MrSpkr's random thoughts . . .
Friday, April 28, 2006
I just wonder if I'll run into an ex . . .
Thursday, April 27, 2006
Monster Kids I
A 12-year-old boy described by a neighbor as having a volatile temper appeared in juvenile court Monday on two counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of his mother and younger brother.
The twist of lime to the story -- at most, he could be sentenced to nine years in juvenile detention. Then they let him go.
With his record expunged.
He is, after all, a juvenile, right? I mean, that's why they withheld his name, too . . .
Wednesday, April 19, 2006
I want AD's deal!
Oklahoma compliance officials spent five months examining whether star running back Adrian Peterson received special treatment while test driving a Lexus from a Norman-area car dealership.
After several weeks, Peterson returned the car and followed the guidelines laid out by the dealership. Associate athletic director Keith Gill said that OU found no possible NCAA violations in the arrangement.
So, he got to "test drive" a Lexus for several weeks.
I wouldn't mind that deal. Not one little bit.
Thursday, April 13, 2006
LA Law has nothin on Joe Jamail
Joe Jamail is an ultrawealthy Plaintiff's attorney in Texas. His most famous case was the Pennzoil v. Texaco suit in which he got his client, Pennzoil, an award of just over one billion dollars in damages.
He's also a vulgar and abusive attorney. His work in a Delaware deposition resulted in that State's Supreme Court commenting on his extremely unprofessional conduct.
Here's an excerpt from another deposition by Mr. Jamail. I think it speaks for itself. WARNING: vulgar language involved. Not safe for work, children, or houseplants.
Tuesday, April 11, 2006
An alien the INS is willing to place in custody . . .
presumably because, as a video game maker and entrepreneur, he is taking a job that an American would be willing to do.
America the infiltrated
I can't say I disagree.
I'm getting tired of Senators and others telling me that illegal immigrants are just here doing juobs Americans won't do.
When I was a teenager, I worked as a dishwasher, a fast food employee, and, briefly, mowing lawns. I've picked up trash by the side of the road. I've worked at a truck wash. I've worked as a convenience store clerk.
Am I something special? No -- I just needed money, and those were jobs that I could get as a student.
Now, my kids don't have that opportunity. Many of these jobs are no longer doled out to American teenagers working part time, but instead to illegal immigrants working full time for dirt wages.
In return, as a taxpayer, I get to pay for these people's medical care through medicaid and other programs, and get to watch my nation being systematically and fundamentally changed by illegal immigration while a fair number of politicians stand about and do nothing.
It is frustrating.
Sunday, April 09, 2006
Another quiz . . .
Which Starship Troopers Character Are You?
You Are... Drill Sergeant Zim
Take this quiz!
Friday, April 07, 2006
That's fine -- we'll just ignore San Francisco
when it comes to federal aid money, whether it be for highways, block grants, school lunches, tuition assistance, or any other form of federal dollar.
Seems fair to me.
Wednesday, April 05, 2006
My solution (one of several) to the immigration problem
While the House and the Senate argue about comprehensive immigration reform laws, amnesty plans, non-amnesty plans that let immigrants stay if they pay a fee, walls on the border, more Border Patrol agents, etc., etc., etc., I have a much simpler solution that would garner support (and indeed, participation by) one of the most powerful forces in the United States today: the trial lawyers.
Simply put, my solution is to allow the public to seek enforcement of immigration laws by way of what is known as a Qui Tam action. "Qui Tam" is an abbreviation of the Latin phrase "qui tam pro domino rege quam pro si ipso in hac parte sequitor", which means "Who sues on behalf of the King as well as for himself." These actions are brought by an informer under statutes providing penalties for acts of commission or omission and providing that the penalty may be recoverable by a private party in a civil action. The private party, in return for bringing the Qui Tam action, is allowed to keep a portion of the penalties recovered (the remainder going to the government treasury). A Qui Tam Plaintiff, then, sues on behalf of himself as well as for the state.
Current federal law allows Qui Tam actions in limited circumstances, primarily through the Federal False Claim Act, 31 U.S.C. § 3729. Originally enacted around the time of the Civil War, the act has gutted in many respects during World War II until significant amendments were made in 1986.
The 1986 amendments to the FCA were very successful, particularly in regards to corruption, waste and false claims in the defense industry.
Since 1986, over 3,000 FCA cases have been filed and about $3 billion has been recovered. The average recovery in an FCA case is $5.8 million, and the average whistleblower's reward has been about $1 million. The government intervenes in only 21 percent of the FCA cases.I would enact a new statute allowing private citizens to bring Qui Tam actions seeking recovery of the penalties applicable to private businesses that employee illegal aliens. Allow the successful plaintiff to keep 40% of the penalty as the contingent reward for successful actions.
Why do I think this would work? Because I know how large plaintiff's firms work. They create a model lawsuit, then simply duplicate and revise the pleadings for each new case filed. That minimizes the time each lawyer must put into the suit and therefore maximizes profits off the recovery. Given the corporate giants we know employ illegal aliens, there is a very lucrative source of funds to recover. That would provide a good deal of incentive to private lawyers to accept, file, and prosecute the actions.
So, what would this due outside of providing a new source of revenue to lawyers? Plenty. Currently, corporations have little incentive to strictly obey employment laws barring illegal aliens from employment. Last year, only five U.S. businesses were prosecuted for employing illegal aliens.
Tuesday, April 04, 2006
Compare and contrast
An award winning Indian director wants to cast Paris Hilton as . . . wait for it . . . Mother Teresa!
The funniest part of this story is the contrast between director's and Paris Hilton's respective movie experiences:
"The 54-year-old director is well-known in India for his Malayalam-language films, including 'Janani' (Mother) -- the story of seven nuns who care for an abandoned baby, which won a national award.Ouch! That's going to leave a mark.
Hilton's prior movie experience includes appearing in a home-made sex video made by a former boyfriend that appeared on the Internet, and parts in several Hollywood B-films."
And the defense is . . .
she was askin' for it!
Robert Drew Stephenson has come up with his defense to charges of torture and sexual sadism leveled last week: the victim was asking for it.
Stephenson, 43, who said he fixes motorcycles for a living, described himself as a sexual "role-player."Ri-i-ight.
When asked whether he burned the woman with a blow torch and attempted to drown her in a trunk, Stephenson said, "Nothing happened to that woman that she didn't want done."
It is a sign of the moral decay in our society that Mr. Stephenson believes his story might be plausible enough to keep him out of jail.
Saturday, April 01, 2006
Why I like living in Ellis County . . .
While many other area school districts, like the wusses at Dallas ISD, wrung their hands at the sight of students skipping school to join in immigration protests, Ennis ISD calmly told the students there would be specific consequences, and proceeded to impose said consequences on those who broke the rules:
Several Ennis High School seniors have been barred from their school prom tonight for protesting Thursday against proposed federal immigration legislation.No Araceli, you got barred from prom for violating state law and school policy. You skipped school to demonstrate against an immigration bill you dislike, you did so in the face of multiple and specific warnings about the consequences of such actions, and you received the consequences. 'Standing up for something [you] believe is right" has little to do with it.
School officials suspended 120 to 130 students from classes Friday and barred them from school events this weekend, including sporting events and the prom. The students attend Ennis High School, Ennis Junior High and the Sixth Grade Center.
School officials said students were warned several times this week that they would be suspended through the weekend if they participated in any protests.
"We got suspended, and we're not allowed to go to prom for standing up for something that we believe is right," said senior Araceli Garcia, 18.
Some of those suspended said they heard the warnings but believed they would not be punished if they did not set foot on campus before or after the protest.Which is EXACTLY what kids in other school districts believed -- only problem is, the Ennis ISD folks have the intestinal fortitude to stand up to their students and enforce the law and school policy.
Would that other school districts would do the same.