In case anyone here wants to talk about something besides George Zimmerman, here's an open thread, all topics welcome.
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I've lost one brother and had a hard time coming back from that. Barry has lost three and was close to all of them. I can't imagine it. And their poor mother, my gosh. I just can't imagine the depth of her pain. To outlive three of her children.
Peace to them all.
But that was then, this is now, and given the retrospect that only the passage of time can provide, there's no certainly arguing with the Bee Gees' success and cultural impact. Their best-selling Saturday Night Fever soundtrack stands as one of the most influential pop music albums of all time, defining its era much as The Beatles' Sgt. Pepper's album did for the '60s generation only a decade earlier.
My sincere condolences to Robin Gibbs' family and friends for their loss. He had a heroic battle with cancer, and he's at peace now.
Massachusetts.."I've just gotta get a message to her..Oh-I Oh-I.."
Without all that nose candy and amyl nitrite, I don't think disco would've been less than a brief blip on the cultural radar..
Save your glasses if you have them for the transit of Venus on June the 5th.
He's already gone through the Wimpy Kid and Captain underpants series, started on Big Nate, and we're reading Dr. Doolittle, Tall Tales from the USA (Paul Bunyan, John Henry, etc...) and Brer Rabbit (The expurgated version, suitable for children) and a story about Baba Yaga...
So I'll grab Pippi and some of the science books on the list. He loves science... at his book fair I purchased him "Gross Science," and he can't wait to begin experiments!
I"m trading out with some neighbors... I go under the knife again July 5, so I'll be starting Jeffinalabama school this thursday for 3-4 children his age... maths, leaf collections, reading, phonics practice, and some spelling. Also map making.
When I'm laid up, the parents will handle the wild child for some hours every day. Also he'll be in summer school with at least one of them.
I think I need to look up more on public schools and ADHD children-- the ones, like me, who used to be called 'problem children!'
But I reminded the school he's now covered under the Americans with Disabilities Act... which made the smiles from the admin seem forced.
Oh well, not a diary/essay today, just random thoughts.
Freedom, peace, and love to you dedicated TL people, and the lurkers, also.
About the reading- my grandmother was a second grade teacher and a reading specialist. She believed that what a child reads is less important than that a child reads. I remember her telling my mother to let my sisters and me read whatever we wanted, even the demon comic books, just get us reading.
A suggestion for the lad's reading list. He's about 8 or 9, right? If so, he is at the perfect age to start reading the many books written by Beverly Cleary. There are the Ramona books and the Beezus books and the Henry books and so many more.
Cleary grew up in Portland, and Portland locations appear in her books, and she is a local treasure. She was also a great writer of children's books.
Take care. We're here if you need us.
Imagine this scenario: immunity hearing frees Zimmerman before November. Violence erupts. The Supremes screw the healthcare act and uphold Arizona's immigration law. Hillary replaces Biden. Romney chooses a woman and/or a latino/latina.
Wild, wild ride. Woo!
Second, I don't believe there is any watch program worth its salt that recommends or condones armed patrols, whether or not those involved are licensed to carry. What we don't know - because no one has stepped forward to fill in the information gap - is whether the Twin Lakes program had any rules, and if one of them was "leave your weapon at home."
Third, Zimmerman has said from the beginning that he was not on patrol that night, just out running errands; that may be, but given the enthusiasm with which it is reported that Zimmerman approached his patrol duties, it's hard to imagine that he wasn't always on alert.
Finally, I don't believe there is any legal restriction on carrying a weapon while participating in community watch activities; whether it's smart to do so is a whole other question.
Jennifer Palmieri, a close friend of Mrs. Edwards and a former press secretary to her husband who is now in the White House communications office, recalled walking into the Iowa hotel room where Mrs. Edwards was screaming at him and the Barons. While Mr. Edwards stood by silently, the Barons explained they were simply trying to keep Ms. Hunter placated so she would not go public.
notice that they did not say they were not trying to keep Elizabeth from finding out. They were admitting to Elizabeth herself that the purpose of their donations at that point were to keep the affair from the public. Why would they want to spend that kind of money to keep the public in the dark? It wasn't to make sure Edwards could keep teaching Sunday school classes.
Seems to me that all of the character killing testimony the judge has allowed has been for the purpose of keeping Edwards from doing the thing he does best, snowing a jury.
Also, no matter what the FEC says, it is the jury which gets to determine what is and is not, in this case, campaign contributions. The FEC was conned. It has a set of guidelines that were insufficient for this circumstance.
Hey, maybe this will go the the Supreme Court and Edwards will have an impact on that court, just not in the way he intended.
Juries don't make laws. Juries determine whether someone has broken a law. And the big problem with this case is that the jury has no business deciding what is or is not a campaign contribution. That task has been given, by law, to the FEC.
I get that you have a big hate on for Edwards, but geez, isn't the rule of law more important than your appetite for revenge?