Thursday, October 12, 2006

A sad day...from

Jobless man asks judge for jail time

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- A man who couldn't find steady work came up with a plan to make it through the next few years until he could collect Social Security: He robbed a bank, then handed the money to a guard and waited for police.

On Wednesday, Timothy J. Bowers told a judge a three-year prison sentence would suit him, and the judge obliged.

"At my age, the jobs available to me are minimum-wage jobs. There is age discrimination out there," Bowers, who turns 63 in a few weeks, told Judge Angela White.

The judge told him: "It's unfortunate you feel this is the only way to deal with the situation."

Bowers said he had been able to find only odd jobs after the drug wholesaler he made deliveries for closed in 2003. He walked to a bank and handed a teller a note demanding cash in an envelope. The teller gave him four $20 bills and pushed a silent alarm.

Bowers handed the money to a security guard standing in the lobby and told him it was his day to be a hero.

He pleaded guilty to robbery, and a court-ordered psychological exam found him competent.

"It's a pretty sad story when someone feels that's their only alternative," said defense attorney Jeremy W. Dodgion, who described Bowers as "a charming old man."

Prosecutors had considered arguing against putting Bowers in prison at taxpayer expense, but they worried he would do something more reckless to be put behind bars.

"It's not the financial plan I would choose, but it's a financial plan," prosecutor Dan Cable said.

Friday, July 21, 2006

The Democratic "Architect"

You heard it here first, folks. Should the Democrats take back the house in November, Rahm Emanuel will be hailed the next great political "architect", much in the same fashion (but not mold) as Karl Rove.

Thursday, June 29, 2006

Hamdan Opinion

From Hotline on Call:

The End Of Interrogations?

"Ex-DOJ atty Marty Lederman believes he's discovered a gem (or a poison pill, depending on your point of view) in the Hamdan ruling:

'.... the Court held that Common Article 3 of Geneva aplies as a matter of treaty obligation to the conflict against Al Qaeda. That is the HUGE part of today's ruling. The commissions are the least of it. This basically resolves the debate about interrogation techniques, because Common Article 3 provides that detained persons "shall in all circumstances be treated humanely," and that "[t]o this end," certain specified acts "are and shall remain prohibited at any time and in any place whatsoever"—including "cruel treatment and torture," and "outrages upon personal dignity, in particular humiliating and degrading treatment." This standard, not limited to the restrictions of the due process clause, is much more restrictive than even the McCain Amendment'."
The Hamdan v. Rumsfeld opinion may be found here.

Wednesday, June 28, 2006

Flag Burning Amendment

From Hotline on Call:

"We don't usually do vote tallies here, but lots of you want to know who voted against the flag amendment.

Akaka, D-Hawaii, Bennett, R-Utah, Biden, D-Del., Bingaman, D-N.M., Boxer, D-Calif., Byrd, D-W.Va., Cantwell, D-Wash., Carper, D-Del., Chafee, R-R.I., Clinton, D-N.Y., Conrad, D-N.D., Dodd, D-Conn., Dorgan, D-N.D., Durbin, D-Ill., Feingold, D-Wis., Harkin, D-Iowa, Inouye, D-Hawaii, Jeffords, I-Vt., Kennedy, D-Mass., Kerry, D-Mass., Kohl, D-Wis., Lautenberg, D-N.J., Leahy, D-Vt., Levin, D-Mich., Lieberman, D-Conn., McConnell, R-Ky., Mikulski, D-Md., Murray, D-Wash., Obama, D-Ill., Pryor, D-Ark., Reed, D-R.I., Sarbanes, D-Md., Schumer, D-N.Y., Wyden, D-Ore.

Which led to this amusing article from Iowa. 'Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., had planned to be in Clinton on Tuesday night, but stayed in Washington, D.C., for the debate on the flag-burning amendment.'

Just in case you can't read between the lines of a local newspaper... the message is that Kerry eschewed an Iowa visit in order to stay in Washington to vote against the flag-burning amendment."

Among possible presidential contenders in 2008, six voted yes: Democrat Evan Bayh of Indiana and Republicans George Allen of Virginia, Sam Brownback of Kansas, Bill Frist of Tennessee, Chuck Hagel of Nebraska, and John McCain of Arizona. Five, all Democrats, voted no: Joseph Biden of Delaware, Hillary Rodham Clinton of New York, Christopher Dodd of Connecticut, Russell Feingold of Wisconsin, and John Kerry of Massachusetts.

I am shocked, albeit pleasantly so, that the latest incarnation of the "flag desecration amendment" failed by one vote. The ability to burn the very symbol that represents the cornerstone our country is built upon—freedom—allows us to witness the broad breadth of this inalienable right.

I'd like to publicly commend those senators who, with boldness and braggadocio, stood tall and voted for freedom. I'd also like to express my dissapointment at Florida's own Bill Nelson, who voted against freedom.

Monday, May 08, 2006

Everything I needed to know I learned in Contracts II

On lessons learned:
“What should you learn from that? That the employment world is a cold cruel place.”

On the UCC:

"Everything I need to know I learned in kindergarten is a pretty good way to think about good faith. Play well with others, put your crayons away, no biting."

On lawyers counseling business clients:
This is a lot like going up to your friend who is getting married and saying, “Have you thought about what you’re going to do if he goes insane? What are you going to do if he decides he believes in polygamy? These are the sort of things that are rude to bring up the week before the wedding.”

On damages:
“Think of people like Willy Loman. He’s emotionally damaged and he doesn’t even know it! Contract law is cold and heartless to them.”

On being all we can be:
“Security law is a big scary area. Don’t go there unless you’re well armed. It’s like the Iraq of law. If you’re going, you need to be well prepared for everything, including the heat.”

On black sheep:
“Who is going to go look at some guy on top of, essentially, a forklift with a port-a-potty and a T.V. We’ve all got relatives, maybe you all don’t.”

Wednesday, May 03, 2006

More local politics

Joe Donnelly 22347
Steve Francis 4335

Chris Chocola 17018
Tony Zirkle 7198

Steve Francis, I was proud to talk about my underwear with poll workers for you.

Monday, May 01, 2006

Vatican to Inquire about the Adoption of Contraceptives

The New York Times reports that Pope Benedict XVI has undertaken an inquiry to determine whether it would be consistent with Catholic dogma to adopt contraceptives for the purpose of disease prevention under one narrow circumstance:
"Church officials recently confirmed that Pope Benedict XVI has requested a report on whether it might be acceptable for Catholics to use condoms in one narrow circumstance: to protect life inside a marriage when one partner is infected with the HIV virus or is sick with AIDS."
Incremental? Yes. Will some argue such an exception is too narrow? Yes. Is it a step in the right direction? Yes.

Karate Politics

My boyfriend came up with a hilarious explanation of why Bush won the last comes from the Karate Kid...

There is karate yes, there is karate no, but there is no karate maybe. You walk on left sidewalk you're ok. You walk on right sidewalk you're ok. You walk in center of road you go splat.

So apparently, the karate Kid explains why democrats pretending to be like republicans can't quite win elections.

-Note, this is his opinion, not the opinion of other people on this blog unless they agree to it. I just can't picture either candidate as fitting into the Karate Kid =P.