove that theory.
“(and has evolved from supporting gay marriage to campaigning for traditional marriage to embracing Gay Marriage, one of the most heinous civil rights violations in our time);”
I’m sorry…gay marriage is a civil rights violation?
This entire list is best described as incoherent.
Maloof wants to elect a heathen with an elevator so he can stack his Limos.
#8 What the heck are you babbling about, Maloof?
On the upside, George has company.
11. Art – so true
Maloof, in the future please use more discretion when cutting and pasting. Thanks in advance.
casey, its time for you to make your move to the big time! dylan ratigan of msnbc is stepping down. you will fit right in with the lean
forward group of newscasters. only problen is lean forward to far and you and the rest may fall off the barstools. msnbc, yea lean forward,
three fat liberal pundits, a jesse jackson clone, two derelict old bar flies, a middle eastern arab, a l, a g, a b and a t. the voice of the
new york times and the dems. all they need full time is debby(wasser,what,where,when man shultz) and of course you to fill out the cast
Zimmerman’s wife arrested for perjury.
Re, the comment by Colorado Max:
It’s just another uneducated drunken southerner, living in a trailer someplace in Georgia, pining for the good old days before Gen. Sherman invaded, and jealous of my exalted position.
Seriously, what can I say?
Its not a good idea to bare your teeth..
when you have so few.
colorado max and pammala should hook up!
Just look at all these “American Thinker” types. Great for “WHITE STRAIT AMERICANS” progress.
Any number of us might enjoy this essay:
Fixing Citizens United
Posted: 06/12/2012 4:52 pm
Any intelligent person following American politics these days should be deeply distressed by the ever-growing role of big money in our electoral process. The extraordinary concentration of wealth in the hands of relatively few Americans has completely distorted the nature of political discourse. As multi-millionaires, billionaires and powerful corporations are now free to spend unlimited amounts in order to dominate public debate, we have moved from a political system founded on the aspiration of one person/one vote to one increasingly founded on money/money/money.
Ironically, by attempting in these decisions to protect the freedom of speech from undue government interference, the Court has inflicted grave damage on the very political system that the freedom of speech is designed to promote. Although the dire consequences of these decisions may not have been evident in 1976, and may not even have been fully evident in 2010, we can now see clearly what the Court has wrought.
The question is: What is to be done now?
Wow! What an exciting day for Va. Republicans! Their long awaited and tightly contested primaries went down today and the tea party types who were makling all the noise went down with them. And Republicans were so excited six per cent of them voted! Whoopee! (Yawn)
It is a sad thing when people carry on so and behave so badly, then not even bother to vote.
Random request: Does anyone have two park benches (or one) that Gamut can borrow for the next 2 1/2 weeks? Or have a connection to a home supply store that will loan them to us? We don’t want to have to buy them but need them sort of ASAP.
@Rob Thommins: “With all the media hype and outpouring of individuals to demonstrate, can George Zimmerman get a fair trial?”
It’s a little late to be asking that. I’ll be surprised if Angela Corey doesn’t face charges of her own.
Wow! What an exciting day for Va. Republicans! Their long awaited and tightly contested primaries went down today and the tea party types who were makling all the noise went down with them.
Calling it a repudiation of the Tea Party is pretty lame considering Allen and Goodlattes are seen as very conservative Tea Party people themselves.
Got that SS link for me yet, Dave? It’s only been three days. LOLOLOLOLOL.
@Sandi: “Self-defense is not easy when it is actually real, much less when you instigate it. I know a man who has a felony conviction for brandishing a handgun to get away from a mob, the moment he was unarmed, they beat him to a pulp on his own property, he called the police for help and the only person who went to jail or faced any charges was the one person who was actually defending himself.”
Sad, but true.
Police are not required to protect you from criminals. See: Warren v. District of Columbia, DeShaney v. Winnebago County Department of Social Services.
You have no right to an adequate police investigation. See: Harrington v. County of Suffolk
@Rob Thommins: “I do not quite understand this “Stand Your Ground Law”. What dit it change?”
Easiest question we’ll get today. In Florida, in particular, it removed the duty to retreat, I believe. That is, as long as you are not the initial aggressor.
If you are, you may still use deadly force to defend yourself, if necessary, but you must have exhausted all possible efforts to “retreat to the wall.”
Virginia is exactly the same way, but through common law rather than statute.
@Rob Thommins: “I know this if I were in a SYGL state I would be more mindful of my manners and behavior.”
You’re in Virginnia? If so, then you are in a SYGL state.
Three candidates in the 4-candidate race claimed the Tea Party mantle. They were E.W. Jackson, Jamie Radtke and Del. Bob Marshall. Between them, they claimed 35 percent of the vote in the kind of election that only activists vote in.
Allen totally brushed off the Tea Party during the primary campaign.
If the tea Party couldn’t do better than 35 percent in a more-or-less activists-only election, they are finished.
The Tea Party is the kiss of death. It’s gratifying to see that jerk Marshall do so poorly.
I saw where Mudcat Saunders would be working on the campaign of a challenger to Cantor.
Hell I thought the Tea Party didn’t exist.
#33 Eh? I think what a number of people pointed out was that folks were deluding themselves if they thought the TP was all grassroots and stuff.
A longtime friend of mine who lives in Norfolk is a TP member. He voted for Jamie Radtke and was upset when Allen won. He said “He is a statist” “No difference between him and Kaine”
No, Suzie, Allen is not loved by all members of the Tea Party.
George Allen is not even liked by most members of the Tea Party.
So, they said on the radio this morning up here that only 1.5% of the people turned out to vote, and in one district, they only received 1 voter. I cannot remember whose district it was, and no news outlet seems to want to cover ballot totals… baffling.
Any surprises there?
“So, they said on the radio this morning up here that only 1.5% of the people turned out to vote, and in one district, they only received 1 voter. I cannot remember whose district it was, and no news outlet seems to want to cover ballot totals… baffling.”
If Scott is correct, that means the Tea Party scored 35 percent of 1.5 percent of the vote in the Tuesday primary!
Looks like their pan has has its flash.
I note the TPer running for Rep. Gabby Giffords seat in Arizona (who very smartly USED A GUN in his campaign ads) went down in flames. Instead, a gunshot victim got the nod.
#38 I see that Repub voters outnumber Dems by 26,000 in that district, and yet the TP guy lost 52-46
Indiana primary election turnout was only 22%. From what I’ve read thru various news outlets across Virginia about the turnout in Virginia, the Indiana turnout was massive comparatively speaking.
Comment by Dan Casey — June 13, 2012 @ 8:15 am
This statement proves you don’t understand anything. The Tea Party isn’t really a party; it’s a belief system. It’s conservatism. It doesn’t matter if people claim the title “Tea Party” or not. The voters consider Allen enough of a conservative that he was the clear choice over lesser known Tea Party members.
Although no one has ever contacted me to join the Tea Party and I’ve never been to a rally, I am most definitely a member of the TP because I share their views. And I supported Allen, and there are bunches of people like me.
Call me when you need correct analyses next time, so you don’t embarrass yourself.
The Tea Party exists like a late spring
flurry of snow.
Gone by sun-up
“It was a disappointing day as just about no one turned out to vote in the state’s primary. In Charlottesville, voter turnout stands at about 1 percent.
Charlottesville’s Voter Registrar Sheri Iachetta says that’s very frustrating. As of Tuesday afternoon, only one person has come to Venable Elementary School to cast a ballot.”
ONE PERSON. LOL
Sure Suz. Just as soon as you apologize for dissing students wgho opt for skills training.
The enthusiasm of the Republicans who turned out in massive numbers to vote in the primaries is a good indication of how they will turn out for the naccaca man in the fall. Kaine and obama will win Va. And it won’t be particularly close.
Yeah, the Tea Party is so ineffective, Scott Walker whom the Democrats made the face of the Tea Party won comfortably in a very blue state.
LMAOOOOOOOO @ the morons.
Suzie, it is good to see you can still laugh at yourself at least.
45.”The enthusiasm of the Republicans who turned out in massive numbers to vote in the primaries is a good indication of how they will turn out for the naccaca man in the fall.”
I was only the 65th voter yesterday in my Christiansburg precinct… at 5:30pm!
As I was driving in South Bend today, I saw a sign that had a great suggestion. The sign read “Put politicians on minimum wage and take away their health insurance and see how fast things change.”
Works for me!!
Exactly my point! I assume you are tuned in to the sarcasm of that comment.
I so agree Ron! Things in this nation would change real fast!
I received the story below in an email from a friend. I think it explains why we are having lots of problems in Washington. I think the story must be about Eric Cantor.
Bud the Cowboy
> A cowboy named Bud was overseeing his herd in a remote mountainous
> pasture in Montana when suddenly a brand-new BMW advanced toward him out
> of a cloud of dust.
> The driver, a young man in a Brioni® suit, Gucci® shoes, RayBan®
> sunglasses and YSL® tie, leaned out the window and asked the cowboy, “If
> I tell you exactly how many cows and calves you have in your herd, will
> you give me a calf?”
> Bud looks at the man, who obviously is a yuppie, then looks at his
> peacefully grazing herd and calmly answers, “Sure, why not?”
> The yuppie parks his car, whips out his Dell® notebook computer,
> connects it to his Cingular RAZR V3® cell phone, and surfs to a NASA
> page on the Internet, where he calls up a GPS satellite to get an exact
> fix on his location which he then feeds to another NASA satellite that
> scans the area in an ultra-high-resolution photo.
> The young man then opens the digital photo in Adobe Photoshop® and
> exports it to an image processing facility in Hamburg , Germany …
> Within seconds, he receives an email on his Palm Pilot® that the image
> has been processed and the data stored. He then accesses an MS-SQL®
> database through an ODBC connected Excel® spreadsheet with email on his
> Blackberry® and, after a few minutes, receives a response.
> Finally, he prints out a full-color, 150-page report on his hi-tech,
> miniaturized HP LaserJet® printer, turns to the cowboy and says, “You
> have exactly 1,586 cows and calves.”
> “That’s right. Well, I guess you can take one of my calves,” says Bud.
> He watches the young man select one of the animals and looks on with
> amusement as the young man stuffs it into the trunk of his car.
> Then Bud says to the young man, “Hey, if I can tell you exactly what
> your business is, will you give me back my calf?”
> The young man thinks about it for a second and then says, “Okay, why not?”
> “You’re a Congressman for the U.S. Government”, says Bud.
> “Wow! That’s correct,” says the yuppie, “but how did you guess that?”
> “No guessing required.” answered the cowboy. “You showed up here even
> though nobody called you; you want to get paid for an answer I already
> knew, to a question I never asked. You used millions of dollars’ worth
> of equipment trying to show me how much smarter than me you are; and you
> don’t know a thing about how working people make a living – or about
> cows, for that matter. This is a herd of sheep.
> Now give me back my dog.
“Exactly my point! I assume you are tuned in to the sarcasm of that comment.”
Oh yes, it makes me want to gag when I hear people talk a big game, but can’t get their lazy arse to the polls. To me, that’s like kicking back in a lawn chair and blowing off the last lap of the race.
Yo, Tea Party, you have a lot of good ideas, but if no more of you are voting than this, I’m quite disappointed. To think I was literally 1% of that precinct’s vote yesterday…. pitiful.
“Put politicians on minimum wage and take away their health insurance and see how fast things change”
I see your point and it makes sense, but it was rabidly liberal Democrat Dick Saslaw that was championing pay raises for the General Assembly in the name of more regular people being encourged to run for the office so they could afford to make a living during their term. Otherwise the well-off people who don’t need the money are all that can afford the job if they get it. Now let’s talk about campaign money, Mr. Saslaw….
The enthusiasm of the Republicans who turned out in massive numbers to vote in the primaries is a good indication of how they will turn out for the naccaca man in the fall.
I hope your idiocy is intentional Dave. Obviously it was a foregone conclusion these strong conservatives would coast in the primaries. We will show up to overthrow Idiot Boy in record numbers.
My comment was directed at all politicians who claim affiliation with any political party.
Suzie, I realize that your delusion knows no bounds, but “We” does not exist “in record numbers”. Your “We” is a minority. The primary proved it and that is why the “true conservatives” lost. Romney is no more a conservative than Bush was/is. He too will lose, but even if his miracle happens, he is not a conservative and his governance will prove it.
My comment was directed at all politicians who claim affiliation with any political party.”
Ron, I realize that, but thought that if I mentioned the source, the left-leaning board would feel better about it.
Now Butch is rooting for the anti-teahadists. This guy is so full of crap his eyes are brown.
They are only half brown. He/she/it is about a quart low.
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Wed, 04 Dec 2013 11:21:18 +0000
Metro Columnist Dan Casey knows a little bit about a lot of things but not a heck of a lot about most things. That doesn't keep him from writing about them, however. So keep him honest!
He welcomes your rants, raves and considered opinions, so long as the language is civil (i.e. no four-letter words). He'll read all your posts and may or may not respond.