I Just Wanted To Say...

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Location: Georgia, United States

I am me. More than I was, less than I will be. This is difficult. Facts-female, southern, mother and grandmother. Abstract-a Christian, a loner, intelligent, somewhat arrogant, impatient with stupidity, an unusual sense of humor.



I have officially become an addict.

World of Warcraft

All people, beware. Run, good citizens, from the Abomination as it travels the road into your life.

I will not provide a link. There is still a little control of my mind available to me. I still have enough of my soul left to broadcast this warning before I am finally consumed.

Farewell. (For now, or at least until I get bored.)


I want, I want....

This book by author P.J. O'Rourke----

Peace Kills - America's Fun New Imperialism,

because of quotes like this:

When other countries demand a role in the exercise of global power, America can ask another fundamental American question:

You and what army?



File under-Too much information.

When a jury is selected for any type of case, there are usually alternates selected in case one of the regular jurors has to be dismissed for any reason. Some judges don't use them however. The judge I work for at one time preferred not to use alternates, if the attorneys involved had no objections. He felt that it was hard on the alternate to sit through the trial and not get to participate in deliberations and it simply cost more to use alternates that not.

But something happened to change all that.

A civil trial had begun and since both the attorneys had agreed, there were no alternates and they would use a jury of six instead of the twelve that are standard on civil juries.

The case proceeded smoothly and around noon, the judge broke for lunch and told everyone to be back at 1:30 to start again.

Around 2:00, I heard the judge say that they would take a break. This was unusual, since they had only been back in session for half an hour.

The judge, deputy and court reporter came into the office and the court reporter looked at me and said, "She could go." I was a little confused and asked where.

It seems that one of the jurors was feeling unwell and had asked to go to the bathroom. So the judge asked me to check on her. I went into the bathroom and she was sitting on the little bench in there and it was obvious she was not well at all. Her face was gray, she was sweating profusely and she was breathing so rapidly I thought she would hyperventilate.

I was concerned that she was having a heart attack or stroke and asked her if she had felt unwell all day or had she suddenly started feeling sick. She said she was fine before lunch, but she and some of the other jurors had gone to lunch together and now she felt horribly sick. At this point, I figured she might have eaten something that disagreed with her and I asked her what she had eaten for lunch.

She was bent over, holding her stomach as she lifted her head to answer me. Instead of words, out of her mouth came a stream of vomit. I have heard of projectile vomiting, but have never before this point actually seen anyone do it. It must have gone a full six feet, because it went all the way to the wall on the opposite side of the bathroom. It splattered on the walls, the floor, the sink and unfortunately, all over my shoes.

Although I can handle the sight of blood and bone, of cuts and scraps, the sight and smell of vomitus usually causes an immediate sympathetic gag reflex. But not today.

Standing there in the bathroom with this very ill woman who had just vomited everywhere, all I could think of was, "You know, a verbal response to that question would have been sufficient."

I got her some wet paper towels, and I got me some wet paper towels. I cleaned her face and my shoes and went out to talk to the judge. He asked how she was and I looked him in the face and said, "She vomited on my shoes."

I will not ever forget the look on his face when I said it. He was completely and totally horrified.

She, of course, had to be removed from the jury and sent home, which left us with only five jurors and no alternates. The judge would have had to declare a mistrial if the attorneys had not agree to go with the remaining five.

And to this day, he has never again even mentioned not using alternates on juries. He sometimes tells the story to jurors who complain about being the alternate in order to help them understand the importance, the necessity and the purpose of having alternates on a jury.

And I have never forgotten what it was like to clean puke off my shoes.


Some days, I just really feel short.


File under-How do they manage to survive on a day-to-day basis?

I was taking calls for another judge's secretary this morning. I thought I had some odd folks calling our office, but her calls go far beyond odd.

I'm sure when she comes back and talks to some of these people, she will hear about how mean a person I am. But it got to where I couldn't stand it.

Two instances:
First, a woman called and was mumbling so badly that I told her she'd have to speak up and speak more clearly. She got all offended and said "What do you mean "I have to speak up. I don't have to do what anybody tells me to."
"You will if you want me to be able to understand you."

Second, a call from a male who was calling for a female on probation. He talked about how she was having so many problems that she was even talking about committing suicide and he really needed to talk to the judge about it. By this time, I was tired of these people and I told him that if she was talking about committing suicide, he needed to talk to a mental health professional more than he needed to talk to a judge.

That may seem harsh, but it was correct. Add to that the fact that about once every two weeks, we get calls similar to that one. There are those who don't understand that once they plead guilty or are found guilty of a crime, there are only two options. Jail or probation. If you can't handle probation, then jail time is the only other option. When informed of that, most people seem to have a change of heart about not being able to handle probation.


Cut off at the Knees

After the House Republicans called Representative Murtha and the Democratic party's bluff on his proposed resolution for a withdrawal of American troops from Iraq by presenting their own "cut and run" bill calling for an immediate withdrawal; the House Democrats, led by Nancy Pelosi, tried to do what Democrats do best when faced with a fight. They tried to cut and run by blocking the motion so they could go home for the Thanksgiving holidays without having to vote on the Republican resolution.

Captain Ed at Captain's Quarters live-blogged the vote and at one point was concerned that the Democrats would succeed in blocking the motion and avoiding the vote. Every single Democrat voted to try and block the motion. But, ta-da, they didn't get away with it and were forced into a vote. The resolution for an immediate withdrawal from Iraq failed 403-3. (At least three Democrats had the courage of their convictions and voted what they truly believed. I can respect that even while I disagree with their opinion.)

The House Democrats are now crying "no fair, no fair" and accusing the Republicans of "politicizing the war". Either hypocrisy or stupidity on their part, but I am happy to hear them publicly voicing their complaints.

"Democrats said it was a political stunt and quickly decided to vote against it in an attempt to drain it of significance. "A disgrace," declared House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif. "The rankest of politics and the absence of any sense of shame," added Rep. Steny Hoyer of Maryland, the No. 2 House Democrat. "

"Rank politics and no shame?" Why, Rep. Hoyer, don't be so jealous. I'm sure, given a little time, your party can come up with something more rank and shameless than this.

The Republicans, as a body politic, have finally done something I can admire, because it is something I would do.

I have always enjoyed playing the game (whatever it might be) by the rules my opponent sets for himself. And then winning.


Diamonds everywhere.

I got up about 5:00 this morning and went into the kitchen to get something to drink. I have a large bay window in my kitchen and the light coming through it was incredibly bright. I stepped over to look out .

Above the dark tree-line across the street, there was a full moon. It was very large and very bright against a perfectly clear, luminescent gray sky. That alone was spectacular to see.

But last night, we had our first frost of the season and the lawn and the bushes outside the window were covered with frost. The light from the moon was reflecting off each leaf and each blade of grass. And everywhere you looked, it seemed as if millions of diamonds had been scattered. I stood there for a while, focused completely on the intense and powerful beauty of it.

Even now, if I close my eyes, I can still see that breathtaking beauty of light, of moon, of diamonds made of frost.


Paying attention to this---

Referencing the United Nations and the "International community's" desire to gain control over the internet-

TUNIS, Tunisia-UN Summit on the Information Society

"Since the latest round of talks began Sunday, the specific wording of the summit's draft declaration has evolved from "international management of the Internet," written by Pakistan, to far less specific language. "

"Washington set a course for confrontation when it declared in June that it will retain such oversight indefinitely, despite what many countries thought was a longstanding policy to one day completely turn the function over to ICANN."

I do not even want to think about what would happen if the UN and the "International Community" ever gained control of the Internet.

I have serious personal misgivings about their self-proclaimed concern over the differences between the haves and the have-nots. And the concept of certain foreign governments (China and Iran?) being given the ability to "police the Internet" would be completely ludicrous and almost unbelievable if it were not for the reality of Libya being given a seat on the United Nations Human Rights Commission and Robert Mugabe being invited to address the UN Summit on World Hunger because he knows what it is like to have a nation suffering from hunger (of course he knows, he and his thugs took land away from the white farmers and gave it to people who had no idea of how to manage and tend it.)

The countries leading the calls for control of the internet to be internationalised, under the aegis of the UN, are the same ones that have led the way in censoring their own citizens.
Remarkably, for a meeting called the World Summit on the Information Society, there will not be a single seminar or discussion panel held on freedom of expression. "The internet is not just a technical issue," Julian Bein, of the media watchdog Reporters Without Borders, told The Independent yesterday. http://news.independent.co.uk/world/science_technology/article327341.ece

The fact that the world's largest and most corrupt bureauracracy, composed as it is of a number of oppressive regimes, wants control of the internet doesn't come as much of a surprise. I understand their motivation. They want to control the flow of information.

The fact that the United States is opposed to letting the internet pass into the control of the UN also doesn't surprise me. I understand their motivation. They don't want control to pass into the hands of countries who want to control the flow of information.

I admit to be somewhat surprised though, at the European Union's willingness not only to go along with the idea, but to actively work to make it happen.

The EU has been mediating between the United States and a group of countries including China and Iran that have sought to replace ICANN with a multi-country group under U.N. auspices.

Why? The most simplistic explanation is that the EU wants to replace the US as the dominant world power and feels that a step in accomplishing that goal is to remove control of the internet from the US. But are they so narrowly focused on that goal that they can't or won't see the potential negative consequences of having the UN controlling the internet? I'm not convinced.

Logic tells me that before a drastic step is taken, the process should be carefully thought out and the consequences seriously considered. Pros and cons weighed in the balance.

Personal experience tells me that I over-reach when I expect logical thought. There are few individuals and even fewer governments who use logic or even careful consideration of consequences. It seems to be all about political expediency. Or maybe it's financial expediency.

The untapped potential income to be generated from taxing the internet could be another incentive for the EU to take it away from the US.

Whatever their reasoning (if any), I can only hope that the United States holds to its intention to retain control for the foreseeable future.



I must be losing it.
I am not fond of reality shows of any kind or type, but I have become interested in a show on A&E television called Dog, The Bounty Hunter. It's about a family of bounty hunters in Hawaii.

Dog(Duane Chapman) is the main man. He is one tough man. Long, blond hair, big tough body, tattoos and he wears black. Dog's wife and a couple of his sons are also part of the team. His wife, Beth, is impressive. She is blond, with big, big boobs(big) and a super-tough attitude and a sharp brain.
A blurb from A&E's website--
Considered the greatest bounty hunter in the world, Duane "Dog" Chapman has made over 6,000 captures in 27 years.
These people are walking stereotypes. But in spite of the black clothes, bad language, tough attitudes and job with a bad reputation, I like them.
They take their job seriously, but not themselves. They are tough because they have to be, but kind when they need to be. And there are no excuses. These are the type of people I admire.


Did they mean to be funny?

One of the deputies came into the office today and asked to me to find out if there was a State Rock for Georgia. A quick search led me to a site called 50States.com. I was scrolling down the Georgia page when I noticed this.

Permanent Residents: Find A Grave

I laughed for a very long time.

Some days, I just can't stand it.

We started a jury trial yesterday morning and had closing arguments and the jury charge yesterday about 5:00pm. The jurors reported back to begin their deliberations at 9:00am this morning.

At 9:40, the foreman handed the bailiff a piece of paper with a question on it for the judge.

"What is the difference between 5mm and 3 mm?"

That would be 2mm.


The Zionist lobby in France?


Iran's Association of Muslim Journalists, a government-approved association, is condemning the violation of Muslims' civil rights in France and calling on the French government to cooperate with Tehran in establishing a fact-finding commission to investigate the conditions of French Muslims.
"We suppose that the French government has carried out the recent discriminatory and anti-human rights acts under the influence of the Zionist lobby in France to limit the social and personal freedoms of the Muslims residing in the country, which is quite unacceptable on the part of a country that claims to be democratic," said the statement carried by Iran's official Mehr news agency. It continued: "The rough treatment of black people whose countries were colonized by France for decades shows that colonialism is still dominant in the policies and the thoughts of the officials of France, who claim to uphold freedom and patience. The Association of Muslim Journalists wishes to express its protest about the organized suppression of poor Muslims residing in the suburbs of Paris, who have been living as second-class citizens and deprived of social and political rights for many years."
“Therefore, the Association of Muslim Journalists, as a non-governmental organization, seeks to establish a fact-finding commission to study the situation of Black Muslims in France and hopes that the French government will cooperate by granting them visas.”
Is that the Twilight Zone theme music I keep hearing?


Thanks. I think.

While checking out sites with commentary on the Paris riots, I followed some links to this one . The commentary was interesting, but it was the dedication that really caught my attention.

This blog is dedicated to the world of bloggers, many of whom exhibit more than mild symptoms of various personality disorders.

Thinking it over, I have to agree with him. But hey, it's a great form of therapy and it's a lot cheaper than visiting a psychiatrist. I mean, it works for me.

What a picture says...

Interesting picture posted at The Officer's Club of the Korean Peninsula at night. Take a look at communism and capitalism side by side.

Not a clue about what to do.

After the eleventh day of rioting in France, and the apparent inability of the French government to form any effective response, all I can think of is a scene from the movie Robin Hood, Men in Tights.
Comedian Richard Lewis plays Prince John Lackland and in one certain scene, when faced with a crisis, he wrings his hands and rolls his eyes and laments in anguished tones, "What to do? What to do?".