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Open thread 3/20/24

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  • ghostsniper March 20, 2024, 10:32 AM

    BIG Bird?

  • azlibertarian March 20, 2024, 10:58 AM

    Big Blue Bird.

    Looks mean too. But many birds are mean. They’re practically dinosaurs.

  • ghostsniper March 20, 2024, 2:38 PM

    How the Democrats Plan To Steal the Election
    Has some stuff you probably never seen before.
    It’ll make ya ball your fists, thumb your pistol, snap at your spouse, maybe slam dunk the cat in the shitcan.

    The amount of criminality in this country is way over the top, and accelerating.

    Go check it out:


    • DT March 20, 2024, 4:50 PM

      Can’t steal what ain’t gonna happen.

      Weather’s getting warmer, the end of the fiscal quarter is ahead of us.

      All the budget planning with approved funding as of last Oct 1 (beginning of the fiscal year) and initial parameters decided upon were decide by EOY. This 1st quarter coming to an end actually spent the money according to the approved plan while 2nd quarter actually initiates the plan. By 4th quarter (July1), end-of-year fiscal planning begins – need to shift funding as required to use it all up – and maybe a little bit more to justify next year’s funding – by end of year, Sep30. (repeat; it’s required)

      Did that plan involve improving America and Americans to show us the true benevolence that we don’t now see of the FJB administration in order to deserve our vote in Nov?

      Or was it spent figuring out how to get rid of DJT and all his MAGA supporters?

      Darn, I wish I didn’t have to travel east this summer.

  • DT March 20, 2024, 4:39 PM

    They make great watch animals.

  • ghostsniper March 20, 2024, 5:50 PM

    Gerard used to post these, I’ll pick up where he left off.
    All Along The Watch Tower
    Music is the universal language for it speaks to your soul.
    –gs 2099


  • Anne March 21, 2024, 7:13 AM

    I have been thinking about the influence popular music of the past sixty years has had on our national personality change. Has anyone noticed how the music before the Beattles required people to dance together–to spontaneously move in collaboration with your dance partner? The music since then encourages individuals to “do their own thing”. Perhaps, learning how to “work with” your partner was considered a small but important threat to the long-planned take over of this country.

    After all–how easy is it today to get your neighbors to plan ahead as a group for neighborhood safety? How easy is it to get your neighbors to collaborate on a protest about something the city council just did? All of this spontaneous “working together” stuff is very difficult to make happen in today’s America! I am beginning to suspect that the music of the past fifty years has been one factor of controlling the outcome desired by the elite. A community that is able to easily come together as a group without being coached by a pre-approved government monitor is not what our communist organizers want. It certainly is not what our schools have been training our children to do–be independent decision makers able to work together without oversight.
    I also ask myself–“why haven’t I been able to hear the words to most music since 1970? Oh, there have been some popular tunes with recognizable words–but not many. Why is that?

    I am not saying all of this was a giant conspiracy theory, but I am beginning to wonder what the controllers of our music world were thinking–if anything–about the impact of their music product on the development of our community–our country.

  • Joe Krill March 21, 2024, 10:09 AM

    You just cannot “leave” China. Doesn’t happen.


  • Joe Krill March 21, 2024, 10:29 AM

    SEATTLE, Wash. – Washington will no longer require prospective attorneys to pass a bar exam to practice law, the state Supreme Court ruled Friday.
    FOX News reports the court issued two orders to explore “alternative pathways” to licensing, citing the barriers for becoming a lawyer that disproportionately challenge people of color and lower-income students — barriers that do not necessarily make for better lawyers, the state’s Bar Licensure Task Force found.
    “[The exam] disproportionately and unnecessarily blocks marginalized groups from entering the practice of law… [and is] at best minimally effective for ensuring competent lawyers.” wrote the task force, “In addition to the racism and classism written into the test itself, the time and financial costs of the test reinforce historical inequities in our profession.”

    Law experts have grown increasingly concerned of “legal deserts” in Washington.
    During the COVID-19 pandemic, concerns over the efficacy of the state’s bar exam prompted the Supreme Court to convene the task force to explore alternative licensing pathways.

    Keep reading to learn more about this new Washington Supreme Court ruling, and what it means for prospective attorneys. 

    How do you become a lawyer in Washington state without taking the bar exam?
    The Supreme Court approved three alternatives to the bar exam. One is a new apprenticeship program where law school graduates work under a professional lawyer for six months, then submit a work portfolio for evaluation. The other is for students to complete 12 credits of skills coursework, 500 hours of legal work before graduation, and then submit the same work portfolio to the State Bar for licensing.
    The last is for law clerks who do not attend law school to complete standardized educational materials under a professional lawyer mentor, plus 500 hours of work as a legal intern.
    Why is Washington state getting rid of the bar exam?
    Washington is not axing the bar exam, and isn’t even the first state to consider alternatives to it.
    Wisconsin and New Hampshire have offered alternatives for years, and Reuters reports that in November, Oregon adopted an “apprenticeship pathway” for law school grads. California, Minnesota, Utah, Nevada and South Dakota are currently exploring other licensing pathways.
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    The changes have not come into effect just yet. Officials are working on a timeline for when these alternatives become available. Oregon’s apprentice pathway begins in May.

  • Anne March 21, 2024, 12:04 PM

    All of those alternative pathways to becoming an attorney in WA state require a third party to assist in the ultimate “test”, i.e. final internship work. A bar exam requires the individual to stand or fall on their own. HUGE difference there.

    Shall I tell you about the African/American attorney we hired in Seattle? One of the most corrupt animals I have ever encountered!

  • ghostsniper March 21, 2024, 1:56 PM

    May you never need an attorney.
    But if you do, you don’t want one with the personality of your best friend.
    You want the most despicable character you can put up with.
    I’m gonna drop my defenses a little.

    A long, long time ago when our marriage was young and so was our son, my wife decided I was an asshole and wanted out. I had no idea she was thinking this way.

    One day I came home from a very arduous day at the office and noticed my wife’s car wasn’t in the driveway. No big deal, she went to the store or something. I came in the house and saw that all our shit was gone. ALL of it. Except the water bed. She and her father rented a truck and moved out, telling me nothing. No note. No phone number. Nothing.

    3 days later she shows up unannounced at my office with a handful of paperwork from an attorney. She handed me the paperwork and immediately left without a word. Divorce papers. The reason? Irreconcilable differences. WTF does that mean??? We had been married 7 years. I called an attorney a friend referred.

    I met with the attorney. He read the paperwork while I sat across from him at his desk. He was smoking a cig and when he was done reading he threw the paperwork on the desk in front of me and asked, “Do you want the kid?” He crunched out the butt and fired up another one.

    He caught me off guard. I just sat there dumbstruck and stared at him. After an uncomfortable pause I stammered something like, “Well, I was wanting to know what her problem was and whether our marriage can be saved, as I’m concerned about our son.”

    He told me our marriage was past the “concerned” part and was over except for the paperwork. He said he knows her attorney, who signed the paperwork, and he wouldn’t have filed if her claim wasn’t legit. Then he said, “You can win this, for the most part, but you got to get your head on straight.” “She, through her lawyer, is going for your jugular and you need to get past your emotions.” I just sat there, stunned.

    “You can get, at least, shared custody of the kid, and no alimony and no forfeiture of shared property because SHE left you, not the other way around.” My head was inside out. I couldn’t see. I had heard about this stuff but never realized I’d be in this situation. I needed some space to think, so I told him I’ll contact him in a day or two. He told me not to drag cause there’s a 10 day timeline and it’s moving forward with or without me.

    I drove home crushed. I couldn’t believe all of this was over. What about me? Don’t I have any say in any of this? What about our son? How is he going to get through this? And, what the hell did I do to her to deserve this? Up til the day she left I was under the impression everything was fine. Yeah, every now and then we’d have an argument but nothing serious. Just routine stuff that always got worked out. Never in my mind did I think this would happen.

    The point is, the attorney I hired didn’t want to chit chat with me. He didn’t want to be my best fren. He saw the situation in completely black and white terms. Win. Or lose. It is in his best interest to win. This guy was used to winning and liked it.

    When you NEED an attorney you WANT one that is an alligator pit bull in a 3 piece suit and has the nickname “Chainsaw”.

    • DT March 21, 2024, 4:01 PM

      Better call Saul

  • ghostsniper March 21, 2024, 7:08 PM
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  • Anne March 21, 2024, 8:49 PM

    What was the trigger for reconciliation–or was there one?

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