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Retired 3x, living comfortably on the Gulf Coast, biking, beachwalking, lifting free weights, eating mostly properly, keeping my mind active, in my seventh decade, intending to give Methuselah a run for the record...

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Justice Clarence Thomas calls for reconsideration of landmark libel case

Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas on Tuesday called for reconsideration of a landmark First Amendment precedent, criticizing the 1964 decision that the Constitution creates a higher barrier for public figures to claim libel.

Thomas wrote alongside a court decision not to take up the case of a woman who accused Bill Cosby of sexual misconduct in 2014. He suggested that the seminal case New York Times v. Sullivan, holding that public figures have a higher burden to prove libel, was wrongly decided.

"New York Times and the Court's decisions extending it were policy-driven decisions masquerading as constitutional law," Thomas wrote.

"If the Constitution does not require public figures to satisfy an actual-malice standard in state-law defamation suits, then neither should we," the opinion states.

He continued, saying "We did not begin meddling in this area until 1964, nearly 175 years after the First Amendment was ratified. The States are perfectly capable of striking an acceptable balance between encouraging robust public discourse and providing a meaningful remedy for reputational harm. We should reconsider our jurisprudence in this area."

Interesting point, why should someone who becomes a "public figure" have to jump through greater/higher hoops if they've been defamed?...

Most See Crime in Justice, FBI Coup Against Trump, Want Special Prosecutor

Most voters say top Justice Department and FBI officials are likely to have acted criminally when they secretly discussed removing President Trump from office and think a special prosecutor is needed to investigate.

Fifty-six percent (56%) of Likely U.S. Voters believe senior federal law enforcement officials are likely to have broken the law in their discussions in May 2017 to oust Trump, with 37% who say it is Very Likely. The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 36% consider that unlikely, with 19% who say it’s Not At All Likely that they broke the law.

Fifty-one percent (51%) think a special prosecutor should be named to investigate the discussions among senior Justice Department and FBI officials in May 2017 to remove the president from office. Thirty-eight percent (38%) disagree, but 11% are undecided.

Fifty-four percent (54%) of voters said in April of last year that a special prosecutor should be named to investigate whether senior FBI officials handled the investigations of Trump and Hillary Clinton in a legal and unbiased fashion.

Grand Canyon tourists exposed for years to radiation in museum building, safety manager says

For nearly two decades at the Grand Canyon, tourists, employees, and children on tours passed by three paint buckets stored in the National Park's museum collection building, unaware that they were being exposed to radiation.

Although federal officials learned last year that the 5-gallon containers were brimming with uranium ore, then removed the radioactive specimens, the park's safety director alleges nothing was done to warn park workers or the public that they might have been exposed to unsafe levels of radiation.

In a rogue email sent to all Park Service employees on Feb. 4, Elston "Swede" Stephenson — the safety, health and wellness manager — described the alleged cover-up as "a top management failure" and warned of possible health consequences.

Stephenson said the containers were stored next to a taxidermy exhibit, where children on tours sometimes stopped for presentations, sitting next to uranium for 30 minutes or more. By his calculation, those children could have received radiation dosages in excess of federal safety standards within three seconds, and adults could have suffered dangerous exposure in less than a half-minute.

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... I've noted for a week or so that some lengthier posts, as well as threads, now have commercials embedded!...

Hey, it's all good...

I kinda thought these were ''acid rock'' back then, but I guess it's more ''folk pop?''...

Anyway, they made an impression...


Black civil rights activist Najee Ali is calling for the arrest and prosecution of actor Jussie Smollett for allegedly lying about being the victim of a hate crime, saying Smollett could have unintentionally triggered a “race war”.

During a press conference yesterday, Ali, who is the director of Project Islamic HOPE, said Smollett’s actions were an insult to real victims of hate crime.

“It’s a slap in the face. We have many members of the black community and the LGBTQ community who have been the victims of racism and hate crimes, so for Smollett to say that he was a victim…and we believe is a lie…certainly is an injustice to those true victims…,” Ali said. “Jussie Smollett must be brought to justice for lying.”

Dont expect apologies from the left over Jussie Smollett attack fraud

A lot of explosive material can get defused with nine little letters: “I was wrong.” It works wonders with your significant other. Try it. Frequently. This week, now that the Chicago Police Department has “shifted the trajectory of the investigation” and now believes Jussie Smollett may have faked his own bias attack, we’ll be hearing apologies from a lot of progressive activists, celebrities and politicians.

With three simple words, they’ll disarm their detractors, pour oil on troubled waters. They’ll help to reunify a culture by admitting that sometimes their ideological opponents are correct.

Just kidding. Don’t hold your breath waiting for mea culpas from Cory Booker, Joe Biden, Nancy Pelosi and Kamala Harris, or (throwback time!) Al Sharpton, who opined that if Donald Trump simply remained silent on the Smollett matter, it would be sinister. The formerly successful actress Ellen Page blamed the nonexistent assault on … Mike Pence.

People said to be super-smart, and also Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, fell all over themselves to announce that they not only believed the woke 21st-century version of a 1980s abducted-by-aliens story but that they were in anguish about it. And they were not only in anguish but had detected an urgent sociological message about the nefariousness of the hateful right in America today.

Just to grease their path as they were skiing off the cliff, Trump pulled off one of his subtlest trolls yet when he publicly agreed with them, so they couldn’t accuse him of being insensitive. As an old military saying goes, never interfere with an enemy while he’s in the process of destroying himself.

Nancy Pelosi has taken down some internet blather, but that's not an actual apology, that's a slither back under a rock...

So he replied to a scam e-mail...

Patrick Caddell, pollster to Jimmy Carter, dies at 68

Patrick Caddell, the pollster who helped propel Jimmy Carter in his longshot bid to win the presidency and later distanced himself from Democrats, has died, a colleague said Saturday night. He was 68. Caddell died Saturday in Charleston, South Carolina, after suffering a stroke. That’s according to Professor Kendra Stewart of the College of Charleston, who confirmed the death to The Associated Press.

After working with Democrats in the 1970s and 1980s, Caddell eventually drifted away from the Democratic Party and began advising supporters of Republican Donald Trump and was a contributor to Fox News for a time.

In explaining his break from Democrats, Caddell said he thought the party was no longer “a party of the people” but had been hijacked by elites, the well-educated, Wall Street and interest groups.

He noted in a 2016 speech to students at Michigan’s Hillsdale College that he was offended when the Democrats at their national convention would not allow Pennsylvania Gov. Bob Casey Sr., who was against abortion, to deliver a convention speech. Caddell considered the Democrats to be guilty of “the stifling of dissent.”
And he commended Trump for reaching out to people the Democrats were not effective in reaching, and his willingness to take on “the political class.”

Don't move to Florida! Pleeeeease...

When I moved here, twenty years ago, from Texas, I saw a few signs, "TEXANS! Enjoy your visit...
and then GO HOME!" I smiled (sneered) and put down roots. I became accustomed to half-empty Public grocery store parking lots, wide aisles with two or three other shoppers, checkout clerks waving you into their available vacant line.

I became accustomed to traffic lights on two-lane each way roadways, where if you were stopped, you might have a dozen or so other drivers waiting with you. I learned about "the season" when the "snow birds" would be arriving in Florida, escaping the northern cold as they occupied their Winter Florida home or condo. THEN the Publix markets and the roadways would become unusually crowded, thirty or so cars at a red light, having to park maybe ten spaces back from the market doors, maneuvering through twelve or more people in the shopping aisle.

STILL, come the warmer months (most months), the snow birds would fly back to where the ice and snow had melted, leaving Florida to bask in air-conditioned semi-solitude.

That's the way it WAS.

NOW, even with an extra lane each way added to the local main roads, so many people have moved to Florida that, on the occasion, I'll sit in my car looking way ahead where the light just turned green, and I KNOW I won't arrive there until the light has cycled back to red. And it's like a two minute cycle! I went shopping at Publix a couple of weeks ago and there were no shopping carts available in the vestibule. I mentioned that at Customer Service and she waved her arm and said, "They're all in use in here!"

On the five acre field next to me, one developer bought half of it and is turning it into a seven-home gated community with its own series of intracoastal waterway docks, each house a different design, so long as they're all white with blue trim. One is a freaking' 3-story with 10-foot ceilings throughout. A different developer will be building on a lot adjoining my property, a house immediately west of mine (bye-bye my water views) and two homes on the intracoastal.

Up and down my one mile street, once-vacant lots are being built on, some cottages (commonly known as tear-downs) are being torn down with a variety of new homes being built. Both builders have approached me about my interest in selling. I've informed them that I'm a highly UNmotivated seller.

I'm 300' from the intracoastal, 1/3rd of a mile from the Gulf of Mexico, and 6/10ths of a mile to the boardwalk fronting the public beach, I LIKE it here!

So, going back to the thread title.. never mind, it's already too late...

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