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Where exactly were you 14 years ago when you learned of the events of 9-11 ?

Note to juries: It is 9-11-2015, so this is a timely topic.

I was in a Florida state prison (working, mind you) talking to my male prisoner clients, when one of the inmates came up to the group and said "A plane just struck the World Trade Center". I said to him, reflexively, "You're kidding, right ?". He looked at me very seriously and said, "Mr. X, now why would I joke about something like that ?". I forget what was said next, but then several minutes later I went to watch a TV inside the inmate dormitory. The second plane had struck the second tower and the picture was shaking on the news.

A bad day for me and for America as a whole.

as a member of almost 11 years duration, here's my comments

1- Remove the jury system. Go back to moderation.

2- If you insist on retaining it, limit it to donors only, at least 1000 posts AND one year duration of membership, make it 6 voters again, and heavily scrutinize alerts in protected sub-forums. The reason behind donors only is, no skin in the game, you don't get a vote. Donations are $1 minimum these days, correct ? Everyone except the dirt poor can afford a dollar.

3- Maybe you need to go back to aggressive fund-raising appeals ? I enjoyed the whole Grovelbot thing.

Sincerely yours, a consistent donor and yellow-dog Democrat, Steve

Hooning - my new word I learned today



The act of being a hoon or driving recklessly, racing, doing burnouts etc.

Hey Blake, I'm feeling the need for speed and want to burn some rubber, you wanna come hooning?


Learn any fun new words lately ?

Monty Python Star Terry Gilliam Says He's Not Dead


Terry Gilliam, a member of the zany Monty Python comedy troupe, has apologized to his fans "for being dead," after his passing was erroneously reported by Variety magazine.

Gilliam, also an Oscar-nominated director, said he was sorry for fans who had bought tickets to his upcoming event, "but, Variety has announced my demise. Don't believe their retraction and apology!"

Gilliam, 74, has public appearances scheduled in London and Glendale, California, and New York in October, according to his website, aimed at promoting his new book, "Gilliamesque: A Pre-Posthumous Memoir."

Variety, for its part, apologized via a tweet on Tuesday.

Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis Isn't Kentucky's Only Gay Marriage Holdout


There are three county clerks in Kentucky who have refused to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. But only one of them, Rowan County's Kim Davis, has been thrown in jail, celebrated by presidential candidates and become a national symbol of opposition to gay unions.

The other two continue to resist, but with far less fanfare — and relatively little legal trouble.

Whitley County clerk Kay Schwartz told NBC News her office is granting licenses for heterosexual couples, but not for those of the same sex. In fact, she said, no gay and lesbian couples had bothered to ask.

Casey County clerk Casey Davis isn't issuing any marriage licenses at all — similar to the approach taken by Kim Davis (no relation) before she was jailed. He has crossed the state on a bicycle as a show of support for Kim Davis, but that stunt arguably drew more attention than his refusal to give licences to same-sex couples.

Donald Trump trashes Black Lives Matter: 'I think they're trouble"


Real-estate mogul Donald Trump made it clear in a Tuesday interview that he is no fan of the Black Lives Matter movement.

"I think they're trouble. I think they're looking for trouble," the Republican presidential candidate said during a Fox News interview with Bill O'Reilly.

The Black Lives Matter movement seeks to call attention to what it describes as systemic mistreatment of African-Americans by police officers.

Protests affiliated with Black Lives Matter built momentum after a series of high-profile incidents over the last year in which unarmed African-American men died during their encounters with law enforcement, including in Ferguson, Missouri, and Baltimore, Maryland.

No surprise here.

Best horror movie of all time, in your opinion ?

I'm not a horror movie fan, so I don't have a good opinion on this. The last horror-ish movie I saw was Paranormal Activity, which spooked me sufficiently.

Ousted as Gay, Aging Veterans Are Battling Again for Honorable Discharges


COLUMBUS, Ohio — When the Army discharged Pvt. Donald Hallman in 1955 for being what it called a “Class II homosexual,” the 21-year-old was so scared of being an outcast that he burned all his military records, save for a single dog tag he hid away.

Mr. Hallman, a coal miner’s son who sang in a church choir in rural Alabama, says he never mentioned his military service again. He married a woman he had met at work, had children and wore a suit and tie to work each day.

“I hid it because it would have ruined my life,” Mr. Hallman said in an interview at his home here.

But this summer, Mr. Hallman, now 82, retrieved the dog tag from a keepsake box and began working through an application to the Department of Defense, asking that his decades-old discharge be upgraded from “undesirable” to “honorable.”

Dentist who killed lion set to return to work


I found this interesting and revolting:

Asked whether he would return to Zimbabwe for future hunts, Palmer said, "I don't know about the future." He estimated he had been there four times and said, "Zimbabwe has been a wonderful country for me to hunt in, and I have always followed the laws."

Dozens protest Orlando's median wage


A couple dozen people marched through the streets of downtown Orlando on Labor Day in protest of the city's median wage.

The group held signs with messages, like, "Celebrate labor on Labor Day" and others, that show how Orlando's median wage compares to other cities.

"Being an electrician, our electrician wages here in Orlando are some of the lowest in the United States, and it seems to run across the board for all working people. It's time we got those wages up," said Larry Kidd, who is a member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers.

Kidd said he joined the rally Monday, because he knows what it's like to do the same job as another electrician in other cities, including many smaller cities than Orlando, yet get paid less for his work.

Out of the top 100 markets, Orlando ranks No. 99 for lowest median wage at $29,781.
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