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  1. Happy Birthday Gillio!

    Happy Birthday!
  2. Fashion thread: updating classics

    You can get a natural manicure at any nail salon.Instead of polish, request a shiny buff. Every other week is standard maintenance. Use some CND Solar Oil on your nails and cuticles at night followed by hand cream. It will aid with the splitting and the dry cuticles.
  3. Better Call Saul

    I think you stated it perfectly. BCS is excellent, but at this point, it is not as compelling as BB. The only time I thought BCS came close to the same level of intensity and pathos was theopening sequence of Season One, Episode One.
  4. Better Call Saul

    I thought the season was really excellent, but I watched every week, pining for a new episode each Tuesday. Perhaps binge watching affects how we view shows. I binge watched the first 3 1/2 seasons of Breaking Bad before I caught up, and I thought watching episode after episode ratcheted up the intensity level of an already very intense show. It's either the binge watching explanation, or I'll be forcedto examine all my aesthetic sensibilities.
  5. Dating: Hell is Other People

    You are not wrong, particularly given the criminal aspect/loss of licensure (for some) that could occur with the breaking and entering option. However, the quality oflocale of these assignations is rather woeful. Without rapid improvement, you may next be seeking board advice about the palatability ofa bar washroom rendezvous as compared to a liaisonin a coffee house storage room.Of course, it is possible that the quality of these assignations is such that locale is almost irrelevant.
  6. Knife found at OJ Simpson's old house

    Quoting Patricia Williams, a Columbia University law professor, "it is important to remember that in any justice system, a person can be both guilty and railroaded." In this case, the collection of evidence and chain of custody was a mess, and the prosecution performed badly, especially with the addition of Mark Fuhrman as a witness and the glove debacle. As some learned pundit on NPR pointed out a few years ago, to look at this case in isolation is an incorrect perspective. To look at the case against OJ as one occurring in LA, which was reconstructing itself after the Rodney King verdict, is a more appropriate approach. Certainly, OJ's plight in that the case against him seemed to be tainted from the beginning struck a chord with black jurors in LA. So, while the verdict may have been correctgiven the case against him, my opinion is thatOJ killed Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman. I also agree with ToL'sstatements regarding the tapes of the repeated 911 calls that Nicole made throughout her marriage. They were a horror to hear, and again demonstrate the failure of police and our legal system to address appropriately domestic violence situations. The police officer keeping a knife found at the scene is beyond bizarre and sickening.
  7. Dating: Hell is Other People

    It depends on what you want. If you want him to stay around, then you will be nebulous about your willingness to commit. If you state that you like spending time with him, but you are not a person for whom commitment is a desirable goal, then he may go, or he may stay for awhile believing that he will sway you (because, as you note, the horrible societalexpectation is thatall women want a commitment). If he is indeed experiencing one level of emotion while you are not and will not, he will be hurt. There's not really much you can do to change that fact, so treat him ethicallyas you would want to be treated if you were in his situation (so much easier said than done).
  8. Come see us then. Youhave a place to stay; you know that.
  9. Lily is a wonderful date, and we actedas advisors to one of Lily's neighbors who was meeting a crush in a bar. The horror that unfolded was stunningly awful and awesome and ended with Lily, ever so gracefully,kicking the neighbor'scrush out of the bar.
  10. Was it a crime? Debatable. At play arethe competing ideas of the right to free speech under the First Amendment versus the somewhat scary and overreaching auspices of the Department of Homeland Security. The teacher and principal made a judgment call. Most likely because of liability and terrorism fears, they felt their actions were warranted. Other teachers would have spoken to the kid during or after class or would have sent the kid to the principal's office; these are also judgment calls. Imo, of interest in this story are the fact that some of the kid's classmates clearly heard him reference "ISIS" during the pledge. You can well imagine then the flip side of this tale: Classmates who heard the reference go home and tell parents about the incident; parents inquire as to what was done; classmates say kid was sent to the principal's office; parents are outraged by the lack of protection being provided by the school, threaten local school boardand/orfile suit. Also, and perhaps most significantly, the kid has not been allowed to rejoin classes, and instead is being taught in a Board of Education Annex building. The police determined there was no danger, butthe federal officials declined comment. Is the Department of Homeland Security still investigating this kid? If not, they should so state, and then perhaps the kid would be allowed to return to class. This kid's being in the limbo of DHS' declining to comment disturbs me the most.
  11. The pledge was written as an assignment from the owner of the Youth’s Companion to a socialist minister, Francis Bellamy. In context, at the time it was written, the Civil War had ended a mere 30 years prior, and the owner of the youth magazine was into patriotism and national unity, which is very right-winged now, but at the time, was most likely a rather liberal stance. The 1892 version that Bellamy wrote began, “I pledge allegiance to my flag.” The “my” was eventually dropped in 1923 because the thought was the flood of immigrants to the US would be pledging loyalty to the flag of their country of origin. Eisenhower added the “under God” mess, and thankfully, the Bellamy salute that looked almost exactly like the Heil Hitler salute was dropped too. The writing of the pledge and the changes thereto make sense when viewed in historical context. Present day, the Supreme Court has already ruled that school children cannot be made to recite the pledge or punished for failing to do so. So, Scot, you know there is no need to recite the pledge if you don’t want to. I’m certain there are social constraints that make it difficult or strange for you not to do it, but that is more difficult to police. (There is an internal inconsistency with your reciting the Boy Scout Oath with its duty to country and God and not reciting the Pledge of Allegiance as Nestor deftly noted, but we all harbor inharmonious thoughts, I suspect.) As for the kid who inserted ISIS, calling the police, given our own historical context, may have been correct, or it may have been an overreaction. That is difficult to gauge, and no one wants to be the idiot who does not alert authorities when a kid does that and then bombs the place. Kids certainly do have all sorts of fun with the words of the pledge, and perhaps he was joking. Not too smart of him to do, but the police acted appropriately at least. As for the pledge itself, “pledging” is somewhat strange and certainly not my favorite part of what was written. I prefer the 1892 version with "my flag" and no "under God" if one feels compelled to pledge.I didalways likethe end of the pledge best—liberty and justice for all. That idea, in and of itself, is not a bad thing.
  12. "I masturbate in the shower because my action figures judge me. Especially the Justice League." SlingBlade, from Tucker Max's Assholes Finish First

  13. Happy birthday Lily Valley!

    Happy Birthday, Lily!
  14. Inigima Birthday Vanity Thread

    Happy belated birthday!
  15. Jury Duty

    Lily, I told you that not all attorneys are good at jury selection. Lawyers who never see the inside of a courtroom don't need to be good at it, but yes, the ability to conduct voir dire should be within a litigator's skillset. This isn't something taught in law school generally, unless you have participated in a clinic, taken Trial Advocacy, or worked with a judge. Jury selection is learned by watching good attorneys pick juries and, as Sologdin mentioned, working with jury consultants can help. There are books on the subject; CLEs devoted to the topic; and articles written about it. Most of all, though, attorneys learn to select juries by simply doing it again and again. Some basic attorney tips: 1. An attorney starts trying a case during jury selection. This is the time to build rapport, to educate jurors about your case by formulating your questions properly, and to find and eliminate unfavorable jurors. 2. Attorneys learn by doing, and jury selection is no exception. 3. Lecturing prospective jurors is a turn-off. Asking questions and then listening to the answers is key. Here is where establishing a rapport begins. 4. Attorneys must realize a jury pool knows each other a bit by the time they get to the jury box. If an attorney acts disrespectfully to any potential juror, he or she risks them all getting pissed off. 5. If a potential juror expresses an off-the-wall view, for example, the police are always right, the attorney should not shut the person down. Rather, the attorney should ask questions of the juror to get the person to expand on his or her views, listen attentively, and then thank the person. The attorney should then ask how many people agree with that view. You find out far more information that way. 6. The prospective jurors should be doing most of the talking, not the attorneys. A bad voir dire is one in which an attorney is talking a lot. 7. A catch-all that MacCarthy's Bar Rule summarizes as "talk in jury selection as you would talk in a barroom." This means use plain words; do not condescend; and do not act superior. There are many more tips to note, such as getting rid of the script, but this should give you a (very brief and incomplete) idea of what the attorneys should be doing. If they are not, is it possible they are new? Could they have very little trial experience? It is also possible they could just be bad.