Patawan

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    • ME3 Ending

      5 years ago

      Patawan

      I liked it. I thought it was touching and it capped off most if not all of the themes of the series in a pretty good way. From all the hate, I was expecting something far worse. I went with the destroy ending, at least for my first game, due to the concern of sort of subtle indoctrination taking place with the synthesis ending, and because I felt like Shepard deserved to live long enough to receive a very long list of apologies and thanks. Even if synthesis is the "final evolution" of life, we're not in any rush to get there. And even accepting the premise that synthetics were bound to arise again and conflict would emerge, I reject the premise that peace and eventual synthesis could not occur at a later date. I felt bad about wiping out the geth and EDI. , but an ending without some sort of compromise is a bit too Disney, isn't it? Anyways, I think people must have had their expectations dialed up a bit too high.

    • Random BS

      5 years ago

      Patawan

      1. The Supreme Court oral argument from last Tuesday regarding the individual mandate of Obamacare is as philosophically fascinating to me as Plato's Apology, and it even had a few chuckles. If it were up to me, a cleaned up, foot-noted version of it would become part of the curriculum in every school.

      2. This new journal system is terrible. Why the hell does it take so long for the text to appear when I'm writing? This is just silly.

      3. Voters for Hulu's "Best in Show" contest are idiots.

      Psych is better than Beavis and Butthead? I don't think so. Of course, I've never watched Psych for more than a minute because all these cells in my brain threaten to mutiny if I ever do so. Granted, it's not like B&B is high brow, but the only thing Psych has going for it is an unusually fitting title. People turn on their TVs expecting to be entertained, and instead they get "Psych." It's rare to see such truth in advertising.

      I have to assume Sons of Anarchy beat Justified because it won over the meth voters and fags (I am, of course, using the new definition of that term as declared in South Park).

      By the way, where the hell is South Park? They know that in a real competition, their pathetic lineups would be ass-raped, so they didn't include shows from networks not participating in Hulu. Fucking pansy cowards. If you can't do something right, don't do it at all.

      I would rather shoot myself in the dick than watch Modern Family, and the fact that it beat out both Archer and It's Always Sunny just makes me want to aim higher.

      Just when I think I couldn't hold less respect for the tastes of the average person out there, I see crap like this. Now I'm starting to think freedom of expression should be something a person has to earn.

      4. This is the number after three. C'mon, you should know this.

    • New Profile

      5 years ago

      Patawan

      What black magic have you people wrought?! I fear change!!

    • Just saw the Fallout lawsuit settled

      5 years ago

      Patawan

      Called it. Always trust the money in IP litigation. One company just made Skyrim, the other was in the predicament because it failed to secure funding. It was a foregone conclusion.

    • There are no stupid questions - oh, wait

      6 years ago

      Patawan

      Wow ... someone forwarded this to me. These are all snippets from real US court cases. Enjoy.

      ATTORNEY: What was the first thing your husband said to you that morning?
      WITNESS: He said, 'Where am I, Cathy?'
      ATTORNEY: And why did that upset you?
      WITNESS: My name is Susan!
      ____________________________________________


      ATTORNEY: This myasthenia gravis, does it affect your memory at all?
      WITNESS: Yes.
      ATTORNEY: And in what ways does it affect your memory?
      WITNESS: I forget..
      ATTORNEY: You forget? Can you give us an example of something you forgot?
      ___________________________________________


      ATTORNEY: Now doctor, isn't it true that when a person dies in his sleep, he doesn't know about it until the next morning?
      WITNESS: Did you actually pass the bar exam?
      ____________________________________

      ATTORNEY: The youngest son, the 20-year-old, how old is he?
      WITNESS: He's 20, much like your IQ.
      ___________________________________________

      ATTORNEY: Were you present when your picture was taken?
      WITNESS: Are you shitting me?
      _________________________________________
      ATTORNEY: So the date of conception (of the baby) was August 8th?
      WITNESS: Yes.
      ATTORNEY: And what were you doing at that time?
      WITNESS: Getting laid
      ____________________________________________

      ATTORNEY: She had three children, right?
      WITNESS: Yes.
      ATTORNEY: How many were boys?
      WITNESS: None.
      ATTORNEY: Were there any girls?
      WITNESS: Your Honor, I think I need a different attorney. Can I get a new attorney?
      ____________________________________________

      ATTORNEY: How was your first marriage terminated?
      WITNESS: By death…
      ATTORNEY: And by whose death was it terminated?
      WITNESS: Take a guess.
      ____________________________________________

      ATTORNEY: Can you describe the individual?
      WITNESS: He was about medium height and had a beard
      ATTORNEY: Was this a male or a female?
      WITNESS: Unless the Circus was in town I'm going with male.
      _____________________________________

      ATTORNEY: Is your appearance here this morning pursuant to a deposition notice which I sent to your attorney?
      WITNESS: No, this is how I dress when I go to work.
      ______________________________________

      ATTORNEY: Doctor, how many of your autopsies have you performed on dead people?
      WITNESS: All of them... The live ones put up too much of a fight.
      _________________________________________

      ATTORNEY: ALL your responses MUST be oral, OK? What school did you go to?
      WITNESS: Oral...
      _________________________________________

      ATTORNEY: Do you recall the time that you examined the body?
      WITNESS: The autopsy started around 8:30 PM
      ATTORNEY: And Mr. Denton was dead at the time?
      WITNESS: If not, he was by the time I finished.
      ____________________________________________

      ATTORNEY: Doctor, before you performed the autopsy, did you check for a pulse?
      WITNESS: No.
      ATTORNEY: Did you check for blood pressure?
      WITNESS: No.
      ATTORNEY: Did you check for breathing?
      WITNESS: No…
      ATTORNEY: So, then it is possible that the patient was alive when you began the autopsy?
      WITNESS: No.
      ATTORNEY: How can you be so sure, Doctor?
      WITNESS: Because his brain was sitting on my desk in a jar.
      ATTORNEY: I see, but could the patient have still been alive, nevertheless?
      WITNESS: Yes, it is possible that he could have been alive and practicing law.

    • My Two Random Cents

      6 years ago

      Patawan

      If we ever got to meet God and ask why we are here, the answer would probably be, "That's what you were supposed to tell me. What the hell have I been paying you for?!"

      I think it's time we incorporate Isaac Asimov's 3 laws in to the Google search algorithm.

      That is all.

    • Edit History

      6 years ago

      Patawan

      5680724572_d4696d593d_b.jpg

      I love what this photo says about modern war. Everyone is watching the video feed except the military officer, who is doing ??? on a computer. Also, the picture itself reflects the role of propaganda: it tells you nothing but what they want you to know. The screens are off, photo blurred, walls blank. Absolute control of information. They also issued instructions with the photo that it is not to be altered before being published by media sources.

      Anyways, according to Jewish media sources, Hillary Clinton is obscene and must not appear in photographs:

      hillaryphoto2.jpg

      Lulz. I just love this so much. It's one of those situations where it's not about who is wrong, it's about who is more wrong. The White House for attempting to control information in an arguably unconstitutional (and certainly inappropriate) way, or this newspaper for clinging to concepts of modesty that have no place in this millenium?

    • Philosophy Conversation

      6 years ago

      Patawan

      Here's a conversation between philosophers, summarizing what each has brought to the table of human thought. Feel free to pitch in.

      Descartes:
      I think this sucks.

      Buddha:
      This sucks.

      Socrates:
      Why must this suck?

      Aristotle:
      We can figure out why this sucks.

      Hobbes:
      People suck.

      Plato:
      People must be molded not to suck.

      Jesus:
      Let's just try to make things suck less.

      Tertullian:
      What he said.

      Augustine:
      But it's okay to suck in the meantime.

      Aquinas:
      And we should still try to learn why we suck so much.

      Luther:
      You people have forgotten what it means to try and suck less. By the way, let's kill Jews.

      Rousseau:
      I don't think things have always sucked this much ...

      Hobbes:
      Yes, they have. In fact, things sucked even more.

      Rousseau:
      Hey, how come you get to go twice?

      Hobbes:
      Because you're horribly wrong.

      Machiavelli:
      Things will suck less for you if you get me a job.

      Hume:
      To suck is the power of altering realms of thought in another's conscious, and allows for enhancement in the positive direction by the concoction of needlessly abstract definitions delivered with flamboyant vigor.

      Locke:
      If I work at it, I can suck a little less than that guy.

      Marx:
      If we all suck together in just the right way, we will magically stop sucking.

      Mill:
      People should be allowed to suck however they want.

      Nietzsche:
      This really sucks, mostly because of you people.

      Kant:
      Things will suck less later.

    • Economic Inactivity

      7 years ago

      Patawan

      Article I, Section 8, Clause 3 of the Constitution:
      "[The Congress shall have Power] To regulate Commerce with foreign Nations, and among the several States, and with the Indian tribes."

      As globalization has increased, and inter-state commerce in the US became the norm, the Supreme Court has, rightly or wrongly, allowed this Congressional power to extend to anything that has a "substantial effect" on interstate commerce. So, for example, growing wheat derived from your own seeds, on your land, for your own use, may have a "substantial effect" on interstate commerce, thus Congress can regulate it. This clause of the Constitution now effectively reads:

      "[The Congress shall have Power] To regulate Commerce with foreign Nations, and among the several States, and with the Indian tribes."

      So now, Congress may regulate virtually any "economic activity" whatsoever. In order to justify the individual mandate of Obamacare, the recent decisions of trial courts upholding its constitutionality under the Commerce Clause have been forced to argue that economic inactivity (in this case, not buying health insurance) is an economic activity.

      I'll repeat that: economic inactivity is an economic activity. This is the world we will live in if the individual mandate of Obamacare is found constitutional by the Supreme Court.

      In order to bring light on what exactly that would mean, here's a non-exhaustive list of "economically inactive" decisions which Congress could theoretically control under this "interpretation" of the Constitution:

      smiley9.gif Not buying a car or other mode of transportation.

      smiley9.gif Not buying milk.

      smiley9.gif Not buying life insurance.

      smiley9.gif Not joining a gym.

      smiley9.gif Not building on undeveloped land you own.

      smiley9.gif Not selling mineral rights to land you own.

      smiley9.gif Not renovating your up-to-code home.

      smiley9.gif Not buying tickets to the state lottery.

      smiley9.gif Not donating to charities.

      smiley9.gif Sleeping.

  • Comments (318)

    • buckeyedon Crackpottist

      5 years ago

      RTMN

      It's on my list of 'to-do'.

      It would be an honor to meet you in person.

      • buckeyedon Crackpottist

        5 years ago

        It's me. Not much to expect.

        When I went to PAX in '10 I met up with a bunch of goobers from LFTO and we all fit in quite nicely. Again, not expecting anything, just tentatively planning on being up that way over Memorial Day Weekend.

        Oh, I do tend to favor some drink, so sobriety is optional.

      • Patawan

        5 years ago

        Well, Minnesota in late May is pretty great; maybe a little hot, though. I've only met like one other person who's been on RT before, so I'm not sure what to expect there.

      • buckeyedon Crackpottist

        5 years ago

        I'm not primarily interested in attending the events. I'm more interested in having a reason to go to a different part of the country and meet a few people.

      • Patawan

        5 years ago

        I guess you can mark me down for a soft yes. I've never really participated in these gaming conventions, RT or otherwise, but I'll see if I can put aside my disgust for Minneapolis and drop in for a few events. The "Minnesota Bar Bender" will end badly, this I promise.

    • buckeyedon Crackpottist

      5 years ago

      Now that the NDAA is law, (how) can the Supreme Court rule it unconstitutional?

    • buckeyedon Crackpottist

      6 years ago

      With the recent execution of a man professing his innocence, I am reminded of this:

      news.google.com/newspapers?nid=1350&dat=19801030&id=lTBPAAAAIBAJ&sjid=mAIEAAAAIBAJ&pg=6226,4790311

      Here's an excellent article on the resolution of the case:

      news.google.com/newspapers?nid=1350&dat=19801030&id=lTBPAAAAIBAJ&sjid=mAIEAAAAIBAJ&pg=6226,4790311

      Had it not been for vindictive women who were wronged by the perpetrators, this man would have rotted away in prison.

    • buckeyedon Crackpottist

      6 years ago

      My Tigers clinched last night and I was reminded of Game 163 a few years ago, one of the best games I've ever had the pleasure of watching.

      Here's to you guys getting back into contention next year.

      Go Tigers!

    • JJBrazman

      6 years ago

      I was about to make a point about how vaccines are safe before I remembered how there are allegations against them year on year... and every time we had the flu vaccine at school we all got Flu. Immediately.

      But the idea here would be that nothing contained within the pill or whatever it is would be dangerous, it would merely be foreign and resemble a threat, as an exercise for your immune system. (and of course there would have been clinical trials to prove all this)

      Although thinking about it, maybe it would have no effect; maybe to be beneficial it would have to carry some risk, or be government provided, but that could still work; prescribed pills to boost your immune system after a serious operation or something. Most medicines have a drawback somewhere.

    • Cassner FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Hail Hydra

      6 years ago

      At least with the popular vote the general consensus would have more weight, making the elected official being held accountable by their constituents. In my area at least we have an 11% unemployment right now and our representative was on Fox News for weeks blowing smoke about how "we" want to lower the budget but what we really want is more jobs in our area. But it boils down to personal accountability of elected officials

      Post edited 8/08/11 7:10PM

    • buckeyedon Crackpottist

      6 years ago

      I don't expect you to comment unless I ask for an opinion or an interpretation. I forward you articles that I come across because I think you would be interested and I believe that the police have taken their power for granted and abuse the Constitution.

    • buckeyedon Crackpottist

      6 years ago

      Honestly, I don't go looking for these things.

      They just simply appear in my travels across the interweb. This one was posted here on RT.

    • buckeyedon Crackpottist

      6 years ago

      Interesting read.

    • buckeyedon Crackpottist

      6 years ago

      Ultimately I am responsible for my actions and decisions as an American I will not hold another man responsible for what I do.

      My lawyer appreciates that I am forthcoming with all information and take the high road. It makes his 'job' so much easier and at the end of the trial we are better friends, and Americans, for what we have been through.

      The 'peace officers' should welcome someone recording their behavior. It would ensure that they would not be falsely accused of wrongdoing if one were to file a complaint against them. Unfortunately, the 'peace officer' feels threatened by an American exercising the Freedoms that were valiantly fought for, and defended.

      As long as you don't mind me bringing forth such Constitutional issues from time to time, I will keep them coming with the tacit agreement (OK - since I'm typing this, it isn't so tacit) that you are not responsible for the decisions I make and the actions I take on such matters.

      At the end of the day (and in the twilight of my life) if I can keep the candle of Freedom, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness burning bright, I will feel that my life has given me so much more back than what I have given into it that no one can ever hope to take that away.

      And in the end, my life has had great meaning and impact as an American.

      Excuse me for a moment while I have the serving wench fetch me another drink.

    • buckeyedon Crackpottist

      6 years ago

      Having progressive minds such as yours in the law field maintains my hope that one day we can go back to upholding the Constitution as the law of the land.

      It disturbs me though to think of such a concept as 'progressive'.

    • buckeyedon Crackpottist

      6 years ago

      How can a cop arrest someone for simply video taping from their own lawn?

      www.youtube.com/watch?v=a7ZkFZkejv8&feature=player_embedded

      The original 'arrestee' was uncuffed and allowed to go while the 'threatening' citizen was taken down town.

    • Drazsyr FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Domo-Kun

      6 years ago

      He actual Russian.

    • buckeyedon Crackpottist

      6 years ago

      I came here to approach you about a 'Civil Liberty' issue and became caught up in your discussion with JJ.

      For Osama's 'Wrongful Death Suit' I submit William Ramsey Clark.

      There, now we can have a trial.

      Concerning the encroachment of a 'Civil Liberty' I present you this:

      The Whole "Officer Bubbles" Story: Toronto Neighborhood Responds to G20 Policing

      Granted, this is in Cañada; however, I believe that the 'Bill of Rights' can be vigorously applied here. Others do not.

      Amendment 1: Congress shall make no law ... abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

      Amendment 4: The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated...

      Amendment 6: In all criminal prosecutions ... have the Assistance of Counsel for his defence.

      One person has used this in defense of Officer Bubbles:

      "They can also arrest for such behavior based on current case law (based on discretion). You need to remember that the next time your out at one of these things. If you do not believe me go ahead and look it up. I would use Lexus Nexis or other related legal software."

      What the really interesting part about this debate is that someone took up the mantel of 'defending' Officer Bubble's actions from the stance of established 'case law' and was not siding with Officer Bubble's or his actions.

      "I am just presenting it the way the law works right now (I hope people understand that, which I am sure they will not because they believe I am siding with the cops, which I am not). I am not defending either party in this case (because I do not care about either). I am presenting the facts as they are and how the law currently works (which obviously has major problems). Get educated on it because none of them are going to give a **** about the difference between case law, laws, real laws, fake laws, made up ones or not, right definitions, wrong definitions, and the like..."

      I am curious as to your take on this and how it may be applied to US Law when such an event happens here.

    • JJBrazman

      6 years ago

      Oh really?

      The defence that I gave last night was that Bin Laden was a self proclaimed criminal mastermind who truly believed in martyrdom and dying for the cause; his troops had demonstrated this time and time again. He had access to vast resources, was quite possibly being aided by the Pakistanis (whether local or supported by the nation), and had a large following of extremely dedicated followers. He laid plans years in advance, with meticulous detail and incredible orchestration.
      When he was found they had no idea if he was armed or not, they were still engaged in a firefight and were in hostile and in the process of searching the territory. Arguably, he was too much of a risk to be left alive.

    • JJBrazman

      6 years ago

      Thank you very much for the information, we had a debate about it at school yesterday evening.
      The motion was 'This house believes that we should not rejoice in Bin Laden's death'.

      I wasn't speaking, but I gave a speech from the floor, intended to sum up the whole discussion, in which I basically said that there are two parts of the argument; 'Was it legal' and 'do we care if it was legal or not?'.

      Personally I think that the legality, or at least the morality, of it is up in the air, but the fact is that we really don't care about the legality or morality of it when compared to the symbolic victory that we have won, even if we may have won it by dirty means.

    • JJBrazman

      6 years ago

      Thank you very much; so you're basically saying that it would have been possible to give him a trail, although it would simply have been going through the motions for the sake of bureaucracy.

      I apologise for my ignorance, but what is a military tribunal?

      I'm trying to learn as much about this as possible, both because I'm interested and because we have a debate about it this evening (although for various reasons I'm not one of the main speakers).

      I hope that you don't mind me asking you this; I am genuinely interested and I'm still not sure as to the stance that I'll take.
      At the moment I think that the circumstances were... questionable, but I'm just trying to learn as much as possible.

      Oh, and thanks especially for giving a totally unbiased answer, especially because I have seen your journal, and I know what you think about it, and I have to say that I was impressed by the way that it hasn't shown at all in your comments here or elsewhere; most people (me included) tend to use such things as an opportunity to twist things in favour of the way that we think.

    • JJBrazman

      6 years ago

      Hey Patawan,
      Sorry to come a knocking at your door about this but, as one of the only legally knowlegable people that I know, can I ask you if it would have actually been possible for Bin Laden to have recieved a fair trial?
      I was haveing a conversation about this with my family, and they all think that while it may not have been done right, he could never have actually been brought to trial.

      Thanks

      John

    • Caiti FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Velvet Scarlatina

      6 years ago

      Hey there! I'm Caiti & I'm one of the admins on the RT Live group that hosts TeamSpeak.
      I'm just letting fellow members know that TeamSpeak has gotten bigger and better and we'd love for you to join us there!

      We're hosting awesome groups such as Glowden's Storytime and we have our always active RT Live Thread.
      We're also doing some fund-raising to keep our server alive, if you have some spare internet change you can donate!

      So now you've got the links - I hope to see you within the RT Live group soon!

      Caiti

    • buckeyedon Crackpottist

      6 years ago

      I would like to see jail time.


      At the very least.

      The 'balance of powers' between the Judicial, Presidential, and Legislative branches are so out of whack that the balance is nonexistent. Whenever one branch goes beyond its bounds the other two turn a blind eye.

      The Founding Fathers are spinning.

      Henry David Thoreau is having an apocalyptic fit.

    • buckeyedon Crackpottist

      6 years ago

      Please make these things stop!

    • buckeyedon Crackpottist

      6 years ago

      Rigged Diebold Voting Machine Testimony

      Here's a bit of background about Ohio's vote rigging and illegal campaign contributions I've done up for another forum:

      Coingate and Tom Noe

      Tom Noe and Coingate

      "Thomas Noe is a Bush Pioneer fundraiser and has been involved in or connected to many different political scandals, involving a wide range of scandals including elections, fundraising, government investment, and conflicts of interest. He was found guilty for his actions in the Coingate scandal, and, separately, pleaded guilty on charges in May 2006 of money laundering in connection to his political fundraising."

      "The Republican Party

      Both Noe and his wife Bernadette Restivo-Noe have been chairmen of the Lucas County Republican party. Noe was also chairman of the 2004 Bush-Cheney election campaign in Northwest Ohio. Noe was convicted of making illegal contributions to George W. Bush's 2004 presidential campaign.

      Board of Elections

      During the 2004 election, Noe's wife Bernadette was chairman of the Lucas County Board of Elections. In the 2004 election, the county experienced extreme voting difficulties, including criminal investigations and manipulation of the recount, and many officials resigned or were suspended. The Ohio Secretary of State told Bernadette to resign or be fired. She resigned from both the Lucas County Republican Party and the Lucas County Board of Elections in December 2004."

      "Legal troubles

      Noe has been convicted in two separate, but overlapping investigations for a variety of corrupt activities in Ohio and in national politics.

      Campaign contributions

      On October 27, 2005, Noe was indicted in a federal investigation on counts of conspiracy, conduit contribution violations, and false statements.
      Noe was accused of illegally funneling $45,400 to President Bush’s re-election campaign, using "two dozen people as “conduits” to make illegal campaign contributions at a $2,000-a-seat fund-raiser in Columbus. Conduits named in a federal affidavit include Lucas County Commissioner Maggie Thurber, Toledo City Councilwoman Betty Shultz, former Toledo Mayor Donna Owens and former State Representative Sally Perz. In doing so, Noe skirted federal campaign finance funding limits while meeting a pledge to raise $50,000 for the October 30, 2003, fund-raiser. The Bush campaign later named Noe a "Pioneer" for raising at least $100,000 overall.... In addition to “conduits” who received between $1,750 and $4,000 from Noe to make either one or two contributions, prosecutors claim that the former rare-coin dealer used two people as “super-conduits,” giving them $6,000 and $14,300 that they then split with others who attended the fund-raiser." Noe is a serious criminal and now is serving a jail term of at least 10 years.

      On October 31, 2005, Noe pled not-guilty to all three charges. On May 31, 2006, Noe reversed his earlier plea and pled guilty.

      On September 12, 2006, Noe was sentenced to 27 months in a federal prison for funneling money into the re-election campaign of President Bush illegally"

      Where did the money come from for these illegal contributions?

      "Coingate is a nickname for the Tom Noe investment scandal in Ohio revealed in early 2005 in part by Toledo, Ohio newspaper The Blade. The Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation (BWC) invested hundreds of millions of dollars in high risk or unconventional investment vehicles run by people closely connected to the Ohio Republican Party who had made large campaign contributions to many senior Republican party officials.

      A rare coin investment fund has attracted particular scrutiny after it was reported that two coins worth more than $300,000 had been lost. Further investigation then revealed that coins worth $10–$12 million were missing and that only $13 million of the original $50 million invested could be accounted for. Tom Noe was convicted of running a criminal enterprise, the theft of $13 million from the fund, and of keeping a second set of books to cover for it."

      How far reaching did the contributions and cronyism go?

      "On July 13, the Ohio Supreme Court ruled 5-2 that the coin-fund records were public record and should be released, rejecting the state's argument that the information was "trade secrets" and exempt from the Ohio Public Records Act. The case was heard by five Ohio appellate court justices, as five of the Supreme Court justices recused themselves having accepted campaign donations from Noe. However, after two weeks, Ohio Attorney General Jim Petro had released only 3 of the 120 boxes of documents. The Toledo Blade, on July 28, filed a motion to find the state in contempt.

      Among the individuals subpoenaed for the investigation was Lucas County Commissioner Maggie Thurber.

      On July 29, The former chief of staff to Governor Bob Taft, Columbus lobbyist Brian Hicks, and his assistant, Cherie Carroll, were convicted of ethics violations in the widening Coingate scandal. Hicks was convicted of failing to disclose cut-rate vacations at Tom Noe's residence in the Florida Keys, and Carroll for accepting free meals from Noe at a downtown Columbus steakhouse.

      On August 18, 2005, Governor Bob Taft pleaded no contest to four misdemeanor violations of state ethics laws. Taft admitted that over seven years he failed to report 45 golf outings provided to him, including a number of events and gifts from Noe, and was assessed a $4000 fine. It was the first time an Ohio governor was ever charged with a crime while in office."

      In all we have the Governor of Ohio, the Secretary of State, and all of the State Supreme Court Justices, the Chairpersons of the Lucas County Republican Party, the Lucas County Commissioner, a former Mayor of Toledo, and many others tried and convicted of crimes and misdemeanors.

      And this is only part of what we know and what has been proven.

    • niriall FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold THE META

      6 years ago

      I know right? Ive been thinking "wow" That little milestone means nothing since everyone is under 1 million.
      But now its special. :D

    • MissZahrah FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      6 years ago

      Yeah, I admit, one of the first thoughts I actually had was WHY IS THIS EVEN NEWS!? SERIOUSLY!?

    • elpez124

      6 years ago

      If you have Morrowind for the PC and would be interested in participating in an experiment, please email Game-study@hotmail.com.

    • Freelancer The Trash Man

      6 years ago

      Where do I take that quiz for that picture on your profile description?

    • 13islucky FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      6 years ago

      Hey, I'm trying to become a lawyer. It pays to know where to get drugs.


      Fix'd?

    • 13islucky FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      6 years ago

      I do follow. But I was unaware you could use a dehydrator for that purpose. Hmm...now how do you know this?

    • MissZahrah FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      6 years ago

      oh good grief. icon_rolleyes.gif

    • 13islucky FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      6 years ago

      I'm afraid I don't follow you.

    • DaftProdigy FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Tinfoil Hatter

      6 years ago

      Your avatar is quite fitting today smile.png

    • reaper86

      6 years ago

      A fine choice! Tis my preference of the Irish spirits.

    • niriall FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold THE META

      6 years ago

      Right now we feel that anything that doesnt hurt Israel is good at this point. Weve already seen people in Egypt yelling down with the Jews, and that their former president was a Jew Lover. We will support the side that leaves Israel alone. Which is not Hamas. Or Al-Quaeda. We want these people to be free, but not at the cost of of our own safety.

      And when I say we I mean we, I am going to Israel next year and might just not come back (not that I Dont like America, I grew up here, but thats my true home). I have friends there, and family there. This is the main concern at the moment.

    • Davfallamew

      6 years ago

      Waking Life. Watch it. Much better than a Tom Cruise movie.

      Seen it. Own it. They were handing them out at some crappy car wash in St. Paul...

    • flaarda

      6 years ago

      As long as you remember that it's an acronym, you can't ever forget. (And it also helps bring some seriousness to the issue, when you have to remember what it actually stands for.) smiley1.gif

    • MissZahrah FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      6 years ago

      The UN was founded under deliriously optimistic beliefs.

    • ptath FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Actual Archivist

      6 years ago

      Getting a little off-topic from Miss Z's post, so I thought I'd shift this over to the comments section.

      As I said, the term comes from a sexual act, one that is often referred to as a demeaning act. And just because a lot of people do it doesn't make it right. I'm not here to discuss the points of the Tea Party movement or whether they're right or wrong. It just seems to me that referring to people as a demeaning sexual act transfers to those persons you are referring to those same feelings.

      I've caught myself referring to or thinking about my political opponents in rather unflattering and nasty terms, so I know how easy it is to do so, especially when receiving reinforcement for those terms from other sources. As such, I've been making an effort to police my own word usage. The only reason I brought this issue up with you is that I've heard from members of the Tea Party how much they dislike that term and also how other individuals in other groups have been called nasty terms and their similar feelings.

      I don't want you to feel that I'm going after you or attacking you or anything. This is an issue I've encountered in the past and is one that I feel we could all benefit from addressing. This isn't, however, a hill I'm planting myself on in preparation of dieing on it for its defense.

    • Drazsyr FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Domo-Kun

      6 years ago

      I thought so, but didn't remember asa I thought there were no spartans with EVA helmets in it. The fact that it was hand drawn also made me place doubt, since I only saw the entirety of legends once when it came out.

    • Radius55 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Site Admin

      6 years ago

      Yeah. If I hadn't been in the Doctor's that day then I would have probably ignored it until it got bad. And thank God I have the pneumonia vaccine.

    • buckeyedon Crackpottist

      6 years ago

      One of the points of defense against allowing access to the doctor's medical records was that he benefits, like everyone else, a patient's right to medical privacy.

      The biggest problem that the Court had with the prosecutor in the PCT case is that there wasn't a crime that could be committed in the State of Ohio with said tools.

      I didn't know that PBS did a broadcast the proceedings. I just happened to come across them this morning when I couldn't sleep. Much better than the infomercials that were on.

      I may have to figure out how to program the recorder for this.

    • buckeyedon Crackpottist

      6 years ago

      The policy holder (and others) in a class action suit against Erie Insurance and whether insurance companies are obligated to send out notices of all possible options without a claim having been filed (this one is - in my opinion - nothing but a gold digging lawyer).

      Arguments were heard on whether a doctor has the right of his own medical confidentiality in a case where a patient contracted Hepatitis during an operation. Basically, does the recently infected patient have a right to a doctor's medical records.

      Possession of criminal tools when a crime had not been committed and said potential crime isn't considered one in the state of Ohio. In this case, the person had a misdemeanor amount of pot in his possession (and Ohio is quite liberal in what is considered an amount for personal use). The lawyer was trying to establish that the person could be charged with criminal tools because he may have been able to commit a felony. At one point they were discussing Ohio's definition of 'crime' and pedantically going over exactly how sentences were parsed in statutes and how they referred to other statutes and how the first sentence in one statute that refers to another statute precludes definitions in statutes.



    • buckeyedon Crackpottist

      6 years ago

      Concerning the case about the guy who shot a burglar dead in his home and faced no charges (Castle Law reigns in Ohio) for the shooting but faced charges of growing pot in his house:

      The judge was going to give the defendant community control for a number of years, but the populace in the neighborhood did not think this was harsh enough and petition the court to impose actual jail time. Their reasoning was that they didn't care if the defendant smoked pot, or grew pot, or sold pot. What they cared about is that he did so in their neighborhood which brought the criminal elements into their neighborhood.

      The judge sentence him to 3 years with the possibility of getting released in 9 months.

      I recently was able to close out my mother's estate (which had been going on for over 2 years and 9 months). What drug out the estate (which could have been finalized in Sept. '09) was the willful ignorance and lack of due diligence upon the parts of the lawyers and accountants. Had it not been for my attention to detail and spreadsheet powers I would have had an even more difficult time with this case.

      How pedantic was this case?

      I had to petition the Federal Reserve (through one bank) for copies of electronic transfer checks (and yes, there are actual checks that they use to do said transfers) from one bank to another bank because simple bank statements were not 'adequate' enough. I had to get a signed statement from a Bank officer stating that they do not issue monthly statements if there is no activity in an account (and listed the months that had no activity).

      I must say that watching the Ohio Supreme Court in action was interesting, especially with the way the panel of Judges handle both sides of each case presented to them. It was obvious (to me) when a lawyer was either not fully prepared on a point of contention, or when that lawyer was using something that wasn't directly relevant to the case at hand.

      How these Judges keep from giving these lawyers a verbal smackdown for giving the Court System another black eye is beyond me and I commend them for how they handle this. I was very relieved to see them quick to point out when a Class Action Suit would cause a precedent that would have deep (and possibly catastrophic) consequences through not only the industry involved in the case, but throughout the Court System itself.

      Dotting your i's and crossing your t's (and making sure the commas are properly placed) isn't enough in the world of Law. You better have a thorough knowledge of what you are dealing with and you better due more than your own due diligence in each case.

      I applaud you on your chosen profession and do not envy your road ahead.

      Good luck and keep us posted!

    • buckeyedon Crackpottist

      6 years ago

      Good observation - no flight.

      Unless we can ride a Dragon.

      Hmmm...

    • buckeyedon Crackpottist

      6 years ago

      I cannot wait.

    • Izzi

      6 years ago

      The iPhone isn't out yet for Verizon, but word is it should be in a month or so. They've at least been working on the release even if I don't know when that will actually happen.

    • Newbs FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Uncle Slam

      7 years ago

      Lol the Vikings aren't even a consolation prize...oh well we won't have to deal with them next year when they move to Los Angeles

    • Mad_Irishman FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      7 years ago

      Honestly, if you put some time into it you could beat AC2 in a few days. It's definitely better than AC1, but it is much easier.

    • buckeyedon Crackpottist

      7 years ago

      I came across this interesting video concerning banking, debt, and money while seeing how viral Silver is currently becoming:

      www.youtube.com/watch?v=6moe-mRDkDs&feature=related

      Google 'Crash JP Morgan Buy Silver'. This started going viral yesterday.

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