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How About Larry the Cucumber?

Monday, November 17th, 2014

Bob the Tomato, Larry the Cucumber and Junior Asparagus. They were soon to be on the screen, following their theme song, “Never ever ever ever ever been a show like VeggieTales”.

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The VeggieTales are an example of an initial idea that was going the wrong direction until improvements were made, which turned it into a tremendous success. Overcoming difficult beginnings.  Wiki tells us that VeggieTales is an American series of children’s computer animated films that featured anthropomorphic vegetables (had to look that up. means vegetables with human form).  Their episodes frequently tell Bible stories in a modern pop culture way.

Here’s why they are part of the blog. It’s because their story arose out of mistake and difficulty to a continuing and thriving TV enterprise. Then, the rights of a contract stepped into the program to change the content.

The show was initially created by Phil Vischer and Mike Nawrocki, who also provided many of the voices. Vischer was testing out new computer hardware in the early 90′s. Due to the limitations of the hardware for animation purposes, he decided to avoid being too technical in creating characters with arms, legs or hair.

So, his first character was a talking candy bar. His wife suggested that he change the main character because parents would rather focus on good healthy eating rather than a friendly candy bar. So, the characters became fruits and vegetables.

The shows were originally just sold on video. Then, NBC picked them up as part of their Saturday morning program and the series aired from September 2006-2009. Then it began airing on Trinity Broadcasting Network. Now, Netflix has announced that it has joined its programming this month.

NBC removed any mention of God in the programs, including removing the original ending of each show that contained, “Remember kids, God made you special and he loves you very much!”. NBC was more comfortable with an ending that simply had a character saying “Good-bye!.

Because they owned the show through contract, they could determine the content. So, what had been a religious program was now being shown as a positive message for kids.  That meant that Archibald Asparagus could not star as Jonah. Still, they can’t stop Jimmy and Jerry Gourd or Madame Blueberry from being part of a Bible story in their past episodes.

So, will Netflix show all past episodes or just new?

And for pic o’ day,

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Authority is the Authority

Wednesday, October 29th, 2014

You know the old saying that everyone has a boss… even when they are the boss. I have had a judge tell me that a trial was going to be scheduled during my vacation, and that his courtroom was not dictated by my schedule. Sure enough… he was not controlled by my schedule.

This week, the National Basketball Association kicked off its season. They have 3 referees at the game calling fouls and enforcing the rules. The refs are paid significantly less than the players but they are still the authority.

The rules of evidence, just like rules in a sports contest, are ultimately the rules that govern the play. There is always authority and consequences for not obeying authority, just as there are prison inmates who would ruefully tell us that they broke the rules.

I started the blog with all of that to lead to this video below. I know that you might have a device that will make it difficult to click and watch. In brief description, it shows a boxer who was not happy with a referee counting him out and stopping the fight. Then, he punched “the authority”. I am sure there will be consequences to pay!

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Batch of Laws

Tuesday, September 9th, 2014

I have been collecting facts and laws to put in a blog or to qualify as part of DID YOU KNOW. As I was scrolling through my ideas for the blog today (that’s code for “what am I going to write?”), I realized that I probably should put together a bunch of the collection. I guess this blog is almost like a quilt. So… here goes:

In New York, it is against the law to shoot at a rabbit from a moving trolley car.

In Idaho, it is against the law for one resident to give another resident a box of candy that weighs more than 50 pounds.

In Kentucky, by law ,citizens must take a bath at least once per year. (Just as a side note, a Harris poll says that 70% of men take a shower daily. Women? 57%. Not sure of the stats in Kentucky)

In Florida, “If an elephant is left tied to a parking meter, the parking fee has to be paid, just as it would for a vehicle”.

In Alabama, “It is legal to drive the wrong way down a one-way street if you have a lantern attached to the front of your automobile”.  However, in St Johns County, lanterns and flashlights are strictly prohibited during turtle season.

And for our pic o’ day… responsibility:

responsibility

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Some Colts History Because!

Sunday, August 17th, 2014

Yesterday was my birthday. So, I almost didn’t write the blog. Then, I decided to go a different direction.

Let me warn you. The following is long. It’s a story of why the Baltimore Colts moved to Indianapolis and what happens when there is a threat of eminent domain. For Baltimore, it was crushing. So much so that the mayor cried.

Today, Baltimore blames the Colts owner even though it was his father that moved the team to Indianapolis. In additon, these fans are not troubled by their double standard in taking the Cleveland Browns from their fans and turning them into the Ravens.

Yes, this is a long blog. Probably too long. I promise to have some shorties the rest of the week. In case you can’t take the time… well here’s our pic o’ day.

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Now, the story of the Colts to Indianapolis as compiled by Brian Casserly from sources including Wikipedia, and then placed on Stampede Blue as a fan post.

Back in 1969,  Baltimore’s Memorial Stadium originally built in 1922, had grown old and was considered inadequate by both the Colts and Orioles ownership. In spite of this, in May of that year, the city of Baltimore announced it would seek a “substantial” increase in Memorial Stadium rental fees from then Colts owner Carroll Rosenbloom. Rosenbloom himself had long since called Memorial Stadium “antiquated” and had threatened to move all Colts home games out of the stadium unless improvements were made. He even considered using $12–20 million of his own money to help fund the building of a new football only stadium on land in adjoining Baltimore County. 

Flash forward 3 years to November 1971, Rosenbloom announced that the team would not return to Memorial Stadium when their lease ran out following the 1972 season and that he was not interested in negotiating with the city anymore. He wanted out of Baltimore completely. A few of the reasons being – overall team revenue, conflicts with Baltimore Orioles ownership relating to Memorial Stadium’s use and the revenues it generated, a running feud with the local Baltimore press, and his new wife’s desire to move to the West Coast. Rosenbloom had decided to either move or sell the team. 

Real estate investor Will Keland was prepared to buy the Colts from Rosenbloom and the two had moved from small talk to serious negotiations. However, ultimately Keland could not generate enough funds necessary to purchase the team, but his golfing buddy Robert Irsay, (who originally was only slated to be an investor and own 1% of the franchise) did possess the necessary funds and decided to make the purchase himself. Under the terms of the arrangement, he bought the Los Angeles Rams for $19 million, and then traded them to Rosenbloom for the Colts and $3 million in cash on July 13, 1972. Irsay would now have to overcome the same obstacles that forced Rosenbloom to quit Baltimore. 

In 1971, Baltimore mayor William Donald Schaefer and the state’s governor, Marvin Mandel, created a stadium committee to examine the city’s stadium needs. The committee’s report was a blow to Memorial Stadium. Some of the problems mentioned: 10,000 stadium’s seats had views that were “less than desirable”; 20,000 seats were out-dated bench seats that had no back support; 7,000 so called seats were actually poorly constructed temporary bleachers that were installed for football games only. Also, there was not enough office space adequate enough for the front offices of either the Orioles or Colts, much less both teams combined. Both teams had to share locker rooms, the upper deck of Memorial Stadium did not circle the field, ending instead at the 50-yard line, thousands of potential seats (and added revenue) were missing. Any expansion plans for the stadium had usually mentioned less attractive (and less expensive) end-zone seats, not upper deck seating. And the number of bathroom facilities in Memorial Stadium was deemed inadequate. 

As a result, Maryland’s planners came up with an ambitious project that they nicknamed the Baltodome,[5] the project was to create a facility near the city’s Inner Harbor known as Camden Yards. The new stadium would host 70,000 fans for football games, 55,000 for baseball and 20,000 as an arena for hockey or basketball. For an estimated $78 million, the city and both professional franchise owners would be able to build a facility that would have kept everyone happy. Unfortunately the proposal did not receive support from the State of Maryland’s elected legislature. And on February 27, 1974 Maryland’s Governor Mandel pulled the plug on the idea.

 

In response Orioles owner Jerold Hoffberger was blunt: “I will bow to the will of the people. They have told us what they want to tell us. First, they don’t want a new park and second, they don’t want a club.”

Robert Irsay on the other hand was willing to wait: “It’s not a matter of saying that there will be no stadium. It’s a matter of getting the facts together so everybody is happy when they build the stadium. I’m a patient man. I think the people of Baltimore are going to see those new stadiums in New Orleans and Seattle opening in a year or two around the country, and they are going to realize they need a stadium … for conventions and other things besides football.” 

But Hyman Pressman, Baltimore’s City Comptroller, was against using any taxpayer funds to build a new stadium for the Colts or the Orioles. And during the 1974 elections, Pressman had an amendment to the city’s charter placed on the upcoming ballot. The amendment was known as “Question P”[3] and it called for declaring “Memorial stadium (then called the 33rd Street stadium) as a memorial to war veterans and prohibited use of city funds for construction of any other stadium. ” The measure was passed by the citizens of Baltimore by a margin of 56% to 44%. 

I believe that if you reverse-engineer the entire process back and look for turning points, the franchise’s move to Indianapolis was ultimately a result of Pressman’s actions and the subsequent vote by the citizens of Baltimore. 

In 1979, Indianapolis politicians, business & community leaders were united in their desire to attract major sporting events to central Indiana. And to facilitate this they created the Indiana Sports Corp. The next year, Mayor William Hudnut appointed a committee to study the feasibility of building a new stadium that could serve as home to a professional football team. That study proved positive and in 1982 construction of the stadium (Hoosier Dome) began. 

On December 18, 1983, The Colts played what was to become their final home game in the city of Baltimore. 27,934 fans showed up at Memorial Stadium, 516 more fans than attended the team’s first home game in 1947. And by February 1983 the relationship between Irsay and the politicians in Baltimore had deteriorated significantly.

That year Baltimore Mayor Schaefer asked the Maryland General Assembly to approve a paltry $15 million for renovation to Memorial Stadium. However, the Maryland legislature did not approve the request until the following spring, after the Colts’ lease had already expired[3] and only half of that $15 million would go towards improvements that the Colts were seeking (The other half for the Orioles).

 

Then in January 1984, Baltimore’s mayor Schaefer put it bluntly: “We’re not going to build a new stadium. We do not have the bonding capacity. We don’t have the voters or taxpayer who can support a $60 million stadium. One-third of the people in Baltimore pay taxes. Unless private enterprise builds it, we won’t build it. (This appears to have been a ruse to pit the taxpayers of Baltimore against Irsay because Schaefer well knew that the city could not legally use taxpayer money to build any new stadium as a result of the aforementioned question P). 

Irsay held discussions with several cities hungry for an NFL franchise (New York, Phoenix, Indianapolis, Birmingham, Jacksonville and Memphis[11]) eventually narrowing the list of cities to two, Phoenix and Indianapolis.[12] The Phoenix Metropolitan Sports Foundation, headed by real estate developer Eddie Lynch, along with Arizona Governor Bruce Babbitt and other top Arizona officials, had secretly met with Irsay early in January 1984.[10] And preliminary talks seemed promising. Phoenix was offering a below market rate $15,000,000.00 loan and rent free use of the 71,000 seat Sun Devil Stadium on the campus of Arizona State University. A second meeting was scheduled between Irsay and the Phoenix group. But when word of a second scheduled meeting leaked out and was reported in the local Baltimore press, Irsay canceled. 

Meanwhile in Indianapolis local leaders and real estate developer Robert Welch were lobbying the NFL to bring an expansion team to the city, with Welch as team owner. But NFL Commissioner Pete Rozelle announced that expansion had been put on hold. As a result of that announcement, Indiana Pacers owner Herb Simon contacted Colts’ officials on February 1st in order to take negotiations between the franchise and the city of Indianapolis to the next level. On February 13th Michael Chernoff, vice-president and general counsel of the Colts, responded by visiting Indianapolis as well as the Hoosier Dome and expressed an interest in the possibility of relocation.

Mayor Hudnut then assigned deputy mayor David Frick to begin negotiations with Michael Chernoff. The Colts and the Capital Improvement Board of Managers of Marion County, Indiana (“CIB”), the owner of the Hoosier Dome, began discussing the possibility of leasing the Dome to the Colts. Then on February 23rd Colts owner Robert Irsay visited.

 

“He [Irsay] was visibly moved,” former deputy mayor Dave Frick said commenting on Irsay’s reaction to entering the brand new domed stadium. “Emotionally, he was making the move.” 800px-RCA_Dome

Back in Baltimore, the situation continued to deteriorate. On February 24, 1984, a bill was introduced in the Maryland Senate authorizing Baltimore officials to condemn professional sports franchises for eminent domain purposes. On March 2nd, 1984, the NFL held a special meeting in Chicago. In a privileged executive session, with Irsay and other Colt personnel absent, the League decided that it would take no action with respect to any possible move of the Colts.

The League decided that the consideration of a Colts’ move would not be a League matter. Then Irsay was allowed to enter the meeting and he stated that he was considering relocation of the team to Indianapolis specifically, but was still negotiating with both Indianapolis and Baltimore officials. The League expressed neither approval nor disapproval of the possible move. NFL Commissioner Pete Rozelle later testified: “the effect [of this League position] was that Bob Irsay could move the Colts … to whatever city he chose,” without interference from the NFL. 

On March 26th the Maryland state Senate took up consideration of the bill authorizing Baltimore to condemn professional sports franchises. And a second bill where the state of Maryland would offer Colts Owner Robert Irsay $40 million in order to purchase the team and then sell it back to local Maryland investors. The first bill called for the state to condemn the Colts and begin eminent domain proceedings taking the team from Irsay outright (an idea first floated in a memo written by Baltimore mayoral aide Mark Wasserman). In what would later be an obvious error, the Maryland politicians chose the eminent domain route first and on March 27th the Maryland Senate passed emergency legislation which authorized the City of Baltimore to condemn the Colts franchise and related properties. 

Colts owner Robert Irsay said that the move to Indianapolis was “a direct result” of the eminent domain bill and[7] Colts counsel Michael Chernoff would say of the Senate vote:

 

“They not only threw down the gauntlet, but they put a gun to his head and cocked it and asked, ‘Want to see if it’s loaded?’ They forced him to make a decision that day.”

 

Citing the recent moves by the Maryland legislature, the Phoenix group withdrew their offer. Robert Irsay then called Indianapolis Mayor Hudnut in order to expedite negotiations. Indianapolis offered the Colts owner a $12,500,000 loan, a $4,000,000 training complex, and the use of the brand new $77.5 million, 57,980 seat Hoosier Dome.[14] Irsay agreed in principle and immediately instructed Chernoff to officially conclude the Hoosier Dome lease and the loan transaction with Indianapolis’ Merchants National Bank. In addition, he instructed Chernoff to move all the Colts’ property from Owings Mills, Maryland, to Indianapolis immediately. In turn Mayor Hudnut called his neighbor and friend, John B. Smith who was the chief executive officer of Mayflower Transit, an Indiana-based moving company, and Hudnut asked him for assistance.

That evening, Chernoff flew to Baltimore with an agent of Mayflower Transit to coordinate the move. Twenty-two Mayflower trucks along with Mayflower personnel arrived and they worked through the night of March 28-29 at the Colts’ Maryland training complex, loading most of the team’s physical possessions – including both office and athletic equipment. The obvious motivation for the overnight move was the realization that the following business day, the Maryland House of Delegates would also approve the eminent domain bill which if signed by the Maryland Governor, would result in Irsay losing ownership of his NFL franchise.

 

By 10:00 AM on the 29th the Colts franchise was completely gone from Baltimore.

 

That day the Maryland House of Delegates did indeed pass the Eminent Domain bill by a vote of 103-19 and the legislation taking control of the Colts was then sent to Maryland Governor Harry Hughes who signed it immediately.

 

Departing Maryland, each of the Mayflower trucks took a slightly different route on the way to Indianapolis in order to confuse the Maryland State Police, who could’ve been called on to put a stop to the move. Once each van was at the Indiana state line, it was met by Indiana State Police, who escorted each van to the Colts new home in Indianapolis.MAYFLOWER

Later that day the City of Baltimore officially served a letter upon the Colts at the team’s corporate headquarters in Skokie, Illinois, offering to purchase the team for $40 million. The offer, which terminated at noon the next day, was not responded to. That evening Baltimore’s Mayor Schaefer, appeared on the front page of the Baltimore Sun in tears.

 

After the Colts left and in spite of his earlier stance that the city of Baltimore would not build a new stadium,[6] the politician immediately prioritized the building of a brand new stadium. Putting it at the top of his legislative agenda.[7] On March 30th the Mayor and City Council of Baltimore enacted Emergency Ordinance No. 32, and immediately filed a condemnation petition in the Circuit Court for Baltimore City, attempting to acquire the Colts by eminent domain. Something the United States District Court would later rule was illegal. Later John Moag, Jr., chairman of the Maryland Stadium Authority, stated in sworn testimony before the U.S. Senate subcommittee responsible for the Fan Freedom and Community Protection Act:

 

“It was the failure of our local (Baltimore) and state elected officials in Maryland to provide the Colts with a firm proposal for a new stadium that led Mr. Irsay to accept an offer from Indianapolis to play in a new dome in that city.”

 

Indianapolis Mayor Hudnut held a press conference March 29 to announce an agreement had been reached and the team was on its way to Indianapolis. The deal was sealed March 30th with approval by the Capital Improvement Board, which operated the Hoosier Dome. Two days later, 20,000 new Colts fans cheered as Mayor Hudnut proclaimed March 29, 1984……”one of the greatest days in the history of this city.”

 

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A Bit of This and That

Wednesday, July 9th, 2014

The Lord’s Prayer is 66 words; The Gettysburg Address is 286 words; and there are 1,322 words in the Declaration of Independence. Compare that to government regulations for the sale of cabbage…  26,911 words.

In chess, “Checkmate” comes from the Persian phrase “Shah Mat,” which means “the king is dead”.

Characters Bert and Ernie from Sesame Street were named after “Bert the cop” and “Ernie the taxi driver” from the movie Its A Wonderful Life.

Here is an unusual law as an idea for profit: If you bring a raccoon’s head to the Henniker, New Hampshire town hall meeting, you are entitled to receive $.10 from the town.

Psychology surveys tell us that 98% of U.S. drivers think they drive better than anyone else. Hmm!

Kansas once had a law that declared it illegal to serve ice cream on cherry pie. I am uncertain if that was out of respect for the ice cream or the pie.

And for pic o’ day sent from Amy M….

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Batman and Facebook

Monday, June 30th, 2014

How do you like that for a combination blog title? First, Facebook. It has to do with a fourth amendment argument versus government access. Plus, a bit of a fraud argument sprinkled in.

From the NY Times comes the story of Facebook fighting for its members… and for itself! Facebook is contesting subpoenas and search warrants issued by the Manhattan District Attorneys’ office that are seeking Facebook information regarding 381 people. Prosecutors are claiming that some police officers, fire fighters and other government workers are currently receiving disability benefits without really being disabled.

The Prosecutors claim that Facebook entries from the individuals will show that they are not truly disabled, based on activities discussed and pictures included in the individual accounts. Facebook initially lost in the lower level court, in the fight to keep from producing the account information. Now, they have appealed. The case places the argument of Fourth Amendment right to be free from unreasonable searches by the government, against the needs of prosecutors to seek evidence from digital sources where people normally store their most sensitive data.

Clearly, Facebook does not want to have its members feel like personal information can be legally “taken”. That might cause members to stop using the service. As a possible reference, the U.S. Supreme Court recently ruled 9-0 that cellphone information was so vial to people’s lives that police could not just enter someone’s house and take their cellphone without a warrant. Maybe such concerns of privacy will apply to Facebook’s argument.

DID YOU KNOW that there are reportedly 18.6 million vacant homes in the U.S. and 3.1 homeless people.

And now for Batman pic o’ day:

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New Bike and Text Laws

Sunday, June 29th, 2014

Virginia pinpoints July 1 as the day that new laws take effect that were passed in the past General Assembly session. WTOP.com summarizes several laws right here. For the purposes of this blog, I thought I would point out two new laws relating to travel. Specifically, new laws regarding bike riders versus cars; and drivers who text while driving.

First, SB1222 merged into law showing that the Senate and House were in agreement to increase penalties for texting. As of Tuesday, police can now stop and ticket drivers for texting as a sole offense; rather than having to stop them for something else, and adding texting as a seccondary offense.

The fine for texting now increases from $20 to$125. In addition, the law also provides greater fines for texting if the violation also is included with a conviction of reckless driving. Obviously, the legislature has decided to put more emphasis on texting and driving. For those keeping score, six delegates voted against the bill in a 91-6 vote.

The second law discussion relates to the amount of space that a car must give a bike rider. A car or truck passing a bike must give a minimum clearance of at least three feet clearance as the car passes and is safely clear.  That distance is now increased from two feet and also applies to mobility devices, mopeds or something like a wagon that is drawn by a horse. (SB97) If word gets out on the passage of this bill, it may save lives!

DID YOU KNOW that macadamia nuts are toxic to dogs.

And for pic o’ day, a bit of pool time:

pool time

 

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The 2014 Supreme Court

Tuesday, June 24th, 2014

The NY Times has compiled a list, complete with pictures of the Justices, of Key Supreme Court Decisions in 2014. The list shows how the Justices decided the cases and the impact of those judicial decisions. Here is a quick summary:

GREENHOUSE GASES

Utility Air v. E.P.A. (June 23, 2014)

THE DECISION    The court largely upheld the E.P.A’s authority to regulate greenhouse gases from stationary sources like power plants under two permitting programs.

PREVIOUSLY       In 2007, the court required the E.P.A. to regulate greenhouse gases if it found that they endangered public health.

OUTLOOK            The E.P.A. had a good year at the court, but its more ambitious efforts to address climate change remain open to legal challenges.

MAJORITY Justice listing for this case:

For (7-2 vote): Sotomayor, Kagan, Ginsburg, Breyer, Kennedy, Roberts. Scalia Against: Thomas and Alito

DEATH PENALTY

Hall v. Florida (May 27, 2014)

THE DECISION    The court rejected Florida’s I.Q. cutoff as too rigid to decide which mentally disabled people must be spared the death penalty.

PREVIOUSLY       The case followed and refined a 2002 ruling from the court that banned the execution of the mentally disabled but left the determination largely to the states.

OUTLOOK            The decision, which may spare the lives of perhaps 20 death row inmates, is part of the court’s incremental approach to cutting back eligibility for the death penalty. Earlier decisions had spared juvenile offenders and people who commited crimes other than murder.

For (5-4): Sotomayor Kagan Ginsburg Breyer Kennedy Against: Roberts, Scalia, Thomas and Alito

RELIGION

Town of Greece v. Galloway (May 5, 2104)

THE DECISION    The court ruled that town boards may start their meetings with sectarian prayers, rejecting a First Amendment challenge from residents who said the practice offended them.

PREVIOUSLY       In 1983, the court upheld the Nebraska Legislature’s practice of starting its sessions with a prayer, saying the practice was “deeply embedded in the history and tradition of this country.”

OUTLOOK            The decision, along with earlier ones, suggests that the Roberts court is open to a larger role for religion in public life.

For (5-4): Kennedy, Roberts, Scalia, Thomas and Alito  Against: Sotomayor, Kagan, Ginsburg and Breyer  A

AFFIRMATIVE ACTION

Schuette v. BAMN (April 22, 2014)

THE DECISION    The court upheld a Michigan voter initiative that banned taking race into account  in the admission of the state’s public universities.

PREVIOUSLY       The court has said race-conscious admissions are sometimes constitutionally permissible, though under increasingly exacting standards. The new decision essentially said the practice is not constitutionallly required.

OUTLOOK            In 2013, the justices instructed an appeals court to take a fresh look at the University of Texas’ admissions practices. That case may yet return to the Supreme Court for another showdown over affirmative action.

Justice Kagan recused herself

For (6-2) Breyer Kennedy Roberts Scalia Thomas Alito  Against: Ginsburg and Sotomayor

CAMPAIGN FINANCE

McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission (April 2, 2014)

THE DECISION    The court struck down overall limits for contributions from individuals to candidates and political parties. It did not disturb base limits of $2,600 per election.

PREVIOUSLY       The court had never before struck down a federal contribution limit.

OUTLOOK            The Roberts court has been consistently hostile to campaign finance regulation. Experts say other limits are now at risk, including base contribution limits for individuals, the ban on corporate contributions (as opposed to the independent expenditures allowed in Citizens United) and public financing of elections.

For (5-4): Kennedy, Roberts, Scalia, Thomas and Alito  Against: Sotomayor, Kagan, Ginsburg and Breyer

There are still several key cases to be decided that include cellphone searches,; rights relating to streaming video of broadcast television; Contraceptive coverage in insurance plans and religion; Buffer zones around abortion clinics; and when the President may Constitutionally make recess appointments.

DID YOU KNOW that Sir Miles Partridge once played dice with King Henry VIII and bet 100 pounds against the bells of St. Paul’s Church? Partridge won… and collected the bells.

And for pic o’ day, some pictures need no caption:

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Some Crazy Laws

Sunday, June 22nd, 2014

There are many crazy laws on the books that have never been struck down. Instead, they are just not enforced. They are the kind of laws that make you stop and think… and wonder what those legislators were thinking.

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In Memphis, Tennessee, there is still a law on the books that makes it illegal for a woman to drive a car by herself. Instead, a man must walk or run in front of the vehicle while waving a red flag to warn approaching pedestrians and motorists. And no… I have no comment! (don’t blame the blogger:)

In Lexington, Tennessee, it is illegal to transport an ice cream in your pocket. Seems like a good idea.

Let’s travel to Salem, West Virginia, where it is against the law to eat candy less than an hour and a half before a church service. More food laws. In Boston, no eating peanuts in church. Of course, in Rosemead, California, it is illegal to eat ice cream in public with a fork. That dreaded ice cream fork. I still like the spork!

And let’s finish with a unique law from Virginia. In Culpeper, it is against the law to wash your mule on the sidewalk.

And for our DID YOU KNOW, we have a riddle with answer. If you have three quarters, four dimes and four pennies, you have a total of $1.19. You also have the largest amount of money in coins without being able to make change for a dollar.

Our pic o’ day:

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Friday’s “From the Notebook”.

Thursday, June 19th, 2014

Just went with a collection of stories. This is a little like a Golden Corral buffet without the ice cream.

TASER has announced that the Mesa Police Department is expanding its Body-Worn Video Program with TASER’s AXON flex cameras. They have placed an order to purchase 300 AXON body-worn cameras over the next five years. The first order includes 100 cameras and a five-year subscription to EVIDENCE.com which allows them to store the video using the backend digital evidence management system as well as several docking stations. That allows officers to automatically charge and upload their video footage after each shift.

During a one-year pilot program, Mesa Police Department tested 50 of TASER’s AXON Flex cameras and found that officers equipped with the on-officer body cameras experienced a 40% decrease in complaints and a 75% decrease in use of  force complaints. (Briefing.com)

Next, the Albemarle County Commonwealth Attorney’s Office has added a new staff member. (Daily Progress)

dog to staff

 

Theo, the Labrador Retriever,  is the office’s new courthouse dog. He was originally trained to be a wheelchair assistance dog. According to the office press release, Theo was selected to work in the office because of his ability to “defuse and de-stress” intense situations, according to Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Matt Quatrara. Theo is expected to serve as a calming presence, to bring comfort and support to victims and witnesses being interviewed by the office.

Finally, did you see that the US Patent and Trademark Office has canceled six federal trademark registrations that are owned by Washington’s NFL Redskins? The pressure continues to mount on owner Daniel Snyder to change the name of the ”Redskins”. (USA Today) How about this idea for Snyder that is being floated? Change the logo to show some red skin potatoes? OK… I can see you shaking your head. Maybe not?

Redskin potato

And for pic o’ day we turn to some poor GPS car accessory choices:

cheap GPS

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