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April 10, 2014

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pagar

"About the Nevada rancher and the turtles."

http://www.maggiesnotebook.com/2014/04/nevada-desert-tortoise-euthanized-by-conservationists-while-being-rescued-from-cliven-bundy-family-cattle/

JiB

NK,

Our diocese requires not only teachers and priests go through fingerprinted background checks but any parent who volunteers at school functions and would come in contact with the kids.

Also must attend a mandatory session - "Protecting God's Children" as do all our students, albeit parents can opt their children out if they want.

NK(withnewsoftware)

BoE/JiB-- scores aren't very low, why is Augusta playing tough today? wind?

NK(withnewsoftware)

JiB-- no doubt, I assume all Diocesan schools do that because of the ...issues... back in the day.

anonamom

FTW lyle! (at 2:11)

Happy Birthday Stephanie!! Martinis all around?

The news about limes and avocados is seriously going to impact life on the pontoon this summer.

Beasts, listening to one of my partners describe his day at the Masters last year was a near-religious experience--and I don't even golf.

Stephanie spring sprung baseballs back umm ummm umm

Dammit now I'm craving pimento cheese.

One of these years someone is gonna give me a ticket to the Masters for my birthday. I actually had an offer to go this year, but I thought we were gonna be in Gulfport and turned it down. Bad Stephanie. Stupid Stephanie.

Beasts of England

Happy Birthday, Steph!!

@anonamom: That it is! And I'm glad that you listened, as folks who have attended want nothing better than to tell someone all about it! You don't even wanna be around me during Masters week - I'll bore you to tears with stories and trivia! ;)

@NK: Scores are pretty nominal today, in my opinion, but the second nine yields lower scores than the first nine. And with it being warm and dry over the southeast the next few days, look for scores to be higher from here on out.

NK(withnewsoftware)

BoE-- higher scores as in playing tougher, hard and fast greens?

narciso

Rupert Pupkin's just going to have to try harder;

http://hotair.com/archives/2014/04/10/say-has-anyone-noticed-that-crossfire-has-been-missing/

Porchlight

I'm completely ignorant about golf but it sounds fabulous, Beasts. Love the photo.

Stephanie spring sprung baseballs back umm ummm umm

Anonamom Absolut(ely)!

Son just called and wants to take us to the Gwinnett Braves game tomorrow night. Woot!! Don't even have to go downtown to see baseball. Double WOOT!!!

Promise not to burn any flags - at least not the American flag. ;)

Beasts of England

Yes, NK. While having more financial resources than the law allows lets the folks at ANGC truly play Golf God with that course, they can't (yet) overcome the drying conditions that the wind and heat will put on those insanely steep, fast and hard greens.

Okay, I promise I'll shut up about the course now before I get completely manic and start telling you about the SubAir ventilation systems under their greens...

http://www.subairsystems.com/howsubairworks.html

Sue

I had to go to court Monday for jury duty. I didn't get selected. It was indecency with a child, aggravated. She was under 6. He was a repeat offender, which I figured out during voir dire. Our local newspaper just posted a story on FB. Guilty. Sentenced to life.

Jane

If I could chose one tournament to see in my lifetime it would be the Masters. I simply love it. This will be the first year without Tiger in a very long time.

lyle

The perp must not have been a Democrat teacher, Sue.

Sorry for the glibness, but I'm still angry about somebody's comment upthread re Toomey and Harkin.

NK(withnewsoftware)

BoE-- Please keep the AGNC info coming, I've never been, and I've only spoken to one person who's played there. It seems timeless, keeping the best parts of Bobby Jones' day.

lyle

I've always said that I'd like my epitaph to read: I had no regrets.

But I still have a lingering one: I was living in Columbia, SC almost 20 years ago--a mere two hour drive from Augusta--and was given a ticket to the opening round and (insert shame font here) I did not go. I kept vacillating and finally talked myself out of going!

Still love the Masters, even though I don't golf

Stephanie spring sprung baseballs back umm ummm umm

The greens are insane. Try throwing darts at a dartboard that's wavy and made of concrete. The greens at our club are similarly insanely fast and wavy, too - also bent grass. Our number nine is elevated and requires a wedge, a skyball and it still may roll off the green into either a deeeep trap of death or the lake. Par 5 and I've eagled it once. Usually make double YUCK.

Ok the eagle was playing red yellow green (3 holes red three yellow three green each side) and I played from the yellows on all the par 5s... IT STILL COUNTS DOESN'T IT.

Sue

He was creepy. You kind of would have suspected him even if he didn't do it. But he did.

I was getting advice on how to get out of jury duty. My favorite came from Janet. Dress in camo and pin Gladsen flag designs on me.

Jack is Back!

NK,

A few interesting factors at Augusta this year: the most first time players ever in the history of the tournament. No wind. But you have to know where to hit it to be below the hole. Very quick and quirky greens - I call them moguls. Add to it the placement of the greens in both acute and oblique reference to the fairways then the lack of a level lie and you are challenging the best players in the world who have been playing target golf since January now have to play smart golf.

Like a US Open venue, if you strike your ball with the blade open even 1 degree off center it can prove disastrous. Compound that with an uneven lie and the length of the shot (ie. a 4 iron versus an 8 iron). DOOM as they are finding out.

Stephanie spring sprung baseballs back umm ummm umm

I usually carry either an Anne Coulter, Rush, or Levin book to jury duty. Works like a charm.

Btw the azaleas in the yard are all abloom at the same time as the Masters for once but the zoysia (front) and bermuda (back) sure ain't that green.

Jack is Back!

All I know is that Augusta is wreaking havoc with my pool picks as well as Fredericks. I have Dufner in one and Carbrera in the other. We choose from a player for 6 different sets of players. Payoffs by the round and the final. Last year I had 4 out 6 not make the cut! DOOM.

Jim Miller

Two replies on fake demonstrations and "Faketevists":

Janet - Thanks for that reminder about Dana Milbank on the previous post. (He interests because he has shown that he can do honest journalism, and does so, very occasionally.)

Man Tran - You might be right. I remember, vaguely, how much fuss there was over that Glenn Beck incident. (Maybe I can find it im my archives.)

MarkO

Holder lacks fundament awareness and historical context. I blame Bush.

Holder told the crowd. “What attorney general has ever had to deal with that kind of treatment? What president has ever had to deal with that kind of treatment?”

lyle

Your daily dose of TPC; so clickworthy:

http://thepeoplescube.com/peoples-blog/new-mozilla-add-ons-t13821.html

lyle

Holder told the crowd. “What attorney general has ever had to deal with that kind of treatment? What president has ever had to deal with that kind of treatment?”

Does the name Alberto Gonzalez ring a bell, Eric (The Red)?

Stephanie spring sprung baseballs back umm ummm umm

Thanks again everyone for the birthday wishes.

I've got Kooch and Spieth in the club pool.

Stephanie spring sprung baseballs back umm ummm umm

Michelson hurt?

NK(withnewsoftware)

Michelson tripled #7 he's +3. He played last weekend in Houston, and played well there.

narciso

the last time, I was on jury duty, there was someone with the Huntress memoir, he lasted one round before me,

narciso

that kind of treatment indeed;

http://www.rightwingnews.com/democrats/obamas-attorney-general-hypocrisy-alberto-gonzalez-vs-eric-holder/

anonamom

Steph, gin. Hendricks. From the freezer.
Here's to you!

Fescue got cut today, azaleas popping, dogwoods in bloom.
Looking like Augusta around here.
Pollen got washed down by Monday's rain.
Prettiest week of the year.

Jack is Back!

If anything Phil's injury affects a full swing but its short game that is suffereing right now. Don't think he's injured at all and had a good look at birdie on 8. Let's see if he can get by 9-12 and then be able to birdie 13 and 15. Those are the tell tales.

Porchlight

I have never been called to jury duty. I got a postcard once saying something about it, but found the instructions completely incomprehensible, so after making a couple of phone calls to the number given and getting no answer, I ignored it.

But riddle me this. Is it not our civic duty to serve on juries? I wouldn't shirk it if I could swing it. I have 3 kids and work full time and my husband travels a lot, but aside from scheduling worries, I would do it.

Stephanie spring sprung baseballs back umm ummm umm

Meant to ask JiB how the Mrs did at the club championship?

Last jury duty I got called for was a six month federal grand jury stint. Got out of that as my m-I-l was living with us and had Alzheimer's.

Don't forget that most prosecutors and defense lawyers want common core warped minds not analytical ones. Malleable feelers. Blech.

sbwaters

CH, regarding shorting CBS because of Colbert, as luck would have it I backed in to a little CBS stock earlier this year as part of an estate of a loved relative.

I liquidated. I'm glad.

Jack is Back!

Maybe a trial lawyer here can explain to me why I had to sit through 4 days of jury selection under these circumstances:

I have been called once while living in San Francisco. When I showed up they put in a room with 100 other citizens and gave us a questionaire to fill out.

It was obvious to me it was an "asbestos" civil action from the questions.

I noted that as an engineer and manager I had worked on a number of power plants and refineries where asbestos was used as pipe and vessel insulation. That I had been exposed. I had taken a safety course on the proper management and ventilation of asbestos cutting and fabrication facilities on site, etc. etc. etc.

IOW's of al the People called except to two ex-Navy guys I had been around the subjec of the litigation and had superior knowledge compared to the other jurors.

But no one from the defense or plantiff attorneys ever as for summary dismissal of this particular juror. They waited until I was called for vordir and it was the Judge who upon hearing my first answer interrupted and dismissed me without further conversation.

I spent 4 total days in a room locked up with the book I was reading in order to finally get questioned about what I assume they already knew was a disqualifying work experience. A total waste of my time and the parties involved.

So, don't the trial lawyers read the Q&A's and dismiss summarily based on them or do they have to wait for the vordir?

lyle

Geez, Porch, then consider me the veritable paragon of civic duty. I get a jury summons every two years like clockwork; served on three. Mrs. lyle has never received one. And she's lived in this county longer than I.

My old excuse during voir dire, "I don't like cops," doesn't work anymore. The defense attorneys love hearing that. Seeing as I'm just about due for another summons, I'm going to bring one of Levin's books and see how that goes.

Having said that, each time I've served I've always come away impressed at how the jurors take their duty very seriously. It's heartening in some small way.

What's not heartening is how lame the lawyers are. Last trial, I realized I was several steps in front of both sides. It was some BS voyeurism charge and the DA couldn't even produce an eyewitness. It was all I could do to keep from shouting at her, "WTF are we even doing here?"

Jack is Back!

Stephanie,

Mrs. JiB had to WD due to back spasms which have been affecting her for a while. Thought she was over them but they came and bit her big time during her first round. You never want to take a full swing with a bad back because all you get is a bigger ortho bill:)

mad jack

Jack you only get a certain number of challenges so you want the judge to do the obvious ones for you.

Porchlight

lyle, it doesn't seem fair that you get called all the time and some people never get called. I don't get that. But I get why you would find it pretty darn tiresome.

Old Lurker

NK was right the other day:

WSJ: "Greece wrapped up its first longer-term bond sale since its international bailout four years ago to strong demand"

The whole world is nuts.

Stephanie spring sprung baseballs back umm ummm umm

I'll take a gander JiB.

Could it be that you were dismissed because you would weigh facts in your mind but not privy to by other jurors and not just those cherry picked to be presented by both sides at trial. Stupidest thing about citizen juries to me is they don't want gun owners on a trial involving firearms, accountants on fraud trials, etc.

As to why the judge did the dismissing I suspect too much knowledge is assumed to be a mistrial risk if you introduce something in the jury room that wasn't included in the cherry picked facts presented in the courtroom.

As to why four days with known knowledge, I suspect they need to reaffirm under oath your answers.

How'd I do lawyers?

Old Lurker

Lyle: "I've always said that I'd like my epitaph to read: I had no regrets."

I am holding out for that old coot JiB posted the other day: "I outlived all them assholes"

Jack is Back!

Phil! Its why he makes the game exciting. What a putt.

lyle

I like that one too, OL. Saucy!

Sue

They want the judge to dismiss you for cause so the can save their allotted strikes.

Jack is Back!

I would think that if the questionaire had a disclaimer regarding the truth and nothing but the truth the lawyers could just dismiss you out of hand based on your knowledge of the subject but then I am not one of them and Mad Jack makes sense. BTW, the judge later called my office and told me why she quickly dismissed me because the juror's that had been selected were sitting there listening to the voir dire.

Sue

The lawyers can't dismiss you. Only the judge can do that. They can strike you and one or the other or both would have done that if the judge decided not to dismiss you for cause.

Sue

Porch,

I would serve if selected. I never get selected. It used to be because I knew the lawyers, the judge, the prosecutors, etc. I don't anymore. I would have been on this jury if my number had been smaller. They stopped with 12 2 people before me.

mad jack

Sue nails it. Just like Big Papi yesterday :-)

Sue

::sob::

Jack is Back!

Sue,

So how does Clarice get selected for Grand Jury duty of all things. A former federal prosecutor??

jimmyk on iPhone

"One unwatchable idiot replacing another."

Maybe CBS is hoping for a government bailout, or it's some "Springtime for Hitler" gambit. Who could possibly think this would work? Like so many people want to watch some smug a**hole talking down to them at 11:30 at night. This after letting Sharyl walk.

Happy Birthday, Stephanie!

We are off on a 12 day vacation to Israel tonight. Glad Bibi's in charge there.

Captain Hate

I liquidated. I'm glad.

Excellent timing.

mad jack

Sue: you do get to pimp it up around the bases! 35 seconds to get around after he hit it so enjoy your HR trot.

NK(withnewsoftware)

OL-- O--P--A!!! We're back in the debt markets again!!

Seriously, the premium to T-Bonds ain't that huge, reflecting underlying EuroZone deflationary movements, and the pathetic US Debt situation. The investors haven't gone nutz, the USA/EU/PRC political classes have gone DEBT nutz. Tsar Vlad though, he owes nobody... it shows.

lyle

I learned the best possible outcome is when you're empanelled, all other potential jurors dismissed, and the parties subsequently settle before the trial starts, that counts as duty and, in my state, keeps you from duty for the next two years.

As you might guess, I had quite the spring in my step leaving the court after the bailiff informed us of this.

Jack is Back!

jimmyk,

When in Tel Aviv you need to go to Maganda for lunch or dinner. It is located at 26 Rabi Meir St. in the Kerem Hatemanim district. You will not be disappointed. Best Israeli cuisine in TA.

Sue

She doesn't live in a town if less than 15k people. I could have served. But the DA knew I didn't like him, certain lawyers knew our firm wasn't friendly. Small town politics. If the judge, who at the time one was my boss's best friend since little league and the other was the father in law if my boss's niece, didn't tell me to get lost, one of the attorneys did. This time I didn't know anyone. New DA, not from here, new judge, not from here. But I wasn't sitting in the splash zone this time.

lyle

"Springtime for Hitler" couldn't possibly be any worse than Colbert's smug schtick.

Danube on iPad

My recollection is that, in CA, you have a limited number of peremptory challenges but there is no limit to challenges for cause.

Have a wonderful birthday, Steph.

Sue

Isn't Colbert the one who imitates O'Reilly?

Stephanie spring sprung baseballs back umm ummm umm

I was surprised that Clarice had jury duty to be honest although I suspect grand jury stuff is approached differently than jurors called for trial. For one thing, can't grand jurors also raise questions to be asked of witnesses unlike jurors on a case? Search for the truth vs search for "justice" based on only evidence presented at trial by prosecutors and defendants with agendas. And "misplaced" evidence.

Jurors are guided to an answer whereas grand jurors are guiding the answer.

Sue

DoT,

But challenges for cause are at the sole discretion of the judge, right?

NK(withnewsoftware)

I still get hysterics watching 'The Producers' movie when the show opens on broadway, and the Gestapo officer starts belting out "Springtoime for Hitler and Germany.... winter for Poland and France...."

lyle

I should have known better than to start to admire Rand Paul:

http://hotair.com/archives/2014/04/10/rand-paul-2009-do-we-really-want-to-be-the-party-that-backs-dick-cheney-on-torture/

Or as someone put it recently, the whacked acorn doesn't fall far from the whacked tree.

Call me any name in the book, but I can't work up any sympathy for jihadi scum.

rich@gmu

safe travels and have a great vacation jimmyk.

narciso

safe travels, jimmy, yes that was foolish on Rand's part, but that was in the middle of the Soufan blitzkrieg,

centralcal

Happy vacation JimmyK.

Jane

I was getting advice on how to get out of jury duty. My favorite came from Janet. Dress in camo and pin Gladsen flag designs on me.

Hmmmm - when everyone was complaining about the OJ verdict I asked them if they ever tried to get out of jury duty. They all did.

I rest my case.

narciso

Surprise, Minitrue works the same, here as Granma there,


http://babalublog.com/2014/04/10/what-senator-patrick-leahy-and-the-associated-press-arent-telling-you-about-cuban-twitter/

not surprising since the stringer is married to a Cuban govt official.

AliceH

When I lived in St.Louis city, I was called for jury duty 6 times, empaneled 3 times. The system was 1) report to the front desk in a monster waiting room that held more than 500 people for each of (max) 3 days, or until called for voir dire... then sit for the trial or home.

Since moving to next door to middle of nowhere, I've been called twice, but the system is different. Jury Duty is for 6 months. I get a post card telling me my "term of service" and then, if there is a trial scheduled, they send another post card to show up for voir dire and, if selected, sit for the trial same day. So far, I've been notified of jury term twice (I think), but called in voir dire twice in one term, just once in the other, and was selected just once.

The oddest experience was in St. Louis, where there were about 40 of us going through voir dire, and person after person said variations of "I don't think that should be illegal" or "I don't trust cops" or "the justice system is racist" until there weren't 12 jurors left that WEREN'T going to be dismissed by the judge or stricken by one of the attorneys.

narciso

mind arson, leaves scars of unknowledge:


http://twitchy.com/2014/04/10/common-core-insanity-for-six-year-olds-nyc-mom-knows-garbage-math-when-she-sees-it-pic/

narciso

Well back on the ranch;


http://www.interpretermag.com/ukraine-liveblog-day-52-kiev-offers-amnesty-to-separatists/

Stephanie spring sprung baseballs back umm ummm umm

Happy vacay Jimmy.


Sorry to hear about the Mrs back issue, JiB. That sux when it happens.

Out to drunko. SBL

/Stagger Back Later :)

jimmyk on iPhone

Thanks y'all. Catch you on the other side.

Jack is Back!

Steph,

Yep. Since she was playing well up until then. Off to din-din. Later.

Clarice Feldman

Stephanie, felons cannot serve on juries, illegal aliens cannot serve on juries, that leaves only one category in the DC area--lawyers..therefore, they are no longer exempt from jury duty. Yes, grand jurors get to ask questions. It's clear the Asst D.A.'s were not so happy to have me there..at the end one said to us all she always knew how her case was going by watching my face.

Jim Miller

Most of you will, I think, like the story of the Oso survivor I just linked to.

(There are other versions of the story, but the Seattle Times had the best one I've seen.)

Captain Hate

I don't think Iowahawk can parody this:

http://www.cleveland.com/open/index.ssf/2014/04/rep_marcia_fudge_asks_defense.html#incart_river_default

centralcal

Sebelius is resigning!

centralcal

From the NY Times:

WASHINGTON — Kathleen Sebelius, the health and human services secretary, is resigning, ending a stormy five-year tenure marred by the disastrous rollout of President Obama’s signature legislative achievement, the Affordable Care Act.

Mr. Obama accepted Ms. Sebelius’s resignation this week, and on Friday morning he will nominate Sylvia Mathews Burwell, the director of the Office of Management and Budget, to replace her, officials said.

Captain Hate

Damn, I just got a call that one of my music buds died yesterday. He was kind of a cartoonish character and his political views were full retard (my phone lines are cleared for a call to write his obit) but it's still pretty shocking.

centralcal

Signature achievement??????

...stormy...tenure marred by disastrous rollout...

Sooooo, media will now blame Obamageddoncare solely on Sebelius?

Extraneus

Will a confirmation hearing be allowed?

centralcal

Sorry to hear that, Captain.

Danube on iPad

Only the judge can grant a challenge for cause, Sue, but the lawyers can make as many of them as they want to.

Lawyers were exempt in CA until Jerry Brown changed the rules. Having flunked the bar exam the first time around, he always had a chip on his shoulder where lawyers were concerned.

Sebelius resigning.

daddy

Just watched Captain Hate's link to Morning Joe asking what big achievement can Hillary Clinton's supporters point to.

After all the insipid, deer in the headlights blather from the panel, it comes down to this:

"I think that her supporters will say that she had a big role in repairing America's battered image around the world through all of her travels around the world."


Geez, what buffoonery.

Thanks for "repairing America's battered image around the world" Hillary.

Idiots.

DrJ

Sebelius is resigning!

dublindave hardest hit. Along with the obligatory women and children.

Captain Hate

Great tribute to Rodham, daddy; they ought to plug in the song "Nobody Does it Better".

lylea

I was Secretary of State and all I got was four dead Americans.

matt

Someone threw a shoe at Hillary this afternoon. Funny how the media chooses not to get it.

And in other news kettle Carter called pot Obama/Clinton black today.

narciso

Cruela is out!!, my philly cop friend, who was a full curmudgeon, and his later years had come to believe in the coming of the SkyDragon, and the Bush lied mantra, was still one of the few beside you folks, I could still communicate with, so I sympathize Captain,

lyle

Stupid smartphone user...

Janet

Yeah, excellent comment, daddy.

narciso

As for her replacement;


http://www.nbcnews.com/news/other/meet-sylvia-burwell-woman-who-ordered-government-shutdown-f8C11310667

Jeff Dobbs

Hitting 285 now. Bunnnnkkkoooooo 2nite ... moving dirt 2morrow!

Sent From My Windows Phone

daddy

More Hillary repairing America's battered image around the world"

Egypt:

Syria:

Venezuela:

Brazil:

etc...

Hell of a job Hillary, hell of a job.

narciso

Burwell is properly credentialed, Harvard and Oxford, a Clinton Administration veteran, and previous to OMB, she was high official in Walmark and Gates foundation,

Cruela assembled the pinhead puzzlebox, all 20,000 pages, so it will be curious,

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