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Archive for 26 April 2009
A little boy got on the bus, sat next to a man who was reading a book, and noticed he had his collar on backwards. The little boy asked the man why he wore his collar backwards. The man, who was a priest, said, ‘I am a Father.’
The little boy replied, ‘My Daddy doesn’t wear his collar like that.’ The priest looked up from his book and answered, ‘I am the Father of many.’
The boy said, ”My Dad has 4 boys, 4 girls and two grandchildren, and he doesn’t wear his collar that way!’
The priest, getting impatient, said. ‘I am the Father of hundreds,’ and went back to reading his book.
The little boy sat quietly thinking for awhile, and then said, ‘Maybe you should wear a condom and put your pants on backwards instead of your collar!’
It’s capper’s fault!
As one who was privileged and honored to train and hang out with the greatest warriors the world has ever known, it comes as no surprise that mighty U.S. Navy SEALS came through in the recent pirating of a U.S. Merchant Marine ship.
The best of the best saved the kidnapped captain, killed three bad guys and captured a fourth.
Those of us who cherish justice and good over evil salute the heroes of the American special ops and a commander in chief who gave the green light to do the right thing. God bless the warriors
But if common sense and logic were observed, this life-threatening damage control would not be necessary.
Ah, the adventurous captain’s dream sailing the vast oceans of the world.
I’ve got this big, hypothetical old scow, sailing from port to port, loaded up with goods to deliver to buyers. I’ve been doing it for time immemorial. Captain Nuge, reporting for duty. The last Boy Scout lives.
A Missouri Sheriff stops at a ranch in rural MO and talks with an old farmer. He tells the farmer, ‘I need to inspect your ranch for illegal grown drugs.’
The old farmer says, ‘Okay, but don’t go in that field over there.’
The Sheriff verbally explodes saying, ‘Mister, I have the authority of the Sheriff’s Department with me.’ Reaching into his rear pant pocket and removing his badge. The officer proudly displays it to the farmer.
‘See this badge? This badge means I am allowed to go wherever I wish..on any land. No questions asked or answers given. Have I made myself clear? Do you understand?’
The old farmer nods politely and goes about his chores.
Later, the old farmer hears loud screams and spies the Sheriff running for his life and close behind is the farmer’s bull. With every step the bull is gaining ground on the officer. The Sheriff is clearly terrified.
The old farmer immediately throws down his tools, runs to the fence and yells at the top of his lungs……
‘Your badge! Show him your badge, Smartass!’
Shared by Mr Ol’ Broad.
And brat sent it to me. Yes, I admit it….I’m easily amused.
That’s as close as I was getting to the sucker. Fast little bugger too.
Tennessee’s judicial system is coming under its sharpest attack in a generation, as groups of lawmakers and activists are trying to overturn the state’s process for selecting judges.
That sentence makes it sound like there is some backroom dealings going on with a group of ‘extremists’.
After a string of controversial decisions, Gov. Phil Bredesen and state legislators are divided over whether to stick with the state’s method of appointing higher court judges. That has opened the door to a constitutional amendment, and possibly direct elections to the state’s highest courts.
At stake is the future of Tennessee’s courts.
It’s not just the courts that are at stake. It’s the decisions those courts make. From recent court decisions across the country, I’m very dubious about court appointees.
“We have the rule of lawyers,” said Ned Williams, a Brentwood adoption attorney and an organizer with the Justice Reform Coalition, a state group that has been lobbying to ditch the current system. “That’s not representative of the general public.”
If anyone doesn’t believe that lawyers, like everyone else these days, have a political agenda, then they’ve evidently been hiding in a cave, under a rock, with their head stuck in the sand.
“I think we still need to have a group that is unbiased and nonpartisan who’s looking at this and saying here are the qualifications that we need for our jurists,” said Rep. Jon Lundberg, an East Tennessee Republican who has sponsored legislation keeping the commission.
See above comment. Head….sand.
But others, including Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey, say the issue needs to be put before voters. They believe that the system violates sections of the state constitution that call for elections to the judiciary, and that it has stood only because judges, who favor the system, have looked the other way.
“This is birthed in partisan politics,” Ramsey said. “I see no reason why 17 people need to decide who our next Supreme Court justice is going to be.”
Article IV, Sec 3 (TN Constitution): The Judges of the Supreme Court shall be elected by the qualified voters of the State. The Legislature shall have power to prescribe such rules as may be necessary to carry out the provisions of section two of this article. Every Judge of the Supreme Court shall be thirty-five years of age, and shall before his election have been a resident of the State for five years. His term of service shall be eight years.
Hey! I’m a qualified voter, aren’t I? Sure hope so, because I’ve been voting since I got my voter’s registration card. Why can’t I have a voice in the state Supremes?
“We have had a judicial branch which has been very well-regarded,” said Buck Lewis, Tennessee Bar Association president. “We have very little campaign spending, and people are able to get selected on their merits, not because of their political connections, because of the selection commissions.”
We are too stupid to realize this is a pile of male bovine excrement. Of course there isn’t as much campaigning, and spending money. They have fewer people to impress. When you only have to get 17 people on your side, it’s going to be a LOT cheaper than if you want an entire state to vote for you.
Others would give lawmakers more discretion over the commissions’ membership to reduce the power of lawyers groups. Still others, including Ramsey, favor wholesale reform that would give the governor discretion to choose anyone he wants for the bench, without input from lawyers.
I don’t see much difference in this and what we have now. If you have an ubber liberal, or conservative, governor, you’re going to have ubber liberal, or conservative, judges selected by the governor.
And a fourth group leans in favor of making all judgeships, from the state Supreme Court on down, elected positions chosen directly by the voters.
I would hope that if this comes back to the people, the voters will be a whole lot more informed than they have shown to be in recent elections.
Bredesen, a supporter of the selection system, also opened it to attack by criticizing the commission in 2006 for not doing enough to promote diversity on the bench. Reform advocates have used his complaints as evidence that the commissions have too much power.
As Democrats go, he could be much worse. With some serious exceptions, he’s not so bad. Those who complain about ‘diversity’ don’t seem to realize that statue of Justice blind folded is suppose to mean justice is color blind. All people should be treated the same under the current laws. So, why does it matter what is the color of the person sitting on the bench?
Under the state’s first constitution, judges were chosen by the state legislature, but in the 1850s, the constitution was amended to make all judgeships elected positions, from the lowest local courts to the Supreme Court.
That amendment has stood ever since, but its enactment has changed. In 1971, the state adopted what is now called the “Tennessee Plan,” a system by which the state’s 24 appeals court judges are appointed by the governor. The system was extended in 1994 to include its five Supreme Court justices.
Am I to understand that the state’s Constitution is being violated? Why am I not surprised? Those Constitutions have become nothing more than toilet paper in the last 40 or 50 years. No one seems to read them anymore, and if they do bother to take the time, they don’t give a flip.
After their appointment, judges must run once every eight years in what are called retention elections. In these retention elections, voters are asked only if they want to keep a judge on the bench or throw the judge off. No other candidates appear on the ballot.
So voters are asked to vote to retain a judge, that was appointed, and if they say no, then another one is appointed, who may, or may not, be just the same as the one they said no to? Odds are, as was in the case of a vote I was asked to make, I had never heard of the person, so I didn’t vote at all on him/her. Left it blank, which I really hate doing!
Only one judge has been removed through a retention election in the nearly 40 years since they were established. That was Justice Penny White, who was booted from the bench after a campaign that focused on her death penalty decisions.
One of the issues that comes to mind is the death penalty in selecting judges. After reading some about White, I have to say, it would have been wise to boot the other five judges off the state Supreme Court as well. If the repeated rape and stabbing of a 78 year old woman isn’t a reason for the death penalty, I don’t know what is. Many believe the death penalty is “unconstitutional”. I don’t happen to be one of them.
As it stands, the House is set to debate three bills in coming weeks that will extend the judicial commissions. Legislation on the issue is also moving in the Senate, where Ramsey is trying to build support for a plan that would extend the commission long enough to let voters weigh a constitutional amendment that permanently settles the issue.
Wouldn’t it be nice if The Tennessean actually stated the bills #’s, and their titles? Heaven forbid we should actually be able to investigate for ourselves.
Supporters of judicial reform are pushing hard to bring about change before their window of opportunity closes. They say they face stiff odds.
Why should it be so difficult to enforce the Constitution of the State of Tennessee? If there are ‘stiff odds’, then it could only be from those who are using Constitutions (state and national) as toilet paper.
Obviously, I’m no lawyer. I don’t even play one on TV. I don’t have enough shark DNA I suppose. I do however have a strong sense of what is right and wrong, and I am quite supportive of Constitutions. There was a darn good reason why the Founding Fathers (state and national) didn’t want so much power concentrated in one body of government.
Well, it all depends on the Republicans running, whether or not I’ll vote for ‘em.
Courtesy of Mr Ol’ Broad.
On his 100th day in office, President Obama will be “crowned” in messianic imagery at New York City’s Union Square.
Artist Michael D’Antuono’s painting “The Truth” – featuring Obama with his arms outstretched and wearing a crown of thorns upon his head – will be unveiled on April 29 at the Square’s South Plaza.
According to a statement released about the portrait, “The 30″ x 54″ acrylic painting on canvas depicts President Obama appearing much like Jesus Christ on the Cross: atop his head, a crown of thorns; behind him, the dark veil being lifted (or lowered) on the Presidential Seal. But is he revealing or concealing, and is he being crucified or glorified?”
I will NOT bow to that……person. I will NOT hail him as anything more than a lying sack of male bovine excrement! I am HIGHLY offended that he would be portrayed as any thing but an incompetent, narcissistic, child!
He is NOT holy! He is NOT the messiah! And I’m seriously starting to question if he is even LEGAL to hold the office.
Matthew 7:15 Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.
Matthew 24:11 And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many.
Matthew 24:24 For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect.
Mark 13:22 For false Christs and false prophets shall rise, and shall shew signs and wonders, to seduce, if it were possible, even the elect.
2 Peter 2:1 But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction.
I already have a Savior, and His name is NOT Barack Hussein Obama!