Wednesday, February 17, 2016

We don't even need watches anymore.

Perhaps if Texas Attorney General wouldn't be under so many indictments and going to prison, he would be on Obama's short list for Supreme Court.

5-D technology preserves data for 13 billion years. Whew. I was afraid my Blog would be hard to find in a 100 years.  I know pundits were worried about this too.  Not to mention pictures of my lunch.

Twitter is going crazy over the cause of  death of Scalia.  His age alone makes it very suspicious.

Supreme Court nominee. I'm told I am on the short list along with Beyonce and Dog the Bounty Hunter.

Is there a fourth branch of government that Republicans wish they could shut down?  They are just not happy people, yet they should be.  After all, we allow them to live here.

President Obama's press conference today.  I always learn something.  Apparently a President's score on a golf course CAN be classified in the interest of national security.

If you are like me, you wish the news pundits would talk a little faster to tell me what to think.  I'm tired of waiting three seconds as there is a chance i might form my own opinion.

Early voting. What a reluctant ballot I cast this morning.  Absolutely no enthusiasm.  Being it's a secret ballot I won't tell you who I voted for.  Sorry Bernie, I like your ideas, just don't want you President.  Donald, I'm in love with the front running Republican candidate blaming Bush for 5,000 soldier deaths (100,000 Iraqui deaths) that didn't need to happen and did us no good (Benghazi committee should investigate THAT), but I don't want you President. I hope, since you deservedly love what America has done for you, that you get involved and get Mexico to build that don't have to be our President to get that done, you just have to serve America.  Rubio...I think you are cute and when you grow up I  hope  you are still involved in politics.  Ted....what can I say?  You made me feel like I was going against God by not voting for you, and it will be hard for me to forgive you for that.  Dr. Ben....I've already voting twice for a black man that disappointed me. I'm glad I voted for Obama, but "hope and change" just didn't happen.  Finally I am disappointed, very disappointed, that there was no place on the ballot to un-elect every single member of Congress.



my friend's daughter. wish i had shot the picture



Watch it till the end, amazing scene.

Amazing sight.

Calving Glacier

What is shown in this video will turn out to be one of the rarest sights we humans will ever see.              


Black wool crepe was draped over Justice Antonin Scalia's chair in the Supreme Court's courtroom in Washington on Tuesday.
President Raises Stakes in Supreme Court Nominee Battle


During a news conference, President Obama said there was no basis in the Constitution for Republicans to refuse to hold hearings and vote on his nominee.


Judge is charged in hot-car death of his toddler son

Feb 12, 2016, 10:37 am CST


Bill Cosby's wife will have to give deposition, judge rules

Feb 12, 2016, 9:28 am CST


Denied new counsel, defendant uses profanity, but judge doesn't take it personally

Denied new counsel by a Pennsylvania judge, defendant Jeffrey Knoble Jr. used an unprintable word at the conclusion of a Friday hearing.
“Go [expletive] yourself,” he called towards Judge Emil Giordano, as he was being taken from the Easton courtroom, reports the Allentown Morning Call. The newspaper did not report the precise profanity Knoble used. Knoble, who is charged with first-degree murder in the Northampton County case, was in a wheelchair for restraint purposes.
However, Giordano took the insult in stride. Although he did ask a prosecutor in the courtroom to determine whether more criminal charges should be filed due to Knoble’s behavior, the judge suggested, with a smile, that Knoble might have intended to direct the comment to someone else in the courtroom.
Earlier, Giordano sought to determine whether Knoble wanted to keep his current counsel, a three-lawyer team headed by Chief Public Defender Robert Eyer; represent himself at trial, where he could face a capital sentence, if convicted; or hire his own defense attorney. But Knoble, who claims to have fired the public defender team, insisted he wanted new court-appointed lawyers, the newspaper reports.
“We have given you esteemed, respected counsel,” the judge told him, adding: “They’re some of the most respected attorneys in the county.”
“I’m telling you that you’re wrong,” Knoble said.
“And I’m telling you that you’re wrong,” Giordano said.
Knoble was charged in the slaying last year of Andrew “Beep” White, 32, after his mother called police and said he had showed her a cellphone photo of a dead body. White was described by authorities as a Good Samaritan who paid for a hotel room for Knoble when he had no place to stay, the Morning Call says.
Knoble’s legal team has said a mental-health defense is anticipated.

China Bars Celebrated Author From Traveling To U.S. To Receive Prominent Harvard Prize

by jonathanturley
220px-YangJisheng130px-Mao_Zedong_portraitChina is again showing that it remains an authoritarian government fearful of its own people learning the truths of history or politics. This week, China barred Yang Jisheng, 76, a former journalist with China's official news agency, from traveling to the United States to accept a Harvard University prize for Tombstone, a 2008 book uncovering the devastating toll of the Great Chinese Famine of 1958-1961.


Two Texans Given Long Sentences For Production Of Animal Crush Videos

by jonathanturley
1024x1024920x920-1We have previously discussed the disgusting fetish for "crush videos" -- films where small animals and birds are crush under stiletto heels, boots and objects or stabbed to death. Now, Ashley Nichole Richards, 23, and Brent Wayne Justice, 52, have been given long sentences for their roles in making such videos. Richards was sentenced to 10 years in prison after she pleaded guilty to three counts of animal cruelty while Justice, 52, was sentenced to 50 years in prison for cruelty to animals.

Women prayed this month at the Islamic Center of Tucson.
University of Arizona Students Hurl Insults, and Litter, at Mosque in Tucson


Tensions are high over persistent harassment the Islamic Center of Tucson has faced since hundreds of students moved into a neighboring apartment complex.


In Scalia's Death, Watching the Armchair Detectives

by Jacob Sanchez and John Reynolds | Feb. 17, 2016
Supreme Court Associate Justice Antonin Scalia speaks in the Texas House chamber on Nov. 11, 2013.   Scalia passed away Feb. 13, 2016 in west Texas of natural causes.

The Big Conversation

Some Texas officials are pushing back against criticism of the way the death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia in remote West Texas was handled.
An autopsy wasn’t ordered, which has rankled some. The head of the Texas Association of Counties and other officials, however, told the Tribune’s Terri Langford that “autopsies are only requested when foul play is suspected, and the public's expectation of an autopsy for everyone is unrealistic, costly and unnecessary.”
"I think everybody did what they were supposed to do," the TAC’s Gene Terry told Langford.
In the case of Scalia, the two justices of the peace for Presidio County weren’t immediately available so it fell to the county judge, Cinderela Guevara, to determine by phone that the justice had died of natural causes.
An attorney who trains JPs told Langford that many outsiders don’t take into consideration the sheer size of Texas in questioning the lack of an autopsy.
Of Texas, Langford writes, “It's a state so large that El Paso is closer to San Diego, Calif., than Houston. Three-fourths of the state's counties have populations at or under 50,000 people. 
“’I think that's something folks outside of Texas don't really get,’ Thea Whalen told Langford. ‘It's such a large geographical area.’"


A law student wrote this law review piece about the president and SCOTUS nominations. The year was 1970, and the student's name was Mitch McConnell.

Back In The Race: So Who Do Lawyers Commonly Marry? A Chart Will Tell You
By Shannon Achimalbe, Wednesday, February 17, 2016 10:04 AM
Check out this interesting data from the U.S. Census Bureau.

Saga of law firm chief's $1.2B fraud to end with auction of home, yacht, $550K watch and other bling

Feb 16, 2016, 3:05 pm CST


Judge is ticketed for drunken driving while en route to work

Feb 16, 2016, 11:10 am CST


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