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The last one to serve on the last jury before this joint takes its rightful place in the land of the 404 error, be sure and turn off the lights. See yah.

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Not A Biggie, Just Curious

This morning I received a somewhat obnoxious (though far from alert-worthy; that isn't what my OP here is about) PM from a member regarding a thread I participated in last night. The PM was from someone "on the other side of the aisle," so to speak (and to say the least), and he basically wanted to continue the debate from yesterday evening with me on behalf of his ideological compadre, who had lost the debate and left the thread.

It struck me as odd that he would do it via PM, rather than just wading into the thread itself, so I replied in kind and went on. But then it occurred to me that the member in question is on a "timeout," and has been since Oct. 17: he won't be able to post again until the end of November.

I thought that those on "timeouts" couldn't send PM's, besides being unable to post replies or OP's? It seems when I was on a brief "timeout" for having two hidden posts in the same day it said I couldn't post replies, OP's, OR send PM's. I looked through the info provided on juries and the like and didn't find an answer, so thought I'd mention it here. Not a big deal either way - I didn't mind the PM in the slightest - just curious.

Interesting or Possible Glitch in System re Jury Duty

I served on jury duty earlier this afternoon for this post:

I was surprised when I got put on duty for that post because, although I hadn't commented in the thread, I had "appreciated" it, left the thread, and a click or two later was sitting on the jury for it.

I'm not sure if actually is a "glitch" or not, but just thought I'd bring it to Admin's attention in any event.

Thanks for your time.

"Welcome to Arizona!" Phoenix Gun Owner Thwarts Bank Robbery, Kills Suspect

A Phoenix business owner saw a bank robbery beginning to unfold in the strip mall where he works and decided to take action to defend his neighbors. He grabbed his own gun, snatched the keys from the robber’s still running and undefended car, and laid in wait for the robbers as they left the store, toting a bin full of cash.

When they suspects emerged, the business owner opened fire.

Two armed suspects wearing masks entered the Desert Schools Credit Union near Cactus and Tatum around 3 p.m. and attempted to rob it, police said. A witness then opened fire on the suspects. It is not known if the suspects returned fire.

Authorities said one of the suspects was shot and transported to a local hospital where he died. The second suspect fled the bank and stole a vehicle from someone at gunpoint, damaging several cars as he fled.

That suspect struck a mini-van, which then ran into a wall near 44th Street and Thunderbird. Two people in the mini van were taken to the hospital with minor injuries. The suspect was taken into custody.

More at link:

Additional link to straight news story from the local TV station regarding it*:

Once again, a law-abiding gun owner stops a couple of bad guys.

*As liberals here routinely engage in the logical fallacy of instead of just arguing the facts presented, I provide this second link.

Post-Dispatch: Witness says Michael Brown's hands were never raised up high

CLAYTON, MO (KTVI) – There are new details about the police shooting of Michael Brown from a witness who has already testified before the grand jury.

Our partners at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch did not identify the man but he says after an initial scuffle in the car, Officer Darren Wilson did not fire until Brown turned back towards him.

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This story is breaking wide open this weekend as the cumulative evidence is starting to show that Officer Wilson was 100% justified that day in Ferugson.


Justices balk at last-minute voting changes

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court has allowed Texas to use its strict voter ID law in the November election even after a federal judge said the law was the equivalent of a poll tax and threatened to deprive many blacks and Latinos of the right to vote this year.

Like earlier orders in North Carolina, Ohio and Wisconsin, the justices' action before dawn on Saturday, two days before the start of early voting in Texas, appears to be based on their view that changing the rules so close to an election would be confusing.

Of the four states, only Wisconsin's new rules were blocked, and in that case, absentee ballots already had been mailed without any notice about the need for identification.

Texas has conducted several low-turnout elections under the new rules — seven forms of approved photo ID, including concealed handgun licenses, but not college student IDs. The law has not previously been used in congressional elections or a high-profile race for governor.

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Democracy depends upon the legitimacy of the process, and that process is grounded in the casting of legitimate, fair, and legal votes. A majority of the justices "get it": they believe in a democracy as free of corruption and dirty-dealing as possible. A minority of the justices, sadly, don't share this vision.

At least in Texas this congressional election will see a check on the long-time practice of ballot-box stuffing by those who do not want to play by the fair rules of democracy.

Supreme Court allows Texas to enforce new voter ID law for November election

WASHINGTON – The Supreme Court said Saturday that Texas can use its controversial new voter identification law for the November election.

A majority of the justices rejected an emergency request from the Justice Department and civil rights groups to prohibit the state from requiring voters to produce certain forms of photo identification in order to cast ballots. Three justices dissented.

The law was struck down by a federal judge last week, but a federal appeals court had put that ruling on hold. The judge found that roughly 600,000 voters, many of them black or Latino, could be turned away at the polls because they lack acceptable identification. Early voting in Texas begins Monday.

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A majority of the justices "get it": you cannot have a valid democracy unless the votes that empower that democracy are cast fairly, legally, and in an uncorrupt manner. Good for the justices; this is a great day for those who believe in the rule of law and fair elections.

U.S. appeals court revives Texas voter identification law

(Reuters) - A U.S. appeals court on Tuesday blocked a lower court decision that had struck down a Texas law requiring voters in the state to show certain forms of identification in order to cast a ballot.

The New Orleans-based 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals granted a request filed by the state asking for last week's ruling by U.S. District Judge Nelva Gonzales Ramos to be put on hold pending appeal.


The appeals court decision means the law will be in effect during the upcoming November elections unless the plaintiffs persuade the U.S. Supreme Court to reverse the appeals court.

So, saying "NO" to vote fraud and attempts to stuff the ballot box with phony votes prevails at the appeals court level: good for them. This is headed to SCOTUS eventually, where let's hope similar good judgement prevails.

Republican Chances of Senate Takeover Are Improving

The race for the Senate is perceptively moving in the Republicans’ direction, but not so dramatically that we’re ready to call the race definitively for them.

While we’ve long said the 2014 map and midterm dynamics make a GOP takeover of the Senate a probable outcome, there are just too many close races left and more than a month to go, when big gaffes, unexpected legal actions, and national events can potentially flip a Senate seat or two.

But right now, Democrats are behind the eight-ball (as well as the Crystal Ball). So many undecided contests are winnable for the GOP that the party would have to have a string of bad luck — combined with a truly exceptional Democratic get-out-the-vote program — to snatch defeat from the wide-open jaws of victory. Or Republicans would have to truly shoot themselves in the foot in at least one race, which has become a clear possibility over the last few weeks in Kansas.

The Republicans are seeing some encouraging public polling in a couple of states President Obama won in 2012, suggesting their increasing potential for gains beyond the comfortable red-tinted territory where they are already positioned to make considerable inroads in November.

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Election night is going to be interesting. I, for one, can't wait to see the outcome. I have a feeling it's going to be a good night.
Posted by Zimm_Man_Fan | Mon Oct 6, 2014, 03:28 PM (7 replies)

Cold Temp Sets Record as Snow Arrives in Chicago

Saturday’s snowflakes mark the third earliest snow sighting since the city began recording

Looks like Mother Nature isn’t going to let Chicago forget that winter is coming.

The city saw light snow Saturday morning, marking one of the earliest snow sightings on record.


Saturday’s snowflakes mark the third earliest snow sighting since the city began recording.


The city set a temperature record with O'Hare Airport recording a high of 47 degrees, marking the lowest maximum high temperature in 79 years, the NWS reported.

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"Who you gonna believe? Me and my '97% consensus' or your lying thermometer?"

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