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26  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update XIX: Melancholy and the Infinite Napping on: December 10, 2014, 05:35:13 pm

HokeyDude's post above omits that the room is spinning for him.......not good.

Is he out of a job?  Or is it just speculation?
27  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Top 5 Favorite (And Least Favorite) MLB Teams on: December 10, 2014, 01:34:12 pm
Favorite

1. Yankees
2. Mets

3. Diamondbacks
4. Rockies
5. White Sox

Least Favorite

1. Red Sox
2. Indians
3. Braves
4. Angels
5. A's

WTF??
28  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: How much would you miss American Football if it went away? on: December 10, 2014, 01:32:08 pm
Voted Option 1.  Seriously though probably option 2, but it would be horrific
29  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Have you ever been to a show/concert and been the oldest one there? on: December 10, 2014, 11:29:34 am
No, when I went to E-Zoo most were younger, but quite a few were older than me as well.
30  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Michigan House passes bill legalizing religious discrimination on: December 10, 2014, 10:42:19 am
HuhHuhHuh

As you indicated in your original post, specific performance is just a type of remedy, not a cause of action. Its availability or unavailability in specific types of lawsuits has nothing to do with this Michigan bill. The bill would  prevent gay couples from bringing discrimination-related suits seeking monetary damages or any other type of relief.

What monetary damages exist, other than someone wishing to impose punitive measures? If someone causes actually monetary damages, it will be related to another contractual/criminal concept, not anti-discrimination.

The only thing this bill does is stop the judiciary from improperly enslaving citizens for political gain or under political duress. Specific-performance made sense during the civil rights movement to eliminate segregation. There is no segregation of homosexuals, and specific performance is not a proper remedy in most instances.

Everyone wins when the legislature restricts the judiciary's powers of specific performance.

The only ones that win when you legally allow discrimination are bigots.
I suppose you also believe that the only ones that win when you legally allow bigoted speech are bigots?

No, there is a difference between speech and discrimination....
31  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Michigan House passes bill legalizing religious discrimination on: December 09, 2014, 03:14:31 pm
HuhHuhHuh

As you indicated in your original post, specific performance is just a type of remedy, not a cause of action. Its availability or unavailability in specific types of lawsuits has nothing to do with this Michigan bill. The bill would  prevent gay couples from bringing discrimination-related suits seeking monetary damages or any other type of relief.

What monetary damages exist, other than someone wishing to impose punitive measures? If someone causes actually monetary damages, it will be related to another contractual/criminal concept, not anti-discrimination.

The only thing this bill does is stop the judiciary from improperly enslaving citizens for political gain or under political duress. Specific-performance made sense during the civil rights movement to eliminate segregation. There is no segregation of homosexuals, and specific performance is not a proper remedy in most instances.

Everyone wins when the legislature restricts the judiciary's powers of specific performance.

The only ones that win when you legally allow discrimination are bigots.
32  General Politics / Political Geography & Demographics / Re: gangs in wealthy areas on: December 09, 2014, 12:18:45 pm
Mara Salvatrucha operates in those places because Salvadorans are there, but i think its also inaccurate to say they operate in wealthy areas. Long island and the dc metro have large pockets of poor areas within the rich ones.

even Hempstead has a MHI higher than the median.

A slightly higher median income compared to the nation, doesn't mean much when you are in a much higher COL area.  Also keep in mind there are different sections of Hempstead.  The Cathedrial Gardens section for example is generally an upper middle class area and the area looks quite a bit like Garden City.
33  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update XIX: Melancholy and the Infinite Napping on: December 08, 2014, 09:18:05 pm
I ordered a Frito Chili Pizza (like 6 weeks ago, come guys...) and it was pretty good. Probably won't order it again, and I'm not sure it should legally be called "pizza," but as a food item, I enjoyed it.

Nothing from Papa John's should be considered Pizza
34  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Michigan House passes bill legalizing religious discrimination on: December 08, 2014, 07:27:17 pm
Truly horrible, but sadly considering what dominates Republican legislatures, not surprising.
35  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: What is your net worth? on: December 08, 2014, 04:49:07 pm
Not nearly as high as it should be at my stage in life, but certainly not negative.

^^^^^  This
36  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Cop in Eric Garner's death not indicted on: December 08, 2014, 02:53:19 pm

In that case it ran the risk of backfiring if the jury felt strongly like they needed to indict him for something. 

Considering that the grand jury was drawn from Staten Island residents with some disqualified by the prosecutor, he was surely certain this was no risk.

that doesn't follow.

When an experienced prosecutor does not want to indict, he, in all likelihood, knows how to make sure there is no indictment. We may be safe in assuming that this guy knew what he was doing.

I'm honestly not interested in a deterministic black box response to this question.

When you leave off the most obvious and easiest to prove charge as a potential option for the Grand Jury, it's hard to think otherwise.

Otherwise than what?  He can stack the deck in favor of no indictment, that doesn't mean he can guarantee it.


Guarantee it? Perhaps not, but he can certainly stack the deck in what charges he makes available and how the case is tried.  The fact that Donovan left off the most obvious charge speaks volumes of his intentions.
37  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Cop in Eric Garner's death not indicted on: December 08, 2014, 02:31:27 pm

In that case it ran the risk of backfiring if the jury felt strongly like they needed to indict him for something. 

Considering that the grand jury was drawn from Staten Island residents with some disqualified by the prosecutor, he was surely certain this was no risk.

that doesn't follow.

When an experienced prosecutor does not want to indict, he, in all likelihood, knows how to make sure there is no indictment. We may be safe in assuming that this guy knew what he was doing.

I'm honestly not interested in a deterministic black box response to this question.

When you leave off the most obvious and easiest to prove charge as a potential option for the Grand Jury, it's hard to think otherwise.
38  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: Is Donnelly really set to lose in 2018? on: December 08, 2014, 02:16:10 pm
Way too early to tell.  A year like 2010 or 2015, he will likely lose barring another Murdoch type candidate, but other than that too early.

Interesting note, Donnelly grew up in the same town I did, Massapequa, NY.
39  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update XIX: Melancholy and the Infinite Napping on: December 08, 2014, 12:35:05 pm
I know I shouldn't be giving him any ideas but look at this American "masterpiece": http://www.latimes.com/food/dailydish/la-dd-pizza-hut-doritos-crust-pizza-20141205-story.html

Something so appropriate for BushOK's tastebuds! And remember: this is something his family would consider "good" pizza! Mmmmmmm!

[Barf]

As someone who probably eats more Pizza than Bushie, I can't figure out what is worse, this on Papa John's Frito's Chilli's Pizza. 
The Frito's Chili Pizza was last month's promotion. They are currently offering a Philly cheesesteak pizza. Lol.

Once again  Barf
40  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Cop in Eric Garner's death not indicted on: December 08, 2014, 11:29:13 am
Peter King represents an Obama district. Hopefully, with this awful comment, he can be replaced by somebody far better.

Maybe if the Democratic Presidential candidate loses in '16 he can be dethroned in '18 or '20 but even then it'd be a long shot at best sadly.

when Mejias lost by a lot in '06 I gave up hope of knocking off King before God does.  as did most local and national Dems.


The district is a bit friendlier now for Dems than it was with the gerrymandered district in 06, but it would still be very difficult.   Richard Schaffer in a Dem wave Presidential year would likely be the Dems best chance of knocking him off.
41  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update XIX: Melancholy and the Infinite Napping on: December 08, 2014, 10:37:31 am
I know I shouldn't be giving him any ideas but look at this American "masterpiece": http://www.latimes.com/food/dailydish/la-dd-pizza-hut-doritos-crust-pizza-20141205-story.html

Something so appropriate for BushOK's tastebuds! And remember: this is something his family would consider "good" pizza! Mmmmmmm!

[Barf]

As someone who probably eats more Pizza than Bushie, I can't figure out what is worse, this on Papa John's Frito's Chilli's Pizza. 
42  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update XIX: Melancholy and the Infinite Napping on: December 08, 2014, 01:36:58 am
Our Dear Friend and I will be at odds this week. No, no, it's not over the Roma vs. Manchester City Champions League match; it'll be war over the Eagles vs. Cowboys exactly a week from now! Pick your sides.

The only time I can root for the Eagles, when they play the Cowboys.
43  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: NFL Pick a Winner Week #14 on: December 07, 2014, 11:56:28 am
Detroit
44  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: NFL Pick Em Week #14 on: December 07, 2014, 11:55:17 am
 

SUN, DEC 7  
Pittsburgh at Cincinnati  
St. Louis at Washington  
NY Giants at Tennessee  
Carolina at New Orleans  
NY Jets at Minnesota  
Baltimore
at Miami
Indianapolis at Cleveland  
Tampa Bay at Detroit  
Houston
at Jacksonville  
Buffalo at Denver  
Kansas City at Arizona  
Seattle
at Philadelphia  
San Francisco at Oakland  
New England at San Diego  

MON, DEC 8
Atlanta at Green Bay

Tiebreaker is total score of Baltimore/Miami game. 45

45  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Cop in Eric Garner's death not indicted on: December 06, 2014, 01:03:04 pm
Staten Island Dan Donovan did NOT ask for Reckless Endangerment charge


This makes the jury's decision more understandable, but what was the prosecutor thinking here?

He was thinking about protecting the policeman, obviously. Like I said, the real criminal is Dan Donovan.

In that case it ran the risk of backfiring if the jury felt strongly like they needed to indict him for something. 

He should have been indicted anyway, but it doesn't change the fact its complete bull s*** that Donovan left off the easiest things to indict him for.
46  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Cop in Eric Garner's death not indicted on: December 05, 2014, 02:44:34 pm
Staten Island Dan Donovan did NOT ask for Reckless Endangerment charge

Quote
Prosecutors left off the table a criminal charge that would have allowed a Staten Island grand jury to indict the cop who killed Eric Garner — even if the panel believed the officer didn’t intend to choke him to death, WNBC reported Friday.
 
It’s called reckless endangerment and all a majority on the grand jury would have needed to do is agree that Officer Daniel Pantaleo’s actions — clearly visible on a horrific cell phone video obtained by The Daily News — figured in Garner’s death.
 
But they never got the chance.
 
“District Attorney Daniel Donovan only asked grand jurors to consider manslaughter and criminally negligent homicide charges,” WNBC reported Friday.
 
Those charges are harder to get because they imply that the cop knew his actions could result in death or serious injury — and did them anyway.

http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/nyc-crime/nypd-commissioner-bill-bratton-defends-de-blasio-article-1.2034559
47  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: Peter King on: December 05, 2014, 01:30:32 pm
Peter King won't be defeated unless he keeps running into his senior years and becomes soft in the mind.  He is an outspoken guy and a good fit for eastern Nassau/western Suffolk.  If he retires in a Democratic year, his seat would probably flip.  Otherwise, he could well be replaced by a Republican state senator within his district.

Underlying his success is that New York State voters seem to have a stronger affinity for reelecting incumbents than is the case in other parts of the nation.

Dems bench is deeper in the Suffolk portion of the district, GOP bench is deeper in the Nassau portion.  Obviously depends on the candidates, but in an open race in a Presidential year the Democrats probably have an edge.  In a Midterm year, the GOP probably has an edge due to turnout dropoff in the Dem heavy portions of the district (unless its a 2006 type year)
48  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Cop in Eric Garner's death not indicted on: December 04, 2014, 05:40:35 pm
Peter King continues to be a hypocrite piece of sh[inks]t.



My Congressman is pure trash.
49  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: Peter King on: December 04, 2014, 05:16:24 pm
I've heard that him and Steve Israel are good friends, so Israel blocks any potential challengers from getting funds. Might that change now that Israel is leaving the DCCC?

Doubt any relationship Israel has or doesn't have with King have anything to do with it.  Patricia Maher was his opponent this year and was a perennial candidate that has never gotten off the ground or much support no matter what she has run for.   This wasn't going to be the year to go after King anyway, even if someone stronger and was given $$ (such as Babylon Town Supervisor Richard Schaffer) came along, King wasn't going to be vulnerable.  A higher turnout Presidential Election with a strong well funded candidate is possible to at least make it competitive.
50  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: Peter King on: December 04, 2014, 04:40:47 pm
I think you mean moderate Long Island district.  I'm in his district (the Nassau portion).  Following 2000 he got a fairly gerrymandered district as the State Assembly Democrats and State Senate Republicans drew a Incumbent protection map that made his district and Steve Israel (who at the time was a Freshman who won the open seat vacated by Republican Rick Lazio) districts safer.

His district now is more of a swing district, and he has taken a more moderate tone (on some issues) over the last few years (blasting his party on Sandy, the shutdown, etc).  However, as a whole is still quite conservative.  This year the Democrats didn't put up much of a fight for his district and turnout in the more Democratic portions of the district was very low.
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