March Madness Day 4

3-5 ATS yesterday. Today will be better. The picks (bracket winners in bold):

Georgetown -4½ over NC State; Michigan State -7 over St Louis; North Carolina -8½ over Creighton; Norfolk State +14 over Florida; South Florida -3 over Ohio; Kansas -8 over Purdue; Xavier -4 over Lehigh; Florida State -2½ over Cincinnati.

Open Thread.

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    Heartening news. (5.00 / 1) (#3)
    by lentinel on Sun Mar 18, 2012 at 04:34:15 PM EST
    Obama has told his supporters that when they are taunted by people yelling, "drill, baby, drill" - they should reply that "we already are".


    A brand new product.

    The Dyson of imagination vacuums n/t (5.00 / 1) (#4)
    by Dadler on Sun Mar 18, 2012 at 05:36:11 PM EST
    Drilling Forward (tm) (none / 0) (#6)
    by Edger on Sun Mar 18, 2012 at 06:35:16 PM EST
    Better than any mere Republican could ever hope to be...

    It all depends where (none / 0) (#12)
    by MKS on Mon Mar 19, 2012 at 12:36:03 AM EST
    Not offshore, not in ANWR, not in BLM land in the West...

    Other places can be lived with.


    Not offshore? (5.00 / 1) (#14)
    by lentinel on Mon Mar 19, 2012 at 04:39:05 AM EST
    That's news. Better tell Obama, 'cause he's confused.

    In his State of the Union, (1/25/12) he said,

    "Over the last three years, we've opened millions of new acres for oil and gas exploration, and tonight, I'm directing my administration to open more than 75 percent of our potential offshore oil-and-gas resources,".

    As for,

    Other places can be lived with.

    Maybe so, except for the people and other living creatures who actually live there.


    Not in environmentally sensitive areas (none / 0) (#20)
    by MKS on Mon Mar 19, 2012 at 11:15:37 AM EST
    I do not agree with stopping all drilling.....

    We waste SO much (5.00 / 1) (#26)
    by Dadler on Mon Mar 19, 2012 at 11:36:27 AM EST
    And never seriously address it.  Our entire consumer system is BASED on waste -- use, use, use, consume, consume, consume, lather & rinse & repeat.  And fossil fuel products power all of it practically.  We wouldn't have to drill for much of anything if we'd stop squandering as a way of life.  Mandating, say, solar power in every corner of southern California would save so much energy, is such a no brainer, one can only conclude that the corruption keeping it from being maximized must be staggering in its scope.  And we all know that it is.  A nation that cared about itself, its future, its people, would not dither like this one does with scientific progress.  But a corporate kleptocracy, where civic decisions are beholden to purely self-interested corporate veto power, will certainly dither, because it cares about nothing but money.  And that's us right now, we've reverted to a new gilded age.  Corporate governance trumps citizen governance, essentially controls it.  And, IMO, is it so obviously the case that it has reached a level of critically destructive and malicious absurdity.

    The problem with solar (none / 0) (#52)
    by jimakaPPJ on Mon Mar 19, 2012 at 12:50:26 PM EST
    is storage. No one has yet come up with a storage system that is cost effective for when the the sun is unavailable like say, from sunset to sunrise.

    So without that the amount of power required to be generated by fossil fuels must always equal the amount generated by solar (or wind. That means the cost parameter is fossil generation + solar/wind generation + storage + power transmission for solar/wind generation and storage.

    That's why solar/wind is about 300% higher than fossil.

    We had quite a discussion here back in '03 or '04 talking about solar power per house. Micro instead of macro. Lots of problems, no solutions.

    Drill and dig, baby! Drill and dig!


    Google trabaja (5.00 / 1) (#71)
    by Edger on Tue Mar 20, 2012 at 08:28:01 AM EST
    incluso en la oscuridad o en días nublados.

    Toma los países avanzados y el pensamiento avanzada para producir 24 horas/día, las plantas solares.

    No es probable que ocurra en los EE.UU. durante algún tiempo, la OMI, a menos que el conocimiento, la tecnología y la experiencia se importa, o que las escuelas de empezar a enseñar la ciencia real otra vez - tal vez con los maestros importados.

    Es delgada, Lucy? ;-)

    Solar power station in Spain works at night

    FUENTES DE ANDALUCIA, Spain -- A unique thermosolar power station in southern Spain can shrug off cloudy days: energy stored when the sun shines lets it produce electricity even during the night.
    "It is the first station in the world that works 24 hours a day, a solar power station that works day and night!" said Santago Arias, technical director of Torresol Energy, which runs the station.
    Energy is stored in a vat filled with molten salts at a temperature of more than 500 degrees C (930 F). Those salts are used to produce steam to turn the turbines and produce electricity.
    ...the plant produces 60 percent more energy than a station without storage capacity because it can work 6,400 hours a year compared to 1,200-2,000 hours for other solar power stations, he said.
    "The amount of energy we produce a year is equal to the consumption of 30,000 Spanish households," Arias said, an annual saving of 30,000 tonnes of CO2.

    Helped by generous state aid, renewable energies have enjoyed a boom in Spain, the worlds number two in solar energy and the biggest wind power producer in Europe, ahead of Germany.

    Lee todo aquí ...

    Typos de la corrección (none / 0) (#73)
    by Edger on Tue Mar 20, 2012 at 08:48:29 AM EST
    "No es probable que ocurra en los America durante algún tiempo"

    Drill and dig, baby! Drill and dig! (none / 0) (#59)
    by lentinel on Mon Mar 19, 2012 at 02:01:02 PM EST
    So, Palin was right after all.

    Yes, she was (none / 0) (#70)
    by jimakaPPJ on Tue Mar 20, 2012 at 08:11:06 AM EST
    But only if you want affordable energy and what comes with that.

    It was snark (none / 0) (#72)
    by Yman on Tue Mar 20, 2012 at 08:31:00 AM EST
    ... except to those clueless enough to believe Palin's fairy tale.

    "Drill, baby, drill!" would have almost no effect on the price of gas, let alone make it "affordable".  You can't post a single study to support that claim, because evryone with any knowledge of oil prices (even oil industry people) can't keep a straight face when someone repeats it.


    Obama (none / 0) (#76)
    by lentinel on Wed Mar 21, 2012 at 05:28:56 AM EST
    seems to keep his face straight while adopting this idiotic slogan.
    The ideal carnival barker.

    I paid $3.70 (5.00 / 1) (#77)
    by jimakaPPJ on Wed Mar 21, 2012 at 09:35:52 AM EST

    I can barely afford that. And when I do I have to take money that would have been spent on something else...

    that's bad for the economy.

    Laying all the false arguments and claims that Obama and the Democrats have made aside..... a stated policy and actions for energy independence through oil and oil from here in the US would do wonders for the common man.

    You know. The guy Democrats claim to represent.


    We already have a record amount ... (5.00 / 1) (#78)
    by Yman on Wed Mar 21, 2012 at 09:45:17 AM EST
    ... of drilling.  The recovering world economy and worldwide demand for oil (along with Mideast tensions and speculation) has caused the increase in oil prices.  You're never going to see your dream of $1.80/gallon gas and trying to "Drill, baby, drill!" is nothing more than a winger myth that Republicans use to prop up this fantasy, as well as to try to make it appear that their acting on behalf of the common man.

    You know.

    The guy the Republicans/Tea Partiers claim to represent.


    In sum, (none / 0) (#79)
    by lentinel on Wed Mar 21, 2012 at 10:45:11 AM EST
    we have a democrat and a democratic party, and a republican and a republican party both claiming to represent the same people. And they are.

    And it ain't us.


    Whoever it is can't afford (none / 0) (#80)
    by jimakaPPJ on Thu Mar 22, 2012 at 08:11:16 AM EST
    sky high gasoline.

    What is (none / 0) (#39)
    by lentinel on Mon Mar 19, 2012 at 12:14:22 PM EST
    an "environmentally sensitive area" in your view?

    What is not an environmentally sensitive area?


    That's an easy one (5.00 / 2) (#46)
    by Zorba on Mon Mar 19, 2012 at 12:22:04 PM EST
    An "environmentally sensitive area" is where I live, or somewhere near where I live.  A "not environmentally sensitive area" is where you live, or otherwise near you.    ;-)

    Yep - NIMBY (none / 0) (#48)
    by jbindc on Mon Mar 19, 2012 at 12:25:25 PM EST
    Especially for those who want everyone to stop driving and to instead ride bikes and take public transportation.  

    Apparently they don't like getting things like consumer goods and oh, food, into their neighborhoods.


    I'd like to see (none / 0) (#49)
    by Zorba on Mon Mar 19, 2012 at 12:29:58 PM EST
    all the farmers up here trying to deliver their produce, meat animals, etc, to market on a bicycle.  And since we farm, we don't have the option to live nearby our non-farm jobs and the stores, etc.  Not too much acreage available for farming in the cities and towns.     ;-)

    I have never hear of such a place (none / 0) (#69)
    by MKS on Mon Mar 19, 2012 at 10:04:19 PM EST
    They have been making such (none / 0) (#68)
    by MKS on Mon Mar 19, 2012 at 10:01:18 PM EST
    distinctions for decades.....

    The Nature Conservancy in particular is able to make such distinctions.....

    National Parks, ANWR etc....

    Wildlife counts....

    Uniqueness of the land etc.


    That could be his repsonse (none / 0) (#50)
    by ruffian on Mon Mar 19, 2012 at 12:30:06 PM EST
    to most critiques from the right. Such is the place his PPUS has brought us. And look at all the good it is doing him politically.

    Well, it seems the contraception (5.00 / 0) (#21)
    by Anne on Mon Mar 19, 2012 at 11:22:23 AM EST
    coverage mandate does not apply to self-insured plans...just a minor flaw in the design of the ACA.  Or maybe I should say, "another" minor flaw.

    From the Washington Post:

    The Obama administration's controversial birth control health insurance coverage rule will not apply to a type of plan used by about 200,000 college and graduate students, officials said Friday.

    The administration's authority to issue the rule stemmed from the 2010 health-care law. Officials said they have concluded that for technical legal reasons the law's reach does not extend to "self-insured" student plans, meaning those for which a college or university collects premiums directly from students, then uses the pool to pay for their health care.

    As I understand it, self-insured plans, no matter the business or institution - are not subject to federal regulation - and never have been - so all this mandated coverage cannot be enforced for employers with self-insured plans - religiously-affiliated or otherwise.

    And as if that wasn't bad enough, consider how the administration proposes to work around the problem (my emphasis):

    Such employers [those that are self-funded] generally hire a third party -- often an insurance company -- to administer such plans. Officials said they are likely to require the third-party administrator to cover a worker's birth control in cases where the employer refuses to do so.

    It is still unclear how the administrators would pay for the coverage or what it would cost. And the administration floated three options for public comment. One idea is to require administrators to draw on revenue from other businesses they often also engage in -- running disease management or drug benefit programs for instance.

    Another is to grant them rebates from a special re-insurance fund that all administrators must pay into under a separate provision of the health-care law.

    The final option is for the federal government to incentivize private, multi-state health insurance plans to step in with birth control coverage in cases where an employer refuses to do so.

    Yeah, I'm sure these will go over real big.

    The more of this kind of thing we run into - and I've no doubt we will see more and more of these kinds of glitches - and the more complicated it gets trying to work within a private insurance system that is still geared to finding ways to avoid regulation and increase profit, the less sense it makes why there was no consideration given to implementing a single-payer health system.  If one's priority is about the people, that is.

    I'm sure we all remember that when single-payer was raised in that initial "summit," Obama dismissed it because we have an employer-based system in place on which to build - and we needed something "uniquely American."  Well, guess what?  Via this chart from the National Institute for Health Care Reform - via Krugman - the number of Americans with employer-based health insurance has dropped from nearly 70% in 2001, to a projected less-than-50% in 2012.  So, while fewer and fewer people were getting insurance coverage through their work, Obama decided to spend a year and a half coming up with a plan that was based on the employer model.  

    Didn't make sense to me then, doesn't make sense to me now.  All I know is that if we had applied our time and energy to creating a single-payer, Enhanced Medicare for All, we wouldn't be having to do what most of us saw ahead - adding more contorted and patched-together work-arounds to an already broken system.

    And for those who are inclined to respond with some variation of "it would never work because they didn't have the votes" talking point, let me respond right back: there's a reason for the expression "you never know until you try."  In this case, not only was there no effort to explore the single-payer model, every effort was exerted to make sure the voices of single-payer were never heard.

    Which told me and a lot of other people what this administration's priorities were.

    Single payer now, please (none / 0) (#25)
    by ruffian on Mon Mar 19, 2012 at 11:36:16 AM EST
    The only reason to applaud all this mayhem is that it hastens the day when employer-provided insurance will become untenable.

    And it could get worse (none / 0) (#35)
    by jbindc on Mon Mar 19, 2012 at 12:11:24 PM EST
    According to the CBO, the worst case scenario is that 20 million people could lose their employer-based insurance in the next decade or so.  The good news? The best case is that 3 million MORE people could have employer-based insurance.

    The most likely scenario is:

    The CBO said besides those worst-case and best-case scenarios, its best estimate -- still with a "tremendous amount of uncertainty" -- is that there would be 3 million to 5 million fewer Americans with employer health coverage from 2019 to 2022, The Hill reported.

    Choose your own adventure!


    Is my informant correct? Do employer (none / 0) (#44)
    by oculus on Mon Mar 19, 2012 at 12:19:15 PM EST
    ensurance plans currently cover vasectomy?

    i am very bummed out about vcu's loss. oh well, (none / 0) (#1)
    by cpinva on Sun Mar 18, 2012 at 01:39:17 PM EST
    here's hoping norfolk state can maintain the honor of va, and beat florida.

    those two missed free throws late... (none / 0) (#2)
    by Dadler on Sun Mar 18, 2012 at 02:54:29 PM EST
    ...just killed them.  Woulda put them up by five, instead Indiana pushes and gets an old fashioned 3pt play to tie it.  

    It's still early (none / 0) (#5)
    by CoralGables on Sun Mar 18, 2012 at 05:38:28 PM EST
    but damn, the Gators are lighting them up.

    Can't remember seeing 24 straight points for a team in basketball.


    This afternoon's winners & losers (none / 0) (#7)
    by themomcat on Sun Mar 18, 2012 at 08:05:25 PM EST
    #11 NC State knocks out # Georgetown 66 - 63

    #7 Florida beats # 15 Norfolk St 50 - 84

    #1 Michigan ST. over St. Louis 61 - 65

    #1 North Carolina defeats #8 Creighton 73 - 87


    What is a Hoya? (none / 0) (#8)
    by fishcamp on Sun Mar 18, 2012 at 09:50:53 PM EST
    Singular (none / 0) (#9)
    by NYShooter on Sun Mar 18, 2012 at 10:23:27 PM EST
    for Hoyas.

    Hoya... (none / 0) (#10)
    by desertswine on Sun Mar 18, 2012 at 10:41:58 PM EST
    What is a hoya?

    Many years ago, when all Georgetown students were required to study Greek and Latin, the University's teams were nicknamed "The Stonewalls." It is suggested that a student, using Greek and Latin terms, started the cheer "Hoya Saxa!", which translates into "What Rocks!" The name proved popular and the term "Hoyas" was eventually adopted for all Georgetown teams.

    Dear BTD (none / 0) (#11)
    by cal1942 on Mon Mar 19, 2012 at 12:33:45 AM EST
    Don't quit your day job.

    What is annoying about this comment is (none / 0) (#13)
    by Big Tent Democrat on Mon Mar 19, 2012 at 12:44:12 AM EST
    where are you when I hit 11 out of 14? Like I did the first day?

    Like they say in poker... (none / 0) (#17)
    by kdog on Mon Mar 19, 2012 at 10:47:52 AM EST
    it is one long game, all that matters is if you're up or down overall when you die.  

    And even that don't matter really, ya can't take it with you.  Did you have fun enjoying the action...thats all that really really matters.


    Sound advice. What, me worry? (none / 0) (#41)
    by oculus on Mon Mar 19, 2012 at 12:16:03 PM EST
    True but.... (none / 0) (#53)
    by jimakaPPJ on Mon Mar 19, 2012 at 12:52:09 PM EST
    It helps to be up when you go the grocery store...

    If the golden rule of gambling... (none / 0) (#54)
    by kdog on Mon Mar 19, 2012 at 01:03:28 PM EST
    is adhered to, that should be no worry..."never bet the milk money."  My old man made sure if I learned nothing else about gambling, I learned that.

    But being in the black does make room for grocery upgrades...when I'm running good london broil has been known to be passed over for filet mignon;)


    And never spend the (none / 0) (#58)
    by jimakaPPJ on Mon Mar 19, 2012 at 01:31:02 PM EST
    playing bankroll...

    Abso-toot-ly... (5.00 / 1) (#60)
    by kdog on Mon Mar 19, 2012 at 02:18:09 PM EST
    if you're a pro or semi-pro, that's a Gambling 101'er.  

    One the banksters had their government employees repeal in the late 90's...a rule by the name of Glass-Steagal.  And boy did we see how that turned out! When you mix the gambling roll with the regular roll and bet more than you can afford to lose, disaster awaits...unless you got a direct line to the Fed;)


    Hilarious (none / 0) (#31)
    by ScottW714 on Mon Mar 19, 2012 at 11:59:00 AM EST
    Someone's always gotta be the critic.

    But what I would love to know, is a unit 1BF or 10BF's.  I wanna know how you roll...


    Is anyone else addicted (none / 0) (#15)
    by kmblue on Mon Mar 19, 2012 at 07:01:41 AM EST
    to "The Walking Dead"?  I watched the first episode because it was filmed in my current hometown--Atlanta--and got totally hooked.  Zombies!
    (reminds me of the GOP)

    My nephew got me hooked (none / 0) (#16)
    by Yman on Mon Mar 19, 2012 at 08:53:20 AM EST
    Didn't think I would really go for a zombie show, but he told me it was really a character-driven show and I should give it a shot.  Gotta admit I like it, although I think there's room for improvement.

    Good finale - burning through a lot of characters in the last few episodes, though.


    Legend has it... (none / 0) (#18)
    by kdog on Mon Mar 19, 2012 at 11:03:12 AM EST
    St. Patrick drove the snakes outta Ireland...OWS marked the occasion by rejuvenating their effort to drive the snakes outta lower Manhattan.

    Lucky for St. Patrick there was no NYPD in Ireland to serve as hired muscle for the snakes.

    Manning will choose Broncos (none / 0) (#19)
    by Dadler on Mon Mar 19, 2012 at 11:14:41 AM EST
    Someone at work just said (none / 0) (#22)
    by ruffian on Mon Mar 19, 2012 at 11:33:41 AM EST
    Timmy is coming to Miami. Have not verified.

    I think he goes to Jacksonville (none / 0) (#27)
    by Dadler on Mon Mar 19, 2012 at 11:45:32 AM EST
    Better market for him, northern Florida, more typical deep south Bible Belt.  I can't see him in Miami at all, but, as my wife will attest, being wrong is sort of a specialty of mine.

    Jax already signed... (none / 0) (#30)
    by kdog on Mon Mar 19, 2012 at 11:51:56 AM EST
    Chad Henne...and have last year's starter Blaine Gabbert.  Jax makes the most sense from a marketing stand-point, but it appears they've already made their offseason QB moves.

    Hmm (none / 0) (#38)
    by Dadler on Mon Mar 19, 2012 at 12:14:16 PM EST
    Does Tampa Bay need a team chaplain?

    LOL.... (none / 0) (#57)
    by kdog on Mon Mar 19, 2012 at 01:14:17 PM EST
    I was wondering if the UFL is having another  season, or did they go belly-up?

    I can't see him making it in the AFL with that slow release...maybe the LFL if the bible doesn't forbid implants;)


    Seriously (none / 0) (#61)
    by Dadler on Mon Mar 19, 2012 at 02:31:25 PM EST
    I think he's over.  Just done like a three minute steak.

    All drinking... (none / 0) (#62)
    by kdog on Mon Mar 19, 2012 at 02:51:33 PM EST
    of the Tebow haterade aside, if the Broncos are giving him away for a very late round draft pick my Jets should take a look...as difficult as the local media coverage would be to bear, he might be the perfect guy to motivate Mr. Sanchez to get his sh*t together.  And the possibilities of some ground & pound packages with Tebow are intriguing.

    Rumors are flying... (none / 0) (#63)
    by MileHi Hawkeye on Mon Mar 19, 2012 at 02:59:04 PM EST
    about him going to the Pats.

    I read that we've seen the last of Linsanity with the new coach on board?  


    Rumors of Super Lintendo's (none / 0) (#64)
    by kdog on Mon Mar 19, 2012 at 03:16:34 PM EST
    demise have been greatly exaggerated...he played a very good complete game in the win over the Pacers Saturday for our 3rd in a row under Woodson.  Lead the team with 19 points, and added 7 boards, 6 assists, and only two turnovers.  

    Everybody just assumed Baron Davis is a better fit in a Woodson system with more isolation plays, but I think Lin can still be very effective.  He's just gotta mind his turnovers and knock down open jumpers and he'll be fine.  Everybody knew the insane Linsanity numbers wouldn't last.  

    Linsanity dying down was the best thing to happen to the kid, now every PG in the league isn't gunning for him.  


    I don't think it will be up to Timmy (none / 0) (#34)
    by Anne on Mon Mar 19, 2012 at 12:10:07 PM EST
    where he goes - he's still under contract - and what I'm reading is that Denver is likely to trade him - so he'll go wherever Denver can get the best deal for him.

    As for Miami, Alex Smith is visiting there, but with San Francisco out of the Manning sweepstakes, maybe the 49ers work out a contract to keep Smith - otherwise, they're going to be trying to fill a pretty important spot.

    I think it's ironic that the QB who refused to play for the Baltimore Colts - Elway - is now working a deal to bring a Colt - albeit not a "Baltimore" Colt - to Denver.


    The 49ers will signs Smith (none / 0) (#45)
    by Dadler on Mon Mar 19, 2012 at 12:19:23 PM EST
    Bank on it.  He may feel a bit cheated-on, but Harbaugh came in and was a huge reason Smith turned around his career.

    So who would want Tebow, and all that comes along with him, in a trade?  And what could the Broncos get for him of any value.  The problem for the Broncos is EVERYONE knows they want to dump the kid, and no one will give them anything.  My hunch?  He asks for his release so he can sign with anyone.  I don't think Manning wants Tebow on the team, if push comes to shove, but who knows, Tebow could stay put and just try to learn, as the third QB on the depth chart.  They cannot back up Manning with Tebow, not with the new system that the new offensive coordinator (Manning) is bringing with him.  


    Well, at least (none / 0) (#24)
    by Zorba on Mon Mar 19, 2012 at 11:34:51 AM EST
    this will be the end (for awhile) of BTD constantly screaming "Teeeeeboooowwwww!"  Thank goodness for small favors.     ;-)
    I don't think Tebow's going to be playing much, if Manning is healthy and doesn't get re-injured.

    Barring a miracle, of whatever sort (none / 0) (#29)
    by Dadler on Mon Mar 19, 2012 at 11:47:55 AM EST
    I think Tim's fifteen minutes have come and gone.  

    Me, too (none / 0) (#40)
    by Zorba on Mon Mar 19, 2012 at 12:15:29 PM EST
    But don't tell BTD!

    Hey, the guy generates a lot of (none / 0) (#43)
    by oculus on Mon Mar 19, 2012 at 12:18:06 PM EST
    T shirt sales.  And conversation.  

    I have a friend wondering (none / 0) (#47)
    by ruffian on Mon Mar 19, 2012 at 12:24:01 PM EST
    what she is supposed to do with her Tebow Broncos jersey now.



    Since he will (none / 0) (#65)
    by Zorba on Mon Mar 19, 2012 at 04:18:03 PM EST
    very likely be traded (thus goes the speculation, at any rate), he may not even be a Bronco at all.  There is some talk of perhaps New England.  My son thinks that the Jacksonville Jaguars should do everything they can to get Tebow in trade.  Tim grew up in Florida, was a University of Florida Gator (and Gainesville isn't all that far away), and they're nuts about him down there.  It would fill their stadium, even if they're still losing.  They could sure use something to fill their stadium.

    whaaaat? (none / 0) (#74)
    by CST on Tue Mar 20, 2012 at 09:54:16 AM EST
    Is Tebow really gonna come play backup in New England???

    I could actually see Belicheck using him in another postion somewhere.  And he's good buddies with Hernandez.  Coming to New England to play tight end might kill the Tebow-Jesus mania to some degree.


    It's all pure speculation (none / 0) (#75)
    by Zorba on Tue Mar 20, 2012 at 10:36:31 AM EST
    so far.  Depending upon which sports writer you read, a number of teams have been suggested.  The only thing that everyone seems to agree on is that Denver is going to wind up trading Tebow.

    Speaking of March Madness.... (none / 0) (#23)
    by kdog on Mon Mar 19, 2012 at 11:33:48 AM EST
    I predict big things for this 5th grader, who set up a NCAA bracket pool at school.  

    Money quote from the boy...

    "It's not ok to gamble," he told the paper. "It's like illegal, sort of."

    "sort of"...smart boy! Lemme break it down for ya kid...it's illegal for you to run a pool.  Your state Nebraska can do it, but they offer much sh*ttier games with much sh*ttier odds.  Different rules different fools, never too young to learn that.

    More info... (none / 0) (#28)
    by kdog on Mon Mar 19, 2012 at 11:47:14 AM EST
    on the guy who shot and killed young Trayvon Martin in Sanford, FL.

    He's a habitual dime-dropper with a Charlie Bronson fetish.  

    a microcosm of phucked up America... (none / 0) (#33)
    by Dadler on Mon Mar 19, 2012 at 12:09:17 PM EST
    ...that apartment complex sounds like.  Bronson wannabe obviously had mental issues that shoulda precluded him from buying a starters pistol, much less a 9mm.  But, come on, I'm sure he was equally suspicious of mulleted honkies carrying stuff through the parking lot.  We'll hear from them soon.  Just you wait.  

    Keep waiting...  


    And this quote is ill (none / 0) (#36)
    by Dadler on Mon Mar 19, 2012 at 12:12:46 PM EST
    Police Chief Bill Lee said that although police do not encourage watch program volunteers to carry weapons, he recognizes a citizen's constitutional right to do so. No arrest was made, Lee said, because there was no evidence to disprove Zimmerman's account.

    Well, gee, I guess it's the poor dead kid's job to prove himself innocent then.  Pop a minority teenager this weekend, it feels good and it's virtually risk free.  Coupons not accepted at all precincts -- we hope.


    The 911 tapes were all over the news (none / 0) (#37)
    by ruffian on Mon Mar 19, 2012 at 12:12:59 PM EST
    around here this weekend. For some reason the Sanford police chief thought they would back up his decision not to arrest. I don't know what kind of a bubble he lives in.

    It's Weird (5.00 / 0) (#51)
    by ScottW714 on Mon Mar 19, 2012 at 12:43:03 PM EST
    Even here in Texas you can't follow someone then claim self defense, and they the shooter on tape saying he's following the kid.

    They are asking Federal authorities to prosecute if the local jimmies won't.

    This guy, the shooter was like 10 years older, had like 70 pounds on the kid, and was following him.  And the kid was from someplace else just visiting and something like 60 feet from the house.  The story as the shooter tells it doesn't IMO match the facts, nor does it make sense.


    In FL we have the "Stand your Ground" (none / 0) (#55)
    by ruffian on Mon Mar 19, 2012 at 01:04:51 PM EST
    law that says you can apply deadly force if you reasonably feel threatened. A ridiculous law - it was inevitable that it would lead to something like this.

    I think it should be up to a jury, not up to the police, to decide whether the threat he felt was 'reasonable'. All he had to do was stay in his car.


    and furthermore, it seems to me (5.00 / 0) (#56)
    by ruffian on Mon Mar 19, 2012 at 01:06:33 PM EST
    that if anyone would have had a reason to feel threatened, it was the 17 yr old kid being stalked by an adult male in a car.

    Stand Your Ground ? (5.00 / 0) (#66)
    by ScottW714 on Mon Mar 19, 2012 at 04:29:45 PM EST
    Is that before or after following someone.

    Essentially standing your ground, if this case is proof, means you can corner someone, then 'stand your ground' and use deadly force.

    Please don't let Texans in on this law.


    I heard that (none / 0) (#67)
    by Zorba on Mon Mar 19, 2012 at 06:47:30 PM EST
    on NPR news, and that's absolutely....ridiculous, or even "disgusting", does not even begin to describe this law.  Ruffian, all I can say is, be very, very careful in Florida.

    SS survivor benefits for posthumously (none / 0) (#32)
    by ruffian on Mon Mar 19, 2012 at 12:08:40 PM EST
    conceived children? SCOTUS to rule soon.

    I heard this story on NPR this morning - interesting to hear what the legal eagles here think. On the surface of it it seems like a slam dunk to me - survivor benefits are for children the father created while he was alive, not for children the mother already knew would not be supported by the father.

    Am I missing something?

    Looks like Manning will be a Bronco (none / 0) (#42)
    by ScottW714 on Mon Mar 19, 2012 at 12:16:35 PM EST
    From MSNBC:
    ESPN's Adam Schefter and Chris Mortensen are reporting that free agent quarterback Peyton Manning has told his agent, Tom Condon, to open contract negotiations with the Denver Broncos.

    And barring an "unexpected snag" in contract talks, Schefter and Mort are reporting that Manning will become the next quarterback of the Broncos.

    The Broncos will try to trade Tim Tebow.

    The AFC South breathes a sigh of relief, well except for Tennessee.

    Talk Left Readers also breath in relief knowing they will never be subjugated to a Sunday 'TEBOW !!!' post ever again.