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Ignatz

You'd think Mr Sargent would eventually tire of sticking his thumb in it.

NK(withnewsoftware)

JuiceBoxers never fail to amuse... and disgust, all at once.

jimmyk

Sorry if this was linked already, but via Tim Blair (who notes that Iowahawk is moving from the 17th scariest to the 3rd scariest state), this is a nice piece of research. I particularly like how clowns and dentists are two of the categories.

http://blog.estately.com/2014/07/the-united-states-of-fear-which-american-states-are-the-scariest/

Of course, as one of Blair's commenters pointed out, if they'd included DC surely it would have been first in the clowns category.

AliceH

Nice link, jimmyk.

And may I note, WooHoo! Missouri is #1 in methlabs!

NK(withnewsoftware)

Well St Louis is the birthplace of the USA Meth Industry. So Mizzou has been able to hold on those jobs!

Jack is Back!

Don't know if this will work for you but the home page of The Daily Mail has a Top Banner Advert or a Comedy Central show called "Nathan for You". But the lead story right below it is about another Nathan - the creep who killed Amanda Hernendez.

Not the best placed ad.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/ushome/index.html

Ignatz

That list is a little suspect.
HI #1 in volcanoes? They have one or two active ones and all they do is dribble lava into the sea. WA, OR, CA and especially AK all have several that tend to blow up with the power of several hydrogen bombs.
And no earthquake or wild fire column?
Finally, I bow to no one in our rogues gallery of clowns.
Come on, CA is better than #7!

jimmyk

Missouri is #1 in methlabs!

I guess that goes with being 39th in Dentists. :)

But sleep well, you are safe from Hurricanes and Shark Attacks.

jimmyk

I'm just glad to know that there's a National Clown Directory, though it might have been easier to link to the US Senate.

lyle

WA, OR, CA and especially AK all have several that tend to blow up with the power of several hydrogen bombs.

To say nothing of WY. Yellowstone in particular.

boatbuilder

Taxes isn't on the list. Here in CT I'm scared shitless! (Or scared blue, I suppose).

Ignatz

Thought of that lyle, but I figgered you gotta blow more than once every half million years to be more than minimally scary. :)

DebinNC

OK rates very high in incarceration rates, but BOzo didn't carry a single OK county in either election. Okies don't suffer fools gladly.

jimmyk

True, Deb, that could almost be a Fox Butterfield. He should reverse the scariness ranking for incarceration rates (unless you're a criminal, of course).

DebinNC

BOzo is flying free on our dime to Missouri today for photo-ops with 4 supposed writers of letters to him + yet another speech "on the economy" tomorrow.

henry

We defeated the govt union scourge, so I guess our puny bears (compared to the Alaskan ones) are all we have to worry about in WI.

Rick B

Amazing Israeli poll results.

Only 48% of Israelis think the IDF is using an appropriate level of firepower.

DebinNC

BOzo's "the bear is loose" schtick seems to have suffered death-by-ridicule.

Rick B

Perhaps people were confused as to whether the President was referring to Yogi or Boo Boo?

daddy

Finally we get an answer to Obama's oft heard statement "You didn't Build That."

So who did build that?

Obama: MUSLIMS BUILT 'THE VERY FABRIC OF OUR NATION'


jimmyk on iPhone

"Only 48% of Israelis think the IDF is using an appropriate level of firepower."

If I'm reading it right, another 45% feel the IDF is using INsufficient firepower, leaving no more than 7% who think it's excessive. That seems almost impossible.

NK(withnewsoftware)

Speaking of JuiceBoxer Funnies, MattyI right on cue: https://twitter.com/mattyglesias/statuses/404454885359636481

lyle

Why stop there, Zero?

When are we going to hear "Muslims Wrote The Magna Carta" from you?

And to think there are people who actually believe preznit jiveass is a Christian.

daddy

Is the Pope Catholic?

Does a bear s#*t in the woods?

Does a New York Times reporter plagiarize?

Yawn.

Rick B

jimmyk,

The poll reports only 3-4% think the IDF is using excessive firepower. Even Livni isn't whining.

I read the "Hamas plan" regarding the tunnels. I support hunting them like plague rats and not stopping while any Hamas member still breathes.

jimmyk on iPhone

It's amazing because Israel has it's share of moonbats, much higher than 3-4%. This is WWII level consensus.

daddy

An OT for Narciso!

Local Cat Fight between Palin hating Lefties Craig Medred and Shannon Moore.

Shannon thinks its okay to compare our current Governor to a mass murderer, Medred doesn't.

MarkO

He's just not that smart.®

Rick B

Perhaps Israeli moonbats have spent a few moments contemplating being hostages themselves or having loved ones held as hostages by United Headchoppers? They might even have considered the probable response by the UN and President Hussein.

I think Israel should give Sisi a shot at killing Hamas members for a couple of weeks to give the IDF a little break. He's doing well with the MB tweeters in Egypt and might enjoy a Hamas rat hunt in Gaza.

narciso

Merdred is still an idiot, although Shannon has long since removed all doubt, it still
burns then, almost 6 years later, that she got their number

centralcal

In keeping with this thread's theme of reading funny things - this tweet made me snort out loud:

Lachlan Markay ‏@lachlan 1m

A federally-funded lab in Tennessee cancels plans for "southern accent reduction" classes for its employees http://www.knoxnews.com/news/local-news/yall-come-ornl-bows-to-southern-pride_75723471

Captain Hate

From daddy's link:

You don't dig serial killers out of the dustbin of time and try to tie them to politicians. It was disgraceful when Republican Vice Presidential candidate Palin tried to pin the charge of "pallin' around with terrorists" on Democrat presidential candidate Barack Obama because of his acquaintance with Bill Ayers, a one-time member of the radical Weather Underground, a Vietnam protest group.

Moore herself was rightly offended by this pandering to fear and partisanship.

"Sarah Palin continues to infer Democrat Barack Obama is 'palling around with terrorists' and doesn’t see the U.S. like other Americans," Moore wrote. "(Palin) emphasizes, 'He’s pallin’ around with terrorists who would target their own country!' Barack Hussein Obama is repeated over and over at McCain rallies and even on local Anchorage right-wing talk shows. They are trying to invoke a terrorist fear in voters. It is a dangerous and unfounded connection."

Status of Alaska's fainting couches: Fully occupied.

centralcal

Southern dialects and standard American English... I cannot stop giggling.

The notice said the class would cover "some of the most common pronunciation and grammatical differences between Southern dialects and standard American English."

It added: "In this course you will learn to recognize the pronunciation and grammar differences that make your speech sound Southern, and learn what to do so you can neutralize it through a technique called code-switching."

Thomas Collins

Massachusetts was number one in lightning, and Rhode Island was number two. I never thought of lightning being more frequent in these states.

Ignatz

--He's just not that smart.®--

So I guess DOOM™ isn't registered?

Ignatz

--Sarah Palin continues to infer Democrat Barack Obama is 'palling around with terrorists'--

Whoever Moore is she's just not that smart. (do I have to recognize the trademark if applied to someone else?)
Palin was neither inferring nor implying he palled around with terrorists. She stated it (accurately) as a plain fact.

Captain Hate

According to a local "coffee quiz" Massachusetts has the highest ratio of cat ownership over dogs in the US.

centralcal

JUST HORRIBLE NEWS - Jesse Ventura won his defamation lawsuit!

daddy

Bah Humbug.

I think Alaska's the scariest state because I can see Putin from my back porch.

Captain Hate

JUST HORRIBLE NEWS - Jesse Ventura won his defamation lawsuit!

Dammnit. Was it a jury trial? What does the verdict mean?

jimmyk

I never thought of lightning being more frequent in these states.

I would explain MA lightning as the Lord's vengeance for inflicting the Kennedys on America.

daddy

According to a local "coffee quiz" Massachusetts has the highest ratio of cat ownership over dogs in the US.

Captain,

If only Massachusetts had more Vietnamese Americans, that wouldn't be a problem.

Ignatz

Federal jury, CH, awarded him $1.8 million.

Captain Hate

That jury was made up of dumbasses. Ventura's "career" was in the toilet due to his own lunacy.

Jane

Boy that Venture verdict pisses me off. He must have had one hell of a lawyer.

Jane

Kyle's lawyer agreed to a non-unanimous verdict. That is ridiculous.

jimmyk

Not only that, from the accounts of the trial it seemed that there was a lot of doubt about what happened. One would think a successful lawsuit would require more conclusive evidence. A sensible judge would set this aside, unless the defense witnesses were totally lacking in credibility, which is possible.

Danube on iPad

So Ventura--who never heard a shot fired in anger--sticks the widow of a genuine hero for $1.8 Million. Jesus wept.

Ignatz

Doubt it's done.
The jury, hell even Ventura's lawyer, didn't sound like they had met their burden of proof.
Suspect the judge will reduce it and if Kyle's widow appeals I suspect she'll have a decent chance of getting it overturned.

Threadkiller

Ventura, IIRC, was "quoted", as hopeful that some SEALS would die.

I would sue anyone who made any money off of any claim that I said any such thing.

Should Jessie Ventura not be allowed to clear his name based on the sole fact that his name is Jessie Ventura?

MarkO

DOOM™®

Ignatz

--So Ventura--who never heard a shot fired in anger--sticks the widow of a genuine hero for $1.8 Million.--

His lawyer claimed Kyle made him a pariah in the SEAL community.
What's he think suing a SEAL's widow is gonna do?
He'll be lucky if they don't have him barking, clapping his flippers and balancing a ball on his nose if he ever shows his face around any now.

Ignatz

Why do you assume he didn't say it, TK?

MarkO

(do I have to recognize the trademark if applied to someone else?)

NO. Good point, however.

MarkO

Ventura could have cleared his name with a declaratory judgment action. The damage claim tells you all you need to know about him.

lyle

His lawyer claimed Kyle made him a pariah in the SEAL community

If it's any consolation, JV, the SEAL community seemed to be the last community to come around to this view.

Threadkiller

Fox Retracts the Chris Kyle Punches Jesse Ventura story ... - YouTube

http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=f4P2fzR9dcA

Threadkiller

Do you have some pre-disparaging-comment citations from the SEAL community, lyle?

Threadkiller

The damage claim tells me all I need to know about Ventura's lawyer, as well.

A lawyer that shoots for the moon in a lawsuit?

Unheard of and clearly unprofessional.

lyle

My point was not about the SEAL community but every other type of community that views JV as a buffoon. In this case, maybe it's just lyle's community of one, TK. I have a ton of respect for SEALs; I have none for Ventura despite it.

Threadkiller

I hear you, lyle.

But take it from a birther, hating on someone doesn't constitute a legitimate argument.

MarkO

Although I suppose I could derivatively benefit from it, there is an odd and mistaken assumption roaming around here that lawyers and not the clients control the nature and direction of litigation. It may well happen from time to time in car wreck cases, but never where there is a modestly engaged client.

Nevertheless, you may consider me all powerful©

Threadkiller

The lawyer could have quit. No?

jimmyk

My point was not about the SEAL community but every other type of community that views JV as a buffoon.

I wonder if the defense tried that line of argument: "Nothing Kyle said could have made you out to be more of a buffoon than you already are." Or, in a Judge Nelson-style catch-22, "This lawsuit makes you out to be a bigger buffoon than anything Kyle could have said about you. Case dismissed."

Danube on iPad

The setting for the event was a wake honoring Mike Mansoor, held at McP's Irish Pub in Coronado, a SEAL hangout. The owner, Greg McPartlin, is a well-decorated former SEAL (and the former husband of my niece). Ventura was not invited: as I understand it he happened to be in town for some other function. The remark attributed to him was "you deserve to lose a few," or something similar.

I don't know what the eyewitness testimony was, but such a remark would not be out of character for Ventura, who has variously denounced Bush, the Iraq war and the United States.

His name is mud among the SEALs, and it will take a hell of a lot more than this verdict to clear his name.

If she has the bucks to see it through, I like the widow's chances on appeal.

Jane

His lawyer claimed Kyle made him a pariah in the SEAL community

He ain't seen nothing yet.

I have no problem with Ventura's lawyer. I have a real problem with Kyle's lawyer agreeing to a less than unanimous verdict. Of course if it went the other way I would not be complaining about that at all.

Old Lurker

DoT, might there have been an insurance company involved that forced the acceptance of a non unanimous verdict?

Ignatz
In his deposition, Mr. Kyle said Mr. Ventura had indeed made such comments, and that Mr. Kyle had ended the conversation by punching Mr. Ventura as he described in the book. Several witnesses for Mr. Kyle said that they had overheard the former governor’s negative comments or had seen him on the ground following an altercation, while witnesses for Mr. Ventura said they saw no such confrontation that night.
Not sure how that constitutes "clear and convincing evidence" in Ventura's favor.

--I wonder if the defense tried that line of argument: --

The jurors were presented an array of statements Mr. Ventura made on topics like religion and war over many years, and defense lawyers suggested that his reputation was already deeply complicated.

--I have a real problem with Kyle's lawyer agreeing to a less than unanimous verdict.--

I don't understand that either. If you're the defendant you have a lot more to lose if it goes the wrong way than the plaintiff.

Ignatz

Insurance would have settled pre trial, but defamation is an intentional act so presumably isn't covered anyway.

Old Lurker

Thx Iggy

lyle

But take it from a birther, hating on someone doesn't constitute a legitimate argument

"Legitimate argument"? Who's making one of those? Ventura is a jackass. Full stop. That's an assertion, TK.

Threadkiller

You got me, lyle.

Ignatz

--Thx Iggy--

If it is covered I'm gonna buy me a policy, OL, cuz I got some people who need some serious defaming and not a little emotional distress too. :)

NK(withnewsoftware)

Ventura was a UDT swimmer back in the day.

Threadkiller

UDT swimmers shouldn't sue SEALS.

Threadkiller

...SEALs.

narciso

He's a wretched Strigoi, I think I've even seen his stinger once, Craig Unger, really hit
the big time, with a libelous slam at Robert McFarlane, where the latter was accused of not only being involved with the 'October Surprise'
idiocy, but being an Israeli spy.

Danube on iPad

In CA, as I recall an insurer is required to defend the case (pay for the lawyers) if the plaintiff alleges any covered claim, e.g. negligence, in addition to the intentional tort. My guess is that Ventura's only claim was defamation.

Old Lurker

Thanks, DoT. Nice to hear CA still allows rich people to mount a defense at all.

MarkO

I have seen cases of defamation covered by a homeowners policy.

Ignatz

As a stand alone claim, Mark?

Jane

I've never seen an insurer get involved with a procedural issue. Then again I was always on the other side.

Captain Hate

Ventura was a terrible wrestler and, for somebody who had a nickname of "The Body", had a huge boiler. For all the roids he did, the only part of his physique that it looked like he worked on were his biceps (Mrs H once met him through work and said they were huge). I doubt that he spent much time in the gym at all.

His announcing was really dumb but I think his broadcast partner, Gorilla Monsoon, liked working with him because he made so many outlandish statements that it made his work a lot easier. The only thing he did that I thought was funny would be have fake "feuds" with some of the more chiseled wrestlers like Ivan Putzki and Tony Atlas; he'd make snarky comments about them while they were in the ring after which they'd flex and invite Jesse to come into the ring while he'd be blathering away.

I wanted to like him when he became governor of Minnesota but he was a complete train wreck. I really have to question the sanity of the jurors to take an ego laden clown like that seriously.

Danube on iPad

Underwater Demolition Teams (UDT) were established in 1942, their principal mission being reconnaissance and obstacle-clearing in connection with amphibious operations. They trained at the Naval Amphibious Base in Coronado and were known as Frogmen.

The SEALs were established in 1962, per JFK's fascination with Special Ops. They train at the same facility, and get all of the UDT training plus a whole lot more, e.g. in a wide variety of weaponry. The course is known as BUD/S, for Basic UDT/SEAL. They also go through extensive post-Coronado training such as jump school.

Ventura was a Frogman. However, at some point (I think in the 80s) the navy issued a directive that all former UDT guys were retroactively classified as SEALs, and could rightfully use the term to describe themselves. But I carry around in my head an asterisk for those who got the title that way.

Danube on iPad

E-mail from former C.O. of SEAL Team One:

"He's a bum!"

Threadkiller

If "scruff face" was identified by Kyle, on O'Reilly Factor, as some SEAL we have never heard of, and the identification led to that SEAL's shunning from the community based off the perception that he thought some SEALs needed to die, would we be cursing the SEAL that wished to have his name cleared?

Doesn't the burden of proof fall on the person making the defaming claim? If he can't prove the incident happened should the judgment of the unknown SEAL be determined by other incidents rather than the one that caused the stir in the first place?

It seems to me that a courtroom shouldn't conduct its affairs in a manner similar to a popularity contest.

Threadkiller

...defaming claim statement...

Threadkiller

That said, I am on the fence as far as what the verdict may cause down the road as far as precedent.

Ignatz

--Doesn't the burden of proof fall on the person making the defaming claim? --

If you claim you have been defamed you have to prove the statement was made and that it was false and defamatory; you're the plaintiff with the burden of proof.

Ignatz

And since Scruff Face is a public figure his burden of proof was higher than normal.

Threadkiller

I fixed what I meant to say re defaming, Ig.

narciso

he's a 9/11 denialist, Castro loving scum, his public persona, makes it very likely he said these things, in addition to Jeremiah Dunnell's testimony

Jane on Ipad

Trials don't set precedents TK.

Threadkiller

I agree with your 8:58, ig. That is why I am on the fence about the ramifications of the verdict for others that share that status.

Threadkiller

Thanks Jane. I was unsure if a verdict such as this would have 1st Amendment implications in Minnesota.

Was it a State court or a Federal court?

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