Amy’s Jury Duty And Hayden’s Step Into More Independence
So, Amy had jury duty for the first time this past week. She got on a jury and deliberated on a civil case making the determination of the amount of damages to award a fellow injured in a car accident. I won’t go into all the details, but the fellow was asking for half a million in addition to the medical costs of $23,000.
I think the best way to say whose side the jury was more sympathetic to will be to tell you what they decided to award the plaintiff. He was asking for $523,000, they awarded him $43,000. The plaintiff really didn’t establish he deserved much more. Amy didn’t want to give him anything, but agreed with the other jurors that $20,000 in addition to the $23,000 in medical costs was fair. Even the defendant’s lawyer suggested they thought an additional $25,000 would have been fair. The jury came in under that, so you know for whom they felt more sympathy.
Our dilemma was that we have a 12 year-old son. Amy meets him at the bus stop each day and walks him home. Perhaps we are over-protective. We decided to give Hayden the chance to get himself from the bus to and in the house on his own. He would also call me at work to let me know he made it.
He did fine. But I was pretty anxious up until I got his call.
Shame On You Celebrators Of Scalia’s Death
Justice Antonin Scalia died unexpectedly, leaving a vacancy on the US Supreme Court. Many have stated how shocked and saddened they are by his death. However, his death was also greeted by more than a few of my Facebook friends’ expressions of joy. Shame on them!
This is all part of that tribalism that disgusts me so. Scalia was conservative. His opinions were conservative. So, of course, some of my FB friends who tend to be very liberal couldn’t stand him. They painted him as one of the worst people ever. And they were relieved when he died.
A law professor, Paul Campos, has written a piece for Salon.com voicing his displeasure at people lauding Scalia as a brilliant jurist. Campos disagrees and sites a few examples of what he thinks show Scalia not being so brilliant and having phony principles.
Well, Campos is a law professor and I’m just some ignorant cartoonist with an internet radio show to which no one listens, so what do I know about Scalia and his juristic brilliance?
However, the person who wrote the following must certainly know better than I and, maybe, even a law professor writing for Salon.com. She wrote,
“…’We are different, we are one,’ different in our interpretation of written texts, one in our reverence for the Constitution and the institution we serve. From our years together at the DC Circuit, we were best buddies. We disagreed now and then, but when I wrote for the Court and received a Scalia dissent, the opinion ultimately released was notably better than my initial circulation. Justice Scalia nailed all the weak spots – the ‘applesauce’ and the ‘argle bargle’ – and gave me just what I needed to strengthen the majority opinion. He was a jurist of captivating brilliance [emphasis mine] and wit, with a rare talent to make even the most sober judge laugh. The press referred to his ‘energetic fervor,’ ‘astringent intellect,’ ‘peppery prose,’ ‘acumen,’ and ‘affability,’ all apt descriptions. He was eminently quotable, his pungent opinions so clearly stated that his words never slipped from the reader’s grasp.”
I’m sure Prof. Campos disagrees with this statement. Well, he’s the law professor who writes for Salon.com and the person who wrote this was Ruth Bader Ginsburg. She’s just a US Supreme Court justice who has known and served with Justice Scalia for decades. So,what does she know?
Read the statements of the Justices of the US Supreme Court on the death of their colleague here.
Jared Allen Rides Off Into The Portrait Format
If you are going to announce your retirement from the NFL by making a video of you riding off into the sunset (or just riding off) as it’s done in the Westerns, make god damn certain the person taking the video holds the camera the right way!
Westerns are filmed in landscape! Not portrait!
Dawkins Is Re-invited To NECSS And Has A Stroke
No, he didn’t have a stroke because of the re-invitation. The stroke did happen after Richard Dawkins received an apology and a re-invitation to appear at NECSS. This has been quite a roller coaster. NECSS seems to have been having difficulty figuring out how to deal with divisive people such as Dawkins. Although, why is he divisive? Is he really divisive?
NECSS, I’m sure, had been getting an earful ever since they first announced Dawkins was a guest speaker.
Anyway, he’s been re-invited and those who were pissed off by his invitation, but happy with his dis-invitation, are probably pissed off again. Oh, well. I guess they won’t be attending NECSS.
And neither will Richard Dawkins. He had that stroke.
Did I Dream This?
Was it all just a dream? Did I see that Charlie Sheen had returned to the Dr. Oz show to follow up on the whole quack HIV/AIDS cure that snake oil salesman, Samir Chachoua was selling? Did I see Dr. Oz and Sheen’s doctor calling out Chachoua for his claims? Did I see Dr. Oz showing and responding to clips from Bill Maher’s HBO show Real Time, on which Maher lapped up all of Chachoua’s bullshit? Did I see that?
Maybe I did. If so, kudos to Dr. Oz. Damn! Did I just say that?
Movie Recommendation: Sleuth (1972)
|2oth Century Fox
I may have recommended this one before, but I blogged about it this week on Warehouse Find, the official blog of Nostalgia Zone, so I’m recommending it again.
It’s terrifically entertaining. The acting is a treat and the twists and turns are great fun. Watch this movie!
Music heard on the show…
Closing song: ‘Angler’s Treble Hook’ by $5 Fiddle
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