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Comment Re:What happens next... (Score 5, Insightful) 452

The senate is expected to confirm offices in a reasonable time. Voting "no" to everything and filibustering everything (as they decided to do in 2009) is not doing their job.

Imagine if the democrats turn around and filibuster and block republican nominees for the next eight years.

Negotiating is their main job. Deciding in advance to vote "no" to everything is avoiding doing their job.

It 's why i went from voting for Reagan and Bush Sr., and for 50% of republicans in 2008 to voting for no republicans period in 2010. Right now, I won't vote for a republican for dog catcher. I don't even want them to get their career started in the first place if they are going to refuse to negotiate.

Comment Re:Scalia, RIP. Leaves a large family and legacy. (Score 1) 452

I'm sorry for your loss. That is fairly young. I am glad you had 20 happy years.

There is a large group of the population who die 45 to 60 from cancer and then another who pass 61-70 from cardiac disease.

odd moderation of my parent post. I wonder if it was a liberal who couldn't stand that a fellow liberal could say something about Scalia without bile and venom or a conservative who thought it wasn't positive enough. lol.

Comment Scalia, RIP. Leaves a large family and legacy. (Score 5, Interesting) 452

I'm sorry he died. It does look like he lead a long life doing what he loved. He was a lucky man in that regard.

I disagree with his policies strongly and hope we are able to replace him with a reasonable justice.

On a sort of unrelated note-- he was only 79! So keep that in mind for your retirement plans. Despite having some of the best health care in the world, most of us are dead by 82. And 98.4% are dead by age 90.

Try to retire early and take up a second career doing something you love doing. I love doing therapeutic massage for people in pain. I didn't hate being a project manager too much but it was unpleasant with long hours and holiday work and always just a way to make money.

I thought I'd be drawing and painting more than I have. But reading Splat the Cat says "Sorry" to my grandsons is priceless.

Scalia leaves behind a wife and nine children (unless some have died). Who knows how many grand children.

He looks overweight in recent photos. That might be a side effect of medication (ala Jerry Lewis) or it may have been something that contributed to his early death. Keep in mind that puff pastry or extra gravy might cost you a few years with your grand kids. Not to mention change the course of the country.

I mean wow. ~Ten more months and it might have been a conservative jurist who replaced him. Even with filibustering and so on, I think Obama will seat this one. If the conservatives actually filibuster for 10 months, I think the democrats should filibuster any conservative justice nominee until the end of the term.

Fun Supreme Court Factoids.


Has anyone ever served as both President and Chief Justice?

William Howard Taft is the only person to have served as both President of the United States (1909-1913) and Chief Justice of the United States (1921-1930).

Comment Re:Excess (Score 1) 289

I thought that about carabou but info on it seems to be mixed on an ideological basis.

Here's some links on it.
Herds have declined a lot.

Herds have declined a lot.

Disaster! Woe is me! Caribous going extinct!

One herd has increased!

Mmmm. Pipelines good! Jobs jobs jobs! Pipelines good!

The MRC seems to paint a good picture but then you see it has cherry picked one particular herd, the Central Arctic caribou herd, and ignored a huge decline in other carabou herds!

"In 1977, as the Prudhoe region started delivering oil to America's southern 48 states, the Central Arctic caribou herd numbered 6,000; it has since grown to 27,128. "

It seems to me that the pipeline's benefit to carabou is a conservative fiction. Grrr. I used to be very conservative from 1980 to 1992. It upsets me that so many religious people lie by commission or omission on the conservative side.

Comment Re:They had attempted sex (Score 1) 264

It is in new orleans, lousiana.

An ultimate frisbee buddy of mine came back with a story about a hot three way in new orleans with an enthusiastic girl and her boyfriend.

Three weeks later he's contacted for by the DA about raping her. The reason was she had been observed drinking that evening and so her consent wasn't valid. (Obviously she had changed her mind after the fact - perhaps because her boyfriend changed his mind but he never found out).

He was lucky to not be convicted but it cost him thousands of dollars, his promising job at a law firm, and a lot of mental anguish.

I've looked it up since then and it's not just new orleans. Many areas (and many college campuses) are headed to a position that intoxication means you can't give consent. And they usually apply it unequally in favor of females to boot. So if an intoxicated man and an intoxicated woman have sex- he's the guilty party.

It's a mine field out there and the rules are changing all the time.

Comment Re:What? (Score 1) 264

Well, it's clear he was an idiot.

He was above her in the chain of command and sex with someone you have power over has been a no-no for at least 10 years.

That being said, they were BOTH drunk- we have no idea how it started. For all we know, she started with him while sloshed and he went along since he was so drunk as to behave like a idiot. For all we know, he got her drunk and tricked her back to his room.

The only think we know for sure is that he was her supervisor and that he shouldn't be making out or having sex with her.

It's common custom in many countries (and still at many businesses in the U.S.) for subordinates and superiors to drink socially. It's a way of opening lines of communication and getting a safe place to speak frankly. However, when you mix people who are sexually attracted to each other, it can turn messy. Women are starting to be caught abusing their power too.

And it's only abuse when it goes badly. In the cases where it goes well, the subordinate is promoted over more qualified peers. So it's going to continue. And there will continue to be scandals.

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