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Roland99's Journal
Roland99's Journal
November 22, 2020

Three Sheets To The Wind

Yeah. LoTS of Fat Tire amber

Omg such a good beer

And and some Woodford and Diet Coke.

Now dinner. Give me bread and I’m good.

November 22, 2020

Thread re: trump/GOP pathetic attempt to appeal PA dismissal

See my thread from last night.

Technically what Judge Brann did was grant the defendant's motion to dismiss.

A motion to dismiss is what a defendant brings at the start of a lawsuit to get rid of totally frivolous claims so the court doesn't have to waste time.


It's usually hard to win on a motion to dismiss because courts prefer to see the evidence and decide on the merits.

To win on a motion to dismiss, the lawsuit as filed has to be so fatally defective so that there is no point having a trial or hearing.


Teri Kanefield @Teri_Kanefield

For example, suppose I sue you on the claim that you are ugly and therefore you owe me $1 million dollars.

There are a few problems with that.

The main problem, in legal terms, is that I have failed to state a cause of action.


Teri Kanefield @Teri_Kanefield

So you file a motion to dismiss. The judge looks at my pleadings (my complaint) and says, "Even if what she alleges is true, she is not entitled to relief."

IOW, even if it's true that you are very ugly, I am not entitled to $1 million.

So no point going to trial.


Teri Kanefield @Teri_Kanefield

It's hard to win because courts liberally construe the complaints. All you have to do is allege ANYTHING that entitles you to relief, and you get to move forward.

Sometimes a complaint (the document that kicks off the lawsuit) does have an error, but one that can be fixed.


Teri Kanefield @Teri_Kanefield

In that case, the judge gives you leave to file an amended complaint.

This judge said NOPE, you cannot even file an amended complaint.

That's the "dismissed with prejudice" part. The complaint was so defective he didn't allow for refiling.

That is a FireFireFire(ouch)


The issue will be: Should the lower court have allowed the case to proceed, or was the lower court correct in throwing the whole thing out and refusing to allow an amended complaint.

The lawyers point to the record and argue about whether the court's ruling was justified.
November 21, 2020

Star Wars hotel sneak peek

PHOTOS: First Look Inside Actual Hotel Room Cabin for Star Wars Galactic Starcruiser at Walt Disney World

We hope you’ve been saving up some credits, because we’ve got a first look inside of an actual cabin aboard the Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser coming soon to Walt Disney World.

Inside, the cabin shows a queen bed with themed bedding and two padded bunk bed “pods” along the wall. On the other side is open storage space and what looks like a small safe and fridge. The room door resembles the airlock style that would see inside of a spaceship!

Of course, each cabin aboard the Halcyon will have a view of the galaxy beyond, with ever-changing vistas as the ship progresses from place to place. A screen mounted to the wall of the cabin shows the ship’s current trajectory (and may well double as a TV.) Against the wall, a table pulls out from a pocket, with futuristic stools to sit on beneath it—these cabins seem compact, but perfectly set up for space travel.


Rooms come in two sizes: A regular sized cabin, and larger “Captain’s Quarters” cabin. Each floor is set to have 32 regular cabins and two first-class cabins. You can check out more details on expected pricing here. For an exclusive full tour of floor plans and concept art for the new Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser, including the hotel lobby layout, guest rooms, and more, click here

I was **so** wanting to jump right onto this project after we opened Rise of the Resistance. Other teammates have the pleasure and they’ll do a wonderful job!
November 21, 2020

Vanity Fair - Jeff Zucker looking to leave CNN

Works for me!!

And “antagonizing trump”?? Uhhhh


The timetable still hasn’t been confirmed, but there’s talk in the upper ranks of WarnerMedia that Zucker is expected to leave CNN in the first quarter of 2021, according to someone familiar with the matter. It wouldn’t happen before the inauguration, sources said, and one person close to Zucker cautioned that nothing’s a done deal and “a final decision has not been made.” Zucker has more than a year left on his current contract, I can confirm. He last re-signed late in the spring of 2018, as I reported at the time, in a deal that locked him in through the election. (CNN declined to comment.)

Zucker’s departure would bring the curtain down on an exhilarating eight-year run that not only revived the network but turned CNN into one of the central characters in the Trump saga. Zucker and the outgoing president have a long history dating back to their time together at NBC, where Zucker famously greenlit The Apprentice. Zucker and CNN drew criticism for lavishing Trump with outsize attention during his 2016 campaign, but as the chaos of the Trump White House took hold, CNN became one of the administration’s most aggressive chroniclers, putting the network in the crosshairs of the MAGA faithful. Trump was seen as meddling in AT&T’s acquisition of CNN’s parent company, now called WarnerMedia, and while the network gave a platform to various administration loyalists, it also came to be seen as Trumpworld’s Enemy of the People No. 1. At the same time, the Trump news cycle has been a veritable gold rush for CNN, giving the network a huge ratings boost and elevating many of its anchors, correspondents, and contributors to new heights of prominence. During the week of November 3, CNN’s viewership topped the cable and broadcast news networks for election coverage.

A lot of that air may begin to leak out of the balloon once the anticipated normalcy of the Biden White House sets in, which would make this a reasonable time for Zucker to take a bow. But if the sunset of the 45th presidency has anything to do with his expected departure, so too may the internal machinations of WarnerMedia. There’s reportedly been friction between Zucker and Jason Kilar, who was named CEO of WarnerMedia in April. As the Journal reported, and my sources confirmed, Zucker was blindsided by a recent restructuring in which he lost oversight of CNN’s financial, human resources, and communications departments. Sources told me Zucker was given less than a day’s notice about the change before it took effect. (Kilar, meanwhile, has tamped down rumors that CNN might be hitting the sale block.)

“People really love Jeff and they do not want to see him go,” a CNN journalist told me. “I think a lot of people will be devastated if he does leave the network, and are concerned that you won’t be able to find someone with his leadership style to fill that role.” Another CNN staffer was more blunt: “Jason Kilar has no idea what’s about to walk out the door.”
November 21, 2020

NV case to stop certification NOT going well for repukes!!

If you haven't been following the thread, Judge Gloria Sturman is indicating that she's ruling against Sharron Angle/Election Integrity Project in lawsuit asking for new election/blocking certification of election results

And I love this one...

Hansen says that the Election Integrity Project sent 2 letters to @NVSOS, but SOS did nothing and wrote back "we have better information than you have."
November 20, 2020

Biden is first DEM to win Virginia by DOUBLE DIGITS since 1944!

Virginia has certified its 2020 election results:

Biden 2,413,568 (54.1%)
Trump 1,962,430 (44.0%)

That's a 4.8 point margin swing against Trump vs. 2016 and a 12.0% increase in votes cast. https://cookpolitical.com/2020-national-popular-vote-tracker
November 20, 2020

Thread from a Michigan State Senator re: state certification of election results


Every court in Michigan history has ruled that the board of canvassers does not have that authority. Their role is largely ministerial . That precedent should be honored by state law. Beyond that state and federal law are clear on who decides the electors.

PapaPear (Proud Liberal #TheRising)

Does the MI SOS have authority to certify if the board of canvassers doesn’t?

Or can the Gov remove members of the board?

All counties have certified. This is nuts

Senator Curtis Hertel

No but the states courts have always ruled the role is ministerial and will instruct them to certify.

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