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Congratulations, true and faithful Hillary supporters.


HRC winning will be good for everyone (even those who don't vote for her), but this moment is truly wonderful for you.

I wish you much joy, celebration, fulfillment, and gratification.


Is anyone watching Donald Glover's Atlanta on FX?


I watched the first two episodes and I held off watching any more because I knew I would hate to wait a week for each half-hour episode because it was soooo good.

The series follows a bright young man, maybe in his late 20s, (Donald Glover, the actor who almost stole the movie Martian from Damon and was funny as heck in Community) as he struggles and hustles a living in Atlanta while he figures things out for himself. It's like I'm getting a peek at a world I really never saw before. I had the same experience when I watched The Wire. Every critic mentioned that its slow, but I don't get that at all. I'm sucked in and hate when the ending credits pop up.

From the NYT:http://www.nytimes.com/2016/09/06/arts/television/atlanta-fx-donald-glover.html?_r=0
Atlanta” cooks low, slow and crackling, and Mr. Glover dials Earn’s affect down to a bare hum. He’s intense but reserved, reluctant to open up. Even his parents don’t know why he dropped out of school, and he channels his feelings about his ex, Van (Zazie Beetz), into sardonic comments on her taste in men. The closest he comes to an outburst is when, low on cash, he tries to order a fast-food child’s meal and is humiliatingly refused.

Mr. Glover’s laid-back performance leaves room for his co-stars to impress. The show’s breakout character may be Alfred’s stoner-philosopher roommate, Darius (Lakeith Stanfield). Mr. Henry creates a rich tension between the Paper Boi persona and Alfred, sharp and self-aware, who’s unsettled by his minor celebrity. He’s in the business not to live some bottle-service fantasy but because, he says, “I scare people at A.T.M.s.”

“Atlanta” has a serious streak and the occasional matter-of-fact violence; the second episode is set largely in a police precinct. But the show is richly funny without jokes or setups. The comedy sidles up on you in deadpan exchanges, as when Alfred argues that it’s disturbing for Darius to call his gun “Daddy.”


I'm binging on the episodes now because the final is coming up this week.

I love this promo trailer:

Voted early in GA: For the good of the nation I voted for HRC

And a couple of other Democrats. I voted for Barksdale to give Isaakson some grief and have to participate in a runoff.

There is a slim but real chance that HRC could take GA's electoral votes. I want to be a part of that.



Newtown Families' Lawsuit Against Remington Arms Dismissed

Source: WFMY News (CT CBS affiliate)




HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - A Connecticut judge has dismissed a lawsuit by Newtown families against Triad based Remington Arms.

The company is the maker of the rifle used in the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting.

The case was dismissed on a federal law that shields gun manufacturers from most lawsuits over criminal use of their products.

On Friday, Superior Court Judge Barbara Bellis granted a motion by the Madison company to strike down the lawsuit.


Read more: http://www.wfmynews2.com/news/nation/newtown-families-lawsuit-against-remington-arms-dismissed/336272025

Judge Dismisses Lawsuit Blaming Remington For Sandy Hook Massacre

For potential jurists/hosts:
News stories (and related content) from reputable mainstream sources about efforts to strengthen or weaken gun control legislation in any jurisdiction in the United States, national news stories (and related content) from reputable mainstream sources about high-profile gun crimes, and viral political content from social media or blogs that would likely be of interest to a large majority of DU members are permitted under normal circumstances.

Based on the clear intent of Congress to narrowly define the `negligent entrustment’ exception, Adam Lanza’s use of the firearm is the only actionable use,” she wrote. Therefore none of the people the defendants actually entrusted the gun to “used” it to commit a crime.

The judge also rejected the plaintiffs’ attempt to slip their claims in under Connecticut’s consumer protection law, saying that law is limited to lawsuits where the plaintiff had some business relationship with the defendant.

And she rejected their product-liability claims, because the gun most definitely worked as intended.

The dismissal puts an end to an innovative attempt to get around the PLCAA, which Congress passed to thwart lawsuits against gun manufacturers over the crimes committed with their products. Judge Bellis allowed the case to proceed longer than might have been expected, given the clear conflict with the PLCAA, and even mused that there might be a comparison to cigarette litigation at a June hearing on Remington’s motion to dismiss.

http://www.forbes.com/sites/danielfisher/2016/10/14/connecticut-judge-dismisses-sandy-hook-massacre-lawsuit-against-remington/2/#a7079a18dce1



Here is the 54-page ruling from Superior Court Judge Barbara Bellis for those who prefer primary sources:
http://civilinquiry.jud.ct.gov/DocumentInquiry/DocumentInquiry.aspx?DocumentNo=11214676


My 11-yr old called Donald Trump a bigot in his class today.


Context: So I live in the deep south, but in a coastal city and send my kid to private school. That makes for a solid nice polite republican crowd.

His class was discussing vocabulary words and one of the words was bigot. The teacher asked for an example of a bigot. My son raised his hand and said, "Donald Trump."

Apparently, the whole class erupted in laughter including the teacher. We just might take Georgia.

And I'm very proud of my son. He's been listening to me and his mother and/or paying attention himself.

HRC is a very strong candidate, but I am glad Trump is a trainwreck.


At this point, I think we are seeing reverse partisanship at play. Voting for president isn't about choosing the most qualified candidate to lead the country.

Most people supporting Trump are just sending the message that they don't want to support Democrats and supporting Trump is the most irritating way possible to show that support. It's a free protest vote because Trump will lose and they get to be irritating.

Of course about 20% of Americans probably support his stances and hate word-for-word and I don't know what to think of that.

So I'm back to hosting and I just realized the pinned thread in GD is MIA



I earned a hide just before the big revamp at the end of the primary so I hadn't been hosting or consulting the pinned thread.

Now that I'm back to hosting I went to look for the pinned thread where you had clarified some SOP terms and I just noticed its gone.

I liked the pinned thread thread and thought it helped hosts if not all OP creators. Could you explain to me why you deleted it? Was it seen as problem?



Office plants help


I like to have interesting plants in my office and I'm now in an office that I will be in for the next 8 years.

It has one tall window (6 feet H x 4 feet w x 1 foot deep sill) that gets afternoon light. The building is set at 74 degrees and very constant.

I need suggestions for something interesting and by interesting I mean I'm open to unusual, but the climate is limiting.

Any suggestions?

Can you tell me when my most recent jury hide occurred?


It was before the new rules but I still can't get into the forum host section yet
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