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For the first time in two decades I am watching from afar as California burns. This year has been particularly bad and it breaks my heart…
SEGMENT – FAKER NEWS
Last Sunday morning, a story was released by CBS Sports and quickly went viral which reported that Colin Kaepernick had decided that if he were to play in the NFL again, he would stand for the National Anthem. Reaction was about what you would have expected it to be, from outrage to sarcasm.
The problem is – as we learned a few hours later – the story was completely fake. Well… that’s a misnomer. It wasn’t completely fake. CSB Sports DID report the story. It was from a reputable reporting source and it had the logo and gravitas of CBS behind it. The problem was the reporter himself, simply made it up.
But…. why did the story get believed in the first place? Two reasons. First, confirmation biases were working on overdrive. This was what many people wanted to hear him say. Second, nobody was applying the Adams Rule…
Recently, two events made the news for all the wrong reasons. A gay Coffee Shoppe owner “threw out” some “Christians” and refused to provide them services. Then, Vice President Pence “walked out” of the Indianapolis Colts game. Now, one could, and Rush Limbaugh did, argue that turnabout is fair play. That doing this is just giving the left a dose of its own medicine. It might be and it might make us laugh and feel good. but does it actually demonstrate what we say we say we believe?
SEGMENT – THE STATE of JEFFERSON RECONSIDERED
I have said, and I will continue to say that under the current political climate, the State of Jefferson is a non-starter. It won’t happen; and those who continue to say that because it has happened in the past that this is a done deal are being intentionally misleading as well as Constitutionally illiterate.
Having said that (again), what if there was a way to make the State of Jefferson politically neutral? And might Hurricane Maria caused a scenario in which the State of Jefferson could be admitted as State?
SEGMENT – THE MAXIM OF UNDERSTANDING
We’ve seen various reactions to the attack in Las Vegas, many of which once again, blur the line of the 1st Amendment. At least two business owners have gotten into hot water over their comments about the dead, along with the CBS (wait a sec…) News Executive who used Twitter to destroy her career.
Odder still are the AHT’s making the rounds, which once again prove the Adams Rule is in effect, but also add the Maxim of Understanding. That is, Just because you don’t understand something, doesn’t make it impossible…
SEGMENT – BASEBALL HAS BEEN GOOD TO ME
Dave is enjoying the baseball playoffs and really, really hoping for a special World Series…
I’m headed to Tehachapi today, so just a short bit of notes, most of which were written last night, so I can beat my stupid self-imposed 0845 deadline.
The Headline that about a dozen people sent me last night read “All Seven Wildlife Refugee Occupiers, Including Ammon Bundy, Found Not Guilty.” I am on record as believing the Bundy’s are both nuts and wrong. So naturally the jury verdict is a repudiation of my opinion, right?
Yet another example of making value judgments from headlines.
In the first place, good for them. They used the system which had jurists that didn’t make every stupid excuse in the book to get out of Jury Duty and they used their authority as designed by the Framers to stop the government and nullify the charges against seven defendants.
But… keep three other facts in mind.
(1) Eleven other defendants plead guilty to the same charges. One had the charges dropped. Seven other defendants chose to be tried separately from Bundy. So “All” is kind of a stretch.
(2) A second trial of the remaining defendants will begin in February. I guarantee you that voir dire will go much, much, much differently in that trial.
(3) The Bundy’s still face yet another trial in Nevada for the nonsense there. Again, I guarantee you that trial process will be much more selective and different.
Which brings me to my point about the 6th Amendment. Every time a person says I don’t want to be on a jury and pulls some excuse out of their butt, it takes a potential nullifier out of the pool. If you really want to get an inside view of how Jury Selection and excuses can effect the outcome of a trial, read Marcia Clarke’s Book, “Without a Doubt.” Remember how flummoxed you were that the OJ Jury couldn’t see what was obvious to you and me? THAT is why voir dire is so important, and it is why Ammon Bundy and his insane theology are free today.
Think about that the next time you get a jury summons. Read the rest of this entry