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    also this is a pretty interesting case (5.00 / 2) (#4)
    by Capt Howdy on Tue Apr 20, 2010 at 02:00:48 PM EST
    I have been reading about for the last few days:

    Clay Greene and his partner of more than 20 years, Harold Scull, lived together in Sebastopol, California in the idyllic wine country of Sonoma Valley. Clay and Harold made diligent efforts to protect their legal rights, and had their legal paperwork in place--wills, powers of attorney, and medical directives, all naming each other. Harold was 88 years old and in frail medical condition, but still living at home with Clay, 77, who was in good health for his age.

    One evening in April 2008, Harold fell down the front steps of their home.  Clay called an ambulance, and Harold was taken to the hospital.

    Based on their medical directives alone, Clay should have been consulted in Harold's care. Tragically, Sonoma County and health care workers instead refused to allow Clay to see Harold in the hospital.

    There, then, the men's nightmare began.

    While Harold was hospitalized, Sonoma County Deputy Public Guardians went to the men's home, took photographs, and commented on the desirability and quality of the furnishings, artwork, and collectibles that the men had collected over their lifetimes.

    Ignoring Clay entirely, the County petitioned the Court for conservatorship of Harold's estate. Outrageously referring to Clay only as a "roommate" in court filings, and failing to disclose their true relationship of close to 25 years, the County continued to treat Harold as if he had no family.  Sonoma County sought immediate temporary authority to revoke Clay's powers of attorney, to act without further notice, and to liquidate an investment account to pay for Harold's care.  Then, despite being granted only limited powers, the County hastily arranged for the sale of the men's personal property, cleaned out their home, terminated their lease, confiscated their truck, and eventually disposed of all of the men's worldly possessions, including family heirlooms, at a fraction of their value and without any proper inventory or determination of whose property was being sold.

    Harold had worked at MGM Studios in the '50s and '60s and had an extensive collection of movie memorabilia.  Clay was an artist and businessman with an extensive collection of paintings, and owned a collection of one-of-a-kind Mexican religious art. The men's two cats were taken from their home, have never been found, and are feared dead.

    Adding further insult to grave injury, the county removed Clay from their home and confined him to a nursing home against his will--a different placement from his partner.  Clay was kept from seeing Harold during this time, and his telephone calls to Harold were limited. Three months after Harold fell, he died, without being able to see Clay again.

    "Because of the county's actions, Clay missed the final months he should have had with his partner of 20 years," said Clay's attorney Anne Dennis. "Compounding this horrific tragedy, Clay has literally nothing left of the home he had shared with Harold or the life he was living up until the day that Harold fell. The only memento Clay has is a photo album that Harold painstakingly put together for Clay during the last three months of his life."

    Clay is now suing Sonoma County with the assistance of a court-appointed attorney and the San Francisco-based National Center for Lesbian Rights. The case goes to trial on July 16, 2010 in Sonoma County Superior Court.

    NCLR Elder Law Project
    Greene v. Sonoma County
    Presidential Memorandum on Hospital Visitation

    I've only been able to read a portion (5.00 / 1) (#48)
    by Anne on Tue Apr 20, 2010 at 03:53:58 PM EST
    of the complaint, but I think the defendants are in a heap of trouble - not that that helps rectify the despicable way in which these men were treated...one wonders how many others were subjected to the same treatment, but because they were truly alone, had no one to advocate for them.

    When I read articles like this one, it makes me think that, sometimes, the first call one makes is not to 911, but to the attorney who drew one's legal documents to alert them to the situation.  I can assure you that, if one of the lawyers in my department - estates and trusts - had gotten a call from a client with the news that the hospital was not honoring their advance directive or power of attorney, that lawyer would have been on that hospital's legal department so fast their heads would be spinning.

    I am truly just horrified at what was done to these men; it's heart-breaking.


    btw (none / 0) (#8)
    by Capt Howdy on Tue Apr 20, 2010 at 02:08:20 PM EST
    courtesy of sanfranlefty at stinque.com

    Very sad. I read about a similar (none / 0) (#9)
    by oculus on Tue Apr 20, 2010 at 02:09:03 PM EST
    case in which two women were legally married as to their state of residence but this was not honored in FL, where they had gone to embark on a Disney cruise.  

    I hear DP's are recognized by the state of CA.

    OUTRAGE! (none / 0) (#17)
    by Militarytracy on Tue Apr 20, 2010 at 02:37:29 PM EST
    really almost unbelievable (none / 0) (#23)
    by Capt Howdy on Tue Apr 20, 2010 at 02:44:38 PM EST
    this was added to the post:

    ADD: From the complaint:

        On or about August, 2008, Defendants MICHAEL BREWSTER and KAREN STAGG-HOURIGAN, as employees of the COUNTY acting in their official capacities... did disparage and demean Plaintiff GREENE in his presence and in the presence of others, making and/or ratifying derogatory references to Plaintiff GREENE's sexual orientation and age, stating "you know how those `gay boys' are," and rolling their eyes and smirking. On or about the same time, Defendant BREWSTER as an employee of the COUNTY acting in his official capacity as Deputy Public Guardian stated verbally in the presence of Plaintiff and others that Plaintiff GREENE's and [Harold Scull]'s landlord "didn't want queers in his house."  After Decedent's death, Defendants BREWSTER and STAGG-HOURIGAN further expressed displeasure at dealing with expressions of grief by a gay man who had lost his long-time partner.

        ...On or about June or July 2008 Defendants... did forcibly remove Plaintiffs' cats "Sassy" and "Tiger" from Plaintiff and Decedent's residence...taking possession of the animals without GREENE's consent and over his objections and entreaties.

    And to prove Chainsaw's theory:

        On or about June and July 2008, Defendants...and their agents, did Plaintiff GREENE's and Decedent SCULL's residence for the purpose of taking possession of and identifying the personal property.  Plaintiff is informed and believes that said employees made comments regarding the quality and desirability of [their] property, saying "this would look nice in my living room" and "my wife will love this."

    I just don't know what to say (5.00 / 1) (#26)
    by Militarytracy on Tue Apr 20, 2010 at 02:51:31 PM EST
    that story is so effing horrible.  This is all so disgraceful and shameful.  I want to do something but what can be done now other than sue?  I can't imagine something like this happening to my husband and I, but if it did it would completely devastate the one who now must survive.  And this is supposed to be the gentle years, the unwinding and the smelling of the roses and cats on your lap and late breakfasts.  It's terrible.

    its so bad (none / 0) (#29)
    by Capt Howdy on Tue Apr 20, 2010 at 02:58:08 PM EST
    and so weird since that is afaik a pretty gay friendly area that you almost think there must be things or circumstances we dont know yet.  

    And this is why, (5.00 / 2) (#34)
    by Zorba on Tue Apr 20, 2010 at 03:07:38 PM EST
    when people say "Well, we don't need to legalize gay marriage because, if gays want to, they can go the legal route and sign medical powers of attorney, legal powers of attorney, wills, etc."  Apparently, this isn't enough when dealing with absolute idiots (of whom there are far too many).

    It is really just unspeakable (none / 0) (#70)
    by ruffian on Tue Apr 20, 2010 at 07:27:55 PM EST
    and WHY? How hateful do you have to be to treat people that way?

    Does anyone own a Roomba? (5.00 / 1) (#13)
    by Militarytracy on Tue Apr 20, 2010 at 02:35:31 PM EST
    And if so are you happy with it?

    Makes me think of the SNL skit (5.00 / 2) (#18)
    by Anne on Tue Apr 20, 2010 at 02:41:08 PM EST
    that involved the "Womba."

    Can't help it - it makes me laugh!


    I had not seen that (none / 0) (#21)
    by Militarytracy on Tue Apr 20, 2010 at 02:43:37 PM EST
    That's hysterical :)

    OMG I Hated mine (5.00 / 1) (#32)
    by ruffian on Tue Apr 20, 2010 at 03:04:04 PM EST
    I had one a couple of yeats ago and it drove me insane. It kept getting stuck in corners, clogged, battery life was horrible. I had to follow it around so much I may as well have been scrubbing the floor myself. One day I was screaming at it "clean, you mf'er!!"  and scared the poor dogs to death. After that I got rid of it.

    Maybe they are better now but I will never buy another one.


    BTW now you know why I (none / 0) (#71)
    by ruffian on Tue Apr 20, 2010 at 07:30:38 PM EST
    buy Apple products. I am not prone to violence at living beings, but I sure am at inanimate objects that do not work right. I'm like that Dyson guy on steroids. I have his vacuum.

    I'm laughing remembering the day I screamed at the Roomba. I think I threw it on the floor a couple of times too.

    I really should get some help.


    A friend has had one for awhile and (5.00 / 1) (#36)
    by oculus on Tue Apr 20, 2010 at 03:11:13 PM EST
    really likes it.  Two adults and two dogs in a three level condo.  

    Doggy hair is why I'm thinking about (none / 0) (#53)
    by Militarytracy on Tue Apr 20, 2010 at 05:10:19 PM EST
    one.  Everyday starts with cleaning the floors of doggy hair.  Our house is all one level and now all hard floors because of my asthma.  And Naomi will be crawling soon, another thing on my mind.  Floors can be hard to keep clean and then you have a baby crawling around on them for about six months.

    According to my friend, first remove animals, (5.00 / 1) (#66)
    by oculus on Tue Apr 20, 2010 at 06:41:45 PM EST
    the close door and turn on the machine.

    my co worker office mate has one (none / 0) (#14)
    by Capt Howdy on Tue Apr 20, 2010 at 02:36:56 PM EST
    and raves about it.  but he is considered a bit unstable.

    With all the steroids (none / 0) (#19)
    by Militarytracy on Tue Apr 20, 2010 at 02:41:24 PM EST
    My forehead feels like it wants to grow bigger, I'm wondering how stable the HULK is :)  And I just got my laptop back from Joshua who has been online gaming on it for hours now.  Guess what my individualized advertisement on DailyKos is now?  Meet This Lonely Gamer Girl....Buwhahahahaha

    "Meet This Lonely Gamer Girl" (5.00 / 1) (#20)
    by Capt Howdy on Tue Apr 20, 2010 at 02:42:44 PM EST
    not how I pictured you

    I used to use one at my business. (none / 0) (#35)
    by sarcastic unnamed one on Tue Apr 20, 2010 at 03:09:18 PM EST
    Every night I would go home and turn the roomba on. When I came back in the AM, clean floor.

    Then I moved to a new location and it kept setting off my motion-detector burglar alarm.

    Oh well.


    Happy (?) Equal Pay Day, Ladies! (5.00 / 1) (#22)
    by huzzlewhat on Tue Apr 20, 2010 at 02:43:57 PM EST


    How far we've come, eh?

    Rumor (5.00 / 1) (#28)
    by jbindc on Tue Apr 20, 2010 at 02:58:03 PM EST
    According to TPM (via The Corner), sources say Obama feels liberated and not constrained to pick a centrist SC nominee because he knows whomever he picks will be hated by the R's.

    We can only hope.

    (Sorry, I can't link from my iPod)

    Ah, TPM practicing stenography journalism. (none / 0) (#49)
    by FoxholeAtheist on Tue Apr 20, 2010 at 04:51:34 PM EST
    Last week, HuffPo's Sam Stein reported (LINK): "[the White House] reached out to progressive allies to dismiss a critical article written by Glenn Greenwald, [who criticized prospective SCOTUS nominee Elena Kagan] for her expansive interpretation of executive powers".

    Evidently, the White has just reached out and touched Taling Points Memo. Here is their blindingly uncritical account of what the White House just told them, Obama Won't Make Cautious Court Pick Because GOP Will Oppose Whoever He Nominates (italics added below):

    "It doesn't matter who he chooses, there is going to be a big 'ol fight over it"... the administration official told me.."that realization is liberating for the president" to choose whomever he pleases...he'll still attempt to reach out to ranking Judiciary Committee member Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) and others for their input...

    Tom Fitton of the conservative Judicial Watch group told me in an interview that all of the names on Obama's so-called short list so far...seem to be reliable liberal votes. Fitton's theory is that progressive groups bemoaning the potential shift in the court makeup are doing so in a "strategic" fashion. "Most progressives will be perfectly happy with who he nominates," Fitton said.

    Don't we feel a whole lot better now that the White House and a conservative spokesperson and TPM has assured us we'll be happy with Obama's SCOTUS nominee.


    Thanks for the link (5.00 / 1) (#61)
    by jbindc on Tue Apr 20, 2010 at 05:21:25 PM EST
    If he picks Koh, then.... (none / 0) (#63)
    by MKS on Tue Apr 20, 2010 at 05:31:09 PM EST
    It may not be Kagan....Could it be Warren?  Granholm?....He seems to be leaning really far away from current judges....and wants someone with real life experience....

    Hmm, TPM did a puff piece (none / 0) (#64)
    by FoxholeAtheist on Tue Apr 20, 2010 at 06:19:07 PM EST
    reciting verbatim talking points from an "administration official" and Tom Fitton, a conservative spokesperson.

    Note, it was the Fitton who assured us: "Most progressives will be perfectly happy with who Obama nominates".

    Greenwald has already made a convincing argument that Obama precluded the most progressive prospects, like Koh, before 'negotiations' even began - much as he precluded single payer from health care.

    In fact, this little sit down with TPM is a head fake - an extension of the White House's push back against Greenwald's ongoing argument that Obama fully intends to choose somebody (like Kagan) who is well to the right of outgoing Justice Stevens.


    I still love the idea of a Koh confirmation (none / 0) (#67)
    by MKS on Tue Apr 20, 2010 at 06:42:26 PM EST

    Karlan would be pretty good at pushback too....

    Could you imagine a debate between Karlan and Scalia?

    Koh and Karlan remind me of the old liberals on the Court.

    Kagan seems like Breyer....


    Yes, me too - perchance to dream. (none / 0) (#72)
    by FoxholeAtheist on Tue Apr 20, 2010 at 08:07:04 PM EST
    Sleep.... Sleep (none / 0) (#73)
    by squeaky on Tue Apr 20, 2010 at 10:36:48 PM EST
    Appreciate that - thanks. (none / 0) (#74)
    by FoxholeAtheist on Thu Apr 22, 2010 at 10:08:14 PM EST
    DC Voting Rights Bill killed...again (5.00 / 2) (#31)
    by mike in dc on Tue Apr 20, 2010 at 02:58:11 PM EST
    Looks like we'll never get our own congress critter, because the NRA added an amendment to the House bill that would have turned DC into Deadwood.  To all those guys saying "you have to amend the constitution/petition for statehood", been there, done that, no dice.  Basically, we're screwed.  
    It's always nice to know we don't matter enough to have taxation with representation.

    Did the President take a position on (none / 0) (#39)
    by oculus on Tue Apr 20, 2010 at 03:19:37 PM EST
    this issue either during campaign or after?

    He supported it (none / 0) (#43)
    by jbindc on Tue Apr 20, 2010 at 03:30:14 PM EST
    Although, like other presidents, he refused to put the "Taxation Without Representation" plates on the cats of his motorcade.

    apparently this was done (none / 0) (#47)
    by CST on Tue Apr 20, 2010 at 03:51:13 PM EST
    after consultation with the one D.C. rep in the house (who doesn't get to vote).  But I believe this was her call to drop the bill due to the gun amendment.

    protecting the sanctity of divorve (none / 0) (#1)
    by Capt Howdy on Tue Apr 20, 2010 at 01:57:18 PM EST
    I put this in some open but its worth repeating I think.

    DALLAS -- A Texas state appeals court is scheduled to hear arguments Wednesday in the case of a gay couple in Dallas that was granted a divorce even though the state doesn't recognize same-sex marriage.

    Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott is appealing the lower court judge's ruling on the grounds that protecting the "traditional definition of marriage" means doing the same for divorce.

    Texas should uphold the sanctity (5.00 / 1) (#3)
    by MO Blue on Tue Apr 20, 2010 at 02:00:18 PM EST
    of marriage by outlawing divorce for everyone. :-)

    Probably should outlaw.... (none / 0) (#6)
    by kdog on Tue Apr 20, 2010 at 02:02:14 PM EST
    marriage itself while they're at it...allowing it at all guarantees insanctity:)

    I think someone(s) tried to (none / 0) (#7)
    by oculus on Tue Apr 20, 2010 at 02:04:24 PM EST
    qualify a ballot proposition in CA outlawing divorce.  

    Write the "We don't have 60 votes" (none / 0) (#2)
    by MO Blue on Tue Apr 20, 2010 at 01:57:22 PM EST
    excuse in stone.

    Chairman of the Senate Budget Committee Kent Conrad (D-ND) evidently won his battle and is hoping to begin budget markup on Wednesday or Thursday.  But there are no plans to include reconciliation instructions -- which means every bill in the Senate for the next year will require 60 votes to pass.

    Democratic leaders and the White House haven't asked Senate Budget Committee Chairman Kent Conrad (D-N.D.) to include reconciliation instructions in his budget resolution draft, Conrad told reporters Monday.link

    local news dump (none / 0) (#5)
    by CST on Tue Apr 20, 2010 at 02:01:50 PM EST
    Congrats to Cheruiyot for smashing the Boston marathon record yesterday.  Congrats to all those who ran one of the hardest races in the world.  It's called heartbreak hill for a reason.  And most of all kudos to the fans who stepped in to save a man's life as he had a heart attack while running.

    Also an interesting article from cnn on cape wind.  I support the project, but it is astonishingly large.

    "The 130 turbines, spaced a third- to a half-mile apart, would cover about 25 of the 500 square miles of Nantucket Sound. They would stand more than 40 stories tall, bigger than the Statue of Liberty and well over 10 times taller than nearly every other structure around the Cape."

    The farms could provide up to 75% of all electricity for the cape and the islands.

    To all who live/work in NYC: (none / 0) (#10)
    by oculus on Tue Apr 20, 2010 at 02:10:08 PM EST
    should I pack both my waterproof coat and the liner?  Looks like a rainy, chilly mid-week.  Thanks.

    I'm in short sleeves... (none / 0) (#12)
    by kdog on Tue Apr 20, 2010 at 02:25:34 PM EST
    today, fwiw.

    Hope you're flying into Laguardia...Kennedy is all farked up with the volcano business...pictures in the paper make it look like a refugee camp at JFK.


    there is nothing worse to me... (none / 0) (#16)
    by Dadler on Tue Apr 20, 2010 at 02:37:28 PM EST
    ...short of living in a war zone, than being stuck in an airport like that.  Anytime I spend more than a few hours in an airport, I end up sick.  In Hong Kong last year, I shelled out big bucks to rent a cubicle to nap in for five hours rather than kill time wandering or sitting in one of those chairs designed for discomfort.

    I'd rather... (none / 0) (#24)
    by kdog on Tue Apr 20, 2010 at 02:46:25 PM EST
    rock a bench or a patch of grass down the Van Wyck in Flushing Meadow Park myself...I hear ya, airports are the absolute worst outside of prison or a war zone...especially for smokers.

    My late uncle Lou... (none / 0) (#27)
    by Dadler on Tue Apr 20, 2010 at 02:56:24 PM EST
    ...seemed to live on the Van Wyck.  Seeing that name spelled out just brought back so many memories.  He was a salesman, independent, bought slightly damaged crates of anything and everything down at the docks, then carted it around the city to all his connections too see who wanted it.  Canned olives, Peligrino water, backpacks, dresses, sardines, beach balls, you name it and he sold it.  

    And he was in the insurance pool there, which I gathered was where you got stuck if you'd had so many accidents and/or tickets that insurance companies wanted no part of you.  A few times when I visitied, he got me up at five in the morning to go on his rounds.  Ten times during those days I was sure I was going to die in that truck, he was such a horrendously bad and dangerous driver.  Double parked in Chinatown once (is that even possible?) and left me in the passenger seat to go negotiate a quick deal with one of his customers.  Within minutes, I had thirty angry Chinese folks cursing at me in Mandarin and Cantonese and every other regional dialect.  

    But I babble.  Peace.


    Babble on my good man... (none / 0) (#40)
    by kdog on Tue Apr 20, 2010 at 03:21:58 PM EST
    we've got our own driving style...aggressive. I'm sure Uncle Lou wasn't out of the norm 'round here:)

    I probably drive over the same potholes as old Uncle Lou did...the Van Wyck is a wreck like most of our roads...but the Belt Pkwy still takes the cake...like driving on the moon with more gravity...you're lucky if you exit with all your hubcaps.

    My cousin drives for Fed-Ex, his route is in old Chinatown...double-parking is always possible (this is NY!).  He can probably curse with the best of them in Mandarin at this point.  You should see it now, Chinatown has expanded, Little Italy is down to like 2 square blocks now.  And you can go for many a block in Flushing Queens without seeing a word of English on the signage.


    LAT reports burglars tunneled into (none / 0) (#38)
    by oculus on Tue Apr 20, 2010 at 03:17:43 PM EST
    medical marijuana dispensary from adjoining business.  LAT

    And, also in LAT, a yacht goes aground off Catalina Island.  $3 mil. of marijuana on board.


    It's the only two growth... (5.00 / 1) (#41)
    by kdog on Tue Apr 20, 2010 at 03:23:02 PM EST
    industries we've got....reefer and robbery:)

    Sorry to hear about your boat:) (none / 0) (#42)
    by coast on Tue Apr 20, 2010 at 03:27:11 PM EST
    No worries... (none / 0) (#44)
    by kdog on Tue Apr 20, 2010 at 03:35:53 PM EST
    always more where that came from...popular plant:)

    Speaking of robbery, nice asset forfeiture score for the state...even a grounded yacht has gotta have some value, plus the reefer they'll sell outta the evidence locker.


    Hmmm. JFK. Just got e mail and (none / 0) (#33)
    by oculus on Tue Apr 20, 2010 at 03:06:17 PM EST
    voice mail from NY Phil. informing me Mariinsky Chorus delayed so first concert will include a different piece than scheduled "Les Noces"  Too bad but still all Stravinsky with Gergiev conducting.

    Rock out kid... (none / 0) (#45)
    by kdog on Tue Apr 20, 2010 at 03:38:10 PM EST
    who is Phil, your ticket broker?

    Kind of. I got lots of e mail from him/her. (none / 0) (#46)
    by oculus on Tue Apr 20, 2010 at 03:43:43 PM EST
    Looks like a nice week to me (none / 0) (#15)
    by andgarden on Tue Apr 20, 2010 at 02:37:10 PM EST
    I'd make sure to have a sweater, though.

    THE (NOT SO) EARLY DAZE, part 11 (none / 0) (#25)
    by Dadler on Tue Apr 20, 2010 at 02:49:36 PM EST
    Do you care to report on the (none / 0) (#37)
    by oculus on Tue Apr 20, 2010 at 03:12:15 PM EST
    progress re adoption?  Does daughter have veto power?

    What you seek... (none / 0) (#62)
    by kdog on Tue Apr 20, 2010 at 05:25:54 PM EST
    is in Daler's latest piece...it's excellent.

    All I can say is good luck following your mind, heart, and gut Dadler...you're in heavy territory my man.  With you involved, I like the chances of it all working out.


    Oh. A heart-stopper. (none / 0) (#65)
    by oculus on Tue Apr 20, 2010 at 06:26:40 PM EST
    Aargh.... (none / 0) (#30)
    by desertswine on Tue Apr 20, 2010 at 02:58:10 PM EST
    Don't tell me that there's yet another right-wing cable network waiting in the wings. RightNetWork.

    Thats all I can stands, cause I can't stands no more.

    in SoCal this late in the year? Rain in April? April 20th?! Not that I'm complaining...

    Helps make water bill more affordable. (none / 0) (#51)
    by oculus on Tue Apr 20, 2010 at 05:05:38 PM EST
    Yes, I turned my sprinklers off this AM. (none / 0) (#54)
    by sarcastic unnamed one on Tue Apr 20, 2010 at 05:11:38 PM EST
    Me too. Hope it rains here! (none / 0) (#57)
    by oculus on Tue Apr 20, 2010 at 05:14:50 PM EST
    Exactly, in San Diego there's been ongoing (none / 0) (#58)
    by FoxholeAtheist on Tue Apr 20, 2010 at 05:15:36 PM EST
    monsoon type rain, even as of this past week. And I am complaining - it destabilizes the sea cliffs, the canyon hillsides - it's drowning certain types of plant life, etc. And nobody knows how to drive in this rain worth a damn - ambulances/fire trucks everywhere on Sunday evening.

    Sex toy spurs CHP office evacuation (none / 0) (#52)
    by Capt Howdy on Tue Apr 20, 2010 at 05:09:34 PM EST
    The incident began about 4:30 a.m. when a California Highway Patrol officer contacted Steven Ferrini, 60, in a "No Parking" zone on Highway 89 near Luther Pass, according to a CHP report.

    The officer arrested the man after allegedly finding what was believed to be methamphetamine.
    During a subsequent search, officers found "a suspicious wire, with an on/off switch" in the man's front left pocket leading to his anal cavity, according to the report.

    According to the Tahoe newspaper (none / 0) (#56)
    by oculus on Tue Apr 20, 2010 at 05:14:18 PM EST
    report, there is more to it than CHP seeing the wire and on/off switch, as the person arrested talked about his knowledge of bombs and explosives.  

    PS  Might this be better than Bott dots for staying awake while driving?


    for some reason (none / 0) (#59)
    by Capt Howdy on Tue Apr 20, 2010 at 05:17:03 PM EST
    looking at the guys pic made me uncomfortable after reading the story.

    Me too. Fortunately he seems to (none / 0) (#60)
    by oculus on Tue Apr 20, 2010 at 05:17:48 PM EST
    frequent N. CA.  

    Probably not a good investment (none / 0) (#68)
    by oculus on Tue Apr 20, 2010 at 06:58:35 PM EST
    until federal law changes to make marijuana legal: LAT re "pot hotel"

    Justice prevails. Trial judge dismisses (none / 0) (#69)
    by oculus on Tue Apr 20, 2010 at 07:01:40 PM EST
    prosecution stemmming from TSA barring applesauce: LAT